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Jake Biondi Releases Third Installment of Popular BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Jake Biondi

"The wait is finally over," Biondi told fans of his 'BOYSTOWN' book series. The third book in the popular 'BOYSTOWN' series was released on May 1, 2015.

Reflecting on the Boystown Book Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

Thankfully, things have improved quite a bit since those days. I now enjoy watching Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives, and gay characters populate many shows on television and online. Still, I still keep thinking that there is room for more.

Reflections on My BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jake Biondi

Once I recognized my passion for interesting characters and continuing storylines, an idea was born: What if I created my own continuing drama that consisted mainly of gay characters? I started to ponder the idea more and more, and in June 2013 I began writing my drama focused on gay characters, BOYSTOWN.

'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.

'Degrassi' Actors Star In New Web Series 'Boystown'

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Degrassi" stars Adamo Ruggiero and Ben Lewis are starring in a new comedy web series called "Boystown" along with Richard Lee and Brett Donahue. The ...

The 10 Best Things About Chicago's LGBTQ Community

Shaun Sperling | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shaun Sperling

After my experience at the Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run run, I took some time to figure out the people, places and things that make our community so great. Here is, in no particular order, my list of the 10 best of Chicago's LGBTQ community.

The 10 Douchiest Gays Of Chicago

Terrence Chappell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Terrence Chappell

There's been a dreadful influx of douchebags who have set up shop in Chicago's renowned Boystown neighborhood. Because gay men tend to do everything on a larger and grander scale, we have bigger douchebags, as well. So I decided to list them.

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.

Joseph Erbentraut

Is Gay Bar's 'No Women After 11' Policy Legal? | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.08.2012 | Chicago

A gay bar in Chicago's LGBT-centric Boystown neighborhood is under investigation by the state's Department of Human Rights based on reports that it ba...

Talking Chicago & LGBT Rights With Singer Kaya Jones and Designer Traver Rains

Waymon Hudson | Posted 01.29.2012 | Impact
Waymon Hudson

I recently had the chance to talk with Kaya Jones and Traver Rains about their role in a local fundraising event, as well as the importance of using their public platform to talk about issues that matter to them.

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.

Is It Time to Move the Chicago Pride Parade?

Keith Ecker | Posted 12.07.2011 | Chicago
Keith Ecker

I'm hardly the first person to point out the fact that the Pride Parade has strayed far from its original intent, which is to honor the rebellious spirits of Stonewall who actively fought to defend their right to convene in peace.

Big Changes Coming To Chicago's Pride Parade

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

By Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times Responding to a steep jump in attendance and chaos at last year's Pride Parade, parade officials an...

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...

Lakeview Crime Rates On Decline, Despite Community Outrage

Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy of the Windy City Times In the wake of several recent violent crimes in Boystown, many residents are adamant that...

Boystown Violence: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Tracy Baim | Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago
Tracy Baim

The recent crime wave in Boystown is not easily categorized. Some are economic crimes. Some are hate crimes. And some seem caused by a class and race warfare. What is not new is our community responding to violence.

Indiana Man Charged In Boystown Stabbing, Investigation Continues

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Hayes was ordered held in lieu of a $700,000 bail Friday. He is reportedly cooperating with police...