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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.