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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.