Pride Parade 2008

Another Town To Use ‘Boystown’ Name?

Chicago’s Boystown was the first official gay village in the country, but soon, it might not be the only gay and lesbian neighborhood using the name.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Proposal To Restrict Gay Adoptions Fails In Senate Committee

A controversial bill that would limit adoptions by same-sex couples was defeated in an Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Sent To Empty Committee

A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Illinois has been assigned to an executive subcommittee with no members, and gay rights activists say it’s as good as dead.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2011

Mark And Todd Wathen

Men Heartened By Support After Discrimination Claim

A downstate gay couple says since being denied accommodations for their civil union ceremony at two venues, response to their plight has been overwhelming.


Mark And Todd Wathen

Downstate Men Denied Civil Union Accommodations

When a pair of downstate men tried to rent a hall for their civil union celebration, they learned discrimination does not end with a stroke of the governor’s pen.


Same Sex Marriage

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Advances In Indiana

The Indiana State House of Representatives has approved a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2011

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum To Open GLBT Exhibit In May

The Chicago History Museum will open its long-awaited exhibit on gay and lesbian history in Chicago this spring.

CBS Chicago–01/28/2011

Gay Rights

Bank Facilitates Financial Services For GLBT Community

A Chicago based bank is making it easier for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community to get financial services.

WBBM Newsradio–01/05/2011

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.)

Magazine Honors State Rep. For Civil Unions

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.), the architect of the successful effort to legalize civil unions in Illinois, has been named Person of the Year by Gay Chicago Magazine.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2010

Oprah Winfrey Cries During A TV Interview With Barbara Walters. (ABC Photo)

Oprah Winfrey: I’m Not Gay

Her long personal and professional relationship with Gayle King has sparked rumors that they are gay, but Oprah Winfrey denies it and breaks into tears in an upcoming TV interview.


Same Sex Marriage

Gov. Quinn Will Sign Civil Unions Bill Next Year

Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he will wait until the new year to sign legislation that legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2010

Daley On Civil Unions

Daley Calls For Full Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Mayor Richard M. Daley says he hopes the state’s approval of civil unions for same-sex couples will eventually lead to full marriage rights.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2010

Civil Unions

Civil Unions Bill Goes To Governor’s Desk

A measure approving civil unions for same-sex couples is now on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, and he’s promising to sign it.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2010

Same Sex Marriage

Critics & Backers On Same-Sex Civil Unions

It’s almost a done deal: Illinois allowing same-sex unions. The state Senate passed the civil unions bill Wednesday. The governor gets it on Thursday. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman spoke with critics who say it cheapens traditional marriage, and backers who say it’s one step closer to gay marriage.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010

Gay Rights

State Senate Approves Civil Unions

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois, sending the proposal to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has lobbied in support of the measure.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010

Gay Rights

UPDATED: Illinois Senate Debating Civil Unions

The Illinois Senate has begun debating a proposal to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2010

Same Sex Marriage

Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

The Illinois House has approved a measure to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2010

Same Sex Marriage

UPDATED: State House Begins Debate On Civil Unions

The Illinois House has begun debating a proposal to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2010

Gery Chico

Chico Joins Campaign For Civil Unions

Mayoral candidate Gery Chico is joining gay rights activists in contacting state lawmakers and urging them to pass a bill for civil unions.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2010

Howard Brown Health Center

GLBT Health Center Pushes Toward Funding Goal

Howard Brown Health Center has reportedly received more than half of the money it needs to avert dangers of closing.

CBS Chicago–11/26/2010