John M. Becker

Smithsonian Adds LGBT History Items to Its Collection

Filed By John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: American history, LGBT history, Smithsonian Institution, transgender flag, Will & Grace

smithsonian-american-history-museum.jpgThe collection at the nation's history museum got a lot more fabulously queer today, the Associated Press reports:

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace."

Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from "Grace Adler Interior Design" and Will Truman's framed college diploma...

The donation is part of larger effort to document gay and lesbian history, an area that has not been well understood at the museum. Curators are collecting materials from LGBT political, sports and cultural history objects from Arizona to Maryland.

Some items being donated include the diplomatic passports of Ambassador David Huebner, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador confirmed by the Senate, and his husband; materials from a gay community center in Baltimore; and photography collections from Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros documenting gay rights activism.

The museum will also receive a tennis racket from trans tennis pro Renée Richards, who won a landmark New York Supreme Court case against the U.S. Open's ban on transgender women athletes.


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