JT has written 32 posts for The L Stop

Missed On Our Gaydar – It Gets Better vid for all sports, Market Days, Trans injustice, 25 words for vagina

On The L Stop Our wonderful sports writers Meg and Santina (Tina) have taken upon themselves to initiate a project that will hopefully encourage all Chicago sports teams to make an It Gets Better Video. Please sign our petition on Change.org! In addition, please “Like” this page on Facebook to show your support! Share and […]

Your Perfect Market Days Experience

The 30th annual Northalsted Market Days street fair is upon us this weekend! The event will span six city blocks between Belmont and Addison on Halsted. Will we see you there? Don’t worry if you don’t know what to do there; we’ve planned out the perfect Market Days experience for you so that you don’t […]

Missed On Our Gaydar

On The L Stop If you missed our very own Lisa Martinez and Dawn Brown’s radio interview earlier this week with Vocalo.org, you can now listen to it online. Enjoy! Santina Croniser just joined The L Stop. She’ll be teaming up with Meg McCullom for the sports section. Let’s give her a big welcome! Heroines […]

Straight-Friendly Venues In The Gayborhood

As members of our community, I think it’s important that we know which establishments are known to be straight-friendly so that we know where we can safely introduce our straight friends to our community, and vice versa. I have a lot of straight friends and allies who visit me from all over the world. Like […]

Two Chicago Hospitals Earned Top Marks for LBGT Care

The Human Rights Campaign released their fifth annual Healthcare Equality Index report on LGBT patient care on last Thursday. Chicago’s Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center are among the 27 leaders in LGBT healthcare equality to “protect their LGBT patients and employees from discrimination, ensure equal visitation access for same-sex couples […]

Gay and Here to Stay!

On June 28, 1969, riots broke out in protest of a police raid on LGBT-friendly bar, Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village. This defining moment would signal the start of the gay rights movement. Within a year, the first gay freedom/liberation marches (which would later evolve into our present-day gay pride parades) took […]

Get Tested!

This year’s HIV Testing Day is on June 27th. The Howard Brown Health Center, in case you didn’t know, is a health clinic on the north side of Chicago, by Irving Park and Sheridan, serving the LGBT community. Straight people are welcomed too. The clinic offers HIV testing, STD testing, syphilis testing & treatment, and […]

You Don’t Speak For Me

Did you hear that the “Gay Girl in Damascus” isn’t actually a gay girl in Damascus but a straight white man in America? Or that Paula Brooks from Lez Get Real isn’t really a lesbian deaf mother of two? Of course you have (because even our very own Vivian did a special report on Paula […]

Open Thread: Coming Out

As a member of the LGBTQIA community, we constantly have to decide whether we want to be in or out of the closet. Even Rachel Maddow posits that as journalists, we bore the responsibility to our community to come out. When we come out of the closet, we’re answering some very important identity questions: How […]

The Good Lesbian vs. The Sneaky Gays

The first time I came out, I came out as a bisexual person. It was not because I wanted to pass. That was never my intention. If anyone knew me at all, they would know that I always intend to be as true to others as I am true to myself. I reasoned that if […]