Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | September 22, 2016
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34th Reeling Film Festival makes America gay again

So why do we need a festival? I wonder that every year, until I start watching the films. Yes, there's mainstream work out there that accepts and includes us; but these films are us. They bring up memories, happy or sad, of being bullied, of being out and proud; the pain of wanting someone you can't have, the thrill of finding out you can have them and the letdown after you do. Loving and losing — or winning — aren't exclusive to us, but sometimes the way we do it is special. READ MORE

MOVIES: Hugo Weaving: 'Dress'-ed for success

Windy City Times: So what are the biggest differences between The Dressmaker's Farrat and Tick from Priscilla?
Hugo Weaving: They're very different creatures. Certainly, both films are set in the outback somewhere, so the landscape plays a key part of the environment and beauty, but Tick is a drag queen so he's making a political statement. "Look at me," there's a show and face and political act. Farrat's a country cop in the 1950s with a secret. Behind closed doors he has a wonderful wardrobe of beautiful dresses he's made and tries on, but doesn't want anyone to know about it.  READ MORE

Musician/ex-pro athlete Sami Grisafe talks Etheridge, Trump, Clinton
Lesbian former professional athlete Sami Grisafe is aware of the fact that she sounds like another familiar voice when she sings—and she's fine with it. "I am honored to be compared to Melissa Etheridge," Grisafe said. "She has such a strong voice, both as a singer and songwriter. I am inspired by her choice to use her platform to bring people together and create change for the better.  READ MORE

Mbiganyi Lashani: The life behind one of Chicago's 500 murder victims

 On July 18, Mbiganyi Lashani was in his kitchen preparing a meal. "So a dove came and sat on my window, as I was getting the skillet ready, it flew away," he wrote on social media. Friends thought it was a good omen. Eleven days later, just before six in the morning on July 29, Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 6500 block of South Peoria Street in the South Side neighborhood of Englewood. Lashani was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 41. READ MORE

More than 500 at WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair Sept. 16

More than 500 people came to seek jobs from the more than 70 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits participating in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. There were also four workshops focused on youth, seniors, transgender rights in the workplace, and making a good first impression. READ MORE

ISSUE Sept. 21, 2016

County health system expands PrEP access

PASSAGES: Playwright Edward Albee dies

Trump sparks concern, suspicion among LGBT Russians 

Chicago's Legacy Walk LGBT History Museum to honor Sylvia Rivera, Vito Russo

Chicago event launches Victory Fund milestone celebrations

Trevor Project educates audience on youth suicide risks


Dining news: Chicago Gourmet, Joy District, new Roti eatery

'My Positive Message' HIV video-awareness campaign launches

Gay college swimmer receives prestigious award

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