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WCT 25: Covering the Past
Anniversary Issue: Windy City Times 25th Year
2010-09-29

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Pictured here are front covers from the Windy City Times, starting with the first cover on Sept. 26, 1985. The others are covers randomly selected from the first year+ of Windy City Times. The issues were different in 1985, but in so many ways they were also the same as 2010. The AIDS plague was predominant, as Chicago and the world began to see unimaginable losses of people in their prime. Chicago lost a whole generation of gay male leaders, and in 1985 and 1986, many well-known Chicagoans died, not just of AIDS, but other causes. There were battles with political leaders, gays working for gay and pro-gay elected officials ( openly gay aldermanic candidate Dr. Ron Sable would come close to wining the 44th Ward post ) , pride parades, protest marches against the mainstream media, a Gay $ ( Dollars ) business campaign, infighting at gay groups, the founding of new groups, violence, sports, music, movies, theater, literature, and so much more. The times they are a changin' — but not always as fast as we think.

— Tracy Baim, co-founder and publisher


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