Monday, June 6, 2016

It’s Our History, Too! Today's Museums Embrace Diversity

By Gregory Hinton, creator of Out West

I created Out West with the mission of shining a light on the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in the American West. Major LGBT scholars have expressed surprise that Out West has been welcomed by Western museums when urban art institutions have been slow to bring visibility to our community. The reason is simple. The American West has always beckoned those who are independent, who long for open space and privacy and who respect individual liberty. After all, the Code of the West is “Live and Let Live!” Western Museums like the Eiteljorg, the Autry National Center, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West will be remembered for implementing LGBT programming during this seminal time. []