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New Exhibit "Legacy Wall" Is Raising Awareness For LGBT History

Founder of The Legacy Project Victor Salvo talks about the new debut exhibition called "The Legacy Wall" - an interactive history exhibit dedicated to combating anti-gay bullying by featuring the stories of LGBT contribution to history and culture.

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" ... there's going to come a point in time when people are going to want to know what this is about and you can't continue to pretend that LGBT people have not existed for hundreds and hundreds of years"

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Are you planning to tour the Legacy Wall all across the country? - Yes it basically begins January 10, a 12 month tour of Illinois, we'll being going to different college campuses and parking it and partnering them with local organizations to bring people to it to see it while it's there and to spark conversations about the challenges ahead for the idea of LGBT content inclusion, because the wall is really built around this idea that the incorporation of LGBT-related content in general curriculum has a dramatic impact on the lessening of bullying in schools and it's probably the most powerful yet unused resource that we have so we're actually trying to start that conversation because that's clearly not an easy one to have because most people think LGBT content inclusion automatically presumes something sexual, there's actually no reference to sex in it at all, it's just about identity and about the fate of people who have been redacted from history. So it's a really important element for us to bring through there and the idea that we're taking it off of Halsted street where we're basically preaching to the choir and bringing it into the heart of central Illinois and moving it through to start conversations in those places, I hope it's actually going to advance that concept. - What  - That's great work. -  What sort of age group are you looking at when you documented this in your book? - Well I mean our core audience is only like 14 to 17 pretty much like whatever high school age is, it's been so long I can't remember. They call me grandpa when they see me, no but we actually have had a couple of middle school groups come through and take the tour and that's like pretty amazing to like just behold that but you know kids are coming out when they're 10 and 12 years old now and the .. of the truth of the matter is that this issue is not going to go away, you know all those people that are just now getting married are all going to have children in a few years so we're trying to get ahead of that conversation and say there's going to come a point in time when people are going to want to know what this is about and you can't continue to pretend that LGBT people have not existed for hundreds and hundreds of hundreds of years if not a millennium. So yeah it's kind of fun to be sort of be out there and on the cutting-edge.