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Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz To Be Honored In Chicago

Legendary Boxer Orlando “El Fenonmeno” Cruz is famous for being a fantastic boxer and also being an openly gay one.

Cruz came out as gay in 2011 to the acceptance of friends, family, and fans. Having that weight off his chest helped him become the third ranked boxer in the division of featherweight for the World Boxing Organization Latino.

Now, he’s being honored by the city of Chicago in two upcoming events.

Orlando Cruz will be honored during Chicago’s Puerto Rican People’s Parade in Humboldt Park and then later honored at Chicago’s Pride parade.

Ricardo Jimenez, a director at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park, said they chose Cruz for the honor because they want to spotlight the life and career of a successful gay man.

“I thought it was very important, today, when we talk about LGBT rights, Latinos start to accept the reality that (LGBT Latinos) are part of society and are to be respected,” Jimenez told the ChicagoTribune.

Cruz, who normally lives in Miami, will be heading up to Chicago to participate in both of these events. He’ll be crowned the first “Cacique King” of the Puerto Rican parade in honor of Puerto Rico’s Taino roots.

That said, this announcement comes during an important time in Cruz’s career. He says he’s planning to retire after about two more matches.

Afterwards, he wants to focus on youth empowerment and possibly opening up his own gym to train the next generation of boxers.

On top of that, Cruz wants to help LGBTQ youth who are struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. He says he doesn’t want youth to have to struggle like he did when he was younger.

 “To the young people that are going through what I went through — be yourself,” Cruz said in Spanish. “Don’t be scared about what you feel, don’t be scared to say your feelings, to look for professional help. And don’t for anything try to take your life.”

If you want to see Cruz for yourself, and you’re in the Chicago area, you can see him at both the People’s Puerto Rican Parade and the Chicago Pride Parade.

The People’s Puerto Rican Parade starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Division Street and Western Avenue. Then, the Chicago Pride Parade starts at noon June 24 at Montrose Avenue and North Broadway.

New Survey Shows How Many Chicagoans Identity As LGBTQ! 

According to Chicago Pride, the results from a first-of-its-kind study were released by the Chicago Department of Public Health. Among the numbers, the study shares that 7.5% - or 146,000 citizens – identify as LGBTQ! Hell yeah! The report was done to gather information to help the progress of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and to inform the city we're here to stay – well, some of us – and our needs must be on politician's priority list. Out of the mass number released, over ten thousand identify as Transgender. 


I am proudly from the Southside of Chicago, Illinois, which is more or less sometimes known as the slums. I've been gifted into having blood in my veins that has been passed down for several generations of Chicagoans.

Throughout my childhood, I longed for the days where I would eventually meet someone like me, you know, gay.

Although I had been a ruthless child, chatting with gay men online when I was literally in third grade, it wasn't until I reached the age of 14 and decided to make a Myspace profile when I eventually befriended others who were of like age and openly gay. Being a gay teenager in the mid 2000s was definitely not what it is now. 


Even though I decided to be a black sheep of my family and move away from the Windy City, I represent every which way I can. But while I was in Chicago, I dreamed of expanding my friendships and meeting people just like me. Fortunately, it wasn't long into my teenage years when I began to discover a plethora of gays far and wide, all hailing from the same city but different skin colors, voices, and levels of flamboyancy. After attending what was then known as Fag Frat parties (hosted by a slew of older men who targeted youth to celebrate their sexual orientation) I transcended into the beautiful abyss which we all know as Boystown: Chicago's primarily LGBTQ neighborhood. Those colorful streets have essentially raised me into the man I am today - chaos potentially included. I have always stated Chicago gays are the most welcoming, and most real in the nation. I mean, I did literally write a parodied version of Boystown into a self-published novel, Paused. But, I didn't realize how many of us LGBTQ citizens there truly are in Chicago! 


The estimates found that 138,000 adults identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual while 10,500 identify as transgender. Some adults fell into both groups.

In addition to the number of rainbows peeps inhabiting the city, the report also shares that Lesbian women are more likely to be smokers, LGBTQ youth are not getting wellness check-ups (which I completely agree), and male and female youth who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are more likely to report being physically forced to have sex.

Does Gallup need to redo its poll?

h/t: chicago.gopride.com

Police Share More Info On Two Deaths At A Chicago Bathhouse

Steamworks is a popular gay bathhouse in the Boystown area of the city. While the bathhouse is still well-known by local gay men (and even visiting gay men), it occasionally gets a bad rep. Certainly, two deaths in the establishment don’t help.

As GayPopBuzz reports, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has released info concerning two deaths that happened in the bathhouse last year.

First, the death of a 36-year-old man back in January 23, 2017 was shocking enough. But then there were suspicions and rumors of foul play being involved.

The man was found unresponsive in the bathhouse’s jacuzzi. He was then pronounced dead by 11:58 pm at the Illinois Masonic Hospital.

Now, the medical examiner says there was no sign of foul play such as drugs, alcohol, or the forced drowning by another person. Ultimately, it looks like the guy might have dozed off and sadly drowned to death.

As for the second death, it happened to a 31-year-old man. He was found unresponsive in a room that he’d ordered three hours before. This time, drugs were involved.

The Medical Examiner says that the man was influenced by crystal meth and was found unresponsive on Jully 11, 2017. Its suspected that he died of drug intoxication, which means his death also counts as an accident.

While both of these deaths were accidental, some locals are hesitant to return to Steamworks.

h/t: GayPopBuzz