The Legacy Project

The Legacy Project The World's only Museum Walk, Traveling Exhibit, and Education Program created to combat Anti-Gay Bullying by celebrating LGBT Contributions to History.
A non-profit 501(c)3 charity devoted to sharing, celebrating, and promoting LGBT achievements and contributions to world history and culture as a means to counter the negative stereotypes that contribute to bullying LGBTQ youth in schools.
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At the risk of sounding like a broken recocord... today's students from the GSA and Advanced Placement class of Desert R...
11/19/2019

At the risk of sounding like a broken recocord... today's students from the GSA and Advanced Placement class of Desert Ridge Academy in Indio - all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders - were GREAT!! I could do this work every day!!

The combined group of 30 or so teenagers from the GSAs at Indigo High School and Rancho Mirage High School were a-MAZ-in...
11/19/2019

The combined group of 30 or so teenagers from the GSAs at Indigo High School and Rancho Mirage High School were a-MAZ-ing today. The energy of discovery was palpable. It is overwhelming to see these bright young people come alive with excitement over LGBTQ History!!

An absolutely delightful morning with the GSA from James Workman Middle School. At the risk of sounding patronizing thes...
11/16/2019

An absolutely delightful morning with the GSA from James Workman Middle School. At the risk of sounding patronizing these bright, funny, charming - and naturally inquisitive kids - were as adorable as they were inspirational. I felt my eye's starting to brim over as I listened to one diminutive girl explain why she loved and admired Marsha P. Johnson. The future was on full display today. And it was AWESOME.

Getting underway with the Legacy Wall build at Palm Springs Public Library!! Opens tomorrow at 10a with our first school...
11/11/2019

Getting underway with the Legacy Wall build at Palm Springs Public Library!! Opens tomorrow at 10a with our first school group of 90 students... #LGBTQHISTORYISAWESOME

As the Legacy Wall bids adieu to our home for the past two weeks - "TheBank" - we are excited to begin installation at t...
11/08/2019

As the Legacy Wall bids adieu to our home for the past two weeks - "TheBank" - we are excited to begin installation at the beautiful Palm Springs Public Library, where it will be on display for the next two weeks starting on Tuesday, November 12th. Over a dozen schools (and counting) are being bused in to see the Legacy Wall during the remainder of the month.

11/06/2019
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Fantastic broadcast footage about today's Desert AIDS Project event plus a special interview (43:00) with Legacy Project Co-Founder Victor Salvo talking about the history of the Legacy Wall. Many thanks to digital archivist Nicholas Snow!!

Everything is ready for Wednesday morning's one-on-one conversation with one of the founders of Palm Springs's renowned ...
11/05/2019

Everything is ready for Wednesday morning's one-on-one conversation with one of the founders of Palm Springs's renowned #DesertAIDSProject (#DAP) in front of the Legacy Wall. It's just one of the many ways local organizations here have used the Legacy Wall as the subtext for broader conversations about how everything we do relates to the history of LGBTQ people. #LGBTQHISTORYISAWESOME no matter where we live. #WEAREVEVERYWHERE

After viewing the video introduction, our first school group from Shadow Valley HS in Indio is pouring over the Legacy W...
11/01/2019

After viewing the video introduction, our first school group from Shadow Valley HS in Indio is pouring over the Legacy Wall searching for answers to our Scavenger Hunt clues. We offer this exercise because it forces kids to READ the Legacy Wall's content, not just scan the names. It's the easiest way to make this complex tool both illuminating and fun to explore. (Besides... whoever wins gets a prize!) Afterwards we do a group discussion about the impact of what they have experienced and have them fill out a survey about it. It's a process...

The Legacy Project is delighted to have this satellite installation of thirteen Legacy Walk plaque mockups at the Tolera...
11/01/2019

The Legacy Project is delighted to have this satellite installation of thirteen Legacy Walk plaque mockups at the Tolerance Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. LP Executive Director Victor Salvo, and LP Education Initiative Co-Director Dr. Gerri Spinella installed this exhibit to help spread the word about the Legacy Wall installations in Palm Springs.

The Tolerance Center is an extraordinary resource in the Coachella Valley that teaches about the history of genocidal conflicts and their consequences for real people. Legacy's display begins with a mockup of the "Gays in the Holocaust" memorial, which is installed next to a glass case containing artifacts about the Pink Triangle -- the international symbol of Adolf Hitler's hatred for homosexuals.

'The Legacy Wall' exhibit has arrived at TEC.
It highlights contributions LGBTQ individuals made.

Thank you for the shout out.
10/31/2019
'Legacy Wall' opens in Palm Springs

Thank you for the shout out.

A new exhibit paying tribute to the contributions of LGBT people in history has made its way to the Coachella Valley.

10/29/2019
The Legacy Wall has arrived in Palm Springs!!
10/25/2019

The Legacy Wall has arrived in Palm Springs!!

Landmark: The Legacy Project [Un]Gala has officially SOLD OUT! Thank you to all our supporters who will be joining us to...
10/09/2019

Landmark: The Legacy Project [Un]Gala has officially SOLD OUT! Thank you to all our supporters who will be joining us tomorrow for this amazing celebration. We can't wait to see you!

Wonderful turnout at yesterday's opening reception for the Legacy Wall at Washington University's Brown School of Social...
10/02/2019

Wonderful turnout at yesterday's opening reception for the Legacy Wall at Washington University's Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis. Congratulations to Travis Tucker and Andrea West who put together a wonderful event! Next stop: Palm Springs!!

The inimitable Jen Zias and Legacy ED Victor Salvo are at Washington University in St. Louis where they just completed i...
09/29/2019

The inimitable Jen Zias and Legacy ED Victor Salvo are at Washington University in St. Louis where they just completed installation of the Legacy Wall at the Brown School of Social Work. A university-wide reception is planned for Tuesday evening to officially welcome the installation to WashU.

This wonderful blog post from the Uken Report kicks off the final month of preparations for the Legacy Wall's upcoming d...
09/22/2019
Legacy Wall Showcases LGBTQ Faces of Greatness | Uken Report

This wonderful blog post from the Uken Report kicks off the final month of preparations for the Legacy Wall's upcoming debut in Palm Springs, California in late October for Pride 2019. Many thanks to Cindy Uken and Todd Burke for this opportunity!
https://ukenreport.com/legacy-wall-showcases-lgbtq/

The faces of greatness representing the LGBTQ+ community will be on display when The Legacy Wall makes its inaugural visit Palm Springs Pride

Please take a few moments (or several hours) to peruse the Legacy Project's new website at https://legacyprojectchicago....
09/22/2019
Welcome | Legacy Project Chicago

Please take a few moments (or several hours) to peruse the Legacy Project's new website at https://legacyprojectchicago.org. Over the next several weeks newer and more sophisticated enhancements will be added, including complete reciprocal integration with our social posts and comments, as well as the most robust search engine ever conceived for LGBTQ biographies. The 'whistles and bells' we plan to introduce to our 600 pages of robust content are intended to make your experience more informative, enlightening, educational, and entertaining; while also 'upping our game' as we begin drafting Illinois's new LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum tools, which will launch in fall 2020. Many thanks to the Legacy Project's senior researcher Carrie Maxwell and web designer Alex Laughnan of acreative.io... both of whom volunteered thousands of hours to make this long-sought new website possible. Enjoy!

The Legacy Project illuminates and affirms the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people to honor their experiences and accomplishments.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are excited to announce that Mayor Lori Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman will serve as Honorary Ho...
09/10/2019

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are excited to announce that Mayor Lori Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman will serve as Honorary Hosts for LANDMARK: The Legacy Project [un]Gala. Thank you both for supporting our work and for helping to make Legacy's landmark status a reality. Don't miss it, get your tickets or become a sponsor: https://landmark.legacyprojectchicago.org/

Getting ready for the VIP Reception at #EqualityIllinois fantastic #Fahrenheit event at the DuSable Museum. We are delig...
08/25/2019

Getting ready for the VIP Reception at #EqualityIllinois fantastic #Fahrenheit event at the DuSable Museum. We are delighted to have been asked to bring a Legacy Project display focusing on the amazing contributions of people like Bayard Rustin, Josephine Baker, Alvin Ailey, Audre Lorde, Marsha P. Johnson, and Lorraine Hansberry into this magnificent space for the festivities . Many thanks to #AnthonyGalloway and the entire team at Equality Illinois for including us!!

Very nice piece in Huffington Post about recent passage of the LGBT-inclusive Education Bill that now mandates the inclu...
08/12/2019
Illinois Governor Signs Bill Mandating Public Schools Teach LGBTQ History

Very nice piece in Huffington Post about recent passage of the LGBT-inclusive Education Bill that now mandates the inclusion of LGBTQ contributions in general education in all State of Illinois public schools. We have already begun meeting with the State Board of Education to plan for the curriculum launch in Fall 2020, which will initially be built around much of the Legacy Project's education tools already available online. Many thanks to our partners at Equality Illinois, which will handle administrative affairs, and Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, which will be providing teacher professional development training statewide. A New Day had dawned in Illinois. This is why elections matter.

The measure is being praised as a "life-saving law” that has placed the state “on the right side of history.”

CHALLENGING THE MILITARY ON THIS DAY IN LGBT HISTORY: (1965)The first organized LGBT picket in front of the Pentagon too...
07/31/2019

CHALLENGING THE MILITARY ON THIS DAY IN LGBT HISTORY: (1965)
The first organized LGBT picket in front of the Pentagon took place on July 31, 1965. That year marked several important milestones in the history of organized gay protest -- which actually got a head start in 1964 when Randolph Wicker led a small band of activists protesting in front of a New York City army induction center on September 19th. Participants at the Pentagon picket against the military’s ban included gay rights pioneers Frank Kameny (Legacy Walk Inductee 2013), Barbara Gittings (Legacy Walk Inductee 2012 - whose birthday is also today), Jack Nichols (Legacy Nominee) and eight others. CBS cameras were on the scene to capture it, and a report on the protest was featured on the local affiliate’s evening news.

Rather than bring about the policy's demise, these protests - which took place every year at various locations for five years - were only the earliest rumblings of the huge battles yet to come. In 1975 Sgt. Leonard Matlovich (Legacy Walk Inductee 2012), with direction from Kameny, would come out to his commanding officer in a letter written to set the stage for a Supreme Court challenge. But a U.S. District Court ruling in his favor would leave the ban itself intact. In 1990 Sgt. Perry Watkins (Legacy Nominee) would also succeed but the Supreme Court's refusal to consider President George H. W. Bush's appeal of a Federal Appeals Court ruling that ordered his reinstatement would again leave the ban unchallenged.

In 1993 President Bill Clinton acquiesced to the military policy that came to be known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) when his campaign promise to lift the ban by executive order unleashed a firestorm of protest across the country particularly among the military's top brass and conservative forces in Congress. DADT would prove to only make the situation worse for those trying to serve their country. It would be another 17 years before the military ban on LGBs serving openly would come to an end when President Barak Obama signed the repeal of DADT into law -- 46 years after that first picket in front of the Pentagon.

Transgender service members had to wait until July 2016 for the policy prohibiting their ability to serve our country to finally fall – only to see a dramatic reversal of fortune from the election of Donald Trump who has chosen to make denigrating and disrespecting Transgender service members a chief political issue in spite of there being no support for his position by anyone who has actually served in the military. Needless to say, the wheels of justice turn very slowly. For Transgender people they turn the slowest of all.

Though some people remark about the “dizzying speed” with which social and institutional barriers to LGBT people’s full participation in daily life have fallen, one really needs to remember that it is a tribute to the vision and tenacity of those giants on whose shoulders we stand that any of these horrible, life-destroying policies ever got repealed at all.

We take a lot for granted today, especially those of us for whom a protracted 46-year-long battle to achieve ANYTHING deemed "pro-gay" is incomprehensible. We best prepare ourselves to fight for dignity and equal treatment under the law for all LGBT people, all the time, in perpetuity... for the dark clouds are gathering and the gains many of us think of as done-deals can be easily reversed. Freedom isn’t free.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARBARA!!!Today the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of iconic gay and lesbian rights activist BARBAR...
07/31/2019

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BARBARA!!!
Today the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of iconic gay and lesbian rights activist BARBARA GITTINGS. Gittings organized the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, was editor of the DOB’s magazine The Ladder, co-founded the National Gay Task Force, and helped form the first gay caucus within an organization (the American Library Association). Thanks to the generosity of #AdlerUniversity, Barbara Gittings was among the Inaugural Class of Legacy Walk Inductees in 2012. Her bronze memorial can be found at 3511 N. Halsted. She was born on July 31, 1932 in Vienna, Austria. Read more about #BarbaraGittings at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Barbara_Gittings.html

Somebody you ought to know about…SALVADOR NOVOToday the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of openly gay poet, playwrig...
07/30/2019

Somebody you ought to know about…SALVADOR NOVO
Today the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of openly gay poet, playwright, writer, and translator Salvador Novo (Our Land, Short History of Coyoacan, Mexico City in 1867). The immensely popular Novo was an official chronicler of politics, history, culture and social life in Mexico City. He was born on July 30, 1904 in Mexico City. Read more about Legacy Nominee #SalvadorNovo at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Salvador_Novo.html

The One, the Only… DAG HAMMARSKJÖLDToday the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of Dag Hammarskjöld – Nobel Peace Prize...
07/29/2019

The One, the Only… DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD
Today the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of Dag Hammarskjöld – Nobel Peace Prize winning diplomat and Secretary General of the United Nations (1953-1961). He was born on July 29, 1905 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Read more about Legacy Candidate for Induction #DagHammarskjold at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Dag_Hammarskjold.html

Today the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of director and screenwriter COLIN HIGGINS (Harold and Maude, 9 to 5, Foul...
07/28/2019

Today the Legacy Project celebrates the birth of director and screenwriter COLIN HIGGINS (Harold and Maude, 9 to 5, Foul Play, Silver Streak). He was born on July 28, 1941 in Noumea, New Caledonia. Read more about Legacy Nominee #ColinHiggins at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Colin_Higgins.html

A GIANT PASSES… R.I.P. GERTRUDE STEINToday the Legacy Project commemorates the death of writer GERTRUDE STEIN (Tender Bu...
07/27/2019

A GIANT PASSES… R.I.P. GERTRUDE STEIN
Today the Legacy Project commemorates the death of writer GERTRUDE STEIN (Tender Buttons, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Three Lives) – a U.S. expatriate in Paris known for her salon as well as her literary and artistic influence. She died on July 27, 1946 from stomach cancer in Paris, France. Read more about Legacy Candidate for Induction #GertrudeStein at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Stein_and_Toklas.html

“THE WELL OF LONELINESS”The Legacy Project commemorates the first publication of RADCLYFFE HALL’s The Well of Loneliness...
07/27/2019

“THE WELL OF LONELINESS”
The Legacy Project commemorates the first publication of RADCLYFFE HALL’s The Well of Loneliness in Great Britain on July 27, 1927. One of the most controversial and influential works of lesbian fiction ever written, this one book has probably affected more lives than anyone will ever be able to account. After its U.S. publication in 1928, it has never been out of print. Read more about Legacy Nominee #Radclyffe Hall and #TheWellofLoneliness at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Well_of_Loneliness.html

AS SEEN ON THE LEGACY WALL: KUKAIToday the Legacy Project commemorates the death of gay monk, artist, and scholar KUKAI ...
07/27/2019

AS SEEN ON THE LEGACY WALL: KUKAI
Today the Legacy Project commemorates the death of gay monk, artist, and scholar KUKAI – creator of the Japanese written alphabet and founder of the Shingon (or “True Word”) school of Buddhism. He was born on July 27, 774AD in Zentsuji, Japan. Read more about Legacy Candidate for Induction #Kukai at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Kukai.html

R.I.P… JOHN SCHLESINGERToday the Legacy Project commemorates the death of gay film director John Schlesinger (Darling, S...
07/27/2019

R.I.P… JOHN SCHLESINGER
Today the Legacy Project commemorates the death of gay film director John Schlesinger (Darling, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Yanks, Marathon Man) who won an Academy Award for his direction of Midnight Cowboy. He died on July 27, 2003 at age 77 in Palm Springs, CA. Read more about Legacy Nominee #JohnSchlesinger at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/John_Schlesinger.html

What a way to go … FRANK O’HARAToday the Legacy Project commemorates the death of gay poet Frank O’Hara (Lunch Poems, Lo...
07/27/2019

What a way to go … FRANK O’HARA
Today the Legacy Project commemorates the death of gay poet Frank O’Hara (Lunch Poems, Love Poems, The Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara) – who worked at the Museum of Modern Art, was a member of the New York School of poets, and was the posthumous winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. He was struck and killed on July 27, 1966 at age 40 on a Fire Island beach by a dune buggy. Read more about Legacy Nominee #FrankOHara at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/Frank_Ohara.html

07/25/2019
07/25/2019
AS SEEN ON THE LEGACY WALL… J.C. LEYENDECKERToday the Legacy Project commemorates the death of iconic gay illustrator J....
07/25/2019

AS SEEN ON THE LEGACY WALL… J.C. LEYENDECKER
Today the Legacy Project commemorates the death of iconic gay illustrator J. C. Leyendecker – who popularized “The Arrow Collar Man”, created the popular imagery of “Baby New Year” and “Mrs. Santa Claus”, and did numerous covers for The Saturday Evening Post. A one-time student of Chicago’s Art Institute, he died on July 25, 1951 from an acute coronary occlusion at age 77 in New Rochelle, New York. Read more about Legacy Nominee #JCLeyendecker at… http://legacyprojectchicago.org/J_C_Leyendecker.html

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3245-3707 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL
60618

Belmont, Addison, and Halsted buses will get you to the north or south entrances to the Legacy Walk. Red, Brown, and Blue line trains all stop at the Addison and Belmont stations. Halsted street is about 3 blocks to the east of the stations down Belmont or Addison

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