LGBT history is often erased from our textbooks, and LGBT art is often censored. These amazing LGBT museums and archives from around the world are combating that by preserving our rich history for future generations. Photo via Schwules Museum Facebook.
1) Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York, NY
The GLBT History Museum from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco features art, objects, and publications from the 1940s to today. The museum also hosts events throughout the year with artists, activists, and authors. Photo via The GLBT Historical Society Facebook.
3) Schwules Museum in Berlin, Germany
The Schwules Museum opened in 1985, and was originally located above a gay nightclub. The museum has become one of the world’s largest and most significant LGBTQ museums. Photo via Schwules Museum Facebook.
4) Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, IL
The Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago isn’t your average museum. They’re dedicated to the preservation of leather, kink, and fetish lifestyles. Be sure to check out their extensive library and Tom of Finland gallery! Photo via Leather Archives & Museum Gallery Facebook.
5) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto, ON, CAN
The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) collects LGBT historical records, personal papers, publications, art, photographs, posters, and artifacts. The CLGA also features art exhibits throughout the archive and in the gallery. Photo via Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (CLGA) Facebook.
6) The Pride Library in London, ON, CAN
The Pride Library is a collection of periodicals, books, and audio-visual resources housed in the D.B. Weldon Library at The University of Western Ontario. There are over 6000 items in the collection in over 15 languages, from popular novels, to documentaries and art. Photo via Pride Library Facebook.
7) The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago, IL
The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame was established in 2013 shortly after Jason Collins became the first openly gay NBA player, and is located in the Center on Halsted in Chicago, IL. Photo via National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Facebook.
8) IHLIA LGBT Heritage in Amsterdam, Netherlands
IHLIA LGBT Heritage was established in 1999, and is an international archive of over 100,000 LGBT books, journals, magazines, films, documentaries, photographs, and objects. Photo via IHLIA Amsterdam Facebook.
9) The Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives in Indianapolis, IN
The Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives is located in the Indy Pride office in Indianapolis. Many of the materials are circulated, and the library has over 8,000 individual titles, as well as LGBT publications, videos, art, and photos. Photo via The Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives.
10) The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Melbourne, AUS