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NHM Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month

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Stories from L.A.’s LGBTQ+ Past and Present

In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and recognizing the vibrant community of Angelenos that work at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, we are bringing you stories from L.A.’s LGBTQ+ past and present. Los Angeles is home to many vibrant and diverse LGBTQ+ communities, and these are just a few of the stories, people, places, organizations, and events that have shaped Los Angeles and beyond. 

The map below highlights six historical places, stories, and events that have shaped Los Angeles as we know it today. All month long, we will be releasing videos from our educators who explore their significance. 

Map of historic locations in LA for LGBTQ history

Angelenos Building Community 

Angelenos Building Community is a series of stories from a diverse range of Angelenos and the work they do in support of their community in Los Angeles.  The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is committed to uplifting the voices of community members who strive to create an equitable, accessible, and inclusive community for all. 

Help Us Document L.A.’s LGBTQ+ Past and Present by Sharing Your Experiences

These stories are just a few representations of LGBTQ+ stories in L.A.  In every neighborhood and community, LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations have historically shaped the city, and they continue to do so today. Visit ONE Archive’s Queer Terrains to explore a map of more historic locations. 

We also want to hear your stories! If you were to make a map of your LGBTQ+ L.A., what would you add? What places have shaped you and the communities you are a part of? Where do you see LGBTQ+ history being made today? 

Upload a photo on your Instagram story and tell us why that place is significant to you. Tag @NHMLA with #PrideMonth and your post could be featured on @NHMLA’s Stories!