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Queer Folk Singer-Songwriter Dylan Wright Explores Connections Between Love And Violence In 'Iron Gates' - VIDEO

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Chicago-based queer singer/songwriter Dylan Wright has just dropped his debut album As A Ghost along with his first music video for the track “Iron Gates.”

WrightAs A Ghost is currently the most popular album in the gay category on Bandcamp and in the top 25 for the Chicago category.

Open and honest about his sexuality in his work, Dylan’s alt folk music will appeal to fans of Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake.

Check out some more music recommendations and watch the video for “Iron Gates” and listen to album track “Queen To Be,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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Second-Grader Owns the Chicago Weather Forecast: VIDEO

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Viewers of WGN in Chicago were treated to a hilarious weather forecast on Halloween when 7-year-old Charlie Hale from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy was invited on as the network's 'Friday Forecaster'.

Watch Charlie take it away, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Could You Survive The 'Queerpocalypse?': VIDEO

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The time? The future. The place? Chicago. The survivors of an apocalyptic mess? One gay man, one lesbian, and a fat, old chihuahua. Welcome to the Queerpocalypse!

The Second City Network had a vision of what the world may look like in the not too distant future, and that vision was decidedly homosexual. "The patriarchy is dead. The human race is extinct. Except for a couple of queers." Join them as they fight for survival amid the ruins!

Check it out (or the chihuahua will be sad), AFTER THE JUMP...

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And if you missed yesterday's Second City video of the McCardles - the totally straight, totally happy 'ex-gay' couple - check that out HERE.

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Catholic Choir Director Fired For Same-Sex Engagement Meets With Cardinal, Receives Support Rally

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Colin Collette (above center in white jacket) was fired from his position as music director at Holy Family Catholic Community church in Inverness, IL this July after photos of his same-sex marriage proposal emerged. Ever since he has received an intense outpouring of support from the church's parishioners, though the archdiocese of Chicago have remained tight-lipped. When Collette reached out to Cardinal Francis George for a meeting regarding the incident, however, the response was immediate and affirmative; the two met on Tuesday, praying together and, if all went to Collette's plan, discussing his job. 

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“I was incredibly grateful to the cardinal for meeting with me. This is an incredibly difficult time for him. ... I was moved beyond words that he would meet with me,” Collette said of George, who is battling cancer. “We prayed together. He was wonderful. He was very pastoral.”

Collette declined to elaborate on the nature of the discussion Tuesday. He said he had sought the meeting in hopes of getting his job back. While there was no indication that would happen, Collette said the cardinal urged him to speak to his pastor.

“My head is sort of spinning, but as I said over and over, my whole life has been the church. It's my love. It's my passion, and I pray for the opportunity to do that,” he said.

Check out a Chicago NBC 5 report on Collette's meeting with the Cardinal, AFTER THE JUMP...

Though Collette has been the recipient of a great deal of community support--including a rally held Sunday to indicate that support to church leaders--he is well aware that his sexual orientation and relationship are not to everyone's liking.

“I'm not that naive to know that there are some people who believe that who I am basically is wrong. I'm not that naive, but the love and support I have received is truly humbling and is beyond words,” Collette said.

We will continue to report on Collette's story, but for now we are happy to see the level of affirmation he is receiving from church members, and a willingness on the part of some church officials to discuss the matter. Collette said that he and the Cardinal would meet again soon.

Check out video coverage of the press conference at the Chicago Tribune.

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Gay Chicago Couple Kicked Out Of Taxi For Kissing Files New Lawsuit: VIDEO

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Last June, Chicago couple Steven White and Matt McCrea were kicked out of a taxi for sharing a closed-mouth second-long kiss. In October, Lambda Legal stepped in to file a complaint on behalf of the couple with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, then commented, "A taxi-cab company, like any other business in Illinois that offers services to the public, is bound by the Illinois Human Rights Act to not discriminate based on sexual orientation, among other protected categories." However, as NBC 5 Chicago reports, that complaint was rejected "because the department said it had no jurisdiction over corporate entities." The couple has now filed a lawsuit against the taxi cab company: 

"It's ludicrous to suggest that a cab company is not responsible for the discrimination enacted by its drivers," the couple's lawyer, Christopher Clark, said. "They should be liable under the law for the conduct of their agents."

The suit claims the driver, who is not named in the suit, complained the men were "making sex" in the cab in May 2013. McCrea and White, who were heading into the city from O'Hare, say the driver began flashing the interior lights of the vehicle and then swerved on to the shoulder of the Kennedy Expressway and demanded they get out miles before their intended destination.

Meanwhile, the driver was issued several violations and fined close to $2,000 because of the incident. 

Watch a news report on the couple's latest legal action, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Marriage Equality Advocates to Rally in Chicago Today on Eve of Seventh Circuit Arguments

ChicagoplazaMidwestern same-sex couples, LGBT supporters, and faith leaders will rally in the Chicago Federal Plaza this afternoon on the eve of marriage cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals tomorrow. Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris, author of the new Illinois marriage equality law, will kick off the rally and welcome the plaintiffs in the cases which center on marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The three-judge panel will be announced in the morning. 

For more information on the rally, head HERE.

Last month, the Seventh Circuit ruled that the state of Indiana must recognize the marriage of a terminally ill lesbian. 

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