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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What follows is a bibliography of humanities scholarship that informs the Chicago Gay History Project and the book Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community, edited by Tracy Baim, published July 2008 by Surrey Books.
Note: This site is done in journalistic style; therefore, most entries quote directly from sources and do not use footnotes. Below are some of the books consulted for background, and other books that would be useful to those researching gay history. While there are hundreds of related books, those listed here either have a particular interest for Chicago, are national in scope, or are books on other cities that show how their own communities developed. This list will be updated frequently, and suggestions are welcome.


— Are We There Yet? A Continuing History of Lavender Woman, a Chicago Lesbian Newspaper, 1971–1976, by Michal Brody, Aunt Lute Book Co. (1985)
— An Autobiography of Black Chicago, by Dempsey J. Travis, Urban Research Institute (1981)
— Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters: A History of the Black Woman in America, Jeanne L. Noble, Prentice-Hall (1978)
— Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Molly McGarry and Fred Wasserman, Penguin Studio Books (1998)
— Black Boy, by Richard Wright, Harper Perennial Modern Classics (paperback 2007, first published by Harper & Bros. 1945)
— Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town, by Esther Newton, Beacon Press (1993)
— The Chicago Marathon, by Andrew Suozzo, University of Illinois Press (2006)
— Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present, edited by Lillian Faderman, Viking (1994)
— Creating a Place for Ourselves: Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community Histories, edited by Brett Beemyn, Routledge (1997)
— Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement, by Marcia M. Gallo, Seal Press (paperback 2007, first published by Carroll & Graf Publishers 2006)
— Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures, Vol. 1 on lesbians edited by Bonnie Zimmerman, Vol. 2 on gay men edited by George Haggerty, Garland Publishing (2000)
— Frontline Feminism, 1975–1995: Essays from Sojourner’s First 20 Years, edited by Karen Kahn, Aunt Lute Books (1995)
— Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A: A Documentary History, by Jonathan Ned Katz, Meridian Books (revised edition 1992, first published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co. 1976)
— Gay & Lesbian Literature, edited by Sharon Malinowski, Tom Pendergast and Sara Pendergast (2 volumes), St. James Press (1994–98)
— Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area, by Susan Stryker and Jim Van Buskirk, Chronicle Books (1996)
— Gay Games VII: Where the World Meets, by Tracy Baim, www.lulu.com (2007)
— Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons, Basic Books (2006)
— The Gay Liberation Movement, by Jack Onge, Alliance Press (Chicago, 1971)
— The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America, by Charles Kaiser, Grove Press (paperback 2007, first published by Houghton Mifflin Co. 1997)
— Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890–1940, by George Chauncey, Basic Books (paperback 2003, first published 1994)
— Gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Belonging, by Gary L. Atkins, University of Washington Press (2003)
— Gentleman Jigger: A Novel, by Richard Bruce Nugent, edited by Thomas H. Wirth, Da Capo Press (2008)
—Great Events from History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Events, 1848–2006 (2 volumes), editorial board includes Lillian Faderman and others, Salem Press (2007)
— Hearing Us Out: Voices from the Gay and Lesbian Community, by Roger Sutton, photographs by Lisa Ebright, Little, Brown & Co. (1994)
— Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, edited by Martin Bauml Duberman, Martha Vicinus and George Chauncey, Jr., Meridian Books (1990, first published by New American Library 1989)
— A History of Chicago, by Bessie Louise Pierce (3 volumes), University of Chicago Press (paperback 2007, first published 1937)
— Hollis Sigler’s Breast Cancer Journal, by Hollis Sigler, with texts by Susan M. Love and James Yood, Hudson Hills Press (1999)
— Homosexuality: A History, by Colin Spencer, Fourth Estate (1995, reissued in U.S. as Homosexuality in History, Harcourt Brace & Co. 1995)
— If Christ Came to Chicago! A Plea for the Union of All Who Love in the Service of All Who Suffer, by William T. Stead, Chicago Historical Bookworks (1990, first published by Laird & Lee 1894)
— Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland, compiled by The History Project, Beacon Press (paperback 1999, first published 1998)
— In the City of Men: Another Story of Chicago, by Kenny J. Williams, Townsend Press (1974)
— International Mr. Leather: 25 Years of Champions, edited and written by Joseph W. Bean, Nazca Plains Corp. (2004)
— James Baldwin, by Randall Kenan, Chelsea House Publishers (2005, first published 1994)
— The Lavender Screen: The Gay and Lesbian Films: Their Stars, Makers, Characters, and Critics, by Boze Hadleigh, Citadel Press (2001, first published by Carol Publishing Group 1993)
— The Lesbian Almanac, compiled by the National Museum & Archive of Lesbian and Gay History, Berkley Books (1996)
— Lesbian Culture, An Anthology: The Lives, Work, Ideas, Art and Visions of Lesbians Past and Present, edited by Julia Penelope and Susan J. Wolfe, Crossing Press (1993)
— Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968–1980, by Kimberly Springer, Duke University Press (2005)
— Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, by John D’Emilio, University of Chicago Press (2004, first published by Free Press 2003)
— Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights, by Eric Marcus, Harper Perennial (revised paperback edition 2002, first published as Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945–1990: An Oral History, HarperCollins Publishers 1992)
— The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, by Randy Shilts, St. Martin’s Press (paperback 1988, first published 1982)
— Media Q: Media/Queered: Visibility and Its Discontents, edited by Kevin G. Barnhurst, Peter Lang Publishers (2007)
— Moving the Mountain: The Women’s Movement in America Since 1960, by Flora Davis, University of Illinois Press (paperback 1999, first published by Simon & Schuster 1991)
— Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Lillian Faderman, Penguin Books (paperback 1992, first published by Columbia University Press 1991)
— The Other Side of Silence: Men’s Lives and Gay Identities: A Twentieth Century History, by John Loughery, Henry Holt & Co. (paperback 1999, first published 1998)
— Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America, by Dudley Clendinen and Adam Nagourney, Simon & Schuster (paperback 2001, first published 1999)
— Out in All Directions: The Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America, edited by Lynn Witt, Sherry Thomas and Eric Marcus, Warner Books (paperback 1997, first published 1995)
— Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present, by Neil Miller, Alyson Publications (revised edition 2006, first published by Vintage Books 1995)
— A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, Random House (2002, first published 1958)
— Reports from the Holocaust: The Story of an AIDS Activist, by Larry Kramer, St. Martin’s Press (revised edition 1994, first published 1989)
— Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940–1970, by John D’Emilio, University of Chicago Press (2nd edition 1998, first published 1983)
— Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster, by Joanne Passet, Da Capo Press (2008)
— Shattered Applause: The Eva Le Gallienne Story, by Robert A. Schanke, Barricade Books (1995, first published as Shattered Applause: The Lives of Eva Le Gallienne, Southern Illinois University Press, 1992)
— Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation, by Karla Jay, Basic Books (1999)
— Tallulah! The Life and Times of a Leading Lady, by Joel Lobenthal, Regan Books (2004)
— They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War, by DeAnne Blanton, Louisiana State University Press (2002)
— To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words, adapted by Robert Nemiroff, Vintage Books (1995, first published by New American Library 1969)
— To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America—A History, by Lillian Faderman, Houghton Mifflin Co. (paperback 2000, first published 1999)
— Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation, by Urvashi Vaid, Anchor Books (paperback 1996, first published 1995)
— We Can Always Call Them Bulgarians: The Emergence of Lesbians and Gay Men on the American Stage, by Kaier Curtin, Alyson Publications (1987)
— Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to World War II, edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, Routledge (2002)
— Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary, edited by Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast, Indiana University Press (2001)

Online Resources:
Chicago Gay History Project:

Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame:

Chicago Theological Seminary LGBT Religious
Archives Network: www.lgbtran.org

Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (1969–1977)
history project: www.cwluherstory.com

Will Roscoe: www.willsworld.org

Chicago publications consulted for research:
— The Chicago Gay Crusader
— Lavender Woman newspaper
— The Original Lavender Woman newspaper
— GayLife newspaper
— Gay Chicago Magazine
— Windy City Times newspaper
— Outlines newspaper
— Nightlines/Nightspots magazine
— BLACKlines newspaper
— En La Vida newspaper

Libraries and archives:
— Chicago History Museum
— Leather Archives & Museum
— The Newberry Library
— The University of Chicago Library
— Lesbian Herstory Archives
— Chicago 2006, Inc., Gay Games VII
— Mountain Moving Coffeehouse Archives

Archives of individuals and businesses:
— Marie J. Kuda
— Tracy Baim
— Caryn Berman
— Nancy Katz
— Julie Zolot
— Otis Richardson
— Lisa Howe-Ebright
— Genyphyr Novak
— Rex Wockner
— Chuck Renslow
— Lori Cannon
— Jorjet Harper
— Hannah Frisch
— Judith Markowitz and Susan Franz
— Mary Patten

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