Scandal is Brewing at Chicago’s Center on HalstedMay 22, 2008
Look at these cuties from the COH website. Photo by Israel Wright
Years ago, when Chicago was still the only major city without a community center for LGBT people in need, the Center on Halsted seemed like a big duh. We need one, and as soon as possible so we don’t keep up this embarrassment, please. Fast forward to 2008, and people are using it. The problem is that Chicago is geographically segregated, and queers of color are trekking all the way to the mostly white Boystown to get services they need; now the affluent area where COH is located is having trouble adjusting. I had heard rumblings within the COH staff and volunteers that the older queers were not happy with how loud the youth could be. Now, this highly alarming post by Laura Washington is screaming racism. Accusing the youth of turning tricks, this presumptive assumption of law breaking is stupid, mostly because johns and prosties have been in the neighborhood since, well shit, they started that neighborhood. Just because suddenly, there are black and latino kids hanging out, the conservative elders are getting upset possible alley sex. Fuck that. We built this center for all of us, not just the white kids in the neighborhood.