Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | October 20, 2016
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Jussie Smollett rules on 'Empire'

Windy City Times: Hi, Jussie. We love having you film here in Chicago.
Jussie Smollett: It's getting cold in Chicago. I'm starting to cry a lot.
WCT: I just want to talk to about the LGBT aspect to the show Empire. What have fans' reactions been like over the few seasons and how do you think it's changed the dynamic of the culture?
JS: I think that it's shown just a man trying to make it work and that this is just who he is. What I've seen is that it's made a lot of people, both members of the LGBTQ community as well as allies of the LBGTQ community, it's really opened up a conversation. READ MORE

Man's Country for sale: Not your everyday piece of real estate
Last week Chuck Renslow gathered his employees and told them the news: After 43 years, he was selling Man's Country, located at 5017 N. Clark, just south of Andersonville's main strip of businesses. "The place is holding its own, but it is just getting to be too much for me," he said. At 87, Renslow still comes down to the office three times a week. That's something he says he'll miss: "I don't know what I'm going to do with myself." After a pause, he smiled, "Bathhouses are still going strong. Maybe I'll open a new one." READ MORE

Affinity hosts open house for new space
Affinity Community Services celebrated its move into a new space with an Oct. 11 open house and a redetermination to serve the LGBTQ community. The new space, located at 2850 S. Wabash, served as the location of the gathering of board members, Affinity participants and supporters. The mission statement for the organization states that, "Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies and seeks to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities." READ MORE

Legacy Walk unveils 2 new plaques under rainbow sky
It was a moment that might have surpassed the wildest dreams of LGBTQ activist icons Sylvia Rivera and Vito Russo, memorialized in bronze on Lake View's Legacy Walk Oct 15. Under a rainbow which cut through a cloudy sky, summaries of their extraordinary lives and enduring impact on the community were read by Lyons Township High School students Connor Trimborn and Marshall Harck before two others tugged away the rainbow flag temporarily concealing the faces and contributions now literally etched into the movement.  READ MORE

Clinical social worker, educator Jason McVicker dies
Jason McVicker, 54, died Oct. 13 of a heart attack. University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration ( SSA ) Dean Neil Guterman relayed his death to colleagues. At the time of his death, McVicker was a private clinical social worker/therapist at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy and a visiting faculty member at the University of Chicago School of SSA, the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC and Loyola University School of Social Work. READ MORE

ISSUE Oct. 19, 2016

Printable election charts, early voting information

Fox anchor Smith comes out as gay

Passages: Joe M. Nguyen

ELECTIONS 2016: Jan Schakowsky and her work on LGBT issues

ELECTIONS 2016: Quigley discusses why LGBTs should vote for him

Former French justice minister on equality, division

Entertainment news: Miley Cyrus, TransNation, 'Prince Charming,' Whitney Houston

Trans model Isis King struts out with a new show

THEATER: 'Bleacher Bums' running during Cubs' playoff run

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