LGBTQ history exhibit is removed from Missouri State Museum following complaints

LGBTQ history exhibit is removed from Missouri State Museum following complaints
LGBTQ history exhibit is removed from Missouri State Museum following complaints

An exhibit about the history of gay rights has been removed from the Missouri State Capitol after just four days, following complaints from a Republican state lawmaker's staffer who claimed it was 'pushing the LGBT agenda'. 

The exhibition, titled 'Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights' and created by students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, went on display this week in the Missouri State Museum, on the first floor of the state Capitol.  

It chronicled LGBTQ activism through the years and Kansas City's role in the gay rights movement across America. 

The exhibit had been scheduled to stay on display through December 26 but disappeared without warning or explanation on Wednesday.  

Missouri State Senator Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Senate, blasted the removal of the exhibit and claimed it was taken down because of a handful of complaints from Republican lawmakers wanting 'the LGBT community to simply disappear into the shadows again.'  

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An exhibit about the history of gay rights has been removed from the Missouri State Capitol after just four days, following complaints from a Republican state lawmaker's staffer who claimed it was 'pushing the LGBT agenda'. Pictured the exhibition

An exhibit about the history of gay rights has been removed from the Missouri State Capitol after just four days, following complaints from a Republican state lawmaker's staffer who claimed it was 'pushing the LGBT agenda'. Pictured the exhibition

The exhibition is titled 'Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights'

The exhibition was created by students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City,

The exhibition, titled 'Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights' and created by students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, went on display this week in the Missouri State Museum, on the first floor of the state Capitol (seen above)

The empty museum after the exhibition was removed after just four days. The exhibit had been scheduled to stay on display through December 26

The empty museum after the exhibition was removed after just four days. The exhibit had been scheduled to stay on display through December 26

The exhibit's removal came after a legislative aide for state Rep. Mitch Boggs hit out online at the 'in-your-face banners' showing LGBTQ history inside the Capitol building.

Uriah Stark posted photos of the exhibit on Facebook Tuesday, writing: 'So is there any good reason that our taxpayer funded museum is pushing the LGBT agenda in our state capitol? 

'These are literally in-your-face banners that you can't walk through the museum without seeing… and they're scheduled to be there through December.'

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In an update on the post, Stark added: 'To clarify, the Missouri State Museum, which is under the Department of Natural Resources, is responsible for allowing this.'

Stark then celebrated the following day, posting that the exhibit had been removed thanks to 'our great elected officials' who he said had stood 'for traditional family values.' 

'Thanks to the efforts of several of our great elected officials, the exhibit has been removed from the Missouri State Museum! To God be the glory!' he wrote.

The exhibit's removal came after a legislative aide for state Rep. Mitch Boggs hit out online at the 'in-your-face banners' showing LGBTQ history. Uriah Stark posted photos of the exhibit on Facebook Tuesday (above)

The exhibit's removal came after a legislative aide for state Rep. Mitch Boggs hit out online at the 'in-your-face banners' showing LGBTQ history. Uriah Stark posted photos of the exhibit on Facebook Tuesday

Stark then celebrated the following day, posting that the exhibit had been removed thanks to 'our great elected officials' who he said had stood 'for traditional family values'

Stark then celebrated the following day, posting that the exhibit had been removed thanks to 'our great elected officials' who he said had stood 'for traditional family values'

Stark named Reps. Ann Kelley and Brian Seitz who he thanked 'for taking the bull by the horns!'

'I also spoke with multiple other elected officials who were ready and willing to take action, thank you all for standing for traditional family values!' he wrote. 

It is not clear if the lawmakers impacted the decision to remove the exhibit. 

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