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Storytelling event brings diverse audience to Boystown

OUTspoken co-founder Art Johnston said he has been a gay activist since the ‘70s and has seen many amazing changes in that time.

By Copy Chief

October 12, 2015

“OUTspoken” is an LGBT storytelling night held at the Sidetrack bar, 3349 N. Halsted St., the first Tuesday of every month. Its most recent event was held Oct. 6.The concept for the “OUTspoken”...

The LBGTQ Office of Culture & Community started its month of events for LGBT History Month with the Royal Family Dinner and a performance from Cyon Flare.

Royal Family Dinner kicks off LGBT History Month

October 5, 2015

The vibrant and expressive Chicago entertainer Cyon Flare lip-synced his way through a series of theatrical and upbeat covers on Oct. 1 at Columbia’s annual Royal Family Dinner. The event, a dinner ...

The Senior Center on Halsted in which Eva Skye lives is the first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing facility in the Midwest.

Reeling Film Festival Reels in Viewers with Visions of Progress

September 21, 2015

The 33rd annual Reeling Film Festival opened on Sept. 17 at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave., focusing on LGBT filmmakers and films. The week-long festival, which debuted in April 1981, show...

The vending machines located in the 600 S. Michigan Ave. and 1104 S. Wabash Ave. buildings are only short-term replacements for the now closed cafes, said SGA president Jerel Ballard.

Campus cafes closed for business

September 21, 2015

The spaces where two of Columbia’s three on-campus cafes once stood are now home to multiple vending machines after the cafes’ owner decided to close up shop at the end of the Spring 2015 Semester....

Initiative benefits students across gender spectrum

September 14, 2015

Columbia is known by its students for its diversity and inclusiveness—a reputation the college will strengthen this fall as the Office of Multicultural Affairs launches its Gender Inclusive Initiative across campus.Some parts of the initiative existed prior to this academic year, such as allowing informal name change requests and providing a limited number of all-gender restrooms on campus, but the initiative will expand tho...

There are currently 18 buildings on campus with all-gender restrooms, according the college’s website 

Students: ‘Gender Initiative a step in the right direction’

September 14, 2015

“Hello my name is Arley, my pronouns are they/them/theirs,” reads a poster that now hangs in several Columbia buildings. The hanging of these posters is one of many actions being taken by the O...

Millennials must take pride in their present and future

By Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2015

Some viewers of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards found it funny when Kanye West dubbed himself part of the millennial generation. At 38, he’s not technically part of the 18–34 crew, but his attitudes might be more in line with this generation than many in the appropriate age group. A Sept. 3 Pew Research Center report revealed just 40 percent of millennials identify with the generational label. But why did West, who act...

Conversion therapy banned for Illinois LGBT minors

Conversion therapy banned for Illinois LGBT minors

September 8, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Aug. 20 declaring the use of conversion therapy on minors illegal in Illinois. The action comes after Rep. Kelly Cassidy, an openly gay woman, initially proposed the...

Conversion therapy in the United States

Obama says no to conversion therapy

April 17, 2015

President Barack Obama and his administration spoke out against LGBTQ conversion therapy on April 8 in response to a petition posted to the White House website calling for a federal end to the controve...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to his supporters at Chicago Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., after being reelected April 7. Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia were forced into Chicago’s first mayoral runoff election after Emaunel failed to secure 50 percent of the vote.

Emanuel reelected, Garcia claims ‘It’s not the end’

April 13, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was reelected April 7 after a six-week standoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. The two had been locked in a heated campaign battle featuring dueling politic...

Laws discriminating against transgenders will not be tolerated

By Editorial Board

April 13, 2015

Prior to rewrites and amendments, the recent religious freedom laws enacted in Indiana and Arkansas posed a real threat to the LGBTQ community. The legislation essentially legalized discrimination on the basis of religious beliefs. Though the appropriate changes were made following intense backlash, the fight for equality and human rights continues as more than six states move forward with bills that discriminate against the t...

Majeed Faheem

Local artist uses neighborhood materials for MCA exhibit

March 16, 2015

Through the use of materials found in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, up-and-coming artist Faheem Majeed creates artwork that poses questions about activism and civic-mindedness. Majeed’s fir...

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