The Legacy Project illuminates and affirms the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people to honor their experiences and accomplishments; to collect and preserve their contributions to world history and culture; to educate and inspire the public and young people; and to assure an inclusive and equitable future.
In commemoration of the Illinois LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Law going into effect on July 1, 2020, we have created this video composite of several diverse and historically significant LGBTQ figures to introduce the new education program. The Legacy Project has partnered with Equality Illinois, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, and Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to develop new teaching tools for all Illinois public schools. This video takes you on a journey back to the Legacy Project’s creation through some amazing eras in history right up to this moment in time… the unqualified realization of a dream we had so long ago to give LGBTQ youth the knowledge that people like them matter – and have always mattered – even if no one ever bothered to tell them.
Award-Winning... Historically Landmarked Outdoor Museum… Guided Tours… Digitally Interactive Traveling Installation… National Tour… Lesson Plans, Study Guides, Multimedia… International and Multicultural... Searchable Database… Robust Social Media… Promoting LGBTQ Contributions to World History and Culture… The most Multifaceted and Dynamic LGBTQ History endeavor on Earth...
Through "The Legacy Walk" in Chicago (the world's only outdoor LGBTQ history museum and Chicago's newest Historic Landmark); "The Legacy Project Education Initiative" (free, downloadable resources); and "The Legacy Wall" (traveling interactive exhibit) – the award-winning Legacy Project is committed to challenging the social and cultural marginalization of LGBTQ people.
The Legacy Project was inspired the first time the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was shown at the National March on Washington for LGBT Civil Rights in 1987. Beyond the over-whelming, uncontrollable emotion of that experience was a sense of the vastness of our presence, the richness of our lives. So many people - both famous and obscure. So many interests. So many accomplishments. For all the talk about our "diversity" the full breadth of our existence was never more clearly represented at one time, in one place, than on that ¾ acre swatch of the fabric of our lives. Sadly, except for our own immediate circles, we were strangers to ourselves. At that time, there was no way for gay people to know about those who came before them and what they accomplished and The Quilt only seemed to magnify that. We were LIVING GAY HISTORY. But we were DYING. Who would remember those who came before us when we were gone? More >