Will and Grace Enters the Smithsonian
Items from TV show part of a larger LGBT history collection
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
Debra Messing poses with her old co-star from the television series "Will and Grace," Eric McCormack, during the premiere party for Messing's series "The Starter Wife."   (AP Photo/USA Network -Trae Patton)

(Newser) – Hundreds of photographs, papers, and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection today, including items from the popular TV show Will and Grace. Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, along with NBC, are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from "Grace Adler Interior Design," and Will Truman's framed college diploma.

Kohan tells the AP the Smithsonian's interest in the show featuring gay principal characters was a validation they never dreamed about when the sitcom began airing in 1998. "These particular guests that were invited into people's living rooms happened to be your gay friends," Kohan says. "I don't think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay. The fact that it's in the American history (museum), maybe we were a part of something that was bigger than we ever imagined." The donation is part of larger effort to document gay and lesbian history, an area that has not been well represented at the museum.

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Aug 19, 2014 12:25 PM CDT
In a way, they are admitting what many of us know: the media was used to desensitize America and promote the homosexual lifestyle. There are now more homosexual actors and characters on primetime than blacks or Hispanics, relative to population. Even Chevrolet started featuring a homosexual couple in one of their commercials. The honorable Anita Bryant warned us in the 1970s about the dangers of allowing homosexuality to become mainstream. Now, normal Americans must glorify and promote homosexuality or be called bigots. It's not enough to mind your own business, you must actively approve homosexuality or face harassment, lawsuits, or firings. In case you missed it, the animal perverts, pedophiles, and others are using the same tactics as homosexuals and will soon be mainstream unless Americans take a stand.
Aug 19, 2014 12:12 PM CDT
Obama; fail!