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In Fear Of History: Canceling Gay History at the Missouri State Capitol

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Virtual Panel

Event Description:

The exhibition “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was removed days after opening in the Missouri State Capitol. Why?

The American LGBTQ+ Museum presents a panel discussion of the recent canceling of gay history in the Missouri State Capitol. Missouri State Senator Greg Razer will share the events at the State Capitol in Jefferson City and join distinguished panelists in a discussion about how the history of American liberation movements is used by the political right to animate its base and distinguish itself among voters anxious about social and economic change in the United States.

On August 30th, 2021, the exhibition “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was removed from the walls of the Missouri State Capitol, only days after it was hung. The exhibition, curated by the History Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, consisted of banners documenting the activism of the LGBTQ+ people in Kansas City. Like so many American cities, Kansas City has an important history of activism, including hosting the National Planning Conference of Homophile Organizations in 1966.


  • Deb Fowler, Co-founder and Executive Director, History UnErased
  • Ben Garcia, Incoming Executive Director of the American LGBTQ+ Museum
  • Sen. Greg Razer, (D) Missouri State Senate and champion of LGBTQ rights
  • Rodney Wilson, First out-gay public school teacher in Missouri, founder of LGBTQ History Month


  • Zach Stafford, Journalist, former editor-in-chief of The Advocate magazine

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