Groundbreaking Ceremony

"It's our time to share our story." - Billie Jean King

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The American LGBTQ+ Museum has ceremonially broken ground at the site of our future home with the New-York Historical Society. We are so excited to celebrate this milestone with all of you, our community of supporters who are helping build this museum with us!

Thank You To Our Groundbreaking Donors!

Andrew Shackett: Happy to make this donation!

Anne Kelly-Contini: In honor of UMass Boston alumni Ben Garcia.

Anonymous: in memory of Steven Wolf Greenstein.

Ari Goldstein

Ben Francisco Maulbeck

C. John Knoebel: As an early member of the Gay Liberation Front who walked the first NYC Pride March, I support the important work of the American LGBTQ Museum

Cate Kennedy: In honor of my fabulous son Lyle Matthew Kan, a passionate LGBTQ advocate!

Catherine Hanssens: In honor of CHLP Advisory Group member Richard Burns and his decades of leadership

Crystal Daugherty: I was involved in LGBTQ political work & activism in NYC in the mid-90s (including Senator Catherine Abate’s founding staff team), and in Massachusetts since then.  I’m delighted to hear from the NYT that you’re starting this museum.  Congrats!!!

Dan Barker & Rogelio Plasencia: So happy to see this project coming to life! Cheers!

David Ehrich: In memory of Steven Wolf Greenstein.

Daniel Najjar: In memory of Urvashi Vaid.

David Filipiak: It’s an honor to be part of this much-anticipated museum, telling our part of the American story – past, present, and future.

Erika Kramer

Evan Phalon

Fran McGill & Cason Crane

Fred Holub

Gianpaolo Russo: Thank you for this Amazing Project. Couldn’t be happier to see this coming to life!

Heidi Bohnenkamp & Piera Calabro: Thank you for preserving our history and telling our stories for generations to come.

Iris Marie Farley

James Wong

Jamie Eder: Thank you

Jill & Harry Kargman: The honor of disrupting the limits of expression imposed by fear is experienced through the lens of a person excluded who does not fear expressing herself.

Joan E. Biren: When I came out I could not find our history because it had been destroyed or hidden. May this museum prevent that from ever happening again. All people in coming generations need to know that we were here and what we did.

John Walter: I was in University during AIDS epidemic. We should not forget what can happen to our community of we are not watchful.

Joshua Bell & Max Markham

Judith Turkel: In honor of Richard Burns, our friend and hero

Kathy Barclay

Ken Lustbader

Kenneth Cutts: Thank you for opening this museum to preserve our voices for future generations!

Kevin Bradley & Matthew Lucia

Kristine Stallone

Leith ter Meulen

Liz Sisson

Luke Eder

Lyle Kan: In honor of my son Lyle Matthew Kan.

Lyle Matthew Kan: It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of bringing this vision to fruition – to preserve, research, and celebrate LGBTQ+ history! Onwards!

Mary Spano

Melissa Madzel: In memory of Urvashi Vaid and in honor of Richard Burns.

Merelise O’Connor: Props to James F Lima who prompted my donation.

Michael O’Neil: Thank you to all who made this possible.

Mitchell Draizin & Philippe Brugère-Trélat

Omar Nazem

Peggy Hayes

Robert Bronzo: This donation is in honor of Urvashi Vaid, who has been a hero and inspiration to me … well, forever xo

Richard Burns

Richard Clarkson

Rosamond S. King: For us: all of our ancestors, all of our children, all of our niblings-

Ruth Gresser: This donation is in honor of Museum Board Member Leti Gomez in recognition of her birthday and retirement.   Congratulations Leti! From Ruth and Barbara.

Scott Klick & Frank Taberner: We are so proud to be able to witness the creation of the The American LGBTQ+ Museum. ❤️

Stacey Poston & Wendy Woods

Steve Schale: In memory of my beloved uncle, Bob Ryan

Steve W. Jones

Surina Khan & Jennifer Terry: We’re thrilled to support the Museum and grateful to the Board of Trustees, donors, and community partners involved in bringing this dream to reality!

Susan Kravitz & Susan Rubenstein: Proud and excited to support the American LGBTQ+ Museum

Trish Kerlé & Beth Applegate: Very excited to see the Museum come to fruition


If you’ve made a donation and would like to sign our Groundbreaking page, please fill out the form in the link below!

American LGBTQ+ Museum at New‑York Historical Society

This new building will not only house the American LGBTQ+ Museum, but also the Billie Jean King archives and several new community and classroom spaces.

It was such an inspiring event, honoring all the work that has brought us here — and all the work to be done. We look forward to embarking on this journey with you all!


Emcee: Billie Jean King

Honored Guests: Mayor Bill De Blasio & Speaker Corey Johnson

Featured Remarks From: André De Shields & Imara Jones, Translash

Remarks from: Louise Mirrer, the New-York Historical Society & Richard Burns, the American LGBTQ+ Museum