LGBTQ History

We Belong Here: Marking the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

Marking the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation that unintentionally helped bring equality to sports, this display illuminates three athletes’ stories.

Servant of God: How a 1960s magazine addressed gay men’s spiritual needs

Detail from the cover of the magazine, ONE: The Homosexual Viewpoint, with a black-and-white illustration of the Biblical Magi

For the Love of Freedom: An Inspirational Sampling

In 2020, against the background of the nation's intersecting viral and racial crises, the museum created an outdoor display centered on the rights granted by the First Amendment. The project's centerpiece was a set of banners featuring civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, complemented by a number of other inspirational civil rights-related quotes on the museum grounds.

The story behind the photograph: Gay Dads Kissing, 1983

Girlhood (It's complicated)

Opening on October 09, Girlhood! (It's complicated) explores how girls have been on the front lines of social and cultural change.

A place at the park: LGBTQ+ inclusion and skateboarding


The most radical thing about Stonewall wasn’t the uprising

Reading the rainbow: The origins of the pride symbol

Multiple rainbows flag items

Illegal to be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall

In June 1969, LGBTQ+ community members resisted a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in lower Manhattan. The museum marked this 50th anniversary with a display featuring objects from its collections that put the history of that memorable event within a larger and longer experience of being gay.

See the objects featured in the display on the companion website.

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