On July 15, the Museum hosted a virtual event exploring Greenbelt, Maryland's Pride movement. We interviewed a founder of GreenBeLT Pride, one of the community's most visible LGBTQIA organizations. Following the interview with Frank DeBernardo, there was an informal discussion about gay pride and life in Greenbelt.
Greenbelt, Maryland, a National Historic Landmark planned community, was built in 1937 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The town was designed as a garden city that would be a model of modern town planning and cooperative living in America. Despite its progressive history, though, we asked if it was always welcoming to gay people? And if attitudes have changed over time in the community?
This virtual event, part of the the Museum's 2021 Lecture Series was sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum and the City of Greenbelt. Watch the program below! Many thanks to Frank DeBernardo for helping with this program and his willingness to share this vital history.