Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | December 1, 2016
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Art AIDS America co-curator talks activism, exhibition
On World AIDS Day Dec. 1, The Alphawood Gallery in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood will officially open the extraordinary and historic new exhibit for which the building was conceived and designed. Since its Oct. 3, 2015 premiere at the Tacoma Art Musuem (TAM), Art AIDS America has been touring the country with pieces depicting the history of AIDS in the United States as seen through the uncompromising eyes and limitless creativity of the visual artist The Alphawood Gallery and the city of Chicago will be the exhibit's final home—a host to work that, for the most part, was never before seen until co-curators Chicagoan gay-rights activist/Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art President Jonathan David Katz (who is also director of the visual studies doctoral program at State University of New York-Buffalo), alongside Tacoma Art Museum Chief Curator Rock Hushka, began years of painstaking work.  READ MORE

Jane Lynch on Glee, new holiday CD
Actress Jane Lynch returned to her roots in Illinois to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to comedy. She appeared at Second City to discuss her accomplishments at the opening reception for the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.  
Windy City Times: What brings you into town?
Jane Lynch: 
I did a short film with writer Carol Leifer called Writer's Block. It was selected for the Chicago Comedy Festival. It turns out I am getting a Lifetime Achievement Award. I just had a Q&A with the Second City kids.  READ MORE

CMSA Hall of Fame welcomes six in the class of 2016

"All of the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees have a proven track record of dedication to CMSA," said CMSA president Michael Erwin. "It is not just about playing sports to ( the new inductees ), but instead, strengthening the organization and preserving its rich history. "When you talk to this class of inductees, it is clear they love sports and have pride in all they do which includes building bridges to the community through mentoring and volunteer work." CMSA, in October, announced its newest class: Frank Kisner, Brian Kupersmit, Mark Liberson (sponsor inductee), Mark Sakalares, Brian Sommer and Wallin. READ MORE

Serving the rainbow youth:
Several Illinois agencies are taking action to reduce the problems that are specific to LGBTQ youth in the child-welfare system.
Renee Lehocky, LCSW, began her career in social services in 1989, a time when same-sex couples looking to adopt children faced obstacles in doing so, and the needs of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system were much less accounted for. Since then, said Lehocky—now director of strategic initiatives for the Lawrence Hall youth service organization in Chicago—"Foster care has come a long way." Still, LGBTQ youth make up as much as 40 percent of the homeless youth population in the United States, and a disproportionate segment of the country's child welfare population.  READ MORE

ISSUE Nov. 30, 2016

Gift Guide - Week 1 of 2

Forum plots LGBT action in Trump presidency

Chicago woman alleges CPD attack during protest

WORLD AIDS DAY PROFILE: Jim Petrakis: Consultant becomes face of HIV/AIDS

Sock drive adds to holiday spirit for youth at The Crib

Relationships & the Law Today: Supreme Court looks at transgender bathroom policies

Museum presents two exhibits on AIDS crisis

Airbnb to tackle LGBT, race discrimination on its platform

Barry's Bootcamp brings workouts to Chicago 

Theater: Tom Hewitt hooks into 'Finding Neverland'

Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

An Uber-driven love story

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