October is LGBTQ History Month and in conjunction with that, Chestnut Hill College will be hosting a two-day traveling exhibit organized by the Central PA LGBT Center. Titled, "The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania," this exhibit tells these stories through historical narrative, photographs and video of oral history first-person accounts of activists involved in the struggles to achieve protection from discrimination. Along the way, they faced some of the very discrimination they were seeking to protect their community from, including harassment, physical assault, arson, and bombings.
The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania is a traveling history exhibit that chronicles the efforts that activists have undertaken in Pennsylvania to achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people. With the lack of success in passing statewide legislative protections from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and education, activists have been working for more than five decades to obtain these protections one battle at a time, one municipality at a time. The exhibit uses case studies of several cities and townships to highlight not just the political struggles, but the personal stories as well. This exhibit debuted in mid-February 2019, in the 50th anniversary year of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal event in the LGBTQ+ movement toward equality.
You can read more about the exhibit here: https://centralpalgbtcenter.org/thelongroad
In addition to the exhibit, on October 25th at 2PM, the College will offer Safe Zone training for anyone who is interested. More information to follow.