Proud Oak Parkers: OPALGA+ at 30
A new exhibit opening on Nov. 6 puts the spotlight on the community organization that came together 30 years ago to support an open, active community of gay and lesbian residents and end discrimination based on sexual orientation in our villages.
In its first year of existence, the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association spurred the village board to amend the Oak Park Human Rights Ordinance to include a ban on discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation. And in the 1990s, OPALGA successfully pushed for Oak Park village officials to establish a Domestic Partnership Ordinance and later a Domestic Partnership Registry.
OPRF Museum was gifted with the organizational records of OPALGA in 2014, which includes memorabilia, photos and other archival material that will be used to help tell this story. The exhibit will examine OPALGA’s impact in the community and offer context on the national struggle for rights for all regardless of a person’s sexual orientation.