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VIEWPOINT-Coming-out-letter

  VIEWPOINT Coming-out letter

Mom, Starting this letter is by far one of the toughest things I have done in a long time, and trust me, I've done plenty of difficult things. First of all I want to note that ...


VIEWPOINT-Uncle-Charley

  VIEWPOINT Uncle Charley

I was 17 when I finally figured out that my Uncle Charley was queer. We didn't have the word "gay" in 1953—it just was not in our vocabulary. So, we said "queer" or "fairy" or sometimes ...


LETTER-Taking-a-stand

  LETTER Taking a stand

Dear community: We must stand opposed to racism, whatever the cost. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was not just a case of excessive force or brutality. It was a murder—plain and simple. Police officer ...


Stand-up-and-be-counted

  Stand up and be counted

As the LGBTQ+ navigator of Chinese Mutual Aid Association, I want to encourage everyone, both LGBTQ+ individuals and cisgender/straight allies, to get counted in Census 2020. Many of you might wonder whether completing the Census really ...


LETTERS-On-justice-racism-solidarity

  LETTERS On justice, racism, solidarity

Demanding justice Dear familia: In June, another transgender woman of color was murdered—this time, in our own home, in the Southwest Side of Chicago. Today, we honor Selena Reyes-Hernandez. Selena was murdered because of transphobia. This ...


LETTER-Standing-up-against-racism

  LETTER Standing up against racism

Dear community: June is Pride Month. Over 50 years ago, on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. It was one of a long history of raids that the ...


MOMBIAN-Supporting-LGBTQ-families-requires-that-Black-Lives-Matter

  MOMBIAN Supporting LGBTQ families requires that Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. Black LGBTQ lives matter. And we will never have a just world for LGBTQ families until we have racial justice. Black same-sex couples are roughly twice as likely as white same-sex couples to ...


Holocaust-Museum-Pride-without-the-parade-a-quiet-time-to-learn-and-reflect-

  Holocaust Museum: Pride without the parade, a quiet time to learn and reflect

Due to the pandemic, millions across the globe have been living under "shelter in place" ordinances for months. For those of us in the United States, including here in Chicago, state-wide ordinances have forced social hubs ...


LETTER-Say-their-names

  LETTER Say their names

Dear community: SAY THEIR NAMES Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Nina Pop. George Floyd. Tony McDade. Regis Korchinski-Paquet. We know you are tired. We know you are hurting and filled with anger. We are tired of adding ...


LETTER-Black-lives-matter

  LETTER Black lives matter

Dear community: Today and every day, Black Lives Matter. Like so many of you, I am reeling after the last week and this weekend. WE ARE NOT OK. Our country, our city and many of us ...


Remembering-a-leader-Larry-Kramer

  Remembering a leader: Larry Kramer

We lost a great leader this week with the death of Larry Kramer. Larry was an accomplished man and activist who earned a degree from Yale, an Academy Award nomination as a screenwriter, two Obie Awards ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Is-there-a-doctor

  THE AMAZON TRAIL Is there a doctor...

It's that time again. I need to find a healthcare provider. I live in a rural community where there is a large turnover of medical professionals and a constant shortage of qualified staff. The health organization ...


Planning-your-legacy-VA-benefits-for-LGBTQ-veterans-and-servicemembers

  Planning your legacy: VA benefits for LGBTQ veterans and servicemembers

Dear community: The Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ) stands strong in supporting our LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. As members of the LGBTQ community, we understand you may face many challenges. The last thing you ...


VIEWS-LGBTQ-discrimination-is-a-disgrace

  VIEWS LGBTQ discrimination is a disgrace

Named plaintiff in landmark Supreme Court gay marriage case talks cases now before court

Re the New York Times article, "Aimee Stephens, 59, Plaintiff in Transgender Rights Case" ( obituary, May 14 ): Our world has long been gripped by questions of mortality and legacy, perhaps more than ever in ...


LETTER-Handling-the-pandemic

  LETTER Handling the pandemic

Dear community: How is our community responding to the coronavirus pandemic? The key seems to be a social-distance approach that many of our medical and political leaders are counseling. Our religious communities are putting the people ...


LETTER-In-praise-of-Pritzker

  LETTER In praise of Pritzker

To the Editor: Illinois physicians and hospitals commend Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his steadfast leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day he faces tough choices and he is clearly making decisions with the interests of Illinoisans ...


MOMBIAN-COVID-19-pauses-family-building-for-many-LGBTQ-people

  MOMBIAN: COVID-19 pauses family-building for many LGBTQ people

Nina Willbach and her wife, a Philadelphia couple, have been trying to get pregnant since last June via assisted insemination. In March, they were told that their most recent attempt didn't work—and they couldn't try again ...


OP-ED-The-media-needs-to-stop-reporting-about-Queen-Latifahs-sexuality

  OP-ED The media needs to stop reporting about Queen Latifah's sexuality

Does the media's cat and mouse game of chase with Queen Latifah lead many of us—especially in the LGBTQ+ community—to another "Gotcha!" moment of her coming out- that ain't!? A recent Zoom version of Red Table ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-A-giant

  THE AMAZON TRAIL A giant

"We lost a giant today," tweeted California state Sen. Scott Weiner, who is chairman of the LGBTQ caucus. A giant is exactly what the ninety-five-year-old Phyllis Lyon was, along with her partner Del Martin, who died ...


OP-ED-COVID-19-LGBTQs-minorities-disproportionately-affected

  OP-ED: COVID-19 LGBTQs, minorities disproportionately affected

These are some truly historic times. And in what may come as no surprise to many, the coronavirus pandemic is adversely affecting many more people in marginalized communities, such as the LGBTQ demographic and racial minorities. ...


LETTER-Administrative-errors

  LETTER Administrative errors

Dear Editor: For war against an unforeseen enemy, we need a war administration. If the framers of the Constitution had foreseen the current lack of steady and effective leadership, they surely would have included a mechanism ...


Teachers-Union-South-Side-Black-residents-need-ready-access-to-services-

  Teachers Union: South Side Black residents need ready access to services

CHICAGO, April 6, 2020—Registered nurses at Provident Hospital are holding a media availability during their shift change to describe how the closure of Provident Hospital's emergency department could impact the health and safety of the patient ...


LETTER-Missing-Marc

  LETTER Missing Marc

Dear Editor: I want to add some thoughts about the contributions Marc Loveless made beyond those mentioned in his obituary in the March 18 issue of Windy City Times. Marc was involved in the Illinois Regional ...


COVID-19-closed-churches-and-LGBTQ-Catholics

  COVID-19, closed churches and LGBTQ Catholics

BY FRANCIS DEBERNARDO

Is anyone anywhere around the globe thinking about anything other than COVID-19, the coronavirus that has paralyzed almost all human activity? I imagine that very few are. The cloud of the virus hangs over everything from ...


OPEN-LETTER-Census-2020-The-LGBTQ-community-counts

  OPEN LETTER Census 2020: The LGBTQ+ community counts

It's a new decade, and that means it's time to complete the Census. The Census is done every 10 years, and informs funding for neighborhood improvements, school districts, public health, the building of new roads and ...


Stop-comparing-coronavirus-to-early-HIV-AIDS-Just-stop

  Stop comparing coronavirus to early HIV/AIDS. Just stop.

People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream. There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Micks-potato-fertilizer

  THE AMAZON TRAIL Mick's potato fertilizer

When I asked for advice about growing potatoes, our friend Mary wrote, "Here is what Mick does: blood meal, green sand, or wood ash, bone meal, a handful of each above item for each potato you ...


Open-letter-about-Coronavirus-and-the-LGBTQ-communities

  Open letter about Coronavirus and the LGBTQ+ communities

New York, NY - Over 100 national and local organizations have signed on to an open letter to health and media outlining how COVID-19 may pose an increased risk to the LGBTQ+ population and laying out ...


VIEWS-In-2020-being-queer-could-be-key-to-a-courageous-career

  VIEWS In 2020, being queer could be key to a courageous career

by Steve Yacovelli

Remember, in The Wizard of Oz, how the Cowardly Lion—when he got to see the wizard—was like, "What? I already had courage? WTH?" I mean, it was kinda poopy that the wizard made the poor cat ...


OPINION-Trans-formal-education

  OPINION 'Trans-formal' education

"The year started well, but substitute teachers were not told about Dave's name," my friend Pat told me. "My son was called a distinctly feminine name in a time and at a place where no one ...


VIEWS-Warrens-America-would-center-our-voices

  VIEWS Warren's America would center our voices

Days before I marched in my first Pride Parade in 2015, I waited anxiously for the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that guaranteed same-sex couples the right to marry. I still recall the profound image ...


LETTER-Impeachment

  LETTER Impeachment

Dear Editor: President Donald J. Trump has been impeached. These words, for me, mean an intentional check on Trump's efforts to corrupt the 2020 election. Dec. 18 was a reckoning for my ancestors who lived ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-The-tabloid-edition

  THE AMAZON TRAIL The tabloid edition

Bath Door Balks at Booting Hostage Hostage Trapped for NINETY-MINUTES Suspect Subdued with Electrical Weapon A woman in a remote town in Oregon suffered a harrowing 90 minutes before her rescue by three brave public servants. ...


VIEWS-College-for-LGBTQ-students

  VIEWS College for LGBTQ students

Finding yourself and becoming comfortable with your identity is something that people within the LGBTQ community struggle with every day. There is coming to terms with your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and how you choose ...


MOMBIAN-LGBTQ-parenting-The-year-in-review

  MOMBIAN LGBTQ parenting: The year in review

This past year saw many challenges to LGBTQ equality—but there was still some progress. Let's review the parenting-specific news of the year. Some setbacks The Trump administration's Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-All-I-want-for-the-holidays-is-a-left-earbud

  THE AMAZON TRAIL All I want for the holidays is a left earbud

Not really. My greatest wishes would be for world peace, a year of pain-free good health for all my family, friends, and neighbors, and a brand-new president and Senate majority leader. It would, however, be nice ...


LETTER-GroceryLand-anniversary

  LETTER GroceryLand anniversary

Dear Editor: Twenty-five years ago, our beloved GroceryLand opened its doors and served its first participants! On Christmas Eve in 1988, a steadfast and caring crew of volunteers—led by Heartland Alliance Health's own Lori Cannon—began delivering ...


MOMBIAN-Childhood-stories-of-LGBTQ-other-social-justice-activists

  MOMBIAN Childhood stories of LGBTQ, other social justice activists

Every social justice hero was once a child. Some became activists as children; others did so as adults because of things they experienced when they were young. A new middle-grade book from the prolific Robin Stevenson ...


LETTER-Voice-your-choice

  LETTER Voice your choice

Dear Editor: On Nov. 5, New York City overwhelmingly approved ranked choice voting by referendum. We should do those residents one better and enact ranked choice voting for all of Illinois. The Illinois Senate currently ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-The-Terminator

  THE AMAZON TRAIL The Terminator

This week I went to the movies. It's been a long time since I've said that. Do people even say "the movies" anymore? I married a movie geek. My sweetheart can tell you within a nanosecond ...


LETTER-Response-to-hate

  LETTER Response to hate

Dear Editor: God's presence is always reflected in us. As a person of faith, I believe in Jesus Christ. No wonder this generation is starving for the community, connection and relationship when we see attacks ...


Halloween-unmasks-our-troubled-history-with-race

  Halloween unmasks our troubled history with race

Halloween is one of this country's favorite yearly activities. Unfortunately, Halloween can be America's scariest, too—especially for those of us seen as costumes you wear rather than the human beings that we are. Asian Americans, Native ...


MOMBIAN-LGBTQ-inclusive-books-and-hope-in-rural-schools

  MOMBIAN LGBTQ-inclusive books, and hope, in rural schools

LGBTQ students in rural schools are more likely to face bias and discrimination than those in urban and suburban ones, but their schools are also less likely to have LGBTQ-inclusive resources to support them. That's why ...


LETTER-Attorneys-needed

  LETTER Attorneys needed

Dear Editor: According to the report "The Justice Gap," low-income Americans receive no or inadequate legal help for 86 percent for their non-criminal legal problems. These individuals include senior citizens, veterans and those with disabilities. ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Ignorance-and-shortsightedness-lead-us-to-the-Supreme-Court-

  GUEST COLUMN Ignorance and shortsightedness lead us to the Supreme Court

Jonathan Matthias Lassiter

We will always find ourselves going back to the courts to fight for inclusion until we place the needs of the most vulnerable people first. Those in the mainstream are less inclined to protect those who ...


VIEWS-Visibility-isnt-the-goal

  VIEWS Visibility isn't the goal

In mid-July, I interviewed non-binary rapper CJ Run. In discussing the coming out of gay country rapper Lil Nas X, Run articulated something interesting regarding queer visibility. "Around the country there are a lot more queer-ish ...


Activists-halt-US-Conference-on-AIDS-to-protest-CDC

  Activists halt U.S. Conference on AIDS to protest CDC

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) surely saw it coming. Protests are part of the DNA of the United States Conference on AIDS ( USCA ), ...


VIEWS-A-straight-mans-foray-into-an-LGBTQ-world

  VIEWS A straight man's foray into an LGBTQ world

My first assignment for Windy City Times looked something like this: I hopped in my car and drove from my white, middle-class, cookie-cutter suburb to a tiny theater in a part of the city I'd never ...


Remembering-Michael-Bauer-a-call-to-pick-up-the-baton

  Remembering Michael Bauer, a call to pick up the baton

by Coco Soodek

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the memorial service for community leader Mike Bauer, Sept. 3, 2019. I'm here to speak for the hundreds of people for whom Mike was also a mentor, a teacher, a ...


We-need-to-talk-about-the-Pose-hospital-episode-right-now

  We need to talk about the 'Pose' hospital episode right now

The TV show Pose, on FX, is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the themes, the characters, and—the aspect of the show closest to my heart and ...


OP-ED-How-Queen-Sugar-increases-Black-LGBTQ-visibility

  OP-ED How 'Queen Sugar' increases Black LGBTQ visibility

In 2018, there were more LGBTQ people of color on TV than their white counterparts. OWN's Queen Sugar is part of a quiet revolution of increasing queer representation on TV. Pose is rightfully getting the Emmy-nominated ...


Volumes-of-racism-xenophobia-on-blast-

  Volumes of racism, xenophobia on blast

The first time I heard the racial trope "Go back to where you came from," I was getting off of a school bus in a white section of town in Brooklyn. Little did I know then ...


LETTER-Ruffled-feathers

  LETTER Ruffled feathers

Dear Editor: Recently, I was waiting for two friends on the patio and talking to my sister on the phone. A small, very elderly Black woman came up to the patio asking for money, and ...


Larry-Kramer-gives-us-one-more-chance-to-wake-the-fck-up

  Larry Kramer gives us one more chance to wake the f*ck up

Our friend Larry Kramer, the godfather of the AIDS activism movement, hasn't lost his edge. That should surprise no one. In his speech at the Queer Liberation March on June 30 ( at the Queer Liberation ...


Moments-in-the-Public-Health-Response-to-AIDS-CDPH-LGBTQ-Outreach-Keynote-June-28

  Moments in the Public Health Response to AIDS, CDPH LGBTQ Outreach Keynote June 28

Chicago Department of Public Health LGBTQ Outreach Keynote Speech, given by Tracy Baim, June 28, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center The following keynote speech was given in an abbreviated form at the Chicago Department of Public Health ...


Looking-back-looking-forward

  Looking back, looking forward

Op-Ed

As we look forward to the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrate PRIDE month, I think about progress made—but also about work to be done. Our Declaration of Independence holds that the inalienable rights of, ...


LETTER-Respecting-elders

  LETTER Respecting elders

Dear Editor: No one likes to talk about it, but it happens every day. However, this crisis remains vastly underidentified and underreported. The Illinois Department on Aging is on pace to respond to more than 20,000 ...


We-remember-we-celebrate-we-believe

  We remember, we celebrate, we believe

There is a lot of remembering, celebrating and believing going on right now. The "uprising" at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago represents a significant turning point in an emerging yet powerful movement; the merging of ...


Vatican-publishes-anti-LGBT-document

  Vatican publishes anti-LGBT document

The Vatican has released the document "Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a path of dialogue on the question of gender in education" to address issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity, PBS reported. "Male and ...


Trans-deaths-are-real-deaths

  Trans deaths are real deaths

In a suburb just outside of Dallas, and to the disbelief of many—straight and LGBTQ—across the country, a transgender mural is painted on the side of a tattoo/piercing shop. The mural commemorates the 50th anniversary of ...


LETTER-CLASP-reaches-out

  LETTER CLASP reaches out

Dear lover of humanity: Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Partners ( CLASP ) continues to assist asylum-seekers resettling in Chicago with housing and legal referrals, social supports, and public transit funds. Thanks to the whole community for ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Respecting-elders

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Respecting elders

Dear Editor: No one likes to talk about it, but it happens every day. However, this crisis remains vastly underidentified and underreported. The Illinois Department on Aging is on pace to respond to more than 20,000 ...


MOMBIAN-Princess-maiden-fall-in-love-in-new-childrens-book

  MOMBIAN Princess, maiden fall in love in new children's book

A maiden falls in love with a princess at a multiracial royal court in a delightful new children's book that adds to the growing number of LGBTQ fairy tales. Maiden & Princess—by Daniel Haack and Isabel ...


Five-reasons-the-Gilead-deal-is-a-steaming-pile-of-Truvada

  Five reasons the Gilead deal is a steaming pile of Truvada

Gilead Sciences, the pharmaceutical that makes Truvada, the only FDA-approved drug for PrEP, is having a great week in the public relations department. First, Gilead announced they were surrendering their patent for Truvada a year early, ...


Female-CEOs-say-abortion-is-a-right-in-full-page-open-letter-in-New-York-Times

  Female CEOs say abortion is a right in full-page open letter in New York Times

NEW YORK — In a new full-page open letter running in today's edition of The New York Times, the CEOs and co-founders of Clary Collection, Cora, Dame, Fur, LOOM, Sustain Natural and THINX Inc, are speaking ...


The-religious-lack-of-conscious-rule-

  The religious (lack of) conscious rule

It is time for all government officials to start acknowledging "religious conscience" for what it is—a heavy-handed and high-minded euphemism for discrimination. The Trump Administration's May 2 sop to the president's right-wing base—the so-called "conscience rule" ...


Support-for-trans-students-starts-with-their-names

  Support for trans students starts with their names

This fall, my former student Stefan came back to visit me. I was excited to hear about the beginning of high school, but he looked incredibly distressed. "How is freshman year going?" I asked, hoping to ...


LETTERS-to-Survivors

  LETTERS to Survivors

You are survivors My name is Ashwini Krishnakumar, and I am the youth anti-violence advocate at Center on Halsted. As a woman of color and an advocate for the LGBTQ community, I am very passionate about ...


MOMBIAN-Passover-Questions-for-LGBTQ-Families

  MOMBIAN Passover Questions for LGBTQ Families

Passover begins the evening of April 19, and although I'm somewhat casual in my observance, I love that the holiday, which commemorates Jewish people's journey out of slavery in Egypt, has become a time for reflection ...


LETTER-Remembering-Roe

  LETTER Remembering Roe

To the editor: This marks the 48th year of Choices and the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Interestingly enough, these snniversaries have become even more important to me than close birthdays. I remember one January ...


Catholic-bishops-stopped-my-surgery-because-Im-transgender

  Catholic bishops stopped my surgery because I'm transgender

After years of working to affirm my identity in a world where transgender people are questioned constantly about their decisions, I felt hopeful as I arrived for the surgery I had waited so long for. I ...


VIEWS-May-the-best-woman-win

  VIEWS May the best woman win

On April 2, Chicagoans will go the polls and, for the first time, elect a Black woman to be the 47th person to hold the office of mayor of Chicago. Whomever wins—Cook County Board President Toni ...


ELECTIONS-2019-LGBT-Chicagoans-discuss-mayoral-candidates

  ELECTIONS 2019, LGBT Chicagoans discuss mayoral candidates

Windy City Times recently asked a cross-section of LGBT voters who they plan on voting for, and why. Here is what some of them had to say: —Michael Bauer, activist and Lightfoot campaign chair: "Lori is ...


LETTER-Backing-Toni

  LETTER Backing Toni

Dear friend: As progressive activists who have worked for social change for decades, advancing women's and civil rights, early education, economic and workforce development, environmental quality and many other issues, we have firsthand experience addressing the ...


VIEWS-Uplifting-Black-LGBTQ-workers-all-year-round

  VIEWS Uplifting Black LGBTQ workers all year round

Black History Month may have ended, but at the National LGBTQ Workers Center, we center Black queer and transgender ( trans ) people 24/7/365. Why? Because we enthusiastically believe that in order to be an effective ...







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