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Elizabeth Ireland03/27/2022LGBTQ+ in the National Museum of African American History and CultureThe National Museum of African American History and Culture is located in WashingtonD.C. and opened in September of 2016 as the 19thmuseum of the Smithsonian Institution. Thismuseum provides interactive exhibition to help the public learn and explore the many aspects ofAfrican American history and culture within the United States.The museum includes collectionson topics such as the American West, Civil Rights, Education, Literature, Music, Religion,Slavery and Freedom, and Sports. The exhibit on LGBTQ+ African Americans explores the toldand untold stories that have shaped the lives of African Americans throughout the United Statesto help the public further their understanding of African American history and culture.One of the collections within the LGBTQ+ exhibit is the Gerard H. Gaskin Collection.This collection explores images of “Balls” that were attended by gay and transgender AfricanAmericans. These were events in which groups of men would compete to “win categories withcreative individualistic displays of fashion, attitude, posing, dancing, and realness.” (National

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