LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project Panel at Dorothy Downstairs

Last year for Pride we partnered with Dorothy Downstairs to bring a sold out Queer Elder History Panel to Dorothy. This Pride season we’re partnering again, this time with the LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project, bringing the younger and older generations together in dialogue about queerness over time.

Doors for this event are at 6pm on Thursday, June 27th, and our panel will begin at 7pm. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale of $15, $20 and $25 and proceeds are shared with panelists, Gerber/Hart and Dorothy.

Dorothy is 21+ and all guests are required to show a physical ID upon entry. Dorothy is ADA accessible with elevator access on Campbell Avenue. If you are a guest who requires elevator access, please wait by the black doors on Campbell Ave and call our staff to assist: 773-770-3799.

Recording: Please note that this event will be recorded and added to Gerber/Hart’s archival collection and website!

Learn more and get your tickets here!

Please note: refund requests are only accepted until 24h before the event (6/26, 7pm). No other refund requests will be honored.


Dorothy is a sexy, 70s inspired subterranean lesbian cocktail lounge for every friend of Dorothy. Located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago and known for creative cocktails, outstanding event programming and the coziest place to be yourself – we can’t wait to share her with you!

Gerber/Hart is a LGBTQ+ library and archives located in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago. Founded in 1981, Gerber/Hart is one of the largest repositories of LGBTQ+ content in the world. Gerber/Hart focuses on collecting, preserving, and making accessible the LGBTQ history and culture of Chicago and the Midwest. Learn more at or by following @gerberhart onInstagram and Facebook. And for a deep dive into some of the amazing collections at Gerber/Hart, listen in to their 2022 podcast Unboxing Queer History!

The LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project brings together racially, socioeconomically, and gender diverse cohorts of LGBTQ+ younger (19-26) and older adults (60+) for year-long series of bi-weekly themed dialogues, collaborative art-making, shared meals, and a culminating public art exhibition. Now entering its sixth year, the project is led by an intergenerational team of LGBTQ+ students, elders, social service providers, and faculty members from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Chicago, and Center on Halsted. Check out our website at and follow us on Instagram @lgbtqdialogues.


Kaitlyn Griffith is a memory worker, and organizer with a deep love for people’s history. As an archivist and instructor, she ensures the preservation and research value of historical material at the Chicago Park District, and teaches a field work class at Dominican University, which connects students to the oral history archive of Free ‘Em All Radio, a joint project between Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., the Black Panther Party Cubs, and The Lady of Rage. In her time volunteering with Gerber/Hart, Griffith has worked on the personal papers of lesbian poet Yvonne Zipter, and a collection from FORTUNE, a print collective assembled by/for queer and trans Asians, among other projects. Storytelling and intergenerational connection hold a special place in her heart, and she is honored to serve as facilitator for this extraordinary event.