Tracy Baim

Tracy Baim

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Tracy Baim is publisher of the Chicago Reader newspaper. She is co-founder and majority owner of Windy City Media Group, which produces Windy City Times and other LGBTQ media. She co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. She has won numerous LGBTQ 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. In 2014 she was inducted into the Hall of Fames for both the Chicago Headline Club and the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association. In 2018, she was inducted into the Association of Women Journalists Chicago journalism hall of fame. Baim's newest books are Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer and Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America. The books are available on Amazon in B&W and color editions, as well as on Kindle. Baim is the author of Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage, now available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. In the book, she is also joined by two dozen other writers. It is also now on iPad. She co-wrote two books in 2014: Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House and Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln. Baim's other books include Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House, Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria and Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow (co-written with Owen Keehnen). She also has a novel, The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, released in early 2011 on CreateSpace through Amazon, and on Kindle. It is about lesbians in the military just prior to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, during the early 1990s Gulf War. The book was written in the late 1990s, was adapted for stage as Half Life in 2004, and is now being published for the first time. Baim is the editor and co-writer of Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Movement (2008, Agate), the first comprehensive book on Chicago's gay history; Where the World Meets, a photo book about Gay Games VII in Chicago (2007, Lulu.com--Baim served as co-vice chair of the Gay Games board); and Half Life was adapted for the Chicago stage and performed at American Theater Company in 2004. Baim was executive producer of the lesbian feature film Hannah Free (2008, Ripe Fruit Films), starring Sharon Gless, and of Scrooge & Marley (2012, Sam I Am Films, LLC). 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. Her Trivial Pursuit/bingo-like LGBTQ history trivia game is That's So Gay!, available on Amazon. It includes more than 2,400 LGBTQ trivia questions. Baim is a native Chicagoan and has been with her partner, 20-year Air Force veteran Jean Albright, since 1994.