"> Name: Awareness of Alternative Lifestyles upheld in Massachusetts

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectSexual/Gender Orientation


Artist: Gigi Kaeser, Peggy Gillespie and Pam Brown

Confronting Bodies: Cambridge School District

Date of Action: 1995

Specific Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Description of Artwork: The exhibit, "Love Makes a Family: Living in Lesbian and Gay Families," features photos and text showing families with gay children or parents.

Description of Incident: The two-week exhibit and supporting panel discussion was planned to heighten awareness for alternative lifestyles at Peabody Elementary School. Before the exhibit's installation, Superintendent Mary Lou McGrath, received an anonymous letter requesting the exhibit's cancellation.

Results of Incident: The district's school committee held a public meeting to gather input from teachers, parents and other community members about issues surrounding the exhibit. The committee reaffirmed its decision to host the exhibit.

Source: Artistic Freedom Under Attack, 1996

Submitted By: NCAC

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