Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) is pleased to announce the opening of Don’t Ask, Do Tell on May 21, 2021 from 6:30PM – 8:00PM in the George Hester Gallery. The free opening of Don’t Ask, Do Tell will include a curatorial talk by SNMA Executive Director, Hunter O’Hanian.
On February 28, 1994, the Clinton Administration instituted “Don’t ask, don’t tell” an official US policy on LGBTQ military service, lasting seventeen years. Drawing upon materials from SNMA’s Archives, this exhibition will explore the LGBTQ community’s response to the controversial policy before, during, and after its conclusion in 2011.
A compelling narrative constructed through photographs, original letters, serials and newspaper articles will examine the LGBTQ response to the long history of institutional discrimination by the US military and federal government.
The exhibition may be viewed in-person starting Friday, May 21, 2021, from Monday – Friday, 11:00AM – 5:00PM, until Friday, July 16, 2021. Normal safety guidelines (social distancing, masks, temperature checks) will be in effect. Attendees will be limited to 75 visitors at a time. Stonewall National Museum & Archives is located at 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304. Free parking is available. For those who wish to see the exhibition from their homes, a virtual version of the exhibition and the curatorial talk will be available at stonewall-museum.org.
Support for exhibitions at Stonewall National Museum & Archives is generously provided by the Broward County Cultural Council, The Department of Florida Cultural Affairs, Funding Arts Broward, Visit Lauderdale, and Visit Florida.
About Stonewall National Museum & Archives
Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) promotes understanding through collecting, preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of all stories, and their significant role in American society. SNMA currently presents a robust schedule of exhibitions and virtual programs. Visit stonewall-museum.org. Find SNMA on Facebook: stonewall-museum and on Instagram: @stonewallarchive.