Exhibition Opening Program Panel Discussion: Legacy of Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

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Sunday October 17

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3:30 PM  –  5:00 PM

Exhibition Opening Program 

Panel Discussion: Legacy of Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement 

October 17, 3:30 pm 


In the summer of 1969, a six-day clash between police and LGBTQ+ civilians ignited, sparking the rise of the gay liberation movement and fundamentally changing popular discourse surrounding LGBTQ+ activism in the United States. The Stonewall Uprising was the culmination of years of LGBTQ+ activism, led by pioneering Upstanders that shifted the movement nationwide from thousands to millions - each fighting for fundamental human rights.  


Join us for the opening program as we celebrate our newest exhibition, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, and hear first-hand accounts from three trailblazing activists.   
Panelists will include Mark Segal, Stonewall Uprising participant & Founder of Philadelphia Gay News, as well as President of both The National LGBT Press Association and The National Gay Newspaper Guild; Vanessa Warri, a transgender Nigerian-American researcher, strategist, and advocate, who specializes in the liberation, empowerment and safety of Black transgender women, and Chicago’s Art Johnston, Co-Founder of Equality Illinois and activist & leader in Chicago’s growing LGBTQ+ community.  


Award-winning journalist Erin Blakemore, whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, and National Geographic will moderate the conversation about events that took place at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and the worldwide rise of LGBTQ+ activism. 


Reservations are required. Members must sign in to take advantage of their member discount.