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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 ...


Rebecca Juro

Transforming Gender - A recurring column - In November 2007, a young presidential candidate named Barack Obama released an op-ed to LGBT media in which he made this promise: "I will … place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation ...


Jason Cianciotto

Anti-LGBTIQ discrimination costs lives, global economic prosperity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than $400 billion lost annually—enough to eliminate extreme poverty worldwide. Too frequently, the daily news includes stories about discrimination and violence perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer ( LGBTIQ ) people around the world. The images may range from bruised and bloodied faces in Jamaica to men being thrown off buildings in Iraq to the reported ...


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The Seven Temptations of Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand - GUEST COLUMN - What does it take to confront a rich and powerful alleged rapist? It would be easy to think of Andrea Constand as a kind of Wonder Woman who is trying to bring Bill Cosby to justice with her Lariat of Truth. That's just it. It would be easy. Easy to believe that heroines are born that way, that they have ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN 2015: A year of progress, more to do - VIEWS - What a year. It's tempting, in a year-end wrap-up, to put a big bow on what we put a ring on and call it a day. While marriage brought us many advances, however, it also highlighted other issues that we still need to tackle in order to bring full equality and inclusion to LGBTQ parents and our children. Marriage equality ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Remember homeless LGBTQ youth this holiday season - The holiday season is a difficult time of year for many. Too often we see the glitz and glamour that this holiday brings, totally missing its spiritual message.The underlying message in celebrating the season is the full embrace of human difference and diversity. I truly believe if Americans—Christians and non-Christians alike—stayed more focused on the message and teachings of this ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Festive flamingos - VIEWS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - We always have something—perhaps, just one thing—in common with others. That thought struck me as one of our neighbors invited us to stop by and see his Christmas flamingos. Who would have guessed that this perfectly straight guy—married to a woman, always puttering in his workroom—not only collected flamingo paraphernalia, but had a collection extensive enough to sort seasonally. He'd ...


Breezy

VIEWS Fly - - The following poem was written and read by youth activist Breezy at the recent Out in the Open Sleep Out. Help me touch the clouds, ignore the tears I cry. I want to be the dragon that soars in the sky. Spread my wings, close my eyes, one deep breath, and let me fly. Tell me how you feel about ...


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Editorial: Justice delayed - By Tracy Baim and Gretchen Rachel Hammond - Eisha Love sat in Cook County Jail for nearly four years without a trial. The unfortunate reality is that she is not alone. The criminal legal system in this country provides cruel and unusual punishment even prior to trial for thousands of people each year. Most of the people who end up caught in this web are there because they ...


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LETTERS Sweeps; Palatine locker room; The video; Speak up - Stop the sweeps The following letter was sent to Mayor Rahm Emanuel: On Nov. 20, more than 400 individuals endured the season's first snow to take part in the Out In The Open Sleep Out to fight youth homelessness. This inaugural event took place on Cricket Hill Park, steps away from Wilson Avenue, where homeless people have endured routine sweeps ...


Romeo Jackson

CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE Volunteers are needed - The nation's largest LGBTQ conference, Creating Change, is coming to Chicago next month—and local organizers are looking to recruit you. The 2016 Creating Change conference host committee needs 500 volunteers to make sure we support a successful conference. The conference, which the National LGBTQ Task Force is producing, is set to take place at the Downtown Chicago Hilton on Jan. ...


Michael O'Connor

VIEWS Just asking the questions... - Why aren't more rainbow-flag carrying, LGBTQ civil-rights leadership and their membership represented in the marches of Chicagoans protesting police misconduct? Equally interesting, where is the organized presence of Black gay men at these marches against Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) misconduct? When will LGBTQ-equality organizations actually "continue to educate the public about the need to secure the rights of ...


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LETTER Affinity on city, national challenges - FROM THE DESK OF AFFINITY BOARD PRESIDENT EBONIE S. DAVIS There are a lot of challenges in the City of Chicago and nationally that face us as a community which means there is a lot of work to be done! Through an intersectional lens, civic engagement is the vehicle that drives Affinity's social justice work on behalf of Black LGBTQ ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS On World AIDS Day, report on Blacks still grim - Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to act is now." In 2012, the United Nations stated that it's possible to eradicate the disease by 2015—in part, of course, by preventing new infections. However, within African-American communities, unfortunately, that ...


Jacqueline Boyd

GUEST COLUMN LGBTQ and long-term care: Advanced directives - Prior to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality this June, LGBTQ couples were at risk when seeking health or aging services. The lack of legal protection left same-sex couples very vulnerable when accessing health or aging services. Too often, medical systems sought parents or children to act as the decision-maker instead of the spouse, partner or trusted ...


Angelo D. DiBartolomeo

GUEST COLUMN Relationships & the Law Today - The most important asset that a married couple is likely to acquire during their marriage is their home. Accordingly, it is also the most important asset in need of protection from creditors. It is not uncommon for spouses to incur separate debts and/or judgments against them individually, and thus, spouses can have individual creditors. The mechanism used by a married ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Writers at risk, A global pandemic - A recurring column - Writers, throughout the world, are being silenced by legal actions, threats, violence, imprisonment, exile, death. As opportunities for writers rapidly progress because of the explosion of global communication and media technologies, writers find themselves increasingly targets of religious fundamentalists, governments, corporations, militant nationalists, political parties, war lords, drug lords, and other vested powers opposed to freedom of expression and freedom ...


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OP-ED by Andy Thayer: An un-civil war; Ald. Cappleman response - "Do you think police officers who violate the rights of homeless people should be punished, yes or no?" To this simple question, put to him several times during a Nov. 8 demonstration at his office, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman refused to give a direct answer. Instead he kept repeating that the homeless should file complaints with the Independent Police ...


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LETTERS 'Sleep' and sweeps; Affinity Community Services "As We Give Thanks" - 'Sleep' and sweeps To the Editor: Now that Windy City Times ( WCT ) editor Tracy Baim's one-night, feel-good extravaganza called "Sleep Out Chicago" is over, it is time to evaluate its impact. The positive developments were that reportedly 200 people rallied to sleep out in the park for a night in an effort to highlight LGBT youth homelessness, and ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Where's Log Cabin Republican activism? - With four GOP debates now aired where all the presidential hopefuls are clearly either conservative or ultra-conservative on social issues, one has to wonder—where are the Log Cabin Republicans ( LCR ) in pushing forth LGBTQ concerns this campaign season? While I am not a Republican, and I don't expect from LCR the sort of public protesting as that of ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Gollums, Muppets and orcs - A recurring column - I was intrigued to discover that televangelist Pat Robertson's birth name is Marion Gordon Robertson. John Wayne was also a Marion. He was Marion Robert Morrison. The two Marion's are very different, John "Marion" Wayne was rugged and masculine, winning World War II in Europe and the Far East without leaving Hollywood. "Marion" Robertson, on the other hand, is a ...


Larry Kramer

Guest column: Larry Kramer's sour times - For its "Nowstalgia" issue, Paper Magazine asked legendary author, playwright and LGBTQ activist Larry Kramer, whose book The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart was released this year, to reflect on how the media's coverage of gay writers has changed over the years. Kramer, never one to hold back, doesn't think much has changed at all. So many ...


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Letters: Black and white - Dear Editor, I want to respond to the letter from Professor Kevin J. Mumford, which is entitled "Where's the color?"—published in Windy City Times on Oct. 21—concerning the exclusion of African American participation in queer history. I agree with what Mumford says in the first two paragraphs, but I strongly disagree with his assessment of Black and White Men Together ...


Jacqueline Boyd

GUEST COLUMN LGBTQs and long-term care, caregiving - It is no secret that LGBTQ people experience unique challenges throughout the aging process. Securing an affirming caregiving resource is a critical component for any long-term care plan. During this third installment of "LGBTQ & Long Term Care, What You Need to Know" column, we explore caregiving options. Caregivers are often needed when an individual requires assistance to complete activities ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS What should white LGBTQ groups do now? - With this June's historic Supreme Court ruling—Obergefell v. Hodges—that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next. Last month, the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus picked up the gauntlet to answer that very question, co-sponsoring a conference titled "What Should We Do After 'I ...


Jacqueline Boyd

GUEST COLUMN LGBTQ and long-term care: What you need to know about housing - - Retirement communities and affordable housing initiatives such as Town Hall Apartments at 3600 N. Halsted St., and the well-known Triangle Square in Los Angeles are striving to meet the demand for affirming LGBTQ housing. For U.S. LGBTQ-identified seniors ( at 3 million and increasing ), the ability to live comfortably amongst other LGBTQ-identified people provides increased connection and engagement. Isolation, ...


Angelique Munro

GUEST COLUMN Evolutions - This Halloween marked my 20-year anniversary of being Angelique! Yes, the first time I ever dressed was on Halloween 20 years ago. I honestly was a little nervous but deeply excited when my boyfriend ( at the time ) and my best friend ( at the time ) said let's all get dressed up as girls and go out to ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Gen future - A recurring column. Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - One reason I've been writing all these years has to do with helping us feel good about ourselves. I'd like to think the cultural work that's proliferated from the latter half of the 20th century through today has contributed to building our strength so we could accomplish all we have. If the pendulum of history swings against us like a ...


Ross Forman, Windy City Times

VIEWS Running through cancer while helping others - A simple, 60-minute training run in mid-July in preparation for the annual Chicago Marathon turned into a life-changing experience. We ran from the Road Runner Sports store, 1435 N. Kingsbury St., to the lakefront, then headed north. At the North Avenue boathouse, I grabbed some water and Gatorade, and waited for other runners from my team to reach the area. ...


Jacqueline Boyd

GUEST COLUMN LGBTQ and long-term care: What you need to know - November is National Long-Term Care Month, and for LGBTQ individuals it's a perfect opportunity to begin planning for the future. Many people fear the challenges presented by advancing age, and others question where to begin. Managing medical care and costs, understanding advanced directives, researching providers and long term care facilities can be overwhelming. The need for long-term care affects everyone, ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: PEN protests the rise of anti-LGBTQ legislation - A recurring column - At the 81st PEN World Congress this October in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, the delegates of the General Assembly of PEN International, the largest world-wide organization of professional writers, passed Resolution #20 protesting the anti-LGBTQI legislation enacted recently in 75 nation-states. The 250 delegates from 80 PEN Centers from 70 countries and regions of the world participated in this Congress. ...


Aisha N. Davis

GUEST COLUMN: Sleeping out for youth - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Pride Action Tank are hosting the inaugural Out In the Open Sleep Out Friday, Nov. 20. This event seeks to bring awareness to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago and provide needed resources to youth-serving organizations. Nationally, approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ, with nearly 70% indicating that family rejection was a ...


Romeo Jackson

VIEWS Creating Change 2016: Calling for community housing - Community housing is a key to ensuring Creating Change, the national conference for LGBTQ organizers and activists, is a success. Part of making Creating Change a success is ensuring the most marginalized in our communities have access to the conference and the vast resources shared at the largest gathering LGBTQ people. You can help by opening your homes to those ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN LGBTQ families: Past, present and future - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I love LGBTQ History Month almost more than I love Pride Month. Going to grad school in history will do that. Keeping in mind the truism "History is written by the victors" and philosopher George Santayana's observation, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," I find there's something about looking at our queer past that feels ...


James Felton Keith

GUEST COLUMN: LGBT identity as big data - The National Institutes of Health ( NIH ) announced Oct. 1 that it was seeking comments from citizens while organizing priorities for its 2016—2020 fiscal year strategic plan to advance the health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities. I will be accepting comments through Nov. 2. Considering the modern political times and the introduction of the Equality Act to ...


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LETTERS to the editor - Where's the color? Dear Editor of Windy City Times: In light of the recent online controversy over Roland Emmerich's trailer for Stonewall—sparked in part because of the film's apparent lack of racial and gender diversity—it was surprising to read your glowing review of Lillian Faderman's new book, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. This whitewashing of LGBT politics ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Democratic debate left out LGBTQ issues - The first Democratic Presidential debate of the 2016 season was an exemplary example of civil discourse compared to what the American public witnessed with the GOP's presidential debate. And none of the candidates—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb—trounced on ...


Hannah Viti

GUEST COLUMN Coming out on campus - On Sept. 23 protestors arrived on my cornfield-encompased campus, DePauw University in rural Indiana. They spewed hate speech aimed at the small LGBTQ community. The following is an opinion piece I wrote in our school newspaper after the tramatic events of the day. I have three simple words that are utterly terrifying to share with all of you … I ...


Ella Vincent

VIEWS Azealia Banks, please stop insulting the LGBT community - Azealia Banks is at it again. The opinionated rapper has come under fire again for comments about the LGBT community. She has compared gay white men to the Ku Klux Klan ( KKK ) in tweets that have since been deleted. "LGBT community ( GGGG ) are like the gay white KKK's," Banks wrote in the since-deleted post. "Get them ...


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LETTER: Latinos and HIV, breaking the silence and shame - By David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO, Howard Brown Health Center - The numbers speak for themselves: despite recent advances in HIV treatment and prevention, the Latino community as a whole is suffering a spike in HIV infections. According to the CDC, in 2013 Latinos in the U.S. represented nearly three times the rate of new HIV infections compared to non-Hispanic whites. Among Latinos living with HIV, only about 35 percent were ...


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LETTERS Creating housing - Dear Editor: The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to sponsor and organize the 28th Creating Change Conference in Chicago, Jan. 20-24, 2016. Since 1988, Creating Change has created the opportunity for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBTQ movement and allied movements for ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN A change of season - I love the start of fall. It's still warm, but without the oppressive edge of summer heat. The nights are cool, and the air brings with it the smell of leaves about to change. It's my favorite time of year for bike riding, when I can pedal past the first hints of yellow and orange in the foliage and feel ...


Jerome Pohlen

History is for kids - Guest column - Four years ago I sat in a theater watching We Will Rock You, and I was fuming. Though this rock musical is based on the music of Queen, not a single LGBT character appears in its cast of "Bohemians." I was fine with that, if perhaps a little disappointed, but midway though the show Galileo, the male lead, made an ...


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LETTER Kim Hunt on moving on - Dear Friends, Today ( Sept. 30 ) is my last day as executive director of Affinity Community Services. I don't have the words to convey how profoundly grateful I am for these past six and a half years of frantic learning, teaching in difficult moments, co-creating with leaders and constituents, walking through fire, celebrating community triumphs, enduring personal defeats, tears, ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS My mother and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis - A recurring column - My late mother had more of an influence on me than I care to admit. We were not close. I may have grown inside of her, but once the umbilical cord was cut, that was it. All ties were severed. WE DID NOT LIKE EACH OTHER—so much so that it needs to be typed in upper case. We inhabited different ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Religious liberty USA style - A recurring column - "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." — First Amendment, U.S. Constitution Kim Davis Kim Davis, county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, refused to issue marriage licenses to competent, legally eligible, same-sex couples. Is her action an example of the exercise of the constitutionally protected right to the free exercise ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS My disappointment with the pontiff's visit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis continues to send seismic shock waves across the globe, and the rapturous reception he received from his historic six-day U.S. visit gave us a glimpse as to why. The pontiff, like Jesus, walked among the masses, kissing babies, visiting prisoners and the homeless, speaking out on climate change, poverty, immigrations, church sex abuse, religious liberty, the family and ...


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Plaintiff in Supreme Court case Obergefell writes open letter to Kim Davis - From an ACLU press releases - NEW YORK — Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that established nationwide marriage equality today authored an open letter to defiant Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who refuses to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, citing religious objections to same-sex couples. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Jim Obergefell and brought the lawsuit against Kim ...


Jeanne Cordova

A letter about dying, to my lesbian communities - Guest column - This letter is meant as a notification and thank you to the thousands of members of the national lesbian community whose activism, lives, and loves have touched my own. Especially those dykes who have become family and siblings of choice over the last 40 years. Yes, the rumors are true, I have metastasized-to-the-brain cancer. I am dying from it in ...


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LETTER Pope and circumstance - Dear Editor: So much has been made of the pope's visit. As my mother was fond to say, the proof is in the pudding. So he has come and gone, and still we cannot raise the issue of homophobia in the Church. Some of my friends think I expect to much too soon, and perhaps that is a valid observation ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Lesbian vacations - Right this minute, friends are traveling through France. I am excited for them—the vacation of a lifetime. They post photos of their adventures on Facebook so I'm following them across France: Paris, Cassis, Marseilles, geocaching in Aix-en-Provence! I'm not much of a traveler myself. When my sweetheart asked where I'd like to go for my birthday, I gave the usual ...


Tracy Baim, Windy City Times

VIEWS The first draft of history - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - Journalism is said to be the first draft of history. For most of the LGBT movement's history, it has often been the only draft. While much of the mainstream media now cover LGBT issues a lot better, this has come about at the same time those same media are laying off reporters and covering less and less of niche communities. ...


Ella Vincent

VIEWS How the Golden Girls fought for gay rights - A sitcom about four elderly heterosexual women living together is an unlikely vehicle for LGBT rights. However, The Golden Girls became a classic with the gays throughout its seven year run by addressing LGBT issues in a progressive and funny way. The Golden Girls debuted 30 years ago and detailed the lives and loves of Blanche ( Rue McClanahan ), ...


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Guest column: Ode to My Husband - By Robert Castillo - We met at a health club on Chicago's Northwest Side. Nothing in particular stood out about John at the time. But we would become friends. Later he would become my partner and, eventually, my husband. Milestones exist as a way to mark progress; how far we've come. John and I shared many milestones in our 20-plus years together: first couple ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Dis-membering Stonewall - [Note: The names in the story have been changed to protect identities.] "By institutionalizing memory, resisting the onset of oblivion, recalling the memory of tragedy that for long years remained hidden or unrecognized and by assigning its proper place in the human conscience, we respond to our duty to remember." —UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura I am disturbed by Roland ...


Demoya Gordon

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Back to school: Bathrooms - Q: I am a transgender boy, beginning my junior year at a new high school this month. I am not only anxious about starting classes and meeting new people, but also because I have heard that the school will not let me use the men's bathroom or locker room. While I really don't want to make waves, I know that ...


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LETTER Invite to the pope - Your Holiness, Many of us in the United States are looking forward to your visit, especially here in Philadelphia, where you will attend the World Meeting of Families. You have told us time and again that the "Church isn't a toll house" but the house of God "where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems." However, I'm ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Heroic women and Caitlyn Jenner - A recurring column - On Sept. 16, 2015, I will be 64 years old. Remember the Beatles song "When I'm 64?" The lyrics go, "When I get older, losing my hair. Many years from now. Will you still be sending me a Valentine. Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out till quarter to three. Would you lock the door? Will you still ...


Romeo Jackson

VIEWPOINTS In support of Creating Change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change changed my life, jump-starting my love of justice and carrying me into racial consciousness, which are just a few reasons why I am member of the 2016 Host Committee. Creating Change is the largest political gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) individuals and their allies working in ...


Jackie Cote

VIEWS Labor Day, Walmart and me - Labor Day is the traditional end of summer. For me, it's been a special summer with my wife, Dee. Dee has ovarian cancer, and is now receiving hospice care at our home in New Bedford, Massachusetts. This spring we decided to start ticking items off her bucket list. We just spent some time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Dee's ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Katrina's struggling Black gay community - It has been more than a decade now since Hurricane Katrina barreled through New Orleans ( NO ). Today, much of the Big Easy has gotten its groove back. But the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward, the largest of seventeen wards of New Orleans—and predominately African-American—has not. The demographic group that unfortunately has been, and continues to be, invisible ...


Rebecca Juro

Transforming Gender: The other side - A recurring column - There are many aspects of gender assignment surgery which no one talks about. Almost inevitably, what little you hear in the media is post-ops gushing about how much better their lives are now. Sure, there's a lot to be happy about once the process is over. Thing is, it is a process and not a short one. No one dances ...


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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