How Chicago’s Pride Parade Grew from a Small March to a Big EventMeredith Francis
June 28, 2019
Chicago's Pride Parade didn't start as a parade at all. It was originally a small march to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. But a protest against anti-gay activist Anita Bryant in 1977 helped the parade become what it is today.
The Chicagoan Who Founded the Earliest Gay Rights Group in AmericaMeredith Francis
June 26, 2019
The Society for Human Rights, founded by Chicago postal worker Henry Gerber, didn’t last long, but its legacy inspired various groups in the decades to come. Gerber's Old Town home where he was arrested in 1925 was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2015.
Chicago's Outspoken Lesbian Power CoupleDaniel Hautzinger
June 18, 2019
Pearl Hart spent much of her career as a lawyer defending people from the infringement of their rights, from Communists caught up in the Red Scare to lesbians and gay people. Her late-in-life partner Valerie Taylor advocated for LGBT rights through her writing, speaking, and novels.
The Openly Gay Pianist Who Dazzled Chicago in the Early Twentieth CenturyDaniel Hautzinger
June 12, 2019
Jelly Roll Morton, the self-proclaimed "inventor of jazz," didn't praise many people besides himself, but he made an exception for Tony Jackson: "Tony was considered among all who knew him the greatest single-handed entertainer in the world.” And Jackson was openly gay at a time when that was incredibly rare.
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