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Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Historic Black LGBTQ talk on 'Selma' takes place - If Bayard Rustin were alive today, he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film Selma. "Flashback Sunday," a social group for LGBTQ elders of color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition ( HGBC ) convened "an honest and open dialogue" between a generations of LGBTQ activists. Folks who ...


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Letters to the editor: Bowled over - I was delighted to read the Jan. 21 article by Carrie Maxwell entitled "Affinity kicks off 20th-anniv. year with Burning Bowl Event." I'd like to publicly thank and congratulate Affinity Community Services on its 20 years of organizational history, which, I must add, was built upon strong grassroots organizational skills and experience. Affinity continues to be an organizational beacon of ...


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VIEWS Martin Luther King Jr.'s expansive dream - Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual birthday is Jan. 15, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well-pleased with Ava DuVernay's film Selma. Many people working for justice today stand on the shoulders of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he achieved in Selma. But I believe King's vision of justice is often gravely limited and misunderstood. ...


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LETTERS Politics of religion; Response to letter on grants - Politics of religion I am writing this letter hoping for of beginning a discussion on the ethics of politics, or is there such a thing. Can ethics have any place in our political discussion, or is that just wishful thinking? Wishful thinking or not, I believe such a discussion is worthwhile because of the Chicago aldermanic elections that are on ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS The day after Christmas - Garbage pick-up on my block is every Thursday. But with Christmas falling on that day of the week, this year garbage pick-up rolled over to Friday. The running joke among us residents on the block is that we all sometimes, unfortunately, get unpleasant sights and smells of each others' garbage because of the way our gaggle of sanitation workers barrel ...


Nick Patricca

The Grand Jury and Civil Rights - Open To Thinking: A recurring column - The grand jury 'no bill' decisions in the cases of the death of Eric Garner ( Staten Island, New York, July 17, 2014 ) and the death of Michael Brown ( Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 9, 2014 ) through police actions—two unarmed Black men killed by white police officers—have renewed calls to either eliminate or reform the grand jury as a ...


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LETTERS Grants slippery slopes; Honoring Goerge? - Shame on you Dear Editor: We in Gay Liberation Network join The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer ( LGBTQ ) Immigrant Rights Coalition of Chicago in its sharp criticism of the Rahm Emanuel administration and Chicago City Council for its decision to honor Cardinal Francis George. What appears to be shameless pandering to Catholic Chicogoans by vote-hustling politicians led ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS MOMBIAN Seeking LGBTQ parents in history - Opponents of LGBTQ equality often try to make LGBTQ parents seem like a new and untested phenomenon, and therefore something to be avoided. The history of LGBTQ parents and our children, however, goes back further than one might think. The Greek poet Sappho, whose island home of Lesbos gave us the term "lesbian," may have had a daughter named "Cleis." ...


Caroline Siede

VIEWS How to be a better ally (from someone still learning) - The recent wave of national "Black Lives Matter" protests has reignited a much-needed conversation about allyship. In the world of social justice, an ally is a member of a dominant group who stands in support of a marginalized group. That can include white people fighting against racial profiling, straight people supporting gay marriage, men taking up feminist causes, cis people ...


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VIEWS: Why Laverne Cox should be fifth 'View' co-host - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Frank McAlpin - The brilliant and amazingly talented Laverne Cox co-hosted The View recently, and let me just say Ms. Cox was everything! She was a breath of fresh air, keeping it oh so real. I have always been a huge fan of The View, as I love outspoken women discussing current events and pop culture. I mean, what gay man doesn't? However, ...


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LETTERS Thanking Coors?; Calling out the archdiocese - Grin and beer it? A friend of mine recently pestered me to write a thank-you note to Coors Beer Company for underwriting the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food fest hosted by the Center on Halsted and enjoyed by members of the LGBT community. Why can't he write his own letter of gratitude? I have too much pride to concede anything ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS What's in a greeting? - One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation's religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words: Happy Holidays! For the past decade now, when this season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle concerning this holiday. Last year The Kelly File, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a ...


Tracy Baim, Windy City Times

EDITORIAL Unconditional - Growing up, my family was a bit unorthodox, on multiple levels. At the same time it was the best of what a family can be. The love was unconditional. I have been thinking about that word a lot this year. As I delve deep into the issues of homeless LGBTQ youth, I often hear the youth say that what they ...


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LETTERS - Slide rule Dear Editor: The Mister International Rubber ( MIR ) event needs to be moved out of the gymnasium at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). While the gym works well most of the year, safety is severely compromised following the MIR event. The extensive use of talc and silicone transforms the usually good gymnasium floor into ...


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LETTER Honoring one, dishonoring many - Open Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Council: When a City Honors One but Dishonors Many On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, acting on behalf of "all" citizens of the City of Chicago, honored Francis Cardinal George with the city's highest honor, the Medal of Merit. Our elected officials inexplicably praised ...


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LETTER Take action - The time has come for Archbishop Blase Cupich to make a gesture to Chicago's LGBT community about healing and reconciliation. Cupich, for his part, has said the altar rail should not be a place of politicization, unlike his predecessor Cardinal Francis George, who used the Holy Eucharist as a baseball bat to keep lay Catholic individuals and organizations in line. ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS World AIDS Day and my community's ongoing struggle - Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! President Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University ( GWU ) in D.C. by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease. "We're closer than we've ever been to achieving the extraordinary: an AIDS-free generation," Obama stated to the GWU audience. "But we've got to keep fighting, all of ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: The Idea of the City and Our Mayoral Election - A recurring column - Our English word 'citizen' comes from the Latin word 'civitas' which means 'city.' A citizen, in Latin 'civis,' is someone who lives in a city. Such persons are said to be civil and civilized because they have evolved to a higher moral and cultural condition. Our word 'villain,' which has come to mean a lowlife, a crook, a 'baddie' in ...


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Holiday gift guide to new LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books - MOMBIAN - LGBTQ-inclusive children's books can make great holiday presents. Here are some new ones from the past year to add to your kids' collections. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy. LGBTQ-inclusive books for the middle-grade range—especially ones that focus on a same-sex-headed family instead of just having an LGBT minor character—are few and far between. Levy's book ...


Robert William Kingett

VIEWS Off the grid - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Usually, once in our lives, if not more than once, there's a sentence that flutters out of our mouths without a hesitation. People have uttered this sentence in all cases of need, where they wanted something really badly but they felt as if that new book would enhance their lives or that video game would make the winter bearable or ...


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LETTERS Taking the test - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Editor, Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day and, while we have so many achievements to celebrate, we also have many challenges that demand increased and improved efforts to curb the HIV epidemic that has now spanned more than 30 years in the United States. The past 30 years have seen tremendous progress made in the prevention and treatment ...


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Repetitive Motion Disorder: Black Reality and White Denial in America - By Tim Wise - I suppose there is no longer much point in debating the facts surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. First, because Officer Darren Wilson has been cleared by a grand jury, and even the collective brilliance of a thousand bloggers pointing out the glaring inconsistencies in his version of events that August day won't result in a different outcome. And second, ...


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LETTERS Immigration reaction - On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that he would seek executive action to protect some undocumented immigrants, in light of the House of Representatives' inaction regarding comprehensive immigration reform. The president had previously warned that if the House did not pass immigration reform, he would ask the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to look into administrative ...


Rizi Xavier Timane

VIEWS Reflections on the Transgender Day of Remembrance - Every Nov. 20, transgender individuals and their allies around the world commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. But make no mistake: this is not a holiday, and the ceremonies we hold are certainly not celebrations. Rather, the Day of Remembrance is a solemn time when we can come together and reflect upon the battles we have fought and continue to ...


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, ...


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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 ...







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