When Identities Collide: Sexuality and Black Feminism

Posted on February 8

Take part in Black History Month and delve into the complex history of black feminism and the LGBT community, right here in Chicago! Join the Illinois Humanities Council at the Chicago History Museum to explore issues of identity, sexuality, and race with scholars Kimberly Springer and Jennifer Brier.

Kimberly Springer is the author of Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980 as well as “Queering Black Female Heterosexuality" in Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape . Jennifer Brier is a co-curator of Out in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum, and Acting Director of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The program will begin at 1pm with a self-guided tour of Out in Chicago, a museum show which “spans diverse stories and perspectives and explores issues such as language, gender expression, formation of identity, the role of LGBT people in politics and culture, and family relationships. It balances private stories with public perspectives in relation to gender, community, and identity.”

After the exhibit, Kimberly Springer will be discussing the history of lesbians in the black feminist movement and the future of queer, feminist, and women of color organizing. Jennifer Brier will be discussing insights on gender, community, identity, and the heritage of Chicago's diverse LGBT community. Take advantage of this opportunity to from inspiring individuals about black history from a feminist perspective!

Date: Saturday, February 18th
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street