KWIR https://www.kwirmedia.com We're here, We're KWIR Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:14:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 141398987 Mother and son look back on two years demolished by DCFS, Part 1 https://www.kwirmedia.com/news/mother-son-look-back-two-years-demolished-dcfs-part-1/ https://www.kwirmedia.com/news/mother-son-look-back-two-years-demolished-dcfs-part-1/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:51:39 +0000 https://www.kwirmedia.com/?p=23774 As an increasing number of LGBT couples choose to adopt, the story of one of…

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As an increasing number of LGBT couples choose to adopt, the story of one of the most disturbing and bizarre cases of DCFS removing a child after hospital doctors claim Medical Child Abuse serves as a warning.

By Gretchen Rachel Hammond

Part 1 of 4

In March last year, Michelle Rider and her then 19-year-old son Isaiah made the trip from their home in Kansas City, Missouri to the islands of Fiji. There, they drank the from mineral waters of Natadradave Village. Fiji was still recovering from a tropical cyclone and it was rumored that the water, which flowed from the lush, surrounding mountains, could heal.

Michelle and Isaiah thought it was well worth a try but not in the hope of a miracle that would cure an excruciating medical condition with which Isaiah had been living since he was a child.

They needed to heal as a mother and son who, one Spring day in 2014, were needlessly ripped away from each other by the State of Illinois.

For the over two years which followed, Michelle and Isaiah were helpless as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) engaged in an inexplicable vendetta to keep them apart employing measures which crossed both State lines and those of the downright bizarre.

At around four-years-old, Isaiah was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1—a presently incurable and agonizing condition which causes the growth of sometimes cancerous tumors in the nervous system, on the spinal cord, brain and across the skin. Isaiah’s tumors grew on the inside of his body.

Often debilitating pain became his constant companion. Regardless, Isaiah nurtured childhood dreams which ranged from becoming an actor and filmmaker to following the inspiration of Michelle’s 20-year career in nursing and entering the medical field himself in order to help people in whatever way he could.

Without a father involved, Michelle and her family did their level best to make his young days as happy as possible. The bond between mother and son was heightened and unassailable. The two vacationed everywhere from the Alamo to Disney World. Isaiah’s boundless spirit often surpassed his physical limitations.

“I was his advocate, his voice and I wanted him to be normal and healthy,” Michelle recalled. “But we did not know what normal really was. From age six to 15 he spent his childhood in braces, walkers and wheelchairs. That was our normal and we just dealt with it.”

But Michelle could not just watch him suffer. So, she ferried Isaiah to hospitals located both in their home-State of Missouri and Boston, Massachusetts hoping to find some way to alleviate his pain. Like any parent would in her situation, she devoured knowledge of his condition. As a nurse, Michelle trusted that both she and Isaiah’s doctors were all on the same page when it came to giving Isaiah as much of a chance at a good life as possible.

“I had worked with doctors. I had a rapport with them,” she said. “One of them would tell me ‘if this was my son, this is what I would do.’ But, looking back, they failed us.”

One day after his 15th birthday, Isaiah’s left leg was amputated at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Kansas City following multiple surgeries spanning the ten years since he had broken it at school.

“They literally told us that he was going to be normal,” Michelle remembered. “That he would have a prosthesis and not even be handicapped. I felt like it was a decision Isaiah needed to make. Even though he was a minor, this was something that was going to affect him for the rest of his life.”

Within 24 hours of Isaiah’s decision to go ahead with the surgery, his remaining limb began to involuntarily move. The nerves were firing in unbroken waves of unbearable pain which doctors were at a loss to control.

“It was so excruciating that he said he wanted to die,” Michelle said.

She grew desperate.

Transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital, Michelle remembered doctors there trying to convince her that Isaiah’s pain was “Somatoform—all in his head.”

“But they were able to do a procedure which numbed the nerves, effectively stopping the pain and the movement,” Michelle said. “They put him on medication which we were eventually able to ween him off and he was doing well. He was working, going to school and went to the Homecoming dance. We thought the ordeal was over.”

They were wrong. It was about to get worse in ways neither Isaiah nor Michelle could ever have imagined.

One year after his visit to Boston, the pain in Isaiah’s leg started again. Doctors in Kansas City could do nothing for it. A CT Scan discovered malignant tumors. The prognosis was poor.

In March 2014, on the recommendation of another parent of a child with Neurofibromatosis. Michelle and Isaiah arrived at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago in order to see a doctor specializing in the condition.

“The doctor was called ‘The Man with the Golden Hands’,” Michelle said. “He looked at Isaiah’s scans and said he could remove the tumors which he felt were causing all the problems.”

On March 31, Isaiah had his surgery.

“The pain and the movement in his leg got worse,” Michelle said. “The doctors threw medication at him. They took him back into the Operating Room at least two more times and admitted him to the ICU.”

Michelle grew increasingly frustrated.

“My son was in pain and they were not able to help him,” she recalled. “I wanted him transferred back to Boston Children’s Hospital. They had done a procedure that had helped Isaiah for an entire year.”

Despite Lurie doctors assuring Michelle that they would agree to the transfer, Isaiah remained there for the next two weeks.

It is clear that, without Michelle’s knowledge, Lurie’s staff spent the time devising another plan which did not include a transfer to Boston.

According to court documents, filed on November 2015 in Illinois’ Appellate Court, “staff came to believe Michelle was medically abusing Isaiah by manipulating his pain management and refusing to consider non-drug pain management alternatives.”

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As President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address, the CEO of one of Illinois’ leading LGBTQ advocacy groups looks back on exhausting work both in 2017 and in the days to come.

By Gretchen Rachel Hammond

Immediately following the results of the 2016 general election, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies gathered together in meeting places some of which were reminiscent of the secret, back-room venues used by resistance cells during the German occupation of Europe.

The sense of shock that was the overriding atmosphere in each of the meetings was interspersed with a palpable fear that, during Trump’s presidency, not only would LGBTQ civil rights be eroded but the community targeted in ways never before imagined. Anger inevitably followed and it was palpable enough to produce the seeds of defiance.

By the time the first year of the Trump administration closed, such defiance became the fodder for a nationwide movement that adopted the name Resistance and made itself known through mass-protests and, more importantly, at the polling station.

The almost universal pasting received by Republican candidates during 2017 special elections and the elevation of minority candidates to positions of government led even the most rabidly optimistic Conservative talk-show hosts to warn of a “Democratic wave” building towards this year’s Midterms.

After an exhausting 12 months, LGBTQ advocacy organizations such as Equality Illinois have barely had time to take a breath. The constant parade of both legislative news and rhetoric from Washington D.C. has kept Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson and his staff at a similarly perpetual “all-hands-on-deck” state.

However, in looking back on 2017, have the worst fears expressed during those early resistance gatherings been realized?

Johnson took the reins of the reins of the organization less than four months before Trump was elected. In December 2016, he engaged in conversations with people across the city of Chicago and State of Illinois.

“I asked them ‘where does it hurt? Where are you suffering? What are you hopeful for? What are you afraid of?” he recalled. “We heard lots of stories. It is not like LGBTQ people were fully equal, affirmed and accepted in Illinois, prior to the 2016 election. LGBTQ people are not equal in schools. We are not equal in our access to healthcare. We are more likely to be targeted by hate crimes and to be caught up in the criminal justice system. It is not so much that Trump has created new problems for our community, but he has exacerbated the problems we have already seen.”

Examples included the February 2017 repeal of Obama Era Title IX guidance protecting transgender students in schools, attempts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a roster of anti-LGBTQ judicial nominees.

A similarly vicious list of cabinet appointees was designed to so charm evangelical leaders, such as Franklin Graham and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkin,  that the morality with which they had hurled the first and every subsequent stone at Obama for eight years was silenced as it groveled before a political ally.

“It was part policy and the lifting up of hateful voices to ‘legitimate’ national stages,” Johnson noted. “It didn’t create these injustices we experienced but it made the concerns and challenges we already had on the ground even worse.”

Johnson believes that resulting defiance grew out of a wake-up-call to the LGBTQ community which had become somewhat apathetic to everything that still needed to be done following the achievement of marriage equality.

“In 2017, I saw a sinking in of the realization that our fight for full equality will require constant vigilance,” he said. “So, we’ve gone from questioning whether or not we still needed a civil rights movement to doubling down on the work.”

As expected, undocumented individuals across the United States now live in a constant state of fear. Those who are LGBTQ have a history of suffering a catalogue of abuses while in Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention. ICE had been at least open to examining ways to end such abuses. Following Trump’s inauguration even the lip-service was buried. Johnson has a mountainous task ahead to confront it.

“The rights of LGBTQ people at every level of the immigration system have concerned us from the beginning of my role here,” Johnson said. “There’s a host of concerns about how they are treated along with the safety asylum seekers fleeing homophobic and violent anti-LGBTQ communities.”

Meanwhile, in townhalls held across Illinois, Johnson’s organization has seen a constant overture from LGBTQ people who feel their safety has been compromised while the level of verbal of physical abuse they experience in public has increased.

However, 2017 special election results, which saw women and minority candidates prevail over comparably experienced but radical Conservatives who have adopted Trump’s pro-evangelical stances, have offered a glimmer of hope as Johnson sees something he has always believed playing out nationally.

“Doing what’s right is also good politics,” he said. “You can stand up for reproductive freedom, for dreamers, for greater and more equitable access to healthcare and for transgender youth and be elected. To be elected, you don’t have to shy away from the active, aggressive vocalizing that we are a country that is better off when we take care of and support the diversity of our citizens.”

As for Illinois, Johnson noted a surprising level of community-affirmation from Governor Bruce Rauner.

“On LGBTQ civil rights, every bill that we have got through the General Assembly to the Governor’s desk he has signed,” Johnson noted. “So, we do have a rare example of a Republican governor in this country who is willing to put his signature on advancing more equality for the LGBTQ community. It should not be a partisan issue and he has demonstrated that.”

With Rauner’s tenure imperiled, at least six Democrats are vying for the role including businessman J.B. Pritzker, Sen. Daniel Biss and activist Tio Hardiman. In December 2017, Equality Illinois hosted an LGBTQ candidate’s forum.

Johnson noted that, no matter whether Rauner prevails in the November Midterms or is unseated, the LGBTQ community’s expectations from the State’s governor in 2019 are the same.

“We want to see more [LGBTQ] people in senior leadership and across the State,” he said. “We want our youth better protected in schools, greater access to healthcare particularly for our seniors and those living with HIV, a reduction in youth homelessness and better treatment of undocumented people.”

Yet, on a national level, looking forward politically seems almost impossible.

As the Robert Mueller investigation draws to a close, daily news cycles offer competing and wildly different forecasts for the future of the Trump presidency.

But the kind of fear which would be seen in back-room resistance meetings held under the shadow of an even more radically anti-LGBTQ Pence government is something Johnson says most people are nowhere near ready to entertain.

“We have not spent a lot of time thinking about what a Pence presidency would look like, “Johnson acknowledged. “I don’t know anybody who is prepared for that level of homophobia to be elevated to the highest office in the land or have fully wrapped their mind around how challenging that could be. Because we’ve been, historically, so marginalized and oppressed, we have been conditioned to fight hardest for the problem right in front of our face. We’re now at a point of maturation for our movement where we have to be able to put out fires and build a fire-proof house.”

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We had not been to Indianapolis, Indiana in over 35 years and when we went a couple of weeks ago we were totally shocked, amazed and pleasantly surprised how Amazing the city is. The Governor of Indiana, and we will not even mention his name, but The Governor is one of the most homophobic Governors in the country. There are “PENCE MUST GO!” signs and billboards all over the city. However the State Capitol and major city, Indianapolis is one of the most GAY FRIENDLY in the country!

As you enter the city there are signs that read, INDY WELCOMES ALL” and signs on many business read, THIS BUSINESS SERVES EVERYONE.

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indy mayorThe newly elected Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett who by the way, won with over 63% of the vote last December is extremely intelligent and pro LGBT. He is loved by the entire city! He had us to the Mayor’s Office so that he could officially welcome the “Gay Travelers” to his city.

We always tell our readers to have fun when traveling and talk to everyone and that is what we did on this trip. EVERYONE in Indianapolis is so fun, funny, interesting and fabulous. In Part One of our travel column on Indianapolis we are going to talk about them.

indy penceFirst and foremost were the Dynamic Duo of Kevin Warren and his husband Neil. Kevin is the founder of the “PENCE MUST GO!” project. Kevin and Neil are the heart and soul of the Gay community in Indianapolis. In addition they are two of the nicest gentlemen we have ever met. Here are some of the signs that you will see around the city.

IMG_6414Among many of the other wonderful people that we met were Mark Lee, editor of THE WORD, the LGBT publication in the city and Chas Navarra who has a smile that makes everyone who meets him smile. Why can’t more people smile more? John at Chef Joseph’s Restaurant knows how to be an owner. He enjoys what he does and it shows. The restaurant is packed every night only because he does it right! The two entertainers of the evening when we were there, Sean and Scott were having a ball and the audience really appreciated them. John Herbst at the Indiana Historical Society is a real GEM! He is very professional and the work that he is doing is tremendous. John is a man of many talents and lives life to the fullest.

indy candi donald alexTwo young gentlemen that we met are up and coming guys who are making a big difference in Indianapolis. Candy Cain and Alex VanGorp are really great guys who are helping the Gay community in so many ways. Why can’t more young guys do the same?

Another fabulous gentleman that we met was Ben Solomon who has THE Antique Shop and Interior Design shop in the area. He has exquisite tastes and an old English charm. Tom Main at the Tinker Street Restaurant is another person who knows how to make his customers return again and again and again. While dining there we met a delightful and very intelligent young couple who we really enjoyed chatting with. Who says that str8 people can’t be fun and wonderful? We hope to see Kellina and Ary the next time we are in Indianapolis.

indy d and r and k and nWe want to give a BIG thanks to Kevin and Neil for such a fabulous time while we were in Indianapolis. In Part Two of our travel column we will be telling you about what the city has to offer travelers. Before traveling to Indianapolis be sure to go www.thegayword.com to read the local LGBT publication which is the large publication in the entire Midwest!

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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The Indianapolis Eagle | February 1st 2018 Edition https://www.kwirmedia.com/print/indianapolis-eagle-february-1st-2018-edition/ https://www.kwirmedia.com/print/indianapolis-eagle-february-1st-2018-edition/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:17:20 +0000 https://www.midwesteagle.com/?p=6294  Browse all of our past editions online for free. Follow us on Facebook for…

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Holding handsby: An Anonymous Travel Couple

For those in a long distance relationship, travel becomes a part of your everyday world. Some days are lonely. Others are full of anticipation and for the times when you meet at some remote airport at midnight, the days are just about as perfect as days can be. For all the ups and downs, it’s got to be a pretty special kind of love to go the distance. 

An excerpt from our travel diaries: 

It’s raining a soft slow rainfall like mist. The sky is grey, one sweeping shade so pale that it’s almost white. In the background I’m playing an indie love song, sent from her. I am filled with a warmth that falls down around me as I listen to each soulful lilting word and somehow know that only she would have ever found such music or thought to send it to me. She has my every mood tapped, knows just what I want to wake up to and how to carry me through the day. Even from thousands of miles away. Somehow, even long-distance she knows just how to be beside me and fill up the space. 

When I think about this relationship with another woman, I try to find the words to describe it, to give it the same context that comes when a guy and girl walk down the street. Like the music I’ve been listening to this morning, it’s hard to describe how it sounds or feels. Music carries you away, touches that splintered part of you and makes you whole. I remember when I was a kid staying at my cousin’s place, was my every holiday dream come true. I never thought about travelling far or doing something new, because the feeling of completeness when my cousin and I would lay in our beds, giggling way past midnight talking about our latest crush, filled our world’s with happiness. We just got each other and there was a simple joy in that familiarity. When I think of it now, it was like a sacred bubble of loveliness. That’s a little of what this girl love is like.

girls feetPerhaps this should be called “Why is gay love so good?” because maybe in relationship with our same-sex partner, we catch a glimpse of ourselves.

From those moments as little girls or boys finding our way, as teenagers recognising each other’s fears to falling in love and creating our place in the world. We wear the familiarity like an old jumper, cosying up against our girlhood or boyhood memories that only they would understand. Growing up, people tell girls that boyfriends will come and go, even men may come and go, but your girlfriends will be there forever; keep them close and love them fiercely. We all understand the natural sense of comfort this recognition brings. 

As for me, I recognised her immediately. I was in my late 30’s and I knew, just knew in an instant that life would never be the same again.  Yet it feels like the most familiar path to take and I wonder at how other’s judge what really is a natural part of who we all are. We cherish our sisterhood, we’ve carried each other through each up and down of life and we connect on a level that is understood. To take it a step further and love that little bit more, is a natural path for so many. At the end of last year, Australia, like so many other countries decided finally, that this love has a place. And though I wasn’t overly hung up whichever way the vote went, I was grateful that the process brought a little more awareness and a little more understanding of what makes this love tick. Like the stretch of stars scattered across the inky night sky, it shines like love does, within us all. 

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Updated from 2015…

Sitges Bears Week is a Haven For Bears and Admirers in the Jewel of the Mediterranean

By Steve O’Donnell

The splended Sitges Bears Week reached its climax with the Mr. Bear Sitges competition on the stage of the Bear Village on the promenade (Paseo de la Ribera).

This was my third visit to Bears Week and the event has grown every year from a modest affair of a few bears and friends having a party to an international event attracting in excess of 5,000 visitors to the town during the first week in September making it one of the biggest Bear festivals in Europe.

Quiet Sitges AlleywaySet against the gorgeous backdrop of Sitges with its miles of sandy beaches sloping gently into the warm Mediterranean Sea, Bears Week is now one of the most popular events in the town’s calendar. The friendly restaurants, bars, clubs, beach parties, exhibitions, shows, DJs and special events all come together to make this a week of nonstop fun.

Sitges is well deserving of its reputation as the most cosmopolitan town on the Mediterranean coastline and during the first week in September the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranean’ plays host to thousands of sexy bears, cubs, otters, daddies and admirers of all ages and types from all over Europe and further afield.

Many of the guys spend their days at Balmins Beach, a nudist beach and perfect sun trap for that all-over tan then cooling off with a swim in the calm waters of the Mediterranean. The section on the town beach in front of Picnic Snack Bar is also very popular with gay men if you don’t fancy the 10-15 minute walk out to Balmins.

Sites Cathedral with Rainbow FlagsAt night, whole sections of the town become nonstop party zones. Joan Tarrida is known as Bear Street and as the night goes on it becomes a chore (or a pleasure) to squeeze your way through the masses of men enjoying drinks on the street. It is also home to El Horno, XXL and Bukkake, three of the popular bars on the Bears Route.

Just round the corner in C. Bonaire are Sitges’ original ‘Bears Bar,’ Queenz Cabaret Bar and Privilege Pre-Club bar as well as Organic Club which hosts bear themed party nights every night until 6 a.m.

Bears meeting in Sitges SpainAccommodation can be difficult to find during Bears Week so early booking is definitely recommended. If you book early enough there is a variety of places on offer from hostels, 2- to 4-star hotels (local ratings) and apartments. Dates for Sitges International Bears Week are every September. See you there! You can find out more here.

Steve O’Donnell is UK Director of Serene Journeys, an independent travel company specializing in meeting the needs of LGBTI travelers to India. He is also a freelance travel writer and photographer. Contact Steve at steve@serenejourneys.co.

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Midwest Eagle | October 1st 2017 Edition https://www.kwirmedia.com/print/midwest-eagle-october-1st-edition/ https://www.kwirmedia.com/print/midwest-eagle-october-1st-edition/#respond Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:08:43 +0000 https://www.midwesteagle.com/?p=6117 In this picture-heavy issue, we cover the 2017 AIDS Walk (Eagle photos by Tom Fleetwood).…

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In this picture-heavy issue, we cover the 2017 AIDS Walk (Eagle photos by Tom Fleetwood). Some LGBTQ-related news briefs, and advertise some local events happening soon! These stories and more in this edition of The Midwest Eagle.

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