Posted Jan 16, 2019 Bucks County Courier Times: Source >
New Hope Celebrates History’s new exhibit following LGBT rights in the borough and nationwide will be on display at the Visit Bucks County center at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem through March 23.
A new exhibit at the Visit Bucks County visitors’ center in Bensalem tells the story of the LGBT community in New Hope and the country for nearly a century.
New Hope Celebrates History’s Equality exhibit at the center on Street Road uses photos and stories chronicling gay pride in the borough and throughout the United States since the 1930s, the organization’s website states.
“New Hope has a very long history of being a very diverse and a very welcoming community … as far as how it got to be that way, people aren’t quite sure how that happened,” Daniel Brooks, founder of the historical nonprofit, said Sunday.
The exhibit opened Sunday with a brunch catered by The Raven Resort and continues weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Previous While the exhibit includes a timeline of the LGBT community since the Great Depression, Brooks said the exhibit specifically focuses on the last 50 years of the gay pride movement.
This year marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which started after continual police harassment of customers of a known gay bar, the Stonewall Inn.
Brooks said the late June protests and riot, and the police presence over the next few days, became the start of a civil rights battle that still continues today.