Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-07-08
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Gail Morse: On a 'Personal' Mission
by Amy Wooten

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out lesbian co-chair of Personal PAC's upcoming 14th Annual Awards Luncheon, Gail Morse, thinks everyone should be an activist.

After all, she said, issues such as a woman's right to choose impact everyone—even the gay and lesbian community—in some way.

The Annual Awards Luncheon, which takes place Nov. 5, honors pro-choice activists and supporters. The event is the largest fundraiser for Personal PAC, a bipartisan statewide organization that supports pro-choice candidates for office. Marcie Love, who founded Personal PAC at her kitchen table in 1978, will receive the Irving B. Harris Spirit of Choice Award for her activism. ( Tracy Fischman and Faith Pennick will receive Pro-Choice Leadership Awards. ) This year, the special guest of the event is actress and activist Kathleen Turner.

'She's great because [ Turner's ] not only a well-known name, but she's also a passionate advocate for women's and children's health,' Morse said.

Personal PAC started as an organization that combatted anti-choice legislation. 'As it's become more successful, it has been able to become more proactive and supportive legislation and candidates,' said Morse, who serves on the organization's board.

Morse is very active in the community, in addition to practicing tax law as a partner at Jenner & Block. She is active in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois and serves on the board of directors for The Women's Treatment Center, Vital Bridges and The Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership. She is also a commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues.

As someone who is so active, Morse doesn't understand the complacency so many people have when it comes to political issues.

'We will lose the right to choose if we don't have an organization like Personal PAC out there,' she said.

One only needs to look at what happened in Aurora over the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic, she provided as an example. According to Morse, apathy and the belief that a women's right to choose can't be taken away simply because it's 2007 is a dangerous way to think. The right to choose, she feels, requires 'constant vigilance.'

'As a lesbian, it's not only that I'm a woman and this is important to me from a health and choice perspective—these are the same people out there who say gay people don't have a right to exist,' she said. 'Or that we shouldn't be recognized in any formal manner.'

Morse, who grew up in the '70s, was inspired by the women's liberation movement. 'We thought that was all behind us, but it's not,' she said.

As she grew up, Morse was surrounded by activism. Her aunt, who she considers her political mentor, was a union organizer in southern California. She can't remember a time when she wasn't an activist, which is just one more reason why she can't understand widespread apathy.

'Politics affects everything we do from the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to bed,' Morse said. 'If you think that it doesn't, you're naïve.'

'Government is supposed to do what it is supposed to do, which is to provide safety,' she said. 'It's not supposed to be in my bedroom.'

Personal PAC hopes to see a lot of support from the gay and lesbian community at the luncheon. 'This issue impacts us not just as gays and lesbian, not just as women, but also as individuals,' said Morse.

See .

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Hyde Amendment included in House LHHS Appropriations Bill, NCLR responds 2020-07-08 - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Labor, Health and Human Services ( LHHS ) Appropriations bill that includes ...

Gay News

Pro-LGBTQ groups respond to SCOTUS ruling on Louisiana abortion law 2020-06-29 - On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled five to four (with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberal contingent) to ...

Gay News

Roe v. Wade plaintiff said she was paid for anti-abortion stance 2020-05-20 - Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, came out against abortion in 1995, stunning the world—but a deathbed ...

Gay News

Coalition of progressive groups slam Ruban Diaz Sr. for anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ record 2020-05-15 - NEW YORK — As New York grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a broad coalition of progressive groups — including Planned Parenthood Action Fund, ...

Gay News

Planned Parenthood opens new center in Lake County 2020-05-12 - Planned Parenthood of Illinois ( PPIL ) is building on its 100-year history of providing essential healthcare by announcing the opening of a ...

Gay News

Texas abortion providers take case to Supreme Court 2020-04-11 - On April 11, Texas abortion providers—represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Lawyering Project and Planned Parenthood Federation of America—asked the U.S. ...

Gay News

Texas abortion restrictions upheld during pandemic 2020-04-07 - On April 7, a federal appeals court ruled, by a vote of two to one, in favor of Texas and allowed an executive ...

Gay News

Courts stand up for women's reproductive rights during Coronavirus Pandemic 2020-03-31 - NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement after a federal judge ensured that women in the ...

Gay News

Coalition of states fighting Texas on blocking abortions during pandemic 2020-03-27 - NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that she will be building and leading a multistate coalition of attorneys ...

Gay News

Broad coalition to rally March 4 to defend the right to abortion 2020-02-28 - As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about a Louisiana abortion case that could severely limit or overturn the right to abortion, a ...


Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.