Queeries: Audio interview with Jacqueline Boyd on inclusive queer community and tackling segregation

Queeries: Audio interview with Jacqueline Boyd on inclusive queer community and tackling segregation

Queer Choir director and fellow fierce fat femme Jacqueline Boyd recently sat down with Joe Varisco of JRV MAJESTY Productions and Chicago IRL magazine to discuss Boyd’s work with Chances Dances grant funding board and Chicago’s queer community at large, among other things. “If we want [community] to change and if we ourselves want to be made better by actually being inclusive … Continue reading

Election 2012 resources for American voters

Election 2012 resources for American voters

‘Tis the season to head to the polls, but voting isn’t as easy as just showing up. So, if you are casting a ballot, check out these resources: Verify your voter registration status, where to vote and what sort of identification is required to cast a ballot at CanIVote.org. Many states allow early voting. Check with … Continue reading

Touchdown Jesus rises again

Touchdown Jesus rises again

Behold! Jesus has risen again. And Huggy Jesus is so boring compared to his predecessor. Touchdown Jesus — the 6-story King of Kings statue emerging from the lake in front of Solid Rock Church on I-75 between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio — went from this: to this: when a so-called act of God in the … Continue reading

Chicago’s first transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex pride

Chicago’s first transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex pride

Hundreds of people celebrated Transgender Pride in Union Park July 29, for the first Chicago Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming and Intersex Freedom (TGIF) Rally and Picnic. Trans Pride, themed “enterprising from the margins,” focused on transgender people of color and honored the community members lost this year, including Paige Clay. Attendees also wrote down names of transgender people … Continue reading

Free birth control and other health care reforms go into effect

Free birth control and other health care reforms go into effect

Today marks the implementation of several key aspects of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. health care reform and ObamaCare), including free birth control and coverage of crucial disease screenings. The following services are now available without copays: screening for gestational diabetes counseling and screenings for HIV counseling and screenings for domestic violence birth control, including … Continue reading

VAWA: GOP representatives team up for LGBT, tribal and undocumented immigrant inclusion

VAWA: GOP representatives team up for LGBT, tribal and undocumented immigrant inclusion

Republican Congress members Judy Biggert and Robert Dold, both from Illinois, met with anti-violence advocates July 31, to call for bipartisan support of an LGBT-inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. In May, the House of Representatives passed a version of the VAWA reauthorization bill that cut protections and programs for same-sex couples, indigenous … Continue reading