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LETTER-Lets-walk-together

  LETTER Let's walk together

To the editor: The Chicago mayoral election on Feb. 26 might provide the LGBTQA community with another point of evolution in compassion for our neighbors who live and die in poverty and useless violence. We must ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-A-poem-and-a-plant

  THE AMAZON TRAIL A poem and a plant

The day was typical for the Pacific Northwest. The brightening sky had stopped sputtering its fine dewdrops for the moment, the wind had blown itself out, and the development where I live came to life. People ...


LETTER-Saying-goodbye

  LETTER Saying goodbye

Dear friends: Dec. 28, 2018 Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose. A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a ...


What-5000-phone-sex-calls-taught-me-about-gay-men

  What 5,000 phone-sex calls taught me about gay men

The number might be a little low. Over the course of my "phone fantasy." career in the 1980s, I spoke to as many as 10 customers in a given day, numbering in the many thousands over ...


An-evening-with-Michelle-

  An evening with Michelle

Former First Lady Michelle Obama swept into Boston recently as part of the national book tour promoting her memoir Becoming; the event was held at the TD Garden. The evening before the event, my spouse and ...


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  MOMBIAN The LGBTQ parenting year in review

LGBTQ parents and our children faced significant challenges to equality and inclusion in 2018—but there was still some progress. Here are the highlights of the year, both good and bad. —The continued spread of religious exemption ...


VIEWPOINT-Words-matter-

  VIEWPOINT Words matter

Words matter, They have the power to heal or to hurt. We should all use them responsibly. As a kindergarten teacher, I found myself frequently reminding my students, who I also call "my babies," of simple ...


LETTER-Season-of-wonder

  LETTER Season of wonder

Dear brothers and sisters: First and foremost, I wish to say, "Merry Christmas." We live in a social environment that values spiritual worldliness. That simply means making your wants and fantasies the center of the universe. ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Not-a-creature-was-stirring-not-even-a-mouse

  THE AMAZON TRAIL Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

That was true when we brought home our Christmas tree back in 2009 and a poor dead mouse fell onto our living room floor. We've made do with a little artificial tree ever since. But this ...


With-Kavanaugh-on-the-court-what-now-for-LGBTQ-rights

  With Kavanaugh on the court, what now for LGBTQ rights?

Viewpoint by James Esseks

As the reality of a new and intensely conservative Supreme Court majority sinks in, some people are asking, "What's the use of fighting in the courts now? Aren't we just going to lose a lot of ...


Coming-out-to-your-kids-in-midlife-

  Coming out to your kids in midlife

How to navigate tough conversations and a new family model

When the parents of Natalie Perry and her sister sat their girls down for a family meeting, Perry learned that their father, a chief judge for the Court of Appeals in Boise, Idaho, was gay. The ...


LETTER-A-matter-of-urgency

  LETTER A matter of urgency

In recognition of World AIDS Day ( which took place Dec. 1 ) and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) ...


World-AIDS-Day-2018-ramblings

  World AIDS Day 2018 ramblings

I arrived at Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, ready and eager to be honorably discharged, on March 18, 1980. I was lucky enough to get to spend two weeks in San Francisco before ...


Chicago-sees-fewest-new-HIV-infections-in-decades

  Chicago sees fewest new HIV infections in decades

According to Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), the City of Chicago saw 752 new HIV infections in 2017. "The Illinois Department of Public Health [IDPH] is committed to getting to zero new infections ...


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  Congresswomen, civil-rights leaders, black trans woman demand protections for Black LGBTQ community

WASHINGTON—In honor of Transgender Awareness Week ending Nov. 17, the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) and and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls ( CCBWG ) released statements calling for the end ...


VIEWPOINT-A-short-film-for-World-AIDS-Day-has-arrived-Watch-it-now

  VIEWPOINT A short film for World AIDS Day has arrived. Watch it now.

Stop what you're doing. An exhilarating new short film produced especially for people living with HIV ( PLHIV ) is about to grab your heart and make you stand up and cheer. To commemorate World AIDS ...


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  Does the GOP have a racist cutoff point?

President Donald Trump traffics in racial epithets. Since his first year in office, Trump's displays of xenophobic, misogynistic, LGBTQ-phobic and racist remarks ( to name just a few from his laundry list of bigotry ) appear ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Going-to-the-doctor

  THE AMAZON TRAIL Going to the doctor

"Visiting the doctor doesn't have to be all gloom and doom," said my sweetheart. "We can make it fun." Remember the all-powerful, usually white male doctors of childhood? From the waiting room you could hear kids ...


Housing-deniedBiblical-marriagefair-housing-and-LGBT-equality

  Housing denied,'Biblical marriage,'fair housing and LGBT equality

Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance have been together for 40 years and have lived in St. Louis all their lives. They became familiar with Friendship Village Sunset Hills after visiting friends and, after multiple visits and ...


LETTER-Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-on-power-of-words

  LETTER Illinois Holocaust Museum on power of words

Dear community members, We are saddened by the senseless terrorist attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It feels like we are living in a nightmare, grieving for the victims and their families. We ...


My-boss-fired-me-from-my-funeral-home-job-for-being-transgender

  My boss fired me from my funeral-home job for being transgender

VIWEPOINT By Aimee Stephens

I was in funeral services for nearly three decades before I was fired in 2013 for being transgender. In March, a federal appeals court agreed that it was wrong to fire me just because of who ...


Gods-trans-affirming-vote-on-Question-3

  God's trans-affirming vote on Question 3

Trump's administration is trying to define transgender Americans out of existence. Trump wants his administration to remove the word "gender" from UN human rights documents. And, he wants "gender" to be defined solely on the basis ...


Working-for-a-world-where-all-can-live-

  Working for a world where all can live

GUEST COLUMN

The following was presented as the keynote for State Treasurer Frerichs LGBTQ History Month Program Thank you Treasurer Frerichs for inviting me to speak today. Thank you, Alice Morales, for coordinating this event. And thank you ...


Matthew-Shepards-murder-revisited

  Matthew Shepard's murder revisited

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events. And Matthew Shepard's murder is one of them. Oct. 12 marked 20 years since the death of Matthew Shepard. ...


LETTER-Immigrants-attacked

  LETTER Immigrants attacked

Dear Windy City Times: The Trump administration has proposed changes to our immigration system, this time going after low-income immigrants. This new proposed rule would bar an individual who is likely to become a "public charge" ...


Archbishops-comment-explains-why-Church-is-in-so-much-trouble

  Archbishop's comment explains why Church is in so much trouble

MOUNT RAINIER, Maryland—Archbishop Charles Chaput's statement about LGBT Catholics at the synod on youth yesterday is a perfect example of how some church leaders have been so blinded by ideological homophobia and transphobia that they cannot ...


LETTER-Response-to-Kavanaugh

  LETTER Response to Kavanaugh

Dear Windy City Times: The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the fact that Kavanaugh faced credible allegations of attempted rape. More ...


LETTER-A-big-thank-you

  LETTER A big 'thank you'

Windy City Times: I am writing this letter in response to the Windy City Times article "Peaceful assembly protests Rainbow flag burning at Resurrection Catholic Church," by Carrie Maxwell. When I first heard rumblings about this ...


Alzheimers-A-Love-Story

  Alzheimer's: A Love Story

GUEST COLUMN

Gregory, my husband of over 41 years, was diagnosed with dementia, most likely Alzheimer's, in the 29th year of our relationship. He was 55 years old. We walked the Dementia/Alzheimer's path together for 12 years. He ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-There-is-no-place-like-home-

  THE AMAZON TRAIL There is no place like home

I was recently contemplating my shoes, which, along with clothes and boxes of books, are the only closeted things in our home. That morning I'd noticed my sweetheart had attached a magnet depicting Dorothy's ruby shoes ...


Aging-gracefully-Dont-speak-of-overcoats-or-bowels

  Aging gracefully: Don't speak of overcoats or bowels

The old saw says, "You know you are getting old when you begin to talk about the state of your bowels." As a young, newly employed elementary school teacher, my mother often would ask me, "When ...


LETTER-Calling-out-Kavanaugh

  LETTER Calling out Kavanaugh

Open item from the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund: It took courage for Professor Christine Blasey Ford to publicly come forward with her accusations of physical and sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court ...


Change-is-in-the-air

  Change is in the air

Windy City Times is marking its 33rd anniversary this month. As co-founder and publisher, I could not be more proud of what this paper and related sister publications have accomplished. I know we have not been ...


Challenges-face-the-creators-of-Tootsie-20-

  Challenges face the creators of Tootsie 2.0

GUEST COLUMN

In the 1982 hit movie Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, an out-of-work actor who, in a fit of desperation, decides to audition for a job as a woman. "Dorothy Michaels" gets the role and, through ...


LETTER-Howard-Brown-Health-and-Humboldt-Park

  LETTER Howard Brown Health and Humboldt Park

To: Sol A. Flores Executive Director La Casa Norte Dear Ms. Flores: We, the undersigned residents and LGBT leaders of the Humboldt Park community, are deeply concerned about the possibility of Howard Brown Health ( HBH ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Religious-Exemption-Laws-Put-LGBT-Elders-at-Risk

  GUEST COLUMN Religious Exemption Laws Put LGBT Elders at Risk

At a time when LGBT older adults are at their most vulnerable and in need, religious exemption laws threaten to jeopardize their security and safety. Take the case of Mary Walsh and Bev Nance who, like ...


MOMBIAN-Whats-possible-in-LGBT-inclusive-classrooms

  MOMBIAN What's possible in LGBT-inclusive classrooms

As the hot days of August try to tempt us into laziness, another influence pulls at many of us parents—the increasingly loud voice in the back of our heads that says school will soon be starting ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-As-you-are

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR As you are

Dear Editor, The Biden Foundation has launched "As You Are," a family and community acceptance campaign to raise awareness of the importance of family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ young people. Despite unprecedented gains in ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Calling-for-change

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Calling for change

Dear Editor: Recently, Pope Francis changed the catechism of the Catholic Church to make the death penalty entirely unacceptable, saying it is "an attack" on human dignity. DignityUSA, the organization of LGBTQI Catholics and allies, welcomes ...


VIEWS-Cardinal-Cupich-on-sexual-abuse-Clerical-culture-not-gay-priests-at-fault

  VIEWS Cardinal Cupich on sexual abuse: Clerical culture, not gay priests, at fault

Robert Shine

A top U.S. cardinal has expressed strong skepticism that gay priests are the cause of clerical sexual abuse, saying instead the problem stems from clericalism in the Church. Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago addressed the topic ...


MOMBIAN-Creator-of-study-on-LGBTQ-familes-talks-about-new-findings

  MOMBIAN Creator of study on LGBTQ familes talks about new findings

Thirty-two years ago, Nanette Gartrell, M.D., launched a project to follow the first wave of lesbian families created through donor insemination. Now, her National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study ( NLLFS ) is the longest-running study on ...


Youth-activist-Mack-Guthrie-talks-My-Body-My-Story-campaign

  Youth activist Mack Guthrie talks 'My Body, My Story' campaign

In the months after the November 2016 election, Mack Guthrie decided he had to get involved with issues he was passionate about. That decision eventually brought him to the My Body, My Story Planned Parenthood of ...


ESSAY-The-Battle-Within-Cis-and-Trans-Women-Can-We-Get-Along

  ESSAY The Battle Within, Cis and Trans Women, Can We Get Along

This is the essay I never wanted to write. The focus of this piece is the women's community, but I could easily write an essay about how gay men also have treated the transgender community badly. ...


LETTER-Safety-stance-anniversary

  LETTER Safety stance anniversary

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 ...


VIEWS-Our-lives-do-depend-on-it

  VIEWS Our lives do depend on it

I've heard whispers of hopelessness, rising in some quarters to a clamor of despair. Despair? Not an option. I certainly sympathize, but I definitely disagree with those who see despair as our only option in light ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Mishea-Davinaes-Chronicles

  GUEST COLUMN Mishea' Davinae's Chronicles



Someone kidnapped me, took me from my home planet and placed me on earth. At 10 years of age, I was learning to do things on my own, with no guidance, no structure, and no one ...


LETTER-Valiant-effort

  LETTER Valiant effort

To whom it may concern: On the evening of May 25, 2018, my dear friend Karl Szwet and I had just finished the Critical Mass bicycle ride and had stopped at the Whole Foods next ...


SOUND-THE-ALARMS-Supreme-Court-pick-could-dismantle-LGBTQ-rights

  SOUND THE ALARMS Supreme Court pick could dismantle LGBTQ rights

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court should alarm every member of the LGBT community. His record demonstrates that if he is confirmed to the seat recently vacated by Justice Kennedy, who often played ...


Independence-Day-celebration-for-whom

  Independence Day celebration for whom?

Last week we celebrated the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking our nation's 242 years of independence. Scenes of hyperpatriotism were on display, too. People were singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" or reciting the pledge ...


VIEWPOINT-When-they-come-for-me

  VIEWPOINT When they come for me

Mark Zubro. Photo courtesy of Zubro

When they come to tell me to move to the back of the bus, the answer is no, I'm not moving. When they tase me, arrest me, shoot me, whatever—until my last breath, I will be ...


LETTERS-Being-human-meeting-obligations-to-children

  LETTERS Being human, meeting obligations to children

Being human To whom it may concern: Every day at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, we teach about the dangers of intolerance and indifference through the lens of the horrific history of World War II ...


Whats-happening-to-Pride

  What's happening to Pride?

I like to say there was something in the air that made Pride 2017—here and abroad—one of the most contentious events in its history. Many, however, in our LGBTQ communities say the tension was always present. ...


Money-bond-pretrial-incarceration-hurting-Chicagos-LGBTQ-Communities

  Money bond, pretrial incarceration hurting Chicago's LGBTQ Communities

GUEST COLUMN

On any given day, more than 90% of people in Cook County Jail ( "CCJ" ) are presumed innocent and yet are locked up pretrial while waiting their trial. Although the number of LGBTQ people at ...


Trigger-warning-mental-health-suicide-prevention-and-survivor-guilt

  Trigger warning, mental health, suicide prevention and survivor guilt

by Karen Hawkins

Trigger warning: mental health. Simply put, suicide can kiss my ASS. If you're a fellow family/friend survivor, I'm sending you tons of love this week and a not-so-gentle reminder: It's not your fault. While I deeply ...


Cakeshop-ruling-doesnt-crumple-our-opponents

  Cakeshop ruling doesn't crumple our opponents

A pall hung over me June 4. The Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ...


THEATER-VIEWPOINT-Dont-just-stand-there

  THEATER VIEWPOINT Don't just stand there

In the wake of an attack, non-binary actor urges allies to act Also see theater feature at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/THEATER-Trap-Door-transcends-with-binary-breaking-French-patriot/63097.html . I was on the crowded Red Line train on my way to the third performance of Trap ...


MOMBIAN-Two-new-picture-books-tell-story-of-the-rainbow-flag

  MOMBIAN Two new picture books tell story of the rainbow flag

Pride season is here, and so are two new picture books that tell the story of the rainbow flag and the individuals who inspired and created it. Rob Sanders' Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Still-a-Cis-World-After-All

  GUEST COLUMN Still a Cis World After All

A tragic, drug-addicted hooker ( Dallas Buyers Club ). A slasher-transvestite ( Dressed to Kill ) and a slasher-transvestite dressing as his dead mother ( Psycho ). A transwoman who tragically perishes during pioneering gender-affirmation surgery ...


Can-the-LGBTQ-community-trust-Pope-Francis

  Can the LGBTQ community trust Pope Francis?

Once again, Pope Francis is rocking the world. "God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you ...


LETTER-Ban-on-the-run

  LETTER Ban on the run

The Honorable James N. Mattis Secretary Department of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Mattis: On behalf of the physician and medical student members of the American Medical Association ( AMA ), I ...


VIEWS-Pimping-King

  VIEWS Pimping King

With 2018 being the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, commemorations honoring the man will be taking place across the country. But who would think a Super Bowl ad with a King ...


LETTER-State-leaders-children-need-your-help

  LETTER State leaders, children need your help

An open letter from members and supporters of The Coalition to Rebuild Illinois Child Welfare Dear Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, Senate President Cullerton, and Minority Leaders Durkin and Brady, You are the parents of 17,000 children ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Walking-for-immigrant-justice-and-dignity

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Walking for immigrant justice and dignity

To whom it may concern: On April 28, Rev. Jose S. Landaverde, of the diocese of Quincy, Illinois—and chaplain of The Latin American Labor Council—in the company of many supporters from Chicago and the surrounding areas ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-The-six-foot-table-solution-

  THE AMAZON TRAIL The six-foot table solution

Yes, we can solve all our problems with six-foot tables—even world peace. I'm surprised no one thought of it before. It was my fairy goddaughter ( FGD ) who opened my eyes to the concept. She, ...


MOMBIAN-Of-marriage-and-parenting-

  MOMBIAN Of marriage and parenting

My spouse, Helen, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary ( though our time as legal spouses is obviously shorter ). Reaching a quarter-century together—just about half of my life—feels significant in a way that previous ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Steppenwolfs-Multi-Cultural-Fellows-lead-in-minority-artist-alliances-

  GUEST COLUMN Steppenwolf's Multi-Cultural Fellows lead in minority artist alliances

We've all seen them: Those shows where a sole person of color stands out in an ensemble sea of white. For artists, being the "only one" of a kind in any given production can be a ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-The-terlet

  THE AMAZON TRAIL The terlet

When I objected, starting around the age of four or five, to commercials on the radio, I had no idea what the future of marketing would hold for us all. Why, I asked, was "The Lone ...


VIEWPOINT-Another-Black-Harvard-man-arrested

  VIEWPOINT Another Black Harvard man arrested

I reside in Cambridge. And, the last time an unarmed Black Harvard man in Cambridge was arrested, it made the news. It was when renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was mistakenly taken to be an ...


VIEWPOINT-Catholic-LGBTQIs-see-mixed-record-in-first-five-years-of-Francis-papacy

  VIEWPOINT Catholic LGBTQIs see mixed record in first five years of Francis papacy

Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, recently issued the following statement in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis: On March 13, 2018, Catholics and many others in the world marked the ...


MLKs-assassination-reminds-nation-of-gun-violence

  MLK's assassination reminds nation of gun violence

The 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination is, sadly, a searing reminder of unaddressed gun violence in the United States. And, because gun violence has gone unaddressed for half a century, ...


SENIOR-MOMENTS-Letter-from-Palm-Springs

  SENIOR MOMENTS Letter from Palm Springs

The Gym

Never in a million years did I ever think that I'd go to a gym. It's so out of character that I have friends in England who refuse to believe it. They think I'm making it ...


VIEWPOINTS-Cardinal-Cupich-Church-and-families

  VIEWPOINTS Cardinal Cupich, Church and families

Cardinal Cupich says Church should learn from families. We hope it will learn from all families. In a recent address at the University of Cambridge, England, Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich spoke about Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis' ...


GUEST-COLUMN-How-METOO-Becomes-Culture-Change-Tradeswomen-and-Sexual-Harassment-

  GUEST COLUMN How #METOO Becomes Culture Change; Tradeswomen and Sexual Harassment

From a speech at the Chicago Women's History Center Screening of Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power, Jan. 13, 2018. Like so many of us, here today and around the world, the #metoo movement has resonated ...


LETTER-A-call-for-inclusion

  LETTER A call for inclusion

An open letter to The Legacy Project's Victor Salvo Hello, Victor: We have been supporters of the Legacy Project's efforts to memorialize the contributions of LGBTQ citizens. Your inclusion of African-American and Latinx citizens has ...


VIEWPOINTS-The-Seasoned-Life

  VIEWPOINTS The Seasoned Life

You might find this hard to believe, but it's true. Before I came to earth I had already picked out my parents and siblings and waited for the correct body for myself. I waited until I ...







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