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SOUND THE ALARMS Supreme Court pick could dismantle LGBTQ rights - The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court should alarm every member of the LGBT community. His record demonstrates that if he is confirmed to the seat recently vacated by Justice Kennedy, who often played the role of swing justice and authored the most significant landmark rulings over the past 20 years vindicating the rights and equal dignity of ...


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Independence Day celebration for whom? - Last week we celebrated the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking our nation's 242 years of independence. Scenes of hyperpatriotism were on display, too. People were singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" or reciting the pledge of allegiance or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776 or simply watching reproductions of the "rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air." All ...


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VIEWPOINT When they come for me - Mark Zubro. Photo courtesy of Zubro - When they come to tell me to move to the back of the bus, the answer is no, I'm not moving. When they tase me, arrest me, shoot me, whatever—until my last breath, I will be fighting. Yeah, I'm almost 70, out of shape and fat, and there isn't much physical fight in me. I don't care. Kicking, screaming, biting, ...


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LETTERS Being human, meeting obligations to children - Being human To whom it may concern: Every day at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, we teach about the dangers of intolerance and indifference through the lens of the horrific history of World War II and the Holocaust. Our museum was founded by Holocaust survivors who keenly felt the confusion, pain, anxiety and fear of being separated from their ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

What's happening to Pride? - I like to say there was something in the air that made Pride 2017—here and abroad—one of the most contentious events in its history. Many, however, in our LGBTQ communities say the tension was always present. Pride parades will be taking place across the country this month. And, as we all rev up for this year's festivities so, too, will ...


Irene Romulo, Director of Advocacy, Chicago Community Bond Fund

Money bond, pretrial incarceration hurting Chicago's LGBTQ Communities - GUEST COLUMN - On any given day, more than 90% of people in Cook County Jail ( "CCJ" ) are presumed innocent and yet are locked up pretrial while waiting their trial. Although the number of LGBTQ people at CCJ is not officially available, we can assume that a disproportionate number of them are part of the LGBTQ community since national studies have ...


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Trigger warning, mental health, suicide prevention and survivor guilt - by Karen Hawkins - Trigger warning: mental health. Simply put, suicide can kiss my ASS. If you're a fellow family/friend survivor, I'm sending you tons of love this week and a not-so-gentle reminder: It's not your fault. While I deeply appreciate all of the suicide prevention information being spread this week, it can be hard on us who didn't "prevent" it. If you want ...


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Cakeshop ruling doesn't crumple our opponents - A pall hung over me June 4. The Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple—Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig—on the grounds of religious freedom. In a seven-to-two decision, the justices argued that the commission had exhibited hostility toward ...


David Lovejoy

THEATER VIEWPOINT Don't just stand there - In the wake of an attack, non-binary actor urges allies to act Also see theater feature at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/THEATER-Trap-Door-transcends-with-binary-breaking-French-patriot/63097.html . I was on the crowded Red Line train on my way to the third performance of Trap Door Theatre's Monsieur D'eon is a Woman when the man punched me in the jaw. It was fully unprovoked, without warning. He continued to ...


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MOMBIAN Two new picture books tell story of the rainbow flag - Pride season is here, and so are two new picture books that tell the story of the rainbow flag and the individuals who inspired and created it. Rob Sanders' Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag ( Random House ) begins with Milk dreaming of equality as a young man and carrying those dreams forward as he ...


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GUEST COLUMN Still a Cis World After All - By Delia Kropp - A tragic, drug-addicted hooker ( Dallas Buyers Club ). A slasher-transvestite ( Dressed to Kill ) and a slasher-transvestite dressing as his dead mother ( Psycho ). A transwoman who tragically perishes during pioneering gender-affirmation surgery ( The Danish Girl ), a trans man brutally murdered by transphobes ( Boys Don't Cry ), and even a madperson performing their own ...


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Can the LGBTQ community trust Pope Francis? - Once again, Pope Francis is rocking the world. "God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are." According to reports from Spain's El Pais newspaper and the Associated Press, Pope Francis said the abovementioned statement in a private conversation with ...


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LETTER Ban on the run - The Honorable James N. Mattis Secretary Department of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Mattis: On behalf of the physician and medical student members of the American Medical Association ( AMA ), I am writing to express our concern about the new policy recently approved by President Trump imposing limits on transgender individuals serving in the military. ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Pimping King - With 2018 being the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, commemorations honoring the man will be taking place across the country. But who would think a Super Bowl ad with a King voiceover would be used to sell pickup trucks? The pitch for Dodge Ram trucks' "Built To Serve" Volunteer Program did just that and provoked ...


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LETTER State leaders, children need your help - An open letter from members and supporters of The Coalition to Rebuild Illinois Child Welfare Dear Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, Senate President Cullerton, and Minority Leaders Durkin and Brady, You are the parents of 17,000 children who receive protective services from the state, as well as another 3,000 who are at risk of being removed from their homes. These children ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Walking for immigrant justice and dignity - To whom it may concern: On April 28, Rev. Jose S. Landaverde, of the diocese of Quincy, Illinois—and chaplain of The Latin American Labor Council—in the company of many supporters from Chicago and the surrounding areas devoted to the cause of immigrant rights began an 800-mile journey walking toward Washington, D.C., from Aurora, Illinois. We are walking to demand justice ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL The six-foot table solution - Yes, we can solve all our problems with six-foot tables—even world peace. I'm surprised no one thought of it before. It was my fairy goddaughter ( FGD ) who opened my eyes to the concept. She, also a writer, was the one who designated me her fairy godmother—in my opinion, a great honor. She was in the process of moving ...


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MOMBIAN Of marriage and parenting - My spouse, Helen, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary ( though our time as legal spouses is obviously shorter ). Reaching a quarter-century together—just about half of my life—feels significant in a way that previous anniversaries, even milestone ones at the decade marks, have not. Here are a few reflections on the occasion: We've been through a lot together, ...


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GUEST COLUMN Steppenwolf's Multi-Cultural Fellows lead in minority artist alliances - By Regina Victor - We've all seen them: Those shows where a sole person of color stands out in an ensemble sea of white. For artists, being the "only one" of a kind in any given production can be a lonely experience. It also means that creating artistic cohorts—a group of people focused on one task or brought together to foster brought together to ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL The terlet - When I objected, starting around the age of four or five, to commercials on the radio, I had no idea what the future of marketing would hold for us all. Why, I asked, was "The Lone Ranger" interrupted to sell Silvercup Bread? Was it because of his silver bullets? Well, yes, it was considered a terrific marketing tie-in. I hated ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINT Another Black Harvard man arrested - I reside in Cambridge. And, the last time an unarmed Black Harvard man in Cambridge was arrested, it made the news. It was when renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was mistakenly taken to be an unknown Black man breaking and entering into someone's home—it happened to be his own—in 2009. It was a story that went viral internationally, leaving ...


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VIEWPOINT Catholic LGBTQIs see mixed record in first five years of Francis papacy - Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, recently issued the following statement in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis: On March 13, 2018, Catholics and many others in the world marked the fifth anniversary of the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope. What have these five years meant for LGBTQI and Ally Catholics? What can we ...


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MLK's assassination reminds nation of gun violence - The 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination is, sadly, a searing reminder of unaddressed gun violence in the United States. And, because gun violence has gone unaddressed for half a century, future generations of children residing in a safer and healthier America MLK spoke about so dreamingly in his speeches now in 2018 live in ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Letter from Palm Springs - The Gym - Never in a million years did I ever think that I'd go to a gym. It's so out of character that I have friends in England who refuse to believe it. They think I'm making it up. One said, "I'm more likely to believe you died from a heroin overdose up a back alley than I am in you going ...


Francis Debernardo

VIEWPOINTS Cardinal Cupich, Church and families - Cardinal Cupich says Church should learn from families. We hope it will learn from all families. In a recent address at the University of Cambridge, England, Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich spoke about Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation following the 2015 synod on the family. The National Catholic Reporter's Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, reported on the event which had been ...


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GUEST COLUMN How #METOO Becomes Culture Change; Tradeswomen and Sexual Harassment - From a speech at the Chicago Women's History Center Screening of Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power, Jan. 13, 2018. Like so many of us, here today and around the world, the #metoo movement has resonated deeply with me, on a personal level because of my experiences while working as an elevator constructor. And on a professional level because, even ...


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LETTER A call for inclusion - An open letter to The Legacy Project's Victor Salvo Hello, Victor: We have been supporters of the Legacy Project's efforts to memorialize the contributions of LGBTQ citizens. Your inclusion of African-American and Latinx citizens has brought recognition to often marginalized people. It is in this spirit that we urge you to include LGBT Palestinians among those struggling not only ...


Jano

VIEWPOINTS The Seasoned Life - You might find this hard to believe, but it's true. Before I came to earth I had already picked out my parents and siblings and waited for the correct body for myself. I waited until I grew impatient and finally requested, "Next available, please." The third day of August, I was born a 6 lb 5 oz baby girl. For ...


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LETTERS Keeping ACA intact - Despite relentless repeal efforts, more than 11.8 million people signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act's ( ACA ) Insurance Marketplaces for plan year 2018. This figure represents only a slight ( 3.7 percent ) decline in enrollment compared to last year, which is simply remarkable considering the headwinds and obstacles faced during this year's open enrollment. In ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Billy Graham's ministry of LGBTQ intolerance - The Reverend William ( Billy ) Franklin Graham Jr. ( 1918-2018 ) has died at the age of 99. Too often, hagiographies are painted when people die, especially of ministers. The televangelist, however, is not deserving of such high praises. While Graham's inarguably the most influential minister of the 20th century, his ministry—which provided pastoral counseling to U.S. presidents from ...


Bear Bellinger

GUEST COLUMN For theater critics, diversity, cultural connection imperative - A few years ago, at a town hall addressing the controversy that arose over reviews of Steppenwolf's production of This Is Modern Art, I asked one of our community's preeminent critics if they had a responsibility to learn about hip-hop culture considering that so many shows were being written from the perspective of, and about, the hip-hop generation. Their response? ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL My daily last straw - What exactly is the last straw? I thought it was the presidential buffoon's goading of North Korea, but I was wrong. Our government is suddenly so feeble, so twisted up in procedure, infighting, and tripping over its own all-too-often dropped pants, it can no longer protect its citizens from nuclear war. At least, that's what it looks like to this ...


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LETTERS Don't boycott the boycott - Dear Editor: Bermuda became first in the world to legalize and then revoke same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples no longer have equal rights to marry and are only able to access a civil union. This ruling is a step backwards for equality. However in response to this decision a misguided reaction is unfolding — a call to #BoycottBermuda. The online campaign ...


Angelique Munro

GUEST COLUMN My journey, my story - I honestly knew ever since I was able to speak that I was not like other little girls. However, I didn't understand why until much later in life. Physically transitioning from male to female, or becoming the woman I was meant to be, is a unique and individual process. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to physically transition—or to ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Fighting for kids against religious exemption laws - As a growing number of states allow child welfare agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective foster and adoptive parents and LGBTQ youth in care, a new campaign is fighting back—but it needs our help and our stories. The Every Child Deserves a Family campaign ( ECDF ), launched last December, brings together dozens of LGBTQ, child welfare, faith-based, and civil ...


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LETTER Phill Wilson steps down - The letter below is being run with permission from Phill Wilson: This year's National Black HIVAIDS Awareness Day commemoration is bittersweet for me. I have been involved in efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic for more than 35 years. Today, I am announcing that I will soon be stepping down as the Black AIDS Institute's president and CEO, where I ...


Glenn Macpantay

VIEWPOINTS Amid the noise in D.C., dreamers' fate hangs in the balance - Forget about Trump's tweets and demand that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell pass a clean Dream Act. In September, Donald Trump said he would cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) program unless Congress passes the Dream Act. President Obama created DACA, which has helped thousands of LGBTQ undocumented young people to work, study, and improve their ...


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LETTERS Not GLAAD about resolution - The following is from a press release that LGBTQ media-advocacy organization GLAAD released: GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization released the following statement in response to the Republican National Committee passed a resolution in support of President Trump's discriminatory transgender military ban. "President Trump's bigoted proposal to purge qualified military personnel is in direct contradiction to the will ...


Jenna Prochaska and Ghirlandi Guidetti

VIEWPOINTS Abortion access is an LGBTQ issue, too - This year, we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which affirmed that the Constitution protects the right to an abortion. Yet, the ability to seek out safe and affordable reproductive healthcare is still not a reality for many—inc luding many LGBTQ people, who are often left out of conversations about abortion altogether. ...


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Sue the T. rex goes nonbinary - The Field Museum announced its iconic T. rex, Sue will use preferred gender pronouns they/them/their in an effort to honor Sue's identity and remain true to the lack of scientific data about the sex of the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered. When asked what's motivating this announcement, museum spokesperson Kate Golembiewski said, "It's a simple scientific fact. ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Letter from Palm Springs - Palm Springs - I'm 66 years of age, and growing old as a gay man isn't what I thought it would be. I was rather looking forward to spending my twilight years sitting in a rocking chair reading Virginia Woolf and complaining about the neighbor's annoying dogs, kids and untended lawns—complaining about everything, really. However, old age … or my old age, at ...


Jano

GUEST COLUMN The Seasoned Life, Remaining Prepared - About 10 years ago some friends and I were sitting in the indoor space at Washington Park on Chicago's South Side, waiting for the Affinity Community Services annual Burning Bowl ceremony to begin. There was a wonderful mix of women of all cultures and ages filling the room and my imagination. I softly whispered to CJ, "What if I created ...


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GUEST COLUMN Family Feud: Jay-Z, Beyonce, and the Desecration of Black Art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Business is booming and I am not loved the way I want to be." — Morgan Parker, "Hottentot Venus" from the collection of poetry There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce "You have to draw distinctions between yourself and your character. Yourself as a commodity, and who you really are, and your willingness to be for sale." — Jodie Foster, ...


Sara Semelka

GUEST VIEWPOINT Reclassifying "female condom" can revolutionize contraceptive industry - If you've had safe, penetrative sex at some point in your life, you've probably used the "male" condom, which is designed to be worn by a person with a penis. Over the years, this device has been credited as one of the most effective tools to combat HIV, with different variations developed to appeal to a wide array of audiences. ...


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VIEWPOINT Who Will Defeat Governor Rauner? - The Personal PAC Board voted to endorse JB Pritzker after fully considering the qualifications of all of the candidates and conducting in-depth interviews of Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy and JB Pritzker. Despite claims by their supporters to the contrary, none of these candidates is without flaws. That is to be expected from loyal partisans, passionate supporters and close friends of ...


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MOMBIAN New PFLAG head is queer parent, professional - Both as a daughter and a parent, the new executive director of PFLAG, Dr. Jaime Grant, understands the organization's mission of uniting families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ. "I'm a queer mom of a queer kid and my Irish family exiled me," she said in an interview. This led to an accelerating drug addiction. Grant, who was named head ...


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King's dream of 'the beloved community' extends to yours, too - KThis year is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's a painful and necessary anniversary to remember considering where the country is today. Americans on the margins have the most to lose in a nation now eroding if not dismantling decades-long civil rights gains that allowed full protections and participation in an ...


Michael A. Horvich

GUEST COLUMN I Don't Mind Your Asking - This question, again, was asked of me recently. Good naturedly, with love, and with sincere caring ... but always unexpected. It caused me, in my explanation, to once again have to articulate my feelings and I decided to share them with you here, even though somewhat personal. How is that for a set up? The question usually runs like this: ...


Sarah Toce

VIEWPOINTS Putting it to the test, 23andMe - More than 2 million people have taken part in genetic testing by 23andMe, a company founded in 2006 by CEO Anne Wojcicki. The company's impetus was to empower the consumer with information regarding their personal DNA and accelerate genetic research on a wide range of health conditions from Parkinson's disease to lupus and asthma. Customers are not obligated to take ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN 2017: Good news, bad news for LGBTQ families - Was 2017 a good year for LGBTQ parents and our children? The political situation in the United States was grim, but we also saw progress in some areas. In perhaps the biggest win for LGBTQ parents this year, the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned the Arkansas Supreme Court in Pavan v. Smith, a case involving two married, two-mom couples ...


Robert Garofalo

VIEWS Words have consequences - Words matter in science—and in politics. We recently heard deeply troubling stories about the possible censorship of words at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ). For many of us in the HIV/AIDS community, this is not the first time words have been used to marginalize and divide us. In 2003, I was a new faculty member ...


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LETTER Addressing gun violence - Note: The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement from President Chad Griffin on the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: Five years ago today, 26 innocent people—including 20 children—were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a horrific act of violence that shook the nation and the world. HRC remembers the ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

For Black women, being Dems' 'backbone' is no compliment - Black women voters in the recent Alabama U.S. Senate race are being thanked for "saving" the state from Republican candidate Roy Moore, a homophobe, slavery apologist and accused pedophile. And we're all now are being lauded as "the backbone" of the Democratic Party. As a voting bloc, Black women in Alabama didn't just suddenly emerge for Democratic candidate Doug Jones. ...


Evie Litwok

GUEST COLUMN Are you tired of male sexual privilege? #metoo - In 1978, I left Temple University's PhD program after I had an interaction with a professor on my orals committee. "I want to sleep with you," he said. I looked at him in disbelief. "No," I said. "I am not going to pass you in your orals," he threatened. I told him I would not sleep with him. I marched ...


Jim Edminster

The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There was snow on the ground here in Chicago in early December. Did you get all your bulbs in? If not, pot them up and put them in a cool part of the basement or garage for early spring. Do not save bulbs unplanted—they'll die. I've gathered, with neighbors' help, many bags of leaves, mostly oak, for my grassless yard. ...


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LETTERS Net loss - GLAAD is responding to the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission's vote to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules, allowing broadband providers the ability to control your experience online by giving them the power to change what you can see on the internet, the speed at which you see it, and the quality of your connection. "Stripping away net neutrality is ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPIONTS The New Jim Crow targets LGBTQ Americans, too - Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case—which has many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles—will litigate a baker's rights to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, on the grounds of religious freedom enshrined in the First ...


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A Different World: Why We Owe the Cosby Accusers an Apology - "The sins of the fathers. They just fucked it all up. We had the best family. We had it all. We had it all in our hands. He just pulled us through the wringer. Narcissistic….He took it from his father, who took it from his father, who took it from his father. Let's break this curse. So it won't fall ...


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LETTER Halberstam update - Note: Michael Halberstam, the longtime artistic director for Glencoe-based Writers Theatre, was accused by a former subordinate of harassment and lewd behavior. The statement below is from the company: As you may be aware, Writers Theatre recently learned of a sexual harassment claim via social media involving our co-founder and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. Because some of you have previously ...


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Net Neutrality is worth fighting for now - Net Neutrality is the principle, and current FCC regulations, that let you a ) get access to The Windy City Times, Advocate.com, Grindr and other LGBTQ content at all and b ) have that access without paying more for that content on top of your current internet access charges. Net Neutrality says that all information on the Internet must be ...


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VIEWPOINT My Black lesbian body is a target for police brutality - The reality of unarmed African-American women—LBTQ, gender nonconforming and straight—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 our males. Like so many African-American women, Sandra Bland's death in 2015, resulting from police brutality was not new news. The national attention it received ...


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MOMBIAN 2017 gift guide to books for LGBTQ families - This year saw a terrific crop of books for and about LGBTQ families. Here are some of my favorites. Children's books The grande dame of LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books, Lesléa Newman ( author of Heather Has Two Mommies ), this year applied her sparkling prose to Sparkle Boy, about a gender creative boy who loves glittery things. His parents and ...


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VIEWPOINT Will and Grace 2017: You Can't Go Home Again - The return of Will & Grace is a miracle of sorts, a pinch-me moment in the history of television. The #VoteHoney video, created to support Hillary Clinton's run for president and which led to the show's revival, reminded me again what I loved about the original show, and why with Mike Pence in the White House, as a gay man, ...


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LETTERS Can't bear it - Dear Editor/Director, I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I can't be. I'm hurt. I'm offended. I'm outraged. I'm disgusted. I heard the McCaskey family—who own the Chicago Bears—just gave a large donation to Jeanne Ives, the only anti-gay candidate in the governor's race in Illinois. Ives says, and I quote, "They're [gay couples] trying to weasel their way ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Donna Brazile's revenge with 'Hacks' - Since the election of Donald Trump, most Americans on both sides of the political aisle feel American democracy is under siege. The infighting going on in both the Democratic and Republican camps has cast a pall on the country's future. And neither party, at present, can tamp down the support nor enthusiasm some have for establishment outsiders like U.S. Sen. ...


Robert Shine, Associate Editor New Ways Ministry

VIEWS Pope's record on LGBT issues weakened by criticism of transgender community - - Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has caused much ink to be spilled in evaluating his stand on LGBT issues. Now, a gay Catholic offers his latest thoughts after the pope's remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Xorje Olivares, a gay Catholic writing for Vice, ...


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LETTERS Hepatitis crisis - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Legal Council for Health Justice ( LCHJ ) are appalled to learn the state of Illinois was given a "D-" grade in the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the Center for Health Law Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School's interactive report grading the nation's Medicaid programs on their access to treatments ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Dorky dykes - I suppose I'm at my dorkiest about my stuffed animals. I have my first teddy bear, Buzz. I have the two cats Carol from Connecticut sent: Elga Wasserman ( after my first attorney ) and the appealingly homely Samo. Of course, I've kept the last one my mother gave me, a high femme rabbit in an extraordinary Easter bonnet who ...


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Leadership Conference opposes Don Willett for 5 Circuit Court of Appeals - Letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Hum­­­­an Rights - November 14, 2017 Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, I write in opposition to the confirmation of Don Willett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth ...


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VIEWPOINT Zelim Bakaev: The face of Chechnya's anti-gay purge - The global LGBT community lives in very unsettling times. Chechnya is an Eastern European republic that is under the guidance and influence of the Russian Federation. It has waged an "anti-gay purge" and legalized honor killings by family members of LGBT individuals since February. Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, has strong-armed his government into a silent holocaust against ...


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LETTERS Helping refugees - Heartland Alliance Policy & Advocacy joins our partners at the U.S. Committee on Refugee and Immigrants to call on the president and his administration to maintain U.S. leadership through the Refugee Admissions Program. Since our inception in 1888, Heartland Alliance has worked to support the rights, needs, and human potential of people who have been displaced and are in need. ...


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Looking back: LGBTQ History Month's canon - Winston Churchill once said, "History is written by the winners." When the Stonewall Riots occurred in 1969, the history of more than a century-long oppressed people finally got national attention. And, since that historical moment, the suppressed and closeted oral histories of our fierce and courageous LGBTQ brothers and sisters began to be documented—openly and uncensored. In less than half ...


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Rev. Garner, 'You're Fired!': 1st and only Black person on MCC Senior Staff - Guest view by Robin Tyler - (As first published in the Los Angeles Blade) I am shocked and I am not easily shocked! Too many powerful, competent women have been attacked and vilified. The best example, of course, is Hillary Clinton. As qualified as she was to be President of the United States, she was considered "pushy," suspicious, untruthful, and other derogatory adjectives heaped upon brilliant, ...


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VIEWS Banning LGBTQ+ children's books will not erase us - Visibility sends a positive message of inclusion. Nowhere is this more important than in childhood. Seeing images and hearing stories reflective of a child's family structure, life history, perceptions, gender identity and, yes, struggles affirm a child's sense of belonging. As a same-sex coupled parent, I look for opportunities where my children can see themselves reflected in the world around ...


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MOMBIAN A very queer Halloween - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Halloween is almost here, which—for many of us—means trips to the store to purchase overpriced costumes or hours spent sewing and hot-gluing homemade versions, both for our kids and for ourselves. October is also, however, LGBTQ History Month and the month of National Coming Out Day, making Halloween's topics of heroes and hidden identities relevant in multiple ways. Here are ...







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