Gerber/Hart and Unabridged Books are co-sponsoring a virtual discussion of John D’Emilio’s new book Queer Legacies: Stories form Chicago’s LGBTQ Archives on Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. (Central). Historian, author, and current Gerber/Hart President of the Board John D’Emilio will be joined in conversation by author and activist Owen Keehnen.
The variety of LGBTQ life in Chicago is too abundant and too diverse to be contained in a single place. But since 1981, the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has striven to do just that, amassing a wealth of records related to the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified people and organizations. In Queer Legacies, John D’Emilio—a pioneering scholar in the field—digs deep into Gerber/Hart’s collection to unearth a kaleidoscopic look at the communities built by generations of LGBTQ people. Excavated from one of the country’s most important, yet overlooked, LGBTQ archives, D’Emilio’s entertaining and enthusiastic essays range in focus from politics and culture to social life, academia, and religion. He gives readers an inclusive and personal look at fifty years of a national fight for visibility, recognition, and equality led by LGBTQ Americans who, quite literally, made history. In these troubled times, it will surely inspire a new generation of scholars and activists.
Register and purchase the book on Unabridged Bookstore’s website.