Tim Drake
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In the late ’70s, Tim Drake, a moderate Republican political activist, publicly came out as a direct result of Anita Bryant’s crusade, becoming a key local and national activist until “retiring from the frontline” in the early ’90s. He is the first openly gay Chicagoan to win an election ( as a delegate for presidential candidate John Anderson in 1980 ) , but is proudest of the role he played as Legislative Director and spokesperson for the non-partisan Illinois Gay & Lesbian Task Force, countering right-wing St. Representative Penny Pullen on the nightly news during the Legislature’s AIDS panic in the late 1980s.

  Video Interview Date: 2007-08-16 Interviewer: Tracy Baim





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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