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Falling leaves and crushed dreams

Falling leaves and crushed dreams

It’s not always about the summer here in Chicago or the gayborhood. Despite the rainy Seattle-esque weather lately, the fall has brought its own distinct pleasures.  It’s also in the fall that I find I’ve left the Boystown ICU visits of the summer behind and often venture out into the great beyond of what this…

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Wal-mart adds gender identity & gender expression protections

Wal-mart adds gender identity & gender expression protections

The giant retail chain Wal-mart has quietly made a surprising move when it comes to worker’s rights. The store has added gender identity and gender expression to its employee non-discrimination policy, according to company spokesperson Phillip Keene. Wal-mart has made headlines lately for how they treat their employees, with most of the the stories being…

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Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

The ongoing legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded contracts, and their refusal to grant adoption and foster care services to same-sex couples in civil unions, continues with the church losing another round. Circuit Judge John Schmidt, who ruled earlier that the state does not have to renew…

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Summer musings pt. 3

Summer musings pt. 3

Good afternoon dear readers! It has been AWHILE since my previous post. Since that time, I have four newly minted puncture wounds in my lower stomach, a hernia-less abdomen and delusional sneaking suspicion that a diet of hydrocodone,  ice cream and Haribo gummi bears is all I will need to survive. Yes, the weekend after…

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Boystown gets shout-out on 'The Good Wife'

Boystown gets shout-out on ‘The Good Wife’

The hit CBS show The Good Wife gave a nod to two gay Boystown staples in the Season 3 premiere this week. Popular bars Scarlet and Sidetrack both got mentioned in the show, which is set in Chicago. Competing investigators and occasional lovers Kalinda and Sophia (played by Archie Panjabi and Kelli Giddish, respectively) name-dropped…

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GOP debate: Audience boos active-duty gay soldier asking about DADT

GOP debate: Audience boos active-duty gay soldier asking about DADT

In what is becoming a regular occurrence in the Republican 2012 presidential debates, the audience’s cringe-inducing reactions are becoming the big headline. At Thursday night’s Fox News/​Google debate, the GOP crowd booed a question from a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq. This follows jaw-dropping moments in previous GOP debates in which the audience cheered…

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Obama calls for gay rights at the United Nations

Obama calls for gay rights at the United Nations

A major moment for human rights occurred yesterday when for the first time a sitting American President called for support for international LGBT rights in front of the United Nations General Assembly. President Obama’s morning address included a public call for renewed focus on the lives and rights of gays and lesbians to the collected…

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In their own words: DADT repeal videos

In their own words: DADT repeal videos

There is a lot to say about the historic day on September 20th when the 17 year old law called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was finally repealed. But rather than just write about the discriminatory policy that kept the estimated 70,000 gay, lesbian, and bisexual personnel who are currently serving their country from being open…

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Marriage equality comes to Archie Comics' Riverdale

Marriage equality comes to Archie Comics’ Riverdale

In a move that only proves the growing acceptance and inevitability of full marriage rights for gay people, Archie Comics is getting ready to ring some gay wedding bells in Riverdale. Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie Comics that was introduced about a year ago, is getting married. In the year since…

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