[Chicago]: [Thing Magazine Corp.], (n. d.), circa 1991. 21-1/2 x 16 inches. Broadside. White stock printed in red and black. Very slight crease to right edge, else fine. Near Fine.
Poster reproducing the cover of the fourth issue of THING, a groundbreaking zine about Black, queer culture in Chicago that ran from 1989-1994. Published by Robert T. Ford, Trent Adkins and Lawrence Warren, "the aim of THING was simple yet revolutionary: to document LGBTQ+ and nightlife culture in Chicago. ... THING assumed a position in everyday queer life in the late ’80s and early ’90s that was tucked away from the societal standards of the mainstream, fastidiously heterosexual America of the Reagan/Bush years" (DeForrest Brown, Jr., "THING, the revolutionary magazine that chronicled the birth of Chicago's queer, Black club culture").
Ford and Adkins were both DJs as well as writers and activists, and at its heart, the zine was devoted to house tracks and artists, which set it apart from the proliferation of punk zines in the same era. Nevertheless, its scope was broad, and the zine included articles ranging from Black hair care to homelessness and the AIDS crisis. Ford died of complications from AIDS in 1994.