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William Kingston

Guest column: Do you know your fair housing rights? - I am a student working at the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic hoping to spread awareness about LGBTQ fair housing rights. With the recent slew of anti-transgender laws being passed, this seems to be a relevant discussion of what the federal, state, and local laws do to protect the LGBTQ community in housing. The main question being, what ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Pope's damaging message to trans teens - Pope Francis' long-awaited apostolic exhortation—"Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love"—was just released. The good news is that he urges church leaders to be pastors rather than church bureaucrats. The request wasn't surprising because Pope Francis immediately taking the reins of the Catholic Church displayed a pastoral countenance to his papacy. While his recent tome might bring a sigh of ...


Nathaniel Frank

VIEWS How to stamp out transgender 'bathroom panic' - This article originally appeared in The Los Angeles Times. Social conservatives in North Carolina used a familiar playbook when they helped pass a draconian law restricting which restrooms transgender people can use. The tactic was fear: They whipped up anxieties about modesty and vulnerability in public restrooms until they created full-fledged "bathroom panic" over victimization by sexual predators. This week, ...


Breezy Conner

Life: You, Me, and A.D. - - One might want to know what A.D. stands for. It does not stand for After Death. I believe that is used in biblical terms. When talking about A.D. I am referring to the "American Dream." The American Dream is a dream not only about wealth but is about everyone getting a chance to do their best no matter what their ...


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LETTERS Sending a message - Art Director's Guild, CAA, National Association of Latino Independent Producers ( NALIP ), Netflix, SAG-AFTRA, Univision and Viacom all undersigned the below open letter from GLAAD that sends a message to governors and state legislators that anti-LGBT legislation is not congruent with their values. The letter appeared in Variety. As representatives of our nation's entertainment and media industry, we wish ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Laughing at the absurdities of Black homophobia - For many LGBTQs across the nation—especially those of us of African descent—we have been breathlessly waiting for Robert O'Hara's BootyCandy to come to our cities. BootyCandy has finally come to Boston, and each show has been a sold-out performance. BootyCandy is O'Hara's thinly veiled coming-out story of growing up African-American and gay. And the narrative is told in the voice ...


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LETTERS PayPal support - Dear Editor: Recently, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ more than 400 people in skilled jobs. In the short time since then, legislation has been abruptly enacted by the state of North Carolina that invalidates protections of the rights of LGBT citizens and denies these members of our community equal rights under ...


Angel Abcede

GUEST VIEW Five reasons for a gay Asian brotherhood - I've been president of a gay social organization called Asians and Friends Chicago for 12 years. That's a lifetime in gay years. In gay Asian years, I'm a 100-year-old egg. Some would say it's bad management—too much of the same year after year. Organizations need new blood. They need shaking up. I would agree, but the pluses have outweighed the ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Gay dad pens funny new memoir on international adoption - A friend of Jeffrey Roach and Ken Manford once told them that as the first gay dads many people had ever seen, saying, "You're ambassadors, whether you like it or not." Roach's new memoir PopDaddy: Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby might thus be considered a sort of ambassadorial communique, but with a hefty addition of humor and heart. Roach gives ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Dignity? Decorum? - Whatever happened to dignity and decorum? I'm very proud to be British today. Or, to be more accurate, I'm proud NOT to be an American. Watching the recent puerile antics of GOP Republican presidential candidates, if I were American I'd swallow arsenic, crawl into a hole and happily die in agony. The inane utterances and general craziness spilling from the ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Sheltering the artist at risk - A recurring column - On March 10, 2016, ISIS ( aka Islamic State ) murdered the 56-year-old Syrian poet Mohammed Bashir al-Aani and his son Elyas. Al Aani and his son had been kidnapped and held captive by ISIS since September 2015 when they returned to their home in eastern Deir Ezzor province to bury their wife and mother. The reason given for their ...


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LETTER PayPal withdraws plan for Charlotte expansion - ] - Two weeks ago, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ over 400 people in skilled jobs. In the short time since then, legislation has been abruptly enacted by the State of North Carolina that invalidates protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and denies these members of our community ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS A feminist takeover remembered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most days, when the weather permits my morning constitutional, involves a two-mile walking loop around the Charles River. From my house I walk south toward Memorial Drive via Western Avenue. At the intersection of Western Avenue and Memorial Drive I turn right in the direction toward Harvard Square. Exactly one block from the intersection is Hingham Street and approximately 15 ...


Kevin Jennings

GUEST VIEW Why some gays are part of the problem - Gay neoconservative Joseph Murray recently called for the dividing of movements for justice and equality based on sexual orientation and gender identity—effectively promoting the idea that gay people should somehow leave behind the trans community and those who simply do not conform to what it means to be a "man" or "woman." As a gay man, I was taken aback ...


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LETTERS Open letter to trans community from National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) - Fighting back North Carolina's government spent just half a day jamming through a dangerous anti-trans bill. They overturned the LGBT protections that Charlotte's city council just passed a month ago. But that wasn't enough for them. They also made it state law that people must use bathrooms in all public buildings according to the gender on their birth certificate. That ...


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VIEWPOINTS: Bathroom blues - North Carolina is at it again. This time for signing into law the so-called "bathroom bill" that requires trans and gender non-conforming persons to use public bathrooms that are consistent with their birth gender, instead of their gender expression. Although this has been unleashing a firestorm of protest in social media and elsewhere, we're afraid that other states might follow ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Airing the lesbian laundry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - My sweetheart and I don't pay much attention to roles in our marriage. For one thing, she's the more able-bodied spouse and taller. It's not likely to be me at the top of our six-foot ladder, heaving storage boxes onto the garage rafters. And when UPS brings the "some assembly required" contraptions to our door? I usually hand my sweetheart ...


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LETTERS: Fiery Fierstein - The following is a Facebook post from actor/activist Harvey Fierstein Watching our people protesting Trump today, I have to say that I don't understand what we're doing. I understand that we must always speak out against intolerance and bigotry and anyone who would destroy American values to ensure their own profits but, at this moment... WHY ARE WE DOING THE ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS A religious utopia turned nightmare - Only a few times have an African-American lesbian been the protagonist in a novel since Ann Allen Shockley's 1982 book Say Jesus and Come to Me. What shocked and awed readers about this main character is that she is also an itinerant minister. While crusading against street vice in Nashville, the Reverend Myrtle Black meets world-famous R&B songstress Travis Lee ...


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LETTER: Bring parade out in the open; PRIDEChicago responds - Dear Editor, For nearly five decades our great city has celebrated its Pride through multiple celebrations, most especially the Chicago Pride Parade, which is reportedly the largest such event in the nation. For all these years, the Pride Parade has been organized by a dedicated group of volunteers under the leadership of a very fine gentleman. When he and his ...


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MOMBIAN Two books tell the stories of LGBTQ families - Stories have power. Two new collections of stories about the creation of LGBTQ families reinforce that point with two very different approaches. Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship, by Joshua Gamson ( NYU Press: 2015 ), is a collection of creation tales about Gamson's own family and several other LGBTQ families that he knows, woven together by insights ...


Breezy Cephus

Life: Mixed Emotions - A recurring column - You became my best friend There was only me and you You're Chucky and I'm Billy Boyd Best pals to the very end When I was down you lifted me up You went everywhere with me My right- and left-hand man Our connection sicker than two girl's one-cup Night after night, day after day My family gets angry when we ...


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LETTER: The significance of Chicago's Trump shutdown - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How a diverse group of Chicagoans took down the bully, braggart racist, and what it means for our movement The people of Chicago are reviving an old tradition. Young people here, particularly blacks and Latinos, have re-learned a lesson about how real change is made and they are teaching the rest of us: We have power in the streets that ...


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LETTERS: Ken folk; Cruz control - Ken folk Dear Editor, What was on their minds? What was on the minds of Equality Illinois Political Action Committee ( EI PAC ) members when they decided not to endorse Illinois state Rep. Ken Dunkin? It's my opinion that it was an organization's cowardly act, especially in light of Dunkin's progressive legislative record, and particularly in light of his ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: Lesbian mom of color played key part in wave discovery - The discovery of gravitational waves—predicted but not seen by Albert Einstein—made headlines in early February. One of the key members of the team that found them is not only a brilliant scientist, but also a lesbian mom of color. Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at MIT, has worked on detectors for the Laser Interferometer ...


Courtney Posnik

Relationships & Law Today: Culturally sensitive healthcare for the LGBTQ community - In February 2007, Lisa Pond unexpectedly collapsed after suffering an aneurysm aboard a cruise ship while it was docked. Lisa was transported to a Miami trauma center where she was admitted at 3:30 p.m. Lisa's partner of 18 years, Janice Langbehn, informed the admitting clerk that she was Lisa's life partner and offered to provide Lisa's medical history, but the ...


Julia Fox

Staying in the closet: Five ways it damages mental, physical health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While a major hurdle for LGBT rights in the Western Hemisphere has finally been overcome in the past few years ( legalization of gay marriage in both the United States and the United Kingdom ), it looks less and less hopeful that same tolerance can be achieved globally. In former communist bloc countries, the period for modest LGBT freedoms was ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS The great LGBT migration to Palm Springs - "NO ONE ARRIVES IN THE DESERT WITHOUT A STORY—A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LIFE AFTER AIDS—WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY DANIEL F. CARDONE. PRODUCED BY MARC SMOLOWITZ." So reads the blurb on the website for the documentary Desert Migration. I saw the film at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs back on Nov. 5 over the Palm Springs Pride weekend. The film documents ...


John D'Emilio

VIEWS Getting to know Bayard Rustin - Who is Bayard Rustin? Bayard Rustin is one of the hidden treasures of 20th-century U.S. history. People who have heard of Rustin tend to know him because of his role in the 1963 March on Washington, made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Rustin was the behind-the-scenes organizer ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Francis on the borders - A recurring column - By design, the itinerary of Francis in his first official visit to Mexico took him to its southern border with Guatemala in the state of Chiapas and to its northern border with the U.S. in the state of Chihuahua. This border-framing of the visit to Mexico of El Papa Francisco—the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, the first ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS The pope and the Catholic Church's homophobia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Italy is one of the major European countries that don't recognize marriage equality for its LGBTQ denizens in spite of the fact that the majority of Italians do according to a 2014 poll. In January 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Italy was in violation of human rights by not recognizing neither civil partnership nor same-sex marriage. ...


Carlos T. Mock, M.D.

VIEWS The aging homosexual - Joe B is 68 years old, lives alone and seldom socializes. He's one of the growing number of gay men who survived the AIDS epidemic and lives with survivor's guilt. Joe watched most of his friends die, was active in organizing vigils, marched with ACT UP to get the U.S. government to react to the disease that killed both of ...


Breezy Conner

Life: Dear young people and adults - When I was a tween I used to be a 'Yes, Ma'm' and 'Yes, Sir' type of person. Not now though. People took advantage of how polite I was and they still try and do that to this day. I am still very respectful, but only to those who deserve my respect and give it in return. It is kind ...


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LETTERS Muslim, Jewish, Christian LGBTs; Planning Pride - Talking the talk Dear Editor: There's a Jewish, Muslim and Christian LGBT divide. Is dialogue possible? This has certainly been a positive month for LGBT visibility, locally and nationally. Celebrating the diversity of our community, Equality Illinois—who contributed to the LGBT-rights movement—recently celebrated the diversity of the many who supported our movements accomplishments both inside and outside of our movement. ...


Jon W. Davidson

VIEWS After Scalia - With the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Feb. 13, the attention of the nation has focused like a laser on the court—its composition, the docket of cases now before it and the historic process ahead of Scalia's successor being nominated and confirmed. In his 30-year tenure, Scalia certainly left his mark on the court, and the ...


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Beyonce does justice to New Orleans' rich, queer culture - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Formation" celebrates identities that once sparked shame but now inspire pride. Beyonce's new song "Formation," released recently and performed at Super Bowl 50, is a masterpiece of Black protest art and social commentary. Using footage from the 2013 New Orleans documentary That B.E.A.T as its backdrop, "Formation" is both a personal and political statement about repression and a celebration of ...


Brian McNaught

VIEWS Who's to blame for sexually deformed people? - Whether or not my good friend, Paul Shanley, dies in prison, the global sex scandal in the Catholic Church, and in other denominations, will never be over until the Church changes its sexual ethics and publicly apologizes for improperly molding the minds and hearts of its sexually abusive and abused priests, nuns, religious brothers, and lay people. That means everyone ...


Kim Hunt

VIEWS Race matters in budget impasse - February is Black History Month—and Illinois' eighth month without a state budget. As we highlight Black people's contributions to the American narrative, the message sent by Illinois' budgeat impasse is hardly celebratory. All Illinoisans are suffering as the fragile web of supportive services slowly unravels. Communities across the state are feeling the ripple effects of layoffs, reduced services, slow state ...


Ramon Gardenhire

GUEST COLUMN Budgets Matter - Do #BlackLivesMatter? It's hard to tell if they matter to those who control the systems that prevent Black people across the country from accessing health care, sustainable employment, education, housing—even Oscar nominations. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We have lustrous examples of progress toward ending new HIV infections in all communities, including Black communities, such ...


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LETTERS - Blog days are over An Open Letter to GLAAD regarding the 2016 Media Awards We, the undersigned, respectfully but strongly disagree with your decision to remove the category of Outstanding Blog from the GLAAD Awards and with your rationalization behind this decision. LGBT blogs and independent media play a crucial role in relaying information, providing new and diverse voices, and ...


Raven Rodriguez

En la Vida: It feels like a lifetime ago - This is part two of Raven's En La Vida column. Part one was in the Jan. 20 Windy City Times. I stopped talking to my mother in 2002. Having absolutely no relationship with her whatsoever made it difficult to maintain one with the rest of my family so for years my wife, our daughters and I lived in a bubble ...


Jim Edminster

The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I am spending next Sunday discussing a not-so-interesting book but after the discussion I have arranged a kind of dessert for myself: A good friend and I will have a seedfest—we're going through umpteen seed catalogs and ordering for next summer. ( When you're 70, excitement is different from when you were 22. Fortunately, I can still dance two or ...


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LETTER Using the charge of "anti-Semitism" - Shouting false charges of "anti-Semitism" is a frequent tactic used by pro-Israel forces to marginalize those who protest the devastating, racist — yes, racist — policies that Israel carries out against the Palestinian people. Pro-Israel reaction to our recent protest at the National LGBTQ Task Force "Creating Change" conference in Chicago is no exception. Never mind that many of the ...


Mark Segal

VIEWS: MARK MY WORDS Insensitive, anti-Semitic protests - VIEWS - When I was a boy of 13, my grandmother took me to my first civil-rights demonstration to teach me about racism and social justice. She knew those issues well: Our family fled from the pogroms in Russia, others in our family perished in the Holocaust and Grandmom even fought for women's rights. On that day, I marched with Cecil B. ...


Nick Patricca with Katherine Kaufka Walts

The Child Soldier: From the Congo to Chicago - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - The forced use of a child in armed conflicts profoundly injures the person coerced and gravely insults the idea of the dignity of a human being—an essential value of our civilization and of our self-understanding. UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 boys and girls under the age of 18 have been forced in over 30 conflicts worldwide to use violence ...


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LETTERS Comments on Creating Change protest continue - Condemnation Dear Editor: We condemn the deplorable, disruptive actions of protestors at an event sponsored by A Wider Bridge featuring the Jerusalem Open House during the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change conference. The failure of the Task Force to ensure the event proceeded peacefully in the spirit of inclusion and dialogue that should be a hallmark of ...


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LETTERS Mixed emotions; Quitting; Protesting the protesters - Mixed emotions Dear Editor: My emotions over the events at the Creating Change Conference regarding the reception and presentation organized by A Wider Bridge ( AWB ) that I attended Jan. 22 are all over the place. At least 150 Jews and friends from the Conference and Chicago Jewish organizations attended a beautiful Shabbat service held in one hotel room ...


Raven Rodriguez

En la Vida: It feels like a lifetime ago - VIEWS - It feels like a lifetime. Thirteen years ago the very last installation of my column, "Por Lo Que Soy", was published in En La Vida, a sister LGBT publication of Outlines newspaper, which merged with Windy City Times in 2000. At that time I was a 32-year-old Latina lesbian who had decided to stop speaking to her mother for reasons ...


Lee Lynch

VIEWS: THE AMAZON TRAIL Aargh! Just, aargh. - In our town we have a small, out of the way thrift store, dark and not heavily patronized except by people who are very down and out. The owner—and who knows her story—sells what she can, but is always willing to help out the homeless with clothing or outdoor equipment that they need to survive in this wet environment where ...


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VIEWS Where would MLK have stood on marriage equality? - This Martin Luther King Jr. ( MLK ) holiday reminded me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens. King's civil-rights activism began in the unwelcoming "Heart of Dixie" in 1955, when, on a cold December evening, Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white passenger, giving ...


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Open to Thinking: The silencing of writers: Saudi Arabia - A recurring column - On the Rue Saint-Jean in the Place d' Youville just inside the Gate to the Old City of Quebec, a young woman stands in silence with three young children at her side. A large photo of a man stands next to them. BADAWI is printed on the left side at the bottom of the portrait; on the right side is ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS From completely gaga to Lady Gaga - VIEWPOINT - Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago, LGBT's were completely gaga in the eyes of the medical profession. Until the late 19th century, homosexuality was a "moral weakness," then it became a "mental disorder," as doctors jumped on board the homophobia gravy train and made the life of homosexuals miserable for the next 100 years. In 1899, Chicago ...


Rebecca Juro

Transforming Gender - A recurring column - In November 2007, a young presidential candidate named Barack Obama released an op-ed to LGBT media in which he made this promise: "I will … place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation ...


Jason Cianciotto

Anti-LGBTIQ discrimination costs lives, global economic prosperity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than $400 billion lost annually—enough to eliminate extreme poverty worldwide. Too frequently, the daily news includes stories about discrimination and violence perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer ( LGBTIQ ) people around the world. The images may range from bruised and bloodied faces in Jamaica to men being thrown off buildings in Iraq to the reported ...


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The Seven Temptations of Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand - GUEST COLUMN - What does it take to confront a rich and powerful alleged rapist? It would be easy to think of Andrea Constand as a kind of Wonder Woman who is trying to bring Bill Cosby to justice with her Lariat of Truth. That's just it. It would be easy. Easy to believe that heroines are born that way, that they have ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN 2015: A year of progress, more to do - VIEWS - What a year. It's tempting, in a year-end wrap-up, to put a big bow on what we put a ring on and call it a day. While marriage brought us many advances, however, it also highlighted other issues that we still need to tackle in order to bring full equality and inclusion to LGBTQ parents and our children. Marriage equality ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Remember homeless LGBTQ youth this holiday season - The holiday season is a difficult time of year for many. Too often we see the glitz and glamour that this holiday brings, totally missing its spiritual message.The underlying message in celebrating the season is the full embrace of human difference and diversity. I truly believe if Americans—Christians and non-Christians alike—stayed more focused on the message and teachings of this ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Festive flamingos - VIEWS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - We always have something—perhaps, just one thing—in common with others. That thought struck me as one of our neighbors invited us to stop by and see his Christmas flamingos. Who would have guessed that this perfectly straight guy—married to a woman, always puttering in his workroom—not only collected flamingo paraphernalia, but had a collection extensive enough to sort seasonally. He'd ...


Breezy

VIEWS Fly - - The following poem was written and read by youth activist Breezy at the recent Out in the Open Sleep Out. Help me touch the clouds, ignore the tears I cry. I want to be the dragon that soars in the sky. Spread my wings, close my eyes, one deep breath, and let me fly. Tell me how you feel about ...


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Editorial: Justice delayed - By Tracy Baim and Gretchen Rachel Hammond - Eisha Love sat in Cook County Jail for nearly four years without a trial. The unfortunate reality is that she is not alone. The criminal legal system in this country provides cruel and unusual punishment even prior to trial for thousands of people each year. Most of the people who end up caught in this web are there because they ...


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LETTERS Sweeps; Palatine locker room; The video; Speak up - Stop the sweeps The following letter was sent to Mayor Rahm Emanuel: On Nov. 20, more than 400 individuals endured the season's first snow to take part in the Out In The Open Sleep Out to fight youth homelessness. This inaugural event took place on Cricket Hill Park, steps away from Wilson Avenue, where homeless people have endured routine sweeps ...


Romeo Jackson

CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE Volunteers are needed - The nation's largest LGBTQ conference, Creating Change, is coming to Chicago next month—and local organizers are looking to recruit you. The 2016 Creating Change conference host committee needs 500 volunteers to make sure we support a successful conference. The conference, which the National LGBTQ Task Force is producing, is set to take place at the Downtown Chicago Hilton on Jan. ...


Michael O'Connor

VIEWS Just asking the questions... - Why aren't more rainbow-flag carrying, LGBTQ civil-rights leadership and their membership represented in the marches of Chicagoans protesting police misconduct? Equally interesting, where is the organized presence of Black gay men at these marches against Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) misconduct? When will LGBTQ-equality organizations actually "continue to educate the public about the need to secure the rights of ...


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LETTER Affinity on city, national challenges - FROM THE DESK OF AFFINITY BOARD PRESIDENT EBONIE S. DAVIS There are a lot of challenges in the City of Chicago and nationally that face us as a community which means there is a lot of work to be done! Through an intersectional lens, civic engagement is the vehicle that drives Affinity's social justice work on behalf of Black LGBTQ ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS On World AIDS Day, report on Blacks still grim - Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to act is now." In 2012, the United Nations stated that it's possible to eradicate the disease by 2015—in part, of course, by preventing new infections. However, within African-American communities, unfortunately, that ...


Jacqueline Boyd

GUEST COLUMN LGBTQ and long-term care: Advanced directives - Prior to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality this June, LGBTQ couples were at risk when seeking health or aging services. The lack of legal protection left same-sex couples very vulnerable when accessing health or aging services. Too often, medical systems sought parents or children to act as the decision-maker instead of the spouse, partner or trusted ...


Angelo D. DiBartolomeo

GUEST COLUMN Relationships & the Law Today - The most important asset that a married couple is likely to acquire during their marriage is their home. Accordingly, it is also the most important asset in need of protection from creditors. It is not uncommon for spouses to incur separate debts and/or judgments against them individually, and thus, spouses can have individual creditors. The mechanism used by a married ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Writers at risk, A global pandemic - A recurring column - Writers, throughout the world, are being silenced by legal actions, threats, violence, imprisonment, exile, death. As opportunities for writers rapidly progress because of the explosion of global communication and media technologies, writers find themselves increasingly targets of religious fundamentalists, governments, corporations, militant nationalists, political parties, war lords, drug lords, and other vested powers opposed to freedom of expression and freedom ...


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OP-ED by Andy Thayer: An un-civil war; Ald. Cappleman response - "Do you think police officers who violate the rights of homeless people should be punished, yes or no?" To this simple question, put to him several times during a Nov. 8 demonstration at his office, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman refused to give a direct answer. Instead he kept repeating that the homeless should file complaints with the Independent Police ...


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LETTERS 'Sleep' and sweeps; Affinity Community Services "As We Give Thanks" - 'Sleep' and sweeps To the Editor: Now that Windy City Times ( WCT ) editor Tracy Baim's one-night, feel-good extravaganza called "Sleep Out Chicago" is over, it is time to evaluate its impact. The positive developments were that reportedly 200 people rallied to sleep out in the park for a night in an effort to highlight LGBT youth homelessness, and ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Where's Log Cabin Republican activism? - With four GOP debates now aired where all the presidential hopefuls are clearly either conservative or ultra-conservative on social issues, one has to wonder—where are the Log Cabin Republicans ( LCR ) in pushing forth LGBTQ concerns this campaign season? While I am not a Republican, and I don't expect from LCR the sort of public protesting as that of ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Gollums, Muppets and orcs - A recurring column - I was intrigued to discover that televangelist Pat Robertson's birth name is Marion Gordon Robertson. John Wayne was also a Marion. He was Marion Robert Morrison. The two Marion's are very different, John "Marion" Wayne was rugged and masculine, winning World War II in Europe and the Far East without leaving Hollywood. "Marion" Robertson, on the other hand, is a ...


Larry Kramer

Guest column: Larry Kramer's sour times - For its "Nowstalgia" issue, Paper Magazine asked legendary author, playwright and LGBTQ activist Larry Kramer, whose book The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart was released this year, to reflect on how the media's coverage of gay writers has changed over the years. Kramer, never one to hold back, doesn't think much has changed at all. So many ...


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Letters: Black and white - Dear Editor, I want to respond to the letter from Professor Kevin J. Mumford, which is entitled "Where's the color?"—published in Windy City Times on Oct. 21—concerning the exclusion of African American participation in queer history. I agree with what Mumford says in the first two paragraphs, but I strongly disagree with his assessment of Black and White Men Together ...


Jacqueline Boyd

GUEST COLUMN LGBTQs and long-term care, caregiving - It is no secret that LGBTQ people experience unique challenges throughout the aging process. Securing an affirming caregiving resource is a critical component for any long-term care plan. During this third installment of "LGBTQ & Long Term Care, What You Need to Know" column, we explore caregiving options. Caregivers are often needed when an individual requires assistance to complete activities ...







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