Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-08-31



Strap This On
by lisa rock

This article shared 1931 times since Wed Sep 21, 2005
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

1985. What were you doing 20 years ago? Tracy Baim began Windy City Times. So in honor of the 20th anniversary of Windy City Times, I'd like to do a column on the 'then and now' of my life. Happy anniversary to those who have been involved in the LGBT press during the last 20 years whether writing it or reading it. You're all appreciated!

So Strap This On for a Happy Anniversary:

The Top Twenty

Things About Me:

Then and Now

20 ) What I Collected Then: albums, tapes, sheet music and books. Now: CDs, books and music books.

19 ) Favorite Stores at the Mall Then: Hickory Farms, Fannie Mae, Spencer's, book store, and Karmelcorn. Now: tea store, candy store, book store and popcorn store.

18 ) Favorite Movie Then: Grease. Now: Fried Green Tomatoes.

17 ) Electronic Gadget Then: walkman. Now: cell phone.

16 ) Organization Methods Then: coffee cans, stackable storage bins, little piles here and there. Now: bookshelves, under the bed storage bins, little piles here and there except now I can't remember what's in the little piles.

15 ) Most Important Sport Then: swimming. Now: swimming, cycling, and kickboxing.

14 ) Favorite Singers Then: Olivia-Newton John and U2. Now: Olivia, Indigo Girls, Dixie Chicks, U2.

13 ) Favorite Beauty Products Then: mousse and gel. Now: vanilla lotion.

12 ) Favorite Clothing Then: jeans and army jacket. Now: jeans and Eeyore t-shirt.

11 ) Favorite Thing to do on a Friday Night Then: out with friends to a movie and ice cream. Now: out with Robin to a movie or the theatre and home for dessert.

10 ) Saturday Morning Cartoon Then: Superfriends. Now: Garfield reruns.

9 ) Favorite Comic Strip Then: Garfield. Now: Garfield.

8 ) Current Job Then: lifeguard. Now: singer, actor, writer, corporate day job.

7 ) Dream Job: professional singer. Now: higher paid professional singer.

6 ) Most Important Hygienic Habits Then: stylish hair and matching clothes. Now: remembering to look at my hair and making sure my socks match.

5 ) Most Important Thing to Me Then: friends and family. Now: Robin, family, and friends.

4 ) Favorite Movie Star Then: Kristy McNichol. Now: Nicole Kidman.

3 ) In Love Then: my best friend, Linda. Now: my best friend, Robin.

2 ) Lesbian Icon Then: Jodie Foster. Now: Jodie Foster

1 ) Most Important Thing Then: getting some. Now: getting some.


I will be doing a one woman benefit, Girls Girls Girls: A Coming Out Cabaret with guest dancers for the Gay Games on Sunday, October 9 at 7:30 PM at Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. Call 773-907-2006 for tickets. Email me at


Lisa Rock can be reached at . My lovely Robin can be seen at Mary-Arrchie in Sea Marks through August 28. Call ( 773 ) 871-0442 for tickets.

This article shared 1931 times since Wed Sep 21, 2005
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

LETTER A concerning change at the Art Institute 2022-09-28
- I have a fond, reverent remembrance of the first time I encountered Felix Gonzalez-Torres' "Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) at the Art Institute nearly a decade ago. I was encouraged by a nearby guide to ...

Gay News

LETTER Vote 'yes' for the environment 2022-09-21
- Concerned about climate change? Interested in protecting our precious resources of breathable air, drinkable water, and native habitat? Want to create jobs while mitigating local flooding? Here's a way: in the upcoming midterm election, vote YES ...

Gay News

VIEWPOINT The art of citizenship 2022, or night sweats of a classical humanist get worse … 2022-09-08
- Ten years ago this September, I published my first op-ed for Windy City Times: The art of citizenship 2012, or night sweats of a classical humanist. I wrote this op-ed because of the serious damage being ...

Gay News

Vallas speaks at event of group known for anti-LGBTQ+ views [UPDATE] 2022-08-01
- Former Chicago Public Schools CEO and current mayoral candidate Paul Vallas spoke at a fundraiser for Awake Illinois—a group that has been criticized for its transphobic and homophobic rhetoric, The Chicago Reader reported. The group hosted ...

Gay News

VIEWS Can gay men dial back sex until our monkeypox vaccinations? 2022-07-28
- Years from now, there will be gay men who made it through a case of monkeypox who will have the scars up and down the shaft of their penis to prove it. Let me repeat that. Scars. On their cock. For ...

Gay News

VIEWPOINT Now, they're gunning to take away our vote 2022-07-20
- It took them 50 years to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe. It might take them only two years to get the court to take your vote from you. In addition to all the efforts to make voting difficult ...

Gay News

VIEWPOINT Nothing is more American than a 4th of July parade 2022-07-07
- Nothing is more American than a 4th of July parade. And tragically, nothing is more American than a mass shooting with a high-powered rifle. Our hearts go out to the families of the seven victims of ...

Gay News

VIEWS How same-sex couples can ensure parenting rights if Supreme Court reverses Obergefell 2022-06-30
By Jeffery M. Leving - After the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last week, many are now wondering if the court would go after same-sex marriage next. Justice Samuel Alito, in his majority decision, wrote that nothing in its ...

Gay News

Survey: Americans hold complex views on gender identity and trans+ Issues 2022-06-29
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2022) — As the United States addresses issues of transgender rights and the broader landscape around gender identity continues to shift, the American public holds a complex set of views around these ...

Gay News

VIEWS Workers' rights are LGBTQ+ rights 2022-06-27
- June usually marks a joyous month for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies as we reflect on the decades of hard work that our community and movement have put into securing and promoting our civil rights. ...

Gay News

WORLD Japanese ruling, Pride events, Colombia election, Boris Johnson 2022-06-26
- A Japanese court ruled that the country's ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated, ...

Gay News

How Coming Out in the 1970s Helped Me Make Brave, Life-changing Decisions 2022-06-25
By Edith Forbes, author of Tracking A Shadow: My Lived Experiment With MS - As a child growing up in Wyoming in the 1960's, I did not know any actual person who was gay. I knew exactly one fact about gay people, a fact universally accepted but never talked about: Gay people were strange. Even ...

Gay News

VIEWS The gay general at Valley Forge 2022-06-18
- Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben was born on Sept. 17, 1730, in Magdeburg, Germany. Son of a military father, Friedrich joined the Prussian army— considered the most advanced professional army in Europe at the ...

Gay News

VIEWS Introductory speech at the IML/IMBB 2022 contest 2022-06-04
- Note: International Mr. Leather (IML) 2022 and International Mr. Bootblack (IMBB) 2022 took place May 26-30 in Chicago. At the culminating contest on May 29, Chuck Renslow Charitable Foundation President ...

Gay News

LETTER Homophobia on The Maze Jackson show 2022-06-02
- NOTE: Maze Jackson—who hosts"The Most Dangerous Social-Radio Show in Chicago" on weekday mornings at WBGX 1570AM—is the husband of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President and Cook County assessor candidate Kari ...


Copyright © 2022 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
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     
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.