A cropped image of the AIDS quilt at the National Mall.


Home is both a space and a feeling, often physical and emotional at the same time. The queer community has a long and complicated history with the home, fighting for equal access to housing then reshaping it into a distinctly queer space. No home is the same; in fact, most are incredibly different from one another. Some are quaint and domestic, others occupied by dozens, none of whom are related by blood. Others still are not spaces at all but the people one finds home in, or they are physical spaces, just churches or bars rather than houses.

In this exhibit, you’ll find that there is no one definition of home to the queer community. Through archival photographs and queer artworks, explore how artists have captured the many meanings of home over time, as well as the implications of these definitions to different groups. These pieces are divided over five sections, each discussing a subtheme of physical space and its connection to queer home. While it's recommended that you begin with the first page, Home Is Where I Live, feel free to explore at your own pace by navigating through the menu at the top of your screen.