Learn about local LGBTQ history at new exhibition

Learn about local LGBTQ history at new exhibition

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A new exhibition, set to debut next week in Bensalem, will explore five decades of LGBTQ history in Pennsylvania as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

LGBTQ nonprofit New Hope Celebrates will run “Equality: Pride in Our History” Jan. 13 through Mar. 23 at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem. The exhibition will feature a collection of stories, photos and memorabilia from LGBTQ people living in New Hope and surrounding areas. It is free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The equality exhibition will commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City, which served as a catalyst for the gay-rights movement in the United States and around the world. The five-panel, freestanding display follows the progression of LGBTQ history throughout Pennsylvania starting in the 1960s until now.

“While progress in equal rights and status has been significant in the LGBTQ community, it is important to recognize who — nationally, statewide and locally — has worked diligently through the decades to pave the way,” said Daniel Brooks, founder of New Hope Celebrates.

The exhibition is an extension of New Hope Celebrates History, an interactive website where people can contribute their photographs and stories to be archived and preserved. 

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