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Michael Sam. (Getty Images)

Local Football Coach Predicts Wide Acceptance Of Openly Gay NFL Prospect

University of Missouri defensive end/linebacker Michael Sam came out over the weekend. If he is drafted, as expected, he would be the first openly gay NFL player.

02/10/2014

Boy Scouts (AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER)

Chicago Area Scouting Officials Endorse Inclusion Of Openly Gay Youths

Gay rights activists are pleased with the decision by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to begin allowing openly-gay scouts, effect near year. Anti-gay activists are not pleased, even though the action maintains a ban on gay leaders.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2013

The silhouettes of a group of NFL players. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Report: 4 NFL Players Could All Come Out On Same Day

When will the NFL have its first openly gay player?

CBS Chicago–04/05/2013

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Says Colleagues Harassed Him Because He’s Gay

A Cook County Sheriff’s deputy has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against his employer, claiming that supervisors have done nothing to stop his co-workers from making his life miserable because he is gay.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

Rev. Williams Owens (first on right) (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Rev. William Owens Confronts Barack Obama On Same-Sex Marriage

Rev. William Owens takes great issue with Obama’s linkage of Dr. King’s civil rights movement of the past to the current gay rights movement regarding same-sex marriage. Owens says that King embraced traditional religion, and he strongly suggests that King would not want his civil rights’ mission altered to include same-sex marriage.

08/03/2012

Scales Of Justice

Former Country Club Hills Employee: I Was Humiliated, Demoted Because I’m Gay

The southern suburb of Country Club Hills is being sued by one its municipal employees, who is claiming he was humiliated and discriminated against by the suburb’s mayor and former city manager because he is gay.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

Football (FILE/Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Former NFL Player Discusses Life As A Gay Athlete

Former NFL cornerback Wade Davis, who played for three separate teams, joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show to discuss what it was like being gay in the NFL.

670 The Score–06/12/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Report: Many Difficulties For Couples In Civil Unions One Year Later

It has been a year now since same-sex civil unions became legal in Illinois, but the advocacy group Equality Illinois says many couples are not finding that their unions are being treated as equal to marriages.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Law Firm On Gay Marriage For Illinois: ‘It’s Just Time’

The gay rights law firm Lambda Legal has produced a video with the message that “it’s just time” for full marriage equality in Illinois, after lawsuits were filed this week seeking to secure marriage rights for same sex couples.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Lawsuits Filed To Secure Gay Marriage Rights In Illinois

Two separate lawsuits were filed Wednesday, attempting to secure marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Eric Unger, a student at Illinois State University, had to have his jaw wired shut after he was beaten off campus on April 21, 2012. He said he was targeted because he is openly gay. (Credit: CBS)

Gay ISU Student Claims Brutal Attack Was A Hate Crime

A suburban college student was beaten at Illinois State University over the weekend and he said he was targeted because he was gay.

CBS 2–04/24/2012

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.)

Rep. Harris Pulls Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Says Votes Are Not There

Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) has pulled his bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, but he says in a published report that he will introduce legislation again when the time is right.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

Gay Rights

Center On Halsted To Celebrate 5 Years Serving LGBT Community

The Center on Halsted LGBT community center will soon celebrate five years in operation with a gala expected to attract 1,500 people.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

Gay Rights

Gerber/Hart LGBT Library To Move To Rogers Park

The Gerber/Hart LGBT library has announced plans to move to a new site on Clark Street in Rogers Park.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Movies

Chicago To Host Filming Of LGBT Take On ‘A Christmas Carol’

Chicago will be the site for the filming of a new independent holiday movie, which will take a new look at Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from a gay perspective.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2012

Gay Rights

Illinois Tourism Officials Make Pitch For Gay Travelers

Now that Illinois allows civil unions for unmarried couples, and other states are allowing same-sex couples to get married, Illinois tourism officials are trying to market the state to the gay and lesbian community.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

Gay Rights

Gerber/Hart LGBT Library Set To Move From Edgewater Site

The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives of gay and lesbian resources remains very much in operation, but will soon be moving from its longtime location just south of Loyola University.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2012

Indiana License Plate

Indiana Begins Offering License Plate Benefiting LGBT Youth

Indiana is now the second state to offer a license plate promoting benefiting LGBT causes.

01/18/2012

Civil Union Ceremony At Millennium Park

More Than 3,700 Civil Unions Issued In Illinois Since June

More than 3,700 couples committed to one another through civil unions in the first six months since Illinois legalized them.

CBS Chicago–12/09/2011

Gavel

Teen Sentenced For Brutally Beating Man Because He Was Gay

An Oswego man will spend the next two years in prison, after admitting to attacking and brutally beating another man because he was gay.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

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