Washington's LGBT History

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Washington's LGBT History

On Exhibit in Special Collections

Gay LiberationThe DC Public Library Special Collections Department is celebrating Pride Month with an exhibit highlighting items from Washington's gay and lesbian history. The exhibit features sermons, church bulletins and papers from the R. Michael Vanzant/Faith Temple Collection in the DC Community Archives. Faith Temple, which formed in 1982 for African American and Latino gay and lesbian people in the District, donated its records to the DC Community Archives in 2012.

The exhibit also features photos from The Evening Star Collection, items from the 1979 National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights, and archival editions of The Blade. The Washingtoniana Collection's holdings include editions of The Blade, Washington's "newspaper of record for the LGBT community", from 1996 through the present. 

Do you have memorabilia from DC's LGBT history? Consider donating your items to the growing LGBT Collection in the DC Community Archives, the city's premier repository for local history. For more information, please call 202-727-2272.

The DC LGBT History exhibit will be on display until July 1 in the Washingtoniana Room (Room 307) in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Photo credit: "January 24, 1971--Homosexuals join activist ranks, seek legal, social changes". Photo by Joseph Silverman. The Evening Star Collection, DC Public Library Special Collections