Out and Proud in Chicago: First gay rights organization in Chicago. LGBT educator and writer. Organizer and fund raiser in LGBT communities. Political activist for LGBT rights. Archived from the original on 10 June Founder and owner of Miss Gay Continental Pageant.
By the early s, a new gay and lesbian commercial and residential center had emerged along North Halsted Street in Lake View, and in August area merchants launched the Northalsted Market Days, an annual neighborhood street fair that soon rivaled June's Gay Pride festivities.
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First openly gay person elected to public office in Illinois. Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Office. Bruce Koff Ellis B. Out and Proud in Chicago: Fighting for the civil rights of LGBT people. As one of the busiest industrial centers and transportation hubs in the United States, Chicago at the beginning of the twentieth century attracted thousands of single women and men with new employment opportunities and nonfamilial living arrangements in the lodging-house districts of the Near North and Near South Sides. Co-founder of Hell in a Handbag Productions.
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