Terrence Chappell on growing up gay in Auburn Gresham

Tue. December 13, 2011 11:54 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

terrence chappell with his mother, marilyn chappell

photo credit // wbez
Chicago, IL - Out community writer and social columnist, Terrence Chappell, shares his experiences as a young, gay black man of Auburn Gresham during a special radio series about Chicago's Southwest Side neighborhood.

Chappell, who serves as editor-at-large for ChicagoPride.com, was tapped to be a part of WBEZ's Auburn Gresham series,  which sheds light and welcomes people to the Southwest community as told through the personal stories and eyes of five residents.

In the series, Chappell reveals his thoughts of feeling like an outsider in both Auburn Gresham and the North Side, in particular Boystown, neighborhoods of Chicago. He discusses the challenges faced as he navigates through his sexuality and the sometimes surprised look on people's face when they learn of where he lives in the city.

The 26-year-old was excited and honored to be chosen for the series and sees the radio segments as a great way to introduce and break down stereotypes about Auburn Gresham.

"In the past and honestly for a long time I was ashamed of where I lived at and where I was from because of all the stereotypes associated with my neighborhood," said Chappell. "This series gives a voice to the often unheard and pays attention to the often overlooked. I'm so honored to be a part of such a progressive, intimate project."

Chappell shares his personal story in the series along with five other Auburn Gresham residents: a high school student, a fitness club owner, a House music legend, and an elderly disabled artist. The series continues through December 16 on WBEZ 91.5 fm.

Auburn Gresham, Chicago - Terrence Chappell from WBEZ on Vimeo.