1975: Grant Ford, publisher of Gay Life, declares for alderman of the 44th Ward and then, after voter registration efforts are well under way, mysteriously drops out of the race and supports te regular Democratic candidate.
1986: A gay rights ordinance is defeated in City Council, a "wake-up call for the community."
1987: Dr. Ron Sable challenges incumbent 44th Ward alderman Bernmard Hansen and nearly wins with 46.3 percent of the vote.
1988: In December the City Council passes a redrafted "human rights" ordinance.
1991: Sable again challenges Hansen, who has become a strong advocate of gay causes. This time the gay community supports Hansen and he wins easily.
1994: Tom Chiola wins a Democratic primary for Circuit Cout judge and becomes the city's first openly gay elected official.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Robert Drea.