Coming Out

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A Dyke on a Bike and Chicago Pride

Only a year ago I would have stood toe to toe with you and told you in no uncertain terms just how much the word “dyke” offended me. I would have quietly slipped below the radar at work if the conversation led to my personal choices and expectations. I would have written my thoughts in […]

Queer in Asian/Pacific Islander Chicago

Though Asians and Pacific Islanders (API) make up the global majority, we (API Americans) make up roughly 5% of the entire US population, according to data from the 2010 Census. As such, the diversity of our community has been largely disregarded by mass media. I am a queer Chinese-Vietnamese-American woman. Growing up, I had very […]

Our Moms Rock

A few team members would like to share their thoughts and feelings about their mothers today. Some included pictures, some didn’t. All are fine messages. From all of us at The L Stop, Happy Mothers Day! Dawn: My mom is very accepting and loving, and taught me how important it is to care for family. […]

Letter from a Lesbian’s Dad

Not so long ago, my father, who is in his late 70’s, was hospitalized with an unexpected surgery. While visiting we spoke about so much, including how things were going with The L Stop. He mentioned that he would like to write an article – and my smile told him how wonderful I thought that […]

Silent Treatment

I am not really sure how people do it. How they talk around a subject and insinuate the ridiculous and avoid the truth as it stares them in the face. I am not really sure how so much gets said when words are never spoken. Communication is the root of every problem, every failed plan, […]

A Reeling Film Fest Gem

With over 65 screenings to choose from, the Reeling Film Festival is not only a celebration of international queer art but an accruing checklist of must-sees for movie lovers. Add this documentary to your lineup: This is What Love in Action Looks Like. Morgan Jon Fox’s remarkable work screened at Reeling on Tuesday, November 8th. […]

Chely Wright’s Wish Me Away

Reeling: Documentary Centerpiece Sponsored by The L Stop Wish Me Away is a personal invitation into the upcoming days of country music’s first openly gay singer’s announcement to the world that she’s a lesbian. In May 2010, Chely Wright announced to the world that she is gay on the Today Show and in her memoir, […]

Erase Hate, 13 Years Later

October 12, 1998 a handsome, well educated young man died quietly in a hospital bed while his parents watched him take his last breath. Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in an inhumane act of hate by two men who just didn’t like the fact that he was gay. 13 years later a mother’s loss is […]

What’s the difference between bullying and a crime of hate

On Monday, our community took yet another blow. 14 year old Jamey Rodemeyer, a teen from Buffalo New York who is known for his touching “It Gets Better” video, killed himself after years of being bullied for his sexual orientation. From the day he posted his video thanking Lady Gaga for her support, Rodemeyer received […]

That’s Not a Recent Picture

  Hey there, cave-dwellers! Have you ever had strep throat before? I ask you this because I was just eating delicious gluten-free shortbread cookies after work this afternoon. In the midst of shoving crumbly fistfuls down my throat, I looked at the bag. It suddenly occurred to me that I had no idea how come […]