Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  |  October 12, 2017
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TRANSPARENT Jill Soloway discusses the future of the Pfeffermans

Windy City Times: What did season four allow you to do that's different from the last season?
Jill Soloway: We realized how much we love it when the Pfefferman family is together. Normally in a show when you start to give people things to do, you create love interests for them and new characters. Ali has a crush on lesbian Syd [Carrie Brownstein], Josh is in love with Rabbi Raquel [Kathryn Hahn], and Sarah is choosing between Tammy [Melora Hardin] and Len [Ron Huebel]. But what we wanted to do this season is let the characters turn toward each other and have that comedy and love of being in a family. READ MORE

LGBT HISTORY MONTH: Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin paved way for lesbians
In a time when President Donald Trump has directed a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military, his administration has rescinded protections for trans students in public schools and the advancement of LGBTQ national historic landmarks are in question, the stories of those who fought for equal rights in an earlier era seem to be more important than ever before. One such story is that of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who ushered in the modern lesbian movement and made history by becoming the first same-sex couple married in San Francisco—twice.  READ MORE

CHAVELA Film looks at chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas

Vargas, who died in 2014 at age 93, was a darling of Mexico City's bohemian club scene in the 1950s, when she challenged mainstream Mexican morals by dressing in men's clothing while she sang songs intended for men to woo women, refusing to change the pronouns. The tequila-drinking, cigar-smoking rabble-rouser sang at Elizabeth Taylor's marriage to Mike Todd ( and ran off with Ava Gardner ), and lived with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera for more than a year. The new documentary tells Vargas' life story, an amazing journey from a 14-year-old rejected runaway from Costa Rica to a world-renowned, Grammy-winning Mexican icon. READ MORE

MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Symposium addresses HIV treatment, prevention and elimination

Delivering the kickoff speech at Howard Brown Health's 2017 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Oct. 7, Richard Elion, clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, said, "There has never been a time when it's been more important to make progress as a society." Elion—a prominent advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Washington, D.C.—was speaking about the decline in the overall number of new HIV infections there.  READ MORE

ISSUE Oct. 11, 2017

National trans group launches political arm for impact on elections

Parking-meter art to benefit youth homeless projects

National roundup: Rainbow flag, gay Vegas connections, HIV-exposure law

Queer Brown filmmakers collaborate with CPS students

Movies: Sean Baker on his newest 'Project'

Showbiz news: Jared Leto, Cher, Wanda Sykes, Weinstein fallout

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