June 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Newseum announces plans for gay rights exhibit
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Former Rep. Barney Frank’s coming out in 1987 is among topics to be addressed in the Newseum’s upcoming gay rights exhibit. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Newseum, the D.C.-based museum that focuses on the U.S. press and First Amendment related issues, announced on Tuesday that it plans to open a “groundbreaking” LGBT exhibit early next year called “Rise Up: Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement.”

The exhibit, which is scheduled to open March 1, 2019, will consist of a “yearlong program series featuring journalists, authors, politicians and other newsmakers who have led the fight for equality,” according to a statement released by the Newseum.

The statement says the exhibit is being made possible by a $250,000 gift from Wells Fargo financial services company and bank.

“With their help, thousands of Newseum visitors, at our building in Washington, D.C. and through the traveling exhibit, will experience the rich story of how leaders in the movement used the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to fight for change,” said Sergio Furman, chief development officer of the Newseum.

“The ‘Rise Up’ exhibit traces the gay rights movement in the United States, sparked by the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village,” the Newseum statement says.

“Through powerful artifacts, images and historic print publications, the exhibit explores key moments of gay rights history, including the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials,” says the statement. Other issues covered are the AIDS epidemic; U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s coming out in 1987; the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;’ and the fight for marriage equality, the statement says.

Frank, the former congressman from Massachusetts, and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin were scheduled to speak at the Newseum on Tuesday on the “legislative and societal challenges and victories that helped shape the long struggle for LGBTQ right,” the statement says.

The Newseum says the LGBT exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5, 2020 after which it will begin a three-year traveling tour to museums across the country.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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