What kind of Gay Artifacts should be saved?

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    Apr 21, 2010 9:06 AM GMT
    The Kansas City recently decided to start archiving gay artifacts for their museum (news story below).

    My question for all of you: what sort of gay artifacts do you think would be most fun/interesting to put in a museum of gay stuff?


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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Museum will begin archiving the history of the metro's gay and lesbian community.

    The Kansas City Museum has joined forces with the UMKC Library and the Jackson County Historical Society in collecting artifacts from Kansas City's gay and lesbian communities.

    The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, or GLAMA, hopes to collect a diverse collection of materials from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities of the city.

    Curators say the archive is about keeping a comprehensive history of the city.

    Curators released a book What We Did for Love about Kansas City's gay history Sunday.

    "We're continually exploring Kansas City history and it's many facets," said Christopher Leitch, curator at the Kansas City Museum. "That's not just sun bonnets and covered wagons."

    The museum book also details the AIDS Walk t-shirt collection, donated last year by one of the AIDS Walk founders.

    The organization will be talking about GLAMA and selling copies of What We Did for Love at its booth at AIDS WALK Saturday, April 24th at Theis Park.
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    Apr 21, 2010 9:21 AM GMT
    My Dick
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    Apr 21, 2010 11:12 AM GMT
    Dan Choi's brass balls.
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    Apr 21, 2010 11:18 AM GMT
    I hope they take Mardi Gras Beads, because I'd like to unload about 1000 of them that are taking up space on our coat hooks here. I finally got my partner to remove them from the car's rear view mirror so I could see the windshield while driving and not be distracted, but I see some gays here in Florida whose view is almost totally blocked. Every gay pride event we attend and many other gay functions pass them out like candy, and you get them put around your neck whether you want them or not, rude to decline, sorta like being "leied" in Hawaii. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 21, 2010 11:24 AM GMT
    I don't know what constitutes "gay artefacts" except from what I've seen in this movie icon_lol.gif
    (if you don't want to watch the whole clip, go to 2:40 where the gay artefacts are presented)
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    Apr 21, 2010 11:37 AM GMT
    ruby-slippers-wizard-of-oz.jpg

    But they're already in the Smithsonian icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 21, 2010 12:27 PM GMT
    Elton Johns Glasses icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 21, 2010 12:29 PM GMT
    The Sand on Fire Island !
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    Apr 21, 2010 12:30 PM GMT
    Protest signs from the 50s onwards, personal artifacts from people on both sides associated with gay witchhunts from the 1950s, anything Harvey Milk related, items related to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, anything related to Matthew Shepherd

    List goes on and on.
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    Apr 21, 2010 12:38 PM GMT
    Michael Jackson's Glove lol
  • MilitaryWolf

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    Apr 21, 2010 12:40 PM GMT
    Used tear gas canisters from the Stone Wall protest.

    Hmm... I didn't realize Kansas City was so progressive. Definitely nothing like southern Missouri where I'm from. It's surprising I've only been up to KC twice, not counting the times I just drove through. I'll definitely have to check out the display when I get back home.
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    Apr 21, 2010 1:02 PM GMT
    I have always thought the Leather Archives and Museum to be an excellent cause, keeping track of historical material that would otherwise have been lost.

    http://www.leatherarchives.org/home.htm

    KC is really wise to take this step. Even in the space of less than one generation the incredible struggle that Gay men & women have gone through to get to the mediocre place we are has become somewhat of an abstraction.

    On one level I am glad that younger people take so much for granted. Going a little further it is easy to see how dangerous this is.

    How much minority history has been suppressed over the centuries? What do we really know about gay life in the medieval (very little - some, like research showing marriage rites routinely performed in the church)?

    If I had to seriously answer the question about what we ought to be archiving these days I would say that the digital lives of Gay men & women would be an important place to start. We are far better represented in the virtual world than we are in the physical world.

    I would propose something like the Library of Congress's Twitter archive, only for LGBT topics.

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    Apr 21, 2010 1:20 PM GMT
    I wonder how right-wing politicians and Christian fundamentalists will react? I would expect they'll make claims that we're once again undermining "family values."

    We actually had that happen here in Fort Lauderdale 2 years ago, when the existing Stonewall Library was given space in the public library system, when the building they shared with the GLCC was being replaced. Homophobic politicians made it sound like the Library was a gay adult video store, and that children would be allowed to look at it. Totally false, of course, most of the books being about gay studies, history, biographies and academic topics related to GLBT issues, and those with mature content flagged for adult readers.

    After some contentious meetings, full of hysterical, lying right-wing propaganda, the Library did get its new home. Be interesting to see how this works for KC, and if the usual anti-gay forces attempt to reverse this, charging misuse of public tax money and grants to promote the homosexual agenda to destroy the US, all the tried-and-true tactics they always use.
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    Apr 21, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    Of course, the gay trees should go in there.

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    Apr 21, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    pretty soon they will be able to stuff Madonna and put her in there
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    Apr 21, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    a larry johnson jersey.
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    Apr 21, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    I am probably aging myself or risking being considered myself as boring but recordings of works by the legends :Judy and Barbara probably should be included as gay icons lol.

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    Apr 21, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    Seriously, I think as many gay publications - local and national - should go into the gay archives.

    It's one thing to talk in general about what our community did. But the details of those actions are often covered by the local gay publications. They're also often interesting simply because they reflect the mindset of the community during different eras.
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    Apr 21, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    Seriously, I'd think lots of rainbow items, like triangle stickers, and "squiggles" and other shapes. Maybe some "gay" jewelry, once again a lot of it with rainbow designs, and some rainbow flags. I know the rainbow has been going out of fashion lately, but it did have a good run for years, is still seen and is an important part of our history that certainly belongs in a museum.

    I'd also include the pink triangle, and the yellow Equality "equals" symbol, nor should we overlook the double entwined gender symbols, for various non-hetero sex combinations. There's also gay art and illustration, though X-rated things could be a problem, including some of the work of Tom of Finland.

    Don't know if there'd be enough room for a pickup truck for lesbians, and a BMW for gay men... LOL! And how about gay-themed movie and TV posters, including running some scenes from them on monitors?

    Obviously there are at least 3 approaches here, that can all be accommodated: gay history, gay culture, and gay accomplishments. It even makes me wonder if there could be interest in a National Gay History and Culture Museum (or International?). If one already exists, I don't know about it.
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    Apr 21, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    Bruce Vilanch's beard.

    Madonna's bustiers from the Blond Ambition tour.

    Richard Simmon's short shorts.

    Sylvester's jehri curl and the gold fan and matching outfit from the "You Make Me Feel" video.

    Andy Warhol's glasses.

    Jane Lynch's track suits from Glee.


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    Apr 21, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    leonard bernstein's baton.
    samuel barber's writing desk
    aaron copland's glasses

    charles nelson reilly's ascot
    paul lynde's tux (from bewitched)
    rock hudson's underwear

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    Apr 21, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    I'm showing my age here..but the walls from the Gold Coast bar in Chicago... artwork by Ettiene... and of course, all of Tom of Finland's work.
    I have a porno mag collection that is about 40 years old... litterally hundres of mags. Some of them actually predate my coming out year... back in the late 50's and early 60's....when total frontal male nudity was not allowed, but what was showing left little to the imagination.
    I find this kind of work to actually be more erotic than closeups of cocks and asses. It leaves just a hint to the imagination... something to look foward to.
    Forget the "living legends"...how about anything connected to M. Jackson?
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    Apr 21, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    Frank Kameny's papers are in the Library of Congress now. Kameny was a pioneer gay rights activist back in the 50's and 60's.