'TIS THE SEASON!! Support the Legacy Project on #GivingTuesday2020

Tuesday December 1st is #GivingTuesday2020. Most small charities have been devastated by the COVID pandemic; the Legacy Project is no exception. Please consider supporting our ongoing work to expand Illinois's new LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum. The future of LGBTQ people depends on educating EVERYONE about all we have contributed in the past...
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Our Mission

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.

We're Changing Education For The Better
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The 2020/21 School Year has Arrived! 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, has launched a new 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...
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...

Legacy Project Highlights
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 >