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Sarah Toce

VIEWPOINTS Putting it to the test, 23andMe - More than 2 million people have taken part in genetic testing by 23andMe, a company founded in 2006 by CEO Anne Wojcicki. The company's impetus was to empower the consumer with information regarding their personal DNA and accelerate genetic research on a wide range of health conditions from Parkinson's disease to lupus and asthma. Customers are not obligated to take ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN 2017: Good news, bad news for LGBTQ families - Was 2017 a good year for LGBTQ parents and our children? The political situation in the United States was grim, but we also saw progress in some areas. In perhaps the biggest win for LGBTQ parents this year, the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned the Arkansas Supreme Court in Pavan v. Smith, a case involving two married, two-mom couples ...


Robert Garofalo

VIEWS Words have consequences - Words matter in science—and in politics. We recently heard deeply troubling stories about the possible censorship of words at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ). For many of us in the HIV/AIDS community, this is not the first time words have been used to marginalize and divide us. In 2003, I was a new faculty member ...


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LETTER Addressing gun violence - Note: The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: Five years ago today, 26 innocent people—including 20 children—were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the nation and the world. HRC remembers the ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

For Black women, being Dems' 'backbone' is no compliment - Black women voters in the recent Alabama U.S. Senate race are being thanked for "saving" the state from Republican candidate Roy Moore, a homophobe, slavery apologist and accused pedophile. And we're all now are being lauded as "the backbone" of the Democratic Party. As a voting bloc, Black women in Alabama didn't just suddenly emerge for Democratic candidate Doug Jones. ...


Evie Litwok

GUEST COLUMN Are you tired of male sexual privilege? #metoo - In 1978, I left Temple University's PhD program after I had an interaction with a professor on my orals committee. "I want to sleep with you," he said. I looked at him in disbelief. "No," I said. "I am not going to pass you in your orals," he threatened. I told him I would not sleep with him. I marched ...


Jim Edminster

The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There was snow on the ground here in Chicago in early December. Did you get all your bulbs in? If not, pot them up and put them in a cool part of the basement or garage for early spring. Do not save bulbs unplanted—they'll die. I've gathered, with neighbors' help, many bags of leaves, mostly oak, for my grassless yard. ...


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LETTERS Net loss - GLAAD is responding to the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission's vote to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules, allowing broadband providers the ability to control your experience online by giving them the power to change what you can see on the internet, the speed at which you see it, and the quality of your connection. "Stripping away net neutrality is ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPIONTS The New Jim Crow targets LGBTQ Americans, too - Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case—which has many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles—will litigate a baker's rights to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, on the grounds of religious freedom enshrined in the First ...


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A Different World: Why We Owe the Cosby Accusers an Apology - "The sins of the fathers. They just fucked it all up. We had the best family. We had it all. We had it all in our hands. He just pulled us through the wringer. Narcissistic….He took it from his father, who took it from his father, who took it from his father. Let's break this curse. So it won't fall ...


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LETTER Halberstam update - Note: Michael Halberstam, the longtime artistic director for Glencoe-based Writers Theatre, was accused by a former subordinate of harassment and lewd behavior. The statement below is from the company: As you may be aware, Writers Theatre recently learned of a sexual harassment claim via social media involving our co-founder and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. Because some of you have previously ...


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Net Neutrality is worth fighting for now - Net Neutrality is the principle, and current FCC regulations, that let you a ) get access to The Windy City Times, Advocate.com, Grindr and other LGBTQ content at all and b ) have that access without paying more for that content on top of your current internet access charges. Net Neutrality says that all information on the Internet must be ...


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VIEWPOINT My Black lesbian body is a target for police brutality - The reality of unarmed African-American women—LBTQ, gender nonconforming and straight—being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored, especially with the focus of police brutality on our males. Like so many African-American women, Sandra Bland's death in 2015, resulting from police brutality was not new news. The national attention it received ...


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MOMBIAN 2017 gift guide to books for LGBTQ families - This year saw a terrific crop of books for and about LGBTQ families. Here are some of my favorites. Children's books The grande dame of LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books, Lesléa Newman ( author of Heather Has Two Mommies ), this year applied her sparkling prose to Sparkle Boy, about a gender creative boy who loves glittery things. His parents and ...


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VIEWPOINT Will and Grace 2017: You Can't Go Home Again - The return of Will & Grace is a miracle of sorts, a pinch-me moment in the history of television. The #VoteHoney video, created to support Hillary Clinton's run for president and which led to the show's revival, reminded me again what I loved about the original show, and why with Mike Pence in the White House, as a gay man, ...


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LETTERS Can't bear it - Dear Editor/Director, I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I can't be. I'm hurt. I'm offended. I'm outraged. I'm disgusted. I heard the McCaskey family—who own the Chicago Bears—just gave a large donation to Jeanne Ives, the only anti-gay candidate in the governor's race in Illinois. Ives says, and I quote, "They're [gay couples] trying to weasel their way ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Donna Brazile's revenge with 'Hacks' - Since the election of Donald Trump, most Americans on both sides of the political aisle feel American democracy is under siege. The infighting going on in both the Democratic and Republican camps has cast a pall on the country's future. And neither party, at present, can tamp down the support nor enthusiasm some have for establishment outsiders like U.S. Sen. ...


Robert Shine, Associate Editor New Ways Ministry

VIEWS Pope's record on LGBT issues weakened by criticism of transgender community - - Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has caused much ink to be spilled in evaluating his stand on LGBT issues. Now, a gay Catholic offers his latest thoughts after the pope's remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Xorje Olivares, a gay Catholic writing for Vice, ...


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LETTERS Hepatitis crisis - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Legal Council for Health Justice ( LCHJ ) are appalled to learn the state of Illinois was given a "D-" grade in the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the Center for Health Law Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School's interactive report grading the nation's Medicaid programs on their access to treatments ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Dorky dykes - I suppose I'm at my dorkiest about my stuffed animals. I have my first teddy bear, Buzz. I have the two cats Carol from Connecticut sent: Elga Wasserman ( after my first attorney ) and the appealingly homely Samo. Of course, I've kept the last one my mother gave me, a high femme rabbit in an extraordinary Easter bonnet who ...


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Leadership Conference opposes Don Willett for 5 Circuit Court of Appeals - Letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights - November 14, 2017 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation of Don Willett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth ...


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VIEWPOINT Zelim Bakaev: The face of Chechnya's anti-gay purge - The global LGBT community lives in very unsettling times. Chechnya is an Eastern European republic that is under the guidance and influence of the Russian Federation. It has waged an "anti-gay purge" and legalized honor killings by family members of LGBT individuals since February. Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, has strong-armed his government into a silent holocaust against ...


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LETTERS Helping refugees - Heartland Alliance Policy & Advocacy joins our partners at the U.S. Committee on Refugee and Immigrants to call on the president and his administration to maintain U.S. leadership through the Refugee Admissions Program. Since our inception in 1888, Heartland Alliance has worked to support the rights, needs, and human potential of people who have been displaced and are in need. ...


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Looking back: LGBTQ History Month's canon - Winston Churchill once said, "History is written by the winners." When the Stonewall Riots occurred in 1969, the history of more than a century-long oppressed people finally got national attention. And, since that historical moment, the suppressed and closeted oral histories of our fierce and courageous LGBTQ brothers and sisters began to be documented—openly and uncensored. In less than half ...


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Rev. Garner, 'You're Fired!': 1st and only Black person on MCC Senior Staff - Guest view by Robin Tyler - (As first published in the Los Angeles Blade) I am shocked and I am not easily shocked! Too many powerful, competent women have been attacked and vilified. The best example, of course, is Hillary Clinton. As qualified as she was to be President of the United States, she was considered "pushy," suspicious, untruthful, and other derogatory adjectives heaped upon brilliant, ...


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VIEWS Banning LGBTQ+ children's books will not erase us - Visibility sends a positive message of inclusion. Nowhere is this more important than in childhood. Seeing images and hearing stories reflective of a child's family structure, life history, perceptions, gender identity and, yes, struggles affirm a child's sense of belonging. As a same-sex coupled parent, I look for opportunities where my children can see themselves reflected in the world around ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN A very queer Halloween - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Halloween is almost here, which—for many of us—means trips to the store to purchase overpriced costumes or hours spent sewing and hot-gluing homemade versions, both for our kids and for ourselves. October is also, however, LGBTQ History Month and the month of National Coming Out Day, making Halloween's topics of heroes and hidden identities relevant in multiple ways. Here are ...


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LETTER Coming Out event - Dear Editor: Firstly, I think it is important to state, how much I appreciated being asked by the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus leadership to participate in the National Coming Out event. After reviewing both print and online editions of the article "Affinity hosts Coming Out Day event" ( in the Oct. 18 issue of Windy City Times ), I ...


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LETTERS A tale of discrimination - In light of the misinformation being spread, it has become necessary to state the following: On Oct. 7, LaSaia Wade and a group of 11 queer and trans friends visited County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana. Upon entering the orchard, LaSaia checked in her service dog. Due to differing understandings in how said dogs should be outfitted, she asked if ...


Kelsi Williams

GUEST COLUMN Fighting transphobia - A lot of people believe that being completely open with your significant other is an important part of any relationship, but to what extent does this statement stand? A popular debate today is whether or not someone should inform their partner that they identify as transgender. This raises the question: Are the people who think that knowing this information is ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Happy hours - One day, out of the blue, I received an email from well-respected writer Renee Bess. In her thoughtful, elegant style, she asked if I would be interested in working together to produce an anthology about the role gay bars have played in our lives. I was on board before I finished reading. A gay bar anthology, I immediately thought, was ...


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LETTERS Responding to the pope - The following text is a statement by Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, on Pope Francis' Oct. 5 statement on gender transition: Pope Francis has once again entered the discussion of transgender issues with a statement that reveals the pontiff does not yet comprehend issues of gender identity. In a statement to the Pontifical Academy for Life's general ...


Toni Marie Preston

GUEST COLUMN Welcome - My name is Toni Marie Preston. I am a Black, queer, trans femme with sickle cell disease. I'm also currently a senior sociology major and a women's and gender studies minor at Illinois State University. My work centers around intersectionality, abolitionism and radical liberation. I have consulted on projects, moderated panels and presented educational workshops. In 2016 I presented at ...


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MOMBIAN Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents - Award-winning photographer Gabriela Herman knew that for her new book, The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA, "the images would be portraits of the children, with no one else in them." She wanted to show what life with LGBTQ parents "is like through their eyes." That vision has given us a striking, powerful book of 75 images ...


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LETTERS Cappleman support - Dear Ald. Cappleman, I hope this note finds both you and your partner in good health. In the past we have had our differences, but I never doubted your personal commitment to social justice to the poor of our community. People of goodwill can have differences of opinion and approach, but they can also work together. Some of the personal ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH The musical 'Gypsy' is LGBT history? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT history can be found in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it just comes as a surprise to learn that something, or someone, you've known about was gay. Given the title of this column, you may think this is going to be about the lyricist of "Gypsy"—my favorite Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim, who's gay—it isn't. And if you think ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN New guide offers advice for and from LGBT parents - VIEWPOINT - As an LGBTQ parent, I sometimes feel like I've had to make things up as I go along. But Pride and Joy: A Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Parents, gives queer parents and parents-to-be a handy way to tap into the collective wisdom of many who have gone before. The new book, by Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt, offers ...


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LETTER Banning the ban - Dear editor: What happened in Charlottesville runs contrary to this nations core values. Whether Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian or socialist, all reasonable citizens should condemn this action as racist and anti-Constitutional. There should be no ambiguity coming from the White House, our national political leaders or our religious leaders on this matter. As a gay man and a person of ...


Tarina Hargrays

Why is 'transface' still a thing in Hollywood? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Let's give them the representation they deserve, but let's not actually include them in it!" This seems to be the twisted mantra that Hollywood's film and TV world holds onto so closely when it comes to casting transgender actors for trans roles. Today, representation of trans actors in television is at the highest it has ever been. However, that "high" ...


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LETTER Bi the way - Dear editor: This is an open letter to the entire LGBTQ community on behalf of all bisexual and bi-curious MEN and our friends regarding the increasingly hostile and unfriendly environment in today's world for all bisexual and bi-curious men. In the last decade, many gains have been made for our gay brothers and lesbian sisters, especially in the area of ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Hurricane Harvey's gay problem? - Since the intentional misreading of the Sodom and Gomorrah story in Genesis 19 in the Bible where the twin cities were supposedly destroyed because of homosexual depravity, the causes of natural disasters always find ways to be placed on the backs of LGBTQ Americans. It has become an easy go-to explanation—and, usually by Bible-thumping religious conservatives or, in Ann Coulter's ...


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LETTERS Dealing with DACA decision - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - No more closets, and no more shadows! President Trump's announced that his administration is going to move forward and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ). This announcement, unfortunately, is not a huge surprise. What else can we expect from a president that does not denounce white supremacists; that pardons convicted elected officials charged with racial profiling; ...


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LETTER Helping the homeless - Dear Editor: I'd like to publicly congratulate Andy Thayer and other coalition activists who took legal action against the city authorities on behalf of the homeless who reside under the viaducts beneath the Lake Shore Drive at Wilson and Lawrence avenues. All though, indigent homeless persons residing under the viaducts beneath Lake Shore Drive at Wilson and Lawrence Avenue were ...


Liz Baudler

GUEST COLUMN Missing Millett: Her role in a coming-out - I never read Sexual Politics. That's the most famous work of Kate Millett, who died earlier this week. This text, feminist scholars say, is one of the first to highlight the role of patriarchy in women's oppression, calling out male writers for their thinly disguised sexism. They call Kate Millett a feminist scholar too, though she primarily just wrote what ...


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LETTER: TRUST backs immigrants - We at the TRUST Collective-Chicago denounce the latest action by the Trump administration to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ). The cessation of this executive order displaces over 800,000 young people, and unnecessarily disrupts millions more families and communities. However, more than that, we denounce this decision because it attempts to dehumanize and isolate DACA recipients by ...


Maya Zimmerman

VIEWPOINTS Illinois takes a big step forward with new vital records law - I am a proud transgender woman born and raised in Illinois. But that does not define me completely. I am also a runner, a knitter, and a musician. I love my wife, my son, and my dog. Sadly, too many people see me not as that complete person, but only as someone who is transgender. The president disparages transgender soldiers ...


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LETTERS Trump attacks marginalized communities - Dear Editor: President Trump recently made two announcements—and, as in the past, both are direct attacks on our communities. First, the Trump Administration sent the official memo to the Pentagon outlining the directive to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. As discussed when this was first announced, we believe this was a political move to please the President's ...


Johnny Welsh

GUEST COLUMN What can happen when a state goes to pot? - In recent years, many states, including Colorado, have legalized marijuana for medical purposes without much fanfare or controversy. However, when the citizens of Colorado voted to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use beginning in 2014, a new industry was created that changed the economy, the culture, and the population of the state. Anticipating an outcry of opposition, the ...


Emagin Tanaschuk

VIEWPOINT Was the Resist March the 'All Lives Matter' movement of 2017? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - WIn the age of social media and hashtags, sometimes it feels like we are all connected, or a part of one big group. We forget the smaller groups that we belong to and the ones we represent in the physical world. We lose the ability to recognize that others' realities are different than our own, just because throughout the day ...


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LETTERS Banning the ban - Dear editor: We will not tolerate the transgender military ban. What message does it send to our armed forces and our country that the commander-in-chief tweeted his decision to stop allowing Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in our armed forces? Center on Halsted has always supported LGBTQ full participation in the U.S. military. From artwork commemorating those who ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Back-to-school time in the Trump era - My son is starting high school this fall, which I find hard to believe—it seems like just yesterday that I was driving him to preschool. This year feels different for other reasons, too. Last year, we headed into school time with the assumption that progress towards LGBTQ equality and inclusion in education would continue with little hindrance. This year, however, ...


Nathan Petithomme

GUEST COLUMN Expanding our definition of Pride? - In the city of Philadelphia, black and brown stripes were added to a rainbow flag, which was the catalyst to the debate of whether or not the Pride Flag should be inclusive of other marginalized identities than being restricted to only sexualities. The question of whether the Pride flag should be more inclusive of marginalized identities or look through an ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN In the wake of Charlottesville - VIEWPOINT - As a child, there were two things I thought were unfathomable and absolutely morally wrong: nuclear war and Nazis. To see both in the news again as real threats to our country sickens and appalls me. But while nuclear war felt like a broad threat against all humanity, Nazism felt more personal. It was hate largely directed against a group—Jews—of ...


Mack Dihle

GUEST COLUMN Standing Up - "Stand up for yourself, but not against others." My loving and talented girlfriend quoted that the other night in response to me writing this gender diary. I take low-dose testosterone. There, I said it. That felt weird and scary! I'm a masculine of center lesbian, gender non-conformer. What you don't know is that I wrote two other FINAL drafts and ...


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LETTERS Sanctuary, gun violence - Sanctuary situation In response to the lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago against the Department of Justice ( DoJ ) over the threat issued to cities that provide common-sense protections to immigrants from deportation, the Chicago Immigration Working Group, a local coalition of organizations that has been working on strengthening Chicago's Welcoming City Ordinance, issued the following statement: While ...


Kelsi Williams

TEEN SPEAK Sad truth about suicide rates - Depression and suicide awareness are both important topics that have their fair amount of advocates, but what these advocates rarely disclose is that a high percentage of adolescent suicide attempts, suicides and records of depression come from people within the LGBT+ community. It is not to be disrespectful or downplay their struggle, it is merely because this is something not ...


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LETTERS Affinity statement on healing - Dear Affinity Family, Our hearts are still broken over the weekend's events that continue to unfold in Charlottesville, Virginia. A young woman was killed, dozens were injured, and the world was reminded that this country has never been safe for some of us. What makes moments like these so challenging is that we know that what is happening in Charlottesville ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Who was intended to see 'Detroit?' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fifty years ago this summer, an urban rebellion took place. One hundred and fifty-nine riots erupted in cities with prominent African-American populations across the country. The civil unrest took place in cities like New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Birmingham and Boston, to name a few. The worst riots that summer were in Newark, New Jersey, and Detroit. The movie Detroit attempts ...


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LETTERS Loving church; gun violence and legal assistance - Choosing my religion Byron Brazier Pastor, Apostolic Church of God Chicago, Illinois Dear Pastor Brazier: I am not debating what you can do in your church. If you choose to publicly shame a member and put her out of the church for marrying her same-sex partner, our civil laws allow you do to do that. My question for you is ...


Alexandra Billings

GUEST COLUMN A tribute to Mariann Mayberry - Steppenwolf Theatre actor Mariann Mayberry died at age 52 after a long battle battle with cancer. Following is a tribute to her from Alexandra Billings. I walked into the rehearsal room shaking from the bottom of my feet and knowing they had made a dreadful mistake. That I wasn't the human they wanted and that this was certainly some kind ...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Slutwalk and symbols - To the Editor: As many of us have tried to move on from the chaos and anger of the Creating Change Conference ( January 2016 ), and the more recent Dyke March in Chicago, it turns out that anti-Semitism does not go away, and is raising its ugly head once again in advance of the upcoming Chicago SlutWalk, scheduled for ...


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LETTERS Tweet has a silver lining - To the editor: I think the tweet last week from the president about transgender service people has a wonderful side story that comes under "Every cloud has a silver lining." As distasteful, bigoted and misguided as his decision was, the very good news is that it offered so many high-ranking military leaders, national political leaders and news people an opportunity ...


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VIEWPOINT Black and Pink in Chicago on Aug. 4 - During the first weekend of August, Black and Pink Chicago will host our organization's second national gathering, bringing together LGBTQ prison abolitionists from around the country to build community and power, starting with a free and public celebration dinner Friday, Aug. 4, 6-10 p.m. at Chicago Teachers Union Center, 1901 W. Carroll St. As an organizer with the Chicago chapter, ...


Mark S. King

GUEST COLUMN Taboo Sex, Racism, and Gay Men: A Chat in Black and White - In 30 years of HIV work alongside Black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it's that very hesitancy, according to Black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism worse. Charles, the founder of the Counter Narrative Project in Atlanta, proved to be the perfect ...


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VIEWPOINTS DignityUSA moving toward radical inclusion - With the Catholic Church being the largest Christian denomination in the world, the fight for the dignity and inclusion of its LGBTQI parishioners is a fight for the church's soul and moral integrity. Since its inception, DignityUSA has asserted that God loves the LGBTQI community equally. This year, DignityUSA held its 23rd biennial national conference in Boston on July 6-9. ...


Michael T. McRaith

OP-ED Families Are Everywhere - As we move through a sweltering July, we can reflect upon another victorious June as communities across the United States partied with full force in honor of LGBTQ Pride. For some of us of ( or above ) a certain age, Pride events evoke both joy and profound astonishment - we have traveled light years. But this is not another ...


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LETTERS Respect for Renslow, Plea to a bishop - Showing respect Dear editor: I had arrived in Chicago from New Orleans last week to pay my respects for Chuck Renslow, who really was a major reason for my many visits over many years to Chicago. New Orleans never had such a treasured person as did Chicago. I tip my hat ( one of many large, colorful, adorned hats ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Harry Potter and the LGBTQ family - June 26 is an auspicious date. Not only did the U.S. Supreme Court issue its marriage-equality decision on that day in 2015, but 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997, the world first learned of a boy named Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione. I've read J. K. Rowling's series three times to myself and once out loud ...


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GUEST COLUMN Supporting Black & Pink - I have always taken more of an "academic" approach to the world, preferring to learn by keeping my nose in a book rather than striking up conversations. But part of my growing up has entailed realizing the importance of genuine human connection. While we shouldn't focus on interpersonal relations at the expense of rigorous structural analysis, the only way to ...


Stephen Rader

VIEWPOINTS I am a bad homosexual - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The following is a June 25 Facebook post that was reprinted with permission: I am a bad homosexual. I won't be attending today's Pride Parade. I haven't attended a Pride Parade in years. I tell everyone that I don't attend because the crowds have become too large, that I don't like being around sloppily drunken people, much less thousands of ...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Renslow, Trump, Dyke March - Saying goodbye Dear editor: Chuck Renslow, rest in peace. One thing I am certain about Chuck was his love for this very diversified community. Was he perfect? No, he was not perfect, but he was a good person. Like Harvey Milk, Renee Hanover and Marie Kuda, he committed his life to the welfare of his community and understood that ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Will the Court let business refuse the LGBTQ community? - Recently, the U. S. Supreme Court announced that in the fall it will hear the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case—which will have many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles—will argue the parameters of one's right to practice their religion and their right to express themselves freely that's enshrined in the First Amendment. In ...


Kelsi Williams

GUEST COLUMN School: Still not so safe - In the year of 2017 LGBT culture has become more accepted, but tensions are still high in places such as public schools. Teachers and students alike mistreat students of the community without even realizing it, and once they do the discrimination still continues. Personally, I no longer find it as difficult to be myself as it would have been years ...


C.L. Frederick

Paragraph 175 revisited: Genocide in Chechnya - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Russian government openly supports the persecution of LGBT individuals and imprisons detractors, according to many reports. What is happening in Chechnya is full-force LGBT genocide and concentration camps. Needless to say, around the globe, homophobia and hate continue to severely affect the LGBT community. So what's next? Why do we sit idly and watch? The situation is a "code ...


Regina Carswell Russo

VIEWPOINTS If you're not Black, use the N-word at your own risk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."—Proverbs 18:21. That's one of my favorite Bible verses. It came to mind recently when the controversy over the N-word re-emerged in public discourse with the recent apology by comedian and HBO late night host Bill Maher. I have to say I am a fan of Maher. But my fandom was ...







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