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Out & Proud in Chicago


WTTW's award-winning documentary spanning the fascinating history of Chicago's vast and diverse LGBT community. Narrated by actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch. OUT & PROUD IN CHICAGO recently won a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists for Best Public Affairs Programming. It also finished 3rd in an international competition, The Hugo Television Awards sponsored by the Chicago International Film Festival.

Craig & Steve





Char & John




Some of the stories told in
Out & Proud in Chicago

Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith

...a lifelong couple who together changed conditions for tens of thousands of Chicago's immigrants through their work at Hull House; their relationship is a clear example of the "romantic friendships" typical of well-educated women of their time hoping to contribute to society.

Valerie Taylor

...lesbian author, activist and divorced mother of three boys, her pulp fiction titles are praised for being honest about lesbian life in literature during a time of sensationalistic prose.

Jim Flint

...owner of the Baton Show Lounge, recalls being arrested sixteen times in bar raids while working as a bartender or bar owner, before leading pickets and running for public office, contributing to the ongoing efforts to end the day-to-day harassment of LGBT people in the workplace..

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