Smithsonian adds LGBT artefacts to American history collection

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has added a number of artefacts from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history.

Among the fascinating pieces are a tennis racket belonging to Renee Richards, the first trans woman to be permitted to play in the US Open, in 1976, and the first ever transgender pride flag.

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The items collected include the first transgender pride flag

Also featured are a wealth of materials pertaining to Will and Grace, the first TV show featuring openly gay main characters to achieve mainstream success in the US.

The museum commented:"The LGBT narrative is an important part of that American story, and the Smithsonian has been documenting and collecting related objects for many years."

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