A History of Queer:
Selections from the St. Louis LGBT History Project
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 7:00 -
Suggested donation of $10 to support the project.
It seems there’s more in your hairdresser’s
closet than Nordstrom sweaters and fabulous shoes. In recent years,
the St. Louis LGBT community has been busy rummaging through its closets,
attics, and steamer trunks, salvaging bits and pieces of its lost
queer history. Before long, a collection of artifacts and images was
surfacing that began to tell the story of gay and lesbian activists,
leather men, porn stars, and drag queens, many of whom lived secretly
in the shadows.
In 2007, Steven L. Brawley saw a need to assemble this random hoard
of oddities and memorabilia so he founded the St. Louis LGBT History
Project. “I started the Project because I was sad to see our
community elders dying off - their stories untold and personal artifacts
thrown away. I knew as an LGBT community we had to do something
to preserve our very own special queer history - a history that
was largely unknown."
Today, under Brawley’s stewardship, the Project has grown
into a comprehensive collection of historical treasures which provides
a window into 50 years of St. Louis LGBT history. So significant
is the Project’s stockpile, that the Missouri History Museum
has agreed to take over conservatorship of select items from the
collection in Spring of 2014. Before the items go into archival
storage, however, PHD Gallery hosts: A History of Queer: Selections
from the St. Louis LGBT History Project, curated by Steven
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon to 4:00
PM or by appointment.
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