GAY REPORT AUGUST 03 2012

On Sunday, all 15-members of the democratic platform draft committee unanimously approved adding gay marriage as a platform for the democratic national committee. The historic decision was made without controversy according to the daily beast and would make same-sex marriage a primary topic in this upcoming election which is being consistently heated with GLBT rights issues in the media. Next the platform will appear before the full committee Aug. 10–12, where they will decide whether to make the platform official.

In local news: Chicago held its first ever transgender, gender-non-conforming and intersex pride event last Sunday in Union Park according to Chicago Phoenix. The event was attended by over 300 people and featured guest artists and performers El Rey, Mercedes Bonet, as well as about Face Theater, Youth empowerment performance project, and Chicago Queer Choir. The event also featured tables and a presence from AIDS foundation of Chicago who provided rapid HIV testing and Soy Quien Soy, the trans empowerment collective who provided free self-defense classes. Rally organizer and speaker KOKUMO told the L stop “Next year I want people from across the nation in attendance. I want this to mimic the March on Washington. TGI people of color have an immediate need that the world is not offering. It is our time to demand and build.”

Chicago tattoo artist Steed Taylor has created, with a little help from the city, a road tattoo to honor gay and lesbian troops. The art instillation went up over Memorial Day weekend but has just begun to get public attention. The installation which measures 25' x 652' is meant to honor the gays and lesbians who have silently served in the military long before the repeal of DADT. Taylor told towleraod “People mark their skin as a means of commemoration, communication or ritual and a road can be marked for the same reasons.” The design which is based on the gold braiding found on some uniforms will be on display until October.

Amtrack released its new advertising campaign this week and the all-inclusive natures of the ads are drawing much praise from LGBT advocates. The new Ad campaign called Ride with Pride features images of two same-sex couples with children, while directing users to a unique, gay-friendly site featuring vacation packages for Martha's Vineyard and Lake Placid, N.Y., among other popular destinations. On their website the company states “At Amtrak, diversity is not just a corporate buzzword, it's a priority. It's vital and it's a commitment we make to our customers, our suppliers, our employees, and the communities we serve.” Visit amtrakridewithpride.com to learn more about their gay friendly travel.

In Entertainment:

Big Dipper, the Chicago based rapper and performer, often called the hairy gay Nikki Minaj released his new video for his track Summertime Realness, featuring Rica-shay. The summer anthem is a follow-up to his raunchy video for his song Drip Drop which was a viral hit earlier this year. To check out the full video check out his webpage bigdippermusic.tumblr.com/

The director of the blockbuster hit "The Matrix" and of the highly anticipated film Cloud Atlas came out as transgender last week. the New York Post reported that Lana Wachowski, made the announcement in a movie promo in LA last week. Wachowski has been transitioning for years now, but a new clip for the movie released online with her co-directors brother Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer (tick-ver) seems to be her first public appearance since transitioning. The movie, based on a sci-fi novel by British author David Mitchell, stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, who swap names and genders in the production. Cloud Atlas is due out
Weekend Report:
This weekend is the giant music fest Lollapalooza. but if you don’t want to brave the crowd and still want to dance away the weeks problems check out the Lolla edition of Scarletts monthly dance party dance off with your pants off. the party starts at 10pm at 3320 n. Halsted and will Feature music spun by DJ DOLO so

This Saturday is the 7th Latino/Latina pride picnic in Humboldt Park at Division Street and Luis Munoz Marin Drive. Hosted by Orgullo en accion from noon to 8pm the free event will welcome community members, allies, family, and children. The day will include children’s play area, community art project, grilling, main stage performances, dancing and community building. For more information be sure to visit Orgullo en accion on facebook.

For you bacon lovers out there. This Saturday and Sunday is Edgewater
Edgefest a community celebration benefiting the edgewater chamber of commerce. Come celebrate one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods with this year’s theme BACON. the festival at 5900 N. Broadway at Thorndale Ave. will feature some of Chicago’s best artists and award-winning entertainment. For a suggested $5 donation experience local food from restaurants in the area to showcase some of the delicious cuisines in this unique neighborhood all around the theme of bacon.

Thats all for this episode of Gay Report. Join me again next week for more news and events affecting your world. And dont forget to visit and like us on facebook. So until next time, stay proud Chicago.

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