Donna Weems
Age: 69
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Donna Rose Weems is a cultural and political activist and long-time Chicagoan who recently retired to Mexico with her partner Rogeria Westbrooks. The couple had a commitment celebration at Affinity in 2007.

Weems writes: "I have likely been associated/worked with, or witnessed the birth of just about every queer group at one time or another. Literary Exchange: past Board, Officer; Affinity, volunteer; LLENA; supporter; Amigas, supporter; Independent Democratic Organization; Howard Brown volunteer ( when it was in the basement on Broadway ) ; Black Out; Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum; Mountain Moving Coffeehouse: volunteer/supporter; N.A.M.E. Gallery: board member; Randolph Street Gallery: volunteer; Guild Complex volunteer/supporter; Blue Rider Theater volunteer/supporter; LOC ( Lesbians of Color Collective aka Lesbians on the Couch ) ; Gay and Lesbian Police Advisory; co-founder of the International Women's Day Dance; periodic contributor to: Outlines, Blacklines, Lambda Publications; LCCP volunteer; Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays; Zami, Atlanta, volunteer; SalaSoul, New York ... numerous ad hoc committees.

  Video Interview Date: 2007-05-02 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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