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Bridget Strathman

VIEWS Sexual harassment in the queer community - A few days ago I was standing at a bus stop in Andersonville when a group of men passed on the sidewalk behind me. My back was turned to them and I honestly did not even notice their presence until one man slapped me painfully on the butt. I turned to them and he yelled, "Yeah, girl!" I felt completely ...


Kenny Martin Ocasio and Luis Roman

VIEWS: ALMA 25 years later: No longer on the margins - For far too long, LGBTQ Latinos have gone underappreciated or unrecognized by both the larger Latino community, and the mainstream LGBTQ movement. Our issues were once overlooked, our existence ignored—we were hardly invited to the table to discuss policies that affected either the LGBTQ community or the Latino community. But as Latinos continue to become a politically powerful community ( ...


Jael Humphreys

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: LGBTs in immigration detention facilities - Q: I have a cousin who was recently picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ), and she's transgender. She is planning to apply for asylum in the United States because she is afraid she will be persecuted if she is deported. I heard that there are new rules to protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities. What ...


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Letters to the editor: Poll position, Terrible trifecta - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Letters to the editor: Poll position Dear Windy City Times: I am bisexual—a leatherman in fact—and have been a reader of Windy City Times since I was a young man. And I am also a believing Catholic, so I pay particular attention to articles in your paper that concern my faith. Sometimes they are distressing ( as, for instance, those ...


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VIEWS Why Sexual Assault Awareness Month important to all - By Dorri McWhorter, CEO YWCA Metropolitan Chicago - Many of you reading this may not know it, but April kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month or what is often referred to as SAAM. Unfortunately in our city, SAAM was also kicked off by a brazen and brutal sexual assault on the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) campus. As the horrific details of this account become ...


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MOMBIAN Classic film about lesbian mothers now on DVD - MOMBIAN - The Fosters, ABC Family's drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season this week. But The Fosters—and many real-life two-mom families—owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents ...


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A mother reacts to gay son's marriage - By Joanne Gurion - After my son Charlie came out 10 years ago, I was overwhelmed with crippling feelings of guilt, fear and anxiety. I began to chronicle my journey, first as the "mother of a gay man," until I finally returned to being just "Charlie's mom." My son married the love of his life, David Wilk, on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. On the ...


Francesca Royster

Superfriends for the Struggle: Mentors and Icons - Cultural Q's: A recurring column - On Sunday, March 23, The New York Times celebrated Gloria Steinem, who has just turned 80. The Sunday Review section featured an icon of Steinem that took up the whole page, with her familiar cheekbones and center-parted hair framing her knowing eyes. Steinem has become for many Americans the face of feminism. For me, she's an icon of the longevity ...


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Letter to the editor: Pigeon-holed? - Dear Editor, I am responding to the article printed March 12, "Pansexual woman's journey empowers her to help others." After reading the article I was very disturbed by the stereotype being described for those living at Chicago House or being serviced at the TransLife Center. I find it offensive to hint that everyone there is HIV-positive, a high-risk prostitute or ...


Nick Patricca

Religion & Nationalism - Open To Thinking, a recurring column - In 1912, in the publication of his work Elementary Forms of the Religious Life ( Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse ), the French sociologist Emile Durkheim codified some of the best thinking from the 19th century about the social functions of religion. Focusing on primitive ( or primal ) cultures in the hope of gaining a clearer grasp ...


Alexandra Bolles

VIEWS How media criminalizes HIV and how to change it - The conversation around HIV/AIDS in America has in many ways evolved in recent decades. Though much of the general public has a greater knowledge of HIV/AIDS, the stigma surrounding it has not entirely dissipated and, arguably, exists in a higher concentration within the LGBT community than it did even twenty-five years ago. In a recent commentary called "Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The ...


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Letters to the editor: Pigeon-holed? - Dear Editor, I am responding to the article printed March 12, "Pansexual woman's journey empowers her to help others." After reading the article I was very disturbed by the stereotype being described for those living at Chicago House or being serviced at the TransLife Center. I find it offensive to hint that everyone there is HIV-positive, a high-risk prostitute or ...


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VIEWS Forgiving and remembering - On March 24, 2004, Lake View resident Kevin Clewer, 31, was found in his apartment murdered, the victim of multiple stab wounds. The case has not been solved. On the incident's 10th anniversary, his brother Ron has written this viewpoint. CS Lewis said, "Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive." I have had many ...


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"What's between your legs?" the new "So what do you do in bed?" - by Cathy Renna - Possibly inspired by Laverne Cox and Orange is the New Black, I blurted out the title of this post at a recent panel about media coverage of transgender issues, as I was trying to put into context the quality of coverage of transgender issues today, as compared to gay and lesbian issues in the early 1990s. It has stuck in ...


Kim Flowers

VIEWS God hates funerals? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I never understood the motive behind the Westboro Baptist Church's picketing, but now that its leader, Fred Phelps, has passed away I see that since he's not having a funeral. Maybe that's what God really hates! This particular religious sect seems to hate them, anyway. The debate over whether those of us angered by the church's actions should picket Phelps' ...


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VIEWS The state of Black LGBT people and families - The state of Black LGBT people and their families While the America we live in today is more tolerant and accepting than decades and centuries past, we still have a long and arduous road ahead. Despite false claims that we live in a "post-racial" society, African-Americans still face prejudice and systemic racism regularly. LGBT people still combat discrimination and are ...




VIEWS Why the March judicial primaries should tick you off - From the Executive Committee Co-Chairs, Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening - It's hard to be a fan of elections without opposition. They seem essentially undemocratic, and where's the fun when there's no suspense? Seven Chicago-area judicial races in the March 2014 primary feature single candidates, so when the candidate's mother casts her vote, as it were, the election's done. Fortunately, all seven candidates running unopposed in March did voters, their fellow ...


Calpernia Addams

VIEWS Trans roles in Hollywood - Jared Leto was kind enough to mention me in his 2014 Independent Spirit Awards acceptance speech ( as part of a typically "Jared" list of people involved in the film alongside random notable people ). Next, he really surprised me by thanking me in his Oscar acceptance speech. As I've said before, my job was to sit down with him ...


Francesca Royster

Is CeCe McDonald Free? - Cultural Q's: A recurring column - In January 2014, CeCe McDonald, hate-crime survivor and transgender activist, walked out of prison. McDonald served 19 months for second-degree manslaughter for stabbing the man who physically assaulted her and made transphobic, homophobic and racist slurs against her and her friends. Since she was released, she's described her life on the outside as one of the celebration of everyday things: ...


Terry Cosgrove

VIEWS Speaking out for Quinn's support of women, children - With all due respect to the Governors of California and New York, Pat Quinn is the greatest champion of women and children of any sitting Governor. And Illinois voters should take note when voting in 2014. The ongoing assaults in other states on women in health care, in the workplace and in government are escalating with each passing day. These ...


Nick Patricca

Religion: What Is It? - Open To Thinking: A recurring column - Religion, for better and for worse, is a fundamental force in all human cultures, including our contemporary 'secular' civilizations, allegedly built upon non-religious principles. There are several productive ways of studying religion, ways that are as free from ideology and preconceptions as is humanly possible. William James developed a pragmatic approach that focused on the effects of religious experience rather ...


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LETTERS Rise to the hate - Open Letter to LGBT Roman Catholics in the Chicago Archdiocese Cardinal Francis George has stated that married gay couples cannot receive communion going forward. The Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach ( AGLO ) ministry supports this action. Hate being promoted in the name of religious freedom is wrong. According to the Washington Post, a Catholic chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital ...


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VIEWS Ron Dorfman's impact on journalism - Many of you know Andy Shaw from his long TV reporting career and now his watchdog work at the Better Government Association. But you probably don't know that someone who was near and dear to us at the Windy City Times, Ron Dorfman, gave Andy a big break when he was just starting out in journalism. Here's a column Andy ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: MOMBIAN 'Jacob's New Dress' adds to growing genre - A new picture book by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Jacob's New Dress ( Albert Whitman, 2014 ), is a welcome addition to the small but growing number of books for and about young gender nonconforming and transgender children. The authors, a wife and husband who have a gender nonconforming child themselves, tell the story of a young boy who first ...


Karen Loewy, Lambda Legal

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL LGBT seniors and Social Security benefits - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My partner and I have been together for more than 30 years, and as we advance in age, we're wondering: Will we be able to get each other's Social Security benefits if one of us lives longer than the other? A: As our community ages, additional concerns may arise with regards to discrimination because we are gay, lesbian, bisexual ...


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LETTERS Smoke screened - Dear Editor, As a former smoker, I understand firsthand the power of tobacco addiction and how difficult it is to quit. Fortunately, the overwhelming evidence of the dangers of cigarettes and second-hand smoke, successful public health campaigns and an emphasis on making children aware of the medical, physical and financial harm that cigarettes cause have led to a drastic decrease ...


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VIEWS Hoffman kept LGBTQ presence in movies - Phillip Seymour Hoffman was inarguably one of the finest stage and screen actors of his generation. His dramatic and untimely death due to an apparent accidental heroin overdose leaves his fans not only shocked by how he died ( a hypodermic needle in his arm ), but also leaves us shocked in how his death now leaves us with an ...


Francesca Royster

Cultural Q's: In Memory of Jose E. Munoz: Making Queer Future - A recurring column - "Queerness is a longing that propels us onward, beyond romances of negative and toiling in the world. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that the world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." — Jose Munoz, Cruising Utopia On Dec. 3, 2013, queer theory critic and visionary thinker Jose Esteban Munoz passed away in New York City, ...


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Letter to the Editor - In the zone Letter to the Editor Your article "Broadway Youth Center has zoning hearing" made it seem that the opponents of the Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) voiced legitimate, rational concerns at the zoning hearing. They did not. I would like to share some crucial points your article neglected to mention, namely the fact that a stack of ...


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VIEWS Remembering Gwen Avery (1943-2014) - Gwen Avery's voice was like a roll of thunder. A long, low rumble that exploded into a body-shaking crackle. It unearthed all that was not exposed and anyone in the vicinity could not help but feel it. She was a force of nature. Voices like hers are not nurtured on American Idol or The Voice. No. They spend years gestating ...


Nick Patricca

Valentine Day: The Saint(s) and the Legend The Saint(s) - A recurring column - The historical existence of many of the saints we cherish has been called into question by modern scientific-critical methods. But, not to worry, this is not the problem with St. Valentine ( Latin name: Valentinus ). In his case, we have at least two, and perhaps three, candidates for the title. The good news is that these three were all ...


Kim Flowers

VIEWS Indiana needs you - A proposed gay-marriage ban in Indiana is dragging LGBT Hoosiers back while the rest of the country is moving forward. Indiana law already bans equal marriage, but this isn't enough for our lawmakers; they want an amendment in the constitution. After some dirty politics—including a name switch ( from HJR-6 to HJR-3 ), a vote delay, and even a committee ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS Creating change as an LGBT parent - I'm heading to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change conference in Houston, Texas, this week, which brings with it a host of questions: Will I feel any different in a city whose mayor, Annise Parker, is also a lesbian mom? What childcare arrangements will I make for my own son while I'm gone? Are there really cowgirls ...


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LETTERS Turing pardon; George letter on abuse - Pardoning Alan Letter to the Editor This is my reaction to the Dec. 23 Windy City Times article "Queen pardons gay mathematician Alan Turing." First, I am very glad that you brought this issue to our attention. I believe that Alan did not deserve a pardon. He deserved an apology from the queen. A few years back, the pope apologized ...


Rizi Xavier Timane

VIEWS On Nigeria's anti-LGBT law - I grew up in Nigeria—in Lagos, to be exact. And I have known since I was 8 years old that I am transgender. I was born as a girl but knew in my heart that I was meant to be a boy, and it is only now, 28 years later, that I am truly coming to live as my authentic ...


Alexandra Billings

VIEWS On Jared Leto and Dallas Buyers Club - I sat on the edge of my bed, a fistful of pills in the palm of my hand. It was the middle of summer in Schaumburg, the small upper middle class Chicago suburb we were living in. It was a gorgeous afternoon, and the sun was streaming through my bedroom window leaving streaks along the green carpet as I contemplated ...


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LETTERS Confrontation - Letter to the Editor In my opinion, what affects LGBT Catholic community the most is homophobia. It is promoted by the Roman Catholic Church under the mantle of "Church Teaching." Our LGBT identity is the basis for witness and participation in the ongoing reign of the people of God. To deny this would be, in fact, denying our human dignity. ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Robin Roberts loosens grip of Black homophobia - While I will continue to argue that the African-American community doesn't have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it. Black homophobia still has a deadly hold on African-American life. And while I would like to say its oppressive grip only impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people of African descent, in ...


Dr. Sue Ellen Foley, Psy.D., M.B.A.

Your winter blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If you feel lethargic and depressed in the fall, and those feelings persist into winter, you may be experiencing more than the winter blues. You may be struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder ( SAD ). The good news is that it's treatable. You don't have to "tough it out" every year. SAD is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, usually ...


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LETTERS The Pope - Picking the pope Dear Editor: I am responding to the Christmas issue of the Windy City Times viewpoint by Kim Flowers ( "The Pope?" ). My take on The Advocate naming its person of the year Pope Francis is that it was done because of prudence. The Advocate, I think, recognizes there is a lot of hope being promoted not ...


Francesca Royster

Cultural Q's: Hearts, Minds, Laws, Art: Mandela legacy - A recurring column - With Nelson Mandela's death Dec. 5, 2013, we are reminded of the radical vision of his activism, bringing together grassroots protest with international diplomacy; structures for both reconciliation and accountability for the ongoing healing of his nation. His commitment to LGBTQI rights made him a hero to the global LGBTQI rights movement. At least on paper, South Africa has been ...


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VIEWS Nate's justice - By Marc Loveless - Since Dec. 9, 2013, my life has been changed like I never would have imagined. That is the day that my 22-year-old son, Nathan Alexander Thaddeus Loveless, made his transition from this life to the next. I can't describe how deeply this has affected me—words cannot describe. it The circumstances of his passing have left me with several dilemmas. One ...


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LETTERS The 'Duck' stops here - An open letter to Phil Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty': Dear Mr. Robertson: Thank you for your remarks as printed in Gentleman's Quarterly magazine presenting your views of homosexuality, bestiality, race and religion. I am grateful to learn that you are not, as I had once hoped and trusted, above the fray. Thank you for demonstrating, beyond any reasonable doubt, that ...


Sean Strub

VIEWS Kenneth Cole needs a history lesson - As the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic are finally being documented in various films, books and exhibits, we must be vigilant to the consequences of historical revisionism. Recently, longtime amfAR board chair Kenneth Cole was on Chelsea Handler's TV talk show Chelsea Lately and rewrote history by erasing the role of the LGBT community in the early days of ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking - Mandela to Francis: Passing on the Torch - When I came to Chicago in summer of 1966 to enter a PhD program at the University of Chicago in the Divinity School, Chicago embraced me as a long lost son come home at last. One of my first mentors in this hearty embrace was Eric Kast ( died Nov. 24, 1988 ), medical physician and psychiatrist, who enlisted me ...


Tracy Baim, Windy City Times

The Coming Out of Robin Roberts: Why It Matters - In this world of violence, lost unemployment benefits and more tragic circumstances, I am often torn whether to post on social media, or at Windy City Times, the latest, greatest celebrity coming out event. ABC's Robin Roberts, who has struggled so much with her health, has finally stated in public ( on Facebook ) what many people have known to ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN: LGBT parents and children in 2013 - This past year has been full of events—positive and negative—that have impacted the struggle for equality of LGBT parents and our children. Here are some highlights. —Marriage equality in eight new states: LGBT parents were active in all of them ( California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island ) to make this happen. —The U.S. ...


Kim Flowers

VIEWS The pope? - In the midst of congratulatory equal-marriage news and controversial pieces like "Twitter's Gayest Responses to Beyonce's New Album," The Advocate magazine has caused possibly the biggest uproar yet by naming Pope Francis its Person of the Year in the December issue. It even features him on its cover rocking a NOH8 logo on his face. I wonder if the magazine ...


Andrea L. Zopp

VIEWS Beyond marriage: Uniting for change - Last month Illinois became the 16th state to grant same-sex couples the right to marry when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Act. This law not only gives same-gender, loving couples a basic human right, but protects the freedoms of clergy and churches that do not condone same-sex marriage. We applaud the Illinois General Assembly for taking ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

Mandela's LGBTQ advocacy falls on deaf ears - As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela—who was oftentimes affectionately referred to by his Xhosa clan name "Madiba," or as "Tata" ( Father )—I, too, like so many LGBTQ activists across the globe, give thanks for his unwavering support on behalf of our civil rights. During his tenure as president, Mandela modeled for the world what an LGBTQ-inclusive ...


Andre Perez

A Queer Agenda: A Year for the History Books - A recurring column - History isn't just about the big events. It's about the story that emerges when you string together the big and small plot twists of our day. 2013 has been a historic year, with LGBTQs breaking barriers and one of the most powerful governments in the world screeching to a halt. How will we remember this year five years from now ...


Francesca Royster

Persistent Desires, Wish Lists, Importance of Yearning - Cultural Q's: A recurring column - Dream if U can a courtyard, with oceans of violets in bloom.—Prince Mid-December, more than a decade ago, I found myself walking the streets of Washington D.C. I was visiting there from the university town where I lived to do some research to write a new book. By day, I would sit in the musty, radiator-heated spaces of the archive, ...


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LETTER Dolan along - To the editor: I must say the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continue to amaze me with its clueless nature. Let's take, for instance, Cardinal Timothy Dolan's recent comment on NBC's Meet the Press. The Cardinal said the Roman Catholic Church is losing the fight because it's been "caricatured as anti-gay." In my opinion, it has been caricatured as anti-gay ...


Andy Thayer

VIEWS What's next for the LGBTQ movement in Illinois? - While most states still do not enjoy full legal equality, in Illinois we now have largely crossed that threshold and, so, face a crucial juncture in our movement. Today, our situation recalls that faced by the African-American movement following the passage of the great civil-rights legislation of the mid-1960s. Formal legal equality has been finally achieved, but entrenched social discrimination ...


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Ghosts in Our Machine film: 'Empathy Gene and Tofu' - Someone should do a survey; to actually see how many queer vegetarian/vegan women are out there. I suspect a very large percentage. Ever since I came out in the early 90s, I have noticed the trend in queer women's spaces for hummus and veggies and tofu scramble, ( thankfully the veg world has exploded in recent years and there are ...


Andrea L. Zopp

VIEWS Beyond Marriage: Uniting for Change - Last month Illinois became the 16th state to grant same-sex couples the right to marry when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Act. This law not only gives same gender, loving couples a basic human right, but protects the freedoms of clergy and churches that do not condone same-sex marriage. We applaud the Illinois General Assembly for ...


Nick Patricca

Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger - Open To Thinking, a recurring column - In Luke 2 and Matthew 2, Joseph and a very pregnant Mary journey to Bethlehem, their ancestral home town, in order to register for the census decreed by Caesar Augustus. If you have ever been to Bethlehem, you know that the people of Bethlehem scoff at the idea that Mary and Joseph had to apply to an inn for shelter. ...


Arthur Schenck

VIEWS Foundations of success - It was important when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom & Marriage Fairness Act into law: The latest dramatic step forward on the long road to freedom and equality for LGBT Illinoisans. And it's been a very long road. I couldn't help thinking about that as I watched the ceremony live streaming over the Internet from New Zealand, where ...


Kim Flowers

VIEWS Meanwhile, in Indiana... - The passage of marriage equality in Illinois is so exciting! My wife and I had what I like to call our illegal ceremony with family three years ago, and we've been talking about a D.C. marriage ever since DOMA was overturned. Upon hearing the good news next door, we're now going to consider a Chicago wedding. But this victory is ...


Victor Salvo

VIEWS: AIDS has changed everything - WORLD AIDS DAY: Religious extremism fueled the battle for LGBT acceptance - If LGBT people had not already been a secreted/hidden part of every family on earth it is possible that the advent of AIDS would have derailed the LGBT-rights movement for decades—certainly that is what the Religious Right had assumed when it triumphantly declared "The 'Sexual Revolution' is over" at the dawn of the epidemic. But when AIDS forced an entire ...


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VIEWPOINT: 'The Normal Heart' reflects today's reality - Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart returns to Chicago for the first time since its Tony Award-winning Broadway revival in 2011. This fall, TimeLine Theatre Company will breathe new life into one of the strongest historical dramas of the 20th century. For younger audiences who never knew the dark, deadly days of the early epidemic, the play relives the fear and ...


Andy Thayer

VIEWS What next for the LGBTQ Movement in Illinois? - The social equality agenda and every stripe of rainbow community - While most states still do not enjoy full legal equality, in Illinois we now have largely crossed that threshold and so face a crucial juncture in our movement. Today our situation recalls that faced by the African American movement following the passage of the great civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s. Formal legal equality has been finally achieved, but entrenched ...


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LETTERS Claus and effect - To the editor: "Yes, Harry, There is a Santa Claus" ( An Open Letter to Ald. Osterman in Chicago ) Dear Ald. Osterman: Your constituents in the 48th Ward of Chicago encourage you to accept in December the petition for a promenade and bike path along the lakefront in Edgewater. A street and online petition have been circulating in our ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

UMC is still wrong-headed on gay marriage - In 2013, the reality that Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church ( UMC ) of Iona in Pennsylvania, was forced to stand trial Nov. 18 for officiating his son's 2007 same-sex nuptials is not only wrong-headed—it is also wrong-hearted. "I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy. I had to follow my ...


Andre Perez

A Queer Agenda: Thanking and Giving - A recurring column - With the holidays approaching, it's time to be thankful for what we have and giving with our plenty. If you're anything like me, you lay awake at night agonizing about gift giving—How do I show that I care? Is it better to be practical or whimsical? What's the right emotional note to strike? End-of-year giving isn't just for friends and ...


Thomas Ude Jr.

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Asylum and sexual orientation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I have been going to school in the United States for a couple of years, and during that time, I came out of the closet. As graduation gets closer I'm afraid of going back to my home country because over there, gays and lesbians are persecuted. What are my options? A: First, congratulations on coming out and your imminent ...


Francesca Royster

Cultural Q's: Is there a "Queer Agenda?" and should there be? - A recurring column - "I envision a politics where one's relation to power, and not some homogenized identity, is privileged in determining one's political comrades. I am talking about a politics where the nonnormative and marginal position of punks, bulldaggers, and welfare queens, for example, is the basis for progressive transformative coalition work. Thus, if any truly radical potential is to be found in ...


Tracy Baim, Windy City Times

VIEWS Life after marriage (equality) - Now that we have passed marriage equality in Illinois, many people wonder, "What's next?" This was the Holy Grail sought by some Illinois residents going back to the 1970s, when two women were arrested trying to get a marriage certificate in Cook County. Marriage equality is not just a very real need for some LGBT couples, but it is also ...


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Letters: Poll position - To the editor: Catholics all around the world are being asked their opinion of church teachings on divorce, same-sex marriage and contraception to inform a Vatican synod on the family by next October. The survey has been sent out to all the bishops' conferences, including the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, requesting that the survey be disbursed as far as ...


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VIEWS My best friend's suicide - By David Hurst - EVERY morning, after the first few moments of blinking awake, I feel the weight of the same three questions: 'Why?', 'How could he?' and 'Could I have done more?' Despairing sadness. Bemusement. Anger. Guilt. A toxic combination that sets the pulse pounding and ignites pangs of emptiness. Sometimes my wife, Debs, will detect my discomfort and ask gently: 'Are you ...


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VIEWS A homosexual like you... - The bell had rung, it was the end of a very typical day at my northwest suburban Chicago school, my clothes and hands were stained with paint as I had just filtered through 125 students ( first through sixth grades ) through my art class. I left through the school office telling everyone I'd see them tomorrow. My car was ...


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VIEWS Congress needs to pass ENDA - Here in the United States, we're united by a fundamental principle: we're all created equal and every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law. We believe that no matter who you are, if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve the chance to follow your dreams and pursue your happiness. That's ...


Nick Patricca

Mary In Islam: An Invitation to Dialogue - Open To Thinking: A recurring column - Mary, the mother of Jesus, enjoys a unique status in the Quran where she ( as Maryam or Miriam in Arabic, Aramaic and Hebrew ), the mother of Isa( Arabic for Jesus ) is mentioned 34 times, more times than she is cited in the New Testament. Mary is the only woman to have a Surah ( chapter ) of ...


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VIEWS Equality under the law is the American way - By State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth - The American project is the story of the slow, but inexorable march towards the full realization of our nation's founding creed: that all men ( and women ) are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. Of course, at the time those immortal words flowed from quill pen to parchment paper, and for many decades thereafter, there ...


Robert William Kingett

VIEWPOINTS Telling gay men about me - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - My fingers hover over the keyboard, spread as if they are spiders who are confused on how to make a web. I'm resting at the forefront of my dating regime, at a desk in my apartment trying to think of something about me that the members of this gay dating site need to know. Ironically this part of the initiation ...







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