Gay Rights Movement Exhibit Removed From Museum

The Missouri State Museum exhibit hall in the state capitol was empty Thursday morning after an exhibit on LGBT history in Kansas City was removed. State Sen. Greg Razer, a Kansas City Democrat, said he is demanding to know whether parks officials removed it in response to lawmakers’ or legislative staff’s complaints. JEANNE KUANG/THE KANSAS CITY STAR

The Republicans complained. The gay rights movement exhibit had been removed. Now, a Democratic senator wants to know why.

The gay rights exhibit, “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights,” was removed from the Missouri State Museum at the Capitol.

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Connie Patterson, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources, offered the following explanation for its removal: exhibit was removed because the department did not follow a state law that requires it to coordinate activities at the museum with the Board of Public Buildings.

The display consisted of banners, curated by Missouri-Kansas City history students, that recount the activism of the city’s LGBT community. It was on display for only four days before it was taken down, even though it had been scheduled to remain until December 26th.

Kansas City Sen. Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate, was taken aback when he found out about its removal. “There is NOTHING controversial about an exhibit that explains how members of the LGBT community fought to end persecution and demand rights as citizens,” Razer tweeted on Thursday. “I’m extremely disappointed and angry that @mostateparks may think otherwise.”

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