Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: LGBTQ+ Representation in the Media

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Thursday November 4

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6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Rise Up: LGBTQ+ Representation in The Media  

Thursday, November 4, 6:30 PM Central Time   

While the last two decades of popular media have been a catalyst for growth within the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to differentiate presence from representation. In recent years LGBTQ+ people have increasingly seen representations of themselves, celebrations of their lives and stories, and coverage of LGBTQ+ issues across media channels. This has led to a worldwide rise in understanding, cultural acceptance, and professional opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals - but there is still room for improvement.   

We invite you to join us for a thoughtful conversation on the history and impact of LGBTQ+ representation in the media, moderated by Eric Marcus, founder and host of award-winning Making Gay History podcast with decades of research into LGBTQ+ history and the evolution of LGBTQ+ media. Panelists will include: 

Chicago’s Tracy Baim, who has been inducted into the National LGBT Journalists Association Hall of Fame, Association of Women Journalists-Chicago Hall of Fame, the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists-Chicago 

Award-winning journalist at ESPN Katie Barnes, who covers LGBTQ+ issues, women’s basketball, softball and women’s combat sports 

Kate Sosin, who is an award-winning trans LGBTQ+ reporter for the 19th, focusing on transgender rights, incarceration, politics, and public policy and who has conducted deep-dive investigations into transgender prison abuse and homicides for NBC News and other notable publications such as Logo TV, INTO and Windy City Times.

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

Funded by Susan L. Karkomi & Marvin J. Leavitt / Karkomi Family Fund in memory of Michael Bauer.

Non Members Virtual: $5.00

Members: Free