The Gay Press
A rag (or podcast) for every faction
By Kathie Bergquist
September 22, 2006
IF YOU CAN judge a city’s culture by
the amount of publications it
supports—not to mention its disregard
for trees—then Chicago is a
culturally rich, tree-loathing city
indeed. Whereas one gay monthly is
enough for many entire states, we
have four competing weeklies, in
addition to biweekly, monthly, and
quarterly magazines, as well as podcasts
and radio programs. The publications
can be picked up at many
shops in the gayborhoods of Boys
Town and Andersonville, and at
homo-friendly coffee shops and
bookstores all over town.
The weekly papers, Windy City Times and the Chicago Free Press,
are sort of the homo versions of the
Sun-Times and the Chicago
Tribune, respectively, the first being
the more lefty of the two, the second
more palatable to the suit set. They
both cover essentially the same
news—choosing between them is a
simple matter of how you like it presented,
and many people read both.
Other weeklies are the small glossy
nightlife magazine Nightspots and
the newsprint Gay Chicago Magazine, read by older gay men.
Boi Magazine is a biweekly glossy
nightlife mag for the twink and circuit-boy set. Identity is a monthly
geared to queer-of-color communities
published by the Windy City Media Group (which also publishes
WCT and Nightspots). Finally,
Pink magazine is a quarterly that
includes a directory of local GLBT-targeted services.
On the Web, chicagopride.com is
a local gay news and entertainment
site that updates some content daily.
Two other Web resources are especially
of interest to lesbians and
queer girls: the newish monthly Chill (chillmag.com), whose name is an
acronym for “Chicago’s hip independent
lesbian lifestyle” magazine,
leaving not so many questions about
who their target demographic is, and
Dyke Diva (dykediva.com), which, like
Chill, has articles and columns but is
especially notable for its calendar of
events and event photos. Chill hosts
frequent club nights out, and Dyke
Diva sponsors events such as speed
dating and monthly cycling outings.
The Feast of Fools, a podcast produced
and hosted by homo lovers
Fausto Fernos and Marc Felion, is
the most downloaded GLBT podcast
in the U.S. The irreverent show was
recently awarded the People’s Choice
best podcast award in the new
GLBT category. The newest podcaster
on the scene is the Windy City
Queercast (www.windycityqueercast.com, another product of the
Windy City Media Group), hosted by
veteran lesbo radio personality Amy
Matheny and Spin Nightclub house
DJ Peter Mavrik, which posts new
shows twice a week.
On the radio, Think Pink on
WLUW (88.7 FM) features music by
and for the queers on Tuesday nights
from 6 to 8, followed immediately by
the Women on Women music show, a
two-hour party of music by women.
WRTE (90.5 FM) hosts
programming for GLBT youth on
Monday nights from 8 to 10.
And of course (cough, cough), no
discussion of Chicago gay media
would be complete without mentioning
(cough, cough) the new book
A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago, published by Lake Claremont
Press and authored by Robert
McDonald and (cough) yours truly.
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