LGBTQ+ Heritage and Identity: Why Our Museums Cannot Ignore Their Stories Any Longer

Kynnedy Masheck Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Elise Edwards Butler University
This research is based upon museum theory that argues that the United States celebrates diversity through museum representation that works to integrate the culture and story of minority communities into American heritage as a whole. This study argues that there is a clear omission of LGBTQ+ narratives in museums and historic and that this omission denies the community’s presence and importance, which has negative effects on LGBTQ+ individuals directly. The lack of representation and insufficient portrayal of LGBTQ+ people and culture in museums hinders their construction of heritage and understanding of identity by separating and ignoring them as part of national history, as well as denying a connection to their own history through artifacts and art. Heritage is constructed and perpetuated through museum narratives, however, lack of representation can cause internalization of a feeling of being unwanted. Through the implementation of museum theory and anthropological concepts, this study explores the social importance and power of museums and argues that the LGBTQ+ museum representation can negate internal and external feelings of shame and hiding and are able to influence the general atmosphere surrounding LGBTQ+ issues, creating a more accepting and empathetic populous.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:30 AM
Jordan Hall 238