The dedication of The Legacy Project, Chicago’s walking museum of LGBT history, will take place on National Coming Out Day, October 11. The project was created as a guide to important LGBT figures in history, whose contributions or sexuality have often been erased from the historical record.
Inspiration for the project came in 1987 when the AIDS quilt was first unveiled in Washington D.C. The need for a more robust telling of our history as a community became apparent. Now, 25 years later, that dream is being realized in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. Plaques detailing the lives of each of the 2012 inductees have been posted on rainbow colored pylons posted at different points throughout the neighborhood.
The 2012 inductees include Jane Addams, Keith Haring, Harvey Milk, Reinaldo Arenas, Barbara Gittings, and Oscar Wilde.
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