Officials in Missouri removed a taxpayer-funded exhibit documenting the history of the LGBTQ movement in Kansas City from the state capitol following complaints from a state legislator’s aide.
Created by students from the University of Missouri, “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was scheduled to be on display until the end of December, but was shut down after four days this week after Uriah Stark, a staffer for GOP state Rep. Mitch Boggs complained on social media.
“So is there any good reason that our taxpayer funded museum is pushing the LGBT agenda in our state capitol?” said Stark in a Facebook post.
“These are literally in-your-face banners that you can’t walk through the museum without seeing… and they’re scheduled to be there through December.”
Democratic state Senator Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the body, blasted the removal and said he had called the state’s Department of Natural Resources, which oversees the capitol museum, to complain, according to a report in the Kansas City Star.
“This display was supposed to be up until Dec. 26 [and] made it all of four days before some members of the legislature threw a fit and DNR apparently acquiesced to them and took it down and literally put my history back in the closet,” he said.