Tracy Baim

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General Information

Name: Tracy Baim

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, History

Born: 1963 in Chicago, Illinois



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

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Tracy Baim on WorldCat


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