Quare Square gives voice to Chicago’s queer community of color

By Dawnn Anderson Quare Square Collective, Inc. is a non-profit that supports queer artists of color in the South Shore neighborhood. Approximately 50 people attended Jeffery Pub Tuesday for open mic night, to amplify queer voices of color in a safe poetic space.  

International Women’s Day brings healing to female writers

By Dawnn Anderson “Being a woman of color you are forced to choose between being a woman and being black. But both are my realities. The writing circle shows diversity in our experiences. We are not all the same.” That was one of the sentiments expressed on International Women’s Day March 8, at the Jane […]

LGBTQ student voices amplified through online college fair

By Dawnn Anderson More than half of LGBTQ students said they feel threatened at school due to their sexual orientation, and almost that many said they feel the same way because of how they prefer to express their gender. That is according to the 2013 National School Climate Survey. Cognizant of hostile learning environments that […]

Health survey yields shocking results about HIV workforce

By Dawnn Anderson A recent health survey revealed a significant number of the HIV workforce is ill-informed about the virus. Of the 135 AIDS workers in Chicago who participated in the HIV Workforce Study, they scored 63 percent, equivalent to a “D” average. More than 3,600 people participated in the study nationwide and scored 61 […]

Humboldt Park residents stand up to HIV/AIDS

By Dawnn Anderson Residents of Humboldt Park recently assembled to learn more about the disproportionate effects of HIV/AIDS in Latinos and African-Americans. Human rights activist Ricardo Jimenez led the discussion about the services offered at VIDA/Sida, a non-profit that serves the Latino LGBTQ and HIV positive community.

Chicagoans react to unlikely federal charges against Ferguson cop

Michelle Alexander addresses Northwestern Uni. community at keynote address.

By Dawnn Anderson In reaction to reports that authorities lack a strong case against Darren Wilson, many Chicagoans say they wouldn’t be surprised if the former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer escaped civil rights charges in last summer’s shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. Despite an ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, sources say it is unlikely […]