New Exhibit Chronicles Miami’s Evolving LGBT Communities

Beginning March 16, Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities, curated by Miami native and history professor Julio Capó Jr., will chronicle Miami’s queer past, reflecting its gender and sexual diversity for over one hundred years. Thanks to the pioneering work of Capó, who is the author of Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940, the exhibit will allow older generations to reflect while teaching younger generations about the trials and triumphs of the  communities of yesteryear.

Couples holding signs displaying their professions in Miami’s first LGBT parade, 1978. Tim Chapman, photographer. Tim Chapman Collection, HistoryMiami Museum, 2013-334-00-25

Artifacts, photographs, archival footage, and more on display tell the stories of Miami’s queer communities who, despite discrimination, isolation, and violence, managed to carve out spaces for themselves and made their voices heard in southern Florida. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 16 at HistoryMiami Museum.

The museum’s 5,000-square-foot gallery, will be divided thematically as well: policing and criminalization, community development, advocacy and activism, immigration, the AIDS crisis, and what the future holds for Miami’s queer community.

“We are thrilled to show Miami’s LGBTQ community of today and the journey to this present moment,” said HistoryMiami Museum Executive Director Jorge Zamanillo. “This exhibit is unique because the story is still being told and changing every day. We’re inviting visitors to tell their own stories and be a part of history.”

HistoryMiami Museum will open the exhibition with a preview party on Friday, March 15 at 6 P.M. The opening event will feature live music, performances, complimentary beverages, and more. Tickets are $10 or free with pre-registration. Click here for tickets. 

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