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A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality

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Last year, we announced an exciting new initiative to collect the stories of LGBT Hoosiers in an effort to fill gaps in the historical narrative represented in our archival holdings. A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality, open Oct. 10 through Nov. 14, is part of that initiative.

One of the first major collections to arrive at IHS comes from Mark A. Lee, an Indianapolis-based photographer who has been documenting gay life in the state for more than 30 years. His photographs celebrate moments both public and private as LGBT Hoosiers have weathered tremendous changes in American society.

Mark Lee is serving as the guest curator for an exhibit that features his photographs of Hoosier couples hit by the AIDS crisis, the Bag Ladies bus tour and the transgender community in Indianapolis. Photographs also document the first years of Circle City Pride as it grew into what is now Indy Pride, a week-long celebration that drew more than 100,000 people to Indianapolis this year.

The exhibition showcases the events that have shaped the march toward marriage equality, including the celebration on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse on the day the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

See two panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Oct. 8 through 15.

Exhibit underwriting provided by two anonymous IHS members in honor of The Damien Center and Lambda Legal

With support from Steven L. Tuchman and Reed Bobrick