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This Surprising Gay Neighborhood Was Just Voted The World's Best

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

The people have spoken and the best gay neighborhood in the world, apparently, can be found right in the heart of the Midwest. Chicago's Boystown n...

The 8 People You'll Encounter at Chicago's Pride Parade

Terrence Chappell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Terrence Chappell

Regardless of your sexuality, the Pride parade is a time to toast to being you. A colorful celebration decorated with personality, passion, and countl...

'The Drop' All-Ages Dance Party to Raise Funds for What's the T? Remount

Nico Lang | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
Nico Lang

It's rare in the Chicago queer community that everyone is talking about one thing, but What's the T? was that kind of phenomenon. It brought us together, for a brief yet beatific moment. It was like going to church.

PHOTOS: Boystown Santa Speedo Run Nets $7K For Charity

Posted 12.03.2012 | Chicago

About 200 runners wearing only barely-there briefs ran through the heart of Chicago's Boystown district on Saturday as part of the city's second annua...

Is It Time to Boycott Boystown?

Nico Lang | Posted 09.25.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

Queer Chicagoans should act to make Boystown a safe and affirming space for all queer and trans persons, youths or adults, and should continue to strive for a community that represents all of us.

How to Fall in Love With Chicago

Nico Lang | Posted 08.12.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

You will always be running into people you know, because everyone weirdly knows each other in Chicago. And you will look at them and at the city around you. Everything will not be perfect, but that's what love is.

Breaking Up With Boystown

Johnathan Fields | Posted 08.06.2012 | Chicago
Johnathan Fields

I think it's time for me to break off my relationship with Boystown. It doesn't mean that I don't understand why others will fall in love with him. It just means that my feelings have changed.

Open Letter on Race Relations Follow-Up

Terrence Chappell | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago
Terrence Chappell

Since the publishing of my open letter to the LGBT community on race relations in Boystown, there have been some intriguing takes on the matter.

When in Boystown: Don't Create Racism, Create Change

Nico Lang | Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

It's been almost a year since Take Back Boystown took off, and all of us still have so much work to do to build a better community. We need to stand together, or we need to stop calling ourselves a community.

Open Letter to Chicago's LGBT Community

Terrence Chappell | Posted 06.16.2012 | Chicago
Terrence Chappell

We simply cannot move forward politically as an LGBT community when other LGBT members of color aren't even acknowledged, discriminated against or even targeted.

American Bastard: What a Straight Wedding Taught Me About Forming a Gay Family (Part 3)

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Oscar Raymundo

A solution to the homeless youth problem that is affecting not only Chicago's Boystown but other urban areas all over the country will involve more than just one father figure, for it takes a queer village to raise our children, too.

American Bastard: What a Straight Wedding Taught Me About Forming a Gay Family (Part 2)

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Oscar Raymundo

There is something about compartmentalizing my relationships that gives me stability: college roommates, professional acquaintances, Twitter friends, best friends, boyfriends, fiancé. Mingling things seems likely to lead to a tangled mess.

American Bastard: What a Straight Wedding Taught Me About Forming a Gay Family (Part 1)

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Oscar Raymundo

I witnessed Chicago's gay community conflicted over at-risk LGBT youth and the violence they brought upon Boystown. It got me thinking about getting older, the stability of settling down, and what it means to make a family of one's own.

Boystown Variety Show Benefits Homeless Youth

Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago

When a series of violent crimes took place in Chicago's Boystown, or East Lakeview, neighborhood earlier this summer, discussions of public safety qui...

Joseph Erbentraut

Boystown Violence: Market Days Arrive As 'Hood Heals | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

With more than 100,000 visitors expected to converge onto Chicago's East Lakeview, or Boystown, neighborhood this weekend for the 30th annual Northals...

'Boystown' Show Backer Has Criminal Past

Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

Story by Joseph Erbentraut, courtesy of the Windy City Times Plans going forward for "Boystown," a proposed reality television series centered on C...