Smithsonian Institution Adds LGBT History Artifacts


Tuesday, the Smithsonian Institution added hundreds of artifacts (including photographs and papers) to document LGBT history. This is could be a big step for many who consider LGBT an underrepresented area of history.

The New Zealand Herald reports that, included among the objects will be props from Will and Grace. Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick and NBC will submit scripts, drafts, and props to the Museum of American History.

WgWill and Grace was selected because it "used comedy to familiarize a mainstream audience with gay culture," said Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers. "It was daring and broke ground in the same way 'All in the Family' did in the 1970s around issues of bigotry and tolerance."

Also included among the submissions to the Smithsonian will be the original transgender flag. Monica Helms, the creator of the flag, has donated to the same collection as Will and Grace.

Via GA Voice, said Helms:

I’m totally amazed. This is an honor for the entire trans community...I’m not going to take all the honor. All I did was create the idea, but if the trans community didn’t embrace it, it wouldn’t have become as popular.

Also included in the Smithsonian additions will be trans sports pioneer Renee Richards’ tennis racket, the diplomatic passports of U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa David Huebner and his husband, Duane McWaine. 

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  1. Sickening that gay history has to be distorted by a forced combination with "transgender" trash items. Trans activists won't stop until every aspect of gay identity is co-opted by them.

    I wonder, other than some raggedly flag, what a transgender historical artifact is. Maybe it is a c*ck or other healthy human tissue in a jar. Or maybe it is a baseball bat, something that a prominent trans activist said he wants to use on lesbians. Or maybe it is the knife that "CeCe" McDonald - today's trans cause celebre - used to kill a man.

    Posted by: Andrew | Aug 20, 2014 9:52:16 AM

  2. They are starting off on the wrong foot. We who were in the front lines of the early gay rights movement were very real,not scripted and helped pave the way for others to follow. The Smithsonian should be preserving and exhibiting items from the pioneers... not someone who got paid to write and act.

    I outed myself nationally in 1977 when I created the Anita Bryant Husband is a Homo Sapien! T-shirt and gave a buck from the $5 T-shirt price to fight her in dade Country Florida and was able to get UPI to put it on their wires at a time it was not yet fashionable to be openly gay,even in San Francisco! I was able to get AP to feature an image of Harvey Milk when I convinced them that 5,000 people taking part in an impromptu march in S.F. responding to the results of a Dade County Florida local election 2,000 miles away was national news worthy and they did.That was 5 months before Harvey was elected.

    The world needs to know who the "real people" are and the Smithsonian Institute should honor the real people and not a sit-com.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin the Bleacher Preacher | Aug 20, 2014 9:59:16 AM

  3. Andrew (Rick) complaining about the Trans community out of the blue because he's obsessed. What a sick puppy.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 20, 2014 11:48:58 AM

  4. Sad that the news has to come via the New Zealand Herald...aren't any US news sources talking about it?

    Posted by: calpoidog | Aug 20, 2014 12:41:36 PM

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