The Barber Shop Show: 40 years and families dealing with LGBT inequality

In 1972, The Chicago Reporter began as a simple newsletter, devoted to uncovering the facts behind race in our segregated city.

Forty years later, we’re still going strong, investigating race and poverty in Chicago. On last Friday’s Barber Shop Show, we gathered to celebrate that legacy and our 40th anniversary issue. Interim editor Rui Kaneya talked about his 15 years at the Reporter and looked ahead to the future. Take a look:

We want to celebrate with you at that issue release party that Rui mentioned, so be sure to RSVP on facebook or register on Eventbrite.

And on this week’s show, we’re talking about how the gay marriage debate impacts families. We’ll hear from Vernita Gray who faces these issues first hand, as well as Ray Koenig III, an attorney and a gay activist who specializes in family law, civil unions and gay adoption, and James L. Bennett, Midwest regional director of Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization focusing on LGBT communities through public policy and litigation.

Don’t forget to tune in at noon today on Vocalo 89.5 FM or stream it live on If you miss a show, you can always catch the rebroadcast on Saturdays at noon or download our podcast.

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