I sat for hours thinking about how I could share all of my passion for social justice within our community without sounding preachy, pushy, or passive aggressive. The fact of the matter is, and this will be increasingly obvious as time goes on, I am not like many other queer women. I am an activist and an athlete, compassionate but straightforward, and frustrated but motivated like never before (among many other contradictory qualities).
My goal with this section is to keep you up to date and knowledgeable about all of the things that are going on in our community- the good, the bad and the ugly. I am sure you have heard someone use the historical term “family” to sneakily refer to a fellow member of the LGBT community, and that is something that I feel has slowly faded in the minds of our generation. It is easy to get caught up in the gleaming phallic poles that frame Halsted or the beer-bikini-banana hammock Hollywood beach and I don’t blame you. I love this city and all it has to offer, how accepted we are and how lucky that there are entire neighborhoods dedicated to us.
Unfortunately with our luck comes the separation of a community that once had no choice but to bind together in order to survive. There is a separation not only among the never-ending letters that define our community, but between race, class and even communities within our own city. This isn’t just about marriage equality and civil unions, but the hate crimes that go unnoticed, the discriminatory legislation that, if passed, could hurt us all, and many other things that are ignored in mainstream press. The L Stop is the start of something that will bring us together as sisters, white or black, bisexual or queer, southside or northside.
I know women well enough to recognize that you are going to do what you want whether or not you read, or agree, with what I have to say. It doesn’t have to take money, time or even dedication to make a difference- it takes consciousness. From local to national news and events, it is my goal to keep the readers of this website informed about what’s happening within our community but fails to make it to the news or the discussions on the beach- mixed with reality and hopefully a little humor in the process.
Enjoy perusing this awesome new resource for women in Chicago and please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any events, ideas or world-changing projects that you want to share!
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Lauren was born and raised in South Minneapolis and like many other innocent midwesterners got sucked into the black hole of Chicago politics 4 years ago. As the LGBT Coordinator for the Gery Chico for Mayor Campaign she attempted to take on the entire city and hasn’t looked back since. Now working for a communications firm, she spends her extra time running around with cases of PBR playing in different sports leagues, hosting couchsurfers from all over the place, and deciding how she is going to change the world. A simple lady at her core, she has decided that the first person to send her an edible arrangement must be the one.