Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Gay Games Rowing in Crystal Lake: One Step Closer
by Amy Wooten
2006-04-12

This article shared 7169 times since Wed Apr 12, 2006
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


After a month of flared tempers, letters to the editor and controversy, Crystal Lake's City Council passed the request to hold a Gay Games rowing event 6-1 following an anti-climatic April 4 meeting.

'I'm very happy at this point,' said Crystal Lake Rowing Club president Walt Gary, who added that he wasn't surprised that the meeting ran smoothly. 'I felt relatively comfortable that it would be a good meeting, and I was hopeful that we would get the outcome that we got.'

The world has had its eye on the northwest Chicago suburb since Crystal Lake Park District's lengthy and emotionally heated meetings last month. The city's mayor, Aaron Shepley, refused to entertain any discussion or public comments that veered from rowing, causing a smooth and relatively quick decision by the council, and public comments free of homophobic remarks or arguments revolving around sexuality.

'We are not here to talk about sexual orientation,' Shepley said prior to public comment. The council refused to hear outbursts, personal attacks and name-calling, and would only stick to the issues at hand: the approval or disapproval of a rowing event, including temporary road closures, decal waiver requests, altering no-wake times and reimbursements for any costs incurred.

Shepley followed by reminding the audience of the Illinois Human Rights Act, which, among other things, bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity regarding public accommodations. 'That's not going to happen here tonight,' the mayor said regarding discrimination. 'For those who think that law is wrong, Springfield is the place you should direct your concerns, not the city of Crystal Lake.'

'No matter what our own personal beliefs are ... we swore to uphold the laws of the state of Illinois and the Constitution of the United States,' he said. 'Don't deter us from discharging that obligation.'

Only a handful of people chose to comment publicly. Out of those who spoke, only one disapproved of holding the regatta.

Officials with the Gay Games, to be held in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs July 15-22, wish to hold the rowing competition in Crystal Lake on July 16. After passing the Park District board, the second step was gaining Crystal Lake City Council's approval. Now, the only hurdle left is the approval from the nearby village of Lakewood ( expected Tuesday night, April 11 ) .

The only council member who voted 'no' on Gay Games' request was Jeffrey Thorsen, and his decision was based on the timing of the no-wake restriction.

The meeting was a refreshing change of pace given the past month's events. On March 2, after an emotional public debate, Gay Games organizers were shot down by the Park Board with a 2-2 vote due to President Jerry Sullivan's absence. The matter was reconsidered on March 7 after a four-hour debate. The meeting became a media circus as opposition brought up concerns with AIDS, public indecency and questions of morality to match supporters' cries for acceptance. The Park Board voted 3-2 in favor of Gay Games.

The mayor said that Crystal Lake is not unfamiliar with approving a regatta event. In fact, both Councilwoman Cathy Ferguson and Shepley said that Gay Games is exactly the type of event Crystal Lake wants to promote in an effort to draw more outside events.

'I just hope that as promoters of this event,' Shepley told Gay Games organizers, 'you understand that any experiences you may have had in the approval process thus far, I personally do not believe ... that Crystal Lake is an unfriendly or anti-gay place that is not warm to having people from other communities come visit us.'


This article shared 7169 times since Wed Apr 12, 2006
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

OPALGA+ Scholarship Gala taking place Oct. 23
2021-09-21
The 2021 OPALGA+ (Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association+) Scholarship Gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 23, at Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with the program/dinner ...


Gay News

MOVIES 'Shang-Chi' actor in anti-gay controversy
2021-09-20
Actor Simu Liu—the star of the latest Marvel action movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings—is embroiled in controversy over alleged Reddit comments he made about how pedophilia is "no different from being gay," ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Carl Bean dies, LGBT History Month, military events, Dykes on Bikes
2021-09-19
Archbishop Carl Bean—an openly gay former Motown singer, longtime AIDS activist and leader in the LGBTQ church movement—died at age 77, The New York Daily News reported. In a statement entitled "The Giant Sleeps," the Unity ...


Gay News

Polis marriage marks first same-sex wedding of sitting governor
2021-09-17
On Sept. 15, Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis wed longtime partner Marlon Reis—marking the first same-sex marriage of a sitting U.S. governor, NPR reported. Polis keeps making history. In 2018, Polis became the first openly gay ...


Gay News

Gay Games XI postponed because of pandemic
2021-09-16
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming Gay Games XI have been moved from November 2022 to November 2023, Outsports reported. "Given the ongoing uncertainty regarding the state of travel restrictions internationally and in Hong Kong, ...


Gay News

'Homophile' organization New Gay Liberation Front launches
2021-09-13
The New Gay Liberation Front—which described itself in a press release as a "homophile organization"—has launched. "Homophile" is a term that was used by some gay and lesbian groups in the 1950s. According to the University ...


Gay News

Billy Masters
2021-09-13
"If you want the most dramatic season ever, do an LGBT version. I think maybe it's the time for The Bachelor to do a gay Bachelor."—Lance Bass pitches his idea to ABC. You may recall that ...


Gay News

WORLD False report, Indian activist dies, fashion exhibit, LGBT Awards
2021-09-12
In Spain, a man who claimed eight hooded men carved an anti-gay slur on his butt using a knife in a horrific hate crime later said the act was consensual, according to out.com. According to police ...


Gay News

THEATER 'Dear Mom, I'm Gay!' on Oct. 1-2
2021-09-11
Dear Mom, I'm Gay!—a workshop of a new musical by David Dilsizian—is running at The Jarvis Square Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave. It will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1; and 2 and ...


Gay News

TV Rory O'Malley lands his second gay cartoon role with 'Chicago Party Aunt'
2021-09-11
Inspired by a popular Twitter account, Netflix's latest adult cartoon, Chicago Party Aunt, takes the Windy City to a whole new level. Superstore star and Second City alumna Lauren Ash plays the titular character, Diane Dunbrowski. ...


Gay News

Three Red Stars join USWNT for upcoming games against Paraguay
2021-09-10
Three Chicago Red Stars will join the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) later this month as the squad takes on Paraguay Sept. 16 and 21. Defenders Casey Krueger and Tierna Davidson will be joined by ...


Gay News

Pleasure Chest donating to Gay for Good
2021-09-07
Adult novelty boutique The Pleasure Chest will commemorate its milestone 50th anniversary by donating 15% of the total vibrator sales from its four storefront locations and e-commerce store on Sept. 15-30 to Gay for Good—a national ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ exhibit removed from Missouri Capitol
2021-09-05
Kansas City Sen. Greg Razer, the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate, demanded an explanation after an exhibit on the LGBTQ+-rights movement in Kansas City was removed from the state Capitol (in Jefferson City) ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Calif. bill, lawsuits, Billy Porter, 'Southern LGBTQ Experiences'
2021-09-05
The California legislature okayed a bill that would launch a pilot program to better track the gender identity and sexual orientation of victims of fatal violence, Gay City News noted. Under AB 1094, or the Sexual ...


Gay News

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus' 'CGMC: Undressed' Sept. 17-18
2021-09-04
The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will hold its fall cabaret event "CGMC: Undressed" on Sept. 17-18 at two different venues. On Friday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m., the chorus will perform at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS






Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.