A History of LGBTQ Communities
Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities at HistoryMiami Museum chronicles Miami’s queer past from the 1890s to the present. It reflects multiple forms of gender and sexual expressions through Greater Miami’s history. In locating Miami’s status as a city of the Americas, it is also attentive to questions of segregation, racial violence, incarceration, public health, and immigration. Through artifacts, photographs, archival footage, and more, the exhibition displays the stories of Miami’s diverse queer communities who, despite discrimination, isolation, and violence, carved out spaces for themselves in southern Florida. Moments of defiance, resistance, and triumph are emphasized, highlighting stories of community and identity formation, coalition building, and civil rights. The exhibition also encourages museum visitors to share their personal stories in an effort to acknowledge the diversity of the LGBTQ communities over time.