Democrats introduce bill to create LGBTQ history museum in Washington DC
Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced two bills to create an LGBTQ history museum in Washington, D.C. The announcement comes as LGBTQ History Month is about to begin.
“As our community faces unprecedented attacks and attempts to erase our history, we must preserve and protect our stories for future generations,” Rep. Pocan said in a press release.
“It is essential to remember our collective past – especially when some states seek to restrict and abrogate existing rights by passing bills that harm LGBTQ+ youth and our community as a whole. Let’s tell these stories and honor the many contributions the LGBTQ+ community has made to this nation with a museum in Washington, DC. I look forward to the passage of this legislation and to visiting this museum in the near future.
The first bill establishes an 8-person commission that would have eighteen months to develop a fundraising plan, assess the feasibility of establishing the museum, and determine whether the museum should become part of the Smithsonian Institution – the largest museum complex in the world which includes the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Zoo, etc.
Once all of this takes place, the second bill would then create the actual museum.
Pocan is co-chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and said all nine LGBTQ members of Congress — plus 50 other members — are sponsoring the bills.