We find comfort in the familiar, in what we know and what we’ve always known. But our city of neighborhoods often isolates, creating a series of “Chicagos,” but not one that can represent the city as a whole.
This program focuses on important Chicago-based work directed toward ensuring the human rights of LGBTQ people internationally. It is moderated by Sid Mohn, president of Chicago’s Heartland Alliance, and includes presentations on asylum policies, LGBTQ rights abroad, and queer political identities by Keren Zwick and Stefano Fabeni of Heartland Alliance, and Lynette Jackson of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
My father’s family often regarded my mother and my sisters with suspicion. He was from the South Side; my mother was from the West. They were both born in the South, in Alabama and Mississippi, but Chicago neighborhoods have a way of changing you.