Coinciding with LGBTQ History Month / In Plain Sight is accessible virtually or in person on the museum’s touch screens
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, United States, September 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Florida’s largest LGBTQ cultural organization and one of the largest LGBTQ archives and libraries in the United States, today launched In Plain Sight, an engaging digital experience that brings key LGBTQ milestones and achievements to life.
In full view [stonewallnma.org] provides factual historical records and up-to-date information on people who have come out in various professional fields. It contains over 800 entries with brief descriptions and zoom capabilities for high resolution photos organized into 10 categories: AIDS / HIV, Arts, Business, Film / TV, Literature, Memorials, Milestones, Music, Sports and Theater / Dance . Much more than an interactive exhibit, the team has designed an engaging program that provides in-depth education and opportunities to interact with existing material from the archival collection available at the museum.
For centuries, there was a huge stigma associated with homosexuality. From both a religious and a civil standpoint, people have been ostracized because of who they love. This prejudice has caused enormous hardship for many people.
Over the past several decades, students and supporters of gay studies and rights have delved into LGBTQ history to understand where the prejudice comes from and how people have worked to overcome this stigma. This work is done to improve people today and future generations.
Understanding the history of LGBTQ prejudice is important for anyone who cares about racism, sexism, ageism, or any form of discrimination. This is important for anyone who cares about breaking down barriers and creating an inclusive society.
Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director of Stonewall, said: “For years, a static LGBTQ timeline displayed in a wall has become one of the most popular areas of the museum. We wanted to extend its reach to the online public at a time when visits to cultural institutions are limited due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), while making it more timely and inclusive with regards to gender and the race. ”
In Plain Sight was made possible by the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council. The project was developed in partnership with our research team and the multidisciplinary digital firm DreamCatcherMKT.
The news can be viewed in person at the museum or online at stonewallnma.org on desktop or mobile devices. The in-person experience consists of two large touch screens and an engaging program that allows students and visitors to explore and review copies of items, such as buttons, t-shirts, papers , periodicals and other artifacts contained in the archives. The goal is to provide an interactive discussion that enhances the learning experience of our history.
Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment or an individual visit by calling (954) 763-8565 Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum follows strict health guidelines regarding COVID-19.
About the Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA)
The Stonewall National Museum and Archives is a Florida nonprofit and one of the largest gay archives and libraries in the United States, which is now nearly 50 years old. Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming place that inspires and fosters understanding by collecting, preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of all history, and their important role in American society. Stonewall presents an ongoing 12-month program of LGBTQ-themed exhibitions and public programs, including author presentations, films, panel discussions and collaborative events at its South Florida Museum and Library and in cities across the United States. To find out more, visit us at stonewall-museum.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @stonewallmuseum or Instagram at @stonewallarchive.