Now in its 48th year of operation, SNMA is one of the only museums, libraries and archives in the country dedicated solely to the history, civil rights, and culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
The Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA) is one of the largest gay archives and libraries in the United States, now almost 50 years old. However, SNMA has no direct link to the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969. When SNMA were founded in 1972, the founder Mark Silber used the name “Stonewall” to recognize the fight for LGBTQ liberation that began at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. It was a name with meaning then and it has become nearly synonymous with gay liberation efforts since that time.
SNMA presents an ongoing 12-month schedule of exhibitions on LGBTQ themes and public programs, including author presentations, films, panel discussions, and collaborative events in South Florida and in cities across the United States.
With a focus on the last quarter of the 20th century to the present day, the Stonewall Archives comprise over 2,000 linear feet (twice the height of the Empire State Building) of items documenting LGBTQ political, cultural and social history. The professionally organized collection, most cataloged with detailed descriptions, is maintained in an environment that meets strict conservation and archival standards. The Archives contain papers, books, objects, sound recordings (1973-1999), DVDs (2000 to present), VHS tapes (i.e., Falcon Studios, Kristen Bjorn, Colt Studios, etc.) and other media. While its initial focus was on Florida and Southeastern United States, the Archives contain materials from the entire country. The Archives is available for research purposes, by appointment.
Stonewall Museum has become a major cultural attraction with programming including exhibitions, lectures, readings, and film screenings for all who are interested in learning about and supporting the LGBT community. It continues to expand its collection, and the Library continues to be the largest circulated collection of LGBT items in the country, with more than 28,000 books, DVDs and more than 60 national and regional periodicals in the John Graves Reading Room. Library memberships are available for a modest annual fee $35 /individual, $50 /household and is made available for free for high school students of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Stonewall National Education Project is uniquely poised through its vast national network of professionals, to help eliminate barriers, stand up for and empower our young people. The program is a ground-breaking partnership with a national network, first initiated in 2013. What started as a network of 13 school districts has grown to over 60 school districts serving LGBTQ youth. Stonewall National Education Project is an advocate for the safety, inclusion, and value of LGBTQ students, with a focus on improving student achievement, attendance, and graduation rates.The network meets every year at its annual Symposium.