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Legacy of Stonewall and the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement

October 17, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT

Host Organization: Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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On-Site & Virtual Exhibition Opening Program

In the summer of 1969, a six-day clash between police and LGBTQ+ civilians ignited, sparking the rise of the gay liberation movement and fundamentally changing popular discourse surrounding LGBTQ+ activism in the United States. The Stonewall Uprising was the culmination of years of LGBTQ+ activism, led by pioneering Upstanders that shifted the movement nationwide from thousands to millions – each fighting for fundamental human rights.

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Illinois Holocaust Museum’s newest exhibition, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, and hear first-hand accounts from three trailblazing LGBTQ+ activists.

Panelists will include Mark Segal, who was 18 years old and living in New York when the Stonewall Uprising began & Founder of Philadelphia Gay News, as well as President of both The National LGBT Press Association and The National Gay Newspaper Guild; Vanessa Warri, a transgender Nigerian-American researcher, strategist, and advocate, who specializes in the liberation, empowerment, and safety of Black transgender women; and Chicago’s Art Johnston, Co-Founder of Equality Illinois and activist & leader in Chicago’s growing LGBTQ+ community.

Award-winning journalist Erin Blakemore, whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, and National Geographic will moderate the conversation about events that took place at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and the worldwide rise of LGBTQ+ activism.

***Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be encouraged at the on-site program.***

Cost and registration info: Non-Members (On-Site): Museum Admission; Non-Members (Virtual): $5.00. Members (On-Site & Virtual): Free

Register here: https://ihm.ec/legacyofstonewall

Location Info: Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077, and Online


October 17, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT


Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center


Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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