Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

First out gay male Chicago police officer on family, career, volunteering
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2018-10-17

This article shared 3697 times since Wed Oct 17, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Retired Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officer Ronald Bogan saw it all during his three decades on the force.

This includes a suspect who hid in the axel of a truck so he could not be found by the police but when the driver started the truck and tried to drive away the person's body parts went flying all over the place.

Another time, Bogan was chasing a suspect who ended up jumping from the second story of a building and impaling himself on the spears on top of a wrought iron gate.

Bogan said the most bizarre incident occurred when he had to guard a person's head that had been severed from his body when a truck hit him.

These are just a few of the many stories Bogan told Windy City Times about his time as a beat patrol officer and district evidence technician.

It was when Bogan moved on to the Civil Rights Division to work on hate crimes cases in 1992 that his life changed forever. That was the moment he came out to the world as a gay man in a Chicago Tribune article. Bogan holds the distinction of being the first out gay police man in Chicago. Mary Boyle was the first out police officer.

Bogan said he knew he was gay when he was a little boy and so did his great grandmother but, like many families at the time, it was not talked about, just understood. His great grandmother helped raise him and his sister Francine ( who is lesbian ) alongside their mother. He said his first boyfriend Joshua was embraced by his family when he would come to their holiday dinners.

"It was a requirement to come out publicly before I joined the hate crimes unit," said Bogan. "One of the reasons why I was recruited into the Civil Rights Divisions was so I could help recruit other gay and lesbian people into the police force."

Bogan said the largest number of hate crimes were LGBT related, then anti-Semitic and finally racially motivated.

"When I first got into the unit, hate crimes against LGBT people were a misdemeanor but later it became a class four felony," said Bogan. "With that classification, detectives and the state's attorney were able to get involved in these cases."

Bogan's desire to be a police officer began while he was attending Dunbar High School but he had to put those thoughts aside since at the time then Mayor Richard J. Daley was fighting the desegregation of the police department.

"When I went to Eastern Illinois University I decided to get a degree that would result in a job after I graduated until I could become a police officer," said Bogan. "My sister and I were the only people from our South Side Ida B. Wells project building to go to college. I ended up on the dean's list, was the first sophomore ever picked to be an resident assistant and was the president of our fraternity—Phi Beta Sigma. I graduated with a BA in speech communication and radio/TV production with a teacher certification."

For three years, Bogan taught fifth, sixth and seventh grades as a cadre substitute at the grammar school he attended as a child. When Bogan was 25 years old he moved on to Controlled Data Corporation and all its subsidiaries as the Midwest Regional Personnel Administrator.

"This was at a time when a Black man in corporate management was rare," said Bogan, "I held that job for two and a half years."

During that time, Bogan applied to be a police officer but it was not until Daley died and his successor Michael Bilandic said he would not fight the desegregation of the police force that his dream was realized. This was in December 1978 and at the same time women were also finally able to join the police force. Bogan said he had a couple of women partners over the years.

After Bogan retired from the CPD in 2007, he became the Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Human Services. Bogan and his team would provide food boxes for needy people, respond to domestic fires, help people during heat waves and cold snaps find shelter locations and get homeless people into shelters.

To reduce his blood pressure, Bogan left that job and became a security officer at Roosevelt University from 2010 to 2015.

"While I was a police officer, I got my master's degree in community counseling from Roosevelt and that helped me interact with the students there when I was a security guard," said Bogan.

Bogan and husband Curtis Lawrence ( a Columbia College journalism professor ) have been together for 26 years. They got married in spring 2014, a few months after Illinois legalized same-sex marriage.

In 2016, Bogan was inducted into Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame.

"The ceremony was great because Curtis was there and so was my sister Francine [St. Clair] and her partner, my foster son Antione [Green] flew in from Atlanta and my best friend and his wife and daughter were also there," said Bogan.

Over the years, Bogan has volunteered for a variety of organizations including Open Hand Chicago, TPAN, Center on Halsted ( when it was known as Horizon's Community Center ) and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Chicago where he mentored two young men. At Open Hand, Bogan helped deliver meals to South Side residents. His buddy role at TPAN involved assisting newly diagnosed HIV-positive people navigate their lives.

"At Horizon's, I was the gay youth advisor and one of the kids whom I mentored eventually became a police officer," said Bogan. "One day I was at police headquarters and the elevator door opened and he was standing there. He was a Deputy Superintendent at the time and then left the police department and became Mayor Richard Daley's Chief of Staff which meant he was my boss when I was working in the Department of Human Services."

Bogan told Windy City Times he is worried about the current state of politics today because it is so divisive.

"I think there is going to have to be another massive, intersectional civil rights movement to combat the hate coming from Trump and his supporters," said Bogan.


This article shared 3697 times since Wed Oct 17, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD False report, Indian activist dies, fashion exhibit, LGBT Awards
2021-09-12
In Spain, a man who claimed eight hooded men carved an anti-gay slur on his butt using a knife in a horrific hate crime later said the act was consensual, according to out.com. According to police ...


Gay News

Illinois Holocaust Museum to show LGBTQ+ exhibit starting Oct. 17
2021-09-03
Starting Oct. 17, Skokie's Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will host the exhibit "Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement," which explores the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn as the flashpoint ...


Gay News

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to prevent hair discrimination in schools
2021-08-13
--From a press release - CHICAGO - On Aug. 13, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Senate Bill 817 into law, prohibiting schools from issuing policies on hairstyles historically associated with race or ethnicity. The legislation addresses injustices in dress code polices and ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Writer, attorney, activist Takeia R. Johnson
2021-07-25
The local organization Affinity Community Services announced the recent passing of Takeia R. Johnson. According to Johnson's LinkedIn profile, she was editor-in-chief and lead writer at Inclusion at Work as well as a Ph.D. student focusing ...


Gay News

Chicago City Council approves civilian oversight for police
2021-07-22
On July 21, the Chicago City Council approved a controversial civilian oversight panel, giving the public more control over Chicago police following years of protests about law enforcement misconduct, The Chicago Tribune reported. The vote was ...


Gay News

Chicago Police Department discusses new LGBTQ+ liaisons
2021-07-14
Recently, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced five LGBTQ+ liaisons for the Chicago Police Department. The liaisons include officers Phoebe Flores (Area 1), Matthew Schlagel (Area 3), Zaida Sanabia (Area ...


Gay News

WORLD Anti-LGBTQ crimes, conversion therapy, out prime minister, Pakistan school
2021-07-11
In England, police are treating the painting of a homophobic slur on an LGBTQ Pride mural as a hate crime, the BBC reported. The wall in St Helens, Merseyside, which was painted by volunteers and artists ...


Gay News

SAVOR Talking with new Travelle Chef de Cuisine Qi Ai; Profile of Travelle's breakfast
2021-06-09
Travelle Chef de Cuisine Qi Ai Travelle at the Langham (330 N Wabash Ave.; https://www.travellechicago.com/) has undergone a major change during the COVID pandemic: New Chef de Cuisine Qi (pronounced "tee") Ai was promoted from sous ...


Gay News

"People's Pride" to replace corporate parade this June
2021-06-04
--From a press release - LGBTQ activists organizing under the banner #PrideWithoutPrejudice, who proudly participated in the year-long #blacklivesmatter uprising since George Floyd's murder by police, are organizing two inclusive "People's Pride" actions in the ...


Gay News

Villa Park police fatally shoot transgender man
2021-05-27
On May 24, Villa Park police shot and killed Haven A. Bailey, a 25-year-old Lombard resident, after calling 911 to report that someone was walking around outside with a gun, The Daily Herald noted. According to ...


Gay News

LGBQ people six times more likely than general public to be stopped by police
2021-05-12
--From a Williams Institute press release - Nearly one in four LGBQ people say they are unlikely to call police in the future A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds more LGBQ adults than people in the general United States population have ...


Gay News

Warrant issued for Joliet teacher accused of inappropriate communication with teen boy [UPDATE]
2021-05-01
Joliet police issued an arrest warrant for a former Catholic school teacher accused of inappropriately communicating with a teenage boy, a. Fox32Chicago.com item reported. Jeremy M. Hylka is facing charges of traveling to meet a child ...


Gay News

National Black Justice Coalition on police shooting of Isaiah Brown
2021-04-26
--From a press release - VIRGINIA — In reaction to the police shooting of Isaiah Brown, a Black gay man, who was shot by police 10 times after calling 911 for assistance and declaring he was unarmed, David Johns, executive director ...


Gay News

Deputy shoots Virginia gay man 10 times
2021-04-26
Police in Spotsylvania County, Virginia are under intense scrutiny after a sheriff's deputy gave out Black man Isaiah Brown a ride home after his car broke down—only to return minutes later and open fire, shooting him ...


Gay News

1970: The Police Murder of James Clay
2021-04-26
Excerpt from Chicago After Stonewall: Gay Lib to Gay Life - " … One month after Finnie's Ball, a Chicago Defender headline read, 'Female Impersonator killed by cop in W. Side street brawl.' The Chicago Sun-Times headline read, 'Man slain fleeing police in bizarre W. Side clash.' ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.