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Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum to open special exhibition honoring U.S. LGBTQ+ rights movement

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum announced a new special exhibition, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” presented by Texas Instruments, opening to the public on January 25, 2023. Rise Up is a special exhibition developed by the Freedom Forum to mark the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn. The exhibition explores the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S. and its origins in the protests that followed the raid.

A special grand opening program on Wednesday, January 25, will feature a slate of panelists, including Karla Jay, an early member of New York’s Gay Liberation Front and Distinguished Professor Emerita at Pace University; Kevin Mumford, a winner of the American Library Association’s Stonewall Honor Prize and Professor of History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Mark Segal, a participant in the Stonewall protests and founding member of the Gay Liberation Front in New York. The panel will be moderated by Gary Sanchez, Senior Director of Community Impact, Equity, and Public Affairs at VisitDallas.

Through artifacts, images, and historic publications, Rise Up chronicles the events leading up to the Stonewall Inn riots and other key moments in LGBTQ history, including the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, the AIDS crisis, the public coming out of U.S. Representative Barney Frank, the enactment of hate crime legislation, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the fight for marriage equality. Rise Up also looks at popular culture’s role in influencing attitudes about the LGBTQ community through film, television and music and examines how the LGBTQ rights movement harnessed the power of public protest to change laws and shatter stereotypes.

This special exhibition is made possible by Texas Instruments, Match Group, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Fossil Group, Toyota, and American Airlines. The Museum is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

The exhibition will remain on view until June 18, 2023.

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