Velvet Foundation

Velvet Foundation National LGBT Museum
Developed and sustained by the Velvet Foundation, the Museum will be located in the city of New York, where the LGBT story can most effectively reach a national and international audience. The Museum is dedicated to sharing the heritage of LGBT people, a story that unites millions of women and men but is rarely represented in mainstream museums.
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"Here I Am" is the Velvet Foundation's national campaign to establish the National LGBT Museum in New York City. Here I Am will serve an unmet need. During the past 40 years, the American LGBT community has found its voice—today sustained by myriad activist and social organizations throughout the country. However, these advances have not been reflected in mainstream museum practices and policies. The LGBT experience rarely appears in museum collections, exhibitions, or public programs, keeping LGBT material culture invisible to most of the museum-visiting public. The envisioned Museum will bring the LGBT experience out onto the museum floor, opening new doors of learning and understanding. Here I Am will not duplicate the mission of any other institution. There are a number of collections of LGBT materials throughout the nation. But none of them has a national focus; and only a few engage in ongoing exhibition programs. Through collaboration, Here I Am will provide other museums and collections dedicated to the LGBT experience with opportunities to engage new audiences. Here I Am will engage broad audiences. The Museum will have great appeal among members of the myriad LGBT communities and their families and friends. Its audience, however, will extend far beyond this core constituency. That’s because the Museum’s vision is about inclusiveness, about reaching out on a human level, and about embracing who we are and what we strive to be. The story is fundamental, but the journey is complex. Our desire to be a whole person, who is accepted and respected by our family, our community, and society, is a universal story—a story that should be shared.

Mission: The creation of the National LGBT Museum will be a forum for the identification, study, and dissemination of the social, historical, and cultural contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community—and its relation within the larger society—through collections, exhibitions, research, publications, and other public programs. At its core, the Museum will be guided by a set of principles that embodies its mission, informs its vision, and directs its actions: -Preservation. Be a valued and respected member of the museum community as a collector and steward of a unique part of humanity's history and culture. -Scholarship. Serve as a resource center for researchers, scholars, and others interested in the study of LGBT history and culture. -Cultural Unification. Offer a place- and means- for LGBT people to pursue mutual goals and to foster a shared identity. -Education. Provide the resources and tools needed for teachers and students to explore, learn, and connect with the heritage of LGBT people. -Social Responsibility. Enhance the well-being of all human communities by providing a secure public forum for individuals and groups to confront, debate, and exchange ideas. -Inclusiveness. Welcome people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and ages to share in the LGBT experience as a critical park of America's history and culture. -National Outreach and Collaboration. Reach beyond New York, to engage new audiences and to collaborate with museums and collections that are also dedicated to preserving and interpreting LGBT history and culture. -Innovation. Create experiences that position the Museum on the cutting edge of interpretive philosophy by incorporating novel exhibit design and techniques.

Attention Baltimore!
07/21/2016
The history of Baltimore's lesbian bar scene

Attention Baltimore!

In the August 1979 issue of Baltimore's long-running Gay Community Center newspaper, Greg Lehne wrote about casual sex in the gay men's community in his column, "Gay Perspectives." How do you let a man know you are interested in getting to know him, not just getting it on? Lehne advised looking to l...

Gay agenda is on a schedule!
06/26/2016

Gay agenda is on a schedule!

02/22/2016
Comfort 101: The Art of the Dinner Party

Comfort 101: The Art of the Dinner Party

We’re excited to share our new video, The Art of The Dinner Party, featuring many new styles from our Spring 2016 Collection. Shot at the company’s High Poin...

Outwrite Bookstore sign lands in Atlanta History Center exhibit - Georgia Voice - Gay & LGBT Atlanta
01/26/2016
Outwrite Bookstore sign lands in Atlanta History Center exhibit - Georgia Voice - Gay & LGBT Atlanta

Outwrite Bookstore sign lands in Atlanta History Center exhibit - Georgia Voice - Gay & LGBT Atlanta

Miss the good old days of the late, great Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse? The Atlanta History Center is giving folks a way to reminisce as the sign from the 10th Street side of the store is now on display in the “Atlanta In 50 Objects” exhibit. Outwrite closed in Jan. 2012 after 18 years of …

"Homosexuals are different.  And we believe they have the right to be."  -Mattachine Society, opting against today's We ...
01/15/2016
Rare gay and lesbian historical images released for the first time

"Homosexuals are different. And we believe they have the right to be." -Mattachine Society, opting against today's We Are Just Like You and Love Is Love advocacy campaigns.

A treasure trove of gay and lesbian US history has just been made available to the public.

Robert Spitzer, influential US psychiatrist who was lauded for pushing to remove homosexuality's classification as a men...
12/27/2015
Robert Spitzer, influential US psychiatrist, dies aged 83 - BBC News

Robert Spitzer, influential US psychiatrist who was lauded for pushing to remove homosexuality's classification as a mental disorder in 1973 dies at age 83.

Dr Jack Drescher, a gay psychoanalyst, described it as a major advance for gay rights.

"The fact that gay marriage is allowed today is in part owed to Bob Spitzer," he told the New York Times.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35185138

Robert Spitzer, the influential US psychiatrist who helped declassify homosexuality as an illness, dies aged 83.

Velvet Foundation
12/25/2015

Velvet Foundation

Velvet Foundation's cover photo
12/25/2015

Velvet Foundation's cover photo

Grab a cider, sit by the fire, and take a look!  Great videos from HuffPostLive.  1 each for the L, the G, the B and the...
10/28/2015
WATCH: HuffPost Live's Deep Dive Into LGBT History

Grab a cider, sit by the fire, and take a look! Great videos from HuffPostLive. 1 each for the L, the G, the B and the T.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the expansion of the queer community.

Is this your story or the story of someone you know?
10/20/2015
The Lost History of Gay Adult Adoption

Is this your story or the story of someone you know?

Previously excluded from marriage, some gay people adopted their partner for legal protection. But what happens to these adoptions now that same-sex marriage is legal?

A few words from the founder of LGBT History Month in its 22nd year.
10/07/2015
Knowing LGBT History Is Knowing Yourself | Advocate.com

A few words from the founder of LGBT History Month in its 22nd year.

The founder of LGBT History Month, which kicks off Thursday, explains how learning about our past helped him live a more honest, open, and integrated life.

History of drag lecture given by Duke professor Rosenberg Monday
10/07/2015
History of drag lecture given by Duke professor Rosenberg Monday

History of drag lecture given by Duke professor Rosenberg Monday

Gabriel Rosenberg, assistant professor of women’s studies at Duke, delivered a lecture on the history of drag at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham on Monday night. The lecture was followed by drag performances from Vivica C. Coxx, Spray J., Jazmine Brooks and Vivian Vaughn.

StoryCorp unearths a Colorado clerk who actually gave a marriage license to a same-sex couple in 1975.  Unbelievable!
09/05/2015
Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975

StoryCorp unearths a Colorado clerk who actually gave a marriage license to a same-sex couple in 1975. Unbelievable!

County clerks are making news by defying the state's gay-marriage ban, but Clela Rorex got there first. Decades ago, she issued a groundbreaking license to the first openly gay people she'd ever met.

Tell us about any LGBT classes you've taken (presumably at the collegiate, masters or PhD level)!
08/08/2015
California high school creates gay history class

Tell us about any LGBT classes you've taken (presumably at the collegiate, masters or PhD level)!

The class will "explore the American experience through a lens that isn't usually discussed in traditional U.S. history classes," teacher Lyndsey Schlax said.

Interesting choices….what would be yours?
07/09/2015
14 Events in LGBT History That Deserve Films

Interesting choices….what would be yours?

The Advocate asked the filmmakers at Outfest for the LGBT people, events, and stories they would love to capture for the silver screen.

It is so ordered.
06/26/2015

It is so ordered.

06/26/2015

More from the Majority: "It is now clear that the challenged laws burden the liberty of same-sex couples, and it must be further acknowledged that they abridge central precepts of equality . . . Especially against a long history of disapproval of their relationships, this denial to same-sex couples of the right to marry works a grave and continuing harm. The imposition of this disability on gays and lesbians serves to disrespect and subordinate them. And the Equal Protection Clause, like the Due Process Clause, prohibits this unjustified infringement of the fundamental right to marry."

06/26/2015

The Chief Justice (Roberts) is reading from his dissent. It is the first time he has ever read a dissent from the bench, according to SCOTUSblog.

06/26/2015

From the Dissent: "If you are among the many Americans--of whatever sexual orientation--who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not Celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."

06/26/2015

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. ... [The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

06/26/2015

"The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a character protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning."

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