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Take pride: Smithsonian livestreams LGBTQ+ history—and the Pet Shop Boys—in YouTube broadcast

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Born This Way button, National Museum of American History Gift of Robert Voorheis and Michael Sabatino

Born This Way button, National Museum of American History Gift of Robert Voorheis and Michael Sabatino

At a loose end this lockdown weekend? Why not fly the flag for gay pride (in a virtual way) and log on to YouTube on 31 May for the Smithsonian’s Project Pride event, billed as a “virtual concert and digital time-capsule celebration of LGBTQ+ heritage, culture and history featuring LGBTQ+ musicians, artists and allies” (look out for the Indigo Girls, Rufus Wainwright and the Pet Shop Boys). This free broadcast is organised by the Smithsonian Pride Alliance, an LGBTQ+ employee affinity group which encompasses all of the institution’s 19 museums. In a stroke of genius, the programme will be rounded out with visuals of LGBTQ+-related artefacts and stories from Smithsonian collections based in Washington DC such as the National Museum of African American History. These include a poignant colour photographic slide of the late activist and LGBTQ+ heroine Marsha P. Johnson marching in a gay rights demonstration (1982).We love you Marsha. Project Pride premieres on YouTube 31 May at 8pm EDT; the broadcast is free, but please send a digital RSVP.

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