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New book examines the history of the gay press and its contribution to gay rights PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Prairie Avenue Productions   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:35

Chicago, Illinois - As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals became more visible in the 1950s and 1960s, the mainstream media perpetuated the attitude that they were mentally ill and morally depraved queers, freaks, degenerates, perverts, misfits, and even threats to national security. In many cities, the police raided gay bars, harassing and arresting patrons.

Community-based gay newsletters and newspapers emerged to counteract the distorted view of non-heterosexuals and to support the rising gay-rights movement. They addressed gay issues, formed a sense of unity, announced demonstrations, and tracked the progress of legal and political action.

Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, edited and co-written by Tracy Baim, publisher of Chicago's gay publication Windy City Times, is a comprehensive overview of the past, present, and future of gay print media. Baim uses essays, interviews, and hundreds of news clips and images from both mainstream and early gay publications to describe the critical role of the gay press. Award-winning historian John D'Emilio provided the book's foreword.

Part One covers the history of discrimination against non-heterosexuals throughout the 20th century and the birth of gay and lesbian publications, including Friendship & Freedom, Vice Versa, ONE, Mattachine Review, and The Ladder. Most of the publications during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s were produced on smallbudgets by gay societies or activists and volunteers. Many were short-lived, but others were catalysts for tolerance and acceptance. Gradually, the mainstream media became more supportive of gay rights.

Part Two is a series of essays by and about journalists who documented the gay movement, recounting their experiences and providing observations and insights.

Part Three features the history of 10 gay publications in 10 major cities as told by their publishers, editors or reporters. Each one represents the challenges, risks, and struggles to survive that were common among almost all gay periodicals.

Part Four focuses on the business of gay publications. Initially, funding came from subscribers and classified ads since advertisers were reluctant to buy display ads-until they realized the growing gay population was a potentially profitable untapped market. Many major brands, retail stores, restaurant chains and service providers began targeting the gay community through its publications and even in some mainstream magazines.

Part Five reflects on the contribution of the gay press, yet debates its value as a source of news and advocacy in the era of the Internet, social media, and the economics of print media.

Gay Press, Gay Power:

The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America

Prairie Avenue Productions and Windy City Media Group

468 pages, 485 illustrations

Black & White, ISBN 1480080527, $25 or

Color, ISBN: 1481047213, $89

In Chicago it is also available at Women & Children First Bookstore.

About the Editor/Co-Author:

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.

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 (see; and author of Where the World Meets, a book about Gay Games VII in Chicago (2007,

Her most recent books include a novel, The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter (2010, Prairie Avenue Productions), and the biographies Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow and Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria (both 2011, written with Owen Keehnen, and published by Prairie Avenue Productions).

What People Are Saying:

"Comprehensive, well written, and well researched, this media journey from homosexual to gay to queer is eye-opening and inspiring. The bravery of individuals, groups, collectives, and organizations here is breathtaking and vital. This book is endlessly entertaining and extremely important."

- Michael Bronski, author of "A Queer History of the United States"

Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media, Harvard University.

"The political successes of the gay liberation movement, and the defeats, were reported in the pages of the lesbian and gay press while the mainstream press ignored or denigrated our efforts. Tracy Baim has long represented the best of the GLBT press, and this book will be a valuable resource in the struggle not to forget our history as we continue to fight for our future."

- Larry Gross, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Author of "Up From Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men and the Media in America"

"Gay Press, Gay Power is a meticulous and prodigious work, long overdue. It will be a reference source-but, more importantly, a source of inspiration."

- Barbara Ettorre, former reporter for The New York Times, New York Daily News and Chicago Today. Founder and editor,

"This meticulously researched book captures the flavor and nuance of a myriad of specific events and times through compelling interviews with the people involved, gay and straight, backed up with insightful analysis. Hundreds of images of magazine covers, news clips, photos and ads from the 1800s to today present a comprehensive, stunning visual history of the evolving relationship between the media and the LGBT community. Belongs on everyone's bookshelf."

- Jean Latz Griffin, former Chicago Tribune reporter

Author of "In the Same Breath and One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century"

"Gay Press, Gay Power tells the story of the women and men who focused a revolutionary lens on our activism and still grind it every day, brightening the light on the paths of the LGBT generations that succeed us."

- John Teets, former editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

Book Signing - You Will Find Joy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Newton   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 15:25
You Will Find Joy, written by Nancy Newton, has been published by Inspiring Voices.  The Greatest Book every written! It has something for everyone; humor, pathos, romance, treachery, history, tragedy, feats of daring do. The Bible is undeniably the widest read and published book in the world. But really, something for everyone?

Many years ago I began reading “The Upper Room” as a daily devotional. I soon found numerous Bible passages spoke to me, like a primer or a guide. For example, in Psalms 24:12-14 David asks ‘Do you want long life and happiness? Then keep from speaking evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart’. I began categorizing passages like this, so when someone said ‘I just don’t see how the Bible applies to my life’ the gauntlet was unknowingly thrown down and I picked it up resolutely. Thus You Will Find Joy came to life. And a unique life it is. Not a dogmatic tome, more a self-help manual, a way anyone can open up their lives.

Joy is unique because of its categorized biblical treatment. It is organized so whatever your situation you can easily find a Bible verse to help you.

As one reader observed: Nancy Newton’s book is a delightful way to spend time with many special passages of the Bible. It can be used as a devotional guide or a topical guide. Using her knowledge of the Bible, Nancy has spent many hours in reflective  thought and created a way to help people gain insight for their journey. – Reverend Anne Lippincott, Senior Pastor, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Davenport, IA

My aim in putting together Joy is to spread the word our lives can be filled with joy, no matter what life brings.

You Will Find Joy is available in soft cover for $12.00 and as an ebook for $3.99.

About the Author – Nancy Newton is a retired Government employee who lives in Davenport, IA with her greyhounds. She is passionate about her faith, and protecting animals and the environment.

Events: Book Signing at Davenport Book Rack, 15 Dec, 11-2

Contact Nancy Newton for further information. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone 563-322-7456

Part of the proceeds from sale of the book will benefit disaster relief in the US.

Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM the Book Rack and other fine bookstores. Published through Inspiring Voices, a division of “Guideposts” magazine.

Not Your Average Joe book signing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Whitty-Ersan   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 09:43

Happy Joe Whitty will be at the Book Rack on Elmore Avenue in Davenport December 1st from noon to 2pm doing a book signing for his new book, Not Your Average Joe.

Here is some info on the book:

Joe Whitty has written a book, Not Your Average Joe. The initial run will be in our office sometime Wednesday November 14th.  Joe writes about his life and lessons learned that can apply to all of us.  It is a fun, quick read where Joe tells the story of a small town farm boy who was always a dreamer, not so good in school, but  loved people and had a somewhat naive belief that anything is possible.

The book has been published in honor of Happy Joe’s 40th anniversary.    Not Your Average Joe is appropriate for ages 10 to adult and will retail for $16.99 plus tax, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the new Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, benefitting children with special needs.

The book can be ordered on the company’s web site at  It will also be available in major book stores across the country, as well as on Amazon and other book- related sites.

For questions about the book or to set up an interview with Happy Joe Whitty, please contact Kristel Whitty-Ersan, Happy Joe’s co owner and Marketing Director, 563-650-4680. For more information on the Happy Joe’s Kids foundation, please visit

Not Your Average Joe now available just in time for the holidays!

Why is IPTV blocking a national broadcast about the 2008 Postville, IA raid? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Burke   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 09:20

This is the letter Luis Argueta, director and exec producer of "abUSed: The Postville Raid," has sent to his supporters

Would you please take a minute to call IPTV at (515) 242-3100 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it about their decision to block the program in our state and preempt its national broadcast premiere?
Dear Iowan Amig@s,

At a time when I should be very happy, I am really upset.

I am writing to seek for your support in addressing what I consider a serious act of censorship on the part of Iowa Public Television (IPTV). On December 2, 2012, abUSed: The Postville Raid will finally get its national broadcast premiere as part of a new PBS series,America ReFramed but Iowa Public Television (IPTV) is censoring its presentation. While PBS stations nationwide, will show the film at least three times on that day, IPTV will only show it once, at 5 a.m, a time slot which ensures that very few of you will see it. However, as you can see from IPTV’s schedule, they will air all the other documentaries in the series three times:

Because this feels like censorship to me, I contacted IPTV Program and Operations Manager, Rebecca Ketcherside, to inquire about this discrepancy. She told me that they had requested a preview copy from the series producers (WGBH in Boston) to “determine if the film had been fixed” because they had found abUSed: The Postville Raid “unbalanced” when I approached the station in 2010 and offered them the national broadcast premiere. She said that IPTV's annual fundraising campaign on Dec. 2 would cause America ReFramed showings of abUSed: The Postville Raid to be preempted for other programs.

America ReFramed is a series that “takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics)” and “tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity” through “independent, personal and opinionated films,” like abUSed: The Postville Raid. abUSed has been an official selection of 16 international film festivals and has received three awards, the most recent being “Best Documentary” at the Cinemaissí Film Festival in Finland.

 We are seeking equal treatment by IPTV: to air abUSed: The Postville Raid the same number of -and at comparable- times as the other films in the America ReFramed series and to give you the same opportunity as the rest of the country: to see a local story that has captured the national imagination. I welcome a healthy conversation on this important topic and encourage IPTV to include a panel discussion following my interview after the film is broadcast.

Let’s send a clear message to to Iowa Public television that it is not okay to edit the programming of “America Reframed” to suit its own personal views.   If you are upset like I am, I urge you to contact IPTV and register your complaint. Here’s how you can make your voice be heard:

Suggested letter:

I just learned that IPTV will only be showing abUSed: The Postville Raid as a part of America Reframed show once (at 5 am!), but you will be showing all of the other 26 films in the series three times. As a person who lives in Iowa and would like to see a film about Iowa, I am calling to register my complaint about this poor decision.  I urge you to reconsider and show abUSed: The Postville Raid two additional times that are comparable to the times you are showing the other films in the series. I see on your website that the other films are being shown at 7:00pm on Sunday evenings, which would be an ideal time for me to watch it with my family. I am very disappointed in this decision by IPTV and will be calling my friends and asking them to contact you as well. Fair is fair.

Amig@s, please forward this to anyone in Iowa that you think believes that this is wrong and a very bad precedent to set. Thank you for your friendship and continued support.

Luis Argueta

THE SALVATION ARMY invites the Quad-City community to watch “FRONTLINE” at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:26
During the spring and into the hot summer months of 2012, a film crew was in the Quad-Cities making a documentary about children who live in poverty. The duo followed and filmed three local children: One in Davenport, one in East Moline, and one who ends up in Moline.

The renowned PBS series FRONTLINE presents the one-hour documentary “Poor Kids” at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time Tuesday, Nov. 20, on PBS’s IPTV. The program can also be viewed on-line after its air date at

“As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, one in five of the nation’s children is living below the poverty level,” said Major Gary Felton, Quad-Cities Coordinator. “One in 45 children in the United States is homeless.”

“Poor Kids” travels to the Quad-Cities, an area described by PBS as “a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois,” to explore the lives of children living in the suburbs of the nation’s heartland and growing up poor. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, the show offers a unique perspective on the nation’s flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, foreclosure and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected. The Salvation Army and other social-service agencies helped the filmmakers become acquainted with the families shown.

“This is an opportunity not only for viewers across the nation, but also the Quad-Cities especially, to see the homelessness through the eyes of a child,” Major Felton said. “When viewers watch children face such difficult situations as those depicted here, people will better understand the work of The Salvation Army and how we meet the needs of both children and families.”

To see a 30-second clip from the documentary or for more information, visit, visit or Twitter @FRONTLINEpbs #FRONTLINE.
“Especially at this time of year, with our annual bell-ringing fund-raising effort under way, we hope that Quad-Citians will open their hearts and remember the children who literally are their neighbors in need.”

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