The collections, services, and programming of Gerber/Hart are growing. Gerber/Hart will soon outgrow its current space. In view of this, a strategic plan has been developed and approved by the Board of Directors in August 2020. The strategic plan focuses on relocation to a larger space and the continued growthContinue Reading

Emerging as an outgrowth of the AIDS pandemic and the activism it brought forth, the 1990s saw a new wave of advocacy sweep through queer communities in Chicago and across the country. Political hostility, gay-for-pay media representation, and ongoing threats of physical violence pushed queer identities to the margins ofContinue Reading

Artemis Singers was the first women’s singing ensemble in the U.S. to explicitly identify as a lesbian feminist chorus. Artemis Singers is dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women and thus highlights historical, political, and personal events and experiences common to women. Artemis Singers’ initial meeting took placeContinue Reading

Pins have been used to make visible LGBTQ votes, for LGBTQ to show support of political campaigns and for LGBTQ candidates. A selection of get out the vote pins and candidate campaign pins are on display and go back to the 1984 Mondale/Ferrado presidential campaign and Gary Nepon’s 1978 runContinue Reading

In the 1970s and 1980s, as the women’s liberation movement was gaining momentum, lesbians worked both within and outside of the feminist movement to create a better, more inclusive world for all women. In Chicago, lesbians organized community centers, music festivals, bookstores, newsletters, publishing presses, and health centers that createdContinue Reading