invites visitors to explore the cultural meanings and social power of
more than the ordinary, enduring fact of same-sex sexual preference. It
is also a complex system of symbolic meanings elaborated over centuries.
Contemporary gay and lesbian people are forced to an encounter with
these meanings. We are vilified and demonized by a homophobic culture.
The archetypes, stereotypes and
images in which we are enmeshed are an enormous burden. They are also a
gigantic opportunity. Gay and lesbian people are linked to myth, history,
and the capacity to transform society.
stereotypes and archetypes associated with queer is a way to amplify
our difference, and claim our power.