Exhibition dates: March 16, 2019-January 12, 2020
Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities will chronicle Miami’s “queer” past—that is, multiple forms and expressions of gender and sexual difference—for a wide-range of museum audiences. At its core, the exhibition tells the story of community and identity formation, coalition building, and civil rights. The exhibition will display the stories of the people who carved out spaces in southern Florida for themselves in the midst of great discrimination, isolation, and violence. It also emphasizes moments of defiance, resistance, and triumph. This interactive exhibition will acknowledge the diversity of the LGBTQ community both today and in the past, and it will create opportunities for people to contribute their stories and memories. Queer Miami aims to build and bridge communities and contribute to the preservation of these histories for generations to come. In addition to offering a timeline and rich narratives, the exhibition will encourage people to share their stories through recordings, interviews, letter writing, and art.
Photo Caption: Gay Rights Parade, June 25, 1978. Tim Chapman Collection, HistoryMiami Museum