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OUT at CHM | Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist Film Screening

Tuesday, April 21

Discover the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ communities with the Museum’s popular and proactive series. This season, we’re exploring Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ political engagement.

The series kicks off with a screening of Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist (1990), an award-winning documentary about the fiery, funny, and passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation’s first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT UP/Chicago AIDS activist. Packed in this 37-minute film is explosive footage of AIDS activism in Chicago as Sotomayor balances life, death, and protest.

Following the film is a panel discussion and Q&A with Sotomayor’s contemporaries, who will talk about how his passion turned anger, sorrow, and fear into political change that resonates today.

$20, $15 members and students

6:00 p.m. program start. Reception to follow. 

Major support for OUT at CHM comes from the Exelon Corporation with additional support from Robert Kohl and Clark Pellet, Kenneth O’Keefe and Jason Stephens, and the Richard L. Ohlhausen Education Fund.



The Details



21 st

6:00 p.m.



$ 20

$15 Members

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