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Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: The Future of Our Democracy - A recurring column - Winston S. Churchill: "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." ( House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947 ) Our democracy has changed radically 'from time to time' since the founding of our ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS A victory for and by our children - I've been married to my spouse for 22 years. Only nine of them have been as legal spouses, however, and until last Friday ( June 26 ), even that legality came with an asterisk: "Void where prohibited." Our son was 3 when we wed, and he now remembers nothing but the equality we have in our home state of Massachusetts. ...


Caroline Siede

Writing For Justice: What cats and dogs reveal about intersectionality - A recurring column - Imagine you're playing a flashcard game with a preschooler. The point of the game is to match words with their opposites. Some of these are easy: Tall is the opposite of short, fast is the opposite of slow, and clean is the opposite of dirty. But then you pull a card with the picture of a dog. You might instinctively ...


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LETTER It's about Pride - Dear Chicago's Black LGBTA community, When I asked the #SUGTHarmony team to take on Pride at Montrose ( Sunday, June 28 ) for 2015, I knew it would be no easy task. I knew there would be late nights, barriers and Iimited resources. What I also knew was that the deficits would be so much fewer than the benefits, such ...


Lee Lynch

THE AMAZON TRAIL Worst job ever - No, I never switched boxcars on the Southern Pacific Railroad, I never strip-mined mountaintops with a pick and shovel—my worst job ever wasn't even wrapping meat in a supermarket, a job I really did. I awoke from a dream this morning in which I was a vocational counseling supervisor in a work-incentive program. Strangely, after some sleepy thought, I remembered ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS Pride ponderings - Pride is a funny concept, with both positive and negative connotations. It goeth before a fall. It makes a combustible pairing with prejudice. The Marines, though few, lay claim to it. Pride can be overweening. It can blind us to the needs of others. But it can also remind us of what is important in life: our children, our families, ...


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VIEWS Why celebrate LGBT 50th anniversary at Independence Hall? - Despite popular misconception, the LGBT civil rights movement did not start with Stonewall. Like the Boston Tea Party, it was an important event. In the early 1960s, there were about 200 gay activists in the U.S. Most were located in New York, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The largest umbrella organization was the Eastern Conference of Homophile ...


Hayley Gorenberg

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Pride and prejudice - Q: Some friends and I are really interested in having a gay pride parade in our city this summer. We went to local officials to get a permit for the event, but we were told that the city would not let us hold the parade or display our banners and flags ( as they do for other parades ) because ...


Larry Kramer

VIEWS Very bad news, indeed - - I posted a version of the following to Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council of Foreign Relations. I consider Laurie, who has been honored with Pulitzer and Polk and Peabody awards, to be the best health and science reporter in the world. I wrote to compliment her on her two-part series on the plague of Ebola ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

Reproductive Justice at the Intersections - A recurring column - In 2014, 226 transgender individuals were murdered. In 2013 it was 238 murders. Transgender people face a disproportionate amount of violence and hate. In the book Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, Professor Dorothy Roberts outlines in her chapter on liberty that everyone deserves full autonomy over the bodies in which they live. Fran Olsen, ...


Jeff Berry

VIEWS: POSITIVE THOUGHTS Surviving with pride - The month of June is typically jam-packed with parades, events and festivities that bring many of us in the LGBTQ community together to revel in our uniqueness, pay tribute to our leaders and honor achievements in our ongoing fight for equality. For those like me who are long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, there is even more to celebrate—the fact that we ...


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LETTERS Hidden issue of date rape among men; Rock solid Rocks rebranding - Dear Editor: The reason I wanted to send a message is I feel no one ever talks about the potential of date rape for men in our community. I was a man who was a victim of such actions three years ago. I have been full of shame and depression as I tried to handle the consequences of this violent ...


Nick Patricca

OPEN TO THINKING Marco Rubio: American Dream Candidate? - A recurring column - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio bills himself as the 'American Dream' candidate for president. Playing on the immigrant status of his parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Fulgencio Batista's Cuba in 1956, Rubio casts himself as the candidate who best understands the meaning of the American Dream and who is best able to restore America as the land of opportunity ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Aging tomboy - VIEWS - My body is telling me to slow down, even while my mind says go, go, go. When was the last time I climbed a tree, a favorite younger pastime? Now I simply admire them and the birds that flit from Shore Pine to Western Hemlock to Ornamental Cherry. It's funny how I thought I missed certain activities and now I'm ...


Sukie de la Croix

SENIOR MOMENTS God-fearing pedophiles and creepy gays - VIEWS - Years ago, if someone asked me, "Who are the enemies of LGBTs?," I would have answered "Arrogant heterosexuals." If you ask me the same question now, "Who are the enemy of LGBTs?" I would answer "God-fearing pedophiles and creepy gays." I've been following the epic saga of Josh Duggar unfolding in the news. People who set themselves on pedestals are ...


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LETTERS Fighting Irish; Ireland and the Church; Remembering Bill - Fighting Irish Dear Editor: In a world increasingly wracked by violence and economic austerity, Ireland's vote for LGBT equal-marriage rights is a welcome achievement for freedom and equality. While no minority's rights should be held hostage to a popularity contest, it is nonetheless gratifying that overwhelmingly Catholic Ireland rejected the church hierarchy's bigotry and instead voted for equal rights. In ...


Caroline Siede

Writing For Justice: Diversity in our entertainment matters - A recurring column - When I'm not discussing social justice for Windy City Times, I work as an entertainment writer. At first glance those two fields might seem like polar opposites. After all, analyzing a glossy new superhero flick or dishing about the latest Beauty & The Beast casting news is frothy fun compared to dismantling systems of oppression. But for better or for ...


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LETTERS Honoring Riordan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Editor: As both a Vietnam veteran and gay man, I must respond to an online letter from Bob Schwartz and Andy Thayer concerning Windy City Times' coverage of the passing of John Riordan. I am sure he was affected by the draft in those days, as many young men were. Honoring Riordan's memory does not dismiss all the carpet-bombing ...


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LETTERS A plea to the pope - An open letter to Pope Francis Pope Francis, you need vibrant parishes and the parishes need you! Pope Francis, your vision of the Church moves us: a Church following the path and the spirit of Jesus; united in respect and candor, as equals, as true fellow travelers—squarely facing those who are marginalized and most in need of solidarity. Instead of ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

Homeless youth and reproductive justice - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In the early '90s a group of women of color came together to caucus at a primarily white pro-choice conference here in Chicago. Obviously abortion was the theme and primary agenda. Abortion legalized in 1973 ensured that a woman had the right to determine whether she wanted to parent or not. Yet, in the '90s most women impacted by the ...


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VIEWS Getting married - by Robyn + Michelle Lytle - On Dec. 13, 2014, we did something that's illegal in 14 states—we got married. We live in Chicago. We have supportive families and friends. We've never been made to feel uncomfortable or ashamed of our love or our sexual orientation. We walk down the street holding hands. We kiss in public. We refer to each other as "my wife" at ...


Mark Segal

MARK MY WORDS Most important LGBT history column you'll ever read - There is a national spotlight on the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT demonstrations in front of Independence Hall that took place every July 4 from 1965-69. While it was a pivotal change in the struggle for equality, some are revising our history out of context by stating it is the 50th anniversary of the LGBT movement. That simply is ...


Jael Humphrey, Lambda Legal

ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Stop prison rape - Q: My friend is a transgender woman in a men's prison. Last year she was raped, and I'm afraid it'll happen again. Why can't she be moved to a women's prison? A: Your friend would probably be much less likely to suffer sexual assault if she was housed with other women in a woman's facility. But unlike Laverne Cox's character ...


Leslie A. Gutierrez

Relationships & the Law Today: Possible Supreme Court marriage outcomes - VIEWS - On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the legal challenges to bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples in Obergefell v. Hodges. Specifically, the Court was tasked with addressing two questions: ( 1 ) whether states must perform same-sex marriages; and ( 2 ) whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in another state where ...


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LETTERS Hero effect; Kiss conception - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hero effect To the Editor: Your newspaper's recent front-page article praising John Riordan as a "gay hero" for rescuing Vietnamese as the South Vietnam puppet regime collapsed shortly after U.S. troops retreated turns the concept of hero on its head. Let's recall the facts about the U.S. role in Vietnam. After the Vietnamese victory over French rule in the mid-1950s, ...


Casey Cameron

VIEWS Victory is at hand - On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that will directly answer two questions: If the constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and if not, are states required to recognize marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions. This case arrived at the court following the 6th Circuit's decision that ...


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LETTERS Being heard - To the Editor: Uncle Tom and Uncle James have warned us children that if they do not see "significant improvement" in our behavior at the the Gay Pride this year, they just might take us to the wood shed and move the parade elsewhere. To quote, "the parties ( Ald. Tunney, Cappleman and the mayor's office, among others ) are ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Rand Paul, Libertarian!? - A recurring column - Paul Varnell, a gay writer and activist, was the first libertarian I ever met. He wrote a nationally syndicated column in gay media. Every time he and I bumped into each other on the streets of New Town, he would drill me on the work of Leo Strauss because I received my PhD from the University of Chicago while Strauss ...


Rebecca Juro

VIEWS: Peeing in Peace - I've been around a long time as an out and proud trans woman, almost 18 years now. I thought I'd seen it all—misrepresentations, out-and-out lies, double-dealing, betrayed promises—the very worst of American politics in regard to the basic civil rights of trans people. I was wrong. It can get worse, and in fact, it already is. It used to be ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Conversion therapy's deadly outcomes - I wish Leelah Alcorn were alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000-plus signatures calling for the enactment of "Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how President Obama and his administration swiftly supported the petition. "Tonight, somewhere in America, a ...


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LETTERS Issues and answers - To the Editor: The mayoral and aldermanic elections are over. Regardless of the outcome, we must now address the task of building our community. The divisions based on race, gender, gender identity, income and age are so deep that we have forgotten our great awakening ( Stonewall ). Part of that community is dying on Halsted—our cultural/political/spiritual life has forgotten ...


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LETTERS Corporate interests - To the Editor: Windy City Times touts the presence of five LGBTQ members on the new Chicago City Council. But before we congratulate ourselves with high fives, think a moment about whose class interests a couple of these political operatives promote. Are they serving all members of our community? Or do they promote the interests of the already wealthy elites? ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: MOMBIAN New edition enlivens 'Two Mommies' for families today - A 25th-anniversary edition of Leslea Newman's children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, with brand-new illustrations and updated text, has given the classic new life for families today. And Newman is amazed that some of the children who read Heather when it first came out could now be reading it to their own children, she told me in an interview. The ...


Caroline Siede

VIEWS Writing For Justice: The dangerous myth of individualism - A recurring column - On one of the mercifully warm days in March, I ventured out of my apartment and ended up wandering around a North Side beach where I saw the words "One person can change the world" elegantly scrawled on a pier. I smiled to myself, snapped a picture, and threw it up on Instagram. But in the time it took me ...




Larry Kramer: Thirty-four years and counting - Larry Kramer, accepting the first-ever Larry Kramer Activism Award, from GMHC at its spring gala on March 23 Thirty-four years. HIV/AIDS has been our plague for 34 years. We should have known more about this plague by now. Thirty-four years is a very long time to let people die. I think more and more about evil. I believe in evil. ...


Rebecca Juro

Transforming Gender: The Edge of the Knife - A recurring column - Before I came out and began living as a woman almost 18 years ago, I never really gave much serious thought to whether or not I wanted Gender Realignment Surgery ( GRS ). I was working in retail and getting by, but not so well that coming up with $20,000 or more to get my genitalia refurbished seemed like a ...


Chris LaMorte

VIEWS In God we crust - Gay people everywhere need to take a deep breath and brace themselves. I'm about to deliver some pretty bad news. See, there's a pizza place in a little Indiana town that doesn't want to cater your damn gay wedding. Shock! Outrage! Righteous indignation! Murmur! Murmur! Now take just a moment to steady your moral compasses before I continue. I have ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Double standards - Dear Editor: On March 31, then-mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia put in an appearance at the Center on Addison ( an extension of the Center on Halsted ) to address gay seniors at their Golden Diners luncheon, fielded questions and mingled with the crowd. Mindful of the Center's 501( c )( 3 ) tax-exempt status, Garcia asked for no one's ...


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VIEWS Paying tribute to Andrew Patner - What follows is the speech given by Lori Cannon at the memorial for Chicago writer Andrew Patner March 18 at Orchestra Hall: Good evening, everyone. My name is Lori Cannon. I am deeply honored and humbled to speak with you in this magnificent space about my friend, Andrew Patner, and his early, unsung legacy of contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: On Religion - In 1799 the German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher published a ground-breaking work, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers. In these speeches, Schleiermacher contested the arrogance of those philosophers of the Enlightenment who dismissed "religion" as either an irrational superstition or a purely subjective event in the private realm of the personal. Schleiermacher challenged these "enlightened" thinkers to investigate and understand ...


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Letters: Trick and no treat - Dear Editor: The magic show The Illusionists was in town recently. One of the performers was Jeff Hobson, known as "The Trickster." In the magic community, Hobson is a controversial figure. His persona on stage is a flamboyant gay man. ( You can catch him on YouTube. ) He may ask a man in the audience, "Are you happy? Are ...


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PASSAGES Former Chicagoan Stan Dale Boyer dies - by Larry Scantland - As I begin to write this, it is hard to keep the tears from streaming down my face. First, because I never got to say good bye, and second, because I never even knew he was sick. Stan Dale Boyer died March 22, 2015 of colon cancer. He was 53. Stan played sports for the North End in CMSA, Chicago' ...


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Letters: Going for Garcia - Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee's endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel under the authorship of Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. While the endorsement is done in the name of the committee, I understand that Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov was sitting in the decision-making seat. I understand it is the ...


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VIEWS The love that dare not speak its name - With The Year We Thought About Love, filmmaker Ellen Brodsky ( from Cambridge, Massachusetts ) has made what some might call a dangerous documentary about youth in love, and what others would call a welcoming one. "There's power in being true to yourself," Brodsky stated. While that may be true, Brodsky also knows that the varied expressions of love are ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

Reproductive Justice at the Intersections: Abortion access is an LGBT issue - A recurring column - I don't have enough hands or fingers to count how many lesbians and bisexual women I know that have had abortions. If lesbian and bisexual women can be parents, then they clearly choose not to be. I am not surprised by this knowledge, and you shouldn't be either. In fact, 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Discrimination is not religious freedom - A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans. There is a surprising number of bills being introduced in state legislative session that outrightly sanction and enforce LGBTQ discrimination. These bills are called religious freedom restoration acts ( RFRA ), but don't be fooled. These lawmakers are looking to codify LGBTQ discrimination. Last week the ...


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LETTERS: A matter of money - Dear Editor: Time has never been on the side of those fighting against HIV and AIDS. Despite profound advances that have been made in both prevention and treatment over more than 30 years, more than 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the United States each year. Community-based organizations fight the HIV epidemic in Illinois on a daily basis. However, as ...


Diego M. Sanchez

VIEWS Stunned in Selma - On Saturday, March 7, 2015, I methodically adjusted my tie to center its lip as I made my way down U.S. Route 80 from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama, where Majors Creek shares banks with The Alabama River. I expected to have a range of emotions on this historic occasion commemorating the 50th year since "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, but I ...


Caroline Siede

Writing For Justice: Does voting actually matter? - A recurring column - How you answer that question probably comes down to how old you are, how cynical you are, and how much government corruption you've experienced over the years. It's easy to feel like one vote has little impact on the massive political machine. Perhaps that's why only about 34 percent of Chicago's registered voters participated in February's mayoral election ( potentially ...


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VIEWS Boston's forgotten role in the women's movement - March is Women's History Month and Mary Dore's documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry helps us celebrate, remember and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century—the women's movement. Zooming in on the years 1966 to 1971, Dore excavated the archival images of the birth of the movement. Dore captures the spirit, soul and fire of these ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS: MOMBIAN Equity in the doctor's office - A news story has been circulating about a Michigan pediatrician who, "after much prayer," refused to care for a newborn because the baby had two moms. It's a story of personal discrimination and ignorance—but also indicates systemic problems. Jami and Krista Contreras said they'd chosen Dr. Vesna Roi of Eastlake Pediatrics because of her holistic and natural approach, reported the ...


Chris Murphy

VIEWS Gay or not, polo harms horses - It was with extreme disappointment, but not surprise, that I learned that there is a Gay Polo League operating in the United States and that the 6th Annual International Gay Polo Week will occur at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach in April. Abused and murdered from dawn of recorded history—and, likely, eons before that—in cultures throughout the world, ...


Dana Beyer

VIEWS The second coming of the man who would be queen - There are times when you read an article that's nothing more than a screed, a scream of resentment, in this case on behalf of a man who has slid into irrelevancy. In what appears to me to be an attempt to capitalize on the alleged Jenner transition, win some plaudits from reactionary fellow travelers, and prepare the ground to promote ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Remembering Selma - A recurring column - Civil Rights is personal. You either feel the issues in your gut or you don't. No set amount of rhetoric or logic, no quantifiable amount of insult, can with certainty move you to action. Not even unbearably evil murders, such as, the murders of the four Black girls in the Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in September 1963 or the ...


Mark Segal

MARK MY WORDS Loss of a pioneer - My friend Jerry Hoose died recently. You most likely don't know the name, but he affected your life; he certainly affected mine. In 1969, I was 18 and, knowing I was gay, like many other LGBT people, I didn't want relatives or friends to know. About 99 percent of our community was in the closet at that time. There was ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS A road map beyond Black History Month - Black History Month ( which kicked off Feb. 1 ) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans. If Dr. Carter Woodson, the "Father of Black History," were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity of the African-American community. It speaks volumes about our survival ...


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Transcending the Blacklist: Coalitions consist of distinct communities - A recurring column - On Jan. 20, 2015 President Obama became the first sitting president during the annual State of the Union Address to make the socially conscious decision to distinctly recognize three communities: 'Transgender', 'Bisexual' and 'Lesbian' Americans. The President remarked, "And there's one last pillar of our leadership, and that's the example of our values. As Americans, we respect human dignity […] ...


Gaylon B. Alcaraz

VIEWS LGBT parenting is a reproductive justice issue - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In 2002 there was heavy media coverage on a case that sent ripples around the country. Many LGBT families felt the impact and the possible implications it could have had for many of their own families. Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau, foster parents and a same-sex couple, gained national attention when they tried to formally adopt a 10-year-old boy they ...


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LETTERS A need for change - It isn't just enough to get LGBT representation in city government; instead, we must start asking "What kind of representation do we want?" When a gay alderman, James Cappleman, harasses the homeless sleeping in freezing bus terminals or opposes a Christmas toy drive for homeless children—is this how we want society to see us as the LGBT community? The days ...


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LETTERS Not cool for school - An open letter to the Democratic Caucus of the Illinois State Senate Attn: John Cullerton, Senate President In an attempt to push his anti-union, pro-privatization agenda, Gov. Rauner has nominated charter-school advocate Rev. James Meeks as his president of the Illinois State Board of Education. That Meeks is an anti-gay Democrat, preaching that being gay is "an evil sickness," is ...


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Letter to the editor: 46th Ward race - It isn't just enough to get LGBT representation in city government; instead we must start asking "What kind of representation do we want?" When a gay alderman, James Cappleman, harasses the homeless sleeping in freezing bus terminals or opposes a Christmas toy drive for homeless children—is this how we want society to see us as the LGBT community? The days ...


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VIEWS The case of Bruce Jenner, and our transphobia - What happens when the voracious 24/7 news cycle clashes with the personal journey of a bold-faced name who appears to be coming into their own as transgender? You get a wave of what many people are interpreting as transphobic coverage. It began on the retouched cover of InTouch, stretched across social media, and landed on the front-page of Saturday's New ...


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Black Youth Project 100, changing world one meeting at a time - Writing For Justice: A recurring column - Oprah Winfrey made headlines recently when she suggested the current "Black Lives Matter" movement is lacking in leadership. While she supports those protesting police brutality, she also worries they lack clear demands. To those who share Ms. Winfrey's concerns, I'd like to introduce you to Black Youth Project 100, a Chicago-based national activist organization that is changing the world one ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Remembering the Lovings this Valentine's Day - On this upcoming Valentine's Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage that many LGBTQ activists are still struggling for in their states. However, the precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving ( 1942- 2008 ), who I am honoring as one of my sheroes for Black ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: Satire and Freedom - A recurring column - I once saw a production of Lysistrata—one of several anti-war plays by the ancient Greek writer Aristophanes—in which the chorus of old men sit on chamber pots complaining about the state of affairs in Athens as they try to move their bowels while suffering uncomfortable erections of their oversized but obviously elderly penises. The old men had failed in their ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS Historic Black LGBTQ talk on 'Selma' takes place - If Bayard Rustin were alive today, he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film Selma. "Flashback Sunday," a social group for LGBTQ elders of color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition ( HGBC ) convened "an honest and open dialogue" between a generations of LGBTQ activists. Folks who ...


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Letters to the editor: Bowled over - I was delighted to read the Jan. 21 article by Carrie Maxwell entitled "Affinity kicks off 20th-anniv. year with Burning Bowl Event." I'd like to publicly thank and congratulate Affinity Community Services on its 20 years of organizational history, which, I must add, was built upon strong grassroots organizational skills and experience. Affinity continues to be an organizational beacon of ...


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VIEWS Martin Luther King Jr.'s expansive dream - Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual birthday is Jan. 15, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well-pleased with Ava DuVernay's film Selma. Many people working for justice today stand on the shoulders of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he achieved in Selma. But I believe King's vision of justice is often gravely limited and misunderstood. ...


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LETTERS Politics of religion; Response to letter on grants - Politics of religion I am writing this letter hoping for of beginning a discussion on the ethics of politics, or is there such a thing. Can ethics have any place in our political discussion, or is that just wishful thinking? Wishful thinking or not, I believe such a discussion is worthwhile because of the Chicago aldermanic elections that are on ...


Rev. Irene Monroe

VIEWS The day after Christmas - Garbage pick-up on my block is every Thursday. But with Christmas falling on that day of the week, this year garbage pick-up rolled over to Friday. The running joke among us residents on the block is that we all sometimes, unfortunately, get unpleasant sights and smells of each others' garbage because of the way our gaggle of sanitation workers barrel ...


Nick Patricca

Open To Thinking: The Grand Jury and Civil Rights - A recurring column - The grand jury 'no bill' decisions in the cases of the death of Eric Garner ( Staten Island, New York, July 17, 2014 ) and the death of Michael Brown ( Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 9, 2014 ) through police actions—two unarmed Black men killed by white police officers—have renewed calls to either eliminate or reform the grand jury as a ...


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LETTERS Grants slippery slopes; Honoring Goerge? - Shame on you Dear Editor: We in Gay Liberation Network join The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer ( LGBTQ ) Immigrant Rights Coalition of Chicago in its sharp criticism of the Rahm Emanuel administration and Chicago City Council for its decision to honor Cardinal Francis George. What appears to be shameless pandering to Catholic Chicogoans by vote-hustling politicians led ...


Dana Rudolph

VIEWS MOMBIAN Seeking LGBTQ parents in history - Opponents of LGBTQ equality often try to make LGBTQ parents seem like a new and untested phenomenon, and therefore something to be avoided. The history of LGBTQ parents and our children, however, goes back further than one might think. The Greek poet Sappho, whose island home of Lesbos gave us the term "lesbian," may have had a daughter named "Cleis." ...


Caroline Siede

VIEWS How to be a better ally (from someone still learning) - The recent wave of national "Black Lives Matter" protests has reignited a much-needed conversation about allyship. In the world of social justice, an ally is a member of a dominant group who stands in support of a marginalized group. That can include white people fighting against racial profiling, straight people supporting gay marriage, men taking up feminist causes, cis people ...


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VIEWS: Why Laverne Cox should be fifth 'View' co-host - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Frank McAlpin - The brilliant and amazingly talented Laverne Cox co-hosted The View recently, and let me just say Ms. Cox was everything! She was a breath of fresh air, keeping it oh so real. I have always been a huge fan of The View, as I love outspoken women discussing current events and pop culture. I mean, what gay man doesn't? However, ...







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