This exhibition contains sensitive content. This includes sexual acts, self-harm, and the persecution of the LGBTQ+ community. Your self-care is important to us. There are resources available to you if you need to reach out for support.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743
LGBT National Senior Hotline: 888-234-7243
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
This exhibition is dedicated to the people hurt by the Johns Committee. Thank you to those who have bravely shared their stories and helped bring the injustices to light.
Thank you to the State Archives of Florida and the Department of Special & Area Studies Collections at George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida for opening their collections to us. Both institutions hold valuable research materials and this exhibition could not have happened without their help. A special thanks to Flo Turcotte for her enthusiastic help identifying research materials.
We are indebted to Terry Fleming and the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida for their guidance and feedback about this exhibition. This is a challenging topic and we wanted to get it right.
Thank you also to Kathryn Ecsedy for helping to rework some of the exhibition text and make it more approachable.
Research can be a lonely task. Thank you to Anna Weisman and Adrienne DeNoyelles for helping with the heavy lifting. Their work combing through newspapers, city directories, and other primary sources invaluably deepened the information available.
Curator: Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney
Graphic Designer: Suzanne Gentilhomme
This exhibition has been sponsored in part by funding from Visit Gainesville – Alachua County, FL; The City of Gainesville; and the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.