Out at CHM

Out at CHM Interested in Chicago’s LGBT history? This page is for you. “Like us” to join the conversation about how Chicago became queer and how it, as a city, affected the shape of queer life.

Discover the stories of people who have lived a range of sexual identities and gender expressions within the larger urban context of Chicago. Discuss how and why the physical body matters to LGBT history; the evolution of the queer family; the interaction of people in social spaces with political consequences; and the queer body politic, a movement full of promise and struggle. Out in Chicago, an exploration of the city’s LGBT past, opens at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday, May 21. Visit the exhibition, add your voice to the historical record, and keep the conversation going.

Check out this awesome and thorough recap of our last program by Liz Baudler! And a big thank you to everyone who attend...
06/27/2018
Out at CHM discusses history of Queer Expression In Public Spaces - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

Check out this awesome and thorough recap of our last program by Liz Baudler! And a big thank you to everyone who attended as well as our moderator Owen Keehnen and panelists Michelle Citron, Patric McCoy, and Andie Mckenzie Meadows.

Inside the Center on Halsted's auditorium, while queer community vendors tabled their wares over a DJ, an open bar, and plates of hors d'oeuvres, Chicago History Museum board member Matt Blakely called queer history and Chicago history inextricably linked. Blakely introduced Queer Expression In Publ...

Don't miss this powerful evening featuring Antonio Gutierrez of the Community Activism Law Alliance - CALA, Tania Unzuet...
04/19/2018
OUT at CHM | Undocumented and Queer - Chicago History Museum

Don't miss this powerful evening featuring Antonio Gutierrez of the Community Activism Law Alliance - CALA, Tania Unzueta of Mijente, a new political home for Latinx & Chicanx organizing, and Mike Jarecki, named one of the best LGBT lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association

Join us as we showcase the struggles and activism of undocumented queer people in this age of uncertainty. Delve into the history of the fight for immigrant rights in Chicago’s LGBTQ community. Take a closer look at the gripping stories, legal avenues, and layered past of undocumented queer person...

Next Tuesday, April 24th, join us for our 2nd program of 2018: OUT at CHM: Undocumented and Queer!Hear the gripping stor...
04/17/2018

Next Tuesday, April 24th, join us for our 2nd program of 2018: OUT at CHM: Undocumented and Queer!

Hear the gripping stories of struggle, activism, and organizing among our queer and undocumented community members.

In this age of uncertainty, learn about the legal avenues and policy landscape for undocumented immigrants and Chicago's place in that history.

Grab your tickets here: https://bit.ly/2HFzabT #OUTatCHM

Take a closer look at the gripping stories, legal avenues, and layered past of undocumented queer persons in this lively...
04/10/2018

Take a closer look at the gripping stories, legal avenues, and layered past of undocumented queer persons in this lively panel discussion with Antonio Gutierrez of Community Activism Law Alliance - CALA and LGBTQ immigration attorney Michael Jarecki. www.chicagohistory.org/event/chm-undocumented-queer/

Meet our next designer: GNAT who will be showcasing an entirely new collection for our upcoming event OUT at CHM: Celebr...
03/20/2018

Meet our next designer: GNAT who will be showcasing an entirely new collection for our upcoming event OUT at CHM: Celebrating and Contextualizing Queer Fashion

"GNAT, by Gnat Rosa Madrid, provides the babes of the world with glittering femme-centric fetish and bondage gear. Made for queer femmes by queer femmes, GNAT gear will decorate your gorgeous, bodacious body so that you can harness your sexuality. GNAT promotes safe, exciting, and consensual sex, BDSM, body positivity, gender fluidity, trans liberation, and femme4femme love. GNAT gear is about helping queer folks feel in control and empowered by their own sexuality. GNAT wants babes wrapped in her harnesses to experience themselves in a new, heightened way so that they may tap into their desires and their erotic sense of self."

Have you gotten your tickets yet? They're going FAST and we are so excited to see the LQQKS you turn out for us.

Photo by Miss Meadows & Tovar

https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/out_fashion/

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03/15/2018

Make sure you follow our new Instagram account for more 🔥 🔥 🔥 content!! @OutatCHM

We are one week away from OUT at CHM's first event of 2018!! We'll be showcasing collections from contemporary queer Chi...
03/15/2018

We are one week away from OUT at CHM's first event of 2018!!

We'll be showcasing collections from contemporary queer Chicago designers An Authentic Skid Mark, GNAT and Rebirth Garments followed by a discussion panel on Queer Fashion History with Ciera Mckissick, Jojo Baby and Kelly Lynn Reddy-Best.

Stay tuned for more sneak peak images and make sure you snag your ticket today (Discount available for students)!!
https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/out_fashion/

Pics by Miss Meadows and Tovar

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03/06/2018

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03/05/2018
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We got to ask "A Fantastic Woman" director Sebastián Lelio about authentically casting trans roles: “I think the presence of Daniela Vega brought something, a quality to the story that adds a layer of complexity and beauty, that I think in this case, a cisgender actor would have not been capable of bringing.” #Oscars

Sky Heyn Cubacub is a nonbinary filipinx queer disabled artist who is the creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of clothin...
02/22/2018

Sky Heyn Cubacub is a nonbinary filipinx queer disabled artist who is the creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of clothing, lingerie and swimwear for the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. Join her for our upcoming OUT at CHM: Celebrating and Contextualizing Queer Fashion at the Chicago History Museum on March 22!

https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/chm-refashioning-gender-identities/

Sky Heyn Cubacub is a nonbinary filipinx queer disabled artist who is the creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of clothing, lingerie and swimwear for the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. Sky is also the author of “Radical Visibility: A QueerCrip Dress Reform Movement Manifesto”. They are using the dreamy Lush Cosmetics North America Inner Truth Bath Melt - 100% of the proceeds go to National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD). Photo by Andie Mckenzie Meadows for their #QueensWhoBathe series! All the clothing and the quilt is Rebirth Garments! The blue, purple and silver cut out crop top is a collaboration between Sky, Compton Quashie and Jake Vogds for an upcoming show OUT at CHM: Celebrating and Contextualizing Queer Fashion at the Chicago History Museum on March 22!

#TransRightsAreHumanRights
#TransLivesMatter #DisabledTransLivesMatter #NonBinary #RadicalVisibility #RebirthGarments

www.etsy.com/shop/RebirthGarments

Past Events
01/23/2018

Past Events

Out at CHM
07/18/2016

Out at CHM

07/18/2016
One Pulse — One Poem

What a wonderful day of talks and panel discussions on LGBT Human and Civil Rights took place this past Saturday. Poet Richard Blanco opened the proceedings with a terrific talk that included this moving poem about the Orlando shooting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9puki6_i3g

Here, sit at my kitchen table, we need to write this together. Take a sip of café con leche, breathe in the steam and our courage to face this page, bare as ...

07/15/2016
Amending America: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights

Tonight at the Center on Halsted and tomorrow at the Chicago History Museum -- it the National Archives programs on LGBTQ Human Rights. Space is still available for walk-ups to the Museum events on Saturday. If you can't join us live, watch the programs in a LIVE STREAM at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnnFnmaFfl4

The National Archives and Records Administration presents a National Conversation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) Hu...

Great line up of presenters at the National Archives LGBTQ events at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday.  When else ...
07/14/2016
Amending America: LGBTQ Human Rights and Civil Rights

Great line up of presenters at the National Archives LGBTQ events at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday. When else will you have the chance to hear the Archivist of the United States? And yes the abbreviation is AOTUS! Keynote from poet Richard Blanco, panelists from The Trevor Project, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Lambda Legal plus local stars including Precious Davis and Owen Daniel-McCarter. To see the full line up and reserve your seat, visit https://www.archivesfoundation.org/amendingamerica/conversations/lgbtq/

For those of you in the Twitterverse.  Follow @usnatarchives today at Noon Chicago time for discussion and stories from ...
07/08/2016
National Conversations on Rights and Justice

For those of you in the Twitterverse. Follow @usnatarchives today at Noon Chicago time for discussion and stories from the US National Archives connected to #LGBTQ #RightsandJustice. This national twitter event is in advance of next weekend's National Archives live events at Center on Halsted and Chicago History Museum. Tweet along today at Noon and check out https://archivesfoundation.org/attend to learn more about the free programs in Chicago on July 15 and 16.

Look at this great line-up for the National Archives LGBTQ programs at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday, July 16. ...
07/07/2016
Amending America: LGBTQ Human Rights and Civil Rights

Look at this great line-up for the National Archives LGBTQ programs at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday, July 16. Visit https://www.archivesfoundation.org/amendingamerica/conversations/lgbtq/
to reserve your FREE ticket to these important conversations!

On Saturday, July 16, there will be a series of discussions at the Chicago History Museum on LGBTQ human and civil rights in America. At 9:30am CT, David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will welcome guests. Poet Richard Blanco will deliver the keynote address, followed by a Q&A.

At 11:15am CT, Mary Morten will moderate a panel discussion on “The Issues Before Us” (part 1), exploring legal issues, with James Bennett, Lambda Legal; Dale Carpenter, University of Minnesota; Naomi Goldberg, Movement Advancement Project (MAP); and Tyrone Hanley, National Center for Lesbian Rights. At 1:30pm CT, Mary Morten will continue discussing ”The Issues Before Us” (part 2), exploring socio-economic issues, with Myles Brady, Howard Brown Health; Naomi Goldberg, Movement Advancement Project (MAP); Abbe Land, The Trevor Project; and Imani Rupert-Gordon, Affinity Community Services.

At 2:45pm CT, Precious Davis will moderate a discussion on “Issues Affecting Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming People” with Owen Daniel-McCarter, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance; and Sarah McBride, Human Rights Campaign.

In advance of the their LGBTQ events at the Chicago History Museum and the Center on Halsted on Jly 15 and 16, the Natio...
07/06/2016

In advance of the their LGBTQ events at the Chicago History Museum and the Center on Halsted on Jly 15 and 16, the National Archives will be hosting a Twitter chat on LGBTQ issues with a focus on the history of human and civil rights. It takes place this Friday, July 8 at Noon Chicago time.

Michael Hussey, education specialist, will be discussing some of the LGBTQ stories he’s discovered in the National Archives.

Join us to talk about #LGBTQ history with Michael Hussey on @usnatarchives! July 8, 1 pm ET #RightsAndJustice

on July 15 and 16, the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum host a series of events on LGBTQ issues put toge...
07/05/2016
National Conversations on Rights and Justice

on July 15 and 16, the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum host a series of events on LGBTQ issues put together by the National Archives in Washington DC. Check out the list of national and local presenters and reserve your free tickets to each event.
https://www.archivesfoundation.org/amendingamerica/conversations/

The National Archives hosts a series of conversations across the country to explore the continuing and often complicated issues of rights of our modern era.

06/22/2016
Art Johnston's acceptance speech at the 2016 MHA ceremony

At June 8th Making History Awards for the Chicago History Museum, LGBT activist Art Johnston gave a moving and powerful speech. Here is a link to the video with an introduction by Laura Ricketts. It was a very nice evening with many people from the LGBT community there to support Art.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp-jDGTKX3s

On June 8, 2016, LGBTQ activist Art Johnston received the Jane Addams Making History Award for Distinction in Social Service from the Chicago History Museum....

The Chicago History Museum is pleased to be a site for the National Archives Conversation on LGBTQ Rights taking place i...
06/20/2016
LGBTQ History: Love Finds Its Way - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

The Chicago History Museum is pleased to be a site for the National Archives Conversation on LGBTQ Rights taking place in Chicago on July 15 and 16. Archives historian Michael Hussey has written a piece for Windy City Times with an early LGBTQ story from Archives documents. Information on how to attend the free events in Chicago follows the story.

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/LGBTQ-History-Love-Finds-Its-Way-/55582.html

On July 15-16, the National Archives ( NARA ) will host the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights, at the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum. This program is part of nationwide initiative to facilitate discussion of rights in the 21st Century.

In the wake of the violence and murder perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, the Chicago History Museum offers our deepest sym...
06/15/2016

In the wake of the violence and murder perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, the Chicago History Museum offers our deepest sympathy to the people of Orlando, our support for the global LGBTQ community, and our commitment to confronting hate.

Please stop by our lobby to share your thoughts, wishes, or memories with us and Chicago's LGBTQ community.

A STATEMENT FROM THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUMON THE ATTACK IN ORLANDOThe Chicago History Museum expresses its deepest symp...
06/13/2016
Center on Halsted

A STATEMENT FROM THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
ON THE ATTACK IN ORLANDO

The Chicago History Museum expresses its deepest sympathy to all who were affected by yesterday’s attack in Orlando, Florida. This attack of terror is an act of hatred.

We stand together with all of those who were affected by yesterday’s mass shooting and offer them our deepest sympathy. An attack on the LGBTQ community also is an attack on all Americans and on the values that Americans hold dear. As we search for answers, we must also redouble our commitments to respect, to tolerance, and to human dignity.

At our museum’s Making History Award dinner last week, we presented the Jane Addams Award in Social Service to Art Johnston, a leader for equality in Illinois and Chicago. He spoke eloquently about the incompleteness of history without the LGBTQ story being told. We are committed as an institution to sharing Chicago’s stories, including the stories of all communities.

We pray that our country will rise to this challenge. If we do, it will be because we have heeded the lessons of history.

Gary T. Johnson
President

https://www.facebook.com/CenterOnHalsted/?fref=ts

Center on Halsted is the Midwest's largest community center dedicated to advancing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Movement.

The Chicago History Museum is proud to host a National Archives Conversation on LGBTQ human rights!  On Friday night, Ju...
06/08/2016
National Conversations on Rights and Justice

The Chicago History Museum is proud to host a National Archives Conversation on LGBTQ human rights! On Friday night, July 15 there will be an event at the Center on Halsted, and then on Saturday, July 16 a keynote by inaugural poet Richard Blanco and three panel discussions at the Chicago History Museum. Each event is free so plan to spend the day!

Clink on the image below for more information, the schedule, and to reserve your free tickets.

The National Archives hosts a series of conversations across the country to explore the continuing and often complicated issues of rights of our modern era.

First Lady Michelle Obama awards a National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Gary T. Johnson (L), President, The ...
06/01/2016

First Lady Michelle Obama awards a National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Gary T. Johnson (L), President, The Chicago History Museum, and community member Joyce Chiu, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI

The ceremony awarding the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to the Chicago History Museum took place this mo...
06/01/2016

The ceremony awarding the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to the Chicago History Museum took place this morning in the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama hosting. We'll post pictures and a video when it becomes available.

Congratulations to Chicago History Museum for winning the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! #NationalMedal

As the Chicago History Museum continues as a curator of the city’s stories, its hope is to expand school visits to the institution, instilling the importance of history and storytelling in even the youngest of children. The museum’s ultimate goal is to encourage each classroom to install their own “Chicago History Museum” in a corner of the room, reminding students that their story is important to Chicago, and important to tell.

“The My Chinatown exhibit was a very meaningful exhibit to my family and I because it helped showcase a part of Chinese history and culture that many people do not know about.”
– Joyce Chiu, community member

Learn more about the Chicago History Museum and the contributions they’ve made to their community: https://www.imls.gov/chicago-history-museum

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Tonight was amazingly poignant, powerful, and inspiring! Thanks to all the children, designers, models, guests, Out at CHM committee members, and museum staff for helping make it all possible!
Feels for tonight’s program!! CANT WAIT!
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