Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago's LGBTQ Archives (Paperback)
The variety of LGBTQ life in Chicago is too abundant and too diverse to be contained in a single place. But since 1981, the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has striven to do just that, amassing a wealth of records related to the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified people and organizations. In Queer Legacies, John D’Emilio—a pioneering scholar in the field—digs deep into Gerber/Hart’s collection to unearth a kaleidoscopic look at the communities built by generations of LGBTQ people. Excavated from one of the country’s most important, yet overlooked, LGBTQ archives, D’Emilio’s entertaining and enthusiastic essays range in focus from politics and culture to social life, academia, and religion. He gives readers an inclusive and personal look at fifty years of a national fight for visibility, recognition, and equality led by LGBTQ Americans who, quite literally, made history. In these troubled times, it will surely inspire a new generation of scholars and activists.
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— Publishers Weekly
has researched LGBTQ+ history for decades. In Queer Legacies, he turns his focus on stories
from the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, Chicago’s repository for queer history. . . . These inquiries highlight the diversity of activism and experience and are grouped by such themes as religion, lesbian history, and AIDS activism. D'Emilio doesn’t shy away from the passion of short-lived ventures or the ideological conflicts that caused the demise of activist groups."
— Leila Rupp, author of A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America
— David K. Johnson, author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government
— Claire Potter, author of Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy