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PASSAGES Former Chicagoan Stan Dale Boyer dies - by Larry Scantland - As I begin to write this, it is hard to keep the tears from streaming down my face. First, because I never got to say good bye, and second, because I never even knew he was sick. Stan Dale Boyer died March 22, 2015 of colon cancer. He was 53. Stan played sports for the North End in CMSA, Chicago' ...


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Letters: Going for Garcia - Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee's endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel under the authorship of Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. While the endorsement is done in the name of the committee, I understand that Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov was sitting in the decision-making seat. I understand it is the ...


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VIEWS The love that dare not speak its name - With The Year We Thought About Love, filmmaker Ellen Brodsky ( from Cambridge, Massachusetts ) has made what some might call a dangerous documentary about youth in love, and what others would call a welcoming one. "There's power in being true to yourself," Brodsky stated. While that may be true, Brodsky also knows that the varied expressions of love are ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

Reproductive Justice at the Intersections: Abortion access is an LGBT issue - A recurring column - I don't have enough hands or fingers to count how many lesbians and bisexual women I know that have had abortions. If lesbian and bisexual women can be parents, then they clearly choose not to be. I am not surprised by this knowledge, and you shouldn't be either. In fact, 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Discrimination is not religious freedom - A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans. There is a surprising number of bills being introduced in state legislative session that outrightly sanction and enforce LGBTQ discrimination. These bills are called religious freedom restoration acts ( RFRA ), but don't be fooled. These lawmakers are looking to codify LGBTQ discrimination. Last week the ...


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LETTERS: A matter of money - Dear Editor: Time has never been on the side of those fighting against HIV and AIDS. Despite profound advances that have been made in both prevention and treatment over more than 30 years, more than 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the United States each year. Community-based organizations fight the HIV epidemic in Illinois on a daily basis. However, as ...


Diego M. Sanchez

VIEWS Stunned in Selma - On Saturday, March 7, 2015, I methodically adjusted my tie to center its lip as I made my way down U.S. Route 80 from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama, where Majors Creek shares banks with The Alabama River. I expected to have a range of emotions on this historic occasion commemorating the 50th year since "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, but I ...


Caroline Siede

Writing For Justice: Does voting actually matter? - A recurring column - How you answer that question probably comes down to how old you are, how cynical you are, and how much government corruption you've experienced over the years. It's easy to feel like one vote has little impact on the massive political machine. Perhaps that's why only about 34 percent of Chicago's registered voters participated in February's mayoral election ( potentially ...


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VIEWS Boston's forgotten role in the women's movement - March is Women's History Month and Mary Dore's documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry helps us celebrate, remember and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century—the women's movement. Zooming in on the years 1966 to 1971, Dore excavated the archival images of the birth of the movement. Dore captures the spirit, soul and fire of these ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: MOMBIAN Equity in the doctor's office - A news story has been circulating about a Michigan pediatrician who, "after much prayer," refused to care for a newborn because the baby had two moms. It's a story of personal discrimination and ignorance—but also indicates systemic problems. Jami and Krista Contreras said they'd chosen Dr. Vesna Roi of Eastlake Pediatrics because of her holistic and natural approach, reported the ...


Chris Murphy

VIEWS Gay or not, polo harms horses - It was with extreme disappointment, but not surprise, that I learned that there is a Gay Polo League operating in the United States and that the 6th Annual International Gay Polo Week will occur at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach in April. Abused and murdered from dawn of recorded history—and, likely, eons before that—in cultures throughout the world, ...


Dana Beyer

VIEWS The second coming of the man who would be queen - There are times when you read an article that's nothing more than a screed, a scream of resentment, in this case on behalf of a man who has slid into irrelevancy. In what appears to me to be an attempt to capitalize on the alleged Jenner transition, win some plaudits from reactionary fellow travelers, and prepare the ground to promote ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Remembering Selma - A recurring column - Civil Rights is personal. You either feel the issues in your gut or you don't. No set amount of rhetoric or logic, no quantifiable amount of insult, can with certainty move you to action. Not even unbearably evil murders, such as, the murders of the four Black girls in the Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in September 1963 or the ...


Mark Segal

MARK MY WORDS Loss of a pioneer - My friend Jerry Hoose died recently. You most likely don't know the name, but he affected your life; he certainly affected mine. In 1969, I was 18 and, knowing I was gay, like many other LGBT people, I didn't want relatives or friends to know. About 99 percent of our community was in the closet at that time. There was ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS A road map beyond Black History Month - Black History Month ( which kicked off Feb. 1 ) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans. If Dr. Carter Woodson, the "Father of Black History," were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity of the African-American community. It speaks volumes about our survival ...


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Transcending the Blacklist: Coalitions consist of distinct communities - A recurring column - On Jan. 20, 2015 President Obama became the first sitting president during the annual State of the Union Address to make the socially conscious decision to distinctly recognize three communities: 'Transgender', 'Bisexual' and 'Lesbian' Americans. The President remarked, "And there's one last pillar of our leadership, and that's the example of our values. As Americans, we respect human dignity […] ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

VIEWS LGBT parenting is a reproductive justice issue - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In 2002 there was heavy media coverage on a case that sent ripples around the country. Many LGBT families felt the impact and the possible implications it could have had for many of their own families. Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau, foster parents and a same-sex couple, gained national attention when they tried to formally adopt a 10-year-old boy they ...


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LETTERS A need for change - It isn't just enough to get LGBT representation in city government; instead, we must start asking "What kind of representation do we want?" When a gay alderman, James Cappleman, harasses the homeless sleeping in freezing bus terminals or opposes a Christmas toy drive for homeless children—is this how we want society to see us as the LGBT community? The days ...


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LETTERS Not cool for school - An open letter to the Democratic Caucus of the Illinois State Senate Attn: John Cullerton, Senate President In an attempt to push his anti-union, pro-privatization agenda, Gov. Rauner has nominated charter-school advocate Rev. James Meeks as his president of the Illinois State Board of Education. That Meeks is an anti-gay Democrat, preaching that being gay is "an evil sickness," is ...


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Letter to the editor: 46th Ward race - It isn't just enough to get LGBT representation in city government; instead we must start asking "What kind of representation do we want?" When a gay alderman, James Cappleman, harasses the homeless sleeping in freezing bus terminals or opposes a Christmas toy drive for homeless children—is this how we want society to see us as the LGBT community? The days ...


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VIEWS The case of Bruce Jenner, and our transphobia - What happens when the voracious 24/7 news cycle clashes with the personal journey of a bold-faced name who appears to be coming into their own as transgender? You get a wave of what many people are interpreting as transphobic coverage. It began on the retouched cover of InTouch, stretched across social media, and landed on the front-page of Saturday's New ...


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Black Youth Project 100, changing world one meeting at a time - Writing For Justice: A recurring column - Oprah Winfrey made headlines recently when she suggested the current "Black Lives Matter" movement is lacking in leadership. While she supports those protesting police brutality, she also worries they lack clear demands. To those who share Ms. Winfrey's concerns, I'd like to introduce you to Black Youth Project 100, a Chicago-based national activist organization that is changing the world one ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Remembering the Lovings this Valentine's Day - On this upcoming Valentine's Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage that many LGBTQ activists are still struggling for in their states. However, the precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving ( 1942- 2008 ), who I am honoring as one of my sheroes for Black ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Satire and Freedom - A recurring column - I once saw a production of Lysistrata—one of several anti-war plays by the ancient Greek writer Aristophanes—in which the chorus of old men sit on chamber pots complaining about the state of affairs in Athens as they try to move their bowels while suffering uncomfortable erections of their oversized but obviously elderly penises. The old men had failed in their ...


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 ...







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