Center On Halsted Hosts Entertaining Roundtable Discussion Stonewall and Beyond

Chicago, IL–(ENEWPF)– This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary Stonewall Riots, the spark that is credited for igniting the LGBT liberation movement. On Thursday, June 11, 2009, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and Gerber/Hart Library will present a roundtable discussion; Stonewall and Beyond.

As the LGBT community, 40 years after Stonewall, continues it fight for equality, it is important to look back and learn from and about our rich history including, where it began, where we are now and where we are headed.

Participants on the roundtable include Gloria Allen from the Mayor’s membership and steering committee for the Chicago Department of Public Health also a transgender woman living in New York at the time of the riots,  Lott Hill, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Columbia College Chicago, Patrick Sinozich, Artistic Director of Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Monte Staton, a doctoral candidate at Loyola and a Gerber/Hart volunteer, Vernita Gray LGBT activist and serves on Center on Halsted’s SAGE Advisory Council, Activist June LaTrobe Center on Halsted’s Transgender Community Liaison.

This unique intergenerational and uniquely entertaining roundtable will also feature members from the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (www.cgmc.org) who will perform musical selections during the roundtable from its upcoming Gay Pride Concert “Over the Rainbow” on June 26, 27 at the Lake Shore Theatre and July 2 at the Mayslake-Peabody Estate in Oakbrook. The concert will feature music inspired by Stonewall and LGBT equality and Judy Garland whose funeral was the day prior to the riots.

Attend the roundtable discussion and also find out whether historians really think there is any direct correlation between Judy Garland’s death and the Stonewall riots.

Stonewall and Beyond

June 11, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Hoover-Leppen Theatre

$5 donation requested at the door.

For more information, please contact Serena Worthington, Director, SAGE at [email protected] , or call 773-472-6469 X160.

For more information on Center on Halsted, please visit our website, www.centeronhalsted.org.

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Chicago’s Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s largest community center for LGBT persons.  As a resource and gathering place for youth and adults in a safe, inviting atmosphere, the Center offers comprehensive support networks and programming to meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of all LGBT and non-LGBT persons.

For more information, visit www.centeronhalsted.org.