Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-03-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  PRESS RELEASES

NEWS RELEASE: Out and Proud In Chicago Book Released
2008-07-01

This article shared 9475 times since Tue Jul 1, 2008
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Contact: Doug Seibold, Agate

847.475.4457, seibold@agatepublishing.com

July 1, 2008

Out and Proud in Chicago

Edited by Tracy Baim

News Hook: The first full-length history of the LGBT community in Chicago ever published—a vital contribution both to LGBT and Chicago social history.

Lavishly illustrated with almost 400 historical color and black and white photographs, and drawing on the scholarly, historical, and journalistic contributions of a breadth of authorities on Chicago's LGBT culture and scene, this is a first-ever, one-of-a-kind overview of Chicago's LGBT community and its history. Published as a companion to the WTTW public television documentary of the same name, and to the Web site www.ChicagoGayHistory.org, the book is organized into a few main chronological sections:

· Prairie Settlement to 1949

· 1950s to 1960s: The Seeds of Change

· 1970s: The We Decade

· 1980s: Silence = Death

· 1990s: Taking Charge

· 2000s: Prospects for the Future

Out & Proud in Chicago begins the work of capturing a history that often has been hidden, or at least elusive. As Tracy Baim writes in her introduction, 'A few brave people did try to document our community, either as major events were happening or through groundbreaking historical research. These writers, journalists, photographers, filmmakers, academics and historians have tried to find many needles in the haystack, through interviews with pioneers, digging into old university and museum archives, and reading the often-biased coverage of the mainstream media. In some cases, finding out if there was a 'there' there meant reading between the lines and piecing together what it was to be 'gay' 100 years ago.'

As the gay movement evolved and strengthened in the mid- to late-20th century, of course, more history was made and documented, both in words and images. The book brings this story up to the present day, looking at Chicago's contemporary LGBT world and its prospects for a flourishing future.

Tracy Baim is co-founder of the Windy City Times and publisher and executive editor of Windy City Media Group. As a journalist, she has covered the Chicago gay and lesbian community since 1984. Baim has received numerous honors, including the Studs Terkel Award and induction in the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Out and Proud in Chicago, 9781572841000, 224 pp, Chicago regional/Gay Studies

September 26, 2008, $30

A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER

Dear Reader, I'm writing to tell you about Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community ( Agate Surrey, 978-1-57284-100-0, September 26, 2008, $30 ) , edited by Tracy Baim. Let us know if we can get you a copy of the book—which features contributions from dozens of historians and other writers, as well as close to 400 color and black and white images—or put you in touch with Ms. Baim for a potential feature. This book is a unique opportunity to introduce your audience to the history of Chicago's LGBT community. In Out and Proud in Chicago, Ms. Baim has compiled a one-of-a-kind historical record of LGBT culture in Chicago from the nineteenth century through the present. Filled with intriguing and often little-known information complemented by remarkable breadth of historical photographs, the book illustrates the vitality and resilience of Chicago's LGBT community, while tracing its evolution from sequestered subculture to prominent, diverse, and valued community.

Among other things, Out and Proud in Chicago illuminates the many and varied contributions the LGBT community has made to Chicago history, society, and culture, with a particular focus on the community's coalescence into a political and social force through the late twentieth century. Alongside their long-term struggle for recognition, acceptance, and equal rights, Chicago's LGBT people have made tremendous contributions to politics, business, and other spheres of civic life. Baim and her contributors, who include nationally renowned authors and historians such as John D'Emilio, Jonathan Ned Katz and Chad Heap, have captured this in the book's numerous brief essays and entries, and set the story of Chicago's LGBT community in the broader contexts of both the city's history and the history of LGBT people across the U.S. and around the world.

Out and Proud in Chicago is a companion volume to the documentary of the same name produced by WTTW television in Chicago, for which Tracy Baim served as a consultant. The book is also an introduction to the larger history effort she is rolling out over a longer term at the website www.ChicagoGayHistory.org . For now, the book stands as a landmark to everyone interested not only in Chicago history, but the history of LGBT people everywhere. I hope you'll contact me regarding a review or interview with Ms. Baim, who will be making bookstore appearances throughout the Chicago region in September and October. You can reach me at 847.475.4457 or seibold@agatepublishing.com for more information.

Yours, Doug Seibold, Agate Publishing

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR OUT AND PROUD IN CHICAGO

'Out and Proud in Chicago rewards every type of reader. It is a book that East Coast LGBT historians ignore at their peril. Every decade is full of surprises, and no topic in the melting pot is ignored. Brief but fact-packed essays on every aspect of LGBT life are in many ways more informative than the massive historical tome. Not only do we have here a bounty of contributions from longtime grass-roots historian Marie J. Kuda and fathers of gay history Jonathan Katz and John D'Emilio, but a profuse variety of contributions from every hue of the Chicago LGBT spectrum. Baim's graceful prose is the glue that holds the pieces together, and the generous inclusion of so many photographs and illustrations are alone worth the price of the volume. At last, Chicago gets ( and deserves ) its long-neglected due as the city where LGBT life flourished beyond the footlights.'

-James V. Carmichael, Jr., professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, School of Information, UNC Greensboro

"In Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community, we get to see how interesting, creative, diverse, relevant, and American the contributions of the members of Chicago's gay community have proven in the town often called 'The Nation's Most American City.' I dare say editor Tracy Baim and a string of contributors achieved far more than they set out to do. They produced a well-crafted perspective and record of Chicago's gay history and culture and a model for achieving such a work for any significant segment of the city's population."

- Kenan Heise, Chicago journalist and historian A triumph! Out and Proud vividly brings to life the incredibly rich, exciting, moving, and ultimately inspiring story of Chicago's decades-long gay rights struggle. Best of all, we get to meet the remarkable and brave people who contributed in ways big and small to making their hometown, and the world, a better place for all of us.

- Eric Marcus, author of Making Gay History and What If Someone I Know Is Gay? "One view of history focuses primarily on elites and their power struggles, their institutions and their dramas. But the history of social movements lies in hundreds of acts of creation carried out by thousands of ordinary people, many who are not and never have been part of any ruling elite. This wonderful and absorbing book shows us this hidden history in a warm, accessible, and visual way. The gay movement's history is emerging from the storage bins, basements, and personal collections of GLBT activists. Its emergence offers all who care about social justice inspiration and perspective."

- Urvashi Vaid, executive director, Arcus Foundation "Out and Proud in Chicago, a richly textured mosaic of Chicago's LGBT scene since the nineteenth century, sheds light on famous as well as lesser known activists and reformers, artists and actors, literary figures, musicians, politicians, landmarks, social movements, and much more. Richly illustrated with period photos and images of historical documents, this fascinating read also will be an invaluable reference resource for anyone interested in Chicago or LGBT history."

- Joanne Passet, author, Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster "This luminous, triumphant celebration of the history-making rise of a great community in one of America's great cities is one lavish banquet of a book. Inspiring and exhilarating in every dimension, it's a priceless gift to all Chicagoans, a boon to us all."

- Katherine V. Forrest, novelist "Through a colorful mosaic of articles and a treasure trove of photos, Out and Proud In Chicago definitively establishes Chicago's claim as a leading lesbian and gay mecca from the nineteenth century to the present. So grand a documentation of our community's struggles and triumphs should make us all proud, whether or not we're Chicagoans."

- Lillian Faderman, co-author ( with Stuart Timmons ) of Gay L.A.: a History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians


This article shared 9475 times since Tue Jul 1, 2008
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

HIV/AIDS activist Rae Lewis-Thornton on her new memoir, 'Unprotected' 2022-05-18
- Emmy-winning HIV/AIDS activist, author, minister, political organizer, motivational speaker, life coach, jewelry designer and social media figure Rae Clara Lewis-Thornton's recently released book, Unprotected: A Memoir, is already a pre-release ...


Gay News

TV Writer Joel Kim Booster, director Andrew Ahn take a trip to 'Fire Island' 2022-05-15
- Based on the classic Jane Austen book Pride and Prejudice, the new Fox Searchlight film Fire Island has an important story to tell LGBTQ+ audiences specifically. In that story, there are plenty of laughs along the ...


Gay News

BOOKS 'Tinderbox' author to appear in Palatine on June 14 2022-05-13
- Author Robert Fieseler will discuss his debut book—Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation—on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Palatine's Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, ...


Gay News

THEATER Underscore's 'Notes & Letters' running through May 28 2022-05-12
- Underscore Theatre Company celebrates its 10th-anniversary season with the world premiere of the musical Notes & Letters, which features book, music and lyrics by Annabelle Lee Revak (she/her) and is ...


Gay News

Book-signing for HIV/AIDS activist's 'Unprotected: A Memoir' on May 21 2022-05-05
-- From a press release - "I had been torn apart by the doings of others and blamed myself for surviving to the best of my ability. It would literally take decades for me to understand that I was the product of what happened to me." Emmy ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart announces change in leadership 2022-05-04
- Wil Brant is no longer executive director of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. According to an open letter from board co-chairs James Conley and Kevin Nunley as well as Board Treasurer Becky Chmielewski, Brant "served in this ...


Gay News

'It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful' explores art collective's part in HIV/AIDS activism 2022-04-23
- In Jack Lowery's book, It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic, the historian shares how the art collective Gran Fury utilized community-made propaganda to address the HIV/AIDS ...


Gay News

Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project showcases 'History of Milwaukee Drag' starting June 27 2022-04-21
-- From a press release - Milwaukee, WI. - A History of Milwaukee Drag: Seven Generations of Glamour, by local historians Michail Takach and BJ Daniels, will be released Monday, June 27 by The History Press. For nearly 150 years, Milwaukee has ...


Gay News

Gay Latino techie Michael Sayman talks about his inspiring book, 'App Kid' 2022-04-17
- Michael Sayman is a key figure in Silicon Valley, having worked at Instagram, Google and, now, Twitter. However, he stands out in many ways. The twentysomething Sayman—an openly gay Latino—was only in his teens when he ...


Gay News

Indie Bookstore Crawl on Independent Bookstore Day April 30 2022-04-14
-- From a press release - Chicago, April 12, 2022 — It's back! Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! Nearly 40 independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest ...


Gay News

'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves' second edition out April 15 2022-04-11
-- From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, New York, MApril 11, 2022—The Trans Bodies, Trans Selves board is proud to announce the release of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves' second edition, published April 15, 2022. The Trans Bodies Trans Selvessecond edition ...


Gay News

Mary Lynn Rajskub: Actress/comedian discusses acting, sexuality in new book 2022-04-10
- Emmy-winning actresses and stand-up comedians who just finished publishing their new memoirs, while simultaneously embarking on their stand-up tours, rarely have moments to themselves. Thankfully, Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known for her work on the TV ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives holds 40th-anniversary event at Sidetrack 2022-04-09
- Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a "40 & Fabulous! The Gerber/Hart Spring Soiree" benefit April 7—the birthday of one of the library's namesakes, Pearl Hart—at ...


Gay News

FILM/TV Molly Shannon talks about her gay father, LGBTQ projects and new book 2022-04-08
- Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting a very special night at Harris Theater with entertainers Molly Shannon and Jonathan Van Ness in two separate appearances. While Van Ness has a Queer Eye, Shannon has played queer and ...


Gay News

Leader in fight to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to join virtual book club with LGBTQ veterans April 7 2022-04-07
- C. Dixon Osburn, co-founder and former CEO of the Servicmembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), will join the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) April 7 at 7 p.m. for a virtual Book ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.