GIVING THANKS FOR YOU! Because of you... 2023 has seen two more bronze memorials added to the Legacy Walk - that makes 51 in all; the resumption of the Legacy Wall’s national tour; the ongoing expansion of the Legacy's online LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum for Illinois public schools; and the continued development of the Legacy Project’s first textbook (an elementary school "reader") coming in 2024. In this Season of Gratitude we want to thank you. Whether you purchased a ticket to an event, made a donation, or just spread the word about the work of the Legacy Project, your support - which is critically important to fulfilling our mission - is greatly appreciated. All of us at the Legacy Project wish you a Healthy, and Joyful Holiday Season!
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Our Mission

The Legacy Project works to build an inclusive and equitable future for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people celebrating their contributions to world history and culture; by inspiring young people to stand strong in the face of bullying; and by helping the general public to realize LGBTQ people have always been an integral part of humanity’s story. 

Combating Stereotypes. Confronting Bullying.

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...

Making Education LGBTQ-Inclusive Matters
The 2023/24 School Year is here! Transform your classroom experience into one which includes the many contributions LGBTQ people have made to the world we share. The Legacy Project, in conjunction with our partners at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, and Equality Illinois, maintains a database and Search Portal to help teachers create a classroom experience which meets the requirements of Illinois's new Inclusive Curriculum Law. Explore a fascinating aspect of human history which most people did not know was missing...
Our Vision

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.

History of the Legacy Project

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 >