About the Museum
The first cultural equipment in Latin America related to the theme, the Museum of Sexual Diversity (Museu da Diversidade Sexual) was created to ensure the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Brazilian LGBT community through the collection, organization and public availability of material and immaterial references; to research and disseminate the historical and cultural heritage of the Brazilian LGBT community, especially in São Paulo; to value the importance of sexual diversity in the social, economic and cultural construction of the State of São Paulo and Brazil; and to publish and disseminate documents and testimonies related to the memory and political, economic, social and cultural history of the LGBT community and its interface with the State of São Paulo.
Despite representing a significant part of society (research indicates that 10% identify themselves as LGBT), the population of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and transgenders has suffered from discrimination and violence over time and has resulted in restriction of their rights and the invisibility of their community. However, it is important to note that, historically, it has influenced in a remarkable way diverse artistic-cultural manifestations, such as dance, music, literature, fine arts and theater, among others. Thus, understanding its important and transforming role of Brazilian culture, the mission of this governmental space is to preserve the socio-political and cultural patrimony of the Brazilian LGBT community through the research, safeguard and communication of material and immaterial references, with a view to valorization and visibility of sexual diversity, contributing to the education and promotion of full citizenship and a culture of human rights. The cultural, educational and expository activities of MDS focus especially on gender identities, sexual orientations and gender expressions of sexual minorities to establish a space for living together, maintaining the memory of the LGBT population and enhancing studies about sexual diversity.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons: Mariana Rezk)