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A collection of Executive Sweet party flyers from the 1980s and '90s. Photo, from back left: Pat McCombs, Pam Terrell, Sheron Webb and Vera Washington (front center), the past and present organizers of Executive Sweet. All flyers and photo courtesy Vera Washington.

A collection of Executive Sweet party flyers from the 1980s and ‘90s. Photo, from back left: Pat McCombs, Pam Terrell, Sheron Webb and Vera Washington (front center), the past and present organizers of Executive Sweet. All flyers and photo courtesy Vera Washington.

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Traveling parties are part of a queer Chicago culture of partying as resistance

This week, we're revisiting a story from 2022 that answers a question about the history of lesbian parties in Chicago.

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