The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites guests to hear stories from Indiana's LGBT community—both past and present—with the opening of its new exhibit, Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana. The exhibit features a variety of Hoosier perspectives from cities and towns throughout the state, as told by Hoosiers of all ages.
Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana will feature reflections on life during the AIDS epidemic and on the importance of safe spaces for the LGBT community. Other oral histories will share experiences of rural and black Hoosiers. In addition, guests will hear today's stories—from marriage lawsuits to growing up with gay parents and the role of LGBT allies.
"We were careful to make sure the exhibit had a variety of individuals represented, everything from age and geography to gender, politics and race," said Indianapolis photographer Mark A. Lee, who conducted oral history interviews as part of IHS's Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative. "In the end, we narrowed down the stories from more than 75 interviews, which included more than 100 individuals."
About the Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative
In addition to oral histories, the Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative includes photographs and research materials donated to the IHS archive. First announced in 2014, the initiative focuses on collecting, preserving and sharing stories of LGBT Hoosiers as part of a larger goal to fill gaps in the historical record.
The Indiana LGBT Collecting Initiative is supported by the Efroymson Family Fund and a grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.
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