Guide to the Karen Monast Collection of 1993
March on Washington and Marriage Equality
2017.018
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Summary Information …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Biographical / Historical ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Scope and Contents ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
Arrangement ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
Administrative Information ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5
Controlled Access Headings ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
Collection Inventory ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Series I: Clothing ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
Series II: Ephemera ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Series III: Pins and buttons …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
Series IV: Miscellaneous …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7

Summary Information
Repository: Local History & Genealogy Division
Source: Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
Title: Karen Monast collection of 1993 March on Washington and Marriage
Equality
ID: 2017.018
Date [inclusive]: 1991-2014, bulk 1991-1993
Date [bulk]: Bulk 1991-1993
Physical Description: 1.8 Cubic Feet 5 boxes
Language of the
Material:
English
Realia [box]: 1-5
Abstract: This collection consists of materials collected by Karen Monast during
the 1993 March on Washington and other pride events. The materials
date between 1990 and 2014, with a bulk of the materials dated
between 1991 and 1993. The materials consist of clothing, buttons,
pins, photographs, stickers, and other ephemera.
Preferred Citation
Karen Monast Collection of 1993 March on Washington and Marriage Equality, [box#:folder#].
Local History and Genealogy Division, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County N.Y.
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Biographical / Historical
Karen Monast
Monast was at the March on Washington in 1993. The pictures of the March were her own personal
photographs. She wore the pink hat while recording names and addresses of March attendees. Monast
was given the “Marshal” t-shirt after turning in her attendance note pads to the volunteer tent. The “It’s a
Queer World” t-shirt was purchased by Monast at the March.
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The March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation was a large political
rally held in Washington D.C. on April 25, 1993. An estimated one million people attended, making it
one of the largest protests in American History.
March organizers agreed on seven primary demands:
Passage of a lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender civil rights bill and an end to discrimination by
state and federal governments.
A massive increase in funding for AIDS research, education, and patient care; universal access to
health care including alternative therapies; and an end to sexism in medical research and health care.
Legislation to prevent discrimination against lesbians, gays, bi-sexual, and transgendered people
in the areas of family, diversity, custody, adoption, and foster care and that the definition of family
includes the full diversity of all family structures.
Full and equal inclusion of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people in the educational
system, and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender studies in multicultural curricula.
The right to reproductive freedom and choice, to control our own bodies, and an end to sexual
discrimination.
An end to racial and ethnic discrimination in all forms,
An end to discrimination and violent oppression based on actual or perceived sexual orientation,
identification, race, religion, identity, sex and gender expression, disability, age, class, AIDS/HIV
infection.
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Scope and Contents
This collection consists of materials collected by Karen Monast during the 1993 March on Washington
and other pride events. The materials date between 1990 and 2014, with a bulk of the materials dated
between 1991 and 1993. The materials consist of clothing, buttons, pins, photographs, stickers, and other
ephemera.
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Arrangement
This collection consists of five boxes divided into four series:
Series I: Clothing, circa 1993, undated
Series II: Ephemera, Undated
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Series III: Pins and buttons, 1991, undated
Series IV: Miscellaneous, 1990-1993, 2014
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Administrative Information
Publication Statement
Local History & Genealogy Division
115 South Ave.
Rochester 14604
585-428-8370
lochistref@libraryweb.org
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, 100 College Avenue, Suite
100, Rochester, New York 14607 on August 11, 2016 [Acquisition number 2017.018].
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use in any current or future manifestations must be
obtained in writing from the Rochester Public Library Local History and Genealogy Division.
Processing Information
This project was made possible by a grant from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York
State Archives, a program of the State Education Department.
Processing Information
Collection was processed and rehoused. The articles of clothing were removed from a deteriorating,
plain, white, plastic bag and placed into archival boxes with tissues paper and minimum folds. All of
the photographs from the scrapbook were removed and placed in acid-free envelopes and labeled with
the page number they were removed from. Some items were not removed from the scrapbook pages
because they could not be removed without damaging the materials.
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Processing Information
According to deed of gift, any duplicates or items found unsuitable to the RPL collections and not
retained should be returned to the donor. Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, 100 College Ave., Suite
100, Rochester, New York 14607.
Custodial History
This collection was donated to the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley by Karen Monast in late 2014.
The collection was then donated to the Rochester Public Library by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee
Valley on August 11, 2016.
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Controlled Access Headings
• Same-sex marriage
• Gay rights
• Gay pride parades
• Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
• March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, Bi Equal Rights and Liberation (1993 : Washington D.C.)
Collection Inventory
Series I: Clothing, circa 1993, undated box 1-3
Title/Description Instances
“It’s a queer world after all, March on Washington April 23, 1993”
t-shirt, 1993
box 1 item 1
“Marshall” t-shirt, 1993 box 1 item 2
“Marriage Equality New York (MENY)” t-shirt, Undated box 1 item 3-4
“Linked by Love” t-shirt, Undated box 1 item 5
“I Do! New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” t-shirt, Undated box 1 item 6
“Together Proud and Strong” Teal ball cap, circa 1991-1993 box 2 item 1
“Official M.O.W.” pink ball cap, circa 1993 box 3 item 1
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Series II: Ephemera, Undated box 4
Title/Description Instances
Umbrella, Undated box 4 item 1
Necklace, linked chain, Undated box 4 item 2
Necklace, rainbow flag, Undated box 4 item 3
Matchbook, Undated box 4 item 4
Mousepad, Undated box 4 item 5
Orange cloth drawstring bag, Undated box 4 item 6
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Series III: Pins and buttons, 1991, undated box 5
Title/Description Instances
Pink triangle pin, 1991 box 5 item 1
Round pin, lambda logo, Undated box 5 item 2
“I support gay rights” pin, Undated box 5 item 3
“There are more of us than you think!” round pin, Undated box 5 item 4-5
“God, Please save me from your followers” round pin, Undated box 5 item 6
Dog tags “Operation Lift the Ban,” Human Rights Campaign
Fund, Undated
box 5 item 7
“NY=Marriage Equality” Human Rights Campaign, round pin,
Undated
box 5 item 8-9
“I Do Support Marriage Equality” MENY round pin, Undated box 5 item 10
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Series IV: Miscellaneous, 1990-1993, 2014 box 4
Title/Description Instances
Provenance letter and records inventory, 2014, undated box 4 folder 1
Scrapbook, 1993 box 4 folder 2
Rochester Pride Parade photographs, 1990-1992 box 4 folder 3
Stickers and business cards, Undated box 4 folder 4
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