National LGBT Museum?!?! #yesplease!
Saturday night saw some of the WTGG staff drinking bottomless pink champagne flutes while mixing with the idealistic and affluent LGBT community at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture studio on 14th St. Unlike our usual weekend pursuits of debauchery and hedonism, on this particular occasion we were partying for a cause: the Velvet Foundation, who are striving to build a national LGBT museum here in the nation's capital. In their own words, this is who they are and what they want to do:
The Museum, developed and sustained by the Velvet Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, will be located in the District of Columbia, where the LGBT story can most effectively reach a national and international audience. The Museum will be a place:
- for all who want to embrace the sweep of cultural diversity
- that will appeal to our senses and curiosity—our very human need to experience real things in real time
- where all will feel welcome
- that stimulates conversation, dialogue, and even debate, all as routes to deeper understanding and cultural unification
- of meaning, reflection, and hope for the future—a place that beckons us to return again and again
I am super excited about this because according to their tentative floor plan the museum will include a performing space and an archive, in addition to all the other great stuff (martini bar - there ya go gay men).
Diverging for a diatribe - have you seen the tiny LGBT community center we have in this city? Are you familiar with how it has been shifted from one location to another and seems to lack any real funding? I've been to Philly's, where they are currently expanding to provide elder care housing. #justsayin DC is long overdue to have an LGBT center befitting the capital of the nation.
Anyways, less ranting, more talking about how BETTY was the musical guest, bringing the lesbians out to the dance floor.
We all had a great time, and at the end of the night were well ready to open up our wallets, purses, handbags, and rolls of quarters to contribute.