Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Kameny Papers Project, twelve of the picket signs used to protest anti-gay policies in 1965 during White House demonstrations organized by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings are part of the Smithsonian's collection and two of them are now on display. Earlier this week, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History updated their new acquisitions showcase to include a teapot protesting the Stamp Act, Joe Lewis's boxing gloves, and two signs reading "Discrimination Against Homosexuals Is As Immoral As Discrimination Against Negroes & Jews" and "First Class Citizenship for Homosexuals." Three buttons accompany the pickets, including one with the famous slogan "Gay Is Good."
The display case is part of a larger exhibit called Treasures of American History on view in the Air & Space Museum because the history museum is closed for renovations until next summer. A quick look at the exhibit--which has 150 items including R2-D2, C-3PO, Abraham Lincoln's bullet-riddled tophat, George Washington's military coat, Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves, Ray Charles's sunglasses, a draft of the Declaration of Independence, a panel from the aids quilt, Jackie's inauguration ball gown, and Dorothy's ruby slippers-- appears below.