Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | April 20, 2017
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Otis Mack: Heavy Diva's show goes on
Otis Mack, also known as "Chicago's Heavy Diva," does not take entertainment lightly. CEO and founder of HeavyDiva Productions and creator of The Chicago Warriors, Mack celebrates milestones on the stage. Born in Houston, and then moving to Chicago at the age of 3, Mack was brought up in a religious Christian home with accepting parents.   READ MORE

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? Part 3 of a 3-Part Series
Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies 

"The case worker then looked at my transgender child and said, 'You have a penis. You're a boy. You should dress like one and play with boy toys like your brother,'" McCord said. "My daughter was very distraught, started crying, looked her straight in the eye and said, 'I'm a girl.' The case worker refused to use proper pronouns and then she told me she would do a future surprise visit to prove that I was neglecting my children. She said that I was psychologically damaging my daughter by allowing 'him' to dress as a female. I was absolutely terrified.".  READ MORE

Renee Wsol: From Planned Parenthood patient to advocate
It's uncertain what the future holds for Planned Parenthood, but Renee Wsol isn't waiting to find out. A single mother and a Medicaid beneficiary since 2012, Wsol, 34, of unincorporated Central Stickney in Stickney Township, feared the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress might cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. So, on Inauguration Day, she made an appointment to visit the organization's Orland Park clinicREAD MORE

Christian singer Trey Pearson on coming out, Chicago

Christian rock singer Trey Pearson recently came out to the public on his website, where he chronicled his struggles to admit to himself and then to his family that he is gay. Now more comfortable in his skin, Pearson talked with Windy City Times about his message of love, music as therapy and male attention. READ MORE

ISSUE April 19, 2017

Municipal ID ordinance passes Chicago City Council 44-4

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Condemns LGBTQ Attacks in Chechnya

Trans-advocacy groups demand DCFS stop stealing trans kids

Brand devoted to queer women, femmes is launching events

Homeless advocate: Uptown decision sets course for appeals

'Garden of Eve' to celebrate women's health

MOVIES: Matthew Aaron taps a 'Landline'

The return of Joey McIntyre 

THEATER: Chad Beguelin helps give 'Aladdin' its magic

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