May 24, 2012
The masthead of Gay Life May 28, 1976 reads: Publisher/Editor, Grant L. Ford; Managing Editor, Abe Olivo; Associate Editor, Ron Anderson; Entertainment, Roger Chaffin; Religion, Tom Peters; Politics, Les Trotter; Gay Living, Ron Coleman; and Photography; Sean Reynolds.
Events in the bars and clubs this week include An Evening With Cesar ACT IV (A GAA Benefit) at Paradise Chicago, 2848 N. Broadway; you can be Mister Broadway, 1st prize $300; 2nd prize $200; 3rd Prize $100, at Broadway Limited, 3132 N. Broadway; Tom Wilson, who San Diego's Update called "the premiere gay male songster" makes his Chicago debut at His ‘n' Hers, 944 W. Addison; Think of Home! Bill Mieldazis presents HOMECOMING '83 A Reunion Party at La Cage, 50 E. Oak St.; Diana Laffey and Kathy O'Hara perform together at His ‘n' Hers, 944 W. Addison; Bill Muzzillo and Mary Lynn Morrison play in the cabaret room at Opal Station, 6655 N. Clark St.; and it's the Grand Opening of the O–Gay–Corral Patio bar with complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and Large Laser Show at Hunters, 1932 E. Higgins Rd, Elk Grove Village.
Grace Baptist Church welcomes all, regardless of age, sex, orientation or race, for a silent meditation at 1307 W. Granville.
The 20th International Mr. Leather contest takes place at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee.
Comedienne Kate Clinton reads and discusses her 1st book, "Don't Get Me Started" at Unabridged Books, 3251 N. Broadway.
The legendary Viola Wells performs at Fusion, 3631 N. Halsted.
Thanks go to publishers Michael Bergeron for Chicago Gay Crusader, Ralph Gernhardt for Gay Chicago, Grant Ford and Chuck Renslow for Gay Life and Tracy Baim for all the publications at the Windy City Media Group, which aided the above research. St. Sukie de la Croix is an internationally published reporter, playwright, photographer and historian. He is also the author of the upcoming book Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
What happened to the Lesbian Avengers?
Are Abe Olivo, Les Trotter and Ron Coleman still with us?
Anybody remember Fusion?