Queer Justice: Lambda Legal and 50 Years of LGBTQ+ Rights
Exhibition on View: November 13 – 18, 2023
The Center is proud to announce the launch of Queer Justice, the American LGBTQ+ Museum’s first traveling exhibition created in collaboration with Lambda Legal! For 50 years, Lambda Legal has been at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment have paved the way for progress and equality. Now, the American LGBTQ+ Museum is bringing their incredible journey to you.
Queer Justice will open at The Center, and then make its way across the country to Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Dallas.
When Bill Thom founded Lambda Legal in 1973, the LGBTQ+ community had long been navigating a world in which they often needed protection. Yet, 1973 was a turning point in the fight back for LGBTQ+ rights, on the heels of the Lavender Scare of the 1950s, police brutality of the 1960s, and then anti-police riots across the country beginning with Stonewall. Lambda Legal joined and soon rose to the forefront of LGBTQ+ human rights advocacy with a mission to advance and protect the civil rights of LGBTQ+ and (later) HIV-positive people.
Over the next fifty years, the US government and police continued to target people perceived as LGBTQ+ through the legal system. In response, Lambda Legal has litigated more than a thousand cases, many with landmark rulings that changed the face of American law. Lambda Legal’s wins have ranged from striking down sodomy laws, to allowing gay student groups to form at universities, to helping parents adopt their children, to advocating to secure healthcare for people living with HIV and AIDS, and more.
Lambda Legal’s founders were inspired by innovative strategies used to address institutionalized discrimination, by litigators of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and by the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Their cases established important legal principles regarding the many forms of stigma and discrimination LGBTQ+ people. Lambda Legal’s radiating effects have improved the lives of millions.
Queer Justice: Lambda Legal and 50 Years of LGBTQ+ Rights is made possible with support of the Zegar Family Foundation. This exhibition was organized by the American LGBTQ+ Museum and Lambda Legal.
Curated by Lauraberth Lima
Designs by Isometric Studio
For more info and to find the exhibition near you visit: lambdalegal.org/queerjusticeexhibit