Some of the stories told in
Out & Proud in Chicago
...openly gay ragtime pianist performing in the city's southside theatres and clubs, whose original lyrics for his song Pretty Baby were about Jackson's lover.
...openly lesbian couple whose influential publication, The Little Review, brought the world the writings of Sherwood Anderson, T.S. Eliot, Ben Hecht, Ernest Hemingway and the notable anarchist and advocate of free love, Emma Goldman.
...actor and visual artist who grew up in poverty in Humboldt Park, was an outspoken member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT/UP), and died of AIDS shortly before his partner Scott McPherson, author of the play Marvin's Room.