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LETTERS-House-of-lies

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 ...


Yvonne Zipter

VIEWS Women's March memories in verse - An ode to the Women's March: 1/21/17 250,000 strong, we came. We came on buses and trains, bikes and motorized wheelchairs, strollers and our own two feet or in our mothers' arms. We came from the city and suburbs from nearby states and the country. We came with hand-painted signs— signs of love and hope and tolerance, signs of humor ...


Francesca Gaiba Truthout

VIEWS Most have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not everywhere? - Most people have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not have them everywhere? Just in time for holiday shopping last month, the retail giant Target absorbed some boycotting noise from a conservative website calling for a boycott of the stores because of its policy of allowing transgender customers to use the bathroom of their choice. The website, 2nd Vote, has been ...


Ra Mendoza

GUEST COLUMN The Embodied Power of Standing Rock - I remember the last evening at Oceti Sakowin so clearly. I had begun the day with a plan, but like the few days before, ended the day surprised by the ways my plans had failed to work out in the best of ways. I had planned on attending meetings and doing outreach ( volunteering ) at the kitchen like I ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL The mightiest of books - As an adult, I've had no interest in children's books. I left them behind half a century ago. Or did I? Chicken Little, for example, has been a powerful influence in my life. I was a nervous child—that hasn't changed—and the Little Golden Book didn't help. First my mother read it to me, then I read and re-read it on ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Kim Burrell shows how Black church abuses gay Christians - Gospel music undeniably has a queerness at its roots that has not only shaped the genre but it has continued to give gospel music its enduring vibrancy. One of Black gospel's darling and Pentecostal preacher Kim Burrell was ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sending shock waves throughout the African-American community. Burrell, along with Pharrell Williams, was invited to promote ...


Owen Keehnen

GUEST COLUMN Last Call at Irene's Cabaret - My heart broke a little when I read in Windy City Times that Irene's Cabaret in Quincy, Illinois, had closed late in 2016 after 36 years in business. I was a regular there, planted on a bar stool until closing probably 2-3 nights a week for a few years. "Last call for alcohol. Ladies, fix your make-up." The first time ...


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Open letter to LGBTQIA, wider community calling for resistance to fascism, Trump - From members of Gays Against Guns and Refuse Fascism - We are writing to you and your organization as members of the national LGBTQIA communities and HIV/AIDS treatment and advocacy communities in order to introduce you to our organization, RefuseFascism.org. We have one goal: to do everything within our power as citizens of the United States of America to ensure that the illegitimate Trump/Pence administration will not be allowed to ...


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LETTER Security issues - TRUST Collective-Chicago—Chicago's emerging community and intersectional voice for justice, peace, support, creativity and collaboration—adamantly condemns all forms of targeted hatred toward American Muslims. We are Latinx, Muslim, and/or LGBTQ+ community leaders, "post-Orlando." We add our voice to the 300+ U.S. Muslim leaders who penned an open letter to the president-elect repudiating a Muslim Registry. Most recently, there have been talks ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Pope Francis needs his gay priests - Many LGBTQ people of faith were shocked by the Vatican's recent decision in the document "The Gift of Priestly Vocation," which bans gay people to the priesthood, thus reaffirming its 2005 stance. Those of us who have "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" or who "support the so-called 'gay culture'" are categorically denied to serve one of the church's most revered and respected ...


Nick Patricca

It's Time: Direct Election of Our President - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - A funny thing happened to me as I was preparing to write this op-ed. I went looking for this thing called 'the electoral college' which everyone wants to abolish or defend or reform but I could not find it. The U.S. Constitution speaks of 'electors.' It does not in any way speak of an electoral college—the term 'college of electors' ...


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VIEWS What can queer people expect from Pope Francis? Not much - by Marianne Duddy-Burke - Pope Francis has made headlines worldwide for his conflicting statements and actions when it comes to LGBTQI people. In famous off-the-cuff remarks, he stunned many by asking "Who am I to judge?" when asked about gay priests. He also had a reportedly warm meeting with a transgender man and his fiancée, and even said that the Catholic Church owes an ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN LGBTQ families: Preparing for the year ahead - My family parties from Thanksgiving through New Year's. I'm Jewish, my spouse is Protestant ( though neither of us is particularly observant ), and my family of origin has always celebrated Thanksgiving as our biggest family gathering, which means we start with turkey and pies at the end of November and don't stop making merry until we raise our champagne ...


Nadine Smith

VIEWS The Trump era: Where do we go from here? - We are in a dangerous moment right now in this gap between the election and inauguration day. It is a dangerous moment because it has a lulling effect. The TV still works, the ebb and flow of daily life continues and President Obama remains a comforting presence in the White House. Things look the same and the wheels have not ...


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LETTERS A matter of TRUST - TRUST Collective-Chicago is a new entity created "post-Orlando" that is composed of Latinx, Muslim and LGBTQ+ community leaders created after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We stand in solidarity with the community of Lincoln United Methodist Church ( Lincoln UMC ) in Pilsen. Lincoln UMC, a church community and neighborhood, has been the target of multiple hate ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS Not my president, not my first lady - It doesn't surprise me that another German fascist has risen to power. In Europe, we've been through this before with devastating results. I grew up in the shadow of World War II, bombsites, ration books, Vera Lynn and poverty. In fact, from ages 6 to 12 I lived in a house built by German prisoners of war. I saw firsthand ...


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VIEWS Standing up at Standing Rock - I've struggled to find words to describe Standing Rock. I've sat before a blank white page and blinking cursor hoping that I could capture the thoughts, prayers, hope, and sense of heartache my journey to the Oceti Sakowin Camp gave birth to. Because what can you say about the place, the people, the movement that make you call into question ...


LETTERS-You-gotta-have-faith

LETTERS You gotta have faith - Dear Editor: [The following letter is directed to Equality Illinois, organizers of the Nov. 28 town hall on post-election concerns.] I had the opportunity to attend the "Post Election Forum & Action Fair" on Nov. 28 at the Lake View Presbyterian Church. My interest levels were high in anticipation that there would be good conversation about the current political situation, ...


Dana Rudolph

MOMBIAN Of hate and hope - When I learned of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, my own son was in elementary school, and I was shaken to the core. He is in middle school now, and the Orlando massacre has shaken me again. The victims this time were not young children—but they were all someone's children. At 13 years old, my son ...


Nick Patricca

Religion and violence against women - Open To Thinking, A recurring column - In the early 1960s, when I was in pastoral training in Oil City and in Elwood City, Pennsylvania, I met a woman who changed my world. My task was to conduct in-depth interviews with families in the area to determine their religious affiliations and their spiritual needs. After some preliminary chit-chat, she asked me if it was true that Catholic ...


LETTERS-Making-it-better-Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-calls-for-harmony

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 ...


Remembering-Neysa

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 ...


LETTERS-Saving-land

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 ...


LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Decisions-for-senior-programming

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 ...


Letter-to-Editor-Gay-Republican-running-in-24th-Dist-has-expressed-anti-gay-views

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 ...


MOMBIAN-Telling-stories-of-Jewish-LGBTQ-lives

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 ...


For-President-Hillary-Clinton-

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 ...


Hillary Clinton

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 ...


VIEWS-How-providers-can-address-disparities-in-LGBTQ-patient-health

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 ...


Remembering-Edward-Albee-

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 ...


Considering-Matthew-Shepard

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 ...







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