History Collectors Wanted

GLBT historical societyDavid Mixner, long-time gay and anti-war activist and author, made a call for the collection of LGBT history from those who lived it before they die, in a Towleroad post that also briefly reviews the Broadway play, “Mothers and Sons.”

“Members of the early years of our struggle for liberation were reluctant to keep records, papers and videos for fear of discovery.  After many of our best and brightest died of HIV/AIDS, many of their families destroyed anything of their belongings that would even suggest they were gay.  Many traditional universities, museums and libraries initially refused to accept such papers because of their ‘controversial content.'”

This, he contends, is a loss not just to the LGBT community, but to the whole world.  “The story of how the LGBT community embraced a path filled with love and outreach instead of responding in kind to the hatred and violence directed toward us should never be forgotten.  Our history, if we decide to save it, without question will be an inspiration to future generations no matter what their sexual orientation.  It is a history filled with courage, dignity, nobility and amazing victories.  What a tragedy if people don’t act quickly and these amazing stories disappear into the night.”

In comments on the article, a number of LGBT historical archives and resources were mentioned, including:

– Fort Lauderdale’s Stonewall Library and Archives  (http://www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org/)

— San Francisco gay history (http://www.thecastro.net/)

— GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco  (http://www.glbthistory.org )

— Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives  (http://www.clga.ca )

The Mixner article is at http://www.towleroad.com/2014/03/the-lgbt-community-is-losing-it-1.html

 

 

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