Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | July 2, 2020
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Brian Tanen talks about 'Love, Simon' spinoff 'Love, Victor'

Ready to binge a new queer-centered television series that had a spoonful too much gay sugar to let the medicine go down for Disney? Well, Love, Victor might be the cure you are looking for to pass the time during a quarantine, thanks to Hulu. Love, Victor is the story of a student named Victor Salazar struggling with his sexual orientation at Creekwood High School. It's set in the same high school where the movie Love, Simon occurred in a similar situation. The first season begins with the young sophomore adjusting to a new school and seeking advice from Simon on social media. Brian Tanen is the co-showrunner and executive producer for Hulu's Love, Victor. He has written for shows such as Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Atypical and Devious Maids. READ MORE.

Marvel's first openly trans actor on Pride, BLM and Hollywood

Windy City Times: You've said before that you were 17 the first time you saw a transgender person on TV, and it was really meaningful moment. How does it feel to be that same representation for young LGBTQ fans watching you in Spider-Man: Far From Home?
Zach Barack: It was really meaningful. It's kind of weird because I think everything is happening on a different scale now. There's a movie about to come out on Netflix about trans representation and it was bizarre to see how many people could interview for it. I think when I was in high school I could count on two fingers how many trans actors' names I knew.  READ MORE

BOOKS: Skokie native writes about creating an LGBTQ family
Steve Disselhorst dreamed of being a parent since he was a kid growing up in Skokie. On June 16, his first book, Determined To Be Dad, was released, and it details his journey to fulfill that dream. Disselhorst grew up in a Catholic, mostly Irish family. Transfering from a Catholic school in Skokie to Edison Elementary School, a public school in Morton Grove, in the fifth grade was a big change, as Disselhorst explained the majority of Skokie residents were Jewish and about 10 percent of people were Holocaust survivors.  He recalled it was when he made this move, in the late '70s, that he first interacted with Jewish people since he was "living in this cocoon in my Catholic school setting. "It was the same time the Illinois Nazi party was trying to march in Skokie," he said. READ MORE

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