In 1924, Henry Gerber, a German immigrant postal worker in Chicago, established the Society for Human Rights, the first national gay rights organization. According to the 2018 book “The Boys of Fairy Town,” in 1930, Variety reported on the boom of “thought parlors” in Chicago: “The world’s toughest city, Chicago, is becoming thought. And love it. In 1939, Alfred Kinsey discovered what he called a “scientific gold mine” in the sexual histories of Chicago gay men, upon which the academic foundations of human sexuality were based when Kinsey literally wrote the book on the subject. In the 1950s, The Chicago Defender, a black newspaper, covered “impersonators” with empathy, either with glamorous photos or with serious reporting on police abuse. And, in 1961, Illinois became the first state to repeal anti-sodomy laws.