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

In the Life: Dr. Hector Torres
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times
2015-08-05

This article shared 4042 times since Wed Aug 5, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


After being a professor for eight years, Dr. Hector Torres said he "felt the need to be closer to the LGBT community and more involved in direct services."

He landed at the Center on Halsted in June, which he tagged as "the ideal location."

"After taking a class on LGBTQ psychology, I volunteered for an LGBT agency in Puerto Rico. At that time my job was to go to gay bars and distribute condoms. This lead to an increased interest in providing education and services to the LGBTQ community," he said.

Torres was raised in a Christian household, so he admitted that he "struggled a lot with accepting my sexual orientation." He received psychotherapy, which helped a lot, he said. So, when it was time to go to college, "I decided I wanted to learn more about myself and about how to help others like me," he said.

When he first started in college, Torres started toward a degree in architecture, but after a paper on 'the psychology behind designing spaces,' he promptly switched majors.

"My work now includes supervision of staff and interns, meeting and counseling patients, creating reports, some administrative tasks, some educational tasks, and figuring out ways to provide the best possible services to our community," Torres said. "My [career] goals are to strengthen our department and help the LGBTQ community identify it as a remarkable resource for their well-being."

Torres has nothing but praise for his co-workers at the Center, tagging the crew as "friendly, smart and helpful."

"I think the reason everyone [at the Center] is in a good mood and is so nice is because all of us are clear that we have a common mission, which is the well-being of our community," he said.

The drawback is, he said, the stress involved.

Torres will be part of the Feel Good Fair, an agency-wide health fair, at the Center on Halsted on Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

"Being raised in a very religious family was hard," he said. "As a Latino, my family has always been my center and essential to me. Once I came out I questioned if I was going to lose the love and acceptance of my family. Even though it took many years, I am happy that my family has developed and become a very accepting and supportive family. I love them greatly and I am grateful that their love for me helped them get rid of stigma and prejudices some religions propagate."

THE STATS

Age: 40

Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village

Orientation: Gay

Relationship status: Married in 2014

Background: Originally from Puerto Rico, has lived in Chicago for six years

Job title: Director of Behavioral Health Services, Center on Halsted

Hobbies: Theater, gym

Favorite movies: Undertow, All About My Mother and Shawshank Redemption

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni

-Little-known fact: "I am [the] co-author of a book titled Building a Better Man: A Blueprint for Decreasing Violence and Increasing Prosocial Behavior in Men."


This article shared 4042 times since Wed Aug 5, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Trans employees plan Oct. 20 walkout at Netflix [UPDATE] 2021-10-13
- Netflix's trans employee resource group is planning a company-wide walkout Wed., Oct. 20, to protest statements made by co-CEO Ted Sarandos regarding Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special The Closer, according to The Verge. "Trans Lives Matter. ...


Gay News

Texans protest anti-trans youth measures at capitol in Austin 2021-10-03
- GLAAD and Equality Texas issued a release highlighting a week of protest at the Texas state capitol in Austin—where measures targeting transgender children are being considered during the legislature's third special session of the year. Three ...


Gay News

Pro-choice rally takes place in the Loop 2021-09-27
- On Sept. 27—the first day of the new U.S. Supreme Court session—various women's- and reproductive-rights groups held a rally in Federal Plaza in the Loop. Planned Parenthood of Illinois Jennifer Welch said she wanted Americans to ...


Gay News

Defend Abortion Access marches/rallies planned across Illinois Oct. 2 2021-09-27
--From a press release - CHICAGO — A coalition of more than 20 progressive organizations, supporters, and providers of reproductive health care are holding "Defend Abortion Access" events across Illinois on Saturday, October 2, in response to the Texas abortion ban ...


Gay News

WORLD Kazakhstan protest, anti-gay attack, Taiwan wedding, Olympics 2021-08-15
- More than 100 people protested against an event planned by LGBT activists in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe, RFERL.org reported. The protesters said at the Aug. 8 rally that they would hand a petition to the ...


Gay News

Olympics: IOC investigating out shot-putter for protest gesture 2021-08-03
- U.S. shot-putter Raven Saunders—a Black, LGBTQ athlete—has explained what the gesture she made following her silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics meant, according to CNN.com. She raised her hands and crossed them in an X ...


Gay News

OLYMPICS U.S. fencers protest teammate accused of sexual assault 2021-07-31
- Three fencers on the men's U.S. Olympic team wore pink masks during their match against Japan to protest a teammate accused of sexual assault, The Hill noted. Jake Hoyle, Curtis McDowald and Yeisser Ramirez wore their ...


Gay News

Hungarian protesters defy prime minister with sizable march 2021-07-25
- In Hungary, approximately 30,000 people joined the annual Pride celebrations in the capital of Budapest on July 24, with attendees marching in colorful outfits in support of inclusion and freedom, according to CNN.com. However, this year ...


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

NATIONAL Amazon, condo collapse, T-shirt controversy, GLSEN 2021-07-18
- At least two Amazon employees have resigned in recent weeks to protest the company's decision to continue to sell a book they say frames young people who identify as transgender as mentally ill, NBC News reported. ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Spa incident, N.J. items, AIDS gala, Tenn. lawsuits 2021-07-11
- Tensions rose between protesters and counterprotesters in Los Angeles over a spa incident involving a transgender woman, The Hill reported. Recently, a cisgender woman complained to staff at Wi Spa in Koreatown after a transgender woman ...


Gay News

Protest organizer now eyeing Arlington Heights after Pride flag rejection 2021-07-10
- The individual who organized a June 30 protest in Elk Grove Village against what many perceived to be an anti-trans+ law as well as the lack of a Pride flag flying there is now looking at what is happening in a ...


Gay News

Spanish authorities arrest three in beating death of gay man 2021-07-08
- In Spain, authorities said they have arrested three men for the brutal beating death of a gay man July 3 that sparked widespread protests across the country, out.com noted, citing El Mundo. Nursing assistant Samuel Luiz, ...


Gay News

Minneapolis to pay George Floyd's family $27M 2021-03-12
- The city of Minneapolis has reached a $27 million civil settlement with the family of George Floyd—the Black man whose death at the hands of police last May sparked a wave of protests around the world. ...


Gay News

WORLD Turkish items, Gibraltar couple, lesbian lawmaker dies, Australia 2021-02-07
- In Turkey, four students were arrested over artwork that reportedly depicted LGBT rainbow symbols alongside an image of a sacred Islamic site, the BBC reported. Students at Bogazici University in Istanbul have been protesting against the ...


 



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


 

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.