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Still Me After All

Guz Viewz – The perspective from our Senior Editor and word wrangler, Kathy Guzman. Sitting across the table at our Sunday morning brunch on a beautiful Chicago morning an old friend looked me in the eye, chewed down her vanilla bean dipped fancy pants French toast, and told me she could tell I was about […]

Do You Recognize These Lesbian Man-Myths?

I’ve got something on my mind. And usually you’d be right if you guessed “women,” but this time, it’s “men.” I’ve been hearing some things lately that have stopped me cold — things that I’m sure many of you have heard. You know — the myth lesbians being a bunch of “man-haters.” But I heard […]

Expect the Unexpected

Guz Viewz – The perspective from our Senior Editor and word wrangler, Kathy Guzman. It was sort of like that first cold wind of autumn that strikes your summer sunned face and reminds you there is another sort of air to breathe. It was sort of like that. Transitional and unexpected. She came out of […]

How Do You Solve a Problem Like MichFest?

By Staci Robinson This article is a repost from The Qu I firmly believe in fighting for justice. I believe in educating and chipping away and making baby steps toward positive change. Iʼve seen change come from working within oppressive systems to topple them. But sometimes, that change just ainʼt gonna come and thereʼs only […]

Stepping “out” in Style

By Mallorie DeRiggi I read a recent blog article this month that came out of the Bravo network; they were doing an interview with Tabatha Coffey, the highly acclaimed and very popular hair stylist from Australia who made her television debut as a contestant on the Bravo show “Shear Genius.” Her hard hitting and straight […]

Equality for All? Fear in the Queer Community

My mother, the life long champion for those amongst us who are underrepresented or disenfranchised or under served, asked me a seemingly harmless question while dropping me off the other day that lit a flame inside of me. She asked how our community views bisexuals and if they are seen as equals or accepted. My […]

Where The Girls Were

After a fairly warmish Spring weekend, my thoughts turning to patio brunches and the angst of the closing of a beloved community hub, T’s Bar and Grill — I wondered to myself where the girls would be this summer. No longer would I be joining the throngs of ladies in the back room or the […]

Woman’s History Month – The Power of Mentoring

Anne came to American on a boat in late 1931. A hazel eyed 16 year old Irish girl leaving a life and family behind to make a better place for herself in a new world she knew very little about. Her strong hands, worn and calloused through time and efforts in the fields of Roscommon, […]

Dance Moms this week was all about secrets…

Here’s mine: I watch Dance Moms. Sometimes I just can’t help myself.  The drama, the dressing room insanity, the quest for that big fake metal trophy – it’s all so bad that it’s good.  So when “Miss Abby” announced her theme for the week was Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, I was pretty sure we were […]

The Struggle for Equality Does Not End With Marriage

By Mallorie DeRiggi There is a lot to be hopeful for if you are an LGBT person in Illinois. With marriage equality looming in the balance and hinging upon an upcoming vote coming out of the Illinois State House, the fates and futures for LGBT people throughout Illinois will undoubtedly change if the bill is […]