WINDY CITY TIMES
||Sloan Back Home
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Chicago gay-rights activist Norm Sloan is back home from the hospital—just days after being attacked by an assailant who wielded a brick in a bag.
Sloan was assaulted on Sept. 21 at 1434 W. Bryn Mawr, near his home. The attacker made off with Sloan's backpack, which was apparently tossed about a block away from the scene. According to friends, the incident left Sloan fighting for his life at Illinois Masonic Hospital, with the survivor suffering skull fractures and cranial bleeding.
However, in an Oct. 6 e-mail to Windy City Times ( among others ) , Sloan indicated that his condition has progressed to the point where he could return home, although he is far from being 100 percent. 'I'll be doing outpatient rehab for a few more weeks beginning tomorrow,' he wrote. 'I am currently experiencing major hearing loss in my left ear due to the attack ... and I'm walking with a [ cane ] for the first time. Fortunately, these are the only major physical problems.' He also thanked those who supported him ( including roommate Blake Walton ) and expressed his desire to once again see dance- and theater-related events: 'Separation [ from ] the precious works that are here has also been painful.'
Walton earlier told Windy City Times that Sloan's incident was not the first of its kind in the area—and that the neighborhood block association had not been notified of one situation that occurred just a week earlier. An Area Three community alert seemed to confirm the assertion. As of the press date, no suspect had been apprehended.
— Andrew Davis
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