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General Information

Name:  St. Sukie de la Croix  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1951 Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom

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Illinois Connection

The author currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

St. Sukie de la Croix is an internationally published journalist, columnist, fiction author, playwright and photographer. His career began in Britain writing articles for the underground and alternative press, until the early 1980s when he turned his attention to LGBT publications. In Britain he wrote for Gay Times, Capital Gay, Vada and the Pink Paper. After moving to the U.S. in 1991, de la Croix became a columnist, reporter, editor and photographer for Outlines, Windy City Times, Clout, Blacklines, En La Vida, Nightlines, Nightspots, Chicago Free Press and Gay Chicago. In the field of creative writing, de la Croix has published dozens of short stories and poems in anthologies and magazines, and two of his dance plays – “A White Light in God’s Choir” and “Two Week’s in a Bus Shelter with an Iguana” ¬– have been produced in Chicago by the Innervation Dance Cooperative. In his capacity as a historian, de la Croix has researched and written dozens of articles about Chicago’s gay history, scripted and acted as tour guide on the Chicago Neighborhood tours gay history bus, and wrote a 10-week series on Chicago’s GLBT history for the Chicago Tribune.

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Titles At Your Library

Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago before Stonewall
ISBN: 0299286940

University of Wisconsin Press. 2012

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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