January 29, 2014 |
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...
January 29, 2014 |
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.
December 20, 2013 |
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 -...
December 17, 2013 |
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.
November 19, 2013 |
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...
August 26, 2013 |
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 -...