Exploring Chicago's Gay History

BY Advocate.com Editors

January 29 2011 6:50 PM ET

The Chicago History Museum is planning an expansive exhibit on the city's LGBT-related milestones — possibly the first gay history project produced by an urban museum.

The "Out in Chicago" exhibit opens May 21 and will include pictures and stories of gay life in the Windy City, including the rise of gay voters as a political force. Chicago has long been a magnet for LGBT Americans, even in the 19th century — the city enacted an ordinance in 1851 prohibiting cross-dressing, which bureaucrats viewed as a growing problem.

Read more about the exhibit here.

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