Gerber Hart Library and Archives

Gerber Hart Library and Archives Ge**er/Hart is an LGBTQ library and archives - one of the largest such organizations in the United St
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02/2021 - Ge**er/Hart is resuming its regular hours of operation for walk-in patrons and for viewing exhibits. Researchers (those making use of archives collections, periodicals, or items from Special Collections) should still make appointments by emailing [email protected]. Hours of operation are Wednesdays and Thursday 6-9 p.m., Fridays 12 noon-4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Ge**er/Ha

rt Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of le***an, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. Ge**er/Hart Library and Archives has since grown into being the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections. Hosting various programs and events that support its beliefs that knowledge is the key to dispelling homophobia and that affirming information about le***an, gay, bisexual and transgender persons is critical to fostering pride and self confidence, Ge**er/Hart Library and Archives seeks to not only preserve and protect items of LGBT individuals and organizations, but to be a conduit for change. Recently relocated in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Ge**er/Hart Library and Archives serves the research and recreational reading needs of the Chicago metro area and the Midwest, and through participation in the Interlibrary Loan program, people throughout the U.S.

An outdoorsy hiking duo to give you a boost this weekend!1992 cover of BLK magazine from our LGBTQ+ periodicals collecti...
01/05/2024

An outdoorsy hiking duo to give you a boost this weekend!
1992 cover of BLK magazine from our LGBTQ+ periodicals collection. BLK was published in Los Angeles from 1988-1994. It was subtitled “The National Black Le***an and Gay Newsmagazine.”
Cover image is connected to a story by Nina Roberts, “Black Le***an Women in the Wild.” Photo is of Lisa Mitchell and Titia Ingram by Bruce Hunt.
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Apologies for the last-minute notice but Ge**er/Hart will unexpectedly be closed tonight. We will be open for our standa...
01/03/2024

Apologies for the last-minute notice but Ge**er/Hart will unexpectedly be closed tonight.
We will be open for our standard hours tomorrow (Thursday) from 6-9, Friday from 12-4, and Saturday 10-4. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Bringing some of this fierce energy into the New Year - November 1979 cover of Le***an Connection from our LGBTQ+ period...
01/03/2024

Bringing some of this fierce energy into the New Year - November 1979 cover of Le***an Connection from our LGBTQ+ periodicals collection.
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Tuesdays are for giving Miss Tillie her flowers! Happy Tillie Tuesday! On Tuesdays, we celebrate the life of our favorit...
01/02/2024

Tuesdays are for giving Miss Tillie her flowers! Happy Tillie Tuesday!
On Tuesdays, we celebrate the life of our favorite vintage drag queen, Miss Tillie “The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago” with photos from her archival collection. The Miss Tillie collection includes photos of Miss Tillie and friends starting in the 1940s all the way through the early 2000s.
Want to learn more about Miss Tillie? Listen in to Episode One of our podcast Unboxing Q***r History! Listen in on Spotify, our website, or wherever else you listen to podcasts!
Want to look through all of Miss Tillie’s photos? Stop by during open hours to check out her incredible collection!
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Happy New Year from all of us at Ge**er/Hart! Pictured are several of the earliest Chicago LGBTQ+ travel guides from our...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from all of us at Ge**er/Hart!
Pictured are several of the earliest Chicago LGBTQ+ travel guides from our special collections.
Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

Today is the last day of 2023! Help us meet our year-end giving goal by making a tax-deductible gift online at geberhart...
12/31/2023

Today is the last day of 2023! Help us meet our year-end giving goal by making a tax-deductible gift online at geberhart.org/donatenow! Your support helps us continue building community and our mission of collecting, preserving, and making LGBTQ+ history accessible to all!
And for our last post of 2023 - check out some highlights from November and December of this year!
1. We had a wonderful visit from Poems While You Wait! Thanks to Kathleen and Lisa for stopping by!
2. We visited Phoebe at the Oak Park Art League! More news on a future collaboration to come soon!
3. We co-presented a screening of The Handmaiden at the Leather Archives & Museum for Fe**sh Film Forum. Make sure to pounce on your tickets for 2024!
4. We posed with some of our favorite q***r books for Giving Tuesday to ask for help stocking our shelves. Volunteer Gabby is holding up a copy of Tipping the Velvet by Sarah
Waters.
5. We hosted a wonderful author conversation with Punctum Books featuring KJ Cerankowski, Noa Micaela Fields, and Riley Yaxley!
6. We had a wonderful virtual event chatting about Curve Magazine with founder Franco Stevens and the June Mazer archives!
7. We prepped for our holigay booksale! Volunteers Jupiter, Ib, Gabby, Liz, and Jack were hard at work wrapping mystery date books!
8. And speaking of booksale, Domenic and Steven dazzled in our erotica section!
9. Leo from Chicago Q***r Creations tabled at our booksale and filled our homes and hearts with glorious ceramics!
10. Staff and board members struck a pose with donated books to our library. We’re so excited to add these LGBTQ+ books to our lending library!
What a year! We’re so happy to have shared it with you, and we can’t wait to see what 2024 brings!

Only two days left in 2023! Look back over Ge**er/Hart’s September and October with us!1. Drag activist, former presiden...
12/30/2023

Only two days left in 2023! Look back over Ge**er/Hart’s September and October with us!
1. Drag activist, former presidential candidate, and all-around superhuman Joan Jett Blakk stopped by with Gary Chichester for a surprise visit after being inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame!
2. Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, Ge**er/Hart was able to increase our full-time staff from one to three on September 1st!
3. We had a blast hanging out with Mikey at the Reeling Film Festival. It was wonderful to be a community co-presenter for Studio One Forever and Chasing Chasing Amy
4. We hosted Rick Karlin and Owen Keehnen for an author discussion about Owen’s new book, Man’s Country: More than a Bathhouse, and Rick’s book Last Call Chicago
5. Volunteers Olivia and Katie tabled at the DayLong Film Festival at Morgan Arts Complex
6. The neon is hung! Peter, Amanda, Marisa, and Liz hung the neon as part of Amanda and Luis’s Amigas Latinas Forever exhibit
7. Our Fall Benefit was spectacular! We opened a brand new exhibit, Art from the Archives, featuring the work of Jose Luis Benavides, Amanda Cervantes, James Hosking, Sam Kirk, and Q***r In(n). We packed the house, raised money for Ge**er/Hart, and enjoyed a beautiful performance by the Artemis Singers.
8. We caught up with one of our amazing 2022 interns Emily at her new job at Alliance Francaise!
9. We partnered with Read & Run Chicago for a wonderful Great Believers themed run and author talk with Rebecca Makkai!
10. We were on NBC Chicago Today with Matt and Cortney for LGBTQ+ History Month!

We’re so proud of the community we’ve built at Ge**er/Hart! Right now, we’re in the midst of our year-end giving campaig...
12/29/2023

We’re so proud of the community we’ve built at Ge**er/Hart! Right now, we’re in the midst of our year-end giving campaign. Help us build community in 2024" by giving a tax-deductible gift online at geberhart.org/donatenow!
Look back for some highlights from July and August this year!
1. Barbie swept the nation and dominated our summer (and our hearts!)! Volunteer curator Olivia is pictured with Ge**er/Hart staff Jen, Erin, and Michael at the opening reception. Photo by Hal Shipman (.shipman)
2. Curator Olivia and Graphic Designer Steven at our q***r Barbie pop-up exhibit at the Logan Theatre!
3. Arnie from Howard Brown and Volunteer Jack bonding over Ken and a zine Arnie created in the 1970s
4. The Graveyard Snoop (aka Tori) helped us find some amazing information about Miss Tillie “The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago”
5. Jose Luis Benavides and Amanda Cervantes opened their incredible exhibit, Amigas Latinas Forever, at the Chicago Art Department! Many of the materials and pieces were inspired by the Amigas Latinas collection at Ge**er/Hart
6. Our pals at Aged & Infused helped dream up a Barbie cocktail using gin from Koval Distilling! Not to be outdone, Del Maguey Mezcal created a Ken cocktail and Bendicion Dry Bar & Bottle Shop crafted a Skipper mocktail! And a big shout-out to bartender extraordinaire Jules and Liam for serving up beverages at our q***r Barbie cocktail reception!
7. The Dreamhouse opened! Curator Olivia, Graphic Designer Steven, and artist Wren are pictured with the new exhibit - A Dreamhouse of Our Own: An Examination of Dolls, Play, and Q***r Identity
8. A packed house for our q***r Barbie opening reception!
9. Artist and designer Gnat Glitter Kink gave a beautiful artist talk at the q***r Barbie reception
10. After the opening reception we headed to the Leather Archives & Museum for a screening of Life Size with Lindsay Lohan and Tyra Banks. Attending Barbies were given a front row seat!

Pride month flew by this year! We had such a wonderful month - take a look back through highlights from Ge**er/Hart’s Ju...
12/28/2023

Pride month flew by this year! We had such a wonderful month - take a look back through highlights from Ge**er/Hart’s June!
1. We marched in the Chicago Pride Parade!
2. We hosted a very special Father’s Day booksale - Daddy is, after all, a state of mind
3. We hosted a Q***r Elder History Panel at Dorothy with elders from the LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project. Moderated by Kaitlyn, this event packed the house!
4. We popped up at a Hell in a Handbag reading of Owen Keehnen’s play, Presenting Wanda Lust, with items from our collection about early Chicago drag history! (Photo by Owen Keehnen)
5. An exciting day of filming with Director Jules Rosskam, Andre Perez, and Theo Germaine - what an amazing team!
6. We celebrated the life of Don Friedman at Sidetrack with his family and friends. Don was a board member at Ge**er/Hart who worked tirelessly to help Ge**er/Hart through an especially difficult time in our history. Don passed away earlier this year, and we truly miss him.
7. We picked up an incredible donation of photographs from Town Hall apartments. The photos are being processed and organized now, and we can’t wait to share them with you soon!
8. A lovely tour and visit from DePaul’s alumni group!
9. An award? For us? Hooray! In June, we won the ALA’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award for our work on our podcast Unboxing Q***r History!
10. Volunteers from VMLY&R posing with the tongue in our special collections!

Looking back on May at Ge**er/Hart as we countdown to the New Year!1. We visited the LGBTQ+ Dialogues project’s new exhi...
12/28/2023

Looking back on May at Ge**er/Hart as we countdown to the New Year!
1. We visited the LGBTQ+ Dialogues project’s new exhibit, Iridescent Footprints: Stories and Glories of our Lives, at the Center on Addison - what a beautiful show!
2. We welcomed authors James Klise and Kim Oclon for a conversation about LGBTQ+ YA literature! Don’t sleep on their novels!
3. Hi Karlee! We love when Women & Children First is at our author talks!
4. Another highlight from Iridescent Footprints, the LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project’s exhibit at the Center on Addison.
5. We got ready to open up a new exhibit!
6. Volunteer Erik Rebain talked about his new book, Arrested Adolescence: The Secret Life of Nathan Leopold, at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
7. We hosted a lovely evening of q***r music with THEM Q***rs, The Boi & The Ghouls, and Measuring Marigolds!
8. Measuring Marigolds filling the atrium with beautiful music
9. The crowd enjoying THEM Q***rs performing!
10. Artist James Hosking’s The Personals series was on display at Chicago Artists Coalition! James’s collages incorporate many periodicals from Ge**er/Hart!

More 2023 memories as we countdown the days to 2024! What were we up to in March and April at Ge**er/Hart? Scroll throug...
12/27/2023

More 2023 memories as we countdown the days to 2024! What were we up to in March and April at Ge**er/Hart? Scroll through for some highlights!

1. Our benefit in April at Sidetrack was an absolute blast! We were so lucky to be joined by then executive director of the American Library Association Tracie D. Hall, author James Klise, and many others!
2. NBC’s Matt Rodrigues was our dazzling host for the evening! (Photo by Ronit Bezale)
3. And Coco Sho-Nell brought the house down with her magnificent performance! (Photo by Ronit Bezale)
4. In March, we hosted author and poet Yvonne Zipter for a conversation about her newest poetry collection. Volunteer Kaitlyn created a beautiful exhibit with materials from Yvonne’s archival collection at Ge**er/Hart.
5. A close-up of Kaitlyn’s exhibit featuring a softball glove and Yvonne’s groundbreaking 1988 book on le***ans and softball, Diamonds are a D**e’s Best Friend.
6. We had a delightful evening with author and activist Sarah Schulman at Whiskey Girl Tavern
7. Whisky Girl Tavern even created a special “Schulman Manhattan” for the occasion!
8. On a quiet Wednesday, we rolled out the VCR to watch an old episode of D**e TV while artist Jen and professor Blair were researching archival materials
9. Our lovely board members glowed on stage at Sidetrack during our benefit! (Photo by Ronit Bezale)
10. And find yourself someone who looks at you the way Kaitlyn looks at Tracie D. Hall (Photo by Ronit Bezale)

We’re counting down the days to 2024 with a trip down memory lane of our 2023! Scroll through for a few highlights from ...
12/26/2023

We’re counting down the days to 2024 with a trip down memory lane of our 2023!
Scroll through for a few highlights from January and February! So what did we get up to?
1. Got a new copier and celebrated accordingly
2. Hosted a wonderful group of employees from Slalom Chicago for a day of service. They helped us spruce up our website, dream up a new logo, make bookmarks for our booksale, and more!
3. Speaking of booksale - we made our February booksale a romantic, cheesy Valentine’s theme
4. Allison and Quinn from Read & Run Chicago stopped by for some research
5. We got a brand new calendar from Butch Camp that we looked forward to flipping every week this year!
6. We hosted John D’Emilio and Jennie Brier for a discussion about John’s new coming-of-age memoir Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood: Coming of Age in the Sixties. Women & Children First tabled at John’s author talk! We love you, Karlee!
7. Early to Bed tabled at our booksale!
8. We spoke at the Q***r History Teach-In hosted by our pals at Invisible Histories Project about our work on the Unboxing Q***r History podcast
9. We submitted very important grant paperwork that wasn’t stressful at all
10. We hosted an amazing group of students and elders from the LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project! Check out their incredible work!
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December 26th is the first day of Kwanzaa. This December 2000 cover of Blacklines magazine from our periodicals collecti...
12/26/2023

December 26th is the first day of Kwanzaa. This December 2000 cover of Blacklines magazine from our periodicals collection. Blacklines was a Chicago periodical by and for Black LGBTQ+ Chicagoans that was created in 1996. The cover image features a Kwanzaa greeting card by BLACKPop, a card line created by Hana Anderson and Otis Richardson. According to an article in the issue, the card “lists the principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (Faith)”
Copies of Blacklines are available in our periodicals collection! Want to read more? Stop by during our open hours to browse through!
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Merry Christmas greetings today featuring three beautiful pieces of art from the John D Hagenhofer collection.John Danie...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas greetings today featuring three beautiful pieces of art from the John D Hagenhofer collection.
John Daniel Hagenhofer (1913-1981) was born on December 6, 1913 in Chicago. He was a painter, illustrator, cartoonist, designer, and WPA artist. His collection of photos, artwork, and personal papers were donated to Ge**er/Hart by his niece in 2016.

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas Eve from 10 of our naughtiest Santas. Can you believe it was hard to narrow these down to 1...
12/24/2023

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas Eve from 10 of our naughtiest Santas. Can you believe it was hard to narrow these down to 10 photos for a post! Scroll through for a look!
Photo 1 - Front cover of Daddybear magazine
Photo 2 - Three images from a very spicy December 1998 article in le***an erotic magazine On Our Backs (cropped for the social media censors)
Photo 3 - 1988 cover of BLK from our periodicals collection. BLK was published in Los Angeles from 1988-1994. It was subtitled “The National Black Le***an and Gay Newsmagazine.”
Photo 4 - Santa Bear from the inside cover of Winter 2006 issue of A Bear’s Life
Photo 5 - 1995 Santa appearance on the cover of The Revelasion from Asian and Friends Chicago. The caption reads “Eagerly awaiting their presents, AFC members and guests welcome St. Nick (a.k.a. Vern S.) to the annual Christmas party”
Photo 6 - Cover of Tom of Finland book published by Taschen in our circulating library
Photo 7 - December 1993 cover of BLK magazine featuring RuPaul with Santa at the North Pole
Photo 8 - December 1957 cover of le***an magazine The Ladder featuring Santa. The Ladder was the first nationally distributed le***an magazine in the United States.
Photo 9 - Photo Three - Two Covers of American Bear Magazine from 1998 and 2000
Photo 10 - 1967 Holiday Gay pulp novel from our special collections. According to the back cover “Cruise in for a while…’tis the season to be gay and jolly…”
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D**e the halls! Festive greeting card from our special collections.          ***rarchives
12/23/2023

D**e the halls! Festive greeting card from our special collections.
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A reminder to Make the Yuletide Gay featuring a light-up, festive button from our special collections! The button is pho...
12/22/2023

A reminder to Make the Yuletide Gay featuring a light-up, festive button from our special collections! The button is photographed in our library reading room with a portrait of Sylvester by Chicago artist Leek in the background.
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Throwback Thursday featuring our new favorite board game - D.Y.K.E.!We recently picked up a donation from our friend Tra...
12/21/2023

Throwback Thursday featuring our new favorite board game - D.Y.K.E.!
We recently picked up a donation from our friend Tracy Baim that included a first edition copy of D.Y.K.E. (Do You Know Enough?) - a trivia game from 1986 from LipService, Inc, from St. Louis. According to an advertisement for the magazine in a 1987 issue of Le***an Connection, the game is “Fun, Informative, and Herstorical” with 499 cards, 6 categories, and 2,994 questions. D.Y.K.E. “The Game of Le***an Life & Culture” describes its goal as “to put together a game for Le***ans that will make us surer of the continuity of our tradition, more informed about our culture, and more visible to each other for our achievements.”
The six categories were Arts, Earth Science, Fun & Games, Music & Entertainment, Ourstory, and Potluck. A few favorite rules:
“Naked le***ans make up their own rules as they go along”
“Cats and other familiars are allowed to help with answers only in the Earth Science category”
The number of hints players were allowed were distributed as follows:
“Liberal-feminists get 4 hints
Le***an-feminists get 3 hints
D**e separatists get 2 hints
D**e Separatist Witches get 1 hint
Closeted Le***ans get no hints at all!”
"While playing D.Y.K.E., players must be at least 20 feet away from their bookshelves”
Scroll through for a look at a few of the trivia questions!
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Another celebration of the solstice today featuring a model named Solis! Solis lived near Jim Jager in Hyde Park and pos...
12/21/2023

Another celebration of the solstice today featuring a model named Solis! Solis lived near Jim Jager in Hyde Park and posed twice in August 1977.
This photo is part of the Third World Studio collection at Ge**er/Hart which was owned and operated by Jim Jager from 1976-1981. Want to learn more? We have an article about Jim Jager and his studio on our website. Learn more here:

https://www.gerberhart.org/in-search-of-information-jim-jager-and-third-world-studio/
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We are currently processing the collection and seek more information about Jim Jager, his studio and the models who posed. If you can help, please DM us or email us at [email protected].
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Today is the Winter Solstice! We’re celebrating with two favorite winter solstice covers from our periodicals collection...
12/21/2023

Today is the Winter Solstice! We’re celebrating with two favorite winter solstice covers from our periodicals collection. Scroll through for a peek at the covers and a few images from inside these two issues from the 1970s.
“A Country Fairy Journal - for Gay Men Everywhere.” RFD is a q***r periodical that has long been associated with the Radical Faerie movement though it predates this group with its first issue published in 1974. RFD is still being published today.
According to their website: "RFD is a reader-written journal for gay people which focuses on country living and encourages alternative lifestyles. We foster community building and networking, explore the diverse expressions of our sexuality, care for the environment, radical faerie consciousness, nature-centered spirituality, and share experiences of our lives. Quarterly issues are typically 64 pages, full color. RFD is produced by volunteers. We welcome your participation. The business and production are coordinated by a collective. We print in New York state. "
Browse through issues of RFD dating back to the mid-1970s at Ge**er/Hart. There is beautiful artwork, poetry, and more inside each issue. Happy Winter Solstice all!
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A festive and beautiful cover of Blacklight magazine from 1981 from our LGBTQ+ periodicals collection. The image is feat...
12/20/2023

A festive and beautiful cover of Blacklight magazine from 1981 from our LGBTQ+ periodicals collection. The image is featured on both the cover of the magazine as well as the inside back cover with the message “the staff of Blacklight wishes you a Happy Holiday and hopes the new year brings you the gifts of peace, happiness, and prosperity.”
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Can you help us meet our year-end goal? We are just under $2,000 away from a $10,000 challenge from an anonymous donor! ...
12/20/2023

Can you help us meet our year-end goal? We are just under $2,000 away from a $10,000 challenge from an anonymous donor! Please consider a tax-deductible year-end gift now to meet the match.

gerberhart.org/donatenow

Ge**er/Hart Library and Archives brings people together in important ways, like lending books, providing free access to history, and holding special events. We pride ourselves on creating comfortable spaces for intergenerational connection, to share experiences and memories.

Your tax-deductible gift will ensure that Ge**er/Hart remains a place to bring people together.
Thank you!

Holiday gift guide for your girlfriend, roommate, and even your ex!We were browsing through issues of Curve Magazine for...
12/19/2023

Holiday gift guide for your girlfriend, roommate, and even your ex!
We were browsing through issues of Curve Magazine for holiday inspiration and came across some gems! Scroll through for a look at some 2000, 1999, and 2002 holiday gift guides from Curve Magazine. And don’t miss a very festive letter from editor and founder
Want to learn more and take a deep dive into these magazines? You’re in luck! All of the issues are fully digitized! Check out and to read full issues online. Want to browse in-person in Chicago? We have a near-complete set of Curve magazine and you’re welcome to look through a travel back through these gems :)
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Another festive Miss Tillie! Happy Tillie Tuesday from Miss Tillie “The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago” and her candy canes a...
12/19/2023

Another festive Miss Tillie! Happy Tillie Tuesday from Miss Tillie “The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago” and her candy canes and tinsel!
Getting into the festive holiday spirit with Miss Tillie - happy Tillie Tuesday!
On Tuesdays, we celebrate the life of our favorite vintage drag queen, Miss Tillie “The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago” with photos from her archival collection. The Miss Tillie collection includes photos of Miss Tillie and friends starting in the 1940s all the way through the early 2000s.
Want to learn more about Miss Tillie? Listen in to Episode One of our podcast Unboxing Q***r History! Listen in on Spotify, our website, or wherever else you listen to podcasts!
Want to look through all of Miss Tillie’s photos? Stop by during open hours to check out her incredible collection!
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On this chilly, snowy Chicago Monday, we’re getting cozy with this winter 1987 cover of Le***an Connection. Le***an Conn...
12/18/2023

On this chilly, snowy Chicago Monday, we’re getting cozy with this winter 1987 cover of Le***an Connection. Le***an Connection was published in East Lansing, Michigan, “by, for, and about le***ans” and is part of our LGBTQ+ periodicals collection. This issue included a Winter Catalog of gift ideas. Scroll through for a look inside!
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TODAY! Stop by Ge**er/Hart from 10 AM - 3:30 PM to celebrate the Holigays with great deals on books & erotica, q***r cra...
12/16/2023

TODAY!
Stop by Ge**er/Hart from 10 AM - 3:30 PM to celebrate the Holigays with great deals on books & erotica, q***r crafting (featuring some new incredible q***r Barbie coloring pages by Wren Lively), a special pop-up from Chicago Q***r Creations, and MORE!
Whether buying for yourself or a special someone, we’ve got you covered! All proceeds from the booksale benefit Ge**er/Hart!
Pricing:
-Paperback: $1
-Hardback: $2
-Bag: $20
-Box: $30
Specially priced deals on:
-Art Books
-Erotica (18+ customers only)
-Periodicals
-T-shirts
-Mystery Date with a Book gifts
-Le***an romance gift packages
-And More!
In addition to great deals on LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ fiction, non-fiction, and more, our 18+ customers can enjoy deals on erotica! We will also have a crafting station set up in the library as well as a special pop-up from Chicago Q***r Creations.
See you there!
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This Saturday! Join us from 10 AM - 3:30 PM to celebrate the Holigays with great deals on books & erotica, q***r craftin...
12/12/2023

This Saturday!
Join us from 10 AM - 3:30 PM to celebrate the Holigays with great deals on books & erotica, q***r crafting (featuring some new incredible q***r Barbie coloring pages by Wren Lively), a special pop-up from Chicago Q***r Creations, and MORE!
Whether buying for yourself or a special someone, we’ve got you covered! All proceeds from the booksale benefit Ge**er/Hart! Stay tuned for more updates and we’ll see you on December 16th!
Pricing:
-Paperback: $1
-Hardback: $2
-Bag: $20
-Box: $30
Specially priced deals on:
-Art Books
-Erotica (18+ customers only)
-Periodicals
-T-shirts
-Mystery Date with a Book gifts
-Le***an romance gift packages
-And More!
In addition to great deals on LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ fiction, non-fiction, and more, our 18+ customers can enjoy deals on erotica! We will also have a crafting station set up in the library as well as a special pop-up from Chicago Q***r Creations.
We’ll see you on Saturday, December 16th, from 10:00-3:30 at Ge**er/Hart for the sale!
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A reminder to shop gay for Christmas this year from this 1984 issue of Indiana magazine The Works from our LGBTQ+ period...
12/10/2023

A reminder to shop gay for Christmas this year from this 1984 issue of Indiana magazine The Works from our LGBTQ+ periodicals collection.
What LGBTQ+ businesses are you supporting over the holidays? Share with us in the comments!
Celebrate the holigays with us and browse through for a look at some of the Indiana businesses this magazine was supporting back in 1984 for holiday shopping!
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Did you know that our booksale next weekend is going to have MYSTERY DATE books? That’s right - if you’re still looking ...
12/09/2023

Did you know that our booksale next weekend is going to have MYSTERY DATE books? That’s right - if you’re still looking for a gift for a special someone (including yourself) you can buy a specially wrapped book with a hint at the subject within at our booksale next weekend. Our volunteers have been hard at work finding some treasures to wrap and share with you and your loved ones - volunteers Jupiter, Ib, Gabby, and Liz are pictured here with a few of the mystery date books!
Stop by next Saturday, 12/16, to make the Yuletide Gay at our Holigays booksale!
We’ll have great deals on books & erotica, q***r crafting (featuring some new incredible q***r Barbie coloring pages by Wren Lively), a special pop-up from Chicago Q***r Creations, and MORE!
Whether buying for yourself or a special someone, we’ve got you covered! All proceeds from the booksale benefit Ge**er/Hart! We’ll see you on December 16th!
Pricing:
-Paperback: $1
-Hardback: $2
-Bag: $20
-Box: $30
Specially priced deals on:
-Art Books
-Erotica (18+ customers only)
-Periodicals
-T-shirts
-Mystery Date with a Book gifts
-Le***an romance gift packages
-And More!
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Happy first night of Hanukkah! To celebrate, here’s a classic Alison Bechdel comic entitled “Solstice Greetings” with th...
12/07/2023

Happy first night of Hanukkah! To celebrate, here’s a classic Alison Bechdel comic entitled “Solstice Greetings” with the caption “Roberta felt that the most meaningful gift to her family on the first night of Chanukah would be to disclose the TRUE NATURE of her relationship with Alex”
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“Everything that sparkles is Tillie”Getting into the festive holiday spirit with Miss Tillie - happy Tillie Tuesday! On ...
12/05/2023

“Everything that sparkles is Tillie”
Getting into the festive holiday spirit with Miss Tillie - happy Tillie Tuesday!
On Tuesdays, we celebrate the life of our favorite vintage drag queen, Miss Tillie “The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago” with photos from her archival collection. The Miss Tillie collection includes photos of Miss Tillie and friends starting in the 1940s all the way through the early 2000s.
Want to learn more about Miss Tillie? Listen in to Episode One of our podcast Unboxing Q***r History! Listen in on Spotify, our website, or wherever else you listen to podcasts!
Want to look through all of Miss Tillie’s photos? Stop by during open hours to check out her incredible collection!
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Today, we're sharing a few photos of Vern from our erotica collection. Many models recruited and referred their friends ...
12/04/2023

Today, we're sharing a few photos of Vern from our erotica collection. Many models recruited and referred their friends to pose for Third World Studio. Vern was friends with Mark, another TWS model. Both appear in Black Roots and Horns of Plenty, as well as in photo sets.
Want to learn more? We have an article about Jim Jager and his studio, Third World Studio, that he owned and operated in Chicago from 1976 to 1981 on our website. Head to the link in our bio to learn more!
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We are currently processing the collection and seek more information about Jim Jager, his studio and the models who posed. If you can help, please DM us or email us at [email protected].
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Fa-la-la-la - guess what? We're making the Yuletide gay with a very festive, very q***r Ge**er/Hart booksale!Join us on ...
12/02/2023

Fa-la-la-la - guess what? We're making the Yuletide gay with a very festive, very q***r Ge**er/Hart booksale!
Join us on Saturday, December 16th, from 10 AM - 3:30 PM to celebrate the Holigays with great deals on books & erotica, q***r crafting (featuring some new incredible q***r Barbie coloring pages by Wren Lively), a special pop-up from Chicago Q***r Creations, and MORE!
Whether buying for yourself or a special someone, we've got you covered! All proceeds from the booksale benefit Ge**er/Hart! Stay tuned for more updates and we’ll see you on December 16th!
Pricing:
-Paperback: $1
-Hardback: $2
-Bag: $20
-Box: $30
Specially priced deals on:
-Art Books
-Erotica (18+ customers only)
-Periodicals
-T-shirts
-Mystery Date with a Book gifts
-Le***an romance gift packages
-And More!
In addition to great deals on LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ fiction, non-fiction, and more, our 18+ customers can enjoy deals on erotica! We will also have a crafting station set up in the library as well as a special pop-up from Chicago Q***r Creations.
We’ll see you on Saturday, December 16th, from 10:00-3:30 at Ge**er/Hart for the sale!
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