Gay Chicago Report: August 3, 2012

Fri. August 3, 2012 11:54 AM by News Staff

TJ Chernick anchors the August 3, 2012 episode of Gay Chicago TV's Gay Report:

On Sunday, all 15-members of the democratic platform draft committee unanimously approved adding gay marriage as a platform for the democratic national committee. (Read more)

In local news: Chicago held its first ever transgender, gender-non-conforming and intersex pride event last Sunday in Union Park. (Read more)

Chicago tattoo artist Steed Taylor has created, with a little help from the city, a road tattoo to honor gay and lesbian troops.

Amtrack released its new advertising campaign this week and the all-inclusive natures of the ads are drawing much praise from LGBT advocates.

In Entertainment: Big Dipper, the Chicago based rapper and performer, often called the hairy gay Nikki Minaj released his new video for his track Summertime Realness, featuring Rica-shay.

The director of the blockbuster hit "The Matrix" and of the highly anticipated film Cloud Atlas came out as transgender last week.

Weekend Report: This weekend is the giant music fest Lollapalooza, but if you don't want to brave the crowd and still want to dance away the weeks problems check out the Lolla edition of Scarletts monthly dance party dance off with your pants off.

This Saturday is the 7th Latino/Latina pride picnic in Humboldt Park at Division Street and Luis Munoz Marin Drive

For you bacon lovers out there, this Saturday and Sunday is Edgewater Edgefest a community celebration benefiting the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. (Event Details: Saturday | Sunday )

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TJ Chernick
TJ holds a Master's degree in Journalism from DePaul University and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He has professional experience coordinating international gender projects in Iraq with the International Human Rights Law Institute. His areas of interest include the issues of sexual minorities in international human rights. An avid writer and traveler he has lived and performed research in Morocco and Iceland, and enjoys playing the cello and singing in his spare time.