Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago's LGBTQ Archives

June 13, 2021
Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago's LGBTQ Archives

The variety of LGBTQ life in Chicago is too abundant and toodiverse to be contained in a single place. But since 1981, theGerber/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 andorganizations. In Queer Legacies, John D'Emilio—apioneering scholar in the field—digs deep into Gerber/Hart'scollection to unearth a kaleidoscopic look at the communities builtby generations of LGBTQ people. Excavated from one of the country'smost important, yet overlooked, LGBTQ archives, D'Emilio'sentertaining and enthusiastic essays range in focus from politicsand culture to social life, academia, and religion. He givesreaders an inclusive and personal look at fifty years of a nationalfight for visibility, recognition, and equality led by LGBTQAmericans who, quite literally, made history. In these troubledtimes, it will surely inspire a new generation of scholars andactivists.