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LGBTQ+ Stories in Our Galleries

  • Location: New York State Museum 222 Madison Ave., 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230 Albany, NY 12230
  • Dates: June 30, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Join Senior Historian Ashley Hopkins-Benton as she highlights some of the LGBTQ+ stories that can be found in the New York State Museum’s galleries.

    Throughout our history, New Yorkers have led the charge for equality, including fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. In 1969, a spark was lit in the already growing gay rights movement at the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, New York City. As the movement continued to grow nationally over the next few decades, New Yorkers participated in activism across the state, from the struggles of Gay Liberation through the AIDS crisis to the successful fight for marriage equality in 2011.

    New York holds a special place in LGBTQ+ history, as a haven for those in search of a safer environment and like-minded companionship. Across the state, the LGBTQ+ community has celebrated its strength and diversity, while working for equal rights, visibility, and inclusion through protests, Pride celebrations, and community center activities.   

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