Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


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



National: Pope in Philly; 'confused' politician; trans woman punched
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

This article shared 6421 times since Tue Aug 4, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

On the heels of a historic victory in the United States for same-sex marriage, LGBT Catholics are pushing for a historic meeting with Pope Francis when he visits the country in September for the first time, reported. When the pope comes to Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 for the Pontifical Council for the Family, LGBT Catholics are expected to ask the pope to speak out on issues that are dividing the U.S. branch of the church, such as same-sex marriage and transgender rights. The LGBT groups sent a formal letter sent to the Vatican requesting a meeting with the pope while he is in the United States.

A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania, even though one partner died before same-sex marriage became legal—a ruling that has family lawyers wondering about the potential implications, The New York Times reported. Sabrina Maurer's case involves her fight over death benefits and inheritance taxes —as well as access to their safety-deposit box—after the 2013 death of Kim Underwood. Bucks County Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. found that the women retroactively qualify as common-law spouses because of their 2001 church union.

Missouri gubernatorial hopeful Sen. Bob Dixon released a statement claiming his mother—and "teenage confusion"—convinced him to live as a gay man for five years, LGBTQ Nation reported. Dixon, who has a wife and three children, emphasized his conservative values when announcing his candidacy, claiming that child abuse led him to doubt his sexuality as a teen.

An Omaha, Nebraska, deejay has been charged with a hate crime after he was accused of storming into a women's restroom at an Omaha bar called the Down Under Lounge and assaulting transgender woman Kara Jeslyn Barone, reported. Stephen E. Thompson, 45, was charged in Douglas County Court with one count of third-degree assault that is being prosecuted as a felony hate crime. A judge set bail at $50,000. Thompson allegedly shouted, "You're a faggot" and other anti-gay slurs toward Barone after punching her.

A gay Texas man died in jail after officials failed to give him his prescribed medication, according to Towleroad. Jesse Jacobs, 32, died in March after suffering a seizure and being rushed to the hospital from the Galveston County Jail. Jacobs reportedly was detoxing from Xanax, which he'd been taking for 10 years to treat anxiety disorder. Although Jacobs brought his medication with him when he checked in to serve 30 days for driving while intoxicated, jail medical staff did not administer the Xanax to him.

Gender Odyssey—an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming ( GNC ) people—will be held in Seattle on Aug. 19-23, a press release stated. Keynote speakers will include author Kate Bornstein, poet Andrea Jenkins and parent/advocate Debi Jackson. Visit

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's ( NGLCC ) International Business & Leadership Conference will take place Aug. 11-14 in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a press release stated. Keynote speakers include personal finance guru Suze Orman, CNN anchor Richard Quest, Washington Post columnist/MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart and personal branding expert Sally Hogshead. See

A Philadelphia attorney has opened what he says is the first LGBTQ divorce firm, CBS Philadelphia reported. Philadelphia lawyer Conor Corcoran, who bills himself as the nation's first gay divorce attorney, says he is ready to serve gays and lesbians who will need divorces. The law office's website says it is "proud to be the first law firm in the U.S. to practice in the field of gay divorce, providing Private Client Domestic Services, 24/7 and coast to coast, regardless of your sexual orientation."

Authorities have said that the deaths of two gay Georgia men were the result of a scheme carried out by a jealous former boyfriend bent on exacting revenge, according to Project Q Atlanta. The bodies of Randall Kinard, 33, and Christopher Michael Dukes, 41, were found on different floors of a home in north Houston County. Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said autopsies performed by the GBI and evidence collected showed that Dukes murdered Kinard and then killed himself.

In New York, a gay Staten Island caterer said cops who were captured on video taking him down in his front yard, beat him while shouting anti-gay slurs, The New York Daily News reported. Louis Falcone, 31, wasn't charged as a result of the June 19 takedown, and now plans to sue in federal court for civil-rights violations. "While I was on the ground, I had mud and blood in my mouth," Falcone has claimed. "One ( of the cops ) said, 'Don't let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the f****t.'"

Also in New York, a man shouted anti-gay slurs at the first gay men to be married at West Point Military Academy before punching one of them in the face, The New York Daily News noted. The victim, Daniel Lennox-Choate, 30, and his husband, Larry Lennox-Choate, were shopping in a SoHo bodega during the incident. The victim graduated from West Point in 2007, two years before his husband. The two married in 2013.

Forty gay couples in South Dakota applied to be married during the first month following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions across the country, the Associated Press reported. The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839 licenses issued to all couples from June 26 to July 27. Gay-rights advocates called the statistics reflective of the barriers the gay community still faces in South Dakota and other conservative states.

Football commentator Craig James, a former NFL player, is suing Fox Sports—two years after the network fired him for anti-gay remarks he made at a rally, LGBTQ Nation reported. Among the things James said at the event were that being gay "is a choice" and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions." Right-wing website Breitbart has argued that by firing James, Fox Sports violated the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.

The CEO of a massive gamers' convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a religious-exemption law said that organizers are "shopping the show" to other cities and could relocate if lawmakers don't expand protections for gays and lesbians, reported. Adrian Swartout, the CEO of Gen Con, told The Associated Press Thursday on the convention's opening day that a competitive offer from a state that grants gays and lesbians that status could be a "catalyst" pushing the event to relocate when its contract expires in 2020. Chicago has shown interest and Orlando also is a possibility, she said.

Beginning this fall, a San Francisco public high school will offer a course in LGBT studies—one of the first of its kind at the high school level, Newsweek noted. "LGBT studies will explore the American experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and agender individuals in the United States and across the world," said Lyndsey Schlax, a teacher at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts ( SOTA ), in a video. About 600 students attend tSOTA; of those, 28 percent identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

A book of parody songs updated in 2012 and circulated privately by members of the Ohio State University marching band included a sendup of the Holocaust, the Wall Street Journal reported. The book contains joking references to furnaces used in Nazi concentration camps and the train cars used to transport Jews to their deaths in a song called "Goodbye Kramer." The songs also featured lyrics about rape, bestiality and homosexuality.

The mayor of Reno, Nevada, is apologizing for ordering the rainbow flag flown over City Hall in place of the American flag, related. Mayor Hillary Schieve had the LGBT banner briefly hoisted to mark a Pride event in city; however, after locals and anti-gay activists complained, she quickly took it down. "The city of Reno honors and respects the men and women who serve our country and we apologize to those we may have offended," the City of Reno said in a statement.

A former employee of a southern Indiana county clerk says she was fired over her religious objection to processing a same-sex couple's marriage application, according to LGBTQ Nation. Linda G. Summers of Corydon says in a federal lawsuit that Harrison County Clerk Sally Whitis violated her civil and religious rights by firing her last year after Summers raised objections. Citing the Biblical bok of Leviticus, which condemns same-sex relationships, Summers says she is a Christian with a "sincerely held religious belief" against same-sex marriage.

Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who sued Cosby for sexual assault in 2005 but settled with the comedian the following year, has filed new papers blasting Cosby's "narcissistic view of the world," according to TheWrap. The papers say despite the comedian's claims that he could read women, he didn't realize that Constand is a lesbian. Constand is asking for the confidentiality clause of her settlement with Cosby to be lifted, to the opposition of the comedian's legal team.

Planned Parenthood's website went down July 29 in what the nonprofit health services organization called "an attack by extremists," CNN reported. The hack happened in the wake of the publication of several undercover videos by anti-abortion activists showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue and organs for medical research. Selling fetal organs for a profit is a felony, but the footage is highly edited and it is not clear that is what the officials are discussing.

Trans and/or Women's Action Camp ( TWAC )—in solidarity with NWDC Resistance and the Not1More movement to end detentions and deportations—took part in a civil-disobedience action to bring attention to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) presence in downtown Seattle, according to a press release. TWAC called attention to ICE and what the group said is ICE's local quota that guarantees a minimum of 800 beds to be filled at the immigration jail in Tacoma ( aka Northwest Detention Center ).

In New York, members of the the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria gasped when their priest, Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, stopped service to deliver a series of stunning news, according to Queerty. The news items were that 1 ) He was gay, 2 ) He was divorcing his wife and 3 ) He was marrying a younger man. Despite the departures of some church members, others are standing by Quevedo-Bosch; a petition urging him to stay after he offered to resign is circulating. He has since posted on social media that he wedded the man in Los Angeles.

Campus Pride has signed onto a national letter to the Common Application requesting the addition of optional demographic questions related to gender identity and sexual orientation to its standard form, according to a press release. Campus Pride joins 24 other national education, LGBTQ and youth advocacy organizations in the formal request. A full copy of the letter is available online at

Dick and Betty Odgaard—the Christian couple from Iowa who decided to shut down their wedding chapel after refusing to host a same-sex wedding ( and getting sued for it in 2013 )—are now trying to erect 1,000 billboards that oppose gay marriage, according to LGBTQ Nation. The first billboard, mounted in Oklahoma, reads, "Marriage = 1 man and 1 woman. Please… I need your help with this! — God."

A Wisconsin restaurant owner plugging her place of business on the La Crosse Foodie Facebook page set off a war of words with a local Tea Party member who objected to her profile picture using a rainbow filter indicating her support for the LGBT community, Raw Story noted. Despina Kozidis, owner of Gracie's Gyros and Wraps, responded by taking a screen shot of the comment and blocking out the objector's last name before posting it on the La Crosse Foodie page as well as her own Facebook page. The post was later taken down after the objector called it "inappropriate," but word spread and patrons have flocked to Gracie's to support the woman and her restaurant.

This article shared 6421 times since Tue Aug 4, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

NATIONAL Foster-parent case, stars speak out, Texas youth, 'Queer Eye,' HIV
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lambda Legal, together with the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along ...

Gay News

OP-ED The Black church was one of R. Kelly's enablers
The long-awaited justice for R. Kelly's survivors finally came last month when a New York federal jury found him guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. For nearly 30 years, underage Black girls and their families have ...

Gay News

WORLD Japan politics, video games, lesbian tennis player, Mr. Gay World
LGBTQ+-rights activists were hoping Japan would finally allow same-sex marriage if Taro Kono, who has publicly supported same-sex marriage, became the country's next prime minister—but their hopes were dashed. Japan's ...

Gay News

Urban Village Church hosting drag worship service, Pride prom Oct. 10
On Sunday, Oct. 10, Urban Village Church (UVC) will host a drag worship service at its Wicker Park site, 1012 N. Noble St. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. (CST) with performances from local drag artists, including ...

Gay News

"I can't be silent": Michael O'Connor discusses his longtime activism
By Kayleigh Padar - Years ago, longtime activist Michael O'Connor heard that some Black legislators in Illinois didn't want to support the Marriage Equality Act because they didn't believe Black people would benefit from same-sex marriage. He decided to prove ...

Gay News

Thirteen Days. adapted by Brian Pastor from the book by Robert F. Kennedy At: City Lit Theatre at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1030 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Tickets: $27-$32. Runs through: Oct. 24 Palace Intrigue has been ...

Gay News

Liz Cheney: 'I was wrong' to oppose same-sex marriage
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said—in a segment of the CBS show 60 Minutes that aired Sept. 26—she was "wrong" to oppose same-sex marriage when her objection to it caused a public split with her family, including ...

Gay News

Nearly two-thirds of Swiss residents vote for marriage equality
Almost two-thirds of Switzerland's voters backed the government's plan to introduce same-sex marriage in a referendum held Sept. 26, with campaigners calling it a historic day for gay rights in Switzerland, Yahoo! News reported, citing AFP. ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Danica Roem, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' abortion appeal, Lambda Legal
Transgender Virginia legislator Danica Roem is facing a conservative marriage-equality opponent and former Trump administration member in her re-election race this November, Yahoo! News noted. Roem, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Delegates in ...

Gay News

WORLD Marches, world leaders, Swiss marriage, soccer match
Thousands of people including soldiers and diplomats marched peacefully through the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in an annual Pride parade despite some opposition to an event called off last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters ...

Gay News

[UPDATE] Lisle school offers job to lacrosse coach in same-sex marriage
The administration at Lisle’s Benet Academy, a west suburban Catholic school, has reversed course and offered a job to a woman in a same-sex marriage after initially rescinding the offer, The Chicago Tribune reported. ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Carl Bean dies, LGBT History Month, military events, Dykes on Bikes
Archbishop Carl Bean—an openly gay former Motown singer, longtime AIDS activist and leader in the LGBTQ church movement—died at age 77, The New York Daily News reported. In a statement entitled "The Giant Sleeps," the Unity ...

Gay News

Former bishop who pushed for LGBTQ+ inclusion dies at 90
Retired Newark Bishop John Shelby Spong—a best-selling author and cleric known for his progressive theology and his support of women and LGBTQ+ clergy in The Episcopal Church—has died at age 90, Episcopal News Service reported. "It ...

Gay News

Affirming Powerhouse Church establishes permanent home in Chicago
Powerhouse Church has come a long way in a decade. Out Pastor Keith McQueen recently told Windy City Times about the church's history. "We actually started in Indianapolis in 2012, and after a series of supernatural ...

Gay News

Pope again refuses to bless same-sex marriages
Pope Francis told reporters recently on a return flight from Hungary that the Catholic Church is unable to bless same-sex marriages because marriage is a divine sacrament between a man and a woman, per The Advocate. ...


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.






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.