WBEZ | Windy City Times http://www.wbez.org/tags/windy-city-times Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Irresistible Revolution: A Discussion of the Contemporary LGBT Movement with Urvashi Vaid http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/irresistible-revolution-discussion-contemporary-lgbt-movement-urvashi-vaid <p><p>The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts is pleased to co-present this program with the Center on Halsted, Community Media Workshop, and Windy City Times newspaper. <strong>Urvashi Vaid</strong>, one of the most influential and insightful social justice leaders will discuss her new book, <em>Irresistible Revolution Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics</em>.</p><div>From one of the nation&#39;s best-known social justice leaders and community activists comes a strategic and informed argument about the pitfalls of limited political vision, and the benefits of an agenda that encompasses, yet moves beyond, equality. <em>Irresistible Revolution</em> is an optimistic book intended for a broad audience, while challenging LGBT rights advocates in the U.S. to aspire beyond the narrow framework of equality. It outlines a more substantive politics with race, class, and gender at its foundation, and suggests that such a politics will produce greater and more meaningful change for a larger number of people.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Urvashi Vaid is a community organizer and attorney who has been a leader in the LGBT and social justice movement for thirty years. Currently the Director of the Engaging Traditions Project at Columbia Law School&#39;s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Vaid is a former staff attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project, and a former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She lives in New York City with her partner of 25 years, the humorist Kate Clinton.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ISWG-webstory_1.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Center on Halsted.</p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/irresistible-revolution-discussion-contemporary-lgbt-movement-urvashi-vaid Daily Rehearsal: Maria Bamford scheduled for October Second City appearance http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-maria-bamford-scheduled-october-second-city <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- The <a href="http://chicagomaroon.com/2012/09/26/o-issue-2012-chicago-theater/"><em>Chicago Maroon</em> runs down</a></strong></span></span> the very basics of Chicago theater for newbies -- and people for whom &quot;theater knowledge doesn&rsquo;t reach beyond&nbsp;<em>The Phantom of the Opera&nbsp;</em>(the movie)&quot; --&nbsp;in their Orientation Issue.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Windy City Times <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/FALL-THEATER-SPECIAL-LGBT-fall-preview/39573.html">gives a glance</a></strong></span></span> at all the fall shows that have an LGBT bent (or were written by those who supported the community). Shoutouts include&nbsp;<em>Someone Who&#39;ll Watch Over Me </em>at&nbsp;Oak Park Festival Theatre, <em>Avenue Q</em> from NightBlue Performing Arts Company and <em>Simply Sensational 2</em> with Kim Kuzma from Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maria%20bamford.jpg" style="float: left; " title="Maria Bamford" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Maria Bamford will be at Second City</strong></span></span> on October 4; the show is hosted by Ever Mainard and features Dan Telfer. Highlights later this fall include Loni Love December 6 through 8 and Robert Klein November 9 through 11. Schedule lives <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/performances/chicago/calendarandtickets/">here</a>.</p><p>Question? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-maria-bamford-scheduled-october-second-city Looking back on a year of progress for LGBT rights http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/looking-back-year-progres-lgbt-rights-93563 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-28/IMG_3171.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>October marked many occasions, including <a href="http://lgbthistorymonth.com/" target="_blank">LGBT History Month</a>. The past year saw lots of progress for gay rights--the right to marry and legalized civil unions in some states and the end of the military's policy "Don’t ask, don’t tell;" two examples of progress.</p><p>Individual milestones also occurred: Anthony Alfano came out as the first openly gay student body president at <a href="http://www.depaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">DePaul University</a>, the largest Catholic university in the country. He said his decision to talk about his sexual orientation in a very public way was difficult, but he hoped it would a positive impact on others.</p><p>Alfano pointed to the "<a href="http://www.itgetsbetter.org/" target="_blank">It Gets Better"</a> project as a positive influence for people struggling with their sexuality. The project is the series of testimonials from gay and straight people encouraging teens that a brighter future is possible. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> checked the pulse of the projects’ impact and the state of gay rights with <a href="http://www.windycitytimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Windy City Times</em></a> publisher Tracy Baim.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/looking-back-year-progres-lgbt-rights-93563 Barack Obama's same sex d-evolution http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-06-30/barack-obamas-same-sex-d-evolution-88594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/IMG_2690.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-30/dancloseuppin.jpg" style="width: 266px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; " title="">Barack Obama is now the last living Democrat whom anyone ever believed was progressive who’s not on board for same sex marriage.</p><p>Except, of course, that he used to be.</p><p>Back when he lived here in Chicago and went to dinner with his gay pals and celebrated their anniversaries and such.</p><p>Back around 1996, when he told Outlines (which later purchased and merged with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&amp;ADATE=2009-01-14&amp;AGALLERY=obama"><em>Windy City Times)</em></a>: “I favor legalizing same sex marriage, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”</p><p>Nothing ambiguous there.</p><p>But just days ago, in response to New York’s legalization of same sex marriage, all the president could muster was that it was “a good thing” it had happened. Then he talked about marriage as a state issue as if he’d never gone to law school, as if he himself wasn’t the product of a marriage whose validity could have been called into question until a federal court decision six years after the fact made it moot.</p><p>At a LGBT fundraiser in the Big Apple just days after New York’s legalization, the president found himself hemming and hawing, embarrassing himself with verbal acrobatics to explain how much he’s for us except for this one tiny little thing which, if he okayed, might wreck his ascension.</p><p>No, not into heaven. Into a second-term.</p><p>Except that, does he really think there’s a soul in America whose vote is hanging on this one issue? A single voter who thinks it’s okay Obama passed national hates crime legislation, de-toothed the Defense of Marriage Act and lifted Don’t Ask Don’t Tell but will just have to walk away if Obama gives in and supports same sex marriage <em>again</em>?</p><p>The president says his position is “evolving,” that he sees “where the trends are going” – which I take as a wink-wink to hang in here cuz he’s gonna have a second-term epiphany.</p><p>In fact, the president's been de-volving: After giving his 1996 qujestionnaire answer, he switched up two years later to “undecided.” In 2004, running for U.S. Senate, he came out for civil unions for practical purposes, and by the time he was running for president, it had become a religious issue for him. Now he’s talking state’s rights – a cynical, ironic turn by our first African-American president.</p><p>“Obama is trying to have it both ways: garnering LGBT support by talking about equal rights, but not using the word marriage in a federal context so that he isn't quoted exactly supporting that concept,” says Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor of WCT and author of <a href="http://www.obamaandthegays.com/"><em>Obama and the Gays</em></a>. “But by equivocating on this issue, and calling it a ‘state’ issue when it is clearly also a federal issue, he is serving no one, and alienating some of his core base. They may not vote against him in 2012, but they also may not show up to vote for him. There needs to be a better message out there, because it is getting muddier and muddier, and many people are now just tuning him out.”</p><p>I'm with queer activist Dan Savage on this one. The legend on the button he wore to a White House LGBT gathering? "Evolve already."</p></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-06-30/barack-obamas-same-sex-d-evolution-88594 Windy City Times Celebrates 25 Years of Reporting on the Gay Community http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/windy-city-times-celebrates-25-years-reporting-gay-community <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/848_20100929e_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Amidst all the electioneering on the national front, momentum has been building to overturn &quot;Don't Ask Don't Tell.&quot; That's the federal law banning gays from serving openly in the military. But gay rights advocates had to postpone the celebration last week, when the Senate blocked a defense bill that included a repeal of the ban. <br /><br />Military service is just one of the issues that the gay community is asking President Obama to act on. And given efforts by gay constituents to help him win numerous offices, they feel entitled to ask &ndash; even push.&nbsp;<em><a target="_blank" href="http://tracybaim.typepad.com/tracy_baim/2010/09/obama-and-the-gays-a-political-marriage.html"><em>Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage</em></a></em> explores the push and pull of this evolving relationship. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.windycitytimes.com/">Windy City Media </a>publisher <a target="_blank" href="http://tracybaim.typepad.com/">Tracy Baim </a>wrote the book and&nbsp;she discusses the relationship.<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Music Button:&nbsp; Kode 9, &quot;Ill Blu&quot;, from the CD Kode 9 DJ Kicks, (K7) </span></p></p> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/windy-city-times-celebrates-25-years-reporting-gay-community