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Missouri LGBTQ Exhibit Making History

By Charlotte Robinson, December 08, 2021

St. Louis’ newest art exhibition hub The Gallery will host “Making History: Kansas City & the Rise of Gay Rights” from December 11th through January 5th. The traveling exhibit brings the stories of LGBTQ people to communities across the state of Missouri. The exhibit created by students at the University of Missouri explores the activism of the early days of the LGBTQ movement in Kansas City. Michael Staenberg President of Staenberg Group stated, “The Gallery celebrates diversity & inclusion, where everyone is welcome. Not only is this exhibit a great fit for The Gallery but it also features an important story that we’re honored to help tell.” Charlie Brennan, KMOX Radio host who helped lead the effort added, “By displaying ‘Making History: Kansas City & The Rise of Gay Rights’ in the St. Louis area, we are showing our support for the LGBTQ+ community in Kansas City & throughout Missouri. We also see great value in learning the history of Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ community through this exhibit, which is the result of serious academic scholarship at the UMKC.” Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Executive Director of the JCRC concluded, “The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis is honored to count ourselves among the organizers of the effort to bring this remarkable exhibit to St. Louis. It is essential that we learn from & honor the history & struggles of all peoples & especially the LGBTQ+ community. As we see from the work of displaying the exhibit, these struggles are far from over & we all have a part to play in building a brighter, more welcoming future for all people.” Note: “Making History: Kansas City & the Rise of Gay Rights” was the LGBTQ history exhibit that was pulled from Missouri Capitol after just four days following complaints last September. For More Info…

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