The Columbia Chronicle

LGBT History Month celebrated for the first time

By Dannis Valera

October 8, 2012

For the first time in Columbia history, LGBT History Month is being recognized and celebrated by the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community.Joy Conway, the coordinator of the office, started planning for the month since the summer. This will be the first time the office gets their own month-long celebration like the other offices in Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Office.“I thought that it would be fitting for us to hav...

‘If you can play, you can play’: New initiative teams up with NHL to support gay athletes

By Lindsey Woods

April 9, 2012

Locker rooms are known for two things: sweatiness and shenanigans. But for gay athletes, they can be a place of shame and exclusion.Eric Berndt, Chicago Dragons rugby player and openly gay athlete, said he experienced “casual homophobia” in the locker rooms during his time competing at both the University of Chicago and in high school.“In both situations, casual remarks about who’s an ‘F-word’ and ‘this is s...

City launches health plan for LGBT community

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 9, 2012

In many senses, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons live the same lives as their heterosexual counterparts, yet there are unique health issues these community members face that aren’t as well documented or researched as those of the mainstream community, according to Hutson Inniss, executive director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health.Hoping to address these disconnects, the Chicago Department of Public Hea...

‘FML’ takes stance against homophobia

By Trevor Ballanger

March 19, 2012

by Trevor BallangerAssistant Arts & Culture EditorFor years, schools have produced literature and exercises to better prepare adolescents for the dangers of underage drinking. Schools are less adept at dealing with the growing issue of gay bashing, which many summarize with one popular phrase: “F--k my life.”Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., is taking the topic of gay hate crimes head-on in the new pl...

Gala celebrates LGBT progress

By Kaley Fowler

February 17, 2012

Dressed to the nines and eager to celebrate their progress, LGBT advocates attended Equality Illinois’ annual “Justice for All” gala Feb. 11 at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., to show their support for the gay rights movement.This year’s gala emphasized Equality Illinois’ agenda by focusing on the accomplishments in securing gay rights on both state and federal levels.Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest ...

‘Outserve’ opens up

By Darryl Holliday

September 26, 2011

LGBT service members aren’t the only ones able to come out publicly with the long-awaited repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A bi-monthly publisher, Outserve, formerly “the underground network of LGBT active duty,” is also celebrating the national shift to justice and equality for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered members of the military with a print publication geared toward the military community.“...

Health clinic needs help

By Stephanie Saviola

October 18, 2010

I recently visited our health clinic at the residence center, 731 S. Plymouth Ct., and though I’ve been there before, this recent visit was considerably  worse compared to past trips. I realized one thing: Our clinic needs immediate attention.Students have seen the colorfully painted walls and elaborate, swanky furniture displayed throughout our campus buildings, but after taking one step inside our clinic you forget you are ...

Gay rights organization fights for civil liberties

By SpencerRoush

September 23, 2009

After 11 years of protests, hundreds of colorful signs and countless miles walked down Chicago’s busiest sidewalks, the Gay Liberation Network(GLN) has been drawing crowds during controversial demonstrations in an effort to fight for peoples’ rights and make a political and social impact.At the end of August, the GLN was vindicated after members heard Buju Banton, a controversial Jamaican music performer who sings violent, ant...

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