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Chicago's Legacy Walk a tour into gay history

Chicago's Legacy Walk a tour into gay history

"The term probably needs some explaining," Victor Salvo tells the half-dozen high school students, "but we used to call it a 'beard.'" This comment, perhaps surprisingly, has nothing to do with the fact that the group, along with their advisers, is on a Halsted Street sidewalk outside the Chicago Male salon ("Hair + Face + Body"). Instead, it refers to the opposite side of the sidewalk, where a plaque honoring the late gay athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias nestles in a crook of one of the rainbow-striped pylons along this section of Halsted. The wrestler George Zaharias, Salvo explains, was Didrikson's husband and "beard," the...

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