The group rejected the mainstream gay rights movement and kept alive the spirit of radical LGBTQ+ activism.
Activists say Illinois’s law that makes it illegal to expose others to HIV is racist and homophobic. Now they’re close to changing it.
“I would love for people who lived through this to feel some recognition, to feel some catharsis.”
Hello Again, a musical reimagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, opens the fest’s 35th edition.
Fed Up Fest fights for LGBTQ rights with an anarchic DIY concert where every band drew its lineup out of a hat six weeks ago.
Forty years later, the man behind the first gay country record teams up with a former Chicagoan to reach out to another marginalized population.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s masterful new memoir tracks a radical activist’s education in a changing city.
The enduring importance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart
Tim’m West has shown that there’s more than one way to be a black gay man.
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
How to Survive a Plague remembers the activists who halted HIV/AIDS
“Of course I know he’s not here,” said Rick Garcia as he stood outside the mayor’s office on the fifth floor of City Hall. He was wearing a dapper black blazer, a CURE AIDS NOW button, and a new goatee. “But I’m going to go through with this anyway. I want to return my award; […]
To the editors: With over 90,000 dead from complications believed to be caused from AIDS, the Reader offers its readers a lesson in machismo masochism. The article, “The Angriest Queer” by Joseph Crump [August 17], is an example of the misinformation necessary to make a martyr. Hate, stupidity and discrimination are tragically as much of […]
To the editors: Your article on “The Angriest Queer” [17 August] was very good as far as it went–a character sketch of Danny Sotomayor. But it seemed briefer than your usual cover article, with its endless detail, and it did not say what Sotomayor has really accomplished. I don’t mean to suggest he hasn’t accomplished […]
Like the Bible and William Shakespeare, Mike Royko has now been annotated. The guerrilla wing of gay activism in Chicago performed this scholarly deed two weeks ago, picking apart a July column about AIDS and offering it as proof of Royko’s sins. During the night of August 2, members of ACT UP/Chicago faxed the Royko […]