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Evolution of the Revolution: 50 Years Since Stonewall

May 13 - June 21


friday May 31, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pM

About the exhibition

The exhibition is presented by the Des Moines Pride Center and displays articles and artifacts from the last 50 years that shaped the modern Gay Movement in America and Iowa.

Many believe the NYC Stonewall Inn Riots in the Summer of 1969 were the beginning of the modern Gay Rights Movement, but there are historical events that occurred before and after the riots that brought about the revolution also. In Iowa, the appearance of Anita Bryant in the Summer of 1977 changed everything for Gays and Lesbians that lived across the state.  Her appearance ignited local organizing that remains to this day.  The AIDS epidemic and the murder of gay men, lesbians, and trans-gendered Americans placed a spotlight on bigotry. 

In 2019 the landscape of the world has changed dramatically with the emergence of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer/Questioning, Intersexual, and Asexual/Allied (LGBTQIA+) minorities. Today the world is still breaking forth with newly discovered gender and sexual diversity that finds a place in the emergence of sexuality and gender in human nature.  

This unique heritage exhibit weaves together the US and Iowa historic moments with similar and divergent realities. They randomly and collectively create the heritage of the LGBTQIA+ community. This gallery has exhibition displays local and national event, but cannot adequately provide the depth and diversity of the whole gay right’s movement.  Opposition forces often highlighted the bigotry in Iowa and America in the prevalence of heterosexual privilege.

Cultural and organizational contributions were integral to the success of the modern LGBTQIA+ movement, and it’s incredible creativity, and intellect moved the electorate through compassion and understanding. The Pride Center would like to thank these organizational displays that helped make this exhibit possible.  Diversifying, morphing, and integrating LGBTQIA+ groups from 1977 until today created dynamic synergy in organizational structures over the years in Iowa and the US.

The Des Moines Pride Center is honored to present this heritage exhibit on the 40th Anniversary of the Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • President, Rick Miller Mission Statement

  • Vice President, Helena Mica A community organization that serves.

  • Secretary, Lauren Linnenbrink supports and celebrates gender and

  • Treasurer, John Schmacker sexual minorities and their allies.

  • Fundraising, Diana Prince RESPECTED - CONNECTED - PROTECTED