Smithsonian Adding LGBT Exhibit That Includes Pieces From Will and Grace

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I’m so excited to have another reason besides “The First Ladies” exhibit to visit Washington’s Smithsonian Institution: a brand new LGBT exhibition.

The museum is curating a collection of historical gay and lesbian artifacts in an effort to document and better understand LGBT history in our country. More from Huff Post Gay:


Curators are collecting materials from LGBT political, sports and cultural history objects from Arizona to Maryland.

Some items being donated include the diplomatic passports of Ambassador David Huebner, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador confirmed by the Senate, and his husband; materials from a gay community center in Baltimore; and photography collections from Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros documenting gay rights activism.

From sports history, the museum will receive a tennis racket from former professional player Renee Richards who won a landmark New York Supreme Court decision for transgender rights after she was denied entry to the U.S. Open in 1975. And the museum will receive the first transgender pride flag from an activist and U.S. Navy veteran.

Adding to that list is a host of items from Will and Grace donated by show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. They include everything from scripts and props to a sign from "Grace Adler Interior Design" and, of course, a pill bottle.

"[Openly gay characters] were invited into people's living rooms happened to be your gay friends," Kohan says, highlighting the significance of the series in the context of LGBT history. "I don't think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay."

Read more about the collection here.

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