Smithsonian to Collect Objects Related to LGBT History

Smithsonian to Collect Objects Related to LGBT History

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

The Seattle Lesbian received a news release Thursday from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History museum announcing the upcoming collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) items for display.

During an upcoming reception at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.) in Washington, D.C.  on Tuesday, August 19, guests will be able to witness the collection firsthand.

New and recent acquisitions include Renee Richard’s tennis racket, the official transgender pride flag, materials from the groundbreaking TV series Will and Grace and the diplomatic passports of the former U.S. ambassador to New Zealand David Huebner and his spouse, Duane McWaine. The objects will be on view for media during the ceremony.

Will&Grace
Will and Grace Cast Photo

Confirmed guests include: John Gray, director, National Museum of American History; Monica Helms, creator, Transgender Pride Flag; David Huebner, former ambassador to New Zealand, and his spouse Duane McWaine; David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, creators of Will and Grace; Patsy Lynch, photographer; Mark Meinke, founder, Rainbow History Project; Kelly Neel, interim executive director, Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Baltimore; Kevin Platte, executive and artistic director, DC Cowboys Dance Company Inc.; and Silvia Ros, photographer.

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has a long tradition of documenting the full breadth of the American experience and what it means to be an American. The LGBT narrative is an important part of that American story, and the Smithsonian has been documenting and collecting related objects for many years,” the statement read.

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