Series: A Reckoning In Boystown

I specialize in LGBTQ journalism and tackle all stories through an inclusive, queer lens.

I've spent most of the last few years reporting on patterns of racism, transphobia and other discrimination within Chicago's LGBTQ community.

Most recently, I've been covering a neighborhood reckoning that started unfolding in 2020...



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‘Make no mistake’: Drag queens are leading a racial reckoning in Chicago’s famous LGBTQ neighborhood

Jen Freitag

Boystown Needs More Than A Name Change To Make LGBTQ Neighborhood Truly Welcoming, Activists Say


After Lurie Children’s Pledges To Stop Surgeries On Intersex Kids, Activists Urge Other Hospitals To Follow


T Rex, Leader In Chicago Drag Scene, Dropped By Roscoe’s And Berlin Amid Allegations Of Racism

Many of these changes were years in the making by grassroots activists. But the intersection of this year's Pride Month with the uprisings after George Floyd's murder catalyzed the movement. 

Drag March 2

At Second Drag March For Change, Activists Say Fight For Black Trans Justice Must Continue


Thousands Of Protesters Demand Racial Justice — Starting In Boystown — During Drag March For Change

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Pride Protest With Ties To Boystown Businesses Canceled After Black And Trans Leaders Speak Out


With Parade Canceled, Pride Returns To Protest Roots As Thousands Show Up For Black And Transgender Lives


Pride 2020 Has Been Rooted In The Civil Rights Movement — As It Should Be, Lifelong Activist Says


Group Calls For Beatnix Boycott After Boystown Store Owner Called Cops On Customers Who Complained About Confederate Flag Vest


Rap Ban May Be Lifted At Progress Bar, But Boystown Needs To Confront Its History Of Racism, Activists Say