Honey West
Age: 63

Honey West is an all-around entertainer who has contributed her services to numerous AIDS and GLBT charities. She is transgender and works to dispell myths about trans performers.

She writes: "I have been an entertainer all of my life, I have been apart of the Chicago gay community from around 1985 to present. I have been lucky to have supported myself through my career in singing, acting and hosting events. Through the years I have had the opportunity to work with the Chicago Police Department on hate-crime programs, many if not all of the health and HIV organizations, most of the bars and clubs in the community, and just about every benefit I could fit into my schedule for the last 23 years. We have a rich and diverse community and It has been my pleasure to be apart of it."

  Video Interview Date: 2007-05-13 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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