When we think of LGBTQ activism in the United States we often think of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 as the spark that created a movement. In reality the events at the Stonewall Inn were an explosion of radical activism that has been building in the country since the 1920’s and had already become a national movement. These pre-Stonewall activism organizations are called “homophile” groups and the Gay is Good exhibit, which will run through September, will detail the beginning of homophile movement in the US, its peak during the ECHO and NACHO conferences, and the eventual decline after the Stonewall Riots.
“Gay is Good: Homophile Activism before Stonewall” will open on Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm and will feature opening remarks by LGBTQ historian John D’Emilio, a brief discussion by exhibit curators, and wine/softdrinks and desserts. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction for art and other items, all proceeds will support the operations of the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives.
General Admission: $10
Program Supporter (5 tickets and recognition at the event): $100
Program Underwriter (10 tickets and recognition at the event): $200
Purchase tickets at gerberhart.org
This exhibit is curated by James Conley, Jeff Bucholz, Jennifer Dentel, Kurt Heinrich, and Peter Schuster and will run through Fall 2018.