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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 friends were among the scores of revelers...
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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 friends were among the scores of revelers...
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May 9, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
On Wednesday, Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley submitted an amendment to the recently introduced Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that would expand protection to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. The 2012 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act was introduced to congress last month as a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and establish a new grant system to address underserved populations, defined as "those who face barriers to accessing needed services.
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November 5, 2013 | RedEye
The Illinois General Assembly passed a gay marriage bill Tuesday, setting the stage for the state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. We asked five RedEye special contributors for their reactions. A time for celebration Usually I would take this moment to rain on the parade. Typical Zach would remind everyone that same-sex marriage still is not legal across the nation, or that thousands of LGBT youths in Illinois experience homelessness each year, or a number of other depressing facts.
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January 15, 2012 | By Waymon Hudson, For RedEye
Ten years ago, when a "commitment ceremony" was all that was available to same-sex couples, my husband-to-be and I invited all of our relatives. In front of more than 200 members of our extended families and friends, we stated our vows and declared our commitment to one another. The people who attended included both sets of parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and people we never imagined would be OK with two men marrying. Yet they shed tears, hugged us and sincerely congratulated us on our love.
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December 2, 2012 | By Waymon Hudson, @waymonhudson and For RedEye
Gays on TV and film aren't just stereotypical hairdressers and fabulous uncles anymore. They also are the gun-toting bad guys, terrorizing their way through your favorite shows with impeccable style. That's right: From "Skyfall" to "Breaking Bad," the latest craze sweeping pop culture is a new breed of tough, complex, villainous antagonists - who also happen to be gay. But should we see this as progress for the LGBT community? Well, yes. And no. While we've seen LGBT characters integrated into TV and film much more in recent decades, they usually follow a basic...
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April 5, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It started at some three-day gaming sessions with a small group in Jason Hopwood's apartment. Now, Hopwood is looking to raise $15,000 to spread the popularity of Chicago's “gaymer” community around the world. Gaymer Nationals, the group he established to fund “gaymer” communities in other cities, has become a second job for the 33-year-old Lincoln Square resident. It's grown from small, gaming-centric gatherings to attracting hundreds of members of the LGBT community from around the world.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | RedEye
The Illinois General Assembly passed a gay marriage bill Tuesday, setting the stage for the state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. We asked five RedEye special contributors for their reactions. A time for celebration Usually I would take this moment to rain on the parade. Typical Zach would remind everyone that same-sex marriage still is not legal across the nation, or that thousands of LGBT youths in Illinois experience homelessness each year, or a number of other depressing facts.
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June 21, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney and For RedEye
A report by real-estate website Trulia has ranked Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood as one of the top 10 gayest neighborhoods in America. By identifying zip codes with high-concentrations of gay and lesbian couples (using Census data) and examining the average price-per-foot of real estate in that area, the report found the top 10 neighborhoods that were the most affordable for gay and lesbian people. In Edgewater, a home is averaged at $131 per square foot, making it the most affordable for gay and lesbian couples.
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November 29, 2012 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
The Windy City isn't full of hot air when it comes to polices protecting its LGBT citizens, according to the newly released Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the first-ever rating system to score inclusive and LGBT-friendly protocols at the city level. Chicago received a 95-point rating out of 100 possible points, with high scores in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, non-discrimination for city employees and "attentiveness" of law enforcement to LGBT issues. Chicago also received bonus points for the following: services to...
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August 12, 2013 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye Sound Board
* out of 4   Lady Gaga has never been very subtle about all of her repackaging popular music of the past, from her Queen-inspired name to "Born this Way," her most recent album, half of which sounded cut straight from Madonna's vault of b-sides.   She hasn't always copped to doing it though, and artists like Madonna have chided her for it. Now, she coos on her new single "Applause," from the upcoming album "ARTPOP": "Pop culture was an art/ now art and pop culture in me," ideas that are so novelly important they don't mean anything.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Even if you don't immediately recognize the name Leiomy Maldonado, there's a good chance you've seen her signature dance move “The Leiomy Lolly” in music videos from Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. And if you still have no clue, you have a chance to find out Friday night at DePaul University's first-ever vogue showcase, where Maldonado will be the featured performer. Maldonado has become the face of voguing--a dance that was popularized in the gay community in the late '70s and '80s and features quick, graceful movements that...
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May 31, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
For years, Wade Davis closely guarded his secret. The former NFL player feared the impact it would have in the locker room and front offices. The ex-Tennessee Titan, Washington Redskin and Seattle Seahawk didn't come out as gay until after his playing days were safely over. After all, he wanted to be known as an athlete, not a gay person. Today, Davis is better known as a speaker, activist, writer and educator. You can find him tirelessly raising awareness and support for LGBT rights, not cracking pads on the...
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
It started at some three-day gaming sessions with a small group in Jason Hopwood's apartment. Now, Hopwood is looking to raise $15,000 to spread the popularity of Chicago's “gaymer” community around the world. Gaymer Nationals, the group he established to fund “gaymer” communities in other cities, has become a second job for the 33-year-old Lincoln Square resident. It's grown from small, gaming-centric gatherings to attracting hundreds of members of the LGBT community from around the world.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
Kicking down the geek closet door can be as liberating as the coming-out process for some LGBTs - a transformation as powerful as Clark Kent shedding his suit and spectacles for the iconic blue tights and red cape of his alter ego, Superman. "LGBT culture is so image-based, and is all about being cool and at the top of your game. Self-identifying as a geek is counterintuitive to that. There is still a slight negative connotation to it," said Danny Bernardo, Chicago event coordinator for Geeks OUT, a national, LGBT-geek organization whose mission is to...
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May 31, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
For years, Wade Davis closely guarded his secret. The former NFL player feared the impact it would have in the locker room and front offices. The ex-Tennessee Titan, Washington Redskin and Seattle Seahawk didn't come out as gay until after his playing days were safely over. After all, he wanted to be known as an athlete, not a gay person. Today, Davis is better known as a speaker, activist, writer and educator. You can find him tirelessly raising awareness and support for LGBT rights, not cracking pads on the gridiron.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye Sound Board
* out of 4   Lady Gaga has never been very subtle about all of her repackaging popular music of the past, from her Queen-inspired name to "Born this Way," her most recent album, half of which sounded cut straight from Madonna's vault of b-sides.   She hasn't always copped to doing it though, and artists like Madonna have chided her for it. Now, she coos on her new single "Applause," from the upcoming album "ARTPOP": "Pop culture was an art/ now art and pop culture in me," ideas that are so novelly important they don't mean anything.
NEWS
December 2, 2012 | By Waymon Hudson, @waymonhudson and For RedEye
Gays on TV and film aren't just stereotypical hairdressers and fabulous uncles anymore. They also are the gun-toting bad guys, terrorizing their way through your favorite shows with impeccable style. That's right: From "Skyfall" to "Breaking Bad," the latest craze sweeping pop culture is a new breed of tough, complex, villainous antagonists - who also happen to be gay. But should we see this as progress for the LGBT community? Well, yes. And no. While we've seen LGBT characters integrated into TV and film much more in recent decades, they usually follow a basic trendy stereotype that...
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Tony Peregrin and For RedEye
The Windy City isn't full of hot air when it comes to polices protecting its LGBT citizens, according to the newly released Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the first-ever rating system to score inclusive and LGBT-friendly protocols at the city level. Chicago received a 95-point rating out of 100 possible points, with high scores in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, non-discrimination for city employees and "attentiveness" of law enforcement to LGBT issues. Chicago also received bonus points for the...
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