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VIEWS-In-2020-being-queer-could-be-key-to-a-courageous-career

  VIEWS In 2020, being queer could be key to a courageous career

by Steve Yacovelli

Remember, in The Wizard of Oz, how the Cowardly Lion—when he got to see the wizard—was like, "What? I already had courage? WTH?" I mean, it was kinda poopy that the wizard made the poor cat ...


OPINION-Trans-formal-education

  OPINION 'Trans-formal' education

"The year started well, but substitute teachers were not told about Dave's name," my friend Pat told me. "My son was called a distinctly feminine name in a time and at a place where no one ...


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  VIEWS Warren's America would center our voices

Days before I marched in my first Pride Parade in 2015, I waited anxiously for the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that guaranteed same-sex couples the right to marry. I still recall the profound image ...


LETTER-Impeachment

  LETTER Impeachment

Dear Editor: President Donald J. Trump has been impeached. These words, for me, mean an intentional check on Trump's efforts to corrupt the 2020 election. Dec. 18 was a reckoning for my ancestors who lived ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-The-tabloid-edition

  THE AMAZON TRAIL The tabloid edition

Bath Door Balks at Booting Hostage Hostage Trapped for NINETY-MINUTES Suspect Subdued with Electrical Weapon A woman in a remote town in Oregon suffered a harrowing 90 minutes before her rescue by three brave public servants. ...


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  VIEWS College for LGBTQ students

Finding yourself and becoming comfortable with your identity is something that people within the LGBTQ community struggle with every day. There is coming to terms with your sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and how you choose ...


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  MOMBIAN LGBTQ parenting: The year in review

This past year saw many challenges to LGBTQ equality—but there was still some progress. Let's review the parenting-specific news of the year. Some setbacks The Trump administration's Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-All-I-want-for-the-holidays-is-a-left-earbud

  THE AMAZON TRAIL All I want for the holidays is a left earbud

Not really. My greatest wishes would be for world peace, a year of pain-free good health for all my family, friends, and neighbors, and a brand-new president and Senate majority leader. It would, however, be nice ...


LETTER-GroceryLand-anniversary

  LETTER GroceryLand anniversary

Dear Editor: Twenty-five years ago, our beloved GroceryLand opened its doors and served its first participants! On Christmas Eve in 1988, a steadfast and caring crew of volunteers—led by Heartland Alliance Health's own Lori Cannon—began delivering ...


MOMBIAN-Childhood-stories-of-LGBTQ-other-social-justice-activists

  MOMBIAN Childhood stories of LGBTQ, other social justice activists

Every social justice hero was once a child. Some became activists as children; others did so as adults because of things they experienced when they were young. A new middle-grade book from the prolific Robin Stevenson ...


LETTER-Voice-your-choice

  LETTER Voice your choice

Dear Editor: On Nov. 5, New York City overwhelmingly approved ranked choice voting by referendum. We should do those residents one better and enact ranked choice voting for all of Illinois. The Illinois Senate currently ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-The-Terminator

  THE AMAZON TRAIL The Terminator

This week I went to the movies. It's been a long time since I've said that. Do people even say "the movies" anymore? I married a movie geek. My sweetheart can tell you within a nanosecond ...


LETTER-Response-to-hate

  LETTER Response to hate

Dear Editor: God's presence is always reflected in us. As a person of faith, I believe in Jesus Christ. No wonder this generation is starving for the community, connection and relationship when we see attacks ...


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  Halloween unmasks our troubled history with race

Halloween is one of this country's favorite yearly activities. Unfortunately, Halloween can be America's scariest, too—especially for those of us seen as costumes you wear rather than the human beings that we are. Asian Americans, Native ...


MOMBIAN-LGBTQ-inclusive-books-and-hope-in-rural-schools

  MOMBIAN LGBTQ-inclusive books, and hope, in rural schools

LGBTQ students in rural schools are more likely to face bias and discrimination than those in urban and suburban ones, but their schools are also less likely to have LGBTQ-inclusive resources to support them. That's why ...


LETTER-Attorneys-needed

  LETTER Attorneys needed

Dear Editor: According to the report "The Justice Gap," low-income Americans receive no or inadequate legal help for 86 percent for their non-criminal legal problems. These individuals include senior citizens, veterans and those with disabilities. ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Ignorance-and-shortsightedness-lead-us-to-the-Supreme-Court-

  GUEST COLUMN Ignorance and shortsightedness lead us to the Supreme Court

Jonathan Matthias Lassiter

We will always find ourselves going back to the courts to fight for inclusion until we place the needs of the most vulnerable people first. Those in the mainstream are less inclined to protect those who ...


VIEWS-Visibility-isnt-the-goal

  VIEWS Visibility isn't the goal

In mid-July, I interviewed non-binary rapper CJ Run. In discussing the coming out of gay country rapper Lil Nas X, Run articulated something interesting regarding queer visibility. "Around the country there are a lot more queer-ish ...


Activists-halt-US-Conference-on-AIDS-to-protest-CDC

  Activists halt U.S. Conference on AIDS to protest CDC

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) surely saw it coming. Protests are part of the DNA of the United States Conference on AIDS ( USCA ), ...


VIEWS-A-straight-mans-foray-into-an-LGBTQ-world

  VIEWS A straight man's foray into an LGBTQ world

My first assignment for Windy City Times looked something like this: I hopped in my car and drove from my white, middle-class, cookie-cutter suburb to a tiny theater in a part of the city I'd never ...


Remembering-Michael-Bauer-a-call-to-pick-up-the-baton

  Remembering Michael Bauer, a call to pick up the baton

by Coco Soodek

Remarks as prepared for delivery at the memorial service for community leader Mike Bauer, Sept. 3, 2019. I'm here to speak for the hundreds of people for whom Mike was also a mentor, a teacher, a ...


We-need-to-talk-about-the-Pose-hospital-episode-right-now

  We need to talk about the 'Pose' hospital episode right now

The TV show Pose, on FX, is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the themes, the characters, and—the aspect of the show closest to my heart and ...


OP-ED-How-Queen-Sugar-increases-Black-LGBTQ-visibility

  OP-ED How 'Queen Sugar' increases Black LGBTQ visibility

In 2018, there were more LGBTQ people of color on TV than their white counterparts. OWN's Queen Sugar is part of a quiet revolution of increasing queer representation on TV. Pose is rightfully getting the Emmy-nominated ...


Volumes-of-racism-xenophobia-on-blast-

  Volumes of racism, xenophobia on blast

The first time I heard the racial trope "Go back to where you came from," I was getting off of a school bus in a white section of town in Brooklyn. Little did I know then ...


LETTER-Ruffled-feathers

  LETTER Ruffled feathers

Dear Editor: Recently, I was waiting for two friends on the patio and talking to my sister on the phone. A small, very elderly Black woman came up to the patio asking for money, and ...


Larry-Kramer-gives-us-one-more-chance-to-wake-the-fck-up

  Larry Kramer gives us one more chance to wake the f*ck up

Our friend Larry Kramer, the godfather of the AIDS activism movement, hasn't lost his edge. That should surprise no one. In his speech at the Queer Liberation March on June 30 ( at the Queer Liberation ...


Moments-in-the-Public-Health-Response-to-AIDS-CDPH-LGBTQ-Outreach-Keynote-June-28

  Moments in the Public Health Response to AIDS, CDPH LGBTQ Outreach Keynote June 28

Chicago Department of Public Health LGBTQ Outreach Keynote Speech, given by Tracy Baim, June 28, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center The following keynote speech was given in an abbreviated form at the Chicago Department of Public Health ...


Looking-back-looking-forward

  Looking back, looking forward

Op-Ed

As we look forward to the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrate PRIDE month, I think about progress made—but also about work to be done. Our Declaration of Independence holds that the inalienable rights of, ...


LETTER-Respecting-elders

  LETTER Respecting elders

Dear Editor: No one likes to talk about it, but it happens every day. However, this crisis remains vastly underidentified and underreported. The Illinois Department on Aging is on pace to respond to more than 20,000 ...


We-remember-we-celebrate-we-believe

  We remember, we celebrate, we believe

There is a lot of remembering, celebrating and believing going on right now. The "uprising" at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago represents a significant turning point in an emerging yet powerful movement; the merging of ...


Vatican-publishes-anti-LGBT-document

  Vatican publishes anti-LGBT document

The Vatican has released the document "Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a path of dialogue on the question of gender in education" to address issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity, PBS reported. "Male and ...


Trans-deaths-are-real-deaths

  Trans deaths are real deaths

In a suburb just outside of Dallas, and to the disbelief of many—straight and LGBTQ—across the country, a transgender mural is painted on the side of a tattoo/piercing shop. The mural commemorates the 50th anniversary of ...


LETTER-CLASP-reaches-out

  LETTER CLASP reaches out

Dear lover of humanity: Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Partners ( CLASP ) continues to assist asylum-seekers resettling in Chicago with housing and legal referrals, social supports, and public transit funds. Thanks to the whole community for ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Respecting-elders

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Respecting elders

Dear Editor: No one likes to talk about it, but it happens every day. However, this crisis remains vastly underidentified and underreported. The Illinois Department on Aging is on pace to respond to more than 20,000 ...


MOMBIAN-Princess-maiden-fall-in-love-in-new-childrens-book

  MOMBIAN Princess, maiden fall in love in new children's book

A maiden falls in love with a princess at a multiracial royal court in a delightful new children's book that adds to the growing number of LGBTQ fairy tales. Maiden & Princess—by Daniel Haack and Isabel ...


Five-reasons-the-Gilead-deal-is-a-steaming-pile-of-Truvada

  Five reasons the Gilead deal is a steaming pile of Truvada

Gilead Sciences, the pharmaceutical that makes Truvada, the only FDA-approved drug for PrEP, is having a great week in the public relations department. First, Gilead announced they were surrendering their patent for Truvada a year early, ...


Female-CEOs-say-abortion-is-a-right-in-full-page-open-letter-in-New-York-Times

  Female CEOs say abortion is a right in full-page open letter in New York Times

NEW YORK — In a new full-page open letter running in today's edition of The New York Times, the CEOs and co-founders of Clary Collection, Cora, Dame, Fur, LOOM, Sustain Natural and THINX Inc, are speaking ...


The-religious-lack-of-conscious-rule-

  The religious (lack of) conscious rule

It is time for all government officials to start acknowledging "religious conscience" for what it is—a heavy-handed and high-minded euphemism for discrimination. The Trump Administration's May 2 sop to the president's right-wing base—the so-called "conscience rule" ...


Support-for-trans-students-starts-with-their-names

  Support for trans students starts with their names

This fall, my former student Stefan came back to visit me. I was excited to hear about the beginning of high school, but he looked incredibly distressed. "How is freshman year going?" I asked, hoping to ...


LETTERS-to-Survivors

  LETTERS to Survivors

You are survivors My name is Ashwini Krishnakumar, and I am the youth anti-violence advocate at Center on Halsted. As a woman of color and an advocate for the LGBTQ community, I am very passionate about ...


MOMBIAN-Passover-Questions-for-LGBTQ-Families

  MOMBIAN Passover Questions for LGBTQ Families

Passover begins the evening of April 19, and although I'm somewhat casual in my observance, I love that the holiday, which commemorates Jewish people's journey out of slavery in Egypt, has become a time for reflection ...


LETTER-Remembering-Roe

  LETTER Remembering Roe

To the editor: This marks the 48th year of Choices and the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Interestingly enough, these snniversaries have become even more important to me than close birthdays. I remember one January ...


Catholic-bishops-stopped-my-surgery-because-Im-transgender

  Catholic bishops stopped my surgery because I'm transgender

After years of working to affirm my identity in a world where transgender people are questioned constantly about their decisions, I felt hopeful as I arrived for the surgery I had waited so long for. I ...


VIEWS-May-the-best-woman-win

  VIEWS May the best woman win

On April 2, Chicagoans will go the polls and, for the first time, elect a Black woman to be the 47th person to hold the office of mayor of Chicago. Whomever wins—Cook County Board President Toni ...


ELECTIONS-2019-LGBT-Chicagoans-discuss-mayoral-candidates

  ELECTIONS 2019, LGBT Chicagoans discuss mayoral candidates

Windy City Times recently asked a cross-section of LGBT voters who they plan on voting for, and why. Here is what some of them had to say: —Michael Bauer, activist and Lightfoot campaign chair: "Lori is ...


LETTER-Backing-Toni

  LETTER Backing Toni

Dear friend: As progressive activists who have worked for social change for decades, advancing women's and civil rights, early education, economic and workforce development, environmental quality and many other issues, we have firsthand experience addressing the ...


VIEWS-Uplifting-Black-LGBTQ-workers-all-year-round

  VIEWS Uplifting Black LGBTQ workers all year round

Black History Month may have ended, but at the National LGBTQ Workers Center, we center Black queer and transgender ( trans ) people 24/7/365. Why? Because we enthusiastically believe that in order to be an effective ...


VIEWS-Advocating-for-gender-neutral-restrooms-in-schools

  VIEWS Advocating for gender-neutral restrooms in schools

"Which bathroom should I use?" is a question that many of us don't have to ask ourselves on a daily basis. But for gender-diverse and trans youth, this decision is one they have to face every ...


LETTER-The-Rainbow-Sash-Movement-and-the-trans-community

  LETTER The Rainbow Sash Movement and the trans community

Dear editor: The Rainbow Sash Movement believes we are community, and that includes transgender individuals. I recognize that our community at times is messy; however, its soul is good. Many in our community live in privilege ...


LETTER-Miscarriages-of-justice

  LETTER Miscarriages of justice

Dear Editor: The lenient sentencing of Jason Van Dyke for his murder of LaQuan McDonald calls to mind the White Nights from May 1979, when Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of first-degree murder ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-How-to-celebrate-Valentines-Day

  THE AMAZON TRAIL How to celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is one of those do-it-yourself celebrations. There are no parades or feasts or family gatherings. When I was single, I could always count on a card from my mother and, needless to say, would ...


SCOTUS-upholds-trans-military-ban-with-no-blanket-ban-

  SCOTUS upholds trans military ban with 'no-blanket ban'

With a mostly conservative Supreme Court—Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh—it comes as no surprise that the court's five-to-four vote has ...


LETTER-Darkness

  LETTER Darkness

To the editor: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a local parish in the heart of Chicago's Boystown. It is situated between Halsted and Broadway, a major artery of the Lake View business district. Many Halsted ...


Letter-to-the-editor-Miscarriages-of-justice

  Letter to the editor, Miscarriages of justice

Dear Editor: The lenient sentencing of Jason Van Dyke for his murder of LaQuan McDonald calls to mind the White Nights from May 1979, when Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of first-degree murder ...


LETTER-Lets-walk-together

  LETTER Let's walk together

To the editor: The Chicago mayoral election on Feb. 26 might provide the LGBTQA community with another point of evolution in compassion for our neighbors who live and die in poverty and useless violence. We must ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-A-poem-and-a-plant

  THE AMAZON TRAIL A poem and a plant

The day was typical for the Pacific Northwest. The brightening sky had stopped sputtering its fine dewdrops for the moment, the wind had blown itself out, and the development where I live came to life. People ...


LETTER-Saying-goodbye

  LETTER Saying goodbye

Dear friends: Dec. 28, 2018 Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose. A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a ...


What-5000-phone-sex-calls-taught-me-about-gay-men

  What 5,000 phone-sex calls taught me about gay men

The number might be a little low. Over the course of my "phone fantasy." career in the 1980s, I spoke to as many as 10 customers in a given day, numbering in the many thousands over ...


An-evening-with-Michelle-

  An evening with Michelle

Former First Lady Michelle Obama swept into Boston recently as part of the national book tour promoting her memoir Becoming; the event was held at the TD Garden. The evening before the event, my spouse and ...


MOMBIAN-The-LGBTQ-parenting-year-in-review

  MOMBIAN The LGBTQ parenting year in review

LGBTQ parents and our children faced significant challenges to equality and inclusion in 2018—but there was still some progress. Here are the highlights of the year, both good and bad. —The continued spread of religious exemption ...


VIEWPOINT-Words-matter-

  VIEWPOINT Words matter

Words matter, They have the power to heal or to hurt. We should all use them responsibly. As a kindergarten teacher, I found myself frequently reminding my students, who I also call "my babies," of simple ...


LETTER-Season-of-wonder

  LETTER Season of wonder

Dear brothers and sisters: First and foremost, I wish to say, "Merry Christmas." We live in a social environment that values spiritual worldliness. That simply means making your wants and fantasies the center of the universe. ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Not-a-creature-was-stirring-not-even-a-mouse

  THE AMAZON TRAIL Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

That was true when we brought home our Christmas tree back in 2009 and a poor dead mouse fell onto our living room floor. We've made do with a little artificial tree ever since. But this ...


With-Kavanaugh-on-the-court-what-now-for-LGBTQ-rights

  With Kavanaugh on the court, what now for LGBTQ rights?

Viewpoint by James Esseks

As the reality of a new and intensely conservative Supreme Court majority sinks in, some people are asking, "What's the use of fighting in the courts now? Aren't we just going to lose a lot of ...


Coming-out-to-your-kids-in-midlife-

  Coming out to your kids in midlife

How to navigate tough conversations and a new family model

When the parents of Natalie Perry and her sister sat their girls down for a family meeting, Perry learned that their father, a chief judge for the Court of Appeals in Boise, Idaho, was gay. The ...


LETTER-A-matter-of-urgency

  LETTER A matter of urgency

In recognition of World AIDS Day ( which took place Dec. 1 ) and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) ...


World-AIDS-Day-2018-ramblings

  World AIDS Day 2018 ramblings

I arrived at Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, ready and eager to be honorably discharged, on March 18, 1980. I was lucky enough to get to spend two weeks in San Francisco before ...


Chicago-sees-fewest-new-HIV-infections-in-decades

  Chicago sees fewest new HIV infections in decades

According to Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), the City of Chicago saw 752 new HIV infections in 2017. "The Illinois Department of Public Health [IDPH] is committed to getting to zero new infections ...


Congresswomen-civil-rights-leaders-black-trans-woman-demand-protections-for-Black-LGBTQ-community-

  Congresswomen, civil-rights leaders, black trans woman demand protections for Black LGBTQ community

WASHINGTON—In honor of Transgender Awareness Week ending Nov. 17, the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) and and the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls ( CCBWG ) released statements calling for the end ...


VIEWPOINT-A-short-film-for-World-AIDS-Day-has-arrived-Watch-it-now

  VIEWPOINT A short film for World AIDS Day has arrived. Watch it now.

Stop what you're doing. An exhilarating new short film produced especially for people living with HIV ( PLHIV ) is about to grab your heart and make you stand up and cheer. To commemorate World AIDS ...


Does-the-GOP-have-a-racist-cutoff-point

  Does the GOP have a racist cutoff point?

President Donald Trump traffics in racial epithets. Since his first year in office, Trump's displays of xenophobic, misogynistic, LGBTQ-phobic and racist remarks ( to name just a few from his laundry list of bigotry ) appear ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Going-to-the-doctor

  THE AMAZON TRAIL Going to the doctor

"Visiting the doctor doesn't have to be all gloom and doom," said my sweetheart. "We can make it fun." Remember the all-powerful, usually white male doctors of childhood? From the waiting room you could hear kids ...


Housing-deniedBiblical-marriagefair-housing-and-LGBT-equality

  Housing denied,'Biblical marriage,'fair housing and LGBT equality

Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance have been together for 40 years and have lived in St. Louis all their lives. They became familiar with Friendship Village Sunset Hills after visiting friends and, after multiple visits and ...


LETTER-Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-on-power-of-words

  LETTER Illinois Holocaust Museum on power of words

Dear community members, We are saddened by the senseless terrorist attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It feels like we are living in a nightmare, grieving for the victims and their families. We ...


My-boss-fired-me-from-my-funeral-home-job-for-being-transgender

  My boss fired me from my funeral-home job for being transgender

VIWEPOINT By Aimee Stephens

I was in funeral services for nearly three decades before I was fired in 2013 for being transgender. In March, a federal appeals court agreed that it was wrong to fire me just because of who ...







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