Tom Gertz
Age: 79
Categories:   Civic/Community   Health    

Born and raised on the Northwest Side of Chicago, Gertz became aware of the ignorance the professional/helping community had around homosexuality and sexuality in general. His awareness motivated him to become involved in the homophile community prior to the gay liberation movement. Gertz joined Mattachine Midwest in 1967, served as Vice President and President through 1973. In 1973, he joined the staff of the Akron Forum, a human sexuality learning center in Akron, Ohio. During almost 25 years, Tom lived in Akron, Ohio he was involved in starting and developing many HIV/AIDS organizations, served as the AIDS Support Services Coordinator at the Akron Health Department. He was appointed to serve on the Ohio Department of Health’s AIDS Advisory Committee for several years. As a Sexologist, Gertz’s professional involvement includes: Conference Coordinator, 6th World Congress of Sexology; President, Treasurer & Board Member, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists; President & Executive Director, The American College of Sexologists; Board Member, Faculty, Professor & Dean of Students, The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, a private graduate school in San Francisco, California. Today, Tom remains dedicated to HIV/AIDS education serving on the Board of Directors for the NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt.

  Video Interview Date: 2007-05-02 Interviewer: Tracy Baim

Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community, the book is edited by Tracy Baim and features the contributions of more than 20 prominent historians and journalists. It is published by Surrey Books, an Agate imprint, and is hard cover, 224 pages, 4-color, with nearly 400 photos.
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