Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate marriage equality

The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride and LGBT social movements in use since the 1970s with colors representing sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, harmony and spirit. (Photo courtesy of Ludovic Bertron at Flikr.com)

The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride and LGBT social movements in use since the 1970s with colors representing sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, harmony and spirit. (Photo courtesy of Ludovic Bertron at Flikr.com)

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality with a special panel discussion and brunch on Sunday, June 26.

Presented in partnership with the city of Scottsdale Office of Diversity, Scottsdale Human Relations Commission and Community Celebrating Diversity, the free event includes a light brunch and three short presentations on the history of marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples as well as an exploration of gender recognition in Navajo culture, according to a press release.

Guest presenters include Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey, the first same-sex couple in Arizona to receive their marriage license after 56 years together; Vee Newton, advocate for Navajo traditions where five recognized genders are respected; and Dr. Kelly Jackson, Associate Professor at the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, School of Social Work at Arizona State University whose research focuses on identity development of mixed race persons.

After the panel, guests will enjoy a tour of the exhibition Mel Roman: Coming Out Under Fire, the restaging of artist, civil rights activist and clinical psychologist Mel Roman’s thoughtful exhibition Don’t’ Ask, Don’t Tell that confronted U.S military policy towards gay service members.

The Museum’s three other summer exhibitions – Permanent Collection/Impermanent Museum, southwestNET Sama Alshaibi: Silsila and Public Trust: It’s About What We Do – will also be open for viewing.

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