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The Chicago History Museum is a platform for community voices that preserve the past and mold the future. To us, Chicago is more than just a city – it is a living historical entity, as dynamic as ever, always inviting exploration.

One of the main directives of the OUT at CHM committee is to tell the stories of people who live a range of sexual identities and gender expressions within the larger urban context of Chicago and to discuss how and why the physical body matters to LGBT history; the evolution of the queer family; the interaction of people in social spaces with political consequences; and the queer body politic, a movement full of promise and struggle.

This popular and provocative series delves into the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities. 


The OUT at CHM committee is excited and honored to partner with the Association of Latinos/as/x Motivating Action (ALMA) for a sustained experiential program of community-centered stories focusing on the intersection of Chicago’s Latinx/Queer/Immigrant community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This joint venture embodies the Museum’s mission of sharing Chicago stories and our work to bolster diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. 

Learn more as Kim L. Hunt, executive director of Pride Action Tank, moderates a free discussion with Julio Rodriguez, ALMA board president; Emmanuel Garcia, ALMA member; and Nancy Villafranca-Guzmán, CHM vice president for education and engagement.

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Fifteen years of stories of promises,

struggles, triumphs and explorations.

Learn more about our previous programs, panelists, exhibitions and join the conversation yourself on our Facebook page.

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LGBT History at the Crossroads

In a collection of essays, the history of Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities is explored by leading historians and scholars.  Spanning the 1850s to the present, essays chronical how the dynamic forces that made Chicago the great American city also fostered the development of its diverse LGBT communities

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