GAY REPORT - May 17 2012

Posted: May 20, 2012

I'm TJ Chernick and welcome to this episode of the gay report: First in the news:
Topping the news is last week's announcement by president Barack Obama that he stands in support of Gay marriage. The president made the announcement on Wednesday for an interview on ABC after two years of stating that that his views on gay marriage were "evolving." During the interview he discussed his Justice Department's refusal to defend DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, declaring it unconstitutional because it declares federally, a marriage is between a man and a woman. the president also explained concern on the topic's polarizing nature and how each state is slowly coming to the table on the debate.
The announcement has resonated into the LGBT community and was the primary topic of discussion at the center on Halsted's Human First Gala.
Every year the center on Halsted Hosts its Gala to honor individuals, businesses and organizations who have helped strengthen Chicago's LGBT community. This year's gala celebrated the Centers 5 year of serving Chicago. This year the gala presented The Community Spirit Awards to Chicago Cubs Charities, The Chicago Community Trust and Kraft Foods for their support of LGBT individuals and issues. The gala was capped with a special appearance by Bravo's Andy Cohen and a musical performance by K.D. Lang. Last week, only a day after the president made his announcement to support same sex marriage Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn officially announced that he too stands for marriage equality. The governor has always remained distant about his true opinion, even after signing the civil union's bill into law last June. According to the Chicago Tribune, spokeswoman Mica Matsoff relayed the Governor's strong stance saying, ""Gov. Quinn joins with President Obama in supporting marriage equality and looks forward to working on this issue in the future with the General Assembly," Despite his support, Illinois same sex marriage bill, which is pending in the state house, is not likely to get called into vote this legislative season. GLBT Travel Expo
If you're planning on taking any vacation trips this summer, you are probably starting to make reservations now. The 2012 GLBT travel Expo was held at the Center on Halsted earlier this month, where travel vendors for air, land and sea all gathered to help you plan the perfect trip to catch some sun this summer. In Entertainment news:
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that DeGeneres will receive the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor the highest award for humor in the nation. Ellen was the first character on primetime television to reveal that she was gay, and even after her show was cancelled has managed to revive her career and become one of America's most beloved talk show hosts. She will be honored with the award on October 22 with a lineup of performers for a tribute show. Weekend report: NATO starts this weekend so getting downtown may be an issue, but I've got a few ideas of things to do in this edition of the weekend report. If Bollywood music gets you on your feet, then head to Big Chicks this Friday for Jai Ho: Return from Vagistan: an All Queer, All Bollywood night from 10pm to 2 am. a $5 suggested donation will go towards Trikone-Chicago, a group for South Asian and Desi people in chicago and midwest who identify as LGBTQ Kothi, Hidrah or questioning. Visit
The Dog Days are not over at Sidetrak this weekend as it presents Dog Day Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm to celebrate your four-legged friend. With drinks, prizes and treats, bring your pooch to Sidetracks courtyard to hang with the other dogs of boystown and their pets. First 25 guests will get a gift bag from Paradise 4 Paws. And on Sunday you may want to plan ahead for next weekend as Chicago's second most international event outside of NATO comes to Chicago. International Mr. Leather. If you plan on attending get your tickets fast at And if leather is not your thing, don't worry there is plenty going on and I'll be back next week with some tips on what to see and do. Thats all for this episode of the gay report. Join me again next week for more news and events affecting your world. And thank you to everyone who has been liking us on Facebook and emailing me tips at I love hearing from you. So until next time, stay proud chicago.