Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | February 4, 2016
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Actress Monica Raymund & others spearhead monthly pop-up party Clandestina
In 2015, three powerful and transformative Chicago women from entirely different but successful backgrounds found each other and decided to do something about the dearth of safe spaces for lesbian and queer women in the city. Monica Raymund is an accomplished, award-winning actress who has shared her craft with students at The Broadway Theatre Project and Heifetz International Music Institute. She portrays Gabriela Dawson on the hit television series Chicago Fire. READ MORE

Local mental-health group provides safe space, shared experience 
Following a large number of clinic closures and record budget cuts, the state of mental health in Chicago has made national headlines over the past year. In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed half the city's mental health clinics, and budget cuts at the state level coupled with often high deductibles found on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange have left many in the city's LGBT community struggling to access professional care and turning increasingly to alternative means of support. READ MORE

Theater: Gun angst in Andersonville - Cocked
Lesbian playwright Sarah Gubbins spoke slowly and thoughtfully as she carefully chose her words during a phone interview regarding her world-premiere drama Cocked for Victory Gardens Theater. Since the play explores current issues of gun ownership and gun violence in the United States today, it's understandable why Gubbins' responses frequently sounded as if she was treading carefully around a minefield. READ MORE

ISSUE Feb 3, 2016

Indiana gay-rights measure killed

Trans woman who served years in jail without trial launches fundraiser

THE RACE IS ON: Tight race between Clinton and Sanders

LGBTQ API group celebrates 10 years

Entertainment: Ricky Martin; Vampire Weekend; Celebrity Apprentice; Tim Gunn

Dining: Analogue dinner; Vanille grand opening; Super Bowl events

Report: Trans youth more likely to have Asperger's

Comedy: Margaret Smith talks Ellen, stealing jokes

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