Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-04-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Gerber/Hart unveils Stonewall-era activism exhibit
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2019-06-03

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gerber/Hart Library and Archives debuted a new exhibit, "Out of the Closets & Into the Streets: Power, Pride & Resistance in Chicago's Gay Liberation Movement," June 1 at the library. The exhibit is focused on Chicago LGBTQ activism during the Stonewall era.

Ahead of remarks by featured speaker Chicago Gay Alliance co-founder/longtime activist Gary Chichester and exhibit curators and library volunteers Chase Ollis, James Conley and Kurt Heinrich, Gerber/Hart Board President/LGBTQ history activism author John D'Emilio spoke about the many events happening this month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

D'Emilio made reference to President Obama's second inaugural address in which he mentioned Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall as three well-known moments in U.S. history. He said Stonewall sparked a decade of "tremendous LGBTQ activism around the country."

Among the packed crowd gathered for the event, D'Emilio noted that the Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison—the openly gay person to hold that position—was in attendance. D'Emilio also outlined the various things Chichester has done for the community, including his many years with the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.

Chichester said he saw a post on social media about who threw the first brick at Stonewall, adding no one knows the answer. He explained that the first metaphorical bricks were thrown years before that moment by many individuals, some of whom were at the event.

"Education is so important and it is nice to see young folks here because there are rumors that some people do not even know what Stonewall is and what it means," said Chichester.

Chichester explained that his political coming out occurred during the 1968 Democratic National Convention ( DNC ), when he was walking through Lincoln Park and saw buses of police dressed in riot gear heading toward a field at LaSalle and Clark streets. He went to see what was happening.

"As it turned out, I was about to witness my first major riot between the Yippies ["members" of the Youth International Party], police and the press," said Chichester. "The police violence against demonstrators and the press was unbelievable. Blood and tear gas was everywhere."

Chichester said he spent the rest of the week going to multiple demonstrations, and was at 18th Street and Michigan Avenue when what he thought was a tin can hit his foot—it turned out to be tear gas. He explained that being gassed changed his political views and his boots from that incident are in the exhibit.

A year later, Chichester said a friend who had moved to New York City called and told him about Stonewall and those phone updates continued for the next three days. Chichester explained that after Stonewall, gay-liberation groups emerged in Chicago, mostly on college campuses.

"It was exciting to see how the groups developed and what we learned from the movements that came before," said Chichester.

Chichester spoke about the first Pride Marches in Chicago, including the permit Chicago Gay Alliance applied for and received the second year to march from Belmont Harbor to the Lincoln Park Free Forum—the original site of the 1968 DNC riot. He said that now Chicago's Pride Parade garners over one million attendees.

"When you visit the exhibit, take the time to see how these influences helped to change the lives of so many LGBTQ+ people and the effects on our lives today," said Chichester.

Ollis, who is 29, spoke about growing up in Georgia and not understanding the importance of Stonewall until a few years ago. In talking about the exhibit's narrative structure, of which he oversaw, Ollis said there are temporal bookends but the exhibit is not in chronological order.

Heinrich explained that he designed the library's past two exhibits and, like Ollis, had to seek out information about Stonewall because it is not taught in schools. In terms of the design choices, Heinrich talked about being inspired by the fist of power/protest because it has been used as a symbol for marginalized groups.

Conley said he worked on a lot of the research and the post-opening programming. He explained that the thing that most interested him was the section on publications, especially radical papers like the Chicago Seed. Conley said even though everyone is inundated with media choices these days minority community's issues are still not being amplified except in niche online entities.

D'Emilio ended the event with a reminder about the library's June 15 open house and annual benefit on Sept. 21, called on attendees to become volunteers ( and acknowledged the other volunteers in the audience ) and/or donate money to Gerber/Hart, and invited everyone to tour the now-open exhibit.

See www.gerberhart.org/events .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Historians seek responses from LGBTQ people 2020-04-06 - Writers/historians St Sukie de la Croix and Owen Keehnen are again seeking responses—this time for a third volume of the Tell Me About ...


Gay News

Arts for Illinois launches with grants for artists, groups 2020-04-01 - Arts Alliance Illinois joined Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in launching Arts for Illinois—a collaboration between the State of ...


Gay News

CAKE postponed until June 2021 2020-04-01 - Because of coronavirus-related concerns, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) and CAKE-related activities are being postponed until a proposed date of June ...


Gay News

Cook County commissioner urges census participation 2020-03-31 - Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison will wrap up "#2020Census at the Brookfield Zoo," a weekly video series featuring information about the 2020 ...


Gay News

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo CAKE 2020 postponed 2020-03-26 - A statement to the CAKE community from Chicago Alternative Comics Expo: We know that many of you are rightly concerned about how ...


Gay News

Chicago History Museum to search for new president 2020-03-25 - The Chicago History Museum announced that its president, Gary T. Johnson, is planning to retire. Johnson has led Chicago's oldest cultural institution, ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Martha Stewart, Angelica Ross, gay wrestler, Rosie, COVID-19 items 2020-03-24 - Emmy-winning television personality, cookbook author and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart helps guide six talented amateur bakers in the new primetime series Bakeaway Camp ...


Gay News

Kahlo exhibition tickets on sale 2020-03-21 - The Cleve Carney Museum of Art ( CCMA ) and the McAninch Arts Center ( MAC ) at the College of DuPage ( ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2020 Biden takes Illinois; trans candidate makes history 2020-03-17 - Former Vice President Joe Biden, building on the momentum he's acquired in the past two weeks, easily defeated U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (and, ...


Gay News

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame postpones upcoming events 2020-03-17 - Due to COVID-19-related concerns, the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announced that it has postponed three planned events—the meeting of its Selection Committee, ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.