What: A unique collection of never-before-seen and rarely-viewed archival materials documenting women in Dallas’ LGBTQ, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer/questioning, community and their efforts to gain visibility will be showcased in a new exhibition – “Women in the Dallas LGBTQ Community” – for Pride Month in June.
In conjunction with the City of Dallas’ Pride Month declaration, the exhibit, which includes an opening reception and pride flag unveiling, is presented by the University of North Texas Libraries Special Collections division and is sponsored by the LBGT Employees Association of Dallas and The Dallas Way. Many of the personal letters, photographs, diaries, newspapers, mementos and other materials on display were donated to UNT by The Dallas Way and are available through the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Archive.
When: Noon to 1 p.m. June 5 (Wednesday) for the opening reception and pride flag unveiling. The exhibition runs June 5 – 28.
Where: The lobby at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St.
Cost: The event is free and open to the public.
Background: Collectively, the pieces tell the story of local LGBTQ women, particularly women of color and transgender women, who fought for equal rights both in the larger Dallas society and within area gay rights organizations.
Among the collections to be featured, visitors will see UNT’s new Lory Masters Collection, which highlights the work of the Flying W Motorcycle Club, Dallas’ first lesbian organization, as well as the Extra Mile Awards for activism in the lesbian community and the first women’s professional football team in Dallas, the Bluebonnets.
Parking: Off-site lots and metered parking will be available. All guests must clear security to enter the lobby.