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World of Chocolate draws a thousand chocolate fans - About a thousand supporters of AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) gathered at Revel Fulton Market for AFC's annual World of Chocolate celebration Dec. 1. Twenty-one vendors offered their chocolate wares at the celebration. Some indulged celebrants' taste for the savory as well as the sweet, for example. Hotel Intercontinental Chicago offered its "Dinky Duck burger, a Kobe beef ...


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Illinois companies run gamut in HRC's corporate index - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 72 in Illinois. In total, 887 companies were officially rated in the new CEI, up from 851 in last year's. The average score for companies and law firms based in ...


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ACLU, LGBT groups call on Obama to grant clemency to Chelsea Manning - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and over a dozen LGBT groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information to the media to raise public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning is in the seventh year of a 35-year sentence. Ian Thompson, ACLU ...


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Governor who signed North Carolina's HB2 concedes race - Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded in his race for the governor's office. On Dec. 5, McCrory released a video congratulating Roy Cooper in his win. Democratic Attorney General Cooper lead incumbent McCrory by about 10,250 votes from 4.7 million cast. McCrory, who became the first sitting North Carolina governor to lose a re-election bid, signed several controversial ...


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TRUST Collective Solidarity with Pilsen Church Against Hate Incidents - Letter to the editor - TRUST Collective-Chicago is a new entity created "Post-Orlando" that is comprised of Latinx, Muslim, and LGBTQ+ community leaders created after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We stand in solidarity with the community of Lincoln United Methodist Church ( Lincoln UMC ) in Pilsen. Lincoln UMC, a church community and neighborhood, has been the target of multiple hate ...


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NCAVP mourns intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae in PA - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Dalia Elhefny Sabae, age 28, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania which occurred on November 10, 2016. According to media reports, Sabae, a bisexual woman, was allegedly killed by her husband, Michael Cwiklinski, age 47, against whom she had sought Orders of Protection in the ...


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Howard Brown Health officially opens Rogers Park clinic - Howard Brown Health hosted the grand opening of Howard Brown Health Clark, its Far North Side facility Dec. 5, at 6500 N. Clark St. The event was host to several local politicians, among them U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Alds. Carlos Rosa, Harry Osterman, Raymond Lopez and Joe Moore. The 15,000-square-foot facility, which officials say will ...


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Trump's Attorney General choice led anti-LGBTQ campaign, rights groups oppose Sessions - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released the following statement on the revelation that Senator Jeff Sessions — President-elect Donald Trump's choice for U.S. Attorney General — led a campaign to block an LGBTQ student group from holding a conference at a public university while he was Alabama Attorney General. The news unearthed by CNN's Andrew ...


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GLAAD launches Trump Accountability Project - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched theTrump Accountability Project ( TAP ). TAP is a resource for journalists, editors, producers, and other news makers reporting on the Trump administration which catalogues the anti-LGBTQ statements and actions of Donald Trump and those in or being considered for his administration. The resource also catalogues other discriminatory ...


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President Obama makes World AIDS Day proclamation - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - WORLD AIDS DAY, 2016 Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination. HIV/AIDS has taken tens of millions of lives — and far too many people with HIV have struggled to get the care, treatment, and compassion they deserve. But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, ...


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HRC, Equality North Carolina call on McCrory to concede - From an HRC press release - RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina once again called on Pat McCrory to concede. Instead of accepting the fact that voters rejected his bid for re-election, McCrory launched an all-out effort to throw the integrity of the election into question by lodging baseless voter protests in more than half of the state's ...


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New Report Examines Discriminatory State HIV Criminalization Laws - From a press release - Report released on World AIDS Day highlights how these outdated laws perpetuate dangerous misinformation and aren't based in fact or modern science ( Denver, December 1, 2016 )—A new report released today by the Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ) focuses on HIV criminalization laws, which can still carry penalties such as 35-year prison terms and registration as a sex ...


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Bar associations respond to increase in hate-motivated violence, harassment - From a press release - Statement of the Hispanic National Bar Association ( HNBA ), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ( NAPABA ), the National Association of Women Lawyers ( NAWL ), the National Bar Association ( NBA ), the National LGBT Bar Association ( LGBT Bar ), and the National Native American Bar Association ( NNABA ) on the Recent Increase in ...


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PASSAGES Nancy Reiff, former Daley staffer, dies - By Gretchen Rachel Hammond and Tracy Baim - In writing of the warrior, Morihei Ueshiba observed "when life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for peace." Nancy Reiff passed away Nov. 30 after a lifetime of victories as an activist as, in her own words "a warrior doing battle one moment at a ...


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Native Son Awards honor George C. Wolfe, Don Lemon, DeRay Mckesson - From a press release - New York - December 1, 2016—Last night—Wednesday, November 30—journalist, content creator and LGBT activist Emil Wilbekin hosted the inaugural Native Son Awards honoring Tony Award-winning director and playwright, George C. Wolfe; journalist and CNN Tonight Host, Don Lemon; and Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson at The Cadillac House in New York City. The event—sponsored by Cadillac, Belvedere Red and ...


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Millennial Impact Project five-year report: A generation largely eager to give - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS ( Nov. 29, 2016 ) — Today Achieve, in partnership with the Case Foundation, released a five-year retrospective on the Millennial Impact Project. The project has heard from more than 75,000 millennials ( born 1980 to 2000 ) to date, providing new insights into how the generation activates and engages with the causes they care about. The report details ...


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Class settlement proposed on health benefits for Walmart same-sex spouses - From a press release - BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2016 — Former Walmart associate Jacqueline Cote and her lawyers filed a motion today asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to grant preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Cote's action that challenged Walmart's lack of health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses of Walmart associates prior to 2014. The case is known ...


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Chicago woman alleges CPD attack during protest - On the second anniversary of the brutal shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by an officer of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), a small group of people gathered near the scene of the crime at 4100 S. Pulaski Rd., where McDonald was gunned down by Jason Van Dyke, who now faces charges of first degree murder. The Oct. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Finding Neverland - Music and lyrics by Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy. Book by James Graham. At: Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $27-123. Runs through: Dec 4 Finding Neverland, the Broadway musical tour, has landed in Chicago. It's based on the movie and play about author J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired the classic Peter Pan. J.M. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Electra - Playwright: Sophocles, translated by Nicholas Rudall]. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472; CourtTheatre.org; $48-$68. Runs through: Dec. 11 Two citizens meet in ancient Athens. "So who will win the playwriting prize at the City Dionysia?" asks the first. "My heart's with Euripides," his friend replies, "but smart money is on Sophocles." "Oh, no!" exclaims the first, "Not ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Fundamentals - Playwright: Erika Sheffer. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Dec. 23 The speechwriters for the recent election got it wrong. The people of whom we should beware are not those with nothing to lose, but those with just a little to lose—and that little is all they have. The employees of this high-end Manhattan hotel ...


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THEATER REVIEW Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley - Playwright: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: $30-$81. Runs through: Dec. 18 If the thought that crosses your mind upon initially viewing the parlor of Pemberley is "Did British families have Christmas trees in 1815?" or if the news that the Darcys' Yuletide guests ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Homo for the holidays? A December theater preview - Whether you're in the mood for a heartwarming Christmas tale or an irreverent camp comedy, there are all kinds of stage plays and musicals to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Here's a select sampling of shows; those marked with an asterisk ( * ) indicate significant LGBTQ content. All productions in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Holiday ...


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Victory, Center, Art AIDS hosting talk, tour Nov. 30-Dec. 1 - Victory Gardens Theater, Art AIDS America Chicago and Center on Halsted have announced the two-day World AIDS Day event. "We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now." "We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now"—an HIV/AIDS arts and cultural impact panel and performance—is scheduled to take place on Wed., Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. ...


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Barry's Bootcamp brings workouts to Chicago - Joey Gonzalez came home in mid-November for "one of the most climactic and meaningful moments" of his career: the opening of Barry's Chicago, 11 W. Erie St., in River North. Gonzalez is, after all, a Chicago-area native who is the CEO of Barry's Bootcamp—the group workout regimen that combines equal length intervals of cardio ( treadmill runs ) and floor ...


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CMSA Hall of Fame welcomes six in the class of 2016 - Leslie Wallin started playing 16-inch softball before some in today's Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) leagues were even born. She started in 1987. And in the early 1990s, she joined the Outlines flag football team. In 2000, she joined the Diesel Daises, which she tagged as, "a raucous team known for its love of fierce competition mixed with ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm almost positive a certain beloved daytime talk-show host once had me kicked out of a backstage dressing room at the Emmy Awards. I can't prove it, but this person, who has short blonde hair, has a mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about."—Kathy Griffin's clearly afraid to name Ellen DeGeneres. But we're not—because we have positive stories about ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - ChiGayGo: A Holiday Kiki Thu., Dec. 1, 10 pm Laugh Factory Chicago, 3175 N. Broadway A fabulously funny group of queer comics make the yuletide gay. FeaturingPeter Kim, Rachel McCartney, Whitney Chitwood, Eric Lewis-Baker, Erin Diamond and your hostess with the mostest, Scott Duff. Master/Slave Class/Myth Busting Fri., Dec. 2, 7-8:30 pm Leather64TEN, 6410 N. Clark St. Master Michael has ...


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Barlesque 9 events in pictures - TOUCHE Todd hosts a touching Spanksgiving, Wed., Nov. 23. Photos by Gerald Cernak NAUGHTY LITTLE CABARET Furry burlesque, Sun., Nov. 27. Photos by Gerald Cernak CHARLIE'S No hiding at Alex's Mask4Masq party, Wed., Nov. 23. Photos by Jerry Nunn JACKHAMMER Fundraising insanity with Otter Chaos, Sat., Nov. 26. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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SAVOR Mama's Boy event; Yoshi's Cafe gala - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Windy City Times recently had the honor of attending two different special events. Thankfully, the one thing in common was that they both featured excellent food. Mama's Boy Peasant Italian ( 445 N. Dearborn St.; RosebudRestaurants.com/restaurant/mamas-boy-peasant-italian/ ) held an event that was big on the goal of achieving exposure via social media ( although I don't think the organizers will ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers - The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. Bea Cordelia Bea Cordelia is an award-winning, Chicago-bred writer, solo performer and teaching artist, specializing in issues of gender, sex and sexuality, queerness and the body. ...


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BUSINESS The story of a suit: A woman's custom tuxedo at Dapper Club - Amy Silverman wanted a tuxedo. She had a few weddings and charity evenings coming up, and she wanted to look like James Bond. But her dream tuxedo proved elusive. "I kind of makeshift things from what I can find that will fit me," Silverman said. "Being 5'2," it's nice to be able to go and get something made that fits ...


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'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( HBO's The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others ) and featuring interviews by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community. Individuals such as Amos ...


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Stevie Nicks in Chicago Dec. 3 - Grammy-winning icon Stevie Nicks has announced The 24-Karat Gold Tour, which began Oct. 25. The tour will bring Nicks to Chicago's United Center on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Pretenders will be the special guests. Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist who has been dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has had six Top 10 albums ...


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Leslie Jordan at NEIU on Dec. 8 - Emmy-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan will perform his stand-up at Northeastern Illinois University on Thursday, Dec. 8, to conclude NEIU Gives Back Week. The performance, titled "An Afternoon With Leslie Jordan," is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the auditorium on the main campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. While tickets are free to students, a donation of a nonperishable ...


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NUNN ON ONE Swingin' with Jane Lynch - 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. What a career the Evergreen Park native has had. After graduating from Illinois State University, she spent 15 years at the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tom Hewitt hooks into 'Finding Neverland' - Inspired by the 2004 movie, Finding Neverland has now been made into a musical Broadway show. After closing this past August in New York, the production is now traveling and making its way to the Windy City. The story centers around Scottish writer J.M. Barrie, his relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and her four sons. This serves as the inspiration ...


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Theater spotlight on The Complete Deaths, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Take a comically macabre journey through the more than 70 onstage and often gruesome deaths in William Shakespeare's complete works with The Complete Deaths. Created by the comic troupe Spymonkey based out of Brighton in the United Kingdom, The Complete Deaths finds humor in poisonings, stabbings and even cannibalism. The Complete Deaths continues through Sunday, Dec. 11, upstairs ...


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Deeply Rooted concerts Dec. 3-4 - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater will stage its 20th-anniversary kickoff concerts Saturday, Dec. 3 ( 7:30 p.m. ) and Sunday, Dec. 4 ( 2 p.m. ) at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Deeply Rooted will feature two world premieres: When Men, which explores the idea of abandoning stigmas to strengthen from within, choreographed ...


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'SheFest' Dec. 12 - Pride Films and Plays will host SheFest at The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. SheFest is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert, with Tess Guilfoile directing. Tickets are $10-$15; call ...


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LETTERS Making it better, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus calls for harmony - Making it better Dear Editor: I spoke at a small high schooler-led LGBTQ acceptance conference in rural northwest Indiana ( Vice President-elect Pence's stomping ground ) recently. Maybe 15 or 20 people showed up at the local YMCA, half of them kids. These kids were amazing—bright, out, open and allied—and wonderfully hopeful in their beliefs about the future of LGBTQ ...


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MOMBIAN Picking up the shards - I made a cake on Nov. 8 to celebrate what I thought would be Hillary Clinton's election. For decoration, I melted sugar into sheets and broke it into shards to represent the glass ceiling that I hoped she would shatter. On Nov. 9, however, I found myself looking at the remains of the cake and wondering if it better represented ...


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'World of Chocolate' Dec. 1 at Revel - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 15th annual World of Chocolate winter gala will take place Thursday, Dec. 1— World AIDS Day—at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, 6-9 p.m. There will be elaborate decor and sweet treats from 22 of Chicago chocolatiers, restaurants and caterers. Admission is $135-$2,000; call 312-334-0935 or visit AIDSchicago.org/chocolate . ...


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Quilt, speaker at ISU's World AIDS Day week - An exhibit of panels from the National AIDS Quilt and a keynote address by a local HIV/AIDS expert will be part of the events leading up to World AIDS Day at Illinois State University ( ISU ). Selected panels from the quilt will be displayed Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center at ISU. The ...


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Leather collection focus of Dec. 11 talk - Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) visiting scholar Scott Herring will give a presentation on the special collections of Samuel M. Steward at the museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m. Gay artist Steward ( 1909-1993 ) was a once-forgotten modernist and pornographer who has experienced a renaissance thanks to art historian Justin Spring's 2010 ...


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In the Life: Betsy Ade - Well-Known Strangers was formed about 18 months ago, and the group just recently celebrated its first show. There's nothing but smiles going forward from Betsy Ade and her musical mates, who have been entertaining Midwest audiences with their cello-infused, alternative pop/rock style that carries a splash of country and more. "Our style is pretty unique as we have a traditional ...


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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 ...


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WORLD AIDS DAY PROFILE Jim Petrakis: Consultant becomes face of HIV/AIDS - Most people may not know Jim Petrakis—but just about everyone is familiar, either directly or indirectly, with what he has gone through the past few years. Petrakis is an AIDS survivor. However, more than surviving, he is thriving. He made his journey known recently at the SOFA Chicago event by residing in a "living room" that designer/DIFFA ( Design Industries ...


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Howard Brown Health holds community input meetings - Howard Brown Health held two community input meetings—Nov. 15 at Brown Elephant Andersonville and Nov. 17 at Howard Brown Health 63rd Street—ahead of developing its three-year strategic plan. Howard Brown Health Individual Giving Officer Myles Brady-Davis kicked off the Nov. 15 meeting by noting that there is a lot going on in the world so it is important to get ...


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An Uber-driven love story - If you are one of the many thousands who will take an Uber in Chicago this season whether to holiday parties, shows or to load up on shopping, you might just meet Tanya Serrano-Bargas and Marisela Bargas. They are a newly married couple who not only found a common love but a line of work that they say is equally ...


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Post-election talk Dec. 5 at the Center - Another post-election discussion, "Where Do We Go From Here? The Trump Presidency and Our Civil Liberties," will take place Monday, Dec. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at the John Baran Hall at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. ACLU of Illinois Associate Legislative Director Khadine Bennett and state Reps. Ann Williams, Kelly Cassidy and Sara Feigenholtz will lead the talk. Also, ...


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Trans pioneer Judy Bowen looks back at community changes - Trans activist Judy Bowen, 72, has seen a lot. She moved to New York from the South in the mid 1960s and quickly immersed herself in the Greenwich Village scene. She started organizations, became an entrepreneur, and was a community leader. She eventually moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and is still there today with her partner of 33 years. ...


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BYC prepares for move into new building - Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) is entering the final weeks of preparation for its move to a new Uptown location in January 2017. The drop-in center, operated by Howard Brown Health, has for some time been located at Wellington United Church of Christ, 615 Wellington Ave., but will now have its own building "entirely dedicated to youth services, and ...


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HoF panel on arts and culture Dec. 7 - On Wed., Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame will hold a panel for the organization's second annual exhibit. The event will take place at the video theater at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. The panel will examine how art and culture in Chicago have impacted LGBTQ history. Panelists will include Christopher ...


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Website gathers stories of Irish LGBT emigrants for sake of policy - Paul Dowling believes in the power of story-telling and how it can create change and connection. He shows this belief in his story/policy initiative about LGBT Irish emigrants, At Home Abroad. Dowling hails from Ireland and now lives in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood with his husband. He works as a social worker with Chicago Irish Immigrant Support, a not-for-profit immigration and ...


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Airbnb to tackle LGBT, race discrimination on its platform - Fewer than 20 states in the country prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And although the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin—with an expansion to the law in 1988 to include discrimination based on disability or family status—housing discrimination continues to this day, though sometimes in less ...


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Serving the rainbow youth - By David Thill - 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 ...


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Tel Aviv shelter specializes in helping LGBT youth - Beit Dror, which means "House of Freedom" in English, is the only facility for LGBT youths experiencing homelessness in the Middle East. The shelter, located in Tel Aviv, Israel, has 14 beds. Lesbian, gay and bisexual clients usually can stay for up to three months, and six months in extreme cases. Transgender residents, whom authorities often have more difficulty placing ...


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Sock drive adds to holiday spirit for youth at The Crib - For the youth experiencing homelessness who enjoyed the Nov. 24 Thanksgiving dinner at The Night Ministry's Lake View shelter The Crib, there was an extra serving and it was one that had some of them literally screaming with happiness. Chicago activist, volunteer and organizer Abby Minton alongside her wife Dahlia Odishoo delivered dozens of brand new packets of socks to ...


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'San Antonio Four' exonerated - The highest court in Texas has exonerated the so-called "San Antonio Four." Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were convicted in the late 1990s of gang-raping two little girls who were Ramirez's nieces. The women had recently come out as lesbians, and prosecutors used their sexuality as a motive for the crimes. They were wrongfully convicted close ...


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AMA adopts new policies - The American Medical Association ( AMA ) recently gathered physician and medical student leaders from all corners of medicine during its Interim Meeting and voted to adopt new policies aimed at improving the health of the nation. Among a few of the policies are the following: —Parity in reproductive health insurance coverage for same-sex couples: In recognition that same-sex couples ...


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PASSAGES Ian Harris Schroeder - Former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree and beloved Chicago trans activist, artist and social worker Ian Harris Schroeder passed away Nov. 9, friends and family announced. Schroeder had been battling brain cancer which was diagnosed in March of this year. They ( preferred pronouns ) were a family-ties case manager at Chicago House, an artistic coordinator with the ...


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Relationships & the Law Today: Supreme Court looks at transgender bathroom policies - A recurring column - A transgender boy banned from using the boys' restroom at his high school sued his county school board alleging that it impermissibly discriminated him in violation of Title IX of the U.S. Constitution. The student's birth-assigned sex is female, but his gender identity is male. Since he was a freshman, he began hormone therapy, legally changed his name to a ...


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Lambda Legal Fights in Federal Court for Math Instructor Fired for Being Gay - From a press release - Today, the full 11-member Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case of Lambda Legal client, Kimberly Hively, a lesbian math teacher who was repeatedly denied promotions and ultimately fired from her job after it became known that she was a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, has potential to change the landscape and protect ...


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Federal court rehears gay discrimination case - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on Nov. 30, reheard oral arguments in the case of Kimberly Hively, an Indiana math instructor who was allegedly denied promotion and ultimately fired for being a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, tests whether the sex discrimination protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply ...


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Museum presents two exhibits on AIDS crisis - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 18, the International Museum of Surgical Science presented two exhibits that document very different aspects of the AIDS epidemic. The first—"Affinity in the Tall Grasses of California," by photographer/video artist/performer Whit Forrester—chronicled life and work on a medical cannabis farm in upstate California. The second—a video screening of Ellen Spiro's 1991 documentary ( In )Visible Women—depicted the heroic ...


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'Strut' fashion show benefits South Side Help Center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 20, Madman Productions presented the eighth edition of Strut, the annual fashion event to acknowledge World AIDS Week and to raise funds for HIV/AIDS organizations. The 2016 version took place at The Promontory. 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., with portions of the proceeds earmarked for The South Side Help Center and The Village. The event sold out in ...


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BENT NIGHTS Holiday releases - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although people may think that as the writer behind Bent Nights, I am a pagan witch who has an affinity for roasting small animals and children alive, in all actuality I appreciate the year-end holidays just like everyone else. It may not be the sentimental nostalgia that many feel, but it is appreciation, nonetheless. What makes the end of the ...


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VEHICLE REVIEW 2017 Nissan Armada: really huge, really cozy and really gay - BY SAM GOMEZ, GAYWHEELS.COM - Ever been invaded by something big and overwhelming and Spanish? During the Renaissance, the Spanish Armada was a force to be reckoned with—until Queen Elizabeth I took it down a peg or three, that is. Today's Armada is Japanese, not Spanish, but it's still something that you shouldn't ignore. The 2017 Nissan Armada, a really huge truck/SUV/tanker/ floating party, is ...


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NLGJA President Receives CNN Diversity Ovation Award - From a press release - Washington, D.C.- Today NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists is excited to announce that NLGJA President Jen Christensen is the recipient of the 2016 CNN Diversity Ovation Award. Christensen is an exemplification of NLGJA's commitment to diversity and mission to ensure more fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people, and NLGJA is proud of her accomplishment. "In ...


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Gift Guide - Week One of Two - Book it Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson—the history-making same-sex couple featured in Hillary Clinton's viral presidential campaign commercials ( "Getting Started," "Equal" )—have co-written So, You Want to Get ( Gay ) Married. For those thinking of getting hitched, this funny book may be the key in retaining your sanity. De-pendant Angara ( Angara.com ) considers itself the ...


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DISH: SAVOR Hugo's Frog Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hugo's Frog Bar ( 1024 N. Rush St.; HugosFrogBar.com ) is part of the Gibsons Restaurant Group—which means it comes quite the reputation. A lesser restaurant might have caved under the pressure of being associated with such a group. However, Hugo's ( judging from a recent visit ) is more than up to the task. Coming from around the Chesapeake ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Breon Arzell is a 'Travel'-ing man - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Breon Arzell presents Pegasus Theatre's Rutherford's Travels playing the title character, Rutherford Calhoun. It is the tale of Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave who travels to New Orleans and winds up on a slave ship headed to Africa. After moving to Chicago three years ago from Detroit, Arzell has appeared at as Steppenwolf, Bailiwick and Raven theaters. The ...


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Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen said if he could talk to the president-elect, "I would say, 'I know you want to live in your gold-leaf tower but please don't; you're going to f—k up traffic.' I'd also say that 'you have the ...


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Skinner Ricketts named CMO of Cars.com - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cars.com announced the appointment of Brooke Skinner Ricketts as the company's chief marketing officer ( CMO ), effective immediately. Skinner Ricketts most recently served as vice president of brand and design at Avant. Previously she was head of brand strategy at Twitter, where she delivered revenue-driving creative ideas for Fortune 200 clients. Prior to her time at Avant and Twitter, ...







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