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LETTERS Trump's fail - Trump's "Religious Liberty" Fail Shows That He Can Be Stopped As a real-estate developer, President Donald Trump was no doubt used to saying "Build It!" and, after dispensing with pesky zoning and NIMBY matters, getting others to do so forthwith. Not so with his Muslim ban and, now, his nixed "religious liberty" executive order to discriminate against LGBTQs and women ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Cambridge mayor's call to action - The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts—this writer's hometown—is a stormy hotbed of politics and social issues, and no person has weathered its vicissitudes better than Mayor E. Denise Simmons. On May 11, Simmons held a town hall meeting she dubbed "A Citizen's Assembly" on race, gender, class and culture. "I recognize the division and increasing polarization in the country that reverberates ...


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LETTERS Seeking sanctuary - The following statement on policy demands was issued by Mijente, Black Youth Project 100 and Organized Communities Against Deportations: 1 ) Protect all Chicagoans from immigration enforcement: The City should strengthen the Welcoming City Ordinance, the policy that makes Chicago a "Sanctuary" city by limiting communication between the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ...


Sukie de la Croix

VIEWPOINT Senior moments - SI was recently described as being a role model for LGBT youth—nice compliment, but a role model I am not. Neither do I want to be. It makes me sound cuddly and safe, like a bunny rabbit. I'd rather be a rabid fox. As the next generation of LGBTs flies out of the closet, I'm sitting back and taking a ...


Ramon Gardenhire

GUEST COLUMN Congress pulled plug on our friends, co-workers, neighbors, loved ones - Seven years ago, I sat with my friend Kali in his Brooklyn apartment and watched, in amazement and a little bit of shock, as Congress enacted into law the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). On that day, I knew that decades of work from thousands of people toward making healthcare accessible to all—not just to the wealthy, the able-bodied, ...


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VIEWPOINT LGBT hater Mark Green: A blessing in disguise - Donald Trump has nominated Tennessee legislator Mark Green to be the next U.S. Army secretary. Green has an extensive anti-LGBT legislative rap sheet. He has called for county clerks who oppose marriage equality to engage in what he perversely calls "civil disobedience" by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He once offered these candid words on how he ...


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GUEST COLUMN A second chance at death - We all know how this ends. Despite the avalanche of articles on aging with HIV or advice about how to avoid long-term side effects or even news of progress toward a cure, nothing will change the inevitable. None of us will get out of this alive. And, in one of the bitter ironies of being a long-term survivor, my experiences ...


Nick Patricca

Capitalism with a heart?! - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - In 1983, in the midst of the Contra War against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua that had overthrown the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, a Franciscan nun from Milwaukee introduced me to the concept of co-operative economics. I was in Nicaragua participating in a program in which Catholics and Marxists were working together to find common ground for constructing an economic ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Vigilance

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Vigilance - Editor: In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, and the backlash began immediately. The most recent backlash example has come in North Carolina, and we must remain vigilant. On April 11, 2017, House Bill 780 was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN More fun with the Fletchers in new book sequel - They're back! The four boys, two dads and assorted pets who romped through Dana Alison Levy's award-winning middle-grade novel The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher return in The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. This time, the multiracial, multiethnic family is off on their yearly vacation to Rock Island, a fictional New England locale. They discover, however, that the lighthouse they ...


EDITORIAL-Changing-course-on-child-welfare

EDITORIAL Changing course on child welfare - Windy City Times ( WCT ) just concluded a lengthy three-part series on troubles at child welfare agencies in Illinois and across the U.S. when it comes to supporting parents of children who present as transgender or gender nonconforming. As the series unfolded, WCT was contacted by multiple additional families who were terrified of agents from the government, including the ...


Fidel Williams Jr.

GUEST COLUMN City Year Chicago brings diversity, inclusion - "Thank you. No one has ever told me that before." Hearing a third-grade student say those words after I told him he was smart is something that will always stick with me. At the time, I was serving as an AmeriCorps Member for City Year Chicago, an education non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk students by putting young adults into classrooms ...


Considering-Trumps-first-100-days

Considering Trump's first 100 days - The idea of reflecting upon a president's "first 100 days in office" started with President Franklin Roosevelt. According to The Washington Post, Roosevelt touted his own accomplishments in trying to pull the country out of the economic Great Depression. Today's Great Depression is more off a political one. It erupted out of a presidential election that was won by a ...


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MOMBIAN VIEWS Love and science: How science has helped LGBTQ families - This coming weekend, the March for Science in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of other global locations will encourage science that "upholds the common good" and allows evidence-based policymaking in the public interest ( marchforscience.com ). I thus thought this was a good time to look at how science has specifically helped LGBTQ parents and our children. First, and perhaps most ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL A lesbian high school student - VIEWS - Thanks to author Nell Stark—which seems to be something I say at least once a year—I was privileged recently to answer some questions for a lesbian high school student who was writing a paper about 1960s gay activists. Below are the young woman's questions and my attempts to answer. I am very fortunate to be able to reach across generations. ...


Nick Patricca

OPEN TO THINKING "Survival of the Fittest:" Making America Great Again - A recurring column - The first time I was told I did not 'fit' was in third grade. Before nodding off and drooling on her desk, Sr. D. bitterly complained, as she stared me in the eye, about having to teach us Italians and Blacks—unfit to be in her class, fit only for servitude or criminality—in place of her beloved Germans who had moved ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Emmett Till work raises concerns of appropriation - When artist Dana Schutz presented "Open Casket"—an abstract painting of the open casket of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American from Chicago who was lynched in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955—she could not have fathomed the conflagration that erupted. The painting hangs at the Whitney Museum in New York City but under the daily watchful eye of protestors ...


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Letters to the editor: Stand up and be counted - Dear U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: We write to express our strong disapproval of the Census Bureau's decision to not include consideration of data collection on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) individuals in the 2020 Census and American Community Survey. While the Subjects Planned for the 2020 ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-A-bad-budget

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A bad budget - On March 16, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18-percent cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this topline budget and ensuring ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Spring is coming soon - isn't it? - Okay, I give in, it's depression. I might as well face it. And I know I'm not alone. You can guess when it started: Nov. 8, 2016. I tried to overcome it by resisting, ignoring, laughing at the fools on the hill. Like the amazing Elizabeth Warren, I persisted—but so did this depression. I've buried myself in books, my favorites: ...


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ICE shooting, Sessions' comments make clear, Illinois must be a sanctuary state - From a press release - CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley in response to threats to sanctuary statusfor Chicago by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the wake of a shooting early Monday during an immigration raid. "Illinois is an immigrant state and is in greater danger than ever with the Donald Trump presidency, where we see the vicious ...


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Letter to the editor: Reaching out to Ron - I am both amazed and humbled by Ron Clewer's letter to the editor in Windy City Times ( the March 15 issue ) concerning his late brother's murder. Ron. my prayers are with you and your family. You honor your brother's memory by this act. In this age of unbridled ego, as is shown by the me generation, you gave ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Adoption rules spark need for 'public outrage' - An increasing number of states are risking harm to children in foster care by allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people and others who wish to foster or adopt them. South Dakota, on March 10, enacted a law stating that no child-placement agency may be required to provide service that conflicts with its "sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction," even if they ...


Tina T. Tran

GUEST COLUMN No judgment. No shame. No guilt. - Who I am internally is so far removed from how I am seen. I have felt invisible and uncomfortable in my own skin for as long as I can remember. Moving to the Midwest and pursuing a career in the legal field have only amplified the discomfort and alienation I feel on a daily basis. The legal world is as ...


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Letters to the editor: Journey to forgiveness - - To the editor: In the early morning hours of March 24, 2004, my brother Kevin Clewer was stabbed to death, by a still-unknown individual. This isn't about that day or any specific day since. This is about the subsequent journey, hope and a letter between me and that unknown person. You may recall, my family was very vocal and visible ...


Charlotte Heltai

GUEST COLUMN Trump's America - I've been asked to say a few words about what Trump's America looks like for queer, trans, non-binary, and gender-non conforming people. The short answer, from where I stand, is that it looks really scary—and a lot of people are in far more precarious positions than I am. But I, as a socialist, as a queer, gender non-conforming woman, and ...


Ramon Gardenhire

VIEWS Black History Month is every month - "How do we aim to reverse these alarming trends and support the Black community? By uplifting Black liberation through my team's policy and advocacy work. By defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from destruction." The nation spent last month honoring the accomplishments and courage of Black people throughout American history. We celebrated Martin and Malcolm and Maya and, on ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Love song - The only one likely to get any treats this Valentine's Day is the cat. As my sweetheart said, now that we're getting old and fat, we need to think of new ways to celebrate loving occasions. So, we treated ourselves to an iRobot Roomba 650. More expensive than a red heart full of chocolates, but oh, so rewarding, so low ...


C.L. Frederick

VIEWS Danger, relapse ahead - After having completed substance abuse treatment and with six months of sobriety under my belt, I felt I was unsinkable. I failed to see the signs that relapse would be just around the corner. My determination to never use again and to remain sober was no match against methamphetamine. My relapse was a devastating blow to my psyche and the ...


Nick Patricca

VIEWS Understanding Steve Bannon: Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - Although I am well-trained in the art and science of hermeneutics ( divining the meaning of texts or the utterances of gods ) and have successfully tackled many obscure but interesting clumps of words, I am stymied by Bannon-speak: "Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they're ...


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LETTERS Lives at stake - For the third year in a row, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner failed to present the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that protects the state's most vulnerable people, proposing a 44-percent cut to vital HIV funding streams in his budget address on Feb. 15. "The budget proposed today is outright dangerous for people living with HIV and will certainly result ...


Sukie de la Croix

VIEWS Senior moments - I don't care how disrespectful it is, or how trivial and superficial I'm being, I will not call him President Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton is the president and she has been usurped. I understand that Trump is a fascist and that's he's infantile. What I don't understand is the pussy-grabbing titillations and giggling schoolboy attitude toward sex, and his disdain ...


Eman Hassaballa Aly

GUEST COLUMN Working with allies: Moving beyond the 'Kumbaya' in interfaith work - Imagine soft harmonious music playing right now. We've been doing interfaith work for a long time now especially in the past several years since 9/11. And, it's been great. It has created a great connection with people of other faiths, and it's been a fantastic way to get to know each other and each other's religions and talk about all ...


LETTERS-House-of-lies

LETTERS House of lies - An open letter to Donald Trump: How on earth can you be my president when you continually lie to me? I am sick and tired of your mindless mendacity. Your latest fib is to blame Chicago's violence on "undocumented immigrants." This is a ludicrous lie. You said recently that terrorists are "pouring" into our country—another ridiculous untruth. You have no ...


Nadine Smith

VIEWS Time to play chess, not checkers with Bannon/Trump - After my eighth invitation in two days to emergency calls, I thought it wise to pause and reflect on how we avoid the Whack-A-Mole trap and focus our energies. In addition to the electoral strategies in 2018 and 2020 that we have to build starting now, I see three pressure points we need to leverage with greater thought and clearer ...


Chris Hopkins

RELATIONSHIPS & THE LAW TODAY Guardians for disabled have new responsibilities - Newly enacted responsibilities of a guardian making personal decisions for a disabled person in Illinois While the law presumes that an adult 18 years of age or older is capable of handling their own affairs, a guardian may be appointed to serve as a substitute decision maker if a person is disabled because of mental deterioration, physical incapacity, mental illness, ...


Tazima Davis

Valentine's Day: Five steps to a hot and healthy relationship - This isn't your typical Valentine's Day relationship advice column. I promise to help you get closer ( and naked ), but I also I want to change your relationship to relationships forever ( and ever ). Much of what I'm sharing is counter-culture and it's all backed by evidence and research. Meanwhile, what you've read before is backed by … ...


C.L. Frederick

GUEST COLUMN How Madonna taught me to ignore gender norms, embrace femininity - I used to find it quite frustrating having my masculinity questioned by gay men. Not to say I ever minded being branded as feminine, because I am very proud of my feminine characteristics. I assumed gay men would be more understanding of the gender spectrum because we have faced discrimination for eons as a direct result of our challenging gender ...


LETTER-Resident-evils

LETTER Resident evils - In the Dec. 28, 2016, issue of WCT, Ed Stellon, executive director of Heartland Outreach—speaking on behalf of its parent organization, Heartland Alliance—is quoted as saying, "We've always taken the 'latest and greatest' when it comes to justice, housing, healthcare services, and then tried to tailor it to the most vulnerable populations." Well now, anyone who is a tenant of ...


Andy Thayer

Trump vs. LGBTs, Muslims and refugees - The LGBT movement faced its first big test of the Trump presidency this past week, and fortunately passed. The administration floated, and rescinded, attacks on LGBT protections in federal employment and federal contractors. The administration then floated, and rescinded, attacks on a broad range of LGBT rights using "religious liberty" as the mask for its bigoted actions. Fortunately, LGBT activists ...


LETTER-Spotlight-on-hunger-

LETTER Spotlight on hunger - Dear Senate and House Members of the Illinois Delegation: The undersigned Illinois organizations write to thank you for your unwavering support of federal nutrition programs and to urge your resolve to protect and strengthen these programs against any benefit cuts or changes in entitlement structure in 2017 and beyond. Far too many people in this country are struggling with hunger—42 ...


Nick Patricca

Free the Word - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - When I was a youngster, I wanted to be a writer for a newspaper, or a U.S. Senator. I avidly read the papers I delivered to my clients and passionately participated in the politics of the times, reporting on Adlai Stevenson for president rallies for the Kingsley House paper ( like Chicago's Hull House ) in my hood—an Italian and ...


Yvonne Zipter

VIEWS Women's March memories in verse - An ode to the Women's March: 1/21/17 250,000 strong, we came. We came on buses and trains, bikes and motorized wheelchairs, strollers and our own two feet or in our mothers' arms. We came from the city and suburbs from nearby states and the country. We came with hand-painted signs— signs of love and hope and tolerance, signs of humor ...


Francesca Gaiba Truthout

VIEWS Most have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not everywhere? - Most people have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not have them everywhere? Just in time for holiday shopping last month, the retail giant Target absorbed some boycotting noise from a conservative website calling for a boycott of the stores because of its policy of allowing transgender customers to use the bathroom of their choice. The website, 2nd Vote, has been ...


Ra Mendoza

GUEST COLUMN The Embodied Power of Standing Rock - I remember the last evening at Oceti Sakowin so clearly. I had begun the day with a plan, but like the few days before, ended the day surprised by the ways my plans had failed to work out in the best of ways. I had planned on attending meetings and doing outreach ( volunteering ) at the kitchen like I ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL The mightiest of books - As an adult, I've had no interest in children's books. I left them behind half a century ago. Or did I? Chicken Little, for example, has been a powerful influence in my life. I was a nervous child—that hasn't changed—and the Little Golden Book didn't help. First my mother read it to me, then I read and re-read it on ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Kim Burrell shows how Black church abuses gay Christians - Gospel music undeniably has a queerness at its roots that has not only shaped the genre but it has continued to give gospel music its enduring vibrancy. One of Black gospel's darling and Pentecostal preacher Kim Burrell was ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sending shock waves throughout the African-American community. Burrell, along with Pharrell Williams, was invited to promote ...


Owen Keehnen

GUEST COLUMN Last Call at Irene's Cabaret - My heart broke a little when I read in Windy City Times that Irene's Cabaret in Quincy, Illinois, had closed late in 2016 after 36 years in business. I was a regular there, planted on a bar stool until closing probably 2-3 nights a week for a few years. "Last call for alcohol. Ladies, fix your make-up." The first time ...


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Open letter to LGBTQIA, wider community calling for resistance to fascism, Trump - From members of Gays Against Guns and Refuse Fascism - We are writing to you and your organization as members of the national LGBTQIA communities and HIV/AIDS treatment and advocacy communities in order to introduce you to our organization, RefuseFascism.org. We have one goal: to do everything within our power as citizens of the United States of America to ensure that the illegitimate Trump/Pence administration will not be allowed to ...


LETTER-Security-issues

LETTER Security issues - TRUST Collective-Chicago—Chicago's emerging community and intersectional voice for justice, peace, support, creativity and collaboration—adamantly condemns all forms of targeted hatred toward American Muslims. We are Latinx, Muslim, and/or LGBTQ+ community leaders, "post-Orlando." We add our voice to the 300+ U.S. Muslim leaders who penned an open letter to the president-elect repudiating a Muslim Registry. Most recently, there have been talks ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Pope Francis needs his gay priests - Many LGBTQ people of faith were shocked by the Vatican's recent decision in the document "The Gift of Priestly Vocation," which bans gay people to the priesthood, thus reaffirming its 2005 stance. Those of us who have "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" or who "support the so-called 'gay culture'" are categorically denied to serve one of the church's most revered and respected ...


Nick Patricca

It's Time: Direct Election of Our President - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - A funny thing happened to me as I was preparing to write this op-ed. I went looking for this thing called 'the electoral college' which everyone wants to abolish or defend or reform but I could not find it. The U.S. Constitution speaks of 'electors.' It does not in any way speak of an electoral college—the term 'college of electors' ...


VIEWS-What-can-queer-people-expect-from-Pope-Francis-Not-much

VIEWS What can queer people expect from Pope Francis? Not much - Pope Francis has made headlines worldwide for his conflicting statements and actions when it comes to LGBTQI people. In famous off-the-cuff remarks, he stunned many by asking "Who am I to judge?" when asked about gay priests. He also had a reportedly warm meeting with a transgender man and his fiancée, and even said that the Catholic Church owes an ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN LGBTQ families: Preparing for the year ahead - My family parties from Thanksgiving through New Year's. I'm Jewish, my spouse is Protestant ( though neither of us is particularly observant ), and my family of origin has always celebrated Thanksgiving as our biggest family gathering, which means we start with turkey and pies at the end of November and don't stop making merry until we raise our champagne ...


Nadine Smith

VIEWS The Trump era: Where do we go from here? - We are in a dangerous moment right now in this gap between the election and inauguration day. It is a dangerous moment because it has a lulling effect. The TV still works, the ebb and flow of daily life continues and President Obama remains a comforting presence in the White House. Things look the same and the wheels have not ...


LETTERS-A-matter-of-TRUST

LETTERS A matter of TRUST - TRUST Collective-Chicago is a new entity created "post-Orlando" that is composed of Latinx, Muslim and LGBTQ+ community leaders created after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We stand in solidarity with the community of Lincoln United Methodist Church ( Lincoln UMC ) in Pilsen. Lincoln UMC, a church community and neighborhood, has been the target of multiple hate ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Not my president, not my first lady - It doesn't surprise me that another German fascist has risen to power. In Europe, we've been through this before with devastating results. I grew up in the shadow of World War II, bombsites, ration books, Vera Lynn and poverty. In fact, from ages 6 to 12 I lived in a house built by German prisoners of war. I saw firsthand ...


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VIEWS Standing up at Standing Rock - I've struggled to find words to describe Standing Rock. I've sat before a blank white page and blinking cursor hoping that I could capture the thoughts, prayers, hope, and sense of heartache my journey to the Oceti Sakowin Camp gave birth to. Because what can you say about the place, the people, the movement that make you call into question ...


LETTERS-You-gotta-have-faith

LETTERS You gotta have faith - Dear Editor: [The following letter is directed to Equality Illinois, organizers of the Nov. 28 town hall on post-election concerns.] I had the opportunity to attend the "Post Election Forum & Action Fair" on Nov. 28 at the Lake View Presbyterian Church. My interest levels were high in anticipation that there would be good conversation about the current political situation, ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Of hate and hope - When I learned of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, my own son was in elementary school, and I was shaken to the core. He is in middle school now, and the Orlando massacre has shaken me again. The victims this time were not young children—but they were all someone's children. At 13 years old, my son ...


Nick Patricca

Religion and violence against women - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - In the early 1960s, when I was in pastoral training in Oil City and in Elwood City, Pennsylvania, I met a woman who changed my world. My task was to conduct in-depth interviews with families in the area to determine their religious affiliations and their spiritual needs. After some preliminary chit-chat, she asked me if it was true that Catholic ...


LETTERS-Making-it-better-Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-calls-for-harmony

LETTERS Making it better, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus calls for harmony - Making it better Dear Editor: I spoke at a small high schooler-led LGBTQ acceptance conference in rural northwest Indiana ( Vice President-elect Pence's stomping ground ) recently. Maybe 15 or 20 people showed up at the local YMCA, half of them kids. These kids were amazing—bright, out, open and allied—and wonderfully hopeful in their beliefs about the future of LGBTQ ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Picking up the shards - I made a cake on Nov. 8 to celebrate what I thought would be Hillary Clinton's election. For decoration, I melted sugar into sheets and broke it into shards to represent the glass ceiling that I hoped she would shatter. On Nov. 9, however, I found myself looking at the remains of the cake and wondering if it better represented ...


Angelo D. DiBartolomeo

Relationships & the Law Today: Supreme Court looks at transgender bathroom policies - A recurring column - A transgender boy banned from using the boys' restroom at his high school sued his county school board alleging that it impermissibly discriminated him in violation of Title IX of the U.S. Constitution. The student's birth-assigned sex is female, but his gender identity is male. Since he was a freshman, he began hormone therapy, legally changed his name to a ...


Remembering-Neysa

Remembering Neysa - GUEST COLUMN - When Neysa ( Neesha ) Scott walked into a room she neither sought nor shunned attention, yet it followed her like a shadow. No one knew if it made her nervous or not, she simply handled it with grace. It was hard to ignore her bald head, coco brown skin, and perfectly made-up face, highlighted by colorful lips. She was ...


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LETTERS Saving land - The following press release is from Chicagoans, including LGBTQs, who are raising funds to bring donations of cash and supplies to Native Americans and their allies fighting against the pipeline proposed to run through Native lands in North Dakota. Observing Thanksgiving requires that we hold the tension between the beauty of familial convenings and the brutality of erasure. While all ...


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GUEST COLUMN 10 ways to support friends who are parents going through divorce - There are shelves and shelves of books on birth, death, illness, marriage, loss and the stages of grief, describing what you might expect, how to cope, and how to support friends and family. What I have not yet discovered—and mind you, I'm a newly divorced mom, so I haven't been searching long—are guideposts for friends and family members who are ...


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LETTERS TLDEF, ACLU SAGE on election - TLDEF's message Dear Editor: This is the first Veterans' Day on which transgender service members serve openly, recognized by our government for their authentic selves and honored in the open, rather than in the shadows. We thank all transgender military personnel for their service to our country and our community. You have built—along with our allies who serve at your ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Our only hope - The calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and cohesively toward our goal of an inclusive society. I'm not going to write about the ...


By William DI Canziio

VIEWS On my dismissal from lectoring at Daylesford Abbey - A week ago Saturday, the abbot of Daylesford Abbey, a Norbertine community near Philadelphia, emailed me requesting a meeting; he said he would rather not disclose its purpose. A few days later we met for coffee. Abbot Richard Antonucci started our conversation by saying that he'd heard that Jim Anderson and I had been legally married. "I want you to ...


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2016 Windy City Times General Election Guide, printable charts - Consult the Windy City Times 2016 General Election charts for endorsements and recommendations from a number of local and national organizations as well as candidates' scores on our questionnaire. See and print out voting charts from the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2016_generalchart_WEB.pdf . [ Windy City Times does not usually endorse candidates, although this year the publication is among those gay publications endorsing ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Decisions for senior programming - Decisions Dear Editor: It was bad enough that Center on Halsted management decided to nix the name SAGE ( Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders ) from LGBT programming for us senior patrons of the Center on Addison. We were never consulted. Many of us are up [in] arms over that. We should not be shut us off from the ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: I Write: I Vote - A recurring column - Why I write. For me, to write is an act of faith: in myself and in you. To write, I must believe that what I write is worthy of your attention. To write, I must believe that your reading and responding to what I write is worthy of my attention. When I write, I try to write the best I ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Magazine uproar offers lessons on representation - The recent responses of two different children's publishing companies when asked about LGBTQ inclusion in their magazines offer us several takeaways about representation of our families. It started when Kara Desiderio wrote to Highlights Magazines to express disappointment that her daughter did not see two-mom families like hers in the pages of Hello, Highlights' title for toddlers. Her spouse, Kristina ...


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SENIOR MOMENTS Nobody loves you when you're old and g(r)ay - I've read several articles recently about the "sad plight" of gay seniors. Oh, what a pathetic, lonely, forgotten bunch of losers we are. Apparently, young gays don't want us in the bars because we're past our sell-by date and we ugly the place up. I laughed a lot when I read that article, as I have no desire to hang ...







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