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Intersectional commentary, columns and reviews.


The Real Mainstream aims to empower marginalized communities throughout Illinois and Iowa, through news, opinion and features relevant to LGBTQ affirming readers, BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous and People of Color, including Hispanic and Latino communities); women; seniors and elders; people with disabilities or conditions; and people of alternative faiths. To share events, information, press releases, or inquire about freelancing or contributing, see the opportunities listed on our Contact page. Thanks for reading — and enjoy!