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.
It may be harder to find than here in the West, but the Middle East has a gay scene. In places like Beirut, where homosexuality is technically illegal, it even thrives.That’s what writer Michael Luongo discovered.
Earlier this year 'Eight Forty-Eight" devoted an entire show to exploring life for the everyday gay teen. Chicago teacher Tina Fakhrid-Deen was part of that show. She wasn't talking about the gay teen, however.
Illinois State Representative Deb Mell says she plans to marry fiancée Christin Baker in Iowa, despite the likely passage of a civil unions bill next year. “We’re thrilled and grateful, obviously,” Mell said about the law. “But we really want that marriage license.”
“Secret Historian” is a biography of Sam Steward, who has surely earned his place alongside Captain George Streeter and Big Bill Thompson as one of the most intriguing characters in Chicago history.To call Sam Steward gay would be to mislabel him.
Ifti Nasim left Pakistan more than 30 years ago because he wanted to live life as an openly gay man. He came to Chicago and joined the gay movement here. Nasim’s now the host of a local South Asian radio show.