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Youth Blog – I Am Who I Say I Am: Changing Your Name and Gender on Official Documents

Posted by IMPACT in Featured, Transgender, Youth Blog. No Comments

19th February

It can be confusing enough becoming who you are. Here are some tips on how to make sure your IDs reflect your identity.



Hip Hop on the Down Low

23rd November

The Center on Halsted in Chicago continued its SpeakOUT Series with 5 local LGBTQ hip hop artists talking about what it’s like to be queer in hip hop. Emcee Sage Morgan-Hubbard, IMPACT’s very own Lou Bigelow, local performers Charity Taitt and Emanuel Vinson, and hip hop star Tim’m West present the power and complexity of changing culture and making your voice heard.

“It’s sometimes really small acts of courage,” West said. “It’s very powerful for somebody to see two brothers on the South Side holding hands… Sometimes we think politics has to be a protest, but [it] can be deciding you’re not going to leave your lover behind when you go back home for the holidays anymore.”

“Rosa [Parks] didn’t wait for them to say, ‘It’s okay for you to sit in the front,’” West said. “At some point, you just have … Read More »



How do LGBTQ people make a difference?

Posted by Lou in Allies, Video, Youth Blog. No Comments

3rd November

We make a difference in so many different ways, including being out and visible and joining up with other movements to work towards justice for everyone. We interviewed folks at Pride and Dyke March this year to see what they do to make a difference, so check it out, and think about what it means to you!






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