Jackie Gonzalez was at first skeptical that Berwyn would be a good place for lesbians. Now she spreads the message among her friends. (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / September 1, 2010)

Marge Paul can sit on the front porch of her Berwyn home, look at the crisscrossing, bungalow-lined streets to the north and south, and smile about something many don't realize.

"I know there's a gay or lesbian couple on just about every block," said Paul, Berwyn's 3rd Ward alderman and the city's first openly gay elected official. "But I think there are some gays and lesbians in Berwyn who still think they're the only ones."

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