The Newseum today announced that Wells Fargo, a multinational financial services company, is the presenting sponsor for the museum’s next groundbreaking exhibit, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement.” The $250,000 gift from Wells Fargo will support the exhibit, which opens March 1, 2019; a yearlong program series featuring journalists, authors, politicians and other newsmakers who have led the fight for equality. The exhibit, which will travel nationally, includes educational resources for students and teachers.
On Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m., the Newseum will present “Rise Up: Politics and the Gay Rights Movement,” a conversation with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank on the legislative and societal challenges and victories that helped shape the long struggle for LGBTQ rights. The program is the first in a series of programs running through 2019 that examine various facets of the gay rights movement, including the rise of the gay press and how the news media helped and hurt the movement.
“We’re grateful for the generous support Wells Fargo is lending to this important exhibit about the gay rights movement,” said Sergio Furman, chief development officer of the Newseum. “With their help, thousands of Newseum visitors, at our building in Washington, D.C. and through the traveling exhibit, will experience the rich story of how leaders in the movement used the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to fight for change.”
The “Rise Up” exhibit traces the gay rights movement in the United States, sparked by the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The protests following the raid are considered to be the catalyst that inspired the modern gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights.
“Two things Wells Fargo believes in strongly – diversity and inclusion,” said John A. Allen, Region Bank President for Wells Fargo in Washington, D.C. “We are proud to partner with The Newseum to showcase an important part of American history and reflect on our country’s journey to a more perfect union, including equal rights for all. We applaud The Newseum for its commitment to advance understanding of a free press and our First Amendment.”
Through powerful artifacts, images and historic print publications, the exhibit explores key moments of gay rights history, including the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials; the AIDS crisis; Rep. Barney Frank’s public coming out in 1987; the efforts for hate crime legislation; the implementation and later repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”; and the fight for marriage equality.
Through each historic moment the exhibit explains how activists used their First Amendment freedoms and the power of the press to demand an end to discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in housing, employment and public accommodations.
“Rise Up” will also look at popular culture’s role in influencing and reflecting attitudes about the LGBTQ community through film, television, sports and music, and explore how the gay rights movement harnessed the power of public protest and demonstration to change laws and shatter stereotypes.
The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5, 2020. Later that year, “Rise Up” will begin a three-year travelling tour to museums across the country.
Additional generous support was provided by The Reef Team, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.