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Cozzi appointed to State Investment Board - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed Mark Cozzi, an openly gay financial advisor and consultant, to the Illinois State Board of Investment, according to a Jan. 30 press release. Cozzi is currently the managing partner and founder of Lincoln Park Capital Group, which he founded in 2008. He stayed with the company until 2011, when he became senior managing director ...


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Ariz. Superior Court overturns Jones conviction - In a rare happy ending for a transgender individual caught up in the legal system, the ACLU reported on January 26 that the Superior Court of Arizona has overturned Phoenix social-studies student and activist Monica Jones's April 2014 misdemeanor conviction of manifesting intent to solicit prostitution. The case hinged on the May 2013 arrest of Jones under the Phoenix ordinance ...


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Human trafficking survivor performs "7 Layers Captive" - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Human trafficking claims an estimated 27 million victims worldwide, producing nearly $31 billion in revenue each year through the largest exploitation of innocent men, women, and children ever seen in history. In the United States alone, an estimated 100,000-300,000 children are trafficked every year. These terrifying facts uphold the fact that we as human beings must recognize ...


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LGBTQ community outraged with ongoing transgender homicides - From a National LGBTQ Task Force press release - WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2015 —The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ community leaders and activists across the nation in expressing outrage against the ongoing string of homicides targeting transgender women. Just this month, three young black transgender women have been murdered. On January 9, Ms. Edwards was killed in Louisville, Kentucky and Lamia Beard was killed in Norfolk, ...


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Steve Grand CD to come out March 24 - Steve Grand—the openly gay local singer-songwriter who, in 2013, spent $7,000 of his own money to produce a music video for the song "All American Boy," and became a viral sensation—will debut his album ( also called All American Boy ) on March 24. Fueled by donations from nearly 5,000 fans, Grand ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under ...


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Exxon to include protections based on orientation, gender identity - From a press release - ExxonMobil has revised its Equal Employment Opportunity ( EEO ) policy to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Statement by Tico Almeida, founder and President of Freedom to Work, on news that Exxon-Mobil has finally added protections for LGBT employees. Almeida is a civil rights attorney who brought forward the historic and currently pending lawsuit Freedom to ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: Challengers seek aldermanic posts - 5TH WARD Urban policy pro Jocelyn Hare runs for 5th Ward seat. Read article at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/5TH-WARD-Urban-policy-pro-Jocelyn-Hare-runs-for-5th-Ward-seat/50347.html . 46th WARD Lesbian candidate vies to win aldermanic seat. Read article at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Lesbian-candidate-vies-to-win-seat-as-46th-Ward-alderman/50345.html . 39TH WARD Gay aldermanic candidate runs as 'anti-Emanuel'. Read article at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/39TH-WARD-Gay-aldermanic-candidate-runs-as-anti-Emanuel/50344.html . 35TH WARD Openly gay candidate seeks to unseat Colon. Read ...


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Chicago Women Take Action forum hosts mayoral candidates - The pews of the Chicago Temple were crammed with supporters and guests of Chicago Women Take Action ( CWTA ) Jan. 24 to hear arguments from incumbent mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challengers 2nd Ward Ald. Robert Fioretti, 7th District Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, multimillionaire CEO/producer Willie L. Wilson and community/political activist William "Dock" Walls as to why ...


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Chicago Auto Show set for Feb. 14-22; Uber apologizes - The Chicago Auto Show will take place Feb. 14-22 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. Called North America's largest auto show, the 2015 Chicago Auto Show spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space and will sport a range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars. The Chicago Auto Show ...


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Billy Masters - "Happy Birthday Russell. Birthdays are like rim jobs—you gotta get involved. Open up and get ready for another great year!"—So said the inscription on the birthday cake of Russell Tovey on the set of HBO's Looking, which just started its second season. He says it's a sign of things to come. We sure hope so! So, I'm having sex with ...


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'Orange' nabs SAG awards - The awards season continued with the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 25. The Netflix series Orange Is the New Black won twice—once for best comedy ensemble and other with Uzo Aduba ( who portrays "Crazy Eyes" ) winning best female actor in a comedy series. In winning, Aduba edged Modern Family's Julie Bowen, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, Veep's ...


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Knight at the Movies: Baby, it's cold outside! - When the weather outside is frightful—as it is these short, frosty days—that's the time when a film fan like myself gets out the winter movies. It may seem perverse but, baby, when it's this cold outside I like nothing more than to shovel down to the frosty depths of my admittedly vast movie collection for some frigid weather favorites. Some ...


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Music events: Artemis concert Feb. 6-7; OUTMusic Awards put off - Artemis Singers concert Feb. 6-7 Chicago lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Artemis Singers will perform Adele's "Rumour Has It," ...


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Theater Spotlight; Critics' Picks - If you've ever wanted to attend an immersive performance art happening, now is your chance to do so with REVIVAL 2015: Source::Evolution, which builds upon the 2013 version of the event. See what spectacles have been cooked up this year by creators Eric Andrew Hoff, Jesse Morgan Young and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. REVIVAL 2015: ...


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VIEWS Historic Black LGBTQ talk on 'Selma' takes place - If Bayard Rustin were alive today, he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film Selma. "Flashback Sunday," a social group for LGBTQ elders of color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition ( HGBC ) convened "an honest and open dialogue" between a generations of LGBTQ activists. Folks who ...


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Chicago Women in Trades forges new, nontraditional lives - One of the legacies left when feminist leader Christine Johnson passed way Jan. 23 was an indelible advancement in the attitudes, growth and opportunities for women wishing to follow in her steps and forge a career as a construction machinist or as a plumber, electrician, welder or in any number of trades that had once been viewed as remaining solely ...


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Apartment Adoption Projects starts for homeless Chicago youth - CHICAGO—The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project has launched in Chicago to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted earlier in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club aims to provide additional scattered-site housing to unstably housed youth who are in school or working at ...


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PBS series includes 'Limited Partnership' and 'Homestretch' - A film about a couple's decades-long fight for the right to marry and a documentary about homeless Chicago youths are in the line-up of PBS' Independent Lens' winter/spring 2015 season. Limited Partnership, which will air June 15, centers on a gay couple's 40-year fight for the right to marry in the United States. The Homestretch, which will run April 13, ...


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39TH WARD Gay aldermanic candidate runs as 'anti-Emanuel' - ELECTIONS 2015 - Joe Laiacona is an out gay man who has lived in Albany Park for over a decade. Under the pen name Jack Rinella, the 68-year-old wrote the Leather Views column for Gay Chicago Magazine for 17 years and published nine books about the leather scene. His biography states that he has been a "high school and college teacher, a cook, ...


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Lesbian candidate vies to win seat as 46th Ward alderman - ELECTIONS 2015 - Business attorney Amy Crawford, an openly gay partner with the Chicago firm Kirkland & Ellis, is mounting a campaign to unseat incumbent Ald. James Cappleman, also openly gay, in the February 24th municipal election. Among the issues Crawford sees as being key to the race are public safety, economic development and sustaining affordable housing in the Ward, where Crawford lives ...


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35TH WARD Openly gay candidate seeks to unseat Colon - ELECTIONS 2015: - Organizer Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has been, since September, working to unseat longtime 35th Ward Ald. Rey Colon. Ramirez-Rosa is the first openly gay Latino candidate in the city's history. He's running on a platform emphasizing transparency, accountability and open neighborhood engagement, and further maintains that serious financial reforms will alleviate Chicago's money woes better than property tax increases and service cuts. ...


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5TH WARD Urban policy pro Jocelyn Hare runs for 5th Ward seat - ELECTIONS 2015 - Growing up in a multiracial household as the granddaughter of first-generation Chinese immigrants, candidate Jocelyn Hare ( who identifies as queer ) is a longtime activist for underrepresented groups. She has been a board member of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance for six years, a supporter of increasing the minimum wage, and a believer in a woman's right to choose. ...


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Immigration and the LGBT community: Inside ICE detention - Part three - Every Friday at 7:15 a.m., Sister Pat Murphy and Sister JoAnn Persch of the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago arrive at the Broadview Detention Facility. It is a squat, two-story building located in a bleak-looking industrial park in Broadview, Illinois. To one side, there is a lot enclosed by a covered fence topped with coils of razor wire. To the ...


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LGBT issues part of 2015 aging confab - Aging in America 2015 will take place March 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.—and LGBT issues will be significantly covered at the event. There are almost 20 LGBT-related sessions planned. Among them are "Improving LGBT Inclusiveness of Aging Service Providers," "Being Gay Ain't What It Used to Be" and "Transgender and Queer Perspectives on Sexuality in ...


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Chicago Theatre Week grows; About Face's 'A Kid Like Jake' in Feb. - Chicago Theatre Week is expanding. The upcoming celebration of theatregoing in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place Feb. 12-22, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as part of the 2015 line-up. Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres ...


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THEATER REVIEW Accidentally, Like A Martyr - Playwright: Grant James Varjas. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: March 1 Don't be fooled by the Bee Gees playing on the jukebox or the twinkling lights strung over the walls. This isn't 1973; it's 2005, the lights are because it's three days before Christmas and the music is so Edmund, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Plastic Revolution - Book: Will Cavedo & Andrew Hobgood; Score: Julie Nichols and Hobgood. At: The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through Feb. 22 The New Colony may call Plastic Revolution a world premiere, but it's actually a thoroughly revised version of the company's 2009 show Tupperware: An American Musical Fable. And while Plastic Revolution is a definite ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play - Playwright: Anne Washburn; music by Michael Friedman. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.TheaterWit.org; $38 ( $25 if 29 or under ). Runs through: March 1 In Act I of this intelligent but disturbing play, television's The Simpsons is a fondly-remembered program in the near-future ( think I Love Lucy episodes ). In Act II, seven years ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle - Playwright: Ross Dungan. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave.. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.steeptheatre.com; $10-$35. Runs through: Feb. 28 Consider for a moment how many great works of art originated with a young man trying to impress a girl ( or boy—let's be fair ), or a young woman pouring out her heart to an unseen listener/viewer. Consider, also, the popular ...


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2015 Detroit Auto Show recap: Five best cars, three trends - - The media preview of the 2015 North American International Auto Show has come to an end, and most of us have returned home to reflect on what we saw. After a day of recuperation ( including some much-needed cuddle time with my Xbox ), I've put together a short list of running themes at NAIAS and the most important vehicles ...


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DISH: Crew Sports Bar + Grill; Leghorn expands - - A few years ago, I remember attending an LGBT-focused event downtown. There were various goodies on the table, and I asked a then-intern if he wanted anything. "Are you kidding?," he responded. "There are carbs everywhere—and no vegetables anywhere." Well, he might head for the hills upon seeing the menu at the gay gathering spot known as Crew Sports Bar ...


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MUSIC Gwen Stefani: Underneath it all - From bed in her Los Angeles home, Gwen Stefani insisted she doesn't mind doing her first gay press interview in a decade on her day off. "I love talking about myself," the No Doubt frontwoman said, giggling. Set to release her third solo album this spring, Stefani rang to open up about her "late in life" introduction to the gay ...


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Coming up in film and music - Films on LGBTs and the Middle East on Jan. 31 Silk Road Rising and the Chicago Palestine Film Festival will host "Breaking Borders," an evening of screenings followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St. The films slated to be ...


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MUSIC Mike Maimone and the Mutts set out to impress in 2015 - Mike Maimone is a gay musician whose most recent passion project is as manager, vocalist, and keyboardist with the band, the Mutts. The Mutts released its latest album, Fuel Yer Delusion Vol. 4, on Dec. 9, 2014. The band also recently performed at Riot Fest 2014 and Maimone was featured at the OUTspoken series at Sidetrack, a monthly LGBTQ live ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER K. Todd Freeman flies freely in 'Airline Highway' - Steppenwolf ensemble member K. Todd Freeman is bringing sass to a Sissy this season. Directed by the "Wicked"-ly talented Joe Mantello, Airline Highway depicts the drama surrounding the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a motel in New Orleans. The cast comes together for the final party set at the motel for Miss Ruby brings some poignant moments to the story ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A modern 'Princess' - Out playwright and performer Aaron Holland's world premiere play Princess Mary Demands Your Attention includes a mystical drag queen, pot-smoking and shade-throwing teenagers and an agoraphobic protagonist who feels trapped by an overwhelming duty to stay in Richmond, Va, and watch over his widowed mother. Oh yeah, the play was also inspired by Tolstoy's epic 1869 novel War and Peace. ...


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Letters to the editor: Bowled over - I was delighted to read the Jan. 21 article by Carrie Maxwell entitled "Affinity kicks off 20th-anniv. year with Burning Bowl Event." I'd like to publicly thank and congratulate Affinity Community Services on its 20 years of organizational history, which, I must add, was built upon strong grassroots organizational skills and experience. Affinity continues to be an organizational beacon of ...


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in the Life: David Garcia - Some see David Garcia as simply a hair dresser, hairstylist or hair guru. But he considers himself, a style educator. "I thrive on meeting new individuals and love assisting them with their styling and lifestyle needs," Garcia said. Since he was 3, Garcia has been judging other people's image. At age 18, he decided to take his gift more seriously—he ...


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Of interest: Or Chadash; Her HRC; State of AIDS; teen web series - Cornel West lecture Feb. 1 at Rockefeller The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Annual Public Lecture will present Dr. Cornel West discussing his new book, The Radical King, on Sunday, Feb. 1, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He has written 19 books ...


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Queer children's book author Gonzalez creates gender-neutral character - Queer children's book author and illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez did something unique with her third picture book; she didn't specify the main character's gender in the story. Gonzalez has illustrated more than 20 children's books during her two decade long career, and in 2007 she began writing her own stories as well. Gonzalez said the decision to write a story ...


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Joel Grey officially comes out as gay - Broadway and movie veteran Joel Grey has officially come out as a gay man, according to People magazine. Grey was married for 24 years and has raised two children: actress Jennifer Grey ( of Dirty Dancing fame ) and chef James. However, Grey, 82, recently told People, " I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label ...


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DISH: SAVOR El Mariachi Tequila Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - El Mariachi Tequila Bar ( 3906 N. Broadway; http://elmariachitequilabar.com/ ) is in the same family of restaurants as Tutto Fresco Trattoria, El Mariachi Restaurant and Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse—all along a five-block stretch in Lake View. I've previously profiled Revolucion—and raved about his brunch. In many ways, El Mariachi Tequila Bar is similar; in other ways, it's not. Let's start with ...


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Transgender woman of color killed in Texas - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Ty Underwood, a transgender woman of color, in Tyler, Texas. According to local media reports, Ty Underwood was found shot to death early Monday morning on January 26th, after a woman called 911 to say a car had hit a telephone pole and that her ...


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Original 'ex-ex-gay' John Evans dies - From a TWO press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today mourned the death of John Evans, a man who in 1973 co-founded the first modern "ex-gay" ministry, Love in Action. He quit this ministry a few years later after his friend, Jack McIntyre, committed suicide because he could not change his sexual orientation. Evans spent the remainder of this life speaking out against "pray ...


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AFC's 30 year gala May 16, star of Transparent master of ceremonies - From a press release - WHAT: The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) commemorates 30 years of action with the HIV/AIDS community during its 30th Year Gala, taking place at the Hilton Chicago on May 16. The event marks a historic milestone for the organization, which has led the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Chicago metropolitan area since the early years of the epidemic. ...


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HRC to Mormon leaders: Don't leave anyone behind - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) recognized the three apostles and a senior female leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their televised statement in support of housing, workplace and public accommodation protections for LGBT people. "Symbolically, seeing the church leaders advocating so openly for these protections will no doubt be deeply ...


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Entertainment: Zarley's new CD; Dan Savage project; Kylie Minogue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out singer-songwriter Matt Zarley will release his newest album, hopefulROMANTIC, on Feb. 10, according to a press release. hopefulROMANTIC will be available in two versions: a pop album featuring original versions of each song, and a soundtrack to his short film of the same name with new arrangements of each track re-imagined specifically for the film. Zarley's first solo album, ...


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World: Turing notebook; ISIS killing gays; king makes history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook said to contain detailed mathematics and computer science notes written by Alan Turing, the late gay British cryptographer, is going up for auction in April, the International Business Times noted. Turing—the subject of the current theatrical release The Imitation Game—cracked the Nazi enigma code at the height of World War II, helping push the Allies to victory. The ...


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National: N. Dak. marriage; Mary Cheney; Anderson Cooper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Underwood, a 24-year-old transgender woman of color, was fatally shot early Jan. 26 in North Tyler, Texas, according to Advocate.com. Police found Underwood when responding to a 911 call from a woman who said her children had heard gunshots and that a car had run into a telephone pole nearby. Detective Andy Erbaugh told reporters he believes that Underwood ...


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Dining: Kanela cocktails; Crew's ownership changes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Kanela Breakfast Club in Old Town, Lake View and Wicker Park—which recently received its liquor license—has debuted a menu of classic and seasonal cocktails. Guests can sip on specialty drinks ranging from $7 to $8 each, including the Apricot Elderflower Bubbly, Almond Joy Latte, Vodka Caramel Apple Cider and more. —Brian Wells and Steve Milford—who founded and opened Crew ( ...


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The fight of her life: Longtime activist Healy battles cancer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sheila Healy focuses on today, maybe tomorrow. She finds joy with her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog named Maddie and such simple things as the NFL playoff victory Jan. 11 by her beloved Green Bay Packers. She never looks too far ahead—be it a week, month and certainly not a year. She was, for instance, supposed to go on ...


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BENT NIGHTS George Ezra holds concert at UIC Pavilion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Regardless of how her career evolves from here on out, Adele will go down in history for bringing back the power of singing as a pure art form. Forget neo-soul, the annual flood of talented new faces ( who have a tendency to trill to distraction ) or the fusion of genres, Adele has put the emphasis back on great ...


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BOOKS 'Boystown' moves from online to print - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Jake Biondi set out to begin writing Boystown in the summer of 2013, his intention was to make it an online serial—the continuing story of the exploits of his characters released chapter by chapter. However, given the immediate popularity of the series, Biondi has not only released Boystown as an online serial, but now has two print editions of ...


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Quare Square a South Side stronghold - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Quare Square, a monthly open mic for queer women of color and allies, is a flashback to the now-defunct POWWOW, Inc., the longest-running open mic for Black lesbians in the country and a 2013 inductee into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame. "Everyone wanted POWWOW to continue, but for various reasons, it could not," said M. Shelley Conner, ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Glovely ( http://www.glove.ly/ ): They not only look stylish—but they're multifunctional. Glovely items not only keep your digits warm, but they help you work with your touch-screen devices. If you're not satisfied, there's also a 60-day return policy. Styles include cozy, solid, classic, rabbit-lined, leather and driver. —Love, Always ( http://transgresspress.org/books/ ): Love, Always is the first collection of writings ...


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Event headlines in dance, music, art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Giordano Dance at Auditorium Jan. 31 The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will present Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) in the company's first full-length performance at the venue as part of the "Made in Chicago" Dance Series, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Highlights will include the world premiere of "Shirt Off My Back," a full-company work ...


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Artist hosts 'ap[ART]' benefit, celebration - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Family, friends and fans came together as a community to support Erik Sosa's "ap[ART]" fundraiser at Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art on Jan. 24. Wayne Johnson of NBC made an appearance for the live auction. Sosa donated four paintings from his 2015 collection to be displayed and then auctioned for three non-profits—Museum of Mexican Art's Yollocalli Arts Initiative, AIDS ...


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PASSAGES Punk rocker Meghan Galbraith dies - Meghan Galbraith, 35, front woman for the queer Chicago-based rock/pop/punk trio band 8 Inch Betsy, died Jan. 22 after a year-long illness. Galbraith was born Aug. 13, 1979, in Waukegan, Illinois, and graduated from Waukegan High School. Shortly after moving to Chicago in 1997, Galbraith began working at Beans and Bagel on Montrose eventually becoming a manager of the location. ...


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Center on Halsted's 2015 Human First Gala to convene as Kinfolk - From a press release - Center on Halsted will host the annual Human First Performance & Gala on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union station; located at 500 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL. Human First recognizes the contributions of individuals, businesses and other organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) community ...


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Saks withdraws argument that trans people not covered by Title VII - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - HOUSTON, TX — In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today Saks Fifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the same case affirmatively stating ...


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TPAN receives $115,000 from Alphawood Foundation - From a TPAN press release - Chicago, Illinois, December January 26, 2015—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) received a grant for general operations in the amount of $115,000 from the Alphawood Foundation on January 8, 2015. The Alphawood Foundation has been a strong supporter of TPAN for many years and this unrestricted funding will help to support the agency's operating costs not covered by grants. ...


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DJ held after fatal Lake Shore Drive crash - A popular Chicago DJ is being held on $1 million bond after a Jan. 19 car crash resulting in the death of a woman riding in his car, NBC5 reported. Rafael Rodriguez, also known as DJ Lego, was allegedly speeding and lost control of his car in the 2200 block of North Lake Shore Drive, running it into a frozen ...


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'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies - Chuck Jacobson was living and working in Chicago in 2005 when he went to New York City for a June weekend to watch his beloved Cubs play against the Yankees at iconic, original Yankee Stadium. Jacobson, who was sitting near the Cubs dugout, had gotten a foul ball from then-Cubs manager Dusty Baker—and boy did that ball come in handy. ...


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Chris Johnson, printer, artist, feminist leader, dies - Christine Johnson, a former Chicagoan who played a key role in the early Women-in-Print and women in trades movements locally and nationally, died Jan. 23 of complications from cancer. She was 63. Johnson and Nancy Poore were married in Canada in February 2007, their anniversary. This February would have marked their 34th year together. Johnson, originally from Cincinnati, was a ...


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CGHA to skate at Soldier Field after Hockey City Classic - When members of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association ( CGHA ) took the ice at Soldier Field in Chicago for an intra-squad game during the winter of 2013, the temperature was in the low 20s and the wind was brisk. "That's part of playing outdoor hockey," said Andrew Sobotka, 29, CGHA's president. "The [2013] game was amazing. There is nothing ...


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Claps continues as IDHR director under Rauner - Illinois Department of Human Rights ( IDHR ) Director Rocco Claps has been re-appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to continue in the position that he has held for the past 12 years, Capitol Fax reported Jan. 23. Claps, the first openly gay cabinet member in Illinois history, was first appointed to the post by Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2003 and ...


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Lambda Legal on nomination of Rev. Meeks as Chair, IL State Board of Education - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, January 23, 2015 ) — In response to Governor Rauner's nomination of Reverend James Meeks as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education, Christopher Clark, Counsel and Youth and Schools Program Strategist for Lambda Legal, released the following statement: "Keeping LGBTQ students safe in school and protecting their right to a fair and equal education is ...


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Jobe to become Illinois tourism chief - Springfield city council member and Illinois comptroller official Cory Jobe has been picked to be the state's new director of tourism, the ( Springfield ) State Journal-Register reported Jan. 21. Jobe, who is openly gay, was deputy chief of staff under the late Judy Baar Topinka and has continued in that capacity under the state's new comptroller, Leslie Munger. He ...


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Religious extremists target bakers with requests for 'God Hates Fags' cakes - From a Truth Wins Out press release - CHICAGO — Yesterday, Peter LaBarbera triumphantly posted a series of anti-gay videos from Theodore Shoebat, son of extremist Christian convert Walid Shoebat, who believes that the GOP-led House Of Representatives has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and that "ISIS is truly the manifestation of the purest form of the homosexual agenda." In the younger Shoebat's videos, he records himself ...


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Softball player critically injured at gay tournament in Las Vegas - A San Diego man was seriously injured at a gay softball tournament in Las Vegas on Jan. 18. Mike Petracca is slowly improving—and was downgraded on Jan. 22 from critical to stable condition and moved into a private room at University Medical Center from the ICU—as the LGBT community rallies around him. He returned to San Diego Jan. 23. Petracca, ...


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Out at CHM opens series with transgender resilience - The Chicago History Museum began its 12th annual Out at CHM series on January 22 with Transmopolitan: Transgender Resilience. Trans activist and evangelist Precious Davis led and moderated a panel which represented an ongoing dynasty of transgender history, advocacy and achievement. Speakers included beloved activist and Center on Halsted charm school principal "Mama Gloria" Allen, celebrated and former Miss Continental ...


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Lamia Beard, transgender woman of color, killed in Norfolk - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Lamia Beard a transgender woman of color, in Norfolk, Virginia. According to local media reports, including the one linked here, which have been consistently misgendering and misnaming Lamia, indicate that she was found suffering from a gunshot wound early Saturday morning, January 17th. She was ...


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Moxie networks LGBTs in urban planning areas - Steven Vance, a transportation blogger for Streetsblog, made a simple suggestion last January: that there be a group for queer transportation professionals. At the time, Daniel Ronan was in the midst of a six-month job search, having moved to Chicago from Portland, Oregon, without a job and had spoken with more than 90 people in three months from three different ...


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Immigration and LGBTQs: Immigrants tell their stories - Part two - On July 4, 2012 at 11 in the morning, 25 U.S. military service members met President Barack Obama at the White House to swear a second oath to their country—one they had each already served without being citizens of it. That year, more than 757,000 people had taken part in naturalization ceremonies across the U.S. whether among 50 others in ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The percussive dance revue STOMP has been playing off-Broadway since 1994 and wowing the world through a series of international tours. If you haven't seen the show, which features drummers making noise out of everyday objects, catch the current tour of STOMP now playing in Chicago. STOMP continues through Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. ...







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