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Disruptive Touch: Queer Expression in Public Spaces

Thursday, June 14

Now in its fifteenth year, the Museum’s popular and provocative OUT at CHM series explores the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities.

Through photography film, and social media, the history of queer touch tells the tale of disrupting heteronormative standards in both public and private spaces. At this panel discussion, explore the evolution and documentation of LGBTQ sexuality over the decades. This program looks at how open and public spaces like the lakeshore have provided opportunities for intimacy while the documentation of such acts puts forth a powerful message about politics, sexuality, and love.

Join us at the Center on Halsted for a cocktail reception, panel discussion, vendor marketplace, and viewing of the short film, Lives: Visible (2017). Moderated by writer and LGBT historian Owen Keehnen, the discussion includes director Michelle Citron, artist Patric McCoy, and photographer Andie Meadows.


5:30 p.m. Reception with complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers.* Goods available for purchase in the vendor marketplace.**
6:30 p.m. Program begins

  • Introduction by Michael Anderson, deputy director of institutional advancement and major gifts officer at the Chicago History Museum, and Modesto “Tico” Valle, chief executive officer of the Center on Halsted
  • Moderated panel discussion with Q&A to follow

 8:00 p.m. Panel discussion concludes. Refreshments available and marketplace reopens. Brief intermission followed by screening of Lives: Visible (35 minutes).

*All patrons must be 21 and over with valid ID to consume alcohol.

**Reception Vendors:

Lucy Stoole
Rebirth Garments
Emma Alamo
Jacob Blank
Petty Butter
Cruel Valentine
Justin Aaron
Praxis Group

Presenting Sponsor

Major support for Out at CHM comes from the Exelon Corporation with additional support from Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett and the Richard L. Ohlhausen Education Fund.


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14 th

5:30 p.m.



$ 20

$15 Members

Event Location

Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613

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