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LETTERS Sanctuary, gun violence - Sanctuary situation In response to the lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago against the Department of Justice ( DoJ ) over the threat issued to cities that provide common-sense protections to immigrants from deportation, the Chicago Immigration Working Group, a local coalition of organizations that has been working on strengthening Chicago's Welcoming City Ordinance, issued the following statement: While ...


Kelsi Williams

TEEN SPEAK Sad truth about suicide rates - Depression and suicide awareness are both important topics that have their fair amount of advocates, but what these advocates rarely disclose is that a high percentage of adolescent suicide attempts, suicides and records of depression come from people within the LGBT+ community. It is not to be disrespectful or downplay their struggle, it is merely because this is something not ...


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LETTERS Affinity statement on healing - Dear Affinity Family, Our hearts are still broken over the weekend's events that continue to unfold in Charlottesville, Virginia. A young woman was killed, dozens were injured, and the world was reminded that this country has never been safe for some of us. What makes moments like these so challenging is that we know that what is happening in Charlottesville ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Who was intended to see 'Detroit?' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fifty years ago this summer, an urban rebellion took place. One hundred and fifty-nine riots erupted in cities with prominent African-American populations across the country. The civil unrest took place in cities like New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Birmingham and Boston, to name a few. The worst riots that summer were in Newark, New Jersey, and Detroit. The movie Detroit attempts ...


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LETTERS Loving church; gun violence and legal assistance - Choosing my religion Byron Brazier Pastor, Apostolic Church of God Chicago, Illinois Dear Pastor Brazier: I am not debating what you can do in your church. If you choose to publicly shame a member and put her out of the church for marrying her same-sex partner, our civil laws allow you do to do that. My question for you is ...


Alexandra Billings

GUEST COLUMN A tribute to Mariann Mayberry - Steppenwolf Theatre actor Mariann Mayberry died at age 52 after a long battle battle with cancer. Following is a tribute to her from Alexandra Billings. I walked into the rehearsal room shaking from the bottom of my feet and knowing they had made a dreadful mistake. That I wasn't the human they wanted and that this was certainly some kind ...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Slutwalk and symbols - To the Editor: As many of us have tried to move on from the chaos and anger of the Creating Change Conference ( January 2016 ), and the more recent Dyke March in Chicago, it turns out that anti-Semitism does not go away, and is raising its ugly head once again in advance of the upcoming Chicago SlutWalk, scheduled for ...


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LETTERS Tweet has a silver lining - To the editor: I think the tweet last week from the president about transgender service people has a wonderful side story that comes under "Every cloud has a silver lining." As distasteful, bigoted and misguided as his decision was, the very good news is that it offered so many high-ranking military leaders, national political leaders and news people an opportunity ...


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VIEWPOINT Black and Pink in Chicago on Aug. 4 - During the first weekend of August, Black and Pink Chicago will host our organization's second national gathering, bringing together LGBTQ prison abolitionists from around the country to build community and power, starting with a free and public celebration dinner Friday, Aug. 4, 6-10 p.m. at Chicago Teachers Union Center, 1901 W. Carroll St. As an organizer with the Chicago chapter, ...


Mark S. King

GUEST COLUMN Taboo Sex, Racism, and Gay Men: A Chat in Black and White - In 30 years of HIV work alongside Black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it's that very hesitancy, according to Black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism worse. Charles, the founder of the Counter Narrative Project in Atlanta, proved to be the perfect ...


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VIEWPOINTS DignityUSA moving toward radical inclusion - With the Catholic Church being the largest Christian denomination in the world, the fight for the dignity and inclusion of its LGBTQI parishioners is a fight for the church's soul and moral integrity. Since its inception, DignityUSA has asserted that God loves the LGBTQI community equally. This year, DignityUSA held its 23rd biennial national conference in Boston on July 6-9. ...


Michael T. McRaith

OP-ED Families Are Everywhere - As we move through a sweltering July, we can reflect upon another victorious June as communities across the United States partied with full force in honor of LGBTQ Pride. For some of us of ( or above ) a certain age, Pride events evoke both joy and profound astonishment - we have traveled light years. But this is not another ...


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LETTERS Respect for Renslow, Plea to a bishop - Showing respect Dear editor: I had arrived in Chicago from New Orleans last week to pay my respects for Chuck Renslow, who really was a major reason for my many visits over many years to Chicago. New Orleans never had such a treasured person as did Chicago. I tip my hat ( one of many large, colorful, adorned hats ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Harry Potter and the LGBTQ family - June 26 is an auspicious date. Not only did the U.S. Supreme Court issue its marriage-equality decision on that day in 2015, but 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997, the world first learned of a boy named Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione. I've read J. K. Rowling's series three times to myself and once out loud ...


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GUEST COLUMN Supporting Black & Pink - I have always taken more of an "academic" approach to the world, preferring to learn by keeping my nose in a book rather than striking up conversations. But part of my growing up has entailed realizing the importance of genuine human connection. While we shouldn't focus on interpersonal relations at the expense of rigorous structural analysis, the only way to ...


Stephen Rader

VIEWPOINTS I am a bad homosexual - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The following is a June 25 Facebook post that was reprinted with permission: I am a bad homosexual. I won't be attending today's Pride Parade. I haven't attended a Pride Parade in years. I tell everyone that I don't attend because the crowds have become too large, that I don't like being around sloppily drunken people, much less thousands of ...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Renslow, Trump, Dyke March - Saying goodbye Dear editor: Chuck Renslow, rest in peace. One thing I am certain about Chuck was his love for this very diversified community. Was he perfect? No, he was not perfect, but he was a good person. Like Harvey Milk, Renee Hanover and Marie Kuda, he committed his life to the welfare of his community and understood that ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Will the Court let business refuse the LGBTQ community? - Recently, the U. S. Supreme Court announced that in the fall it will hear the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case—which will have many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles—will argue the parameters of one's right to practice their religion and their right to express themselves freely that's enshrined in the First Amendment. In ...


Kelsi Williams

GUEST COLUMN School: Still not so safe - In the year of 2017 LGBT culture has become more accepted, but tensions are still high in places such as public schools. Teachers and students alike mistreat students of the community without even realizing it, and once they do the discrimination still continues. Personally, I no longer find it as difficult to be myself as it would have been years ...


C.L. Frederick

Paragraph 175 revisited: Genocide in Chechnya - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Russian government openly supports the persecution of LGBT individuals and imprisons detractors, according to many reports. What is happening in Chechnya is full-force LGBT genocide and concentration camps. Needless to say, around the globe, homophobia and hate continue to severely affect the LGBT community. So what's next? Why do we sit idly and watch? The situation is a "code ...


Regina Carswell Russo

VIEWPOINTS If you're not Black, use the N-word at your own risk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."—Proverbs 18:21. That's one of my favorite Bible verses. It came to mind recently when the controversy over the N-word re-emerged in public discourse with the recent apology by comedian and HBO late night host Bill Maher. I have to say I am a fan of Maher. But my fandom was ...


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LETTERS Being valued - The Chicago Pride Parade provides outstanding opportunities to demonstrate that all people want more than anything to feel valued. After air, water, food, and similar life requirements, life's operative concept is to feel valued. The parade and the sexual-orientation issues associated with it have countless supporters and detractors. Regardless, everyone should have a chance to be who they wish to ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS The enduring use of the N-word - In this political climate hate speech is becoming common use. And there has been an uptick of the use of the N-word, even from the mouths of people one would not expect. While it came as no surprise to most people of color in Boston when last month Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said Fenway fans hurled the N-word at him, ...


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LETTERS Forging an alliance - The letter to the editor in the last Windy City Times from the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) caught my attention. Why??? Because our ( LGBTQA group and CPD's ) journey together over the years has been bumpy at best. We have gone from Public Enemy Number One to partners in safety for the Chicago's LGBTQA community. What a ...


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VIEWS A sadder Pride because of Washington inaction - by U.S. Reps Robin Kelly and David Cicilline - Every June, Pride comes to our cities and towns. We break out the rainbow flags, march in parades, and celebrate our uniqueness and being together. But as Pride Month starts, this year feels different. Sure, we will still celebrate this remarkable, diverse and loving community, but we are haunted by the wave of senseless violence that has targeted LGBT Americans. ...


Lee Lynch

VIEWPOINT, THE AMAZON TRAIL A 10th anniversary at sea - We had every intention of being homebodies this year. No travel at all, just a year to save our pennies and get grounded. It's been delicious. After several months of staying in our little coastal home, my mind is sharper, my sleep schedule is approaching normal, and I've got a good start on my next book. Then, something just as ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS LGBTQ pride events display disparities - June is Pride Month for LGBTQ communities across the country—and parades abound. While we all rev up each June for pride so, too, do the fault lines of race and class in our larger white LGBTQ community. With advances such as hate-crime laws, legalization of same-sex marriage across the country and homophobia being a national concern, the LGBTQ movement has ...


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GUEST COLUMN From the Inside Out - By Gabe Guzman with Nicole Erin Morse - In prison, everything gets around by word of mouth, and that's how I first heard about Black and Pink. When I was in segregation a few years ago, one of my LGBTQ friends had a few copies of the Black and Pink newspaper. At the time, I didn't know much about LGBTQ culture, because I had been raised in a ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

Caitlyn Jenner's growing pains - When June approaches, I always like to reflect on the pantheon in our LGBTQ community. However, when it comes to Caitlyn Jenner, it is difficult to fathom how she went from icon to outcast. Is it transphobia? Is it because she was once part of the overexposed Kardashian clan on their forever-running TV reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. ...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The environment - Open Letter to The Honorable Rahm Emanuel: As members of Chicago 350.org, an organization dedicated to fighting climate change, we commend you on recently publishing the now unavailable EPA pages on climate change that President Trump and EPA chief Scott Pruitt ordered to be removed. In making this climate data available on the city's Climate Change website, Chicago has countered ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN LGBTQ parents: Resistance, persistence, pride - This wasn't the Pride Month I was looking forward to. I hoped we would be celebrating gains built on marriage equality, not battling to stop religious-exemption laws that could exclude us from parenting and limit homes for children who need them. I hoped we would be celebrating a growing understanding of transgender people, not trying to stop the same kind ...


Jillian B. Sommers

RELATIONSHIPS & THE LAW TODAY Know your workplace rights after Hively v. Ivy Tech - Last month, in what many are calling a landmark ruling for gay rights, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in Kimberly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, No. 15-1720 ( 7th Cir. 2017 ) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Specifically, in Hively, an openly gay former adjunct ...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Data entry - I wanted to flag for you a new report out from the Center for Data Innovation—a data-policy think tank—outlining 10 concrete steps Congress can take to optimize the way data is collected, shared and used in the United States, including addressing the LGBT data gap. ( Editor's note: The report is at http://www2.datainnovation.org/2017-data-innovation-agenda.pdf. ) Government-sponsored data collection often omits demographic ...


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LETTERS Trump's fail - Trump's "Religious Liberty" Fail Shows That He Can Be Stopped As a real-estate developer, President Donald Trump was no doubt used to saying "Build It!" and, after dispensing with pesky zoning and NIMBY matters, getting others to do so forthwith. Not so with his Muslim ban and, now, his nixed "religious liberty" executive order to discriminate against LGBTQs and women ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWPOINTS Cambridge mayor's call to action - The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts—this writer's hometown—is a stormy hotbed of politics and social issues, and no person has weathered its vicissitudes better than Mayor E. Denise Simmons. On May 11, Simmons held a town hall meeting she dubbed "A Citizen's Assembly" on race, gender, class and culture. "I recognize the division and increasing polarization in the country that reverberates ...


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LETTERS Seeking sanctuary - The following statement on policy demands was issued by Mijente, Black Youth Project 100 and Organized Communities Against Deportations: 1 ) Protect all Chicagoans from immigration enforcement: The City should strengthen the Welcoming City Ordinance, the policy that makes Chicago a "Sanctuary" city by limiting communication between the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ...


Sukie de la Croix

VIEWPOINT Senior moments - SI was recently described as being a role model for LGBT youth—nice compliment, but a role model I am not. Neither do I want to be. It makes me sound cuddly and safe, like a bunny rabbit. I'd rather be a rabid fox. As the next generation of LGBTs flies out of the closet, I'm sitting back and taking a ...


Ramon Gardenhire

GUEST COLUMN Congress pulled plug on our friends, co-workers, neighbors, loved ones - Seven years ago, I sat with my friend Kali in his Brooklyn apartment and watched, in amazement and a little bit of shock, as Congress enacted into law the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ). On that day, I knew that decades of work from thousands of people toward making healthcare accessible to all—not just to the wealthy, the able-bodied, ...


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VIEWPOINT LGBT hater Mark Green: A blessing in disguise - Donald Trump has nominated Tennessee legislator Mark Green to be the next U.S. Army secretary. Green has an extensive anti-LGBT legislative rap sheet. He has called for county clerks who oppose marriage equality to engage in what he perversely calls "civil disobedience" by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He once offered these candid words on how he ...


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GUEST COLUMN A second chance at death - We all know how this ends. Despite the avalanche of articles on aging with HIV or advice about how to avoid long-term side effects or even news of progress toward a cure, nothing will change the inevitable. None of us will get out of this alive. And, in one of the bitter ironies of being a long-term survivor, my experiences ...


Nick Patricca

Capitalism with a heart?! - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - In 1983, in the midst of the Contra War against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua that had overthrown the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, a Franciscan nun from Milwaukee introduced me to the concept of co-operative economics. I was in Nicaragua participating in a program in which Catholics and Marxists were working together to find common ground for constructing an economic ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Vigilance

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Vigilance - Editor: In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, and the backlash began immediately. The most recent backlash example has come in North Carolina, and we must remain vigilant. On April 11, 2017, House Bill 780 was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN More fun with the Fletchers in new book sequel - They're back! The four boys, two dads and assorted pets who romped through Dana Alison Levy's award-winning middle-grade novel The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher return in The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. This time, the multiracial, multiethnic family is off on their yearly vacation to Rock Island, a fictional New England locale. They discover, however, that the lighthouse they ...


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EDITORIAL Changing course on child welfare - Windy City Times ( WCT ) just concluded a lengthy three-part series on troubles at child welfare agencies in Illinois and across the U.S. when it comes to supporting parents of children who present as transgender or gender nonconforming. As the series unfolded, WCT was contacted by multiple additional families who were terrified of agents from the government, including the ...


Fidel Williams Jr.

GUEST COLUMN City Year Chicago brings diversity, inclusion - "Thank you. No one has ever told me that before." Hearing a third-grade student say those words after I told him he was smart is something that will always stick with me. At the time, I was serving as an AmeriCorps Member for City Year Chicago, an education non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk students by putting young adults into classrooms ...


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Considering Trump's first 100 days - The idea of reflecting upon a president's "first 100 days in office" started with President Franklin Roosevelt. According to The Washington Post, Roosevelt touted his own accomplishments in trying to pull the country out of the economic Great Depression. Today's Great Depression is more off a political one. It erupted out of a presidential election that was won by a ...


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MOMBIAN VIEWS Love and science: How science has helped LGBTQ families - This coming weekend, the March for Science in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of other global locations will encourage science that "upholds the common good" and allows evidence-based policymaking in the public interest ( marchforscience.com ). I thus thought this was a good time to look at how science has specifically helped LGBTQ parents and our children. First, and perhaps most ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL A lesbian high school student - VIEWS - Thanks to author Nell Stark—which seems to be something I say at least once a year—I was privileged recently to answer some questions for a lesbian high school student who was writing a paper about 1960s gay activists. Below are the young woman's questions and my attempts to answer. I am very fortunate to be able to reach across generations. ...


Nick Patricca

OPEN TO THINKING "Survival of the Fittest:" Making America Great Again - A recurring column - The first time I was told I did not 'fit' was in third grade. Before nodding off and drooling on her desk, Sr. D. bitterly complained, as she stared me in the eye, about having to teach us Italians and Blacks—unfit to be in her class, fit only for servitude or criminality—in place of her beloved Germans who had moved ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Emmett Till work raises concerns of appropriation - When artist Dana Schutz presented "Open Casket"—an abstract painting of the open casket of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American from Chicago who was lynched in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955—she could not have fathomed the conflagration that erupted. The painting hangs at the Whitney Museum in New York City but under the daily watchful eye of protestors ...


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Letters to the editor: Stand up and be counted - Dear U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: We write to express our strong disapproval of the Census Bureau's decision to not include consideration of data collection on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) individuals in the 2020 Census and American Community Survey. While the Subjects Planned for the 2020 ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR A bad budget - On March 16, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18-percent cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this topline budget and ensuring ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Spring is coming soon - isn't it? - Okay, I give in, it's depression. I might as well face it. And I know I'm not alone. You can guess when it started: Nov. 8, 2016. I tried to overcome it by resisting, ignoring, laughing at the fools on the hill. Like the amazing Elizabeth Warren, I persisted—but so did this depression. I've buried myself in books, my favorites: ...


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ICE shooting, Sessions' comments make clear, Illinois must be a sanctuary state - From a press release - CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley in response to threats to sanctuary statusfor Chicago by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the wake of a shooting early Monday during an immigration raid. "Illinois is an immigrant state and is in greater danger than ever with the Donald Trump presidency, where we see the vicious ...


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Letter to the editor: Reaching out to Ron - I am both amazed and humbled by Ron Clewer's letter to the editor in Windy City Times ( the March 15 issue ) concerning his late brother's murder. Ron. my prayers are with you and your family. You honor your brother's memory by this act. In this age of unbridled ego, as is shown by the me generation, you gave ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Adoption rules spark need for 'public outrage' - An increasing number of states are risking harm to children in foster care by allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people and others who wish to foster or adopt them. South Dakota, on March 10, enacted a law stating that no child-placement agency may be required to provide service that conflicts with its "sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction," even if they ...


Tina T. Tran

GUEST COLUMN No judgment. No shame. No guilt. - Who I am internally is so far removed from how I am seen. I have felt invisible and uncomfortable in my own skin for as long as I can remember. Moving to the Midwest and pursuing a career in the legal field have only amplified the discomfort and alienation I feel on a daily basis. The legal world is as ...


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Letters to the editor: Journey to forgiveness - - To the editor: In the early morning hours of March 24, 2004, my brother Kevin Clewer was stabbed to death, by a still-unknown individual. This isn't about that day or any specific day since. This is about the subsequent journey, hope and a letter between me and that unknown person. You may recall, my family was very vocal and visible ...


Charlotte Heltai

GUEST COLUMN Trump's America - I've been asked to say a few words about what Trump's America looks like for queer, trans, non-binary, and gender-non conforming people. The short answer, from where I stand, is that it looks really scary—and a lot of people are in far more precarious positions than I am. But I, as a socialist, as a queer, gender non-conforming woman, and ...


Ramon Gardenhire

VIEWS Black History Month is every month - "How do we aim to reverse these alarming trends and support the Black community? By uplifting Black liberation through my team's policy and advocacy work. By defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from destruction." The nation spent last month honoring the accomplishments and courage of Black people throughout American history. We celebrated Martin and Malcolm and Maya and, on ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Love song - The only one likely to get any treats this Valentine's Day is the cat. As my sweetheart said, now that we're getting old and fat, we need to think of new ways to celebrate loving occasions. So, we treated ourselves to an iRobot Roomba 650. More expensive than a red heart full of chocolates, but oh, so rewarding, so low ...


C.L. Frederick

VIEWS Danger, relapse ahead - After having completed substance abuse treatment and with six months of sobriety under my belt, I felt I was unsinkable. I failed to see the signs that relapse would be just around the corner. My determination to never use again and to remain sober was no match against methamphetamine. My relapse was a devastating blow to my psyche and the ...


Nick Patricca

VIEWS Understanding Steve Bannon: Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - Although I am well-trained in the art and science of hermeneutics ( divining the meaning of texts or the utterances of gods ) and have successfully tackled many obscure but interesting clumps of words, I am stymied by Bannon-speak: "Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power. It only helps us when they get it wrong. When they're ...


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LETTERS Lives at stake - For the third year in a row, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner failed to present the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that protects the state's most vulnerable people, proposing a 44-percent cut to vital HIV funding streams in his budget address on Feb. 15. "The budget proposed today is outright dangerous for people living with HIV and will certainly result ...


Sukie de la Croix

VIEWS Senior moments - I don't care how disrespectful it is, or how trivial and superficial I'm being, I will not call him President Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton is the president and she has been usurped. I understand that Trump is a fascist and that's he's infantile. What I don't understand is the pussy-grabbing titillations and giggling schoolboy attitude toward sex, and his disdain ...


Eman Hassaballa Aly

GUEST COLUMN Working with allies: Moving beyond the 'Kumbaya' in interfaith work - Imagine soft harmonious music playing right now. We've been doing interfaith work for a long time now especially in the past several years since 9/11. And, it's been great. It has created a great connection with people of other faiths, and it's been a fantastic way to get to know each other and each other's religions and talk about all ...


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LETTERS House of lies - An open letter to Donald Trump: How on earth can you be my president when you continually lie to me? I am sick and tired of your mindless mendacity. Your latest fib is to blame Chicago's violence on "undocumented immigrants." This is a ludicrous lie. You said recently that terrorists are "pouring" into our country—another ridiculous untruth. You have no ...


Nadine Smith

VIEWS Time to play chess, not checkers with Bannon/Trump - After my eighth invitation in two days to emergency calls, I thought it wise to pause and reflect on how we avoid the Whack-A-Mole trap and focus our energies. In addition to the electoral strategies in 2018 and 2020 that we have to build starting now, I see three pressure points we need to leverage with greater thought and clearer ...


Chris Hopkins

RELATIONSHIPS & THE LAW TODAY Guardians for disabled have new responsibilities - Newly enacted responsibilities of a guardian making personal decisions for a disabled person in Illinois While the law presumes that an adult 18 years of age or older is capable of handling their own affairs, a guardian may be appointed to serve as a substitute decision maker if a person is disabled because of mental deterioration, physical incapacity, mental illness, ...


Tazima Davis

Valentine's Day: Five steps to a hot and healthy relationship - This isn't your typical Valentine's Day relationship advice column. I promise to help you get closer ( and naked ), but I also I want to change your relationship to relationships forever ( and ever ). Much of what I'm sharing is counter-culture and it's all backed by evidence and research. Meanwhile, what you've read before is backed by … ...


C.L. Frederick

GUEST COLUMN How Madonna taught me to ignore gender norms, embrace femininity - I used to find it quite frustrating having my masculinity questioned by gay men. Not to say I ever minded being branded as feminine, because I am very proud of my feminine characteristics. I assumed gay men would be more understanding of the gender spectrum because we have faced discrimination for eons as a direct result of our challenging gender ...


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LETTER Resident evils - In the Dec. 28, 2016, issue of WCT, Ed Stellon, executive director of Heartland Outreach—speaking on behalf of its parent organization, Heartland Alliance—is quoted as saying, "We've always taken the 'latest and greatest' when it comes to justice, housing, healthcare services, and then tried to tailor it to the most vulnerable populations." Well now, anyone who is a tenant of ...


Andy Thayer

Trump vs. LGBTs, Muslims and refugees - The LGBT movement faced its first big test of the Trump presidency this past week, and fortunately passed. The administration floated, and rescinded, attacks on LGBT protections in federal employment and federal contractors. The administration then floated, and rescinded, attacks on a broad range of LGBT rights using "religious liberty" as the mask for its bigoted actions. Fortunately, LGBT activists ...


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LETTER Spotlight on hunger - Dear Senate and House Members of the Illinois Delegation: The undersigned Illinois organizations write to thank you for your unwavering support of federal nutrition programs and to urge your resolve to protect and strengthen these programs against any benefit cuts or changes in entitlement structure in 2017 and beyond. Far too many people in this country are struggling with hunger—42 ...


Nick Patricca

Free the Word - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - When I was a youngster, I wanted to be a writer for a newspaper, or a U.S. Senator. I avidly read the papers I delivered to my clients and passionately participated in the politics of the times, reporting on Adlai Stevenson for president rallies for the Kingsley House paper ( like Chicago's Hull House ) in my hood—an Italian and ...







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