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Out and Proud in Chicago
An Overview of the City's Gay Community
Tracy Baim

This history of Chicago's gay community offers, dare we say it, plenty of pride.

--Time Out Chicago

Lavishly illustrated with 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, 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 editor 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.


Title Out and Proud in Chicago
Subtitle An Overview of the City's Gay Community
Edition First Edition
Author Tracy Baim
Imprint Surrey
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 10 September 2008
Format PDF
Nb of pages 226 p.
ISBN-10 1-57284-643-7
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-643-2
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572846432
Main content page count 226
List Price $19.99
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 1572841001
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-100-0
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572841000
Publication Date 15 August 2008
Main content page count 224
Dimensions 10 x 9.5 in.
Weight 48 oz.
List Price $16.50

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Press Reviews

The BILERICO Project
Sep 11, 2008
"Out and Proud reveals the varied patterns that make up Chicago gay history and that there are parts of that history we might want to resurrect."
- Yasmin Nair

Time Out Chicago
Oct 15, 2008
"...Out and Proud does not aim to deliver the kind of comprehensive history that The Gay Metropolis or Gay L.A. offered New York and Los Angeles, but rather a vivid snapshot for a generation stuck on thinking LGBT history began with those rainbow-ringed pylons lining North Halsted Street."
- Jason Heidemann

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