• Keeping Stonewall Alive: 10 LGBTQ Latin@s that make us proud

    Keeping Stonewall Alive: 10 LGBTQ Latin@s that make us proud

    Today marks the anniversary of beginning of the Stonewall Riots, six days that are considered by many LGBTQ historian as the beginning of the modern LGBTQ Liberation movement. And while today may be well known throughout the LGBQ community, what isn’t well known is that it was a trans Latina — Sylvia Rivera — who with one bottle sparked it […]

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  • Entre Familia: United Latino Pride Celebrates Third Year

    Entre Familia: United Latino Pride Celebrates Third Year

    Previously published at Extra Newspaper In late April of 2010, a group of community activists, leaders and representatives of various community organizations and groups met at Efebina’s Café in Pilsen with the simple goal of discussing how to best celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer Latino community in Chicago. “We only wanted to get together to talk,” said […]

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  • Transtastic: Life on the Side of Fabulous

    Transtastic: Life on the Side of Fabulous

    Since Van is busy prepping his art for the United Latin@ Pride kick-off celebration (where he is a featured artist) and gathering materials for his workshops at the ULP Community Summit, Kara Carrell of the ULP planning committee has stopped by Transtastic to remind you to register for Chicago’s 3rd Annual ULP week. For a full list of events, please […]

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  • Photos: Queer Prom 2012 – Young, Fearless, and Fabulous

    Photos: Queer Prom 2012 – Young, Fearless, and Fabulous

    A photo set from the 8th annual Queer Prom at the National Museum of Mexican Art. With over 250 LGBTQ youth and allies in attendance (not including volunteers and community organizations) the event was organized by Homofrecuencia and QPhonic at Radio Arte 90.5 FM Chicago. For more information visit: http://radioarte.org/queer-prom-2012/ All photos courtesy of Karla Munguia

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  • Victims No More: A Chicago Trans Group Fights Back

    Victims No More: A Chicago Trans Group Fights Back

    In 2008, 18 year old Angie Zapata had just begun living. Having transitioned only 2 years prior with the support of her loving family, the trans Latina teen was finally happy — able to live out her life as the young woman she knew she was. However, this happiness was short lived. In July of 2008, Angie met 31 year […]

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  • Vida/SIDA Opens Space for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

    Vida/SIDA Opens Space for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

    Last Saturday, in the presence elected officials, community leaders, and Humboldt Park residents, Vida/SIDA officially opened the doors of El Rescate, an assisted living space for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, bringing a much needed service to the predominately Puerto Rican and Latino neighborhood. “This is about hope. It’s about dignity. it’s about saving lives,” said […]

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  • Preview of “Inspired: The voices against Prop 8″ by Charlie Gage

    Preview of “Inspired: The voices against Prop 8″ by Charlie Gage

    Premiering in Chicago at the 2012 Peace on Earth Film Festival, Illinois expat Charlie Gage’s “Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8” chronicles the events that proceeded the 2008 passage of California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that sought to amend the state Constitution to define marriage as being only between a man and a woman. Once passed — by a […]

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  • A Lovely Union: Latina Couple Celebrates Valentine’s Day

    A Lovely Union: Latina Couple Celebrates Valentine’s Day

    Although they have spent Valentine’s Day together many times throughout their the ten years as a couple, for Gozamos editor Luz Chávez and her partner Laura this one is particularly special: it is the first year their relationship is legally recognized by the State of Illinois. On June 10, 2011 — their 10th anniversary — with tears of joy in […]

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  • ACTION ITEM: Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

    ACTION ITEM: Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

    Launched on October 7th of this year by a partnership between the LGBT Community fund, an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust (CCT), and consultant firm Morten Group, the LGBT Community Needs Assessment will determine how to to raise and spend a million dollars in the Chicagoland LGBTQ community over the next three years. The assessment, consisting of surveys (available […]

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  • MUST EVENT: The L Stop Launch Party

    MUST EVENT: The L Stop Launch Party

    UPDATE 11.17.11 1:51 pm CST: This event has sold out. Launched on May 1st of this year by Latina lesbians Vivian González and Lisa Martínez, the L Stop was created as a response to the invisibility of queer women in Chicago-based LGBT newspapers and magazines. Showcasing news, events, and organizations relevant to lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer women, the L […]

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