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LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Thanksgiving-is-a-time-to-reflect

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Thanksgiving is a time to reflect

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for a God that created us and loves us. The sins of racism, sexism, ageism and classicism are neoclassic examples of how we have fallen short. We have come ...


 
VIEWS-Young-people-need-to-listen-to-LGBTQ-elders-intergenerational-experiences-

  VIEWS Young people need to listen to LGBTQ elders' intergenerational experiences

For one of my first Windy City Times assignments, I was lucky enough to spend nearly three hours interviewing longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Michael O'Connor. As queer individuals living in Chicago in 2021, we had plenty in ...


 
VIEWS-Reporting-on-queers-of-color-needs-to-investigate-absence-as-much-as-presence

  VIEWS Reporting on queers of color needs to investigate absence as much as presence

Earlier this month, I pitched a Windy City Times article that sought to explore how role playing games (RPGs), such as Dungeons & Dragons, enable queer people of color (QPOC) to explore their gender and sexuality ...


 
VIEWS-In-defense-of-the-word-lesbian

  VIEWS In defense of the word 'lesbian'

When I decided to come out to my mom, I wanted to wait until I could say the word "lesbian" out loud. But as I sat her down, I tripped over the long string of letters. "Mom, I'm gay," I blurted ...


 
VIEWS-Google-and-Chicagos-segregated-LGBTQ-community-

  VIEWS Google and Chicago's segregated LGBTQ+ community

I was a little baby queer when I moved to Chicago last year. I come from a traditional, cookie-cutter Connecticut town where Vineyard Vines and Sunday school were the standards. So, for a LatinX queer person—who ...


 
OP-ED-The-Black-church-was-one-of-R-Kellys-enablers

  OP-ED The Black church was one of R. Kelly's enablers

The long-awaited justice for R. Kelly's survivors finally came last month when a New York federal jury found him guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. For nearly 30 years, underage Black girls and their families have ...


 
VIEWS-Finding-the-Crossroads-

  VIEWS Finding the Crossroads

By Martha Miller

The first time I saw a psychic, I was 19 and my friend Sandy and I drove to Jacksonville to see an old woman who read cards. We were young and it was fun going to her old house where a ...


 
LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Opinion-The-parade-must-go-on

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Opinion: The parade must go on

I am responding to the letter from Tim Frye, the current 2021 coordinator of Chicago's Pride Parade, about the cancellation of the event that was scheduled for Oct. 3. I agree that this decision takes in ...


 
VIEWS-US-Senators-Its-time-to-act-against-anti-LGBTQ-discrimination

  VIEWS U.S. Senators: It's time to act against anti-LGBTQ discrimination

Georgia has had the eyes of the nation on it for some time now. It's just over five years since people across Georgia braced themselves as lawmakers sent sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation to the desk of then-Governor ...


 
OP-ED-Foreign-drug-pricing-puts-Americas-most-vulnerable-patients-last

  OP-ED Foreign drug pricing puts America's most vulnerable patients last

By Guy Anthony

It's no coincidence that American companies led the charge to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Numerous policies—from strong patent protections to a welcoming immigration system—help ensure that the world's smartest scientists can ...


 
Op-Ed-Elevating-T-in-LGBTQ-State-government-transgender-equity-in-21st-century

  Op-Ed: Elevating 'T' in LGBTQ: State government, transgender equity in 21st century

By Illinois state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz

In recent decades, our laws, pop culture and morality have shifted dramatically for same-sex couples. Our LGBTQ+ neighbors are interwoven into the fabric of our communities now more than ever. We celebrate this recognition and indeed ...


 
VIEWPOINT-Pride-at-work

  VIEWPOINT Pride at work

Pride Month is a chance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people to be proud and visible in a world that tells us not to be. Pride Month is a chance to celebrate and ...


 
LETTER-Pride-a-time-for-hope

  LETTER: Pride, a time for hope

Pride is so much more than a parade, a march or even a demonstration for the LGBTQAI community. In other words, this is an opportunity for us to celebrate our diversity among our various communities, and ...


 
VIEWPOINT-Tulsa-Race-Massacre-reparations-would-begin-the-healing

  VIEWPOINT Tulsa Race Massacre reparations would begin the healing

When HBO's 2019 Watchmen series opened with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and HBO's 2020 Lovecraft Country series closed with scenes from the riots, most Americans had never heard of the event—even Tulsans. On May 19, ...


 
Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-makes-statement-on-anti-Semitic-attacks

  Illinois Holocaust Museum makes statement on anti-Semitic attacks

--From a press release

Dear Museum Community, At Illinois Holocaust Museum, we are appalled at the recent rise in worldwide anti-Semitic incidences. We cannot stand by while Jews and synagogues are violently attacked, including in Skokie, New York, Los Angeles, ...


 
LETTER-A-matter-of-race

  LETTER A matter of race

I applaud Mayor Lori Lightfoot's courageous statement on only giving one-on-one interviews to journalists of color. She obviously wants to see a public dialogue on this matter. White privilege is a topic we must look at ...


 
The-Amazon-Trail-Notes-from-a-Homebody

  The Amazon Trail Notes from a Homebody

's finally here. The end of total lockdown. Am I ready? Absolutely not. I like my burrow. I don't wanna play with others. We've fashioned a comfortable little routine. Week days, work. Evenings, spend time alone ...


 
Illinois-Latino-Agenda-issues-statement-on-shooting-of-Adam-Toledo

  Illinois Latino Agenda issues statement on shooting of Adam Toledo

--From a press release

On March 29, 2021, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer. Since the shooting, there have been different narratives formed of who Adam Toledo was. Various media have made allegations saying ...


 
Pastor-Donnie-McClurkins-struggle-with-sexuality-mirrors-the-Black-churchs

  Pastor Donnie McClurkin's struggle with sexuality mirrors the Black church's

The most significant factor that keeps the Black church on the down low are closeted, homophobic ministers. Pastor Donnie McClurkin—a three-time Gospel Grammy winner and the former poster boy for ...


 
The-Amazon-Trail-How-to-Write-a-Book

  The Amazon Trail, How to Write a Book

I'm not giving away any secrets here. Not saying it's simple or that anyone can do it if they send $25.00 to Post Office Box 1,2,3. Nope, it's a personal journey and every story has a story. Here's mine, about the ...


 
OP-ED-The-closet-doors-are-opening-

  OP-ED The closet doors are opening

(NOTE: The International Transgender Day of Visibility is March 31.) I recently learned that according to a new report, the number of people in this country who identify as LGBTQ has increased by 60% since 2012. ...


 
OP-ED-An-AAPI-hate-crime-we-dare-not-say

  OP-ED: An AAPI hate crime we dare not say

On March 16, Robert Aaron Long killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. Long's action has not yet been classified as a hate crime because the motive, he stated, was his sex ...


 
LETTER-The-Vaticans-words-and-actions-do-not-echo-love-

  LETTER The Vatican's words and actions do not echo love

The LGBTQA community is responding with shock, anger and frustration at the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith statement concerning same-sex unions. Many in our community can't understand why Pope Francis would allow such a ...


 
The-Amazon-Trail-Covid-19-Pioneer

  The Amazon Trail Covid 19 Pioneer

Now that President Biden and Vice President Harris are in office, I've been able to have my first Covid 19 vaccine shot. It was no big deal. I went to our county fairgrounds expecting to be injected through my car window, ...


 
LETTER-Federal-anti-discrimination-protection-Inevitable

  LETTER Federal anti-discrimination protection? Inevitable

=The astute can predict the future—with more than a modicum of confidence—by examining history. Nate Silver did this last year at fivethirtyeight.com, as did Vegas oddsmakers, in predicting the victory of President Joe Biden over der ...


 
OP-ED-Gormans-inauguration-poem-has-Black-women-talking

  OP-ED Gorman's inauguration poem has Black women talking

Amanda Gorman mesmerized a nation with her inauguration poem "The Hill We Climb." The beauty of her presence and the power of her words captured a country battle-scarred and looking for a lifeline. "After four years ...


 
Letter-Greed-overrides-common-sense-

  Letter: Greed overrides common sense

Jeffrey Sanker, founder of the White Party concept decades ago, is now at the center of brewing online civil war in the gay community. It was reported by some online LGBTQ media news outlets such as ...


 
LETTER-Unnecessary-legislation

  LETTER: Unnecessary legislation

To the Editor: At a time when Illinois lawmakers should be supporting healthcare heroes who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, we instead receive unwelcome new legislation that will drive up the costs of practicing ...


 
OP-ED-New-Years-Eve-circuit-parties-go-on-despite-COVID-19-travel-concerns

  OP-ED: New Year's Eve circuit parties go on despite COVID-19 travel concerns

This past New Year's Eve, thousands of gay men flocked to Mexico to attend a New Year's eve "White Party" hosted by long time party promoter Jeffrey Sanker—the host of the annual white party in Palm ...


 
OPINION-Where-do-we-go-from-here-redux

  OPINION Where do we go from here (redux)?

The year 2020 has been a stressful one. With George Floyd's death as an inflection point about race and racism in America, an unprecedented presidential election and social unrest during an ongoing pandemic with a rising ...


 
VIEWS-Taking-care-of-your-mental-health-during-a-COVID-holiday-season

  VIEWS Taking care of your mental health during a COVID holiday season

By Adam Ouanes

This holiday season is unlike any before, and it leaves many people feeling unsure about how to get into the holiday spirit. It's not unusual for many people to find this time of year overwhelming, but ...


 
The-Amazon-Trail-Rats-fleeing-a-sinking-ship

  The Amazon Trail: Rats fleeing a sinking ship

I've heard the idiom "like rats fleeing a sinking ship" often lately, and while the metaphor is apt for what's going on in the United States, at our house it's even more befitting. Merriam Webster notes, ...


 
VIEWPOINT-Harris-stands-on-shoulders-of-giants

  VIEWPOINT Harris stands on shoulders of giants

The struggle to get President-elect Joe Biden to the finish line first with 270 electoral college votes was unquestionably an epic battle. However, Biden's battle wasn't a century-long one like women finally winning the right to ...


 
Lilly-Wachowski-Refuse-Fascism-at-the-Ballot-Box-and-in-the-Street-

  Lilly Wachowski: Refuse Fascism, at the Ballot Box and in the Street

Video below

In a rare, public and political statement, filmmaker Lilly Wachowski (co-creator of The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, Sense8) published this personal essay on the literary website, LitHub.com, calling on people to "Refuse Fascism, at the ...


 
VIEWPOINT-Is-Pope-Francis-support-of-civil-unions-just-lip-service

  VIEWPOINT Is Pope Francis' support of civil unions just lip service?

Pope Francis has expressed support for civil unions in the Catholic Church. Once again, the pontiff has sent shockwaves across the globe to 1.3 billion of his followers with another LGBTQ- affirming statement. However, this one ...


 
LETTER-Pope-Francis-appoints-Americas-first-African-American-cardinal

  LETTER Pope Francis appoints America's first African American cardinal

Pope Francis has appointed 13 new cardinals world wide. Archbishop Gregory is listed as elevated to cardinal by his Holiness. The archbishop served in Chicago for 10 years under Cardinal Joseph Bernadine, being transferred to Atlanta ...


 
LETTER-Thank-you-Pope-Francis

  LETTER Thank you, Pope Francis

I never thought I would live to see the day when a pope would endorse civil rights for LGBTQ couples. Praise God for His Grace. Also, the many Roman Catholic individuals and organizations who worked so ...


 
LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Nomination-of-Amy-Coney-Barrett-

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Women-Church Convergence, a coalition of Catholic-rooted organizations including DignityUSA, deplores the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. We have serious concerns about the judgment of any nominee ...


 
LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Lambda-Legal-responds-to-nomination-of-Judge-Barrett

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Lambda Legal responds to nomination of Judge Barrett

--From a press release

Lambda Legal sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging its members to oppose Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The rushed confirmation hearings began today for President Trump's nominee to fill the seat of the late ...


 
LETTER-Vote

  LETTER Vote

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy you have not protected the United States ...


 
VIEWPOINT-As-a-gay-bipolar-man-Ive-learned-to-live-with-suicidal-thoughts

  VIEWPOINT As a gay bipolar man, I've learned to live with suicidal thoughts

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 20. LGBTQ+ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. In addition, LGBTQ+ youth are almost five ...


 
LGBTQ-HISTORY-MONTH-My-Notorious-RBG-moment

  LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH My Notorious RBG moment

In the 1990s, the U.S. Senate was attempting in every possible way to censor this new thing called the internet. The senators soon came up with an idea to stop information that might be objectionable to ...


 
OP-ED-Ruth-Bader-Ginsburg-bent-the-moral-arc-toward-justice

  OP-ED: Ruth Bader Ginsburg bent the moral arc toward justice

Like so many Americans across the country, I, too, am mourning the news that U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87. As a soft-spoken firebrand ...


 
LETTER-Culture-and-diversity

  LETTER Culture and diversity

Dear editor: I want to respond to the Windy City Times article of Aug. 19 titled "Organization leaders discuss board diversity strategies," which was itself a reaction to the survey in the July 22 issue concerning ...


 
MOMBIAN-True-stories-trans-tales-and-more-in-new-picture-books

  MOMBIAN True stories, trans tales and more in new picture books

New books can be a delightful relief in these days of quarantine. Here are some of the many new LGBTQ-inclusive picture books that just came out last month. (See Mombian.com for even more.) The Fighting Infantryman, ...


 
VIEWPOINTS-Get-involved-in-Michigan-now

  VIEWPOINTS Get involved in Michigan now

You probably feel anxious and frustrated by the political climate and the risk that the Republicans will cheat their way to victory or the Democrats will bumble their way to defeat. The best thing you can ...


 
VIEWPOINT-The-common-thread-of-LGBTQ-stigma-and-mental-health

  VIEWPOINT The common thread of LGBTQ+ stigma and mental health

The relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and mental health has always varied from country to country. But when religion enters the conversation, a whole new aspect escalates the stigma. Countries all over the world have high ...


 
LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-Wear-a-mask

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR Wear a mask

Dear editor: Wear a mask. Illinois made great strides fighting COVID-19, but it will take sustained effort and discipline to keep the virus under control. Illinois doctors are asking everyone to take two simple actions when ...


 
My-case-for-being-in-Congress

  My case for being in Congress

By Dani Brzozowski

"I already told my family that if I catch this virus — God forbid — I'm not going to the hospital. I'll pop myself or cut myself rather than die in the hospital, miserable and alone." ...


 
LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR-A-word-please

  LETTER TO THE EDITOR A word, please...

Dear editor: We just finished reading your WCT's interview with Jay Manuel (in the Aug. 5 issue), and we have an important question. Did you ask or even challenge him about the book's title, and the ...


 
LETTER-Whats-in-a-name-And-striving-for-racial-equality

  LETTER What's in a name? And striving for racial equality

What's in a name? Dear community: The growing debate over the name change of Boystown is reflective of a broader cultural tectonic shift on race, gender, sexual orientation and trans issues that take place in many ...


 
VIEWPOINT-Coming-out-letter

  VIEWPOINT Coming-out letter

Mom, Starting this letter is by far one of the toughest things I have done in a long time, and trust me, I've done plenty of difficult things. First of all I want to note that this letter is not intended ...


 
VIEWPOINTS-In-support-of-the-fair-tax

  VIEWPOINTS In support of the fair tax

Passage of the fair tax will improve the lives of the state's LGBTQ community. As CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer Illinoisans, I can attest that ...


 
VIEWPOINTS-All-Boys-Arent-Blue-is-the-audacious-memoir-of-a-Black-queer-man

  VIEWPOINTS 'All Boys Aren't Blue' is the audacious memoir of a Black queer man

George M. Johnson could not have known about this moment in history when he wrote his memoir, All Boys Aren't Blue, but for this white male reader, the sounds of courageous protestors in our streets were ...


 
LETTER-Taking-a-stand

  LETTER Taking a stand

Dear community: We must stand opposed to racism, whatever the cost. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was not just a case of excessive force or brutality. It was a murder—plain and simple. Police officer ...


 
VIEWPOINT-Uncle-Charley

  VIEWPOINT Uncle Charley

I was 17 when I finally figured out that my Uncle Charley was queer. We didn't have the word "gay" in 1953—it just was not in our vocabulary. So, we said "queer" or "fairy" or sometimes the Yiddish word "faygele," which ...


 
Stand-up-and-be-counted

  Stand up and be counted

As the LGBTQ+ navigator of Chinese Mutual Aid Association, I want to encourage everyone, both LGBTQ+ individuals and cisgender/straight allies, to get counted in Census 2020. Many of you might wonder whether completing the Census really ...


 
LETTERS-On-justice-racism-solidarity

  LETTERS On justice, racism, solidarity

Demanding justice Dear familia: In June, another transgender woman of color was murdered—this time, in our own home, in the Southwest Side of Chicago. Today, we honor Selena Reyes-Hernandez. Selena was murdered because of transphobia. This ...


 
LETTER-Standing-up-against-racism

  LETTER Standing up against racism

Dear community: June is Pride Month. Over 50 years ago, on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. It was one of a long history of raids that the queer community had been regularly ...


 
Holocaust-Museum-Pride-without-the-parade-a-quiet-time-to-learn-and-reflect-

  Holocaust Museum: Pride without the parade, a quiet time to learn and reflect

Due to the pandemic, millions across the globe have been living under "shelter in place" ordinances for months. For those of us in the United States, including here in Chicago, state-wide ordinances have forced social hubs ...


 
MOMBIAN-Supporting-LGBTQ-families-requires-that-Black-Lives-Matter

  MOMBIAN Supporting LGBTQ families requires that Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. Black LGBTQ lives matter. And we will never have a just world for LGBTQ families until we have racial justice. Black same-sex couples are roughly twice as likely as white same-sex couples to ...


 
LETTER-Black-lives-matter

  LETTER Black lives matter

Dear community: Today and every day, Black Lives Matter. Like so many of you, I am reeling after the last week and this weekend. WE ARE NOT OK. Our country, our city and many of us are not OK. In fact, ...


 
LETTER-Say-their-names

  LETTER Say their names

Dear community: SAY THEIR NAMES Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Nina Pop. George Floyd. Tony McDade. Regis Korchinski-Paquet. We know you are tired. We know you are hurting and filled with anger. We are tired of adding ...


 
Remembering-a-leader-Larry-Kramer

  Remembering a leader: Larry Kramer

We lost a great leader this week with the death of Larry Kramer. Larry was an accomplished man and activist who earned a degree from Yale, an Academy Award nomination as a screenwriter, two Obie Awards ...


 
Planning-your-legacy-VA-benefits-for-LGBTQ-veterans-and-servicemembers

  Planning your legacy: VA benefits for LGBTQ veterans and servicemembers

Dear community: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stands strong in supporting our LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. As members of the LGBTQ community, we understand you may face many challenges. The last thing you need to ...


 
THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Is-there-a-doctor

  THE AMAZON TRAIL Is there a doctor...

It's that time again. I need to find a healthcare provider. I live in a rural community where there is a large turnover of medical professionals and a constant shortage of qualified staff. The health organization ...


 
VIEWS-LGBTQ-discrimination-is-a-disgrace

  VIEWS LGBTQ discrimination is a disgrace

Named plaintiff in landmark Supreme Court gay marriage case talks cases now before court

Re the New York Times article, "Aimee Stephens, 59, Plaintiff in Transgender Rights Case" (obituary, May 14): Our world has long been gripped by questions of mortality and legacy, perhaps more than ever in recent months ...


 
LETTER-Handling-the-pandemic

  LETTER Handling the pandemic

Dear community: How is our community responding to the coronavirus pandemic? The key seems to be a social-distance approach that many of our medical and political leaders are counseling. Our religious communities are putting the people ...


 
OP-ED-Census-2020-is-complicated-for-LGBTQ-people-but-it-counts

  OP-ED: Census 2020 is complicated for LGBTQ people, but it counts

By now, everyone should have received a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau to get counted. I have complicated feelings about the census. While the census is critically important to ensure a fair allocation of funding ...


 
MOMBIAN-COVID-19-pauses-family-building-for-many-LGBTQ-people

  MOMBIAN: COVID-19 pauses family-building for many LGBTQ people

Nina Willbach and her wife, a Philadelphia couple, have been trying to get pregnant since last June via assisted insemination. In March, they were told that their most recent attempt didn't work—and they couldn't try again ...


 
LETTER-In-praise-of-Pritzker

  LETTER In praise of Pritzker

To the Editor: Illinois physicians and hospitals commend Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his steadfast leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day he faces tough choices and he is clearly making decisions with the interests of Illinoisans ...


 
OP-ED-The-media-needs-to-stop-reporting-about-Queen-Latifahs-sexuality

  OP-ED The media needs to stop reporting about Queen Latifah's sexuality

Does the media's cat and mouse game of chase with Queen Latifah lead many of us—especially in the LGBTQ+ community—to another "Gotcha!" moment of her coming out- that ain't!? A recent Zoom version of Red Table ...


 
LETTER-Administrative-errors

  LETTER Administrative errors

Dear Editor: For war against an unforeseen enemy, we need a war administration. If the framers of the Constitution had foreseen the current lack of steady and effective leadership, they surely would have included a mechanism ...


 
OP-ED-COVID-19-LGBTQs-minorities-disproportionately-affected

  OP-ED: COVID-19 LGBTQs, minorities disproportionately affected

These are some truly historic times. And in what may come as no surprise to many, the coronavirus pandemic is adversely affecting many more people in marginalized communities, such as the LGBTQ demographic and racial minorities. ...


 
THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-A-giant

  THE AMAZON TRAIL A giant

"We lost a giant today," tweeted California state Sen. Scott Weiner, who is chairman of the LGBTQ caucus. A giant is exactly what the ninety-five-year-old Phyllis Lyon was, along with her partner Del Martin, who died ...


 





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