Wearing Gay History
Whether to protest satirize or show pride the LGBT community’s often ignored history can be seen vividly in the clothing we often throw out. We invite you to browse through the t-shirts and explore the short exhibits to more thoroughly understand the history of LGBT communities around the country with select t-shirts from the past forty years. We also invite you to consider how t-shirts can serve as valuable tools to see into our local and national history. Most of the t-shirts housed at the selected archives were worn within the past twenty years. Yet in many ways they sometimes seem to represent an America of the distant past. What has changed? What remains the same? We encourage you to think about how other seemingly mundane items in your daily life might one day help to explain your own history. Enjoy the collections.
Brian M. Watson