What a year this has been! A pandemic that has taken so many lives and disrupted our social routines. A deeply divisive election campaign. The continuing exposure of police violence, especially against African Americans. The immediacy and emotional toll of these events can make it seem as if we areContinue Reading

Emerging as an outgrowth of the AIDS pandemic and the activism it brought forth, the 1990s saw a new wave of advocacy sweep through queer communities in Chicago and across the country. Political hostility, gay-for-pay media representation, and ongoing threats of physical violence pushed queer identities to the margins ofContinue Reading

In the 1970s and 1980s, as the women’s liberation movement was gaining momentum, lesbians worked both within and outside of the feminist movement to create a better, more inclusive world for all women. In Chicago, lesbians organized community centers, music festivals, bookstores, newsletters, publishing presses, and health centers that createdContinue Reading

“And above all, we must claim our identity in freedom not in reaction to oppression or anger.”

A keynote address presented at the 3rd National Third World Lesbian/Gay Conference , held in Berkeley, CA, June 21-23, 1984.Continue Reading

Ignorance of each other is what has made unity impossible in the past. Therefore we need enlightenment. We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. Once we have more knowledge, light, about each other we will stop condemningContinue Reading