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Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: LGBTQ+ Representation in the Media

November 4, 2021 | 6:30pm CDT

On-Site & Virtual

While the last two decades of popular media have been a catalyst for growth within the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to differentiate presence from representation. In recent years LGBTQ+ people have increasingly seen representations of themselves, celebrations of their lives and stories, and coverage of LGBTQ+ issues across media channels. This has led to a worldwide rise in understanding, cultural acceptance, and professional opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals – but there is still room for improvement.  

We invite you to join us for a thoughtful conversation on the history and impact of LGBTQ+ representation in the media, moderated by Eric Marcus, founder and host of award-winning Making Gay History podcast with decades of research into LGBTQ+ history and the evolution of LGBTQ+ media. Panelists will include:

Chicago’s Tracy Baim, who has been inducted into the National LGBT Journalists Association Hall of Fame, Association of Women Journalists-Chicago Hall of Fame, the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists-Chicago

Award-winning journalist at ESPN Katie Barnes, who covers LGBTQ+ issues, women’s basketball, softball and women’s combat sports.

Kate Sosin, who is an award-winning trans LGBTQ+ reporter for the 19th, focusing on transgender rights, incarceration, politics, and public policy and who has conducted deep-dive investigations into transgender prison abuse and homicides for NBC News and other notable publications such as Logo TV, INTO, and Windy City Times

Funded by Susan L. Karkomi & Marvin J. Leavitt / Karkomi Family Fund in memory of Michael Bauer.

Community Partner: Department of Communication at Columbia College Chicago

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

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


Non-Members: Museum Admission; Members: Free


Non-Members: $5.00; Members: Free

Presenting Sponsors

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

Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation

Brenda & Lance Feis

Mindy & Jonathan Gray


Bernbaum Family Charitable Fund, 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; The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame; Equality Illinois; The Legacy Project; Making Gay History; Or Chadash of Temple Sholom of Chicago

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.

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