Queer Christian cover band reclaims church space

Queer Christian cover band reclaims church space by Caroline Love Medill Reports It started as an idea on Twitter. Now, it has 1.6 million views on TikTok. HERE’S THE PITCH: An all queer Relient K/Switchfoot cover band and we tour the country and put on shows for kids who were done wrong by their youth […]

Chicago LGBTQ advocates document serious life risks for trans homeless youth

Center on Halsted's Public Relations Manager Mariah Emerson

By Ariana Puzzo Medill Reports “The average life span for a black trans woman is 35-years-old,” said Mariah Emerson, the public relations manager for Center on Halsted. “It’s a reality and it’s a disproportionate access to health [and] it’s disproportionate access to housing.” It is understood that disproportionate access here means a lack of access […]

LGBT artist uses art to express politics, gender identity

Brad Leslie showing his art work. (Zhu Zhu/MEDILL)

By Grace Austin and Zhu Zhu Artist Brad Leslie is known for his landscape and portrait paintings. But following last November’s presidential election, his work has taken a more political turn. Leslie’s latest work, on display at the Center on Halsted in Boystown, showcases a unique point of view as a gay man and working […]

LGBTQ voters in Lakeview parade to the polls

By Teresa Manring and Mariah Quintanilla Cars honked and pedestrians cheered and stared as local LGBTQ activists paraded from Replay Beer & Bourbon in Boystown to a local polling place for early voting Saturday. “Out of the bars and into the streets!” leaders yelled through megaphones. They invited passers-by and lingering Cubs tourists to join […]