On August 19, David Kohan and Max Mutchnik brought their mothers to the Smithsonian event honoring the inclusion of new gay, lesbian, and transgender artifacts into the American History Museum. Kohan and Mutchnick were there to donate Will & Grace memorabilia, which included the pilot’s screenplay and personal correspondence between the co-creators.
Mutchnick and Kohan decided to donate around 2012, after Joe Biden spoke to the press about the show’s social and cultural impact and his support for gay marriage. The items had been at Emerson College, where Mutchnick attended college, but the school was looking to move the collection. So Mutchnick and Kohan contacted Dwight Blocker Bowers, an entertianment curator at the American History Museum, who selected artifacts from those at Emerson. “They’re representative of all different things,” Kohan says of the items, including “combating hatred with humor.”
Other artifacts included in the event were: the first transgender pride flag designed by Monica Helms in 1999, a tennis racket owned by Renée Richards, costumes from the DC Cowboys Dance Company, and the diplomatic passports of David Huebner (first openly gay ambassador in the Obama administration) and his husband.
These treasured artifacts will be joining ranks with a tennis dress that belonged to Billie Jean King, protest signs from the gay civil rights movement, and lab equipment related to HIV and AIDS. You can read more about the event right from Smithsonian Magazine online.