Tracy Baim, born in 1963, began her career at Gay Life newspaper in 1984, a month after graduating from Drake University. She cofounded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. Lambda Publications, the parent company of Outlines, bought Windy City Times in 2000 and merged it with Outlines, and the parent company became Windy City Media Group. With her lifelong passion for journalism and love of history, for over three decades Baim has earned national accolades as a writer, editor, publisher, author and filmmaker. In 2012, she was editor and coauthor of Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Top 10 selection from the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association. Just this spring, Baim was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism – given by the Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in America. A fierce advocate for human rights, Baim uses her voice and her pen to champion equality and to battle against sexism, racism and homophobia in all their forms.
2022 National Convention