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Article 1

Universal human rights know no borders – the Swedish LGBT exhibition Article One opens in St Petersburg!

Article One is a touring exhibition from some of Sweden’s more prominent museums, with accounts of the history and contemporary life of LGBT-persons. In association Stockholm Pride the exhibition was inaugurated in Stockholm at Europride 2008.

After being displayed at Baltic Pride in Riga 2009, in Belgrade, Serbia, we now have the pleasure of presenting the exhibition in St Petersburg.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. So reads the very first sentence of the first article in the Declaration of Human Rights passed by the United Nations. But what cannot be seen does not exist. And a person that does not exist is denied all rights. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or have a transgender identity, all tangible rights – the right to hold your loved one’s hand in a public place; the right not to be discriminated against at work; the right to live on the same terms as other couples – come from this first article: the right to be seen.

Museums and exhibitions form an important part of our understanding of the world. Here, our cultural heritage and collective memory is visualized and what is important – and what is not – is presented. For a long time, our museums have failed to discuss the history and specific experiences of LGBT-persons. They have not recognized the equal rights of all people. Therefore, it is with great pleasure and pride that we present these accounts of the history and contemporary life of LGBT-persons.

 

The participating museums are the Swedish Police Museum, the Swedish Army Museum, the Nobel Museum, the National Museum of Science and Technology and the National Museum of Antiquities (Polismuseet, Armémuseum, Nobelmuseet, Tekniska museet och Historiska museet).

 
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