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Lesbian military novel published
The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter now available
2011-01-05

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CHICAGO - As the military gay ban known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell nears its end, a new novel about life as a lesbian in the military is available on Amazon.com as both a print book and an electronic book on Kindle. See amzn.to/e5EQHN. It will also be available at Chicago's Women & Children First Bookstore by Jan. 15.

The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, by lesbian journalist Tracy Baim, takes paces during the first Gulf War, in the early 1990s, prior to the compromise DADT law. The military banned all gays and lesbians from service, but tens of thousands bravely served their country.

During the Gulf War, many of those soldiers were kept in service under a "stop loss" order, only to be discharged upon their return home. Now that DADT has been struck down, this novel is perfectly timed to give a closer look at the lives of people impacted by any policies or laws that ask them to compromise who they are.

Author Baim, who is publisher and executive editor of Windy City Times newspaper, offers a romance and mystery novel about this era in our nation's history, when gays and lesbians served proudly, but quietly, risking their lives for a country that disrespected and attacked who they were.

What would happen if an out lesbian journalist met and became attracted to a closeted military spokeswoman? Would sparks fly? Would the sergeant risk her career for love? Would the journalist compromise her ideals for a chance at happiness? What about the servicemembers on the ground in Iraq? They faced bullets and dangerous chemicals, and some came back wounded and faced the loss of their career. See what happens in this fast-paced tale of war, pride, sacrifice, and love.

This fictional story was adapted for the Chicago stage as Half Life, in 2004.

Baim has covered military gay and lesbian issues since 1984. She is the author of the non-fiction book Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage and Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Movement.

The book, published by Prairie Avenue Productions, is available as a print book at Amazon.com and as an ebook on Kindle: $12.99 for print, $9.99 for Kindle. (Soon available on iPad.) ISBN-13: 978-1456461928. See http://amzn.to/e5EQHN.

See www.halflifeplay.com .

About the Author

Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Media Group, which produces Windy City Times, Nightspots, and other gay media in Chicago. She co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. She has won numerous gay community and journalism honors, including the Community Media Workshop's Studs Terkel Award in 2005. She started in Chicago gay journalism in 1984 at GayLife newspaper, one month after graduating with a news-editorial degree from Drake University.

Baim is the author of Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage (2010, Prairie Avenue Productions). She is also the co-author and editor of Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community (2008, Agate), the first comprehensive book on Chicago's gay history; and author of Where the World Meets, a book about Gay Games VII in Chicago (2007, Lulu.com-Baim served as co-vice chair of the Gay Games board).

Baim was executive producer of the lesbian feature film Hannah Free, starring Sharon Gless (2008, Ripe Fruit Films). She was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named a Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 leader in 1995. Baim is a native Chicagoan and has been with her partner, 20-year Air Force veteran Jean Albright, since 1994.


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