"It's fantastic," said Ros, who with
"It was really important for me that these prints go into the Smithsonian for history," Ros said. "But it was more important for me that I document these people who are fighting, and the reasons they have found themselves in this position to do so."
"This fight was personal for me," said Ros, 44, who has been on her own since age 17.
"Growing up in a conservative Cuban household, once my family found out I was gay, they threw me out of the house. They blamed me for turning my younger brother gay. That was not true. He was pretty gay to start with," Ros said. "When they threw me out and told people why I wasn't at home anymore, they told people I was on drugs. To them, that was better."
Smithsonian curators learned of Ros through a friend of hers who works at the museum, she said.
Ros carefully cataloged her photos before sending them to the museum. "I gave them really formal captions that they were happy to have, so it wasn't just a photo, there was a story attached."
Said the Smithsonian in a statement: "
Along with Ros' photos, the museum has recently acquired a tennis racquet from transgender player
Most of Ros' photos were taken in
Among the LGBT activists she has captured for posterity:
"I think it's awesome. It's amazing for her," Burttschell said Sunday, adding that his photo depicts "a really pivotal moment in LGBT history."
"It really started public discourse on the issue," he said. "It made it easier to talk about marriage equality and equality in the workplace."
Ros said she hopes that through her work future generations of LGBT people will know how they achieved equality. "As rapidly as these things are changing, I want to make sure we don't forget or lose the history of this movement."
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