LGBTQ celebrities, elected officials, and board members led a groundbreaking ceremony on September 14 to welcome the forthcoming American LGBTQ+ Museum, which is expected to begin construction next year.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King, Tony Award-winning Broadway star André De Shields, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, and journalist Imara Jones were among those who delivered remarks at the ceremony at the New York-Historical Society on Central Park West, where the museum will be located.
Speakers consistently emphasized the importance of preserving history and establishing a place to protect the narratives of the LGBTQ community.
“History matters,” King said. “It’s alive… It is our time for the LGBTQ community to share our stories.”