Archive collections are a foundation of Gerber/Hart. Storing them in archival quality boxes and folders is critical for long term preservation and future use by researchers and in exhibits. It costs approximately $30 in supplies to rehouse one box of a collection. We receive 25-50 boxes of new collections eachContinue 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

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

“And above all, we must claim our identity in freedom not in reaction to oppression or anger.”

A keynote address presented at the 3rd National Third World Lesbian/Gay Conference , held in Berkeley, CA, June 21-23, 1984.Continue Reading

Ignorance of each other is what has made unity impossible in the past. Therefore we need enlightenment. We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. Once we have more knowledge, light, about each other we will stop condemningContinue Reading