Invisible No Longer: LGBTQ+ Detroit

NOW OPEN  through September 29, 2019 on the Lower Level

Following the police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969 in New York City, the gay rights movement changed forever. In the wake of the Stonewall Riots, activists began adopting more provocative tactics which demanded equality, respect and safety. The momentum reverberated across the country. In Detroit, the Gay Liberation Front fought for a new path forward through newspapers and protesting in the streets. Building on this activism, LGBTQ Detroiters built a community which flourished as it stood together in face of police oppression, violence, and the AIDS epidemic. Recent years have witnessed civil rights milestones, but also reminders that the struggle is not over.

Invisible No Longer: LGBTQ Detroit offers a glimpse into the struggle for LGBTQ rights and acceptance since the clash at the Stonewall Inn. The photos in this exhibition do not cover the full story, but offer an insight into the lives and work of this vibrant part of Detroit.

Celebrate the exhibition with an opening reception on Thursday, June 20 from 4 – 8 p.m. Curtis Lipscomb, Executive Director of LGBT Detroit, will speak at 6 p.m., as part of the museum’s Third Thursday Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public.

More information:

Project Partners:

Ruth Ellis Center

Between the Lines

LGBT Detroit

Dr. Tim Retzloff


Special Thanks: 

Walter Reuther Library

Detroit News

Detroit Free Press

James McQuaid