Chicago lost a one-of-a-kind gay activist this summer when Ifti Nasim died at the age of 64. He left his native Pakistan more than 30 years ago to live an openly gay life. In Chicago, Ifti became an advocate for South Asia's gay community, which faces intense internal stigma.
Chicagoans might need to wake up a little earlier for the Gay Pride Parade next summer; parade organizers plan to start the festivities at 10 a.m. instead of noon. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said he hopes the move will make the crowds more manageable and decrease outside alcohol consumption."
New U.S. Census Bureau figures show the number of Illinois households run by same-sex couples has jumped nearly 42 percent in the last decade.That's from 22,887 in 2000 to 32,469 last year. The trend in Illinois mirrors those nationwide.
Ifti Nasim left his home country of Pakistan more than 30 years ago to live life as an openly gay man. He came to Chicago and joined the gay movement here.Nasim’s now a poet and host of a local South Asian radio show.