When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S. in earnest in March 2020, the legacies of HIV and AIDS were a clear reference point when trying to decipher the incomprehensible reality of a world overturned. Groups like the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP, offered a vital historic touchstone, as their quest to […]
Editor’s note: I remember
The who’s who of local journalism gathered recently at the Newberry Library for the 83rd annual Chicago Journalists Association awards. As the organization’s first in-person ceremony since the pandemic took its grip, a buoyant feeling was in the air (aided perhaps by an open bar), as Chicago journalists rocked their finest duds (props to Sun-Times […]
Hidden no more
One of my favorite passages in Chicago journalist Michael J. O’Loughlin’s new book, Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear, opens like an old-school joke. A nun named Sister Carol Baltosiewich is sitting in a New York City gay bar and eyeing the men around her, when […]
The cost of living
Despite a move to make HIV prevention drugs free through insurers, those living with the virus fear high prices and endless red tape.
A transformative year
Trans Latina Frances D’allesio talks survival, mental health, and food.
Roz and Ray, Turtle, and eight more new stage shows
A tables-turning HIV drama and a world premiere from Redtwist are among this week’s best bets.
Chicago Teachers Union protests state budget crisis, and other news
Also, the Center on Halsted may not be able to continue free HIV testing much longer without state funding.
The new story collection Let Me See It should show more
A collection of linked short stories about two gay cousins coming of age in the 70s and 80s partially avoids the plague of the writing workshop.
Lisa Martain Hoffer, the outreacher
The People Issue: Lisa Martain Hoffer, patient care coordinator at South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Clinics
6/26 — Free HIV Testing Fair at Christian Community Health Center
Dress It Up!, a National HIV Testing Day event, is Sat 6/26 from noon to 3 PM at Christian Community Health Center.
Fighting HIV/AIDS with fine dining
Scores of Chicago restaurants are participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life fund-raiser, next Thursday, April 30.
Daily — HIV screenings
Daily: Free HIV and STD testing