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Faderman, Lazin in Chicago for Legacy Project benefit
2014-09-14

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Prominent lesbian historian and author Lillian Faderman and Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, were the special guest speakers at a benefit for Chicago's Legacy Project Sept. 14 at the home of Legacy board member Christopher Barrett Politan.

The event featured a Q&A with Faderman and Lazin conducted by WGN-TV's Sean Lewis. They discussed the importance of documenting and remembering LGBT history, both local histories of places like Chicago and Philadelphia, as well as nationally significant events including Stonewall in 1969, and the Annual Reminders that started in 1965 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Next year marks the 50th year of those events.

Faderman discussed her next book, due out next year, which will focus on the movement for LGBT rights starting in the late 1940s through present-day. Her other books include My Mother's Wars ( 2013 ), Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, And Lipstick Lesbians ( 2006 ), To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America—A History ( 1999 ), Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present ( 1994 ), Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America ( 1991 ), Scotch Verdict: Miss Pirie and Miss Woods v. Dame Cumming Gordon ( 1983 ), and Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present ( 1981 ).

Legacy Project Board President Ralph Kennedy and Legacy Project Creator and Executive Director Victor Salvo also addressed the crowd. Retired Judge Tom Chiola, Illinois' first openly gay elected official, closed out the evening, announcing that he and his partner Drew Jemilo were matching donations collected for the benefit.

The Legacy Project has already installed 23 plaques along Halsted Street in the Legacy Walk, and they will be adding another seven in October. See www.legacyprojectchicago.org/ .



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