Joe Loundy
Age: 80
Categories:   Civic/Community   General    

Loundy is a retired social worker and travel agent who has been a volunteer at numerous gay groups since the 1970s. He has volunteer with the Gay Professional Coalition of Chicago, Gay Horizons ( he served on its board ) , Lavender University of Chicago ( which he co-founded here ) , and more.

Loundy states: “I began my affiliation with Gay Horizons in the mid-1970s as a supervisor in the Gay Peoples Peer Counseling Service Program, the only gay-identified, gay-affirmative counseling program in Chicago at that time. I was the first mental health professional to be involved. During a 10-year period I successively volunteered in the positons of Co-Director of the Peer Counseling Program, Board Chariperson and Executive Director. I established the Group Services Program which offered a variety of groups but most notably Coming Out Groups which helped participants reframe their gay feelings as a normal variation and ‘coming out’ as a normal developmental stage. This program continues to this day.”

  Video Interview Date: 2007-08-15 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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