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Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Remembering Thanksgiving - As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance—historical and familial. Historically, I am reminded that for many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a ...


Suraj Madoori

VIEWS Stigma continues with new HIV-criminalization case - Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma. A new case under an outdated HIV criminalization law in Illinois demonstrates the media's inability to handle sensitive ...


Breezi C.

VIEWS Gone - Life: A recurring column - On the road again. It was no surprise that I was moving once again. Ever since my adoptive mother kicked me out at 12 years old, it has become normal for me to move at least three times a year. Used to it by now. The drive to my new foster home was not that long. During the car ride ...


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LETTER Lesbian and Gay Bar Association Pres to Gov.-elect Rauner - Dear Mr. Rauner, A photo of you published on Nov. 5, 2014, with your completed ballot indicates that you voted "No" on every judicial candidate for retention to the Cook County bench, according to Republican Judge James G. Riley's letter to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ( published on November 10, 2014, and enclosed here for your reference ). I, ...


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VIEWS The life, love and legacy of Audre Lorde - Have you ever wondered what unseen photos, faux pas, untold stories and unfinished works surviving partners of famous people are left with? Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, ...


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Trans Day of Remembrance: Sacred, not to be misappropriated - Transcending the Blacklist - On Nov. 20, thousands in this country and around the world will hold vigils honoring the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, where the lives of transsexual and transgender people who lost their lives to hate-based violence will be acknowledged, with the high majority of victims on the list being Black and Latina women I volunteer with Black Trans* Women's Lives ...


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VIEWS Surely, Jesus wants us to aim for church, not cult - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Timothy Villareal - Many years ago, as I walked back to the pew after receiving Communion, I saw the outline of Jorge kneeling in another pew, his head in his hands. ( I'm using a fake name to protect Jorge's identity. ) As Catholics often do when they see someone during Mass that they have not seen for while, I wordlessly tapped Jorge ...


Jason Collins

VIEWS Common ground and conversation - - I feel that we can all help start more conversations in regard to leadership, diversity, inclusion and respect. The old adage, never judge a book by its cover, applies to all walks of life. I remember when I first went to Stanford University, I participated in a group activity with my entire freshman dorm. All of us were apprehensive about ...


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Letters: Issues and answers - The synod on the family that recently finished in the Catholic world was not a doctrinal synod; rather, it was a pastoral one. While I can be critical about the results of the synod, I am still very hopeful that the final synod next year will bear many benefits for Catholics in general. The synod's final document, in my opinion, ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Immigration: Facts and Fictions - A recurring column - We actually know how to reform our immigration policy. We have known what to do for some time. Even George Bush the 2nd knew what to do. But, 9/11 ruined whatever deals then-president Vicente Fox of Mexico and Bush were contemplating before that evil attack on our homeland. The poison of 9/11 has ruined many things in our Republic—comprehensive immigration ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola - Exactly a decade ago this month, I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of "Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS." "Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt," Johnson wrote. "Therefore, some of us youths ...


Tommi Avicolli Mecca

VIEWS Apple CEO needs to do more than come out - - I'm glad that Tim Cook has finally come out publicly. Everyone should. Living in the closet is not healthy, even for a giant of the tech industry. The Apple CEO broke open his closet doors in an essay in the latest issue of BusinessWeek. "Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a difference ...


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LETTERS Elections; Center on Halsted; the church - Principle of the matter As Nov. 4 ( Election Day ) draws near, I think religious people can add their voices to the partisan discussion without compromising our non-partisan position when it comes to elections. Clearly, the governor's race is heating up, with Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner virtually neck and neck in the polls. While we do not ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS: Being 'Black-ish' also being 'homophobic-ish?' - The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy Black-ish left its LGBTQ viewership "black and blue." "It looks a little gay," Pop ( the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne ) casually told his son Dre—short for Andre—while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the "birds and the bees." "It looks a little gay. The ...


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LETTERS: Quinn is in - As an openly gay African-American Illinoisan who continues to actively participates in public-policy advocacy, I was encouraged to read the recent article entitled "Equality Illinois PAC endorses Quinn." I'd like to congratulate Equality Illinois PAC on its organizational endorsement of the re-election efforts of the gubernatorial incumbent, Pat Quinn. By the way, because Equality Illinois was founded in 1991 as ...


Terry Angel Mason

VIEWS Make them hear you! - (The road that led to victory and marriage equality) - It seems that I've struggled all of my life for equal rights as an African-American same-gender-loving man. There were times that the battle was so fierce that it almost claimed my life. I even recall a time when I had to literally hire body guards to accompany me to speaking engagements and book signing events because homophobic extremists threatened to ...


John Kohlhepp

POLITICAL FOCUS: Mr. Rauner: You turned your back on us - A VIEWPOINT - I was the campaign manager for Illinois Unites for Marriage from July through November 2013. When my friend, state Rep. Greg Harris, was on the Illinois House floor on May 31, 2013, announcing that the marriage equality bill did not have the votes to pass, I sat on the side of the chamber crying. This was a moment of profound ...


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LETTERS Arch(bishop) enemy?, Church times - Arch( bishop ) enemy? Dear Editor: The recent Windy City Times headline "LGBTs welcome new archbishop" epitomizes much that is wrong in our community. The new archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, is touted as a "moderate" and people assume he will represent a sea change compared to his predecessor, the stridently anti-gay Francis George. How many leaders have promised us ...


John Kohlhepp

VIEWS Mr. Rauner: You Turned Your Back on Us. - I was the campaign manager for Illinois Unites for Marriage from July through November 2013. When my friend, Rep. Greg Harris, was on the Illinois House floor on May 31, 2013 announcing that the marriage equality bill did not have the votes to pass, I sat on the side of the chamber crying. This was a moment of profound crisis ...


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LETTERS Know the risk - The Rainbow Sash Movement ( LGBT Catholics ) thinks it is important to remind LGBT Catholics who work for Catholic institutions, or who are members and/or active in local Catholic parishes as choir directors, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and ushers that if they get legally married or support gay rights, publicly they run the risk of either losing their employment and/or ...


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VIEWS Family with gay dads shines in new middle-grade novel - Combine four boys of assorted ages, two dads, a Maine coon cat and a dog named Sir Puggleton into a home and stir well. Sprinkle on a doting aunt, a surly neighbor and assorted classmates. Season with a collapsing backyard hockey rink, an untimely power outage and a Thanksgiving culinary disaster. Dana Alison Levy's superb new middle-grade novel, The Misadventures ...


Victoria Noe

VIEWS What we owe longtime survivors - I attended an emotional event at Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GHMC ), in commemoration of National HIV and Aging Day, Sept. 18 in New York City. "We Aren't Dead Yet! What Do We Do Now?" was billed as a community discussion, with an impressive panel of experts: Dr. Judith Rabkin, Columbia University Dept. of Psychiatry and Dr. Perry Halkitis, ...


LETTERS-Reflections

LETTERS Reflections - On Sept. 19, we gathered to celebrate the marriage of our youngest son. It wasn't what some would refer to as a "traditional wedding" because there were two grooms. Until the marriage bill passed, we didn't have the reassurance that the state would view it as a legal marriage. As soon as it passed, David and Charlie married the next ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Black children are beloved and beaten - "Beloved and beaten" is a phrase that best depicts how many African-American children—past and present—are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African-American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many incidents, it continues to be uncritically passed along generationally. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on allegation of child abuse, he admitted to ...


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LETTERS Bad choice - Bad choice Dear Editor: I am responding to the coverage in the Sept. 17 Windy City Times article "LGBT group Hosts 9/11 tribute for Fr. Mychal Judge." The coverage was troubling to me for a few reasons—and I found it ironic that it was juxtaposed to the Matt Simonette story, "Man fired from church job meets cardinal." The fact ...


Breezi C.

Life: Twelve - A recurring column - Twelve, what a great age. It's the year before you officially become a teenager. Most kids this age are hanging out with friends, riding bikes, and just enjoying life. However, my sisters and I weren't most kids. We got kicked out of our adoptive parent's house. One of my sisters and I were relocated to Hopkins Park. The others were ...


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LETTERS - By George... Dear Editor: I was somewhat surprised by Cardinal Francis George's willingness to meet with a gay man Sept. 9 who was fired in late July from his position as Director of Worship at Holy Family Catholic Church. According to Windy City Times, "Colin Collette was fired from his job after announcing through social media that he and his ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS A gay icon gone - You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her. Her stand-up, red-carpet catcalls and colorful over-the-top humor—insult comedy, shock humor and ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles—were as lethal as it was legend. For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers—unfiltered and uninhibited—stated the following: "The last time ...


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LETTERS - Leaving a legacy For all things, there is a season. All business relationships come to an end, and the only thing that is permanent is change. As a regular, longtime reader of Windy City Times, how could I miss the poignant, bittersweet news about the selling of Andersonville's iconic independent bookstore highlighting the population for which it is named, "Women ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: It's Your Money, Illinois - A recurring column - The Tea Party would have one believe that fiscal responsibility in government can be understood in the same ways we understand our own personal budgets. Unfortunately, this is not the case. W.C. Fields, in a famous comedy skit, tries to teach his loutish, spendthrift nephews the basics of economics: more money coming in than going out = happiness; more money ...


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LETTERS Wards hurt - Dear Editor: After reading the Aug. 27 Windy City Times article "Protesters Congregate at Cappleman Election Kickoff" article, I felt an incredible sense of relief in knowing that both the Northside Action for Justice and the Gay Liberation Network continue to understand the important of "speaking justice to power!" I'd like to publicly thank both organizations for raising their collective ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Celibacy is the new ex-gay ministry - Embracing celibacy as an appropriate religious calling to be a God-abiding LGBTQ Christian is now on the rise—no joke. Progress has been made on federal and state levels concerning LGBTQ rights but many churches, especially in certain religious conservative circles, are far behind. For example, at its 221st General Assembly this June, the Presbyterian Church removed the provision ( Amendment ...


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LETTERS By the numbers; Tunney business - By the numbers In response to Michael O'Connor's recent letter ( "An uncertain future," http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/LETTERS-An-uncertain-future/48733.html ), I'd like to expound on the information Mr. O'Connor received. As part of our ongoing effort to effectively respond to HIV/AIDS in the City, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) tracks HIV prevalence and new diagnoses. We release surveillance data reports ...


Greg O'Neill

VIEWS Before we go moving the Pride Parade... - As someone who has lived in Chicago on and off for 22 years this summer, and who owns a business with my partner that just celebrated 10 years here in Lake View East, I am proud to call this city and the Boystown neighborhood my chosen home. Even so, like many, I have also been observing some of the changes ...


Kathleen Guzman

Depression: Not just the word of the day - I am not sure how I got there. I am not sure how many hours I was curled in the corner on the bathroom floor. I am not sure how loud my cries were or how long the screams of despair choked the breath from my body. The folded towel I clutched in my rigid arms stifled the sobs as ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS The stigma of Black suicide is killing us - When the first news reports of Robin Williams' death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country's most beloved comedian had committed suicide. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. ...


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LETTERS An uncertain future - Dear Editor: I'd like to thank you for printing Jason's Carson Wilson's "Montrose Rocks annual Event faces Uncertain Future" article in the Aug. 13 edition. Because Windy City Times continues to be "The voice of Chicago's Gay, Lesbian Bi and Trans Community," I'd like to take this opportunity to voice my opinion about what was reported. As the co-founder and ...


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The loss of queer space: Parlour on Clark - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by H. Melt - "Nikki and I took a run down tavern in an area of the city that we loved and turned it into a space that would provide a home for artists, musicians, comedians, drag queens, and many amazing dance parties."—Jennifer Murphy, co-owner of Parlour on Clark The first time I went to Parlour on Clark was after my first Dyke March ...


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LETTERS - The I's have it Dear Editor, At one time we were described simply as the gay community. Then we were the lesbian and gay community. Next, the "B" for bisexuals and "T" for transgender were added. Sometimes, an "A" for allies was used. In Windy City Times' July 30 Viewpoint column, Farah Salim wrote about the LGBTI community. "I"? She ...


Kim Pierce Flowers

VIEWS The perfect relationship? - With all the recent promotions and victories for equal marriage, it may seem that everyone in the GLBT community is in a perfect life-long relationship with their soulmate and that nothing ever goes wrong for these lucky couples. Those who are on the right side of history are painting a lovely picture of successful relationships which have lasted through times ...


Nick Patricca

Children Crossing Borders - Open To Thinking: A recurring column - The Beast ( La Bestia ) is a network of freight trains that connects Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and Belize to its northern border with the USA—about 1,500 miles. These trains move slowly, like fat caterpillars, as they haul the types of cargo you would expect freight trains to carry, except for the cargo of people sitting on the ...


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LETTERS Lake View: A safe space - Dear Editor, As we approach a significant milestone date here in Boystown/Lake View, we would like to share the following information with the community to recognize and thank all the persons involved in the hope of maintaining the momentum. At a CAPS meeting on Aug. 7, 2013, after three months of citizens raising valid safety concerns, a dramatic and sustained ...


Jeff Berry

Dancing around HIV: When do you know if you've done enough? - On July 12-13, I participated in the Ride for AIDS Chicago. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience, with 430 riders and crew trekking 200 miles over two days from Evanston, Illinois, to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and back. The ride raised over $840,000 in support of Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) and its community partners, to help fight HIV/AIDS ...


Farah Salim

As we advance LGBTI rights, the UN is a key ally - As we move forward from Pride Month in June, and riding on the coattails of a successful 45-year anniversary of the Pride Parade here in Chicago, we must not forget the pervasive challenges for LGBTI rights that persist every day on a global scale. The facts can be sobering. Today, around 80 countries criminalize same-sex relationships. In some of these ...


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LETTERS Staying north; Quinn is in - Staying north LGBT people, their friends and families are everywhere, of course, but the heart of Chicago's ( Illinois/Midwest U.S. ) gay community is still in the Lake View/Uptown area. The various LGBT community events—like Pride Fest, the Pride Parade and Northalsted Market Days—are also located in the area for the financial benefit of the many local LGBT-friendly businesses, especially ...


Breezi C.

Life: The Beginning - A recurring column - No tears shed. You would think at seven months old I would have screamed and cried for hours. Guess I have always been a soldier. From what I was told later about the incident, my face was bubbled. It probably looked like hamburger meat—I never quite understood the story of why I was taken away from my biological mom. There ...


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MOMBIAN How the makers of D&D won my family's heart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I played the original Dungeons & Dragons ( D&D ) game in high school, back in the early '80s. I've been delighted to see it is experiencing a resurgence—and capturing my son's interest as well. A recent encounter made me love the game, and the company behind it, even more. Beginning the adventure During the July 4th week, my ...


Nicole Erin Morse

VIEWS Hobby Lobby already affects LGBTs - Since the Supreme Court announced its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, I've encountered many conversations in person and in print about the decision's impact on our community. However, too many people are asking the wrong question. Editorials ask "if" or "how" the Hobby Lobby decision "might" impact LGBTQ people, ignoring the members of our community who have been affected ...


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LETTERS Women & Children First; Gun and done - Moving on The following brief letters from Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon extend their thanks to the community, as they begin their next chapters both in the bookstore and beyond. Dear Friends of Women & Children First: In the months following the news that Linda and I were selling Women & Children First, many of you said ...


John Peller

HIV cure: One step back, many paths forward - VIEWS - In March 2013, HIV advocates cheered when they heard the news that a baby girl in Mississippi appeared to be cured of HIV. Without any detectible virus in her blood, it seemed like the medical community had taken another giant step toward finding a cure for the 30-year-old epidemic. But last week, some sobering news was released: Doctors announced July ...


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LETTERS Bruce's bias, Thoughts on parade - Bruce's bias Throughout the campaign for marriage equality, we heard the stories of LGBT couples across Illinois—couples from all walks of life, couples with children, couples who had been together for decades. Those couples wanted to be able to care for and protect their families through marriage. A robust debate occurred last year over whether all Illinois couples and families ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: The Millennials and the American Dream - A recurring column - The grandchildren of the mostly white Americans who lived the reality of this great solid middle-class dream inherited a very different world from the one their grandparents enjoyed or anticipated. The Millennials, those born between c. 1980 and c. 2000, live and work in a world in which: employer-based healthcare plans are up for grabs; pensions are ancient history; secure ...


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VIEWS What's next for the CDC? - - After a recent meeting between Atlanta AIDS activists groups, ACT UP/New York, Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC )'s HIV leadership and Tuesday's community press conference, what should the CDC do next to ramp up the domestic HIV prevention response? Here is a partial but by no means exhaustive ...


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LETTER More is needed - President Obama needs to stop politicking with immigrant and LGBT families. The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) applaud President Obama's recent executive action protecting LGBT workers hired through federal contracts—but that is not enough. Most recently, the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic advocacy organization in the United States, hailed President Obama as the ...


David Munar

GUEST VIEW: HBHC marks 40 years of service - On May 29, I had the honor to preside over Howard Brown Health Center's ( HBHC ) 2014 Annual Meeting devoted to a commemoration of HBHC's 40th anniversary. The following is a transcript of my remarks to the 250 assembled guests. 40 PROUD. As someone in his mid-40s, the slogan is not just a personal affirmation. Today we are thrilled ...


Hayley Gorenberg

University LGBT centers and ex-gay attacks - ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My university's LGBT center was recently approached by a group that said by law we have to carry materials that promote "ex-gay therapy." Is this true? A: From time to time, staff or students at universities contact us with similar questions and, thankfully, the short answer is, no, the law does not require LGBT centers at universities or colleges ...


Rabbi Max Weiss

A time to act: Promoting LGBT rights here and abroad - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For well over a decade, June has been celebrated as LGBT Pride month in cities across the United States, marking the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a major milestone of the LGBT rights movement. While we have lots to celebrate in the U.S. this year, there is much to worry about when it comes to the rights of LGBT people ...


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LETTER: Come together - Dear editor: Over the IML ( International Mr. Leather ) weekend, I had the chance to talk with and meet many of the contestants and some of the executive board of the event. During my conversations with them, I heard the refrain of "brotherhood, community, trust," and it struck me that these were the guiding principles for the leaders of ...


Debra Shore

VIEWS: We get two lives: My trip to the D.R. and back - - After an intense week-long trip to the Dominican Republic that the American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ) sponsored, I suppose the question plaguing me and the others is this: Why should we care ( and what can we do ) about violence against women and girls, about the mistreatment of transgender sex workers, about discrimination against members of the ...


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GUEST VIEW: What's Next for the CDC? - by Mark Harrington - After a recent meeting between Atlanta AIDS activists groups, ACT UP/New York, Treatment Action Group ( TAG ) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC )'s HIV leadership and Tuesday's community press conference, what should the CDC do next to ramp up the domestic HIV prevention response? Here is a partial but by no means exhaustive ...


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LETTERS Review of 'Review'; Bruce's bias - To The Sun-Times: A writer for the conservative National Review, Kevin Williamson, has created a firestorm of liberal opposition in response to his recent Sun-Times column in which he attacked the gender identity of actress Laverne Cox as well as categorically attacked all transgender people as "delusional" and "anti-rational." The angry opposition to Williamson and the Sun-Times is completely justified. ...


Dr. Carmen Cruz

VIEWS Lessons from a modern family - - I was ready to be walked down the aisle by my traditional Cuban father to marry my beautiful blonde Jewish wife. Our "Jewban" lesbian wedding we've dreamt of with our modern familia with two kids was solidified by this loving family ceremony and party in 2012. The ceremony followed our legal marriage in New York City in September 2011. As ...


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VIEWS Not one more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Alan Martinez - Years ago I thought that someday I would have a niece who I would play dolls with and have long talks with about her boyfriends. Instead I got a nephew, Chris, who played take-no-prisoners football and ambidextrous basketball. My brother, Richard Martinez, and I would talk sometimes and wonder "where the hell did that come from?" as neither of us ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: The American Dream: Going, Going, … ? - A recurring column - "I think this classic American Dream existed as a reality for many families right after WWII up until the mid-1960s when social and cultural changes started to shatter the harmony of the American middle-class dream." In 1630, when John Winthrop uttered these famous words to his Puritan companions: " … for wee must Consider that wee shall be as a ...


Derrick Clifton

VIEWS Pam Anderson inspired me to reveal sexual assaults - My name is Derrick. And I'm a sexual violence survivor. It's taken me more than 10 years since first being sexually assaulted to speak or write those words without shame. Not for a lack of trying, though. Whenever my upper lip quivered and I was a breath away from tearfully sharing my pain with someone else, I chose to remain ...


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Sand Blast, other fun events in Atlantic City this summer - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I am an Atlantic City ( AC ) insider. I work for the Atlantic City Alliance, so I am an AC expert of sorts, which makes this column perfect for those interested in AC this summer. Our big news is that Sand Blast, the popular LGBT beach dance event, is debuting in Atlantic City this July. Events are planned throughout ...


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Illinois LGBT leaders, allies press Rauner on marriage - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — As Illinois celebrates the official commencement of marriage equality today, dozens of LGBT leaders and allies called out Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner for his public opposition to marriage equality. The LGBT leaders signed on to an open letter, proclaiming "we know the real Bruce Rauner. His administration would very likely be working behind-the-scenes to block new ...


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Our Destination Full of Hope: Marriage Equality in Illinois - By Illinois Governor Pat Quinn - The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois. In the end, we succeeded in ensuring this civil right for all couples and put Illinois ...


Blue

VIEWS: Trans* people and access to health care - Transgender and gender non-conforming ( TGNC ) individuals consistently face barriers to the provision of competent and compassionate medical care and have been hesitant to seek medical care for fear of discrimination, mistreatment and neglect. A national study of transgender individuals that the Lesbian and Gay Task Force conducted found that 50 percent of participants' providers have a lack of ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Racial divide could have halted Mass. marriage debate - Marriage Equality in Massachusetts hit the 10-year mark May 17. With this 10th anniversary I'm proud of the indefatigable energy and genius that made it possible. But I didn't always feel that way. And my opinions, and those of LGBTQ communities of color nationwide, were expressed weekly in my column The Religion Thang, for the now defunct Boston-based LGBTQ paper ...


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LETTERS Now hear this; It's the law - Dear Ald. Cappleman: I was forced out of the Chateau Hotel on June 21, 2013, just prior to the 2013 LGBT Pride Parade that you, Ald. James Cappleman, co-hosted. The forced move of about 140 residents from the Chateau last spring—including the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and the working poor, most of whom were African-American—was due in large part ...


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VIEWS Goodbye... sweet home Chicago - "Gradually, however, I came to think of Chicago as a man-city, healthy, sweaty, and sensual. It was Gargantua of the lakefront—his head in Evanston, his feet in Gary; and he lay relaxed and smoldering along the water. The trees of Lincoln Park were the curling man-hair of his chest, the trees of Jackson Park the foliage on his legs, the ...


Scott Schoettes

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL The Ryan White Program and insurance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Lambda Legal, Q: I'm a person living with HIV in Kentucky and receive assistance to pay for my health insurance through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. I heard that there were problems getting insurance companies to accept such payments. Am I going to have similar problems here in Kentucky? A: The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a federal program ...


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LETTERS: Keeping a resource - Letter to the editor: How long will the lights still shine at 909 W. Belmont Ave.? In early 2004, I climbed the stairway at The New Town Alano Club ( NTAC ) beaten, broken, alone and afraid. I was met with an outstretched hand and these simple truths: "You never have to use again;" "You are not alone;" and "We ...


Betsy Rubinstein

VIEWS: LBQ women invited to join town hall - We know that lesbian, bisexual and queer women ( LBQ ) experience significant health disparities compared to the general population—and they require dedicated attention to properly address. For example, lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of breast cancer compared to their heterosexual counterparts, and they are less likely to receive routine health care, including breast and cervical cancer screening. ...







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