LGBTQ: Rights & Justice Exhibition Opens at Burton Barr

LGBTQ: Rights & Justice Exhibition Opens at Burton Barr

With Phoenix Pride coming up this weekend, a local organization has put together a unique program celebrating the LGBTQ community.

The Alwun House Foundation presents LGBTQ: Rights & Justice at the Burton Barr Central Library. This unique exhibit and program will be available for viewing starting Monday, March 27 through Saturday, April 22.

Kim Moody of Alwun House will host special events over the next two weeks that coincide with the gallery. The community is invited to come and learn more about the history of LGBTQ rights and issues in the state of Arizona. The exhibition will include a variety of art that reflects the struggles the LGBTQ community has endured in an effort to gain justice they were denied. Guests can expect to see art work that spans first time exhibitors to professionals and includes family photos, anti-gay protesters, weddings, pride and personal achievements.

The BJ Bud Memorial Archives will also be on display, and this includes flyers, newspaper and magazine front pages and other artifacts.

 On Tuesday, April 4, there will be a  LGBTQ: Rights & Justice Symposium at Pulliam Auditorium, where the panel will discuss achievements and memorable events. Panelists include Kim Moody, Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian, Ron Wilcox of Nu Towne Saloon, the longest operating gay bar in the city, and Scott Tickler, former Miss IGRA/AGRA. Up next will be the UpStairs Infernal Screening on Wednesday, April 5 in the Pulliam Auditorium. Attendees will get the chance to view the full-length documentary about the second largest gay mass murder in American history, succeeded only by last year’s shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The film tells the story of the 1973 arson fire at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite it’s historical significance, few people are aware of this tragedy, and now is the chance to learn more. Guests can stay after the screening for a special Q&A, and they can RSVP here: RSVP Viewing. Check out the trailer before the event:
There will also be a community reception on First Friday, April 7 at the Library’s North Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. The Metropolitan Men’s Chorus and Youth Choir will perform, and there will be a resource fair with community organizations including ACLU, Trans Queer Pueblo, LGBTQ Consortium, Native Health and Equality Arizona.

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