The history of the LGBT community in Cleveland is now on display, just in time for the Gay Games. The exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society is small, but powerful.
"The title of this is 'The Victory of Self' and it's the ability of somebody to live openly as they are themselves," said John Grabowski, a professor and historian with CWRU.
Grabowski is responsible for putting the exhibit together. It's a collection of publications, letters, posters and artifacts important to the development of Cleveland's LGBT community.
"We're looking at the first real gay publication in Cleveland, out in the open if you want to call it at that time. It's High Gear. It's published by the Gear Foundation," said Grabowski.
You'll learn that it was only after the Stonewall Riots in New York that the gay community started to become visible in Cleveland in 1969.
"Cleveland's LGBT center, which dates back to the 1970s, is one of the first in the nation. We're doing this -- our LGBT archives here at the historical society is one of the biggest ones in the nation. So Cleveland has a lot to be proud of," said Grabowski.
For this exhibit space, they've displayed less than 1 percent of their collection.
Daliah Greenwald is a CWRU student who helped decide what made the cut.
"It's not something that people normally look deeply into, but we tried to sort of give everybody a good sense of the history of the community, and how deeply involved it is in the Cleveland community," she said.
The exhibit at the historical center will be up through January.
Gay Game participants get a discount with credentials.