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June 20, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
You shouldn't point fingers, you shouldn't label people. These adages have been instilled since the first time our mothers lovingly smacked down a pointed hand in public. But pointing at people is practical and convenient, however rude, and although they can be reductionist, labels are useful too, often giving a name or sense of self to those without it. Within the LGBT community, animal identifiers such as bear culture have served such a purpose. Though the deepest roots of the term are contentious, "bear" resulted at least in part as a way to buck the stereotypes that all gay men behaved in the same...
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March 18, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Windy City Times has announced an LGBT youth homelessness summit to be held in Chicago in early May, and it is seeking donations and volunteers for the event.  The summit, announced Monday, is a follow-up to the LGBT publication's "Generation Halsted" series, which focused on issues faced by the city's gay youth, such as homelessness and education. Scheduled for May 2-5 at locations throughout the city including University of Illinois at Chicago and the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the summit will host workshops on housing, public policy, legal affairs, safety and health...
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August 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The movement to afford equal rights and protections to transgender people is gaining momentum. Here are some of the milestones hit in recent years in the U.S. Sept. 25, 1968: Minnesota court grants first legal gender change. 1977: The New York State Supreme Court rules in favor of trans woman Renee Richards, who sued the U.S. Tennis Association for the right to play professional tennis as a woman. Jan. 1, 1984: GenderNet, the first Internet community for transgender people, is formed.
NEWS
February 11, 2014 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
I was eating at a Chili's in Iowa City the other day, en route back to Chicago from speaking at an LGBT college conference, when I first heard the name Michael Sam. Not being a fan of college football, I had never heard of the NFL draft prospect who is an All-American and Associated Press defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference. However, what I did know as I watched the ESPN story unfold across Sunday prime time TV was that he could possibly be the first male athlete in major American sports to come out before his athletic career was over, unlike the few before him. Lately,...
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March 18, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Windy City Times has announced an LGBT youth homelessness summit to be held in Chicago in early May, and it is seeking donations and volunteers for the event.  The summit, announced Monday, is a follow-up to the LGBT publication's "Generation Halsted" series, which focused on issues faced by the city's gay youth, such as homelessness and education. Scheduled for May 2-5 at locations throughout the city including University of Illinois at Chicago and the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the summit will host workshops on housing, public policy, legal affairs, safety and health...
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June 26, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Pride Week in the Chicago gay and lesbian performance community just got a little bit prouder with the Supreme Court's DOMA overturning. "I was really excited to see on a national level the recognition that we shouldn't be viewed as second-class citizens,” said Queer Comedy founder Adam Guerino. “In my day-to-day life, that's understood. But I'm from a small town in Iowa and when I go back home, it's sometimes surprising that people don't think that we should have the right to marry.
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August 21, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
When it comes to LGBT inclusiveness, two Chicago schools are at the top of the pack, according to a recently released list by Campus Pride. The organization, which promotes safety for LGBT students in higher education, named both the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Chicago in its roll call of the top 25 most LGBT-friendly U.S. colleges and universities. Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for campus life and student services at the University of Chicago said in a statement to the media that the school is "very proud"...
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October 22, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
If you're in a committed same-sex relationship, you may be hoping for an end to laws prohibiting gay marriage. But in the meantime, there are some ways for LGBT couples to protect themselves and plan for their financial futures together, says a Chicago-based expert on the topic. "Depending on who wins this election, there is very polarizing potential for which way this could go," said Michael Collins, vice president in private wealth management for Robert W. Baird & Co. in the Loop.
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May 20, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
When Chicago actor Scott Duff joined forces with Laugh Factory to debut an LGBT-themed showcase, he knew he wanted his first headliner to be no-holds-barred comedian Jessica Halem, who spent 12 years - 1996 to 2008 - at the top of the Chicago comedy scene before returning to New York. "I really wanted a strong female presence," said Duff, a founding member of About Face Theatre who also has appeared in productions at Steppenwolf, the Goodman and other Chicago stages. "Whenever you think about the gay community, you think of gay...
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February 13, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The old police station a couple blocks away from Wrigley Field may be turned into a LGBT senior housing development. Mayor Emanuel on Wednesday proposed giving a $5 million loan plus $1.5 million in low-income housing tax credits to Halsted Limited Partnership to help refurbish the now-shuttered police station that was built in 1907 at the corner of Halsted and Addison Streets in Lakeview. Chicago Police stopped using the building when a new station was built a block away in 2010.
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January 29, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Gay media can't seem to make up their minds about Chicago recently. Here, RedEye breaks down four recent rankings. The ranking : OutTraveler.com, Incomparable Gay Neighborhood Chicago's spot : No. 1, Boystown The methodology : Editors selected their favorite spots, which included The Mission in San Francisco and West Hollywood, and readers voted their No. 1 pick. Reaction : “Chicago was definitely the reader favorite,” said OutTraveler.com editor-in-chief Neal Broverman, who originally nominated Chicago after being impressed by the city during a...
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January 29, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
We're No. 1! We're No. 2! We're No. 0! When it comes to how LGBT-friendly Chicago is, the results are in -- and they vary across the board. Outtraveler.com , an LGBT travel site, named Boystown the world's best gay neighborhood this year thanks to its welcoming attitude and Northhalsted Market Days, "an unrivaled August street party. " This title comes on the heels of out.com , an LGBTQ lifestyles site, placing seven North Side bars in its top 200 greatest gay bars in the world.
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December 20, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin @TonyGrin and For RedEye
Whether it's The Advocate - America's oldest gay news magazine - anointing Pope Francis as Person of the Year for his more lenient views on homosexuality or Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a law criminalizing public discussion of gay rights and relationships, one thing is clear: 2013 was as gay as a clutch purse on Tony Awards night. Closer to home, the top 2013 LGBT news and cultural stories reveal a community that is both protective of its enclaves - as evidenced by the brouhaha over the proposed multi-story Out Hotel in Boystown -...
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Anthony Alfano had a secret, and he wasn't about to tell the DePaul hockey teammates with whom he shared a locker room. "I wasn't out to [my teammates]," the 23-year-old Uptown resident said. "It was that constant everyone talking about my girlfriend this or I'm gonna go meet up with some girls, get a girl at a bar. " America has trended toward acceptance when it comes to the LGBT community in recent years. In Illinois, lawmakers recently approved gay marriage. But Alfano said the locker room lags behind.
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November 19, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Emily Trexler's excitement about the passage of Illinois gay marriage legislation goes beyond wanting to marry another woman someday. Her first concern is being able tell her family members, who hail from a socially conservative part of Georgia, that marriage is now a possibility for her. "It actually really means a lot to me. In the town I grew up in, being gay is not OK," said Trexler, 28, of Roscoe Village. "I just came out to my family this year, and I told them I really, really wanted to get married some day. " Trexler and her...
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August 26, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
When Andy Eninger co-founded GayCo through The Second City Training Center in 1996, DOMA had just been passed into law and such a thing as an LGBT sketch comedy group was almost unheard of. Now, 17 years and more than 25 comedy revues later, GayCo debuts its latest show, "#GodHatesHashtags," which explores LGBT life - and such topics as the inanity of social media profiles, the rise of twerking and the corporatization of gay rights groups -...
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March 8, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
During the past three years, Humboldt Park has seen a steep increase in the number of youths who have been tossed out onto the street after coming out to their families as gay or lesbian. Due to the rise, a new housing program called El Rescate or, The Rescue in English, opened the doors to a new shelter March 3 in the hopes to combat the issue by providing temporary homes for these discarded youth. The housing center sits on the top floor of a four-story brick building at 2703 W. Division St. that houses Vida/SIDA , El Rescate's public health focused parent organization.
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June 30, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Wade Davis Jr. knew he was gay his sophomore year of high school. But throughout his career as a professional football player, it was a secret to his teammates. After all, 2003 - the year he retired - was a different time, as he puts it. A national conversation surrounding gay athletes' place in professional sports was unheard of. But today, Davis is public about his sexuality. He has been living as an openly gay man since 2006, and he came out to the media last June. One of many former professional athletes to come out after retirement, the advocate and activist will represent LGBT athletes of all...
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August 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The movement to afford equal rights and protections to transgender people is gaining momentum. Here are some of the milestones hit in recent years in the U.S. Sept. 25, 1968: Minnesota court grants first legal gender change. 1977: The New York State Supreme Court rules in favor of trans woman Renee Richards, who sued the U.S. Tennis Association for the right to play professional tennis as a woman. Jan. 1, 1984: GenderNet, the first Internet community for transgender people, is formed.
NEWS
July 23, 2013 | By Melissa Espana and RedEye
This fall, what is being billed as the nation's first clinical psychology internship focused on LGBT health will be coming to Chicago. The internship track, which will be a part of the LGBT Health and Development Program, known as Impact, will be a collaboration between multiple departments at Northwestern University and the Center on Halsted. Interns participating will be trained in LGBT health research, education and clinical care. "We know that [the LGBT community] faces inequity, are more likely to face discrimination, victimization...
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