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Tom Dempsey

Aug 15, 2008, 11:54:28 PM8/15/08
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More gay couples finding ways to be parents
NEW YORK-The cost remains high and a good lawyer is essential. Yet despite complications, the idea of becoming a biological dad with help from a surrogate mother is gaining allure among gay men as the status of "married with children" grows ever more possible.

With same-sex marriage now legal in California even to nonresidents, and Massachusetts extending its 4-year-old gay-marriage policy to out-of-staters, in-wedlock parenting is suddenly a realistic option for gays and lesbians nationwide, even if their home state won't recognize the union.

Fertility clinics and surrogacy programs report increased interest from gay men, while couples who already have children are getting married or considering it to provide more security for those kids.

"We wanted our daughter to know her parents were married-that was the big thing for us," said Tommy Starling of Pawley's Island, S.C., who wed his partner of 12 years, Jeff Littlefield, July 11 in Hollywood.... Full Story
Former Chicagoan killed in Denver
Police in Denver, Colo., said Aug. 11 that they have no suspects in the shooting death a month ago of a former Chicago man who had lived in Denver for less than a year.

Carl E. Frazier Jr., 41, was found shot to death at 3:40 a.m. July 12 in the 3100 block of West 14th Avenue, just west of downtown Denver. Frazier's wallet was taken and his driver's license and Social Security card were found nearby. His pick-up truck was parked near his body.... Full Story
Syphilis infections still rising in gays

Even as overall syphilis infection rates are steady both in Chicago and nationwide, the disease still is making further inroads into the gay community.

Syphilis infections nationwide are at an all-time low, according to William Wong of the Chicago Department of Public Health. He said the number of syphilis infections in Chicago has averaged at around 300 cases a year over the last 10 years...
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Dvorak highlights varied CSO season
On Aug. 15 tickets go on sale for the 2008-2009 Chicago Symphony Orchestra season that begins Sept. 19. The season has an uncommonly varied series of programs, along with the usual mix of famous-name conductors and performers who CSO management believes draw audiences.

Name conductors include Music Director Designate Ricardo Muti, Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink, Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman. Well-known pianists include the young sensation Lang Lang, Murray Perahia and openly gay Jean-Yves Thibaudet. In addition, there are popular violinist Pinchas Zuckerman and equally popular cellist Yo-Yo Ma... Full Story

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