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Legacy Wall traveling LGBT history exhibit part of Youth Summit

Nov. 29, 2015 - , Since early 2012, the Chicago-based Legacy Project LGBT History endeavor has been partnering with Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to provide opportunities for the state's GSAs to come and tour the award-winning "Legacy Walk" outdoor LGBT museum. The Legacy Project Education Initiative (LPEI) — which launched on Day of Silence/2013 — provides age-appropriate lesson plans, multimedia, and research resources to students and teachers alike to help facilitate the discovery of historically significant LGBT role models. Each year more materials are added to the growing body of teaching/learning tools.

This fall, in cooperation with Dr. Gabriel Gomez, and the administration of Chicago State University, the Legacy Project is entering a working partnership with Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to bring the fall Illinois Youth Summit to the CSU's wonderful urban campus on 95 th Street in Chicago. As part of the Legacy Project's involvement — where the subject of LGBT-related educational content inclusion will be paramount — the organization will be bringing its acclaimed "Legacy Wall Traveling/Interactive LGBT History Exhibit" to the University campus library. The Legacy Wall will be the physical centerpiece of the main plenary space where much of the Summit's activity will be taking place.

The Legacy Wall contains 125 individual biographical elements celebrating the contributions LGBT people have made to world history and culture. The content, which spans 20 fields of contribution and 4000 years of history, is international, multicultural, and features people from every walk of life. Each element is digitally linked to the Legacy Project's proprietary cloud-based data system that enables users to scan a QR code in order to open a digital portal with video, information resources, and education tools that can be captured on your smartphone, posted, or shared with others. This first-of-its-kind technology integration links the traveling Legacy Wall with the incredibly popular — but stationary — Legacy Walk outdoor installation which is visited regularly by Alliance-affiliated GSAs who come for guided tours.

In addition to bringing the Legacy Wall to the Summit, the Legacy Project will be presenting a workshop/program ("Coming Out of the Curricular Closet") for all of those gathered to give an overview of their recent research into the state of "LGBT content-inclusion" nationwide — and the impact of it. This will be accompanied by an exploration of some of the installation's most historically influential inductees and nominees. Lastly the workshop will focus on the creation and distribution LGBTQ S.E.E.K.s (Student Educational Empowerment Kits) that will include special tools and guidelines to help Youth Summit attendees go back to their schools and formally approach their Principals to request that LGBT history-related subject matter be incorporated into the general curriculum offered by the schools. Participating GSAs would also become part of a proposed online information hub to facilitate sharing strategies and new educational tools as they become available.

Combined with the Legacy Wall's ongoing tour of the communities across the State of Illinois, the facilitators of the Youth Summit hope the awareness raised by the Legacy Project's presentation and workshop, the new LGBTQ S.E.E.K packets, and a virtual space where inter-GSA dialog can take place — will begin to spark conversations in classrooms and board rooms across the state about the power of LGBT content-inclusion to dramatically reduce the incidences of bullying in our schools. It is imperative that youth become the agents of their own change!

LGBT CONTRIBUTIONS to world history and culture have been so thoroughly redacted that today it is nearly impossible for a young person to learn anything about the many roles LGBT people have played in shared human history. This denies them access to historically significant role models at precisely the point in their lives when they are struggling with their identities most, while also being bombarded with negative messaging daily. Without a sense of historic relevance, young people — especially if they are without affective adult allies — can find themselves socially isolated, culturally marginalized, and vulnerable to the loss of self-esteem that lies at the root of LGBT youth suicide. The Legacy Project is committed to using the powerfully inspirational stories of LGBT Historic contributions to counter the ignorance which fuels anti-gay bullying. The Legacy Wall traveling exhibit joins the Legacy Walk outdoor installation and the Legacy Project Education Initiative in a multi-pronged approach to discovering and sharing a rich and vital history which most people do not know is missing.

From a press release

Boystown anticipates large crowds on Black Wednesday
Nov. 25, 2015 - , The night before Thanksgiving is unofficially considered the busiest night of the year for bars and taverns, so much so that the night is often referred to as Black Wednesday.

Boystown neighborhood bar owners and managers agree that Black Wednesday often rivals New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day as popular party nights.

"It's really the last big party before New Year's Eve," Hydrate Nightclub general manager Sean Kowta told ChicagoPride.com. "Many take the opportunity to go out and party with their friends and catch-up."

The extended four-day weekend coupled with the influx of out-of-town friends and college students returning home makes the pre-holiday revelry especially popular with twenty-somethings.

"All the college kids are back in town," said Roscoe's promotion and marketing manager Shawn Hazen. "All the patrons and locals who have moved to other cities are back for the holiday. Black Wednesday is always a fun night out in Boystown."

The popular North Side neighborhood is not the only Black Wednesday destination for Chicago's LGBT population, Northwest suburban PhoenixBar is also expecting a capacity crowd at its Thanksgiving Eve party on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Calendar:  Black Wednesday Events

Equality Illinois PAC to host David Axelrod, Nov. 17
Nov. 6, 2015 - , The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (EQIL PAC) will host a conversation on November 17 with renowned political strategist David Axelrod about the stakes and opportunities for Illinoisans in the 2016 election.

"We are excited to host David Axelrod and hear his thoughts about electoral strategy in 2016," said Nicole Bashor, Chair of the Equality Illinois PAC. "The ballot box is one of the most important tools to achieving equal rights. But, as we saw this week, the opponents of LGBT equality are more determined than ever to stop progress towards lived equality. We must be vigilant and vigorous in our work to secure and defend equal rights."

The reception with Axelrod will take place in the Riverside Room of 300 N. LaSalle St., Chicago on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 17. Details and tickets are available at EQILPAC2016.eventbrite.com.

Axelrod is former political reporter for the Chicago Tribune, has managed strategy for more than 150 political campaigns, was Senior Strategist for President Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and served as Senior Advisor to the President. He is now Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.

More information about the Equality Illinois PAC is available at EQILPAC.org.

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