The 2017 Oracle Gala, the annual flagship fundraiser of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, will honor BreakOUT!, a local transgender youth advocacy group. Each year the Archives Project highlights an individual or an organization that has made a substantial donation of materials to an area museum or archival repository. BreakOUT! has recently made the Newcomb College Institute Archives the official repository of its organizational records. The Oracle Gala will take place at the newly refurbished Joy theater on Saturday, November 11.
BreakOUT! is at the forefront of fighting for transgender rights and criminal justice reform. This New Orleans based group has set a national example for transgender activism and is a vital aspect of our local LGBT+ community. The mission of the LGBT+ Archives Project is promoting and encouraging the protection and preservation of materials that chronicle the culture and history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in Louisiana.
The group’s main purpose is educating the community on the importance of archiving LGBT+ historical materials and making them available for future generations to access, research, and study. By developing financial resources to assist in the preservation and availability of certain LGBT+ collections, the Archives Project hopes to help promote the proper maintenance and preservation of historical LGBT+ materials and then index, publish, and maintain a current list of these materials and where they are located.
Tickets for the Oracle Gala are available at https://www.lgbtarchiveslouisiana.org/