Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-12-17
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Five Worth Finding Five Worth Finding
—Dusty Groove (https://www.dustygroove.com/): Who doesn't like music? Dusty Groove, 1120 N. Ashland ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Terrence Chappell, Windy City Times A Gay in the Life: Student Francis Shervinski
by Terrence Chappell, Windy City Times
2011-04-06

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


"Homecoming queen" is a title often bestowed on young ladies who are beautiful, popular and charming. Columbia College just crowned its homecoming queen this year at the fourth annual Mary Blood Ball. The newly minted homecoming queen is everything and more one would expect out of a homecoming queen: confident, smart and socially aware. However, this one is also an openly gay man.

Francis Shervinski, a Columbia College freshman, won the widely prized title of Columbia College's first homecoming queen. However, Shervinski isn't your everyday prissy homecoming queen whose primping includes Vaseline-covered teeth. Shervinski sees his new title as an opportunity to promote positivity, acceptance, and being yourself.

"I will take a stance on a lot of issues concerning gender, race, class, and sexuality. I don't plan to be passive at all. I'm willing to fight for who I am and hopefully be an inspiration to not only the LGBT community, but everyone," said Shervinski.

Shervinski's platform reflects his involvement with various student organizations on campus. He is an ally of the Asian student organization; Black Students United; an active member of Common Ground, Columbia College's LGBT student-run organization; and a representative for multicultural affairs, a division of student affairs that exists to foster and support the intellectual, social and cultural development of all students, in particular those from diverse cultural backgrounds and lifestyles, according to the website.

Shervinski's involvement with Columbia's student organizations was evident at the Mary Blood Ball as he paraded through the crowd wearing a blue sequined dress and a necklace of actual bananas, an ode to "going bananas" at the party. Never to be caught in one particular clique, Shervinski talked, posed for pictures, danced and hugged other students at the party. However, not the way a politician or a homecoming queen in running would, but because he actually knows and are friends with all these people.

"I consider Common Ground as my home away from home. I have received nothing but amazing feedback from them," said Shervinski.

When Shervinski's name was called to stage to claim his title as Columbia College's first ever homecoming queen, he felt gratitude in addition to overwhelming pride, happiness and shock. As applause and cheering exploded in the room when Shervinski took to stage, students, staff, and partygoers were unaware that Shervinski is lucky to be here. About seven years ago, Shervinski severed his aorta in a bad car accident that left him in a coma for two months. He had to learn how to walk and talk all over again.

"This is me taking a negative and making it into a positive. I feel like I have to do it all. It's either all or nothing," said Shervinski.

Interestingly enough, Shervinski's homecoming king, Russel Yost, is an openly gay man as well, and is president of Common Ground. Yost was actually happy to have a fellow gay man as his homecoming queen, adding that it speaks volumes about Columbia's faculty and student body.

"I think it says a lot about our faculty. I think it's amazing that they would even allow a guy to run for homecoming queen. It's also great that the student voted for him [ Shervinski ] ," Yust said.

With three other sisters, Shervinski is the only one of his siblings to be crowned homecoming queen. He said that there is "no jealousy or bitterness" among his sisters for his new homecoming queen title. Not only is his family proud and happy for him, but they also are avid supporters of the LGBT community.

HE STATS

Name: Francis Shervinski

Age: 25

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.

Relationship status: In a relationship

Favorite Chicago restaurant: Pick Me Up Cafe

Favorite music: Hip-hop and rock

Favorite TV show: Dexter

Pets: One kitten


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg 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.

Chicago protests continue to take place 2014-12-17
Myles Brady: Howard Brown's first transgender outreach coordinator 2014-12-17
In the Life: Ricardo Sebastian 2014-12-17
Despite campy looks, Windy City Empire supports local causes 2014-12-04
In the Life: Campbell Fayfar 2014-12-03
Lesbian partners open art gallery/cafe in Kenwood 2014-12-03
LGBT activist Ouma on work, Tanzania and future hopes 2014-11-26
In the Life: Nicole Bashor 2014-11-26
Social Security plaintiff on love, loss and the fight ahead 2014-11-19
In the Life: Bethany M. Minor 2014-11-12
In the Life: Jeanne De Vita 2014-11-05
Bill Pollack Music: Making memories through melodies 2014-11-05
Crafty Broads makes weddings manageable 2014-11-05
Maj. Stephen Snyder-Hill: From soldier to LGBT-rights activist 2014-11-05
Doctor Eduardo Dolhun reinvents oral rehydration 2014-11-03
In the Life: Jorge del Busto 2014-10-29
Gay in the Life: Justin Romme 2014-10-22
Gay in the Life: Gracen Brilmyer 2014-10-15
LGBT HISTORY MONTH Oscar Wilde in Chicago 2014-10-08
Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni 2014-10-08
Jane Saks expands social-justice brand with Project& 2014-10-01
Carlos Orengo: Jack-of-all-trades at Howard Brown 2014-10-01
Gay in the Life: Pepe Pena 2014-09-30
Gay in the Life: Eric Huppertz 2014-09-24
D'Emilio symposium examines state and future of his field 2014-09-17
D'Emilio's work honored at UIC symposium 2014-09-17
Gay in the Life: Joe Lucarelli 2014-09-17
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Chicago House mark 25 years 2014-09-16
Gay in the Life: David Friedland 2014-09-03
Gay Chicagoan launching 'gender-liberated' undergarments 2014-09-03
Financial advisor Joe Della Monica works for LGBTQ clients 2014-08-28
Out Chicago rabbi heads to Israel for advanced studying 2014-08-20
Gay in the Life: Richard Biasi 2014-08-20
John Barrowman talks 'Torchwood,' 'Arrow' and marriage equality 2014-08-17
Gay in the Life: Paige ManWaring 2014-08-13
Trian Alexander aims to promote trans* visibility 2014-08-06
Gay in the Life: George Titterton 2014-08-06
Caryn Berman reflects on her life of activism 2014-08-06
Gay in the Life: Rick Aguilar 2014-07-30
John D'Emilio: Renowned professor, historian retires 2014-07-22





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
the 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.

 

 

 



 

Myles Brady: Howard Brown's first transgender outreach coordinator
 
National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban
 
Many GLBT homicides connected to sex work, rallies Dec. 17
 
Entertainment: 'Broadway Bares' news; Grindr awards; Robyn's new CD
 
LoBianco now at Chicago House
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now








  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.