Exhibition closes Sept. 1, 2019
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities chronicles Miami’s queer past, reflecting multiple forms and expressions of gender and sexual diversity. Through artifacts, photographs, archival footage, and more, the exhibition displays the stories of Miami’s queer communities who, despite discrimination, isolation, and violence, carved out spaces for themselves in southern Florida. Moments of defiance, resistance, and triumph are emphasized, highlighting stories of community and identity formation, coalition building, and civil rights. The exhibition also encourages museum visitors to share their personal stories, in an effort to acknowledge the diversity of the LGBTQ communities over time.
The exhibition is curated by Julio Capó Jr. who was born and raised in Miami and is an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940.
Gay Rights Parade, June 25, 1978. Tim Chapman Collection, HistoryMiami Museum
Three participants riding in a car in Miami’s first Gay Rights Parade, 1978. Tim Chapman, photographer. Tim Chapman Collection, HistoryMiami Museum, 2013-334-78-64-4.
Two women holding each other while walking in Miami’s first Gay Rights Parade, 1978. Tim Chapman, photographer. Tim Chapman Collection, HistoryMiami Museum, 2013-334-78-64-9.