Gay Museum

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    Jan 08, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
    So I'm sitting around the house this past weekend catching up on all that TiVo's held for me and I'm watching a show on Logo about a movement prior to Stonewall that I had no idea had even transpired.

    I can't believe I didn't know about this small, but yet obviously effective group of homosexual men and women in the 1950's in Philadelphia who would quietly and publicly protest for equality.

    "And there's even a book!," I exclaimed, as I lifted the rock off my head.

    But then it started me thinking, why haven't we built a museum? A national archives? A central place where we can go and see our history, understand the past, learn about those that have made a difference. I know NY has a the GLBT community center and there are a few other places throughout the web world, but there doesn't seem to be a place like a Smithsonian for Homo's or a Gay Guggenheim.

    Why is that?
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    Jan 08, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    Are you talking about the Mattachine Society? There's a lot that has been written about them already. One of its founders died within the past year, he was in his 90s.
  • treader

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    Jan 08, 2008 10:21 PM GMT

    Probably because it would take a lot of coordination and a ton of money to pull it together. Second, organizations and institutions who have gay collections probably don't want to give them up. Then there's the power stuggle of who runs and controls the national archive.

    I do think a lot of gay collections are in private hands or in storage which is unfortunate. The Boston History project here doesn't display their holdings much. Again probably because they don't have the space or the money to rent such a space.
  • EricLA

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    Jan 08, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    There are collections of things all over, generally at universities. In LA we have the ONE Institute which moved to USC. There are a few gay and lesbian archives located in a few different places. But, no, there's no big library.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 08, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    I've been to this gay museum w/ my Mom when i was in my mid teens. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 09, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    I find it hard to believe funding would be much of an issue. Most can afford to donate a few dollars every year, and if we really are 10%...