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LETTERS Remembering Edward Sotomayor, calls for inclusion, unity - Remembering Edward Sotomayor [Note: The following was a eulogy presented at Orlando shooting victim Edward Sotomayor's funeral on June 25.] I would first like to express my deepest condolences to the family. He is your son, your brother, your cousin, your partner. To those that have come here today from around the country, he is our friend ... and he ...


Nick Patricca

Blessed Body book looks at Nigerian life - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - REVIEW OF: Blessed Body: The Secret Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Nigerians, edited by Unoma Azuah. Blessed Body is a unique collection of 38 personal narratives by 36 LGBT Nigerians who describe their struggles to discover and live their identities as sexual beings in their families, in their villages and towns, in their cities and country, in their ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Targeted act of a terrorist's hate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and parades and festivities abound. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges—the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Boston Pride was a couple weeks ago, with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on June 11. Come June 12, I woke up ...


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VIEWS In the aftermath of Orlando: Beyond ISIS - Jessica Stern - "Let us show the world that we are not afraid, we will not hide, and we will not stand down." ( New York )—OutRight Action International is shocked and saddened by the deadly massacre at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub on June 12 in Orlando, Florida. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 ...


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Letters to the editor: A call for unity - Dear Editor: WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National LGBTQ Task Force, along with 52 other groups, called for unity in the wake of the mass shooting that took place in Orlando last weekend. The attack that has caused outrage across the nation and the world happened at Pulse during the LGBTQ nightclub's Latino-themed night. Forty-nine people were murdered, the majority of which were ...


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GUEST COLUMN Know Your Rights: Combating Health Care Discrimination - by Paige M. Steffen, Esq., Clark Hill PLC - Discrimination in the access to and the provision of healthcare has been, and continues to be, an unfortunate reality for the LGBTQ community that not only affects LGBTQ individuals themselves on a day-today basis, but also has a negative impact on their relationships and their families. Historically, the LGBTQ community has been disproportionately affected by discriminatory insurance practices and provider-level ...


Joe Franco

VIEWS My name is not Harvey Milk, but I still want to recruit you - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Matthew Shepherd was beaten and killed 18 years ago I cried, became furious and then took action. I still remember that pain. I remember it when I feel most vulnerable. I remember the sense of powerlessness. I remember my anger. He was my age when he died. But over time, I grew complacent and selfish. I isolated myself from ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Targeted act of a terrorist's hate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and parades and festivities abound. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges—the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Boston Pride was a couple weeks ago, with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on June 11. Come June 12, I woke up ...


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Post-Orlando: Living and navigating two Identities - by Nabeela Rasheed - It was my birthday—June 14—and it was two days after one of the most horrific tragedies to occur any community. But this tragedy was perpetrated by a member of one of my communities against another of my communities. You see, I live at a cross-section of two seemingly irreconcilable identities: I am a lesbian and I am Muslim. The Orlando ...


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Ride sharing: Fighting change rarely results in progress - As a lifelong Chicagoan, I can tell you that taxis have always been a mixed bag, and a very, very mixed bag if you live on the South or West sides. Where I live is barely considered the South Side, especially by my friends in Hyde Park, South Shore, Beverly or beyond. But even the South Loop was once a ...


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Orlando: Making sense of senseless acts - We see their young faces now. Mostly Latino, mostly young, male and female. Out for a good time on a Saturday night in Orlando, theme park capital of the world. There is no way to make whole what has been torn to shreds. For those who lost family and friends, the scars will remain no matter how much time passes. ...


Kim L. Hunt

Views: The Bathroom: America's New Civil Rights Battleground - Using bathroom access as a tool to play on people's ignorance feels familiar. I have vivid memories of my grandfather pulling the car over to the highway shoulder during our trips to the south so my grandmother could use the bathroom. Even though it was the 1970s, for her the humiliating memories of "For Coloreds" signs were so strong that ...


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Open To Thinking: Nigeria: Jail the Gays or kill them - A recurring column - The Law. Same Sex Marriage ( Prohibition ) Act: "A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of the same sex: ( a ) is prohibited in Nigeria; and ( b ) shall not be recognised as entitled to the benefits of a valid marriage." Article One, Subsection One. "A person who enters into a same sex marriage ...


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MOMBIAN Making museums welcoming to all families - May is National Museum Month, and LGBTQ families have a growing source of support in museums—including ones aimed at children—that have been reaching out to welcome all kinds of families. Margaret Middleton—a Boston-based designer, speaker and consultant—has been a leader in helping to make this happen. Middleton, who has spoken at numerous museum conferences and been profiled on NPR, has ...


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LETTERS Title IX, David Boyer - Supporting Title IX Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 22 undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of the joint guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice on May 13, 2016, regarding the responsibility of schools, districts and states to protect transgender and gender ...


Elton John

VIEWS North Carolina governor's ignorance of trans identity - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring public school students to use restrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth. Recently, he filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice alleging gross overreach after Attorney General Loretta Lynch imposed a deadline for him to stop the implementation of ...


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How to donate a kidney to one of your newspaper's readers - This article has been updated as of May 22, 2016 Today I will be discharged from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn. with one kidney less than when I arrived on May 20. My left kidney now belongs to Elvie (L.V.) Jordan—a reader of the newspaper for which I have served as a staff writer for nearly three years. At ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Do we still need to study the worth of same-sex parents? - VIEWS - A new study on children with two moms is the first to use an apples-to-apples comparison and a nationally representative sample to conclude that same-sex parents are as good as different-sex ones. That's all well and good, but with national marriage equality and no more states banning same-sex couples from adopting, is this type of research still important? And is ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

Massachusetts has no trans-accommodation bill, either - VIEWPOINT - Mississippi and North Carolina can now be added to the list of states codifying transgender discrimination. To date, only 17 states across the country have passed non-discrimination bills protecting transgender citizens in public spaces. Shockingly, Massachusetts isn't one of them. With Massachusetts lauded as one of the most pro-LGBTQ states in the country, my lawmakers have disappointed me with their ...


Angel Abcede

On RuPaul's Kim Chi: No fats, no fems, no Asians - On a recent episode of this season's RuPaul's Drag Race, Korean contestant Kim Chi did a political commercial promoting herself and throwing shade at her opponent. At one point, she appeals to her constituents: "Shady queens say, 'No fats, no fems and no Asians.' As all of the above, I feel your pain." Right afterwards, RuPaul said the issues ring ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Discrimination: Religious liberty?! - A recurring column - The discussion of the principle of 'Religious Liberty' in our current presidential electioneering has generated so much darkness and so many red herrings that I have been reluctant to take on the topic. Since candidate Ted Cruz and others, however, keep raising this important issue, I would like to review some of the philosophical issues at the heart of this ...


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Letters to the editor: One tiny Tiny Home improvement - Dear Editor, The exterior of the Tiny Home ( in the April 27 issue of Windy City Times ), as shown in side view, looks like a marvel of design hardly to be improved upon. That is, unless the wooden front porch upright support columns were shortened a foot or so, and a simple flat climbing ladder was made from ...


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VIEWS Is dead white Christopher Isherwood still relevant? - The basic tenant of the artfully edited The American Isherwood, by James J. Berg and Chris Freeman ( University of Minnesota Press, 305 pages ), is that a writer owns nothing else but his experience. In this sense, Christopher Isherwood was an "existentialist," not in a murky hopeless way but by firmly clutching the idea that experience counts as primary ...


William Kingston

Guest column: Do you know your fair housing rights? - I am a student working at the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic hoping to spread awareness about LGBTQ fair housing rights. With the recent slew of anti-transgender laws being passed, this seems to be a relevant discussion of what the federal, state, and local laws do to protect the LGBTQ community in housing. The main question being, what ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Pope's damaging message to trans teens - Pope Francis' long-awaited apostolic exhortation—"Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love"—was just released. The good news is that he urges church leaders to be pastors rather than church bureaucrats. The request wasn't surprising because Pope Francis immediately taking the reins of the Catholic Church displayed a pastoral countenance to his papacy. While his recent tome might bring a sigh of ...


Nathaniel Frank

VIEWS How to stamp out transgender 'bathroom panic' - This article originally appeared in The Los Angeles Times. Social conservatives in North Carolina used a familiar playbook when they helped pass a draconian law restricting which restrooms transgender people can use. The tactic was fear: They whipped up anxieties about modesty and vulnerability in public restrooms until they created full-fledged "bathroom panic" over victimization by sexual predators. This week, ...


Breezy Conner

Life: You, Me, and A.D. - - One might want to know what A.D. stands for. It does not stand for After Death. I believe that is used in biblical terms. When talking about A.D. I am referring to the "American Dream." The American Dream is a dream not only about wealth but is about everyone getting a chance to do their best no matter what their ...


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LETTERS Sending a message - Art Director's Guild, CAA, National Association of Latino Independent Producers ( NALIP ), Netflix, SAG-AFTRA, Univision and Viacom all undersigned the below open letter from GLAAD that sends a message to governors and state legislators that anti-LGBT legislation is not congruent with their values. The letter appeared in Variety. As representatives of our nation's entertainment and media industry, we wish ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Laughing at the absurdities of Black homophobia - For many LGBTQs across the nation—especially those of us of African descent—we have been breathlessly waiting for Robert O'Hara's BootyCandy to come to our cities. BootyCandy has finally come to Boston, and each show has been a sold-out performance. BootyCandy is O'Hara's thinly veiled coming-out story of growing up African-American and gay. And the narrative is told in the voice ...


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LETTERS PayPal support - Dear Editor: Recently, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ more than 400 people in skilled jobs. In the short time since then, legislation has been abruptly enacted by the state of North Carolina that invalidates protections of the rights of LGBT citizens and denies these members of our community equal rights under ...


Angel Abcede

GUEST VIEW Five reasons for a gay Asian brotherhood - I've been president of a gay social organization called Asians and Friends Chicago for 12 years. That's a lifetime in gay years. In gay Asian years, I'm a 100-year-old egg. Some would say it's bad management—too much of the same year after year. Organizations need new blood. They need shaking up. I would agree, but the pluses have outweighed the ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Gay dad pens funny new memoir on international adoption - A friend of Jeffrey Roach and Ken Manford once told them that as the first gay dads many people had ever seen, saying, "You're ambassadors, whether you like it or not." Roach's new memoir PopDaddy: Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby might thus be considered a sort of ambassadorial communique, but with a hefty addition of humor and heart. Roach gives ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Dignity? Decorum? - Whatever happened to dignity and decorum? I'm very proud to be British today. Or, to be more accurate, I'm proud NOT to be an American. Watching the recent puerile antics of GOP Republican presidential candidates, if I were American I'd swallow arsenic, crawl into a hole and happily die in agony. The inane utterances and general craziness spilling from the ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Sheltering the artist at risk - A recurring column - On March 10, 2016, ISIS ( aka Islamic State ) murdered the 56-year-old Syrian poet Mohammed Bashir al-Aani and his son Elyas. Al Aani and his son had been kidnapped and held captive by ISIS since September 2015 when they returned to their home in eastern Deir Ezzor province to bury their wife and mother. The reason given for their ...


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LETTER PayPal withdraws plan for Charlotte expansion - ] - Two weeks ago, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ over 400 people in skilled jobs. In the short time since then, legislation has been abruptly enacted by the State of North Carolina that invalidates protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens and denies these members of our community ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS A feminist takeover remembered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most days, when the weather permits my morning constitutional, involves a two-mile walking loop around the Charles River. From my house I walk south toward Memorial Drive via Western Avenue. At the intersection of Western Avenue and Memorial Drive I turn right in the direction toward Harvard Square. Exactly one block from the intersection is Hingham Street and approximately 15 ...


Kevin Jennings

GUEST VIEW Why some gays are part of the problem - Gay neoconservative Joseph Murray recently called for the dividing of movements for justice and equality based on sexual orientation and gender identity—effectively promoting the idea that gay people should somehow leave behind the trans community and those who simply do not conform to what it means to be a "man" or "woman." As a gay man, I was taken aback ...


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LETTERS Open letter to trans community from National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) - Fighting back North Carolina's government spent just half a day jamming through a dangerous anti-trans bill. They overturned the LGBT protections that Charlotte's city council just passed a month ago. But that wasn't enough for them. They also made it state law that people must use bathrooms in all public buildings according to the gender on their birth certificate. That ...


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VIEWPOINTS: Bathroom blues - North Carolina is at it again. This time for signing into law the so-called "bathroom bill" that requires trans and gender non-conforming persons to use public bathrooms that are consistent with their birth gender, instead of their gender expression. Although this has been unleashing a firestorm of protest in social media and elsewhere, we're afraid that other states might follow ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Airing the lesbian laundry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - My sweetheart and I don't pay much attention to roles in our marriage. For one thing, she's the more able-bodied spouse and taller. It's not likely to be me at the top of our six-foot ladder, heaving storage boxes onto the garage rafters. And when UPS brings the "some assembly required" contraptions to our door? I usually hand my sweetheart ...


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LETTERS: Fiery Fierstein - The following is a Facebook post from actor/activist Harvey Fierstein Watching our people protesting Trump today, I have to say that I don't understand what we're doing. I understand that we must always speak out against intolerance and bigotry and anyone who would destroy American values to ensure their own profits but, at this moment... WHY ARE WE DOING THE ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS A religious utopia turned nightmare - Only a few times have an African-American lesbian been the protagonist in a novel since Ann Allen Shockley's 1982 book Say Jesus and Come to Me. What shocked and awed readers about this main character is that she is also an itinerant minister. While crusading against street vice in Nashville, the Reverend Myrtle Black meets world-famous R&B songstress Travis Lee ...


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LETTER: Bring parade out in the open; PRIDEChicago responds - Dear Editor, For nearly five decades our great city has celebrated its Pride through multiple celebrations, most especially the Chicago Pride Parade, which is reportedly the largest such event in the nation. For all these years, the Pride Parade has been organized by a dedicated group of volunteers under the leadership of a very fine gentleman. When he and his ...


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MOMBIAN Two books tell the stories of LGBTQ families - Stories have power. Two new collections of stories about the creation of LGBTQ families reinforce that point with two very different approaches. Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship, by Joshua Gamson ( NYU Press: 2015 ), is a collection of creation tales about Gamson's own family and several other LGBTQ families that he knows, woven together by insights ...


Breezy Cephus

Life: Mixed Emotions - A recurring column - You became my best friend There was only me and you You're Chucky and I'm Billy Boyd Best pals to the very end When I was down you lifted me up You went everywhere with me My right- and left-hand man Our connection sicker than two girl's one-cup Night after night, day after day My family gets angry when we ...


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LETTER: The significance of Chicago's Trump shutdown - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How a diverse group of Chicagoans took down the bully, braggart racist, and what it means for our movement The people of Chicago are reviving an old tradition. Young people here, particularly blacks and Latinos, have re-learned a lesson about how real change is made and they are teaching the rest of us: We have power in the streets that ...


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LETTERS: Ken folk; Cruz control - Ken folk Dear Editor, What was on their minds? What was on the minds of Equality Illinois Political Action Committee ( EI PAC ) members when they decided not to endorse Illinois state Rep. Ken Dunkin? It's my opinion that it was an organization's cowardly act, especially in light of Dunkin's progressive legislative record, and particularly in light of his ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: Lesbian mom of color played key part in wave discovery - The discovery of gravitational waves—predicted but not seen by Albert Einstein—made headlines in early February. One of the key members of the team that found them is not only a brilliant scientist, but also a lesbian mom of color. Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at MIT, has worked on detectors for the Laser Interferometer ...


Courtney Posnik

Relationships & Law Today: Culturally sensitive healthcare for the LGBTQ community - In February 2007, Lisa Pond unexpectedly collapsed after suffering an aneurysm aboard a cruise ship while it was docked. Lisa was transported to a Miami trauma center where she was admitted at 3:30 p.m. Lisa's partner of 18 years, Janice Langbehn, informed the admitting clerk that she was Lisa's life partner and offered to provide Lisa's medical history, but the ...


Julia Fox

Staying in the closet: Five ways it damages mental, physical health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While a major hurdle for LGBT rights in the Western Hemisphere has finally been overcome in the past few years ( legalization of gay marriage in both the United States and the United Kingdom ), it looks less and less hopeful that same tolerance can be achieved globally. In former communist bloc countries, the period for modest LGBT freedoms was ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS The great LGBT migration to Palm Springs - "NO ONE ARRIVES IN THE DESERT WITHOUT A STORY—A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LIFE AFTER AIDS—WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY DANIEL F. CARDONE. PRODUCED BY MARC SMOLOWITZ." So reads the blurb on the website for the documentary Desert Migration. I saw the film at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs back on Nov. 5 over the Palm Springs Pride weekend. The film documents ...


John D'Emilio

VIEWS Getting to know Bayard Rustin - Who is Bayard Rustin? Bayard Rustin is one of the hidden treasures of 20th-century U.S. history. People who have heard of Rustin tend to know him because of his role in the 1963 March on Washington, made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Rustin was the behind-the-scenes organizer ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Francis on the borders - A recurring column - By design, the itinerary of Francis in his first official visit to Mexico took him to its southern border with Guatemala in the state of Chiapas and to its northern border with the U.S. in the state of Chihuahua. This border-framing of the visit to Mexico of El Papa Francisco—the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, the first ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS The pope and the Catholic Church's homophobia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Italy is one of the major European countries that don't recognize marriage equality for its LGBTQ denizens in spite of the fact that the majority of Italians do according to a 2014 poll. In January 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Italy was in violation of human rights by not recognizing neither civil partnership nor same-sex marriage. ...


Carlos T. Mock, M.D.

VIEWS The aging homosexual - Joe B is 68 years old, lives alone and seldom socializes. He's one of the growing number of gay men who survived the AIDS epidemic and lives with survivor's guilt. Joe watched most of his friends die, was active in organizing vigils, marched with ACT UP to get the U.S. government to react to the disease that killed both of ...


Breezy Conner

Life: Dear young people and adults - When I was a tween I used to be a 'Yes, Ma'm' and 'Yes, Sir' type of person. Not now though. People took advantage of how polite I was and they still try and do that to this day. I am still very respectful, but only to those who deserve my respect and give it in return. It is kind ...


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LETTERS Muslim, Jewish, Christian LGBTs; Planning Pride - Talking the talk Dear Editor: There's a Jewish, Muslim and Christian LGBT divide. Is dialogue possible? This has certainly been a positive month for LGBT visibility, locally and nationally. Celebrating the diversity of our community, Equality Illinois—who contributed to the LGBT-rights movement—recently celebrated the diversity of the many who supported our movements accomplishments both inside and outside of our movement. ...


Jon W. Davidson

VIEWS After Scalia - With the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Feb. 13, the attention of the nation has focused like a laser on the court—its composition, the docket of cases now before it and the historic process ahead of Scalia's successor being nominated and confirmed. In his 30-year tenure, Scalia certainly left his mark on the court, and the ...


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Beyonce does justice to New Orleans' rich, queer culture - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Formation" celebrates identities that once sparked shame but now inspire pride. Beyonce's new song "Formation," released recently and performed at Super Bowl 50, is a masterpiece of Black protest art and social commentary. Using footage from the 2013 New Orleans documentary That B.E.A.T as its backdrop, "Formation" is both a personal and political statement about repression and a celebration of ...


Brian McNaught

VIEWS Who's to blame for sexually deformed people? - Whether or not my good friend, Paul Shanley, dies in prison, the global sex scandal in the Catholic Church, and in other denominations, will never be over until the Church changes its sexual ethics and publicly apologizes for improperly molding the minds and hearts of its sexually abusive and abused priests, nuns, religious brothers, and lay people. That means everyone ...


Kim Hunt

VIEWS Race matters in budget impasse - February is Black History Month—and Illinois' eighth month without a state budget. As we highlight Black people's contributions to the American narrative, the message sent by Illinois' budgeat impasse is hardly celebratory. All Illinoisans are suffering as the fragile web of supportive services slowly unravels. Communities across the state are feeling the ripple effects of layoffs, reduced services, slow state ...


Ramon Gardenhire

GUEST COLUMN Budgets Matter - Do #BlackLivesMatter? It's hard to tell if they matter to those who control the systems that prevent Black people across the country from accessing health care, sustainable employment, education, housing—even Oscar nominations. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We have lustrous examples of progress toward ending new HIV infections in all communities, including Black communities, such ...


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LETTERS - Blog days are over An Open Letter to GLAAD regarding the 2016 Media Awards We, the undersigned, respectfully but strongly disagree with your decision to remove the category of Outstanding Blog from the GLAAD Awards and with your rationalization behind this decision. LGBT blogs and independent media play a crucial role in relaying information, providing new and diverse voices, and ...


Raven Rodriguez

En la Vida: It feels like a lifetime ago - This is part two of Raven's En La Vida column. Part one was in the Jan. 20 Windy City Times. I stopped talking to my mother in 2002. Having absolutely no relationship with her whatsoever made it difficult to maintain one with the rest of my family so for years my wife, our daughters and I lived in a bubble ...


Jim Edminster

The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I am spending next Sunday discussing a not-so-interesting book but after the discussion I have arranged a kind of dessert for myself: A good friend and I will have a seedfest—we're going through umpteen seed catalogs and ordering for next summer. ( When you're 70, excitement is different from when you were 22. Fortunately, I can still dance two or ...


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LETTER Using the charge of "anti-Semitism" - Shouting false charges of "anti-Semitism" is a frequent tactic used by pro-Israel forces to marginalize those who protest the devastating, racist — yes, racist — policies that Israel carries out against the Palestinian people. Pro-Israel reaction to our recent protest at the National LGBTQ Task Force "Creating Change" conference in Chicago is no exception. Never mind that many of the ...


Mark Segal

VIEWS: MARK MY WORDS Insensitive, anti-Semitic protests - VIEWS - When I was a boy of 13, my grandmother took me to my first civil-rights demonstration to teach me about racism and social justice. She knew those issues well: Our family fled from the pogroms in Russia, others in our family perished in the Holocaust and Grandmom even fought for women's rights. On that day, I marched with Cecil B. ...


Nick Patricca with Katherine Kaufka Walts

The Child Soldier: From the Congo to Chicago - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - The forced use of a child in armed conflicts profoundly injures the person coerced and gravely insults the idea of the dignity of a human being—an essential value of our civilization and of our self-understanding. UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 boys and girls under the age of 18 have been forced in over 30 conflicts worldwide to use violence ...


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LETTERS Comments on Creating Change protest continue - Condemnation Dear Editor: We condemn the deplorable, disruptive actions of protestors at an event sponsored by A Wider Bridge featuring the Jerusalem Open House during the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change conference. The failure of the Task Force to ensure the event proceeded peacefully in the spirit of inclusion and dialogue that should be a hallmark of ...


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LETTERS Mixed emotions; Quitting; Protesting the protesters - Mixed emotions Dear Editor: My emotions over the events at the Creating Change Conference regarding the reception and presentation organized by A Wider Bridge ( AWB ) that I attended Jan. 22 are all over the place. At least 150 Jews and friends from the Conference and Chicago Jewish organizations attended a beautiful Shabbat service held in one hotel room ...


Raven Rodriguez

En la Vida: It feels like a lifetime ago - VIEWS - It feels like a lifetime. Thirteen years ago the very last installation of my column, "Por Lo Que Soy", was published in En La Vida, a sister LGBT publication of Outlines newspaper, which merged with Windy City Times in 2000. At that time I was a 32-year-old Latina lesbian who had decided to stop speaking to her mother for reasons ...


Lee Lynch

VIEWS: THE AMAZON TRAIL Aargh! Just, aargh. - In our town we have a small, out of the way thrift store, dark and not heavily patronized except by people who are very down and out. The owner—and who knows her story—sells what she can, but is always willing to help out the homeless with clothing or outdoor equipment that they need to survive in this wet environment where ...


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VIEWS Where would MLK have stood on marriage equality? - This Martin Luther King Jr. ( MLK ) holiday reminded me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens. King's civil-rights activism began in the unwelcoming "Heart of Dixie" in 1955, when, on a cold December evening, Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white passenger, giving ...


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Open to Thinking: The silencing of writers: Saudi Arabia - A recurring column - On the Rue Saint-Jean in the Place d' Youville just inside the Gate to the Old City of Quebec, a young woman stands in silence with three young children at her side. A large photo of a man stands next to them. BADAWI is printed on the left side at the bottom of the portrait; on the right side is ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS From completely gaga to Lady Gaga - VIEWPOINT - Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago, LGBT's were completely gaga in the eyes of the medical profession. Until the late 19th century, homosexuality was a "moral weakness," then it became a "mental disorder," as doctors jumped on board the homophobia gravy train and made the life of homosexuals miserable for the next 100 years. In 1899, Chicago ...







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