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Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: A personal tribute to Julian Bond - A recurring column - It was Spring of 1965. The high hopes raised by the 1964 Civil Rights Act had been dashed by the failures encountered in implementation. Everyone agreed that these failures had one root cause: voter disenfranchisement. Voter registration workers were being threatened, beaten up, and intimidated by local law officers and courts. Voter-rights activists James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael ...


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LETTER: Research-oriented - Statement on NIH efforts to focus research to end the AIDS pandemic: Extraordinary progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research over the last 34 years, transforming what was once a terrifying and almost inevitably fatal disease into a treatable disorder. People with HIV/AIDS can now experience an almost normal life expectancy if antiretrovirals are started promptly and continued for life. ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Back-to-school reflections and resources - Back-to-school time always raises mixed feelings in me. On the one hand, years of being in academia make me see September, not January, as the start of the year ( or maybe it's just a Jewish thing ). On the other, the lazy days of summer are giving way to school time's hectic rush, with my son's after-school activities, homework ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Dykey Dorothy and friends - Near where I live, closeted lesbians built and installed a bench on a mostly hidden concrete path between grassy sand dunes, out of sight of any casual observer. The bench was created in the mid 1990s to pay respect to members of the group who had died. These women did not dare to name their dead. Even the full name ...


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Letters to the editor: Make some noise - Dear Editor: After reviewing numerous recent articles concentrated on many ongoing controversies concerning purported LGBTQ issues, I thought I'd seek clarity on several unsettling observations and questions concerning what constitutes an importance to broader LGBTQ organizations. Firstly, I continue to wonder in utter amazement at the deafening silence among organizational leadership within the broader LGBTQ organizations, especially the LGBT ...


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Stop and frisk: An Open Letter to the ACLU - An Open Letter to the ACLU of Illinois regarding Stop and Frisk American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois 180 N. Michigan Avenue, Ste. 2300 Chicago, Illinois 60601 Dear ACLU of Illinois: We are writing in complete dismay and utter disgust upon learning—on the very day we were filing the Stops Transparency Oversight and Protection Act ( "STOP Act" ) in ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

Marriage Equality and Social Justice - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections: A recurring column - In the Spring of 2000 I wrote an opinion piece for Venus Magazine's ( no longer in existence ) Back Chat section titled "Until Death Do You Part?" about the LGBT fight for holy commitments and domestic partnerships. In my piece I stated that "Quiet as it's kept, same-sex marriages are on the horizon." I knew then what I am ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Where is my Black body safe in America? - To so many African-American women—myself, included—Sandra Bland's death resulting from police brutality is not new news. The national attention it's receiving is, however. The reality of unarmed African-American women 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 African-American males. And when gender identity ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS The GOP zombie apocalypse is upon us - A recurring column - In 1980, Ronald Reagan—that befuddled Hollywood actor and darling of the Tea Party—was elected president. He served two terms, during which time he created, trained and funded what later became Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. He also supported apartheid in South Africa, genocide in South America, and ignored the AIDS epidemic for four years. I could go on. However, pertinent to this ...


Nick Patricca

OPEN TO THINKING Marriage: Confusion of State and Church - A recurring column - It is now time to remove from all religious authorities the power to officially represent the state in recognizing the legal union of two competent adults in our society. It is an unhealthy and unnecessary confusion of powers to permit a member of the clergy to be the official celebrant of both the legal and religious marriage ceremonies. The recent ...


Eric Hetland

VIEWS Scouting comes out of the closet - The Boy Scouts of America ( BSA ) voted to change its membership policy so that gay and bisexual adults can serve as registered leaders and paid employees. Although this new policy will permit religiously-affiliated units to choose their leaders in accordance with their faith—and thereby allow for continued sexual-orientation discrimination—this change is major progress for an organization that has ...


Thomas Hanes

VIEWS Is Scouting prepared for the future? - The Boy Scouts of America ( BSA ) has aided the youth of the United States throughout its history. Whether this help comes in the form of a community of peers to mature with, an opportunity to interact with nature, or the moral guidance provided through its oath and law depends on the Scout in question. Its values have molded ...


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LETTERS Remembering Woody Bowman; Center's problem - Remembering Woody The recent tragic death of former state representative, Cook County official and professor Woody Bowman is an enormous loss for all those progressives and independents whom he represented. I first met him years ago when I worked for the General Assembly as a fairly new representative; I was impressed not only with his friendliness, but also his intelligence. ...


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Good Cop? Bad Cop? No Cop! Queer Resistance to Policing - Special guest column by Therese Quinn and Erica R. Meiners - In September 1969 a gay man, David Stienecker, wrote a column in the Mattachine Midwest ( MM ) newsletter about a Chicago police officer named John Manley. According to Stienecker, Manley recently arrested "well over a dozen" men in a restroom near the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Manley's description: "cute, blond, and blue-eyed, about 5'7" and "[he] evidently has a 'gay' ...


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LETTERS Let the Games begin - Dear Editor: On behalf of the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board of directors, we would like to offer additional information and perspectives on the July 9, 2015 Windy City Times article by Ross Forman entitled, "Daughter of Gay Games founder opposes merge with World Outgames." We at the FGG continue the important work of engaging the world ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN LGBTQ-inclusive sex-ed book for kids affirms, empowers - A recurring column - Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU ( Seven Stories Press ) continues a groundbreaking, LGBTQ-inclusive series for young people on human sexuality—and should have many cheering at its thoughtful, empowering, and accurate approach. The book does not merely include all LGBTQ identities, but celebrates them as equal parts of the human spectrum. The book ...


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VIEWS Hearing historic news at a historic spot - by Mark Zubro - Since June 26 at 10 a.m. New York Time, I've been waiting for the end of Western civilization—or the end of life as we know it in, well, fill in the blank of city, state and country. Waiting for their threats to come true, that storms and lightning and bad things in general will happen because people are free to ...


Susan Sommer

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Marriage equality FAQs - A recurring column - Following the Supreme Court's recent historic decision to grant same-sex couples throughout the United States the freedom to marry and the right to recognition of their marriages in Obergefell v. Hodges, many questions have surfaced about just how the ruling will affect same-sex couples and families. In an attempt to answer many of these questions, legal teams at Lambda Legal, ...


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Relationships & the Law Today: Immigration rights in era of marriage equality - A recurring column by Angelo D. DiBartolomeo - Prior to July 1, 2013, same-sex couples who had entered into valid marriages in states recognizing same-sex marriage could not benefit from the same rights and protections afforded to married heterosexual couples under federal law. The Defense of Marriage Act ( "DOMA" ), enacted in 1996, defined for federal purposes a "marriage" as solely a legal union between a man ...


Rebecca Juro

Transforming Gender: The Train Station - A recurring column - It's about 9:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. I'm at Penn Station in New York waiting for a train home to New Jersey after an evening in Manhattan with a friend. An older woman and her husband are sitting about 30 feet from me. I'm reading a book on my iPad and not really paying close attention until I hear the ...


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Letter: A lovely day - Chicago's Gay Pride Parade was a four-and-a-half-hour celebration on Chicago's North Side with an estimated 1 million enthusiastic people participating. The crowd was particularly jubilant because of the Supreme Court's decision on June 26 legalizing same-sex marriage. The Chicago Police Department officers' attentive presence and the mostly law-abiding, though behaviorally challenging revelers ( including a small sit-in protest early in ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS The welcome challenges of marriage equality - For some time now, my spouse and I have been bickering over where we should live in our retirement years. She, being a child from the South, and me, being from the North—well, we have our tensions. I have jokingly dubbed them our "Mason-Dixon Line feud." We are not stretching our imaginations much to feel some of the same concerns ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Teased to death - VIEWS - I never put this in words until recently: I'm afraid of children. Crazy, right? Unnatural. Just plain dumb. About a month ago, while still digesting that news flash from my brain, I had a related revelation that was brought on by all the recent talk about bullying. Here goes: I'm afraid of children because of the incessant bullying I got ...


Rev. Lois McCullen Parr

VIEWS Time Out - For everything there's a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.— Ecclesiastes 3 At 57, there are moments I remember watching history being made: President Kennedy's assassination; Dr. King's funeral. I was a child, with my family. My parents explained the gravity, the significance. As an adult: 9/11. I was a pastor—called to comfort; called to dinner ...


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LETTER A shot in the arm - This year we have an opportunity to help our neighbor. Recently, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) has warned our community about a meningitis outbreak. This outbreak only appears to be surfacing in Chicago. CDPH has made available a meningitis shot to fight off infection. I was glad to see that Ald. Tom Tunney stepped out front ...


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VIEWS Partisan gridlock is killing my people - Do gay Black lives matter to Illinois' legislators and governor? On May 31, the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner adjourned without enacting a state budget. They are at a stalemate over funding levels for state programs—many of which directly impact the lives of the thousands of gay Black men in Illinois—and items on Rauner's so-called "turnaround agenda." You ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Blessed are the fairies... - A recurring column - Assuming you're old enough, can you remember where you were when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated? I can. I was 12 years old, living in Bath, England, in a working-class pre-fabricated house built by German prisoners of World War II. It was the day before the first episode of Doctor Who, another momentous event—albeit in a different league. While ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: The Future of Our Democracy - A recurring column - Winston S. Churchill: "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." ( House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947 ) Our democracy has changed radically 'from time to time' since the founding of our ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS A victory for and by our children - I've been married to my spouse for 22 years. Only nine of them have been as legal spouses, however, and until last Friday ( June 26 ), even that legality came with an asterisk: "Void where prohibited." Our son was 3 when we wed, and he now remembers nothing but the equality we have in our home state of Massachusetts. ...


Caroline Siede

Writing For Justice: What cats and dogs reveal about intersectionality - A recurring column - Imagine you're playing a flashcard game with a preschooler. The point of the game is to match words with their opposites. Some of these are easy: Tall is the opposite of short, fast is the opposite of slow, and clean is the opposite of dirty. But then you pull a card with the picture of a dog. You might instinctively ...


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LETTER It's about Pride - Dear Chicago's Black LGBTA community, When I asked the #SUGTHarmony team to take on Pride at Montrose ( Sunday, June 28 ) for 2015, I knew it would be no easy task. I knew there would be late nights, barriers and Iimited resources. What I also knew was that the deficits would be so much fewer than the benefits, such ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Worst job ever - No, I never switched boxcars on the Southern Pacific Railroad, I never strip-mined mountaintops with a pick and shovel—my worst job ever wasn't even wrapping meat in a supermarket, a job I really did. I awoke from a dream this morning in which I was a vocational counseling supervisor in a work-incentive program. Strangely, after some sleepy thought, I remembered ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS Pride ponderings - Pride is a funny concept, with both positive and negative connotations. It goeth before a fall. It makes a combustible pairing with prejudice. The Marines, though few, lay claim to it. Pride can be overweening. It can blind us to the needs of others. But it can also remind us of what is important in life: our children, our families, ...


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VIEWS Why celebrate LGBT 50th anniversary at Independence Hall? - Despite popular misconception, the LGBT civil rights movement did not start with Stonewall. Like the Boston Tea Party, it was an important event. In the early 1960s, there were about 200 gay activists in the U.S. Most were located in New York, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The largest umbrella organization was the Eastern Conference of Homophile ...


Hayley Gorenberg

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Pride and prejudice - Q: Some friends and I are really interested in having a gay pride parade in our city this summer. We went to local officials to get a permit for the event, but we were told that the city would not let us hold the parade or display our banners and flags ( as they do for other parades ) because ...


Larry Kramer

VIEWS Very bad news, indeed - - I posted a version of the following to Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council of Foreign Relations. I consider Laurie, who has been honored with Pulitzer and Polk and Peabody awards, to be the best health and science reporter in the world. I wrote to compliment her on her two-part series on the plague of Ebola ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

Reproductive Justice at the Intersections - A recurring column - In 2014, 226 transgender individuals were murdered. In 2013 it was 238 murders. Transgender people face a disproportionate amount of violence and hate. In the book Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, Professor Dorothy Roberts outlines in her chapter on liberty that everyone deserves full autonomy over the bodies in which they live. Fran Olsen, ...


Jeff Berry

VIEWS: POSITIVE THOUGHTS Surviving with pride - The month of June is typically jam-packed with parades, events and festivities that bring many of us in the LGBTQ community together to revel in our uniqueness, pay tribute to our leaders and honor achievements in our ongoing fight for equality. For those like me who are long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, there is even more to celebrate—the fact that we ...


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LETTERS Hidden issue of date rape among men; Rock solid Rocks rebranding - Dear Editor: The reason I wanted to send a message is I feel no one ever talks about the potential of date rape for men in our community. I was a man who was a victim of such actions three years ago. I have been full of shame and depression as I tried to handle the consequences of this violent ...


Nick Patricca

OPEN TO THINKING Marco Rubio: American Dream Candidate? - A recurring column - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio bills himself as the 'American Dream' candidate for president. Playing on the immigrant status of his parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Fulgencio Batista's Cuba in 1956, Rubio casts himself as the candidate who best understands the meaning of the American Dream and who is best able to restore America as the land of opportunity ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Aging tomboy - VIEWS - My body is telling me to slow down, even while my mind says go, go, go. When was the last time I climbed a tree, a favorite younger pastime? Now I simply admire them and the birds that flit from Shore Pine to Western Hemlock to Ornamental Cherry. It's funny how I thought I missed certain activities and now I'm ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS God-fearing pedophiles and creepy gays - VIEWS - Years ago, if someone asked me, "Who are the enemies of LGBTs?," I would have answered "Arrogant heterosexuals." If you ask me the same question now, "Who are the enemy of LGBTs?" I would answer "God-fearing pedophiles and creepy gays." I've been following the epic saga of Josh Duggar unfolding in the news. People who set themselves on pedestals are ...


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LETTERS Fighting Irish; Ireland and the Church; Remembering Bill - Fighting Irish Dear Editor: In a world increasingly wracked by violence and economic austerity, Ireland's vote for LGBT equal-marriage rights is a welcome achievement for freedom and equality. While no minority's rights should be held hostage to a popularity contest, it is nonetheless gratifying that overwhelmingly Catholic Ireland rejected the church hierarchy's bigotry and instead voted for equal rights. In ...


Caroline Siede

Writing For Justice: Diversity in our entertainment matters - A recurring column - When I'm not discussing social justice for Windy City Times, I work as an entertainment writer. At first glance those two fields might seem like polar opposites. After all, analyzing a glossy new superhero flick or dishing about the latest Beauty & The Beast casting news is frothy fun compared to dismantling systems of oppression. But for better or for ...


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LETTERS Honoring Riordan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Editor: As both a Vietnam veteran and gay man, I must respond to an online letter from Bob Schwartz and Andy Thayer concerning Windy City Times' coverage of the passing of John Riordan. I am sure he was affected by the draft in those days, as many young men were. Honoring Riordan's memory does not dismiss all the carpet-bombing ...


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LETTERS A plea to the pope - An open letter to Pope Francis Pope Francis, you need vibrant parishes and the parishes need you! Pope Francis, your vision of the Church moves us: a Church following the path and the spirit of Jesus; united in respect and candor, as equals, as true fellow travelers—squarely facing those who are marginalized and most in need of solidarity. Instead of ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

Homeless youth and reproductive justice - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In the early '90s a group of women of color came together to caucus at a primarily white pro-choice conference here in Chicago. Obviously abortion was the theme and primary agenda. Abortion legalized in 1973 ensured that a woman had the right to determine whether she wanted to parent or not. Yet, in the '90s most women impacted by the ...


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VIEWS Getting married - by Robyn + Michelle Lytle - On Dec. 13, 2014, we did something that's illegal in 14 states—we got married. We live in Chicago. We have supportive families and friends. We've never been made to feel uncomfortable or ashamed of our love or our sexual orientation. We walk down the street holding hands. We kiss in public. We refer to each other as "my wife" at ...


Mark Segal

MARK MY WORDS Most important LGBT history column you'll ever read - There is a national spotlight on the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT demonstrations in front of Independence Hall that took place every July 4 from 1965-69. While it was a pivotal change in the struggle for equality, some are revising our history out of context by stating it is the 50th anniversary of the LGBT movement. That simply is ...


Jael Humphrey, Lambda Legal

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Stop prison rape - Q: My friend is a transgender woman in a men's prison. Last year she was raped, and I'm afraid it'll happen again. Why can't she be moved to a women's prison? A: Your friend would probably be much less likely to suffer sexual assault if she was housed with other women in a woman's facility. But unlike Laverne Cox's character ...


Leslie A. Gutierrez

Relationships & the Law Today: Possible Supreme Court marriage outcomes - VIEWS - On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the legal challenges to bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Obergefell v. Hodges. Specifically, the Court was tasked with addressing two questions: ( 1 ) whether states must perform same-sex marriages; and ( 2 ) whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in another state where ...


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LETTERS Hero effect; Kiss conception - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hero effect To the Editor: Your newspaper's recent front-page article praising John Riordan as a "gay hero" for rescuing Vietnamese as the South Vietnam puppet regime collapsed shortly after U.S. troops retreated turns the concept of hero on its head. Let's recall the facts about the U.S. role in Vietnam. After the Vietnamese victory over French rule in the mid-1950s, ...


Casey Cameron

VIEWS Victory is at hand - On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that will directly answer two questions: If the constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and if not, are states required to recognize marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions. This case arrived at the court following the 6th Circuit's decision that ...


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LETTERS Being heard - To the Editor: Uncle Tom and Uncle James have warned us children that if they do not see "significant improvement" in our behavior at the the Gay Pride this year, they just might take us to the wood shed and move the parade elsewhere. To quote, "the parties ( Ald. Tunney, Cappleman and the mayor's office, among others ) are ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Rand Paul, Libertarian!? - A recurring column - Paul Varnell, a gay writer and activist, was the first libertarian I ever met. He wrote a nationally syndicated column in gay media. Every time he and I bumped into each other on the streets of New Town, he would drill me on the work of Leo Strauss because I received my PhD from the University of Chicago while Strauss ...


Rebecca Juro

VIEWS: Peeing in Peace - I've been around a long time as an out and proud trans woman, almost 18 years now. I thought I'd seen it all—misrepresentations, out-and-out lies, double-dealing, betrayed promises—the very worst of American politics in regard to the basic civil rights of trans people. I was wrong. It can get worse, and in fact, it already is. It used to be ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Conversion therapy's deadly outcomes - I wish Leelah Alcorn were alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000-plus signatures calling for the enactment of "Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how President Obama and his administration swiftly supported the petition. "Tonight, somewhere in America, a ...


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LETTERS Issues and answers - To the Editor: The mayoral and aldermanic elections are over. Regardless of the outcome, we must now address the task of building our community. The divisions based on race, gender, gender identity, income and age are so deep that we have forgotten our great awakening ( Stonewall ). Part of that community is dying on Halsted—our cultural/political/spiritual life has forgotten ...


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LETTERS Corporate interests - To the Editor: Windy City Times touts the presence of five LGBTQ members on the new Chicago City Council. But before we congratulate ourselves with high fives, think a moment about whose class interests a couple of these political operatives promote. Are they serving all members of our community? Or do they promote the interests of the already wealthy elites? ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: MOMBIAN New edition enlivens 'Two Mommies' for families today - A 25th-anniversary edition of Leslea Newman's children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, with brand-new illustrations and updated text, has given the classic new life for families today. And Newman is amazed that some of the children who read Heather when it first came out could now be reading it to their own children, she told me in an interview. The ...


Caroline Siede

VIEWS Writing For Justice: The dangerous myth of individualism - A recurring column - On one of the mercifully warm days in March, I ventured out of my apartment and ended up wandering around a North Side beach where I saw the words "One person can change the world" elegantly scrawled on a pier. I smiled to myself, snapped a picture, and threw it up on Instagram. But in the time it took me ...




Larry Kramer: Thirty-four years and counting - Larry Kramer, accepting the first-ever Larry Kramer Activism Award, from GMHC at its spring gala on March 23 Thirty-four years. HIV/AIDS has been our plague for 34 years. We should have known more about this plague by now. Thirty-four years is a very long time to let people die. I think more and more about evil. I believe in evil. ...


Rebecca Juro

Transforming Gender: The Edge of the Knife - A recurring column - Before I came out and began living as a woman almost 18 years ago, I never really gave much serious thought to whether or not I wanted Gender Realignment Surgery ( GRS ). I was working in retail and getting by, but not so well that coming up with $20,000 or more to get my genitalia refurbished seemed like a ...


Chris LaMorte

VIEWS In God we crust - Gay people everywhere need to take a deep breath and brace themselves. I'm about to deliver some pretty bad news. See, there's a pizza place in a little Indiana town that doesn't want to cater your damn gay wedding. Shock! Outrage! Righteous indignation! Murmur! Murmur! Now take just a moment to steady your moral compasses before I continue. I have ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Double standards - Dear Editor: On March 31, then-mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia put in an appearance at the Center on Addison ( an extension of the Center on Halsted ) to address gay seniors at their Golden Diners luncheon, fielded questions and mingled with the crowd. Mindful of the Center's 501( c )( 3 ) tax-exempt status, Garcia asked for no one's ...


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VIEWS Paying tribute to Andrew Patner - What follows is the speech given by Lori Cannon at the memorial for Chicago writer Andrew Patner March 18 at Orchestra Hall: Good evening, everyone. My name is Lori Cannon. I am deeply honored and humbled to speak with you in this magnificent space about my friend, Andrew Patner, and his early, unsung legacy of contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: On Religion - In 1799 the German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher published a ground-breaking work, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers. In these speeches, Schleiermacher contested the arrogance of those philosophers of the Enlightenment who dismissed "religion" as either an irrational superstition or a purely subjective event in the private realm of the personal. Schleiermacher challenged these "enlightened" thinkers to investigate and understand ...


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Letters: Trick and no treat - Dear Editor: The magic show The Illusionists was in town recently. One of the performers was Jeff Hobson, known as "The Trickster." In the magic community, Hobson is a controversial figure. His persona on stage is a flamboyant gay man. ( You can catch him on YouTube. ) He may ask a man in the audience, "Are you happy? Are ...


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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 ...







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