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Historical Museum Exhibit Shines Light on Detroit’s Rich LGBTQ History

By | 2019-06-28T08:53:49-04:00 June 26th, 2019|Entertainment, Features|

“Invisible No Longer: LGBTQ Detroit” is a new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum that takes a deep dive into the city’s rich and varied history with the LGBTQ community. The exhibit, which features 26 photos and pieces of memorabilia, was unveiled June 20 and will run throughout the summer. A crowd of about 70 came out for the exhibit’s opening and remarks were delivered by the Detroit Historical Society’s William Winkel, a curatorial assistant, and LGBT Detroit Executive Director Curtis Lipscomb.
The exhibit was the brainchild of Winkel.
“I had this idea in late January,” he said. “We were able to very quickly, in terms of exhibits, pull this together and the partnerships we’ve been able to build doing this have been great.”
Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the exhibit marks the first ever LGBTQ-centric exhibit for the museum.
“We’re really happy that this is being shared and being done because at the Historical Society our mission is telling Detroit’s stories and why they matter,” Winkel said. “And we can’t live up to that mission if we’re not telling all stories.”
The exhibit was made possible through the efforts of Between The Lines, LGBT Detroit, the Ruth Ellis Center and historian Dr. Tim Retzloff of Michigan State University. It will be up through Sept. 29.
The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. in Midtown. For more information, visit

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Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.