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Discover the stories of people who have lived a range of s*xual 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 q***r family; the interaction of people in social spaces with political consequences; and the q***r body politic, a movement full of promise and struggle.

05/11/2021
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

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 q***r 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 q***r history and Chicago history inextricably linked. Blakely introduced Q***r Expression In Publ...

Don't miss this powerful evening featuring Antonio Gutierrez of the Community Activism Law Alliance - CALA, Tania Unzuet...
04/19/2018

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 q***r 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 q***r person...

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

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

Hear the gripping stories of struggle, activism, and organizing among our q***r 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

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

Take a closer look at the gripping stories, legal avenues, and layered past of undocumented q***r 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-q***r/

Q***r fashion never goes out of style
04/04/2018

Q***r fashion never goes out of style

OUT at CHM ( Chicago History Museum ) proved q***r fashion never goes out of style with its program Celebrating and Contextualizing Q***r Fashion on March 22. OUT at CHM, now in its 15th year, examines and displays various topics within the history of Chicago's LGBTQ communities. Celebrating and Con...

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 Q***r Fashion

"GNAT, by Gnat Rosa Madrid, provides the babes of the world with glittering femme-centric fe**sh and bo***ge gear. Made for q***r femmes by q***r femmes, GNAT gear will decorate your gorgeous, bodacious body so that you can harness your s*xuality. GNAT promotes safe, exciting, and consensual s*x, B**M, body positivity, gender fluidity, trans liberation, and femme4femme love. GNAT gear is about helping q***r folks feel in control and empowered by their own s*xuality. 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

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We are one week away from OUT at CHM's first event of 2018!! We'll be showcasing collections from contemporary q***r 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 q***r Chicago designers An Authentic Skid Mark, GNAT and Rebirth Garments followed by a discussion panel on Q***r 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

03/05/2018

Tonight, at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, history was once again made. From the historic win of A Fantastic Woman to out directors and producers winning for their work, LGBTQ people shone during the Oscars.

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

Sky Heyn Cubacub is a nonbinary filipinx q***r 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 Q***r Fashion at the Chicago History Museum on March 22!

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

01/23/2018
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 Le***an, Gay, Bis*xual, Transgender, and Q***r or Questioning (LGBTQ) Hu...

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/

07/08/2016
National Conversations on Rights and Justice

For those of you in the Twitterverse. Follow today at Noon Chicago time for discussion and stories from the US National Archives connected to . 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.

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 Le***an 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.

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 history with Michael Hussey on ! July 8, 1 pm ET

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....

06/20/2016
LGBTQ History: Love Finds Its Way - Gay Le***an 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.

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.

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 Le***an, Gay, Bis*xual, Transgender and Q***r (LGBTQ) Movement.

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.

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

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!

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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2020 reminded us of the limitless nature of our collective power while proving a mass conscious shift towards abolition and Black & Brown liberation, and away from capitalist logic and white supremacy.

In 2020, we met the moment. In 2021, we sustained the moment.

This spring and summer we produced a 35-minute documentary "Seguimos Aquí" in partnership with ALMA Chicago and Out at CHM about LGBTQ+ Latinx Chicagoans navigating the pandemic, interpersonal struggles, and community triumphs.

We continued abolitionist organizing and uplifted narratives with Coalition to Decarcerate IL, Defund CPD Campaign, Erase the Database, & the campaign.

We reflected on the 2020 uprisings while connecting them back to past organizing with the upcoming feature documentary with No Cop Academy youth and adult organizers.

The Bourbon 'n BrownTown podcast also partnered with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) for the Collective Freedom Project: a four-part series, among many other exciting projects, collaborations, and developments.

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It is with a heavy heart that we must reschedule tonight’s screening at City Farm due to rain.

We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding but look forward to seeing everyone next week!

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Es con mucho dolor que tenemos que postponer la proyección de esta tarde en City Farms acabo de la lluvia.

Les agradecemos su apoyo y su entendimiento pero los esperamos la semana que viene!

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ALMA Chicago
Out at CHM
Chicago History Museum






to the “Seguimos Aquí: Pride, Pandemic, and Perseverance” premiere Chicago History Museum back in July!

Seguimos Aquí tells the stories of four LGBTQ+ identifying Latinx Chicagoans as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, interpersonal struggles, and community triumphs throughout a turbulent yet powerful 2020. NISSA CONDE, entertainer and artist, Luis Lira, community health advocate for Esperanza Health Centers, LaSaia Wade, Founder and Executive Director of Brave Space Alliance, and Reyna Ortiz, Trans Resource Navigator and author of T: Stands for Truth: In search of the Queen Vol. 1 are Latinx LGBTQ+ leaders from different backgrounds who use the power of self-determination, love, and community to not only survive but help their communities.

Thank you to everyone who came out and watched digitally. Look out for future screenings including Center on Halsted 10/28 and more throughout the fall. For more information and updates, visit SoapBoxPO.com/Seguimos-Aqui and sign up for the SoapBox newsletter (links in bio)!

We produced this documentary in collaboration with the ALMA Chicago and Out at CHM with Chicago History Museum. Shoutout to the gang!


Check out this snippet where we follow NISSA CONDE one of the subjects of our project

Seguimos Aquí (We're Still Here): Pride Pandemic, & Perseverance (Orgullo, Pandemic, y Perseverancia)

COMING SUMMER 2021

in collaboration with the Association of Latino/as/x Motivating Action (ALMA Chicago) and the Chicago History Museum (CHM, Chicago History Museum/Out at CHM)

Watch the Documentary Trailer here
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Four LGBTQ+ identifying Latinx Chicagoans navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, interpersonal struggles, and community triumphs throughout a turbulent yet powerful 2020.

We have partnered with the Association of Latino/as/x Motivating Action (ALMA Chicago) and Out at CHM with Chicago History Museum to create the first-ever LatinX LGBTQ Chicago COVID-19 Impact Documentary.

Full Documentary coming this summer!
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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!

Get your advance tickets! Ticket's are selling fast! Don't be left out. This is going to be one Disco Party you won't want to miss. A night of raising money for HIV Awareness! Great line up of performances throughout the night of Disco Dancing, Cocktails, Munchies, and a huge Silent Auction!

https://www.facebook.com/events/470077916725014