Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | September 3, 2020
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The implementation of an LGBTQ+ curriculum in state public schools

On Aug. 9, 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Illinois House Bill 246 into law, amending the school code to include contributions of LGBTQ+ figures in public schools all over the state, effective as of July 1, 2020. Board members, teachers, students and parents are now learning to adapt to the curriculum changes during the first year with the new directive. Equality Illinois Public Policy Director Mike Ziri spoke about the push for the mandate, how Illinois plans to introduce the material and feedback he's heard from districts. "What we heard from some districts over the past year is, 'Hey we want to do this, but can you offer some guidance and resources?'" said Ziri. READ MORE

Black trans disabled Chicagoan on long quest for affordable housing

When Garnet Williams was set to enter their final year at Columbia College in 2014, they began to experience pain in their lower back. Because of this pain, Williams' life has changed dramatically these past six years—including the need for immediate affordable housing that has, according to them, proved difficult to obtain. "I did not think anything of it," said Williams of their lower back pain. "I had been told my whole life that fat bodies are supposed to come with a lot of pain. I thought it was normal to constantly hurt. I noticed little things at first.   READ MORE

Joseph Baar Topinka preserves legacy of mother: Pro-gay Republican Judy
Riverside resident Joseph Baar Topinka is still impressed with the resolve and stamina with which his late mother, longtime GOP politician Judy Baar Topinka, was able to "slug it out" in the political arena. "She got into the moment," Joseph said, remembering, for example, how Judy could stand in front of crowds who, from time to time, booed her opinions. "You can boo me, but you're booing the truth," she would answer. Judy passed away in late 2014, just weeks after being re-elected to her post as the Illinois state comptroller, and Joseph has spent much time and energy since then fighting to preserve his mother's legacy. READ MORE

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