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The Smithsonian Museum of Washington Opens an LGBT section

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 04 September 2014) The National Museum of American History in Washington inaugurated on August 19, 2014, a large collection of objects relating the adventure of learning LGBT history. This museum is one of nineteen managed by the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, funded by the federal government.

LGBT collection: brief summary | detailed article

Several bequests and donations allow the National Museum of American History ( National Museum of American History ) now devote an entire section to the history of lesbians, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people, especially the conquest of rights LGBT and major symbols of the LGBT community.
The Institution hosts objects LGBT connotation since XIX th century, but it was done before in a disparate manner, except in the context of temporary exhibitions devoted to specific events such the Stonewall riots or retrospectives on HIV / AIDS.

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Among the items now housed by the Smithsonian in Washington, we note the relative importance of objects from the tennis world. Starting with the racket Renée Richards. This professional tennis player was banned from participation in the US Open 1976 on the grounds that she was not born a woman and had undergone sex reassignment surgery in 1975 and filed a complaint for discrimination and Supreme Court of the State of New York sided with him after a trial that remained in the annals.
The Smithsonian shows that was not the tournament in 1976 that she could not compete - but one that enabled him to win the championship of New York in the men's category in 1964, when he was known as Richard Raskind.

Renee Richards also has an autographed picture of Martina Navratilova, who was beaten in the final of the women's doubles at the US Open 1977 but she had the opportunity to coach in the future.

Previous donations have already allowed the museum to expose the institution famous dress "fight" (militant) of another great tennis champion Billie Jean King.

rans pride flag: blue as a boy, a girl like pink, white like the rest.
rans pride flag: blue as a boy, a girl like pink, white like the rest.

Trans activist Monica Helms (right in the photo above) also donated various items, the first trans pride flag she created in 1999 and inaugurated in 2000 during the Pride Parade Phoenix (Arizona).

The media world is not absent from the endless inventory, of course, including many objects evoking the popular television series Will & Grace , which aired in the United States between 1998 and 2006.
Photographers Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros for their part, offered 100 images and 86 photographs LGBT collections of the Smithsonian respectively.
Both testimonies now available to the general public. Until joining in one day as close as possible, the future judgment of the Federal High Court which declared unconstitutional the ban on gay marriage ...

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via ABC News of 19 August 2014)

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