Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall

Chicago Whispers A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall Chicago Whispers illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian gay bisexual and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city s beginnings in the s as a fur trading p

  • Title: Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall
  • Author: St. Sukie de la Croix
  • ISBN: 9780299286934
  • Page: 494
  • Format: ebook
  • Chicago Whispers illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city s beginnings in the 1670s as a fur trading post to the end of the 1960s Journalist St Sukie de la Croix, drawing on years of archival research and personal interviews, reclaims Chicago s LGBT past that had been forg Chicago Whispers illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city s beginnings in the 1670s as a fur trading post to the end of the 1960s Journalist St Sukie de la Croix, drawing on years of archival research and personal interviews, reclaims Chicago s LGBT past that had been forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked Included here are Jane Addams, the pioneer of American social work blues legend Ma Rainey, who recorded Sissy Blues in Chicago in 1926 commercial artist J C Leyendecker, who used his lover as the model for The Arrow Collar Man advertisements and celebrated playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun Here, too, are accounts of vice dens during the Civil War and classy gentlemen s clubs the wild and gaudy First Ward Ball that was held annually from 1896 to 1908 gender crossing performers in cabarets and at carnival sideshows rights activists like Henry Gerber in the 1920s authors of lesbian pulp novels and publishers of physique magazines and evidence of thousands of nameless queer Chicagoans who worked as artists and musicians, in the factories, offices, and shops, at theaters and in hotels Chicago Whispers offers a diverse collection of alternately hip and heart wrenching accounts that crackle with vitality.

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    1. This was interesting and well written but very broad. It was a good introduction and overview to some pre Stonewall people and places of Chicago that were LGBTQ related. I enjoyed it; but not enough for it to make the best reads pile. A good book when you want an overview and a few paragraphs on each topic or person and then you can pick and choose what you might like to learn more about. An extensive resource list in the back. I enjoyed it and parts of it were fascinating especially if you live [...]

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