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ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

A leader in educating and advocating for representation

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ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

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 the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is just one story of people, places, organizations and events that have shaped Los Angeles and beyond.

Watch Dan Priore, Gallery Interpreter, as he shares the history of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives’ role in educating and advocating for representation. 

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Dan Priore (he/him/his) is a Gallery Interpreter at NHMLAC. His favorite things to talk about there are the natural history of big cats and the Museum’s historic buildings. “I have a passion for history in all its forms, from the places we inhabit to the people that have created a foundation for us to continue to grow. Working with collections like those at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives has helped me share how LGBTQ+ stories have always been a part of our past and how they can help us create a better future.” 

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!