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St. Sukie de la Croix: Chicago Whispers

St. Sukie de la Croix: Chicago Whispers

A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall. USA 2012, 326 pp. with numerous b/w photographs, brochure, € 39.95
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University of Wisconsin Press
This book 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. The author reclaims Chicago's LGBT past that had been forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked. Included here are Jane Adams, 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, gender-crossing performers in cabarets, and evidence of thousands of nameless queer Chicagoans.
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