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Rise Up: Stonewall And The LGBTQ Rights Movement

Special Exhibitions Gallery
October 18, 2021 - May 8, 2022

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement explores the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn as the flashpoint that ignited the modern gay rights movement in the United States. In the fifty years since the Stonewall Uprising, America’s LGBTQ+ population has struggled for equal rights and representation under the law. Rise Up shares the voices and tells the stories of this movement.

While grounded in the Stonewall Uprising, connections to Chicago and celebrations of LGBTQ+ pride in Chicagoland are on display, including images of the first gay pride parade in Chicago in 1970 and photographs of recent pride celebrations. The exhibition also features a gallery projection showing the 400+ Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inductees.

Rise Up isn’t about just telling us what has already happened, it’s also about inspiring others to get involved and help move society further forward.” – Paul M. Banks, ChicagoNow >>

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.



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


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