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Quearborn & Perversion: An Early History of Lesbian & Gay Chicago
March, 16 2011 - March, 16 2011
Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago
Category: The City of Chicago's Official Tourism Site


Referring to the Chicago street intersection of Dearborn and Division (the nexus of gay life in the 1950's), "Quearborn & Perversion" was self-deprecating slang adopted by gay men from the mocking mouths of the era's Chicago Police Department. Filmmaker Ron Pajak, interviewing Chicago women and men, documents a rich oral history of lesbian and gay life spanning 1934 to 1974. Over four-dozen oral histories have been collected representing various demographics of the Chicago lesbian and gay landscape. The film traces the public and private personas of men and women forced by society to live underground in a secret world. (Directed by Ron Pajak; 2007, 105 minutes). Post screening discussion with filmmaker Ron Pajak.

Presented as part of Cinema Q, a new film series celebrating outstanding Chicago-made LGBT movies. Media sponsors for the Cinema Q film series are the Windy City Times, Time Out Chicago, and the Chicago Reader.

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