History preserves the past and informs the future. Three new exhibits at Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) celebrate LGBT victories, recognize the shortcomings and leave a record for future generations to learn from.
One, titled Follow the Yellow Brick Road, marks key events in LGBT history leading up to the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The title refers to the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” which has long been a cultural touchstone and reference point for LGBT.
It features articles documenting the community’s ups and downs. One of the articles featured among national publications is SFGN’s cover story from September 22, 2022. The story focuses on relentless attacks on books in public and school libraries by Florida’s GOP in Tallahassee. The article details how SNMA and Safe Schools South Florida are teaming up to make banned books available online.
The second exhibit is titled Hey, Groomer and looks at code words used against LGBT people to depict us as pedophiles, sex traffickers, and worse. You can see many of these terms used in current campaign commercials by mostly Republican candidates who hope to score cheap political points and votes by demonizing LGBT people.
The third is from Jonathan Ned Katz, who is a scholar of LGBT history. He donated 850 volumes from his private collection and is the largest donation from any single individual in SNMA’s history.
All three exhibits are on display now at Stonewall National Museum & Archive in the ArtServe Building at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.