St. Louis LGBT Project Collecting Gay History Artifacts for Exhibit
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – One St. Louis group is gathering documents, posters, outfits and anything relating to gay history in St. Louis and plans to contribute the collection to a gay history exhibit at the Missouri History Museum.
Steve Brawley started the St. Louis LGBT History Project in 2007, and says it now has hundreds of pieces of history, including posters signed by four same-sex couples who were illegally married by Mayor Francis Slay in June.
Items that have been collected for the exhibit include photos, videos, drag queen dresses and pride parade banners, Brawley says.
The Missouri History Museum is working with the project, he says, and hopefully in the next few months, it will take several hundred artifacts and help preserve them.
“People who go about their normal daily lives doing what they consider normal, but when you look at their history in review, you see the contributions they’ve made to greater society,” he says.
An exhibit could take years to put together, Brawley says, but gay history organizations in Kansas City, Missouri, and in Springfield, Missouri, have joined with the St. Louis chapter to make it happen.
The goal is to have a gay history exhibit in the next three to five years, Brawley says.
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