Monday, March 4, 2013

It Belongs In A Museum!

Much like we think of the Salem Witch Trials today, someday all this "LGBT rights" stuff will be an odd, barely comprehensible footnote to history. People will be hard-pressed to imagine it all even happened.

And to be ready for that day, a few prescient volunteers are gathering artifacts to go in a National LGBT Museum.

So what sorts of artifacts should go in there? Let's dream a little of this museum...can you see it, in your minds eye? A glass display case in a quiet room of glass display cases, crisp and dramatically lit.

Around one of the displays is gathered a group of school children on a field trip. An elderly docent points to items under glass--
"Boys and girls, do you see the surgical masks on display? Who can tell me why the marchers in the earliest Pride Parades needed to wear surgical masks? Who remembers what their teacher told them?"
Is it just me, or is that kind of a beautiful vision?

Other stuff for the museum:

  • I have a little engraved paper weight which I received as an award for doing a fundraiser to help overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I'm so proud of that thing, I almost hate to give it up.
  • How about one of those signs that reads "God Hates Fags"? That should shock posterity as much as it horrifies us.
  • Maybe a copy of the 1974 DSM II--the first time homosexuality was removed from the list of mental disorders and called simply a "sexual orientation disturbance."
The museum people are collecting artifacts right now as you read this.

And I just bet that you have something around your place--either a little tchotchke you've accumulated or a signature piece from a decisive moment--that will provide context for people as they reflect on our times.

And we know they will.

What will you donate? Here is a link to information about donating artifacts.

And now if you'll excuse me, I need to drop off a certain paperweight at the UPS store.