(SUN-SENTINEL) — At the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, gay history is bursting at the seams.

There’s the tennis racket signed by Martina Navratilova. News clippings of former beauty queen and gay rights opponent Anita Bryant. The gavel that hammered the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy against gays and lesbians last year.

Even as libraries are shrinking and many bookstores are closing because of the Web, this repository has outgrown its shelf space since moving into its home on East Sunrise Boulevard three years ago.

“It’s a good sign. It’s a sign of the vibrance of this movement,” said U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass., who visits Fort Lauderdale twice a year with his partner and recently loaned the gavel. “This is a very important cause to document.”


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