Newseum Unveils New Exhibit Devoted To History Of Gay Rights Movement

The exhibit will examine LGBT history from Stonewall to the current fight for civil rights.

Washington D.C.’s Newseum is planning to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an exhibit dedicated to the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

Scheduled to open in March 2019, five decades after police raided the Stonewall Inn, ““Rise Up: Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement” will explore how the resulting riots led to the modern fight for LGBT civil rights.

The exhibit will feature much more than the history of Stonewall, however, with parts exploring the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, the AIDS crisis, the implementation of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” and the fight for marriage equality.

The influence of pop culture in shaping attitudes about the LGBT community will also be explored in the exhibit, detailing how film, TV and music managed to both perpetuate and shatter stereotypes.

Before “Rise Up” officially opens in 2019, Newseum will be featuring a series of programs that will examine topics including the rise of the gay press, religious liberty and the future of LGBT rights. Click here for more information on these programs and the official launch of the “Rise Up” exhibit.
 

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