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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

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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LETTERS PrEP rally - An open letter to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) President Michael Weinstein Dear Mr. Weinstein: We, the research team at The Hunter College Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training ( CHEST ), are deeply concerned about your recent inflammatory remarks about HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ), calling Truvada a "party drug" and "ineffective" in preventing HIV ...


Cec Hardacker

HBHC town-hall meeting to look at health, aging - The first of five community town-hall meetings that Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) will host this spring will focus on the health needs of Chicago's aging LGBTQ community. We welcome the participation of seniors and anyone interested in discussing the concerns and health needs of aging LGBTQ individuals. The first Town Hall will be hosted by CEO David ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Rancher Bundy, civil religion in US - A recurring column - In his 1762 treatise 'The Social Contract' Jean-Jacques Rousseau presents the principles necessary to construct legitimate political authority in the modern world, a world that had lost or destroyed the traditional foundations for government. In Book 8, he presents the idea of a 'civil religion,' a religion that the state should endorse to promote good citizenship. Rousseau's civil religion preaches: ...


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LETTERS Business alliance's business - Dear Windy City Times: I am writing this letter because of recent happenings with the last meeting of the Northalsted Business Alliance. First, I want to commend the alliance for its efforts to create an environment that is beautiful in the Boystown area. Its intent to spend money on a CTA advertising campaign for the Alliance visibility is forward-thinking. The ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

Gay white men not the culprits gentrifying Harlem - Building 1644 on Park Avenue is gone. So, too, is building 1646. Recently, witnesses and residents of the area all reported hearing an explosion before the buildings leveled leaving plumes of dust where they once stood. Tremors from the fiery blast were felt more than a mile away. The night before the conflagration the smell of gas was detectable. These ...


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LETTERS Action and reaction - Dear Windy City Times: I am responding to a letter to the Windy City Times from R.M. Schultz about Chuck Colbert's recent article on the Vatican survey. The article, in my opinion, was right on. We are all entitled to our opinion, but when you engage in name-calling most reasonable people get turned off. In terms of getting a wider ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS America cleans up homophobic lexicon - As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its LGBTQ residents, it is also beginning to re-examine its language used to demeans us. In last month's New York Times article "The Decline of the 'H' Word," Jeremy Peters wrote that while the word "homosexual," for the most part, is "inoffensive," "outdated" and perhaps "innocuous," many in our ...


Bridget Strathman

VIEWS Sexual harassment in the queer community - A few days ago I was standing at a bus stop in Andersonville when a group of men passed on the sidewalk behind me. My back was turned to them and I honestly did not even notice their presence until one man slapped me painfully on the butt. I turned to them and he yelled, "Yeah, girl!" I felt completely ...


Kenny Martin Ocasio and Luis Roman

VIEWS: ALMA 25 years later: No longer on the margins - For far too long, LGBTQ Latinos have gone underappreciated or unrecognized by both the larger Latino community, and the mainstream LGBTQ movement. Our issues were once overlooked, our existence ignored—we were hardly invited to the table to discuss policies that affected either the LGBTQ community or the Latino community. But as Latinos continue to become a politically powerful community ( ...


Jael Humphreys

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL: LGBTs in immigration detention facilities - Q: I have a cousin who was recently picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ), and she's transgender. She is planning to apply for asylum in the United States because she is afraid she will be persecuted if she is deported. I heard that there are new rules to protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities. What ...


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Letters to the editor: Poll position, Terrible trifecta - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Letters to the editor: Poll position Dear Windy City Times: I am bisexual—a leatherman in fact—and have been a reader of Windy City Times since I was a young man. And I am also a believing Catholic, so I pay particular attention to articles in your paper that concern my faith. Sometimes they are distressing ( as, for instance, those ...


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VIEWS Why Sexual Assault Awareness Month important to all - By Dorri McWhorter, CEO YWCA Metropolitan Chicago - Many of you reading this may not know it, but April kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month or what is often referred to as SAAM. Unfortunately in our city, SAAM was also kicked off by a brazen and brutal sexual assault on the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) campus. As the horrific details of this account become ...


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MOMBIAN Classic film about lesbian mothers now on DVD - MOMBIAN - The Fosters, ABC Family's drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season this week. But The Fosters—and many real-life two-mom families—owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents ...


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A mother reacts to gay son's marriage - By Joanne Gurion - After my son Charlie came out 10 years ago, I was overwhelmed with crippling feelings of guilt, fear and anxiety. I began to chronicle my journey, first as the "mother of a gay man," until I finally returned to being just "Charlie's mom." My son married the love of his life, David Wilk, on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. On the ...


Francesca Royster

Superfriends for the Struggle: Mentors and Icons - Cultural Q's: A recurring column - On Sunday, March 23, The New York Times celebrated Gloria Steinem, who has just turned 80. The Sunday Review section featured an icon of Steinem that took up the whole page, with her familiar cheekbones and center-parted hair framing her knowing eyes. Steinem has become for many Americans the face of feminism. For me, she's an icon of the longevity ...


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Letter to the editor: Pigeon-holed? - Dear Editor, I am responding to the article printed March 12, "Pansexual woman's journey empowers her to help others." After reading the article I was very disturbed by the stereotype being described for those living at Chicago House or being serviced at the TransLife Center. I find it offensive to hint that everyone there is HIV-positive, a high-risk prostitute or ...


Nick Patricca

Religion & Nationalism - Open To Thinking, a recurring column - In 1912, in the publication of his work Elementary Forms of the Religious Life ( Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse ), the French sociologist Emile Durkheim codified some of the best thinking from the 19th century about the social functions of religion. Focusing on primitive ( or primal ) cultures in the hope of gaining a clearer grasp ...


Alexandra Bolles

VIEWS How media criminalizes HIV and how to change it - The conversation around HIV/AIDS in America has in many ways evolved in recent decades. Though much of the general public has a greater knowledge of HIV/AIDS, the stigma surrounding it has not entirely dissipated and, arguably, exists in a higher concentration within the LGBT community than it did even twenty-five years ago. In a recent commentary called "Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The ...


Letters-to-the-editor-Pigeon-holed

Letters to the editor: Pigeon-holed? - Dear Editor, I am responding to the article printed March 12, "Pansexual woman's journey empowers her to help others." After reading the article I was very disturbed by the stereotype being described for those living at Chicago House or being serviced at the TransLife Center. I find it offensive to hint that everyone there is HIV-positive, a high-risk prostitute or ...


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VIEWS Forgiving and remembering - On March 24, 2004, Lake View resident Kevin Clewer, 31, was found in his apartment murdered, the victim of multiple stab wounds. The case has not been solved. On the incident's 10th anniversary, his brother Ron has written this viewpoint. CS Lewis said, "Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive." I have had many ...


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"What's between your legs?" the new "So what do you do in bed?" - by Cathy Renna - Possibly inspired by Laverne Cox and Orange is the New Black, I blurted out the title of this post at a recent panel about media coverage of transgender issues, as I was trying to put into context the quality of coverage of transgender issues today, as compared to gay and lesbian issues in the early 1990s. It has stuck in ...


Kim Flowers

VIEWS God hates funerals? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I never understood the motive behind the Westboro Baptist Church's picketing, but now that its leader, Fred Phelps, has passed away I see that since he's not having a funeral. Maybe that's what God really hates! This particular religious sect seems to hate them, anyway. The debate over whether those of us angered by the church's actions should picket Phelps' ...


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VIEWS The state of Black LGBT people and families - The state of Black LGBT people and their families While the America we live in today is more tolerant and accepting than decades and centuries past, we still have a long and arduous road ahead. Despite false claims that we live in a "post-racial" society, African-Americans still face prejudice and systemic racism regularly. LGBT people still combat discrimination and are ...




VIEWS Why the March judicial primaries should tick you off - From the Executive Committee Co-Chairs, Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening - It's hard to be a fan of elections without opposition. They seem essentially undemocratic, and where's the fun when there's no suspense? Seven Chicago-area judicial races in the March 2014 primary feature single candidates, so when the candidate's mother casts her vote, as it were, the election's done. Fortunately, all seven candidates running unopposed in March did voters, their fellow ...


Calpernia Addams

VIEWS Trans roles in Hollywood - Jared Leto was kind enough to mention me in his 2014 Independent Spirit Awards acceptance speech ( as part of a typically "Jared" list of people involved in the film alongside random notable people ). Next, he really surprised me by thanking me in his Oscar acceptance speech. As I've said before, my job was to sit down with him ...


Francesca Royster

Is CeCe McDonald Free? - Cultural Q's: A recurring column - In January 2014, CeCe McDonald, hate-crime survivor and transgender activist, walked out of prison. McDonald served 19 months for second-degree manslaughter for stabbing the man who physically assaulted her and made transphobic, homophobic and racist slurs against her and her friends. Since she was released, she's described her life on the outside as one of the celebration of everyday things: ...


Terry Cosgrove

VIEWS Speaking out for Quinn's support of women, children - With all due respect to the Governors of California and New York, Pat Quinn is the greatest champion of women and children of any sitting Governor. And Illinois voters should take note when voting in 2014. The ongoing assaults in other states on women in health care, in the workplace and in government are escalating with each passing day. These ...


Nick Patricca

Religion: What Is It? - Open To Thinking: A recurring column - Religion, for better and for worse, is a fundamental force in all human cultures, including our contemporary 'secular' civilizations, allegedly built upon non-religious principles. There are several productive ways of studying religion, ways that are as free from ideology and preconceptions as is humanly possible. William James developed a pragmatic approach that focused on the effects of religious experience rather ...


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LETTERS Rise to the hate - Open Letter to LGBT Roman Catholics in the Chicago Archdiocese Cardinal Francis George has stated that married gay couples cannot receive communion going forward. The Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach ( AGLO ) ministry supports this action. Hate being promoted in the name of religious freedom is wrong. According to the Washington Post, a Catholic chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital ...


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VIEWS Ron Dorfman's impact on journalism - Many of you know Andy Shaw from his long TV reporting career and now his watchdog work at the Better Government Association. But you probably don't know that someone who was near and dear to us at the Windy City Times, Ron Dorfman, gave Andy a big break when he was just starting out in journalism. Here's a column Andy ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: MOMBIAN 'Jacob's New Dress' adds to growing genre - A new picture book by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, Jacob's New Dress ( Albert Whitman, 2014 ), is a welcome addition to the small but growing number of books for and about young gender nonconforming and transgender children. The authors, a wife and husband who have a gender nonconforming child themselves, tell the story of a young boy who first ...


Karen Loewy, Lambda Legal

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL LGBT seniors and Social Security benefits - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My partner and I have been together for more than 30 years, and as we advance in age, we're wondering: Will we be able to get each other's Social Security benefits if one of us lives longer than the other? A: As our community ages, additional concerns may arise with regards to discrimination because we are gay, lesbian, bisexual ...







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