I went to Washington to help launch an exhibition at the Newseum and also a suite at the Hamilton Hotel that I curated! Here’s how the whole shebang was described…
To mark the opening of its new exhibit, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” the Newseum in presents an evening featuring Alan Cumming, an award-winning actor, singer, producer, director and activist.
The program is the latest in a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 police raid of New York City’s Stonewall Inn and the protests that inspired the modern gay liberation movement. The exhibit “Rise Up” explores what happened at Stonewall and how it gave rise to a 50-year fight for civil rights for LGBTQ Americans.
Cumming will discuss the impact of Stonewall 50 years later, his own social activism and issues that still face the LGBTQ community. He will also talk about the role of popular culture in the modern gay rights movement and provide an overview of his career.
Ari Shapiro, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” will moderate the conversation.
Through a partnership with the Newseum and the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, Cumming will curate a signature suite related to Stonewall.