LGBT History Month is more than just a celebration of our movement’s past. For the LGBT community, it also serves as a reminder of how far we still have to go in the fight for full equality. Family Equality Council is celebrating LGBT history month this year by sharing with Yale University Library more than thirty years worth of historical material that traces our involvement with the LGBT family movement.
George Chauncey, a professor of history and American studies, is leading the project as Co-Director of the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities. His team will collect and preserve materials including oral histories, documents, photos and other documentation of particular events in the LGBT movement.
One of the first tangible results of the preservation effort is a timeline that traces the history of the LGBT family movement. This timeline can be accessed by anyone on our website at https://dev-fec.pantheonsite.io/timeline/.
Another way we are marking LGBT History Month is by partnering with San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Photo Center to continue capturing today’s history as it is made. This project, known as “Celebrating our Chosen and Extended Families,” will be a photo-exhibit featuring families with parents who are LGBT.
Beginning on October 17th and continuing through December 14th, 2013, the Harvey Milk Photo Center, located at 50 Scot Street in San Francisco, will open an exhibition of the photo collection, which will represent the diversity of the families in the Bay area-LGBT and straight-ally community. The exhibition will be free and open to the public between Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-9pm, and also on Saturday from 10 am – 5. See more at http://harveymilkphotocenter.org/exhibits/lgbt-family/