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LETTERS Making it better, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus calls for harmony - Making it better Dear Editor: I spoke at a small high schooler-led LGBTQ acceptance conference in rural northwest Indiana ( Vice President-elect Pence's stomping ground ) recently. Maybe 15 or 20 people showed up at the local YMCA, half of them kids. These kids were amazing—bright, out, open and allied—and wonderfully hopeful in their beliefs about the future of LGBTQ ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Picking up the shards - I made a cake on Nov. 8 to celebrate what I thought would be Hillary Clinton's election. For decoration, I melted sugar into sheets and broke it into shards to represent the glass ceiling that I hoped she would shatter. On Nov. 9, however, I found myself looking at the remains of the cake and wondering if it better represented ...


Angelo D. DiBartolomeo

Relationships & the Law Today: Supreme Court looks at transgender bathroom policies - A recurring column - A transgender boy banned from using the boys' restroom at his high school sued his county school board alleging that it impermissibly discriminated him in violation of Title IX of the U.S. Constitution. The student's birth-assigned sex is female, but his gender identity is male. Since he was a freshman, he began hormone therapy, legally changed his name to a ...


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Remembering Neysa - GUEST COLUMN - When Neysa ( Neesha ) Scott walked into a room she neither sought nor shunned attention, yet it followed her like a shadow. No one knew if it made her nervous or not, she simply handled it with grace. It was hard to ignore her bald head, coco brown skin, and perfectly made-up face, highlighted by colorful lips. She was ...


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LETTERS Saving land - The following press release is from Chicagoans, including LGBTQs, who are raising funds to bring donations of cash and supplies to Native Americans and their allies fighting against the pipeline proposed to run through Native lands in North Dakota. Observing Thanksgiving requires that we hold the tension between the beauty of familial convenings and the brutality of erasure. While all ...


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GUEST COLUMN 10 ways to support friends who are parents going through divorce - There are shelves and shelves of books on birth, death, illness, marriage, loss and the stages of grief, describing what you might expect, how to cope, and how to support friends and family. What I have not yet discovered—and mind you, I'm a newly divorced mom, so I haven't been searching long—are guideposts for friends and family members who are ...


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LETTERS TLDEF, ACLU SAGE on election - TLDEF's message Dear Editor: This is the first Veterans' Day on which transgender service members serve openly, recognized by our government for their authentic selves and honored in the open, rather than in the shadows. We thank all transgender military personnel for their service to our country and our community. You have built—along with our allies who serve at your ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Our only hope - The calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and cohesively toward our goal of an inclusive society. I'm not going to write about the ...


By William DI Canziio

VIEWS On my dismissal from lectoring at Daylesford Abbey - A week ago Saturday, the abbot of Daylesford Abbey, a Norbertine community near Philadelphia, emailed me requesting a meeting; he said he would rather not disclose its purpose. A few days later we met for coffee. Abbot Richard Antonucci started our conversation by saying that he'd heard that Jim Anderson and I had been legally married. "I want you to ...


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2016 Windy City Times General Election Guide, printable charts - Consult the Windy City Times 2016 General Election charts for endorsements and recommendations from a number of local and national organizations as well as candidates' scores on our questionnaire. See and print out voting charts from the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2016_generalchart_WEB.pdf . [ Windy City Times does not usually endorse candidates, although this year the publication is among those gay publications endorsing ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Decisions for senior programming - Decisions Dear Editor: It was bad enough that Center on Halsted management decided to nix the name SAGE ( Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders ) from LGBT programming for us senior patrons of the Center on Addison. We were never consulted. Many of us are up [in] arms over that. We should not be shut us off from the ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: I Write: I Vote - A recurring column - Why I write. For me, to write is an act of faith: in myself and in you. To write, I must believe that what I write is worthy of your attention. To write, I must believe that your reading and responding to what I write is worthy of my attention. When I write, I try to write the best I ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Magazine uproar offers lessons on representation - The recent responses of two different children's publishing companies when asked about LGBTQ inclusion in their magazines offer us several takeaways about representation of our families. It started when Kara Desiderio wrote to Highlights Magazines to express disappointment that her daughter did not see two-mom families like hers in the pages of Hello, Highlights' title for toddlers. Her spouse, Kristina ...


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SENIOR MOMENTS Nobody loves you when you're old and g(r)ay - I've read several articles recently about the "sad plight" of gay seniors. Oh, what a pathetic, lonely, forgotten bunch of losers we are. Apparently, young gays don't want us in the bars because we're past our sell-by date and we ugly the place up. I laughed a lot when I read that article, as I have no desire to hang ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

Love and violence in Black LGBTQ communities - [Note: The names are fictional and the couple described is a composite of numerous couples I counseled on interpersonal violence ( IPV ).] The Jills were the envy among us lesbian couples of African descent. Their public display of love for each other and their exchanges of their special terms of endearment was the stuff you read in romance novels. ...


Kathleen Falk

GUEST COLUMN 2017 brings continued progress on LGBTQ health - More than one year after marriage equality became the law of the land nationwide, President Obama, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and my colleagues and I at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continue to seize opportunities to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ Americans. We do so because the sad reality is that LGBTQ people still face ...


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Letter to Editor: Gay Republican running in 24th Dist. has expressed anti-gay views - Dear Editor, I am writing regarding your article about Andy Kirchoff, a gay Republican running for the Illinois State House seat in District 24, which covers parts of Cicero, Berwyn, Riverside, Brookfield and the west side of Chicago. I interviewed Andy in May for the BUNGALO Facebook site ( Berwyn United Neighborhood Gay and Lesbian Organization ). Andy told ...


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MOMBIAN Telling stories of Jewish LGBTQ lives - The Jewish High Holiday season recently took place, so let's take a look at some new stories that feature queer, Jewish families, including a children's picture book and a grown-up memoir by a woman with four lesbian moms. Meryl Gordon's The Flower Girl Wore Celery is one of two children's books to gain publication through a writing contest hosted by ...


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VIEWS The Constitution should protect sex work - By Hayley Gorenberg and Richard Saenz - As courts confront challenges to prostitution laws that pile fines and criminal records on people who get paid for consensual sex, we're making our position clear: we see no constitutionally adequate basis to criminalize sex solely because one consenting adult pays another. In one such case, Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education & Research Project v. Gascon, pending in the 9th ...


Jillian B. Sommers

Relationships & the Law Today - A recurring column - The Illinois Supreme Court recently held in Blumenthal v. Brewer, 2016 IL 118781, that couples who are not married to each other have no right to maintenance after ending the relationship, even if the couple has been together for decades and rely on one another financially. Specifically, in 1981, Jane Blumenthal, then a medical student, and Eileen Brewer, then a ...


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18 years after hate killed Matthew Shepard, the politics of hatred today - From an HRC press release - "We are still fighting the hate that killed Matthew." On the 18th anniversary of her son's brutal murder, Judy Shepard — also a member of HRC's Board of Directors — and HRC President Chad Griffin teamed up to draw attention to the hatred that still exists today. In this powerful TIME piece, Shepard and Griffin draw connections from Shepard's killing ...


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For President: Hillary Clinton - The editorial board of Windy City Times is endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president of the United States. For the past 16 years of the 31 years we have been publishing, Windy City Times has only endorsed once for any political office, and that was Barack Obama for president in 2012. Just as in 2012, this country is divided and ...


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Clinton addresses LGBT equality - Philadelphia Gay News ( PGN ) reached out to the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to discuss LGBT issues in advance of next month's election. Clinton provided PGN this exclusive op-ed detailing her LGBT-rights record and her goals for future LGBT-equality efforts. The offer remains open for Trump. More than half a century ago, ...


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VP debate a missed chance to expose Pence's anti-LGBT record - Many political observers are expressing disappointment and frustration with the failure of the vice presidential debate moderator to ask Mike Pence about signing into law a "religious freedom" bill enabling anti-LGBT discrimination in Indiana, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest isn't among them. In response to a Washington Blade inquiry about whether a question on the law would have ...


Robin Kelly

Recognizing National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly wrote the following piece in recognition of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( Sept. 27 ) Today, on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we ponder the significance of HIV and AIDS as an American and international reality. 35 years have passed since our country initially confronted the biological challenges of this epidemic. We still ...


Nick Patricca

OPEN TO THINKING Dickie V. and Me: Sexual Identity in 1950s America - A recurring column - Dickie V. wanted to see me. I received this message from my mother who had received it from Dickie's mother. I hardly knew Dickie. His family lived on the rich side of the tracks; my family on the poor side. I crossed the Larimer Avenue Bridge which separated us poor folk on Larimer Avenue in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from ...


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VIEWS How providers can address disparities in LGBTQ patient health - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Here in the United States, the LGBTQ community's most recent victory came when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry. Now the Equality Movement faces its next battle: equal access to healthcare for LGBTQ people and their families. With open enrollment for health insurance beginning November 1, the LGBTQ community has another opportunity to access comprehensive ...


Dr. Margo Jacquot

Five ways to help your child who is being bullied (with special tips for LGBTQ parents) - As kids return to school, some kids will be billed because their parents identify as LGBTQ. We know that bullies are always on the prowl and that, sadly, many, many kids will be bullied at school. Being bullied is always painful, but when the bullying revolves around your family, whom you love, the pain can run even deeper. Parents who ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Affectional preference - Hey, world, big news! Gay people are more than our sexuality. I am really, really tired of the focus on the third syllable of the term homosexual. It's annoyed me for 54 years that I am defined by one part of my humanity. Please tell me why, for example, that the minute a perfectly intelligent, well-educated, otherwise apparently open-minded adult ...


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Remembering Edward Albee - He wouldn't correct you if you said it wrong, but if you wanted to earn his respect you needed to pronounce his name the way he preferred: Edward All-bee and not Al-bee. Widely regarded as "America's Greatest Living Playwright" following the death of Arthur Miller, Edward Albee died Sept. 16 after a short illness. He was 88. Albee's partner of ...


Courtney Posnik, Clark Hill PLC

Relationships & the Law Today - A recurring column - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that sexual orientation claims are not actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Hively v. Ivy Tech Cmty. Coll., the court considered a case wherein the plaintiff, a former part-time adjunct professor at Ivy Tech community college, alleged that the college refused to even interview her for ...


Ariel Groner

VIEWS Transgender kids: Is my child just going through a phase? - Many parents come into my office asking if their child is identifying as transgender because it seems to be a popular trend. People believe that their child's gender identity issues are just a phase and they often blame the media attention around this topic. With Caitlyn Jenner making headlines and Jazz Jennings ( a young trans girl ) starring in ...


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GUEST VIEW Angelique's kitty fund - People have been telling me for years that I should make a "go fund me" campaign to help raise money for my SRS ( sex reassignment surgery ). So I did, a couple of weeks ago and for the most part I've gotten a lot of wonderful supportive messages and, well, some not. So, I'd like to share some of ...


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Five must-dos to support trans child's transition in school - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Every parent knows that it is time to prep for back to school. For some parents, this is as simple as getting some new folders and notebooks, but if you have a trans child that is transitioning at the beginning of the school year, this means much more than just buying some school supplies. Talk to your child The ...


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LETTERS Gay Games congratulates Olympic Committee - His Excellency Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee ChÃąteau de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland Dear President Bach: On behalf of the international Federation of Gay Games, we congratulate you and the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) on the success of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This success is in terms of not just the ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Gays and Justice in the Catholic Church - A recurring column - Why do so many gay people remain loyal to the Catholic Church? A dear friend of mine who is a Catholic priest brought this question up during dinner when I was trying to decide upon a topic for my September op-ed in WCT. I have worked with and in Catholic organizations my whole life and it is stunningly obvious that ...


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Angelique's kitty fund - by Angelique Munro - People have been telling me for years that I should make a "go fund me" campaign to help raise money for my SRS ( sex reassignment surgery ). So I did, a couple of weeks ago and for the most part I've gotten a lot of wonderful supportive messages and, well, some not. So, I'd like to share some of ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS The out and proud voice of atheism - "Our fight in this world is not against Islam; it is against religion. I can tell you this for sure: No one's head has ever been cut off in the name of atheism. No one has ever cut into human flesh and looked down a camera and said, 'In the name of nothing.'"—Comedian Jim Jeffries Ever since Omar Mateen walked ...


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Considering Matthew Shepard - by Gregory Hinton - It's hard to believe that he would have been 40 this December. As a gay expat who long ago evacuated the reddening Rocky Mountain West for the warming blue shores of Southern California, the 1998 murder of a young, gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming, caught my attention. Lured from a local bar, he was kidnapped, robbed, savagely beaten, tied ...


Frank Andonoplas

Guest column: Planning a wedding - Planning a wedding can be a very stressful and time consuming time of your life. Here are some helpful tips for those planning their own wedding that I have found couples find helpful in my 24 years of designing, detailing and managing Weddings. —Hotel blocks for guests: Make sure you use a hotel that does not have an attrition clause. ...


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LETTER Losing my religion - Dear Editor: Colin Collette was discharged from his position as music director at Holy Family parish in Inverness in 2014, shortly after he announced his engagement to his longtime partner, William Nifong. To his credit, Collette has chosen to fight the employment discrimination forced upon him. The archdiocese rejected arbitration in the case, and has also barred Collette from seeking ...


Michael A. Horvich

GUEST COLUMN Is It OK To Label? - The initials GLBTQ reflect a long, successful journey. Once we were "Homosexual." With Stonewall we began being "Gay." Then it got to being "Gay" and "Lesbian." Slowly "Bisexual" was included. ( G—L—B ). Over time Transvestites and Transsexuals came under the word "Transgender" and "T" was added. The "T" is becoming a lot more visible today, especially with the issue ...


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VIEWPOINT: Judge Pethers explains leaving the bench - by Sherry Pethers - What follows is a letter from Judge Sherry Pethers, the first open lesbian elected to a judicial seat in the Chicago area. Pethers wrote this letter in response to the public report on an original letter she sent just to her colleagues and friends July 12, explaining her reasons for not seeking retention as a judge in Cook County. Below ...


Michael A. Horvich

GUEST COLUMN Evolving as "Gay" - I have grown up. Again. When I was a young man, I would look at a new understanding regarding myself and life and say, "Wow, I was so naive. I will never let that happen again." Ends up, my life, which is now in its 71st year, has been a series of "being naive agains." Maybe that is not so ...


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Confronting Comcast on gun issues - Dear Editor: Fed up with hearing about gun shootings, me and my friend David D'Silva sat down over a beer recently and thought about how we could take action to stem gun violence on our own. After looking at the roll call of specific senators who voted against gun measure votes this year, then scanning their top campaign contributions, we ...


Candice Jacobson

Guest Column I'm with Her - I've had a lot on my mind this election. We all experience things that shape our views and sway our vote. Growing up in the South and living in the North has been an experience that has shaped my views. Growing up in a bi-racial household with a stepfather struggling with alcohol and a mother trying her best to parent ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN The Republican platform: Leaving out love - I had a good time poking fun at the plagiarism and grandstanding of the Republican Convention, as did many of my left-leaning friends. My amusement quickly turned sober, however. The fact remains that the 2016 GOP platform directly targets LGBTQ families and LGBTQ youth. The platform asserts bluntly, "We do not accept the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage and we ...


Beth Littrell

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Avoiding a name-change nightmare - Q: I am a transgender woman who would like to legally change my name. I live in Savannah, Georgia, and this issue has been a big deal lately after your client, Rowan Feldhaus, was denied a name change by a judge in Augusta. From reading the news articles, I know the judge's decision will probably be overturned, but what do ...


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VIEWS Crayons and Black lives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When I was younger and in art class I had to have the 64 count of crayons that included the sharpener on the back. I used to mix the different colors and was fascinated that mixing the different colors created even more colors. The crayons were always placed in the box in a certain order and as I took them ...


Isaac King

VIEWS...While Black - With all that is going on with police brutality in our nation today, I thought that it would be somewhat therapeutic to share my experiences with law enforcement. I could share many incidents with you but I will only share those that have impacted me most and helped shape my mindset about being a Black male in America. At the ...


Nadine Smith

VIEWS The Problem is Fear: Gun Control and the LGBT Community in Orlando's wake - I am a pretty good shot with a rifle. I won a turkey shoot as a teenager. I have destroyed clay pigeons and discs skeet shooting with a double-barreled shotgun. I trained on an M-16, an adaptation of the AR-15.So when I talk about guns, I understand the allure - and the repulsion. I wore a uniform when I fired ...


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VIEWS The problem is fear: Gun control and LGBTs in wake of Orlando - I am a pretty good shot with a rifle. I won a turkey shoot as a teenager. I have destroyed clay pigeons and discs skeet shooting with a double-barreled shotgun. I trained on an M-16, an adaptation of the AR-15.So when I talk about guns, I understand the allure—and the repulsion. I wore a uniform when I fired that M16. ...


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VIEWS: Talking guns and race - On July 8—the same day many learned about the shootings of police and a civilian in Dallas, Texas—I learned that the lockdown of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. had been lifted after 40 minutes after a person of interest had been investigated. However, I have to admit that the first things I wondered were the race of the person ...


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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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