Barry Freiman (April 3, 1964 – April 30, 2012) was a Chicago-based freelance writer who wrote fiction and non-fiction on a wide variety of subjects including LGBT issues, HIV-related issues, Superman, comic books, and pop culture.
He has been published in a wide variety of print magazines including Instinct, GRAB, BOI, and Wizard. He served as Associate Editor for the Superman Homepage, the #1 ranked Superman site on the internet, a position he held for almost a decade. Freiman contributed research and materials to the 2006 documentary “Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman” and received an acknowledgement in the documentary’s closing credits.
In early 2007, Freiman received the “Best Content of 2006” award from website associatedcontent.com for a how-to article on adjusting to a new HIV diagnosis. There were more than 50,000 articles from associatedcontent.com registered members in 2006 that were eligible for the competition. In 2006 and 2007, Freiman wrote an unsold television pilot and served as head writer on the project which had the working title “Roommates”. He supervised 25 writers to produce a 90-minute pilot script for a local Production team. Freiman maintained a blog for the Chicago HIV Community called “Positive Spin” on the MTMChicago.com website. He also served as a Contributing Editor to the site.
Freiman has interviewed numerous pop culture celebrities including writer and gay icon Bruce Vilanch, Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives), Ilya Salkind (Superman: The Movie Producer), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane, Superman), Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch), Noel Neill (The Adventures of Superman), Bryan Singer (Director, Superman Returns), Tabatha Coffey (Tabatha’s Salon Takeover), and New York Times-bestselling author Brad Meltzer, among others. Freiman belonged to Prism Comics, an LGBT comic book industry nonprofit dedicated to positive portrayals of LGBT characters and positive treatment of LGBT creators in the comic book industry.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Barry earned credentials as an Attorney and a Certified Public Accountant. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1986. At Washington University, Freiman minored in Journalism, served as an Editor for the “Student Life” college newspaper, and received a National Scholastic Press Association Award for an interview with rock band R.E.M.. Freiman received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law, in 1991. In Law School, he served as an Editor for the Law Review and had his Law Review article published. He also received a monetary prize for a national tax writing competition in 1991. He practiced law from 1991 through the beginning of the 21st Century before transitioning to writing as a career.
Barry died on April 30, 2012.
- Freiman, Barry (2006-04-25). "Getting HIV Isn't a Death Sentence: A Beginner's Guide to Avoid Freaking Out". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28.
- "Barry Freiman's Obituary". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
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