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Exhibition Opening Program: Panel Discussion: Legacy of Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

October 17, 2021 | 3:30pm CST

On-Site & Virtual

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 for the opening program as we celebrate our newest exhibition, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, and hear first-hand accounts from three trailblazing 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.

Reservations are required. Members must sign in to take advantage of their member discount.

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

Non-Members (On-Site): Museum Admission; Non-Members (Virtual): $5.00

Members (On-Site & Virtual): Free

Presenting Sponsors
Supporters

Susan L. Karkomi & Marvin J. Leavitt / Karkomi Family Fund

Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation

Brenda & Lance Feis

Mindy & Jonathan Gray

Contributors

In Honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum

Additional Funders

Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation

Juliet & Michael Gray

Matthew Saleski

Laura Elizabeth Tanner

Golder Family Foundation

Media Partners

Community Partners: Center on Halsted; Congregation Or Chadash – Temple Sholom of Chicago; Equality Illinois; Making Gay History

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement was developed by the Newseum. The Newseum is an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, whose mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all.  freedomforum.org

Photo credits: Newseum

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