A new Gap subway ad featuring a Sikh model isn’t the only new advertisement from the retail giant that is inspiring hateful graffiti. Another ad featured as part of Gap’s new “Make Love” ad campaign — featuring musician Malcolm Ford and artist Max Snow posing together — was defaced with anti-gay slurs this week in Chicago (WARNING: Graphic language in photos below).
People flooded the streets of Chicago’s Boystown to celebrate their new right to marry.
US: Cardinal who compared Pride to Ku Klux Klan rally says Illinois equal marriage is ‘bad legislation’
Chicago Cardinal Francis George, who once compared gay rights campaigners to the Ku Klux Klan, has come out in opposition to the recent passing of same-sex marriage in Illinois, calling it “bad legislation.”
Seven mayors from the Chicago suburbs are signing on in support of same-sex marriage legislation.
Once upon a time there was a guy and his name is Ivo Widlak. Ivo came to Chicago from Poland and decided he liked it here. Ivo is bisexual and he works as a journalist exposing corruption in the Polish American community here in the US and back in his homeland. And he met another bisexual and married her.
And instead of living happily ever after, INS started investigating him and mysteriously loosing his paperwork then finally accusing him of having a fraudulent marriage because he’s really gay and looking for a green card.
This bullshit makes me so angry. Like rage-stabbity angry. In the words of Patrick Richards Fink, "Erasing Widlak’s bisexuality and then using that erasure as grounds to break up a marriage is institutionalized biphobia, and has to end."
Please take a moment to read Ivo’s story and sign his petition. He has another hearing coming up in December 2013, and he needs all the support he can get.
We need all American Citizens who believe in Marriage Equality and Journalistic Integrity to first Sign This Petition and then Reblog it. Thank you
An institution for Chicago lesbians and feminists, the Women & Children First bookstore, is up for sale.
I went to Women and Children First Book Store (in Chicago) tonight and saw Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. She read from her memoir The End of San Francisco and answered questions. At the end, she signed my books and posed for photos with me.
Happiest. Boy. Ever.
Dating can be awkward enough for most folks. Throw in conversations about gender and identity into the mix and dating tends to become more awkward and complicated. Come share your thoughts and experiences on dating with us this week!
Wednesday, September 18th7:00pm to 8:15PM
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
3656 N. Halsted St.
Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here. Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org!
So Dr. Steinwald has a new site, with really detailed information about himself, the procedure, pre- and post- op instructions, logistics, cost, etc.
For those of you looking for a surgeon who does not require a letter of referral, being on T, or even being male-identified, his new site clearly outlines this:
Do I have to have a letter from a counselor before FTM surgery?
Generally we strongly prefer that patients have undergone some sort of formal counseling by a trained professional before deciding to have the relatively irreversible surgery of chest masculinization performed, but it is not required, provided that the patient is of the age of consent and demonstrates and obvious commitment to undergoing a physical transformation. It is encouraging to us if the patient has felt a sense of “gender dysphoria” for at least a year, and better yet, has been “identifying male” for at least that long, with lifestyle changes such as binding, the use of testosterone injections, etc. We do recognize that some patients wish to be considered “gender neutral” or “FTN”, however (even wishing to have their nipples removed), in which case testosterone, etc. is not expected.
As long as the patient is alert, appropriate, “committed to the cause” and recognizes the irreversibility of our Chicago Top Surgery procedure, we are agreeable to a formal consultation and more often than not, proceeding with surgery.
Steinwald’s technique is a little different than most, as he uses the t-anchor method to avoid a nipple graft and preserve nipple sensation, as well as leaving in 10-20% of the tissue for contouring. You can also get a consultation a few days before the surgery to avoid flying in twice if you live far away. And they provide the legal gender marker letter in whatever state “legalese” you require it (as I needed for California).
Obviously I’m extremely happy not just with my surgery results, but with the overall experience I had with this doctor, who honored my request for surgery even though I had no referral letter, was not in therapy, was not male-identified, had no intentions of going on T at the time.
The tax advantages of marriage will easily pay for a flight to Minneapolis, he notes.
Residents aren’t pleased with the idea of a hotel catering to LGBT patrons, worrying it will bring crime and traffic.
You can win two VIP passes if you can name that cat!