Individual Author Record
Name: Tracy BaimPen Name: None Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction Born: 1963 in Chicago, Illinois
-- Website -- http://www.windycitymediagroup.com
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Illinois ConnectionBaim 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 InformationTracy 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, Lulu.com—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.
- 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
Titles At Your Library
Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community
ISBN: 1572841001 Agate Surrey. 2008
Out and Proud in Chicago takes readers through the long and rich history of the city's LGBT community. Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and white-photographs, the book draws on a wealth of scholarly, historical, and journalistic sources. Individual sections cover the early days of the 1800s to World War II, the challenging community-building years from World War II to the 1960s, the era of gay liberation and AIDS from the 1970s to the 1990s, and on to the city's vital, post-liberation present.
Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage
ISBN: 1453801715 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2010 An in-depth look at the career of President Barack Obama and his views about gay-related issues, starting when he ran for Illinois senate in 1996 and ending mid-way through his term as president. Written by Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, the book also includes articles and essays by some of the most respected journalists, bloggers and activists in gay media. This book, with 570 pages and 140 images/photos, has extensive coverage, in words and images, of Obama's record on gay and AIDS issues, including detailed quotes from his speeches, photos at gay events, and answers to surveys early in his career. Essayists and writers in the book include Lisa Keen, Kerry Eleveld, Michelangelo Signorile, Phill Wilson, Chuck Colbert, Pam Spaulding, Wayne Besen, and many more.
The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter
ISBN: 1456461923 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2010 In the early 1990s, prior to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the U.S. military discharged gay and lesbian servicemembers under a longstanding ban. During the first Gulf War, many of those soldiers were kept in under a “stop loss” order, only to be discharged upon their return home. Now that DADT has been struck down, this novel is perfectly timed to give a closer look at the lives of people impacted by any policies or laws that ask them to compromise who they are. In The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, long-time lesbian journalist Tracy Baim takes a fictional look at this era in our nation’s history, when gays and lesbians served proudly, but quietly, risking their lives for a country that disrespected and attacked who they were. What would happen if an out lesbian journalist met a closeted military spokeswoman? Would sparks fly? Would the sergeant risk her career for love? Would the journalist compromise her ideals for a chance at happiness? What about the servicemembers on the ground in Iraq? They faced bullets and dangerous chemicals, and some came back wounded and faced the loss of their career. See what happens in this fast-paced tale of war, pride, sacrifice, and love. This story was adapted for the Chicago stage as Half Life, in 2004.
Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow
ISBN: 1461096022 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011 Both B&W ($24.99) and full-color ($79.99) editions available. A prominent Chicago gay activist and entrepreneur is the subject of an in-depth biography, Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow, by journalists and authors Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen. The book contains more than 300 images, including murals and drawings by Dom “Etienne” Orejudos, posters for International Mr. Leather (IML), and photos from the Gold Coast, Pride Parades, IML contests, physique magazines and more. The book is published by Prairie Avenue Productions, 414 pages, $24.99 black and white (ISBN 1-46109602-2), $79.99 color (1-46111908-1). It is available on Amazon.com. Living as an openly gay man in 1950s Chicago was no easy task. For Chuck Renslow, that was only his first of many bold moves. Just out of high school he began what was to become a six-decade empire, starting more than two dozen businesses in Chicago, as well as a few in other cities. He has owned bars, discos, photo studios, health clubs, bathhouses, gay magazines and newspapers, hotels, restaurants, and bookstores. Throughout it all he dealt with Mafia and police payoffs, anti-gay political policies, harassment from censors, and even controversy within the gay community. In the mid-1950s, after having a portrait and then cheesecake studio, Renslow began experimenting with beefcake photography and began Kris Studio. With his longtime lover, the artist Dom Orejudos aka Etienne and Stephen, at his side, Renslow created Kris Studio a leader in male physique photography, resulting in such magazines as Triumph, Mars and The Rawhide Male, producing thousands of erotic images as well as several films. In 1959 Renslow took over the Gold Coast Show Lounge and transformed it into one of the most lowdown libidinous gay leather bars in the world. With Etienne’s murals adorning the walls, a leather/Western/uniform dress code for patrons, and a dark Pit that featured all sorts of goings-on, the Gold Coast set the standard for raunchy kink and gay sexual liberation. It was the birthplace of motorcycle clubs and sex groups, but above all a place for people to meet, connect, and explore themselves and their sexuality. The Gold Coast was also the birthplace of the first leather contest, which in the span of a few short years evolved beyond the bar’s capacity and became International Mr. Leather in 1979. More than three decades later, it continues to be one of the world’s most popular gay events. Renslow was also one of the pioneers in taking a bathhouse beyond merely the borders of a mere sex club. Man’s Country became something truly unforgettable in the 1970s - a sex-and-entertainment complex with a variety of rooms, shops, and a Music Hall that attracted top names touring in the “K-Y circuit,” from Sally Rand to Wayland Flowers to Rusty Warren and Charles Pierce. Renslow was a dynamic force in Chicago politics under mayors starting with Richard J. Daley, and he ran to be a delegate for Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential run. He danced with another man at a 1977 inaugural ball for Jimmy Carter. Renslow helped protest against unfair policies, fought censorship and entrapment, and battled Anita Bryant. He even served as a field contact for the pioneering work at the Kinsey Institute, as well as performing sexual acts for Kinsey researchers. He knew entertainment celebrities from Marlene Dietrich to Rudolf Nureyev, from Divine to Grace Jones, and from Sylvester to Quentin Crisp. In their heyday Chuck Renslow’s annual White Parties were celebrations beyond compare. When Chicago’s gay community faced the loss of its newspaper, Renslow bailed out and ran GayLife. He also co-founded the Leather Archives & Museum (with Tony DeBlase). Through it all Renslow has also been Daddy of the Family, a unique created group of lovers, tricks, and friends who were bound by sex and oftentimes love and by a goal of providing comfort and support to one another.