The Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale has launched its summer exhibition, WINNERS: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Athletics in America.
The exhibit, which runs until September, celebrated an official opening Tuesday evening at the museum, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. Click here to view more photos from the reception. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.
Here's more information about the exhibit, from the Stonewall website:
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- On July 24, 2012, Stonewall National Museum & Archives premiers their latest exhibition, WINNERS: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Athletics in America. The exhibit celebrates the historical and cultural importance of LGBT athletes and their allies by profiling athletes such as Billy Jean King and Greg Louganis among others. Martina Navratilova's tennis racquet and Billy Bean's baseball mitt will also be on display. Winners is generously sponsored by Comcast/NBC Universal with additional support from Bitner Goodman, Sidelines Sports Bar, Gibson Group, Push Fitness, Broward Cultural Division, Florida Cultural Division and the National Endowment for the Arts' Blue Star Museums.
Sidelines Sports Bar, South Florida's premier gay sports bar, has generously loaned some of their prized sports artifacts to illustrate the growth of local gay athletic groups.
"Stonewall has rightfully chosen to showcase the many athletes and sporting groups who came before us in the struggle to gain acceptance," commented Laurie Whittaker, owner of Sidelines Sports Bar. "It is because of these competitors that we enjoy a growing popularity in all sports."
The opening reception for WINNERS will be at Stonewall National Museum & Archives on July 24, 2012, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to wear their favorite sports jersey to the reception. After the reception, the attendees are invited back to Sidelines Sports Bar for a free well drink or draft beer.
Stonewall National Museum and Archives is located at 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sidelines Sports Bar is located at 2031-A Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida, 33305.
Stonewall National Museum & Archives is an extraordinary publicly accessible cultural and educational resource that preserves, interprets and shares the remarkable heritage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Stonewall has a newly formed Educational Services Center dedicated to developing LGBT K-12 curriculum, the Museum is home to the gavel used to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell and 20 traveling exhibits, the Library's circulating book and film program is one of the largest in the United States holding over 21,000 books and DVDs and the Archive contains over 7,000 historic artifacts.
Sidelines Sports Bar provides a fun, friendly and "Cheers" like atmosphere in a smoke-free environment for gay and gay-friendly men and women who enjoy all kinds of sports. With its many flat screen TVs, 3 pool tables, 3 dart boards, Wi-Fi access, Buzztime Trivia and Texas Hold 'Em Poker, and other video games, this authentically gay owned and operated sports bar has rapidly become one of Greater Fort Lauderdale's favorite gay venues. Sidelines Sports Bar is located at 2031-A Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida, 33305. You can visit them online at www.sidelinessports.com.