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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tracy Baim  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction

Born: 1963 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Baim was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Chicago public schools (Brennaman, Walt Disney and Lane Technical). After college she started work at Chicago's GayLife newspaper in 1984, and co-founded ''Windy City Times'' newspaper in 1985. She is the publisher of ''Windy City Times'', and live on the South Side of Chicago. and has written several books, including a photo book about the Gay Games, held in Chicago 2006; a military lesbian fiction set in Chicago; a history of LGBT Chicago; a biography of Barack Obama based from his Chicago roots; and a biography of Chicagoan Chuck Renslow.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Media Group, which produces ''Windy City Times'', ''Nightspots'', and other gay media in Chicago. She co-founded ''Windy City Times'' in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. She has won numerous gay community and journalism honors, including the ''Community Media Workshop's Studs Terkel Award'' in 2005. She started in Chicago gay journalism in 1984 at ''GayLife'' newspaper, one month after graduating with a news-editorial degree from Drake University.Baim is the author of ''Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage'' (2010, Prairie Avenue Productions). She is also the co-author and editor of ''Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City’s Gay Community'' (2008, Agate), the first comprehensive book on Chicago’s gay history; and author of ''Where the World Meets'', a book about Gay Games VII in Chicago (2007,—Baim served as co-vice chair of the Gay Games board). Her most recent books include a novel, ''The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter'', about lesbians in the military prior to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the biography ''Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow''.Baim was executive producer of the lesbian feature film ''Hannah Free'', starring Sharon Gles (2008, Ripe Fruit Films). She was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named a Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 leader in 1995.

Published Works

  • Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community, Agate/Surrey Books, 2008
  • Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage, Prairie Avenue Productions, 2010
  • The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011
  • Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow, Prairie Avenue Productions, 2011 - written with Owen Keehnen

Selected Titles At Your Library

Out and proud in Chicago :
ISBN: 1572841001. OCLC Number:

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"Out and Proud in Chicago features nearly 400 images and dozens of essays, stories, and articles depicting Chicago's gay community from the 1800s through the 2000s. Relying on both historical research and contemporary media coverage, it offers - for the first time in one place - an overview of the gay community's role in Chicago's history, and the parallel development of the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities." "Learn about key moments such as the founding of the first gay organization in the U.S., Chicago's own "Stonewall," Mattachine Midwest, Pride Parades and Dyke Marches, the anti-Anita Bryant protest, the impact of AIDS and cancer, and gay involvement in sports, media, theater, community centers, music, bars, and dance, among many other topics."--Jacket.

Obama and the gays :
ISBN: 1453801715. OCLC Number:

Prairie Avenue Productions,. Chicago, Ill. :. 2010.

"Presents a clear, lively, in-depth review of Barack Obama's policies on gay issues, from the early days of his political career through his meteoric rise to prominence-- all in the context of the political landscape of the times"--Page 4 of cover.

The half life of Sgt. Jen Hunter /
ISBN: 1456461923. OCLC Number:

Prairie Avenue Productions,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2011.

Leatherman :
ISBN: 1461096022. OCLC Number:

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