Mass Killing in Florida is a Measure of Society’s Dehumanization

June 14, 2016

We stand in solidarity with those murdered and wounded in the attack on a Gay Florida nightclub, and their families and communities. The struggle for LGBTQI freedom must continue unabated. A response requires developing, practically and philosophically, the uncompromising assertion of human freedom and dignity common to the Black Lives Matter movement, the Arab Spring and the Syrian Revolution, which has long struggled against ISIS and its related ideologies. It means uncompromising solidarity with the LGBTQI community, the target of reactionary attacks across the world, from Trump’s America to Putin’s Russia to ISIS’s “caliphate.”

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30 Years Later: AIDS activism and ACT UP Chicago

May 9, 2015

ACT UP Chicago grew out of an organization that began in 1984 of Dykes and Gay Men Against Racism and Repression. We became an AIDS activism organization, first called Chicago For Our Rights, then by spring Chicago for AIDS Rights. We pushed for lowering the prices of AIDS drugs, and the release of more of them. By October and the national action in Washington, D.C., we had become ACT UP Chicago. AIDS is a global issue today. This time around, I’d like to see an AIDS activist movement that’s organized by poor, working-class, mostly people of color.

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University of Minnesota homophobia

May 7, 2015

From the May-June 2015 issue of News & Letters

Duluth, Minn.—Shannon Miller, the only women’s hockey head coach the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) has ever known, has been fired after 16 seasons. “Discrimination rears its ugly head in many forms, and I feel I have been discriminated against because I’m a woman. [=>]

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Queer Notes, September-October 2014

August 31, 2014

From the September-October 2014 issue of News & Letters

by Dee Perkins

With the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, going nowhere, President Obama signed an executive order July 21 prohibiting such discrimination by federal contractors, which employ some 28 million workers, and, further, [=>]

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Anti-LGBT bigot sued in human rights trial

September 22, 2013

U.S. preacher and bigot Scott Lively will have to face charges of human rights violations in a Massachusetts courtroom. Lively is best known as promoter of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill. His homophobic preaching has led to persecution and death among African Gays.

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Ex-Pope Benedict’s reactionary career

March 27, 2013

From the March-April 2013 issue of News & Letters:

World in View

by Gerry Emmett

Ex-Pope Benedict’s reactionary career

Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation announcement on Feb. 11 took the world by surprise. It is the first time in almost 600 years that a Pope has decided to quit. He has announced that he will continue to live in [=>]

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Queer Notes, January-February 2013

February 26, 2013

From the January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes

by Elise

The newly signed law that would have protected all California Queer youth from “ex-gay” therapies and therapies to change gender expression has been suspended. Federal Appeals Court judges ruled that there must be a full review of the legality of the Bill (SB 1172). [=>]

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Queer Notes, November-December 2012

December 13, 2012

From the November-December 2012 issue of News & Letters

Queer Notes

by Elise

On National Coming Out Day this year, youth in particular showed the way. Texas Tech University’s Gay-Straight Alliance members told coming out stories. People wrote their sexual orientation or gender identity on a door provided by the University of Florida’s Pride Student Union. Virginia’s [=>]

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Queer Notes, September-October 2012

October 10, 2012

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes

by Suzanne Rose

Yaounde, Cameroon—Human rights leaders from Africa united to denounce “Gay Hate Day,” which took place on Aug. 21 in Cameroon, and the ongoing arrests of people suspected of being Gay. The Archbishop of Yaounde contributed to this homophobic backlash calling homosexuality “shameful” and [=>]

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Queer Notes, July-August 2012

August 8, 2012

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes, July-August 2012

by Elise

Brave were the marchers in this year’s Pride Parades in Warsaw, Poland; Riga, Latvia; and Split, Croatia. Heavy police protection was required at each march. While the Roman Catholic Church’s anti-Queer stand remains strong, an openly Gay man and a Transsexual person were voted [=>]

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Queer Notes, January-February 2012

February 27, 2012

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes

by Suzanne Rose

After six days of 24-hour-a-day activism, LGBT occupiers, activists, and human rights groups in Seoul, South Korea, won the Seoul Student Rights Ordinance, with all clauses in the original draft included. The draft that calls for non-discrimination against LGBT students as well as [=>]

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Pariah and Brother to Brother fire up Queer film

February 26, 2012

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Pariah and Brother to Brother fire up Queer film

Wherever the bird with no feet flew she found trees with no limbs.             —Audre Lorde

Pariah

It is audacious for Dee Rees to begin Pariah with an image of Black women that today’s film is all too comfortable with, a [=>]

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‘A Survivor’s Story’

February 14, 2012

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

‘A Survivor’s Story’

Reform at Victory: a Survivor’s Story by Michele Ulriksen (Pizan Media, 2008, 300 pages)

Reform at Victory is the memoir that sparked the creation of Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA), an organization of adult survivors of abuse at facilities that purport to help troubled teens. The [=>]

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Expose demonization of Black Gay youth

September 25, 2011

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Expose demonization of Black Gay youth

From left: Benjamin Perry, Ed Negron, Darrell Gordon, Betty Akins.

Chicago—Editor’s note: News and Letters Committees hosted a forum in our Chicago office on Aug. 8 on the response within the Gay community to the Facebook page Take Back Boystown posting videos [=>]

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News and Letters panel on “Boystown: Class, Race and Public Space”

August 20, 2011

Here are links to some local news coverage of a recent meeting of the Chicago Local of News and Letters Committees:

Windy City Times: Community groups continue to focus on Lakeview

Gay Chicago: Panel addresses Lake View’s summer turmoil

Here’s the flyer for the meeting:
News and Letters Committees invites you to a forum on:

The panel of speakers. [=>]

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