Jane Saks Saks is Executive Director of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago. Victor Salvo Salvo is a designer by trade, and an activist in his down time, having been a key part of Chicago's political and AIDS activism.
Norman Sandfield For almost 30 years, Sandfield has been an organizer of lesbian and gay Jewish activities and of Jewish AIDS programs in Chicago and internationally.
Nan Schaffer Schaffer is a political activist and philanthropist in Chicago.
Steve Scott Scott is active as a director and teacher in Chicago's theater community.
Norma Seledon Amador and partner Norma Seledon support a range of Latina lesbian and other causes. Patrick Sheahan Sheahean was president of the Center on Halsted's board during its critical campaign to build a new community center.
Linda Shear & Windflower Linda Shear is a former Chicago musician, founder of the first open lesbian band in U.S., and Windflower is her partner. Linda Shear Linda Shear is a former Chicago musician, founder of the first open lesbian band in the U.S.
Starla Sholl Sholl is a social worker in full-time private practice, with a large LGB clientelle. She has volunteered with several LGBT groups.
Debra Shore Shore became the first open lesbian elected to countywide office in Illinois, as a commissioner for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
Larry Simpson & Ed Zasadil Zasadil (left) and Simpson have been partners since 1962. Since their retirement they have been active on gay issues, including on gays in the militar Art Sims Art "Chat Daddy" Sims is a relationship advice expert who helps both straight and gay people. As an openly gay man, he breaks down barriers.
Patrick Sinozich Sinozich is a nationally renowned director of choral groups, including gay choruses in Chicago.
Stan Sloan Sloan is CEO of Chicago House and Social Service Agency, which provides housing for people impacted by AIDS.
Art Smith Smith is a world-renowned chef with a popular restaurant and cookbook, and is well known for his work as Oprah's chef.
Barb Smith Smith has been active in the community since the 1960s, when she was raising her daughter Chris. She is a key supporter of Affinity and WACT.
Chris Smith Smith is co-founder of Affinity, a South Side-based group for African-American lesbians. Dan Smith As one-half of the Hearty Boys, Smith and his partner Steve McDonough have broken new TV ground as top chefs and philanthropists.
Max Smith Max Smith has been a gay activist since the 1970s, including on media, health and political issues.
Coco Soodek Soodek is a partner with the law firm Bryan Cave and has supported numerous gay and lesbian causes. Larry Spang Spang is a retired dentist who fought against AIDS discrimination in the federal prison system.
Bev Spangler Spangler is a theater writer, performer and singer who has been in numerous LGBT productions. She has also volunteered for many LGBT and AIDS groups. Byron Stewart Stewart is an actor, cultural pioneer and diversity trainer.
David Stienecker David Stienecker was a critical 1960s and early 1970s Chicago activist who fought back against police harassment. Lauren Sugerman Sugerman is one of the co-founders of Chicago Women in Trades, a critical support for women entering non-traditional trades jobs.
Marge Summit Summit was a long-time bar owner in Chicago. Her bar His 'n Hers was popular among women and men, especially performers.
Out and Proud in Chicago:
An Overview of the City's Gay Community, the book is edited by Tracy Baim and features the contributions of more than 20 prominent historians and journalists. It is published by Surrey Books, an Agate imprint, and is hard cover, 224 pages, 4-color, with nearly 400 photos.
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