The 10% Show was a monthly Chicago-based cable access news magazine that ran 21 episodes between 1989-1990. It presented the wide spectrum of LGBTQ life in Chicago and has preserved historical record of the important events and issues as well as the activities and entertainment of that time period.

New episodes will be added weekly.


New This Week


Episode 4, May 1989

contents: Interviews and contest footage of International Mr. Leather 1989 in Chicago; Person-On-The-Street interviews at Broadway and Melrose; Profile of Horizon’s Youth Group; ACT-UP Chicago Demonstration addressing Chicago Transit Authority policy against displaying sex-positive safe sex advertising on Chicago’s buses and trains. And from New York: review of the film The Virgin Machine; a scene from the play/cabaret act Champagne Lady, and interviews with the playwright and actors; gay stand-up comedian; Sybil Bruncheon entertainment feature. A clip of part of a performance by Bronski Beat at International Mr. Leather was cut due to copyright concerns.


From Previous Weeks


Episode 3, May 1989:

Contents: Performance of scenes from Diamond’s are a Dyke’s Best Friend at Mountain Moving Coffee House; Interview with Lynn Lavner; Highlights from the 1989 Lesbian Patchwork Conference; Interview with members of Image Plus, a support group for young black gay men.


Episode 6, September 1989

Contents: Interview with Alix Dobkin, lesbian musician and philosopher (with her lover) at Mountain Moving Coffee House; Horizons’ “Dancing with Pride” benefit featuring interviews & performances of chanteuse Linda Clifford & The Weather Girls; Interviews with the director of Horizons, the director of Horizon’s Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the director of the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard, and the director of Horizons’ Youth Group.


Episode 9 (January 1990)

Contents: Opening of the third Chicago House; Circus Vargas AIDS benefit; Howard Brown Health Clinic 15th Anniversary benefit; Drag Queen Wrestling at Bistro Too.


Episode 10, March 1990

Contents: Meeting with Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Mayor’s Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues, and many other organizations in the Gay & Lesbian Community to address controversial issues about Chicago’s Gay & Lesbian Community in its relations with the Daley administration. Daley and his entourage stormed out of the meeting; Interviews afterwards with various community leaders, including Marie Kuda, Jon-Henri Damski, Danny Sotomayor, Rick Garcia, Joanne Trapani); ACT-UP demonstration the day after the meeting, held at Daley Plaza, and flowing into city hall, where ACT-UP demonstrators were arrested. Includes segment from WMAQ-TV.


Episode 12, May 1990:

Contents: Segment from play Intimacies and interview with the playwright and actor Michael Kearns; Interview with Heather McAdams, film maker and cartoonist, clips from her film “Meet…Bradley Harrison Pickleshimer” about her drag queen friend in Lexington, Kentucky; Interview with Marie Kuda, literary activist, at her 50th birthday celebration/Lesbian Writer’s Conference celebration; Backstage at the Ms. Continental Competition at the Baton show lounge; Interview with self-proclaimed Jewish Lesbian Folk Singer Phranc; First installment of the nationally distributed gay and lesbian soap opera “Secret Passions” produced in southern California.


Episode 14, July 1990

Contents: Interview with Jon Henri-Damski, long time Chicago gay community newspaper fixture and columnist with The Windy City Times; Interview and presentation coverage of Sonja Johnson, writer and philosopher, at Mountain Moving Coffee House; Profile of cartoonist Alison Bechdel, creator of the nationally syndicated “Dykes To Watch Out”; Third installment of nationally syndicated gay & lesbian soap opera, “Secret Passions”


Episode 16, August 1990

Contents: The final performance at the Mountain Moving Coffee House at their original space on School Street, before moving to a new space on Morse Ave. Interviews with Coffee House members, including performance clips of Paula Walowitz; Lesbian Kiss-in front of Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile to address Lesbian invisibility in society and the media.


Episode 17, September 1991:

Contents: Profile of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays); Discussion with cast of and scenes from Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; Interview with Gabrielle Antolovich, International Ms Leather 1990 and highlights from her Women & Leather workshop; a new Gordon Thomas music video.