Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Our Vast Queer Past

I decided to check out the LGBT History Museum today... the FIRST LGBT museum, that is. It recently opened a couple months ago, and it's conveniently located in the heart of the Castro.

It only costs a mere 5 dollars to check out the museum, and it's worth it in my opinion. There's basically an archive of posters, books, garments, sound recordings, pictures, video clips, etc. The current exhibit they have going one right now is "Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating GLBT History". I think it's always more interesting to go to any museum with topics you're familiar with. So it was neat getting a glimpse back in time with issues that affect me today in the present.

The museum is quaint, but full of LGBT history. With all this history the LGBT community has in such a short period of time (1960's - present), it's odd that the first LGBT museum is in such a small space (mainly because of profit issues/finding an affordable space). But I thought the exhibits were great, considering the small space they have to work with.

Harvey Milk's Levi's, t-shirt, and megaphone.

My favorite part of the museum? The collection of 70's ephemera they had (match books, fliers, pamphlets).

Support the LGBT History Museum! Make a donation HERE, or check out the museum yourself... Worth the visit!

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