Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago's LGBTQ Community, by Jon-Henri Damski,John Michael Vore,Albert Williams,Owen

By Jon-Henri Damski,John Michael Vore,Albert Williams,Owen Keehnen

As a columnist in Chicago's homosexual and lesbian press among 1977 and 1997, Jon-Henri Damski chronicled a vital interval within the background of the 'Second City's' LGBTQ group. His articles in a sequence of newspapers and magazines charted the lives of individuals in any respect strata of the queer global, from road childrens to politically attached strength agents. He lined the increase of LGBTQ political energy and self-empowerment, the hard-fought and triumphant crusade to go gay-inclusive Chicago Human Rights Ordinance, the cruel realities of actual and emotional violence in relationships, and the tragedy of AIDS; yet his eye--the eye of a highway poet, a beat reporter, and a historian--was continually enthusiastic about the human face of significant occasions. motivated via classical literature, the Beat move, and writers starting from Walt Whitman and Nelson Algren to Jean Genet and Camille Paglia--and the real-life conversations he heard at the streets and within the bars, bathhouses, park trees and all-night diners--Damski supplied a compassionate, drily funny, horny and insightful account of the area during which he moved.

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