The name of the exhibit stems from a quote by Harvey Milk, an incomparable leader featured within it who declared, "Hope will never be silent." The majority of the display pays homage to some of the remarkable individuals whose persistence and influence have brought visibility to, and support for, the LGBTQ rights movement. The exhibit features an interpretive panel chronicling the 1969 Stonewall uprising and a panel dedicated to the history of the Pride flag. It also honors the memories of three New Yorkers whose bias-motivated murders drove change and resulted in stronger protections for LGBTQ individuals.
New York State is also proud to display portions of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt. Four 12-foot sections, honoring those who lost their lives to AIDS-related complications, are included in this exhibit. The three Signature Squares displayed in the Capitol are from the International Rainbow Memorial Runs to Gay Games VI in Sydney Australia in 2002; Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany in 2010; and Gay Games 10 in Paris, France in 2018. The fourth section, on display in the Empire State Plaza concourse, was loaned by Barbara Martinez who helped found Fundación MAROZO to help educate people about AIDS.
New York's commitment to LGBTQ rights extends beyond groundbreaking legislation and initiatives. It also serves as a backdrop for productions that bring understanding and acceptance to audiences around the world. Set and produced in New York City, the exhibit also features a panel on the innovative series Pose, which made television history with the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles.