Carol Anshaw & Jessie Ewing
Anshaw (right) is a nationally known writer fo fiction, and Ewing is a newspaper photographer and teacher.
Michelle Bonnarens
Bonnarens is a former Chicagoan now living in Germany. Her activism included fighting back against bigots at the University of Chicago in the 1980s.
John D'Emilio
D'Emilio is one of the top U.S. historians on the gay movement, with multiple articles and books on LGBT history.
Murray Edelman
Edelman was an activist in Chicago in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including with the Chicago Gay Liberation movement.
Eugenia Fawcett
Fawcett came out in the 1940s in Chicago as a student at the University of Chicago. She was with her partner Mary from 1955 until Mary's death.
Patrick K. Finnessy & Iakovos Mesaritis
Finnessy and Mesaritis are a Chicago couple. Finnessy is active on academic issues.
Patrick K. Finnessy
Patrick Finnessy, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Kathy Forde
Kathy Forde and her partner Yvonne Zipter are supportive of various LGBT causes. Forde is an academic advisor at the U. of C., and mentors GLBT youth.
Hannah Frisch
Frisch was active in University of Chicago Gay Liberation in the early '70s. She also attended meetings of Chicago Lesbian Liberation.
Debbie Gould
Debbie Gould participated in ACT UP/Chicago for 6 years and was a founding member of Queer to the Left.
Dwight McBride
McBride is an academic activist writing about LGBT issues, especially within an African-American context.
Iakovos Mesaritis
Mesaritis and partner Patrick Finnessy are active on academic gay issues.
Charles Middleton
Middleton is openly gay and president of Roosevelt University, the first openly gay person appointed to lead a major university in the U.S.
Yasmin Nair
Nair is an academic, activist and writer, and was a member of Queer to the Left.
Achy Obejas
Obejas is the award-winning author of Days of Awe, Memory Mambo, and We Came all the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?. She was born in Hava
Rich Pfeiffer & Tim Frye
Pfeiffer (left) and Frye have been partners since 1971, working on a range of gay issues, including the Pride Parades.
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.
Max Smith
Max Smith has been a gay activist since the 1970s, including on media, health and political issues.
Pat Tomaso & Linda Palm
Tomaso (left) and partner Linda Palm live in Barrington, Illinois. Tomaso is a retired teacher with many years of activism on behalf of gay teachers.
Pat Tomaso
Tomaso is a retired teacher who works to make change for gay teachers in the Chicago schools.
MariBeth Welch
Welch works on charter school development.
Yvonne Zipter & Kathy Forde
Zipter (left) and Forde ave been together since 1987 and support various LGBT causes.
Mark Zubro
Mark Richard Zubro has published 20 books in two mystery series set in Chicago, and he’s still writing. One Lambda-winning series features a gay cou

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