Valerie Taylor Residence

540 W Surf St Chicago

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For ten years, a unit in this majestic 1929 stone courtyard building was the home of popular lesbian pulp fiction novelist and longtime Chicago resident, Valerie Taylor whose groundbreaking books include "The Girls in 3-B", "Return to Lesbos", and "Journey to Fulfillment."

Taylor was key in starting the LGBT rights organization, Mattachine Midwest and many of the organization's newsletters were written in her apartment here.

During her ten years as a resident of this building, she was also the partner of lesbian attorney Pearl Hart who resided two blocks away. Taylor was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 1992. She died in Tucson, AZ. in 1997 at age 84.

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