Gerber/Hart acknowledges the many contributions of black LGBTQ+ individuals to our community. We believe Black Lives Matter and we will continue to work to make our library and archives more reflective of the great diversity of Chicago LGBTQ+ life.
1989 cover of feminist magazine Off Our Backs from our Special Collections featuring poet and activist Pat Parker (1944-1989).
In addition to being one of the leading voices in lesbian poetry, Pat Parker was actively involved in political activism as part of both the Black Panther Party in Oakland and the Black Women’s Revolutionary Council. Parker frequently collaborated with fellow activist Audre Lorde.
Scroll for two of Pat Parker’s poems. @ Gerber Hart Library and Archives