Photo by: Gregg Shapiro

Rick Karlin, a 1997 inductee in the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame,  is perhaps best known as journalist in the LGBT press. He has worked for or written for GayLife, Gay Chicago Magazine, Outlines/Nightlines, Windy City Times, Chicago Free Press, boimagazine and appeared on LesBiGay Radio and GoChicagoPride.com. He is also a playwright (“Witches Among Us”, “Spin Cycle”), novelist (“Show Biz Kids”, “Tales of the Second City”, “Death on the Rocks”) and memoirist (“Paper Cuts”). In his stage persona, Charity Case, he is renowned for his quick wit and snappy repartee as a performer and emcee for charity events and shows.

He was also a teacher and was recognized as Illinois’ “Most Talented Teacher” in 1993.  Rick is the proud father of his adult son, Adam and lives in Fort Lauderdale with his husband, the award-winning poet and writer, Gregg Shapiro, and their dog Coco. He is semi-retired but still writes a weekly column for South Florida Gay News and is the education director for Island City Stage in Wilton Manors, FL.