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October 30, 2011 | By Matt Kuttan, For RedEye
It's getting hard out there for a foreign guy. There used to be a time when my biggest problem on weekends was choosing which house party to go to or which dinner invitation to accept. Not anymore. Let me give you some background. After coming to America as a college student from - wait, where am I from? - I ended up taking a job in Chicago. Rather than wallow in Midwestern isolation, I soon was overjoyed to notice a pattern of LeBron-like demand for my presence at after-work events, happy hours and guys' nights out. Back then, the foreign sidekick had the run of the town because we were...
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October 30, 2011 | By Matt Kuttan, For RedEye
It's getting hard out there for a foreign guy. There used to be a time when my biggest problem on weekends was choosing which house party to go to or which dinner invitation to accept. Not anymore. Let me give you some background. After coming to America as a college student from - wait, where am I from? - I ended up taking a job in Chicago. Rather than wallow in Midwestern isolation, I soon was overjoyed to notice a pattern of LeBron-like demand for my presence at after-work events, happy hours and guys' nights out. Back then, the foreign sidekick had the run of the town because we were...
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April 19, 2012 | By Daniela Garcia, For RedEye
Can you guess my ethnicity? Go ahead and cheat: Take a look at my picture next to this column. My name also should serve as a clue. My mom is fair-skinned and originally from central Mexico, while my dad is a dark-skinned native Texan. I grew up on the border of two countries and speak both English and Spanish. So I'll ask again: What am I? If you said Latina, you'd be mostly right. If you said Hispanic, you'd be mostly wrong. These are two terms that have been used to describe someone of my ethnicity in an interchangeable manner for as long as I can remember.
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September 30, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
Is it just me, or are Latinos everywhere these days? Kidding! Kidding! Still, we're not very well understood as a group. So in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here is my list of 10 things every non-Latino should know about Latinos. Latinos are the fastest-growing minority group in the country. It's crazy how true this is. Latinos made up half of the nation's growth in the first decade of the new millennium. I guess it's good that Latinos get a whole month to themselves then.
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July 9, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
The "T" in LGBT is at its tipping point. In their own fight for equal rights, transgender people are now more than ever confronting issues head-on in politics, pop culture and the workplace. "The United States is starting to really come around," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, which was founded in 2003. "In Chicago, you have a city government that's pretty good and state government that's pretty good and a president from Illinois who is committed to advancing equal rights for trans people.
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