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Center's 'Human First' gala April 21 - Center on Halsted's annual "Human First" gala will take place Saturday, April 21, that Grammy-Winning music legend Jody Watley is scheduled to perform live at the Center's gala on Saturday, April 21, at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave. Cocktails and a reception will start at 5:30 p.m., with awards, dinner, performances and dancing commencing at 7 p.m. This year, ...


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Howard Brown's 'ChiQ' on April 28 - Howard Brown Health will hold "ChiQ" ( formerly Garden of Eve ) on Saturday, April 28, 7-11 p.m., at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. There will be dancing, performances by Jeezy's Juke Joint, light bites and community-building. DJ All The Way Kay and DJ Sandra Suave will provide music. Admission is $75-$200 each; visit https://howardbrown.org/event/chiq/ . ...


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Trans show part of Chicago Fashion Week - A transgender-themed show will be part of Chicago Fashion Week, which will take place April 23-30. ( FashionBar is presenting the weeks' events. ) Among the events is "Trans, Media and Fashion," which will take place Sunday, April 29, 4-8 p.m., at EvolveHer, 358 W. Ontario St. The show will feature designs by Angela Wang. Some of the other events ...


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'Waa-Mu Show' May 4-13 at NU - The 87th annual Waa-Mu Show—Northwestern University's student-written and -orchestrated musical presented in collaboration with the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University—will take place May 4-13 at Cahn Auditorium 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Undergraduate student co-chairs Maxwell Beer, Sarah Ohlson, Andrew Restieri and Kaja Burke-Williams—all Northwestern seniors—lead the 2018 production, under artistic director David H. Bell. ...


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Driehaus appoints new executive director - Chicago's Richard H. Driehaus Museum has announced the selection of its new executive director, Richard P. Townsend. The appointment came after an extensive national search by the museum's board of trustees. Townsend, who will be responsible for the leadership and overall vision of the museum, will take over Monday, April 2. Townsend's most recent directorship was at New York City's ...


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PrideFest Milwaukee headliners announced - PrideFest Milwaukee will welcome the B-52s, Jussie Smollett, and Daya to the Miller Lite Main stage this June 8-10 on the Summerfest Grounds. Also, PrideFest enters its 31st official celebratory year and 22nd year at the Summerfest Grounds by launching a kickoff party June 7. PrideFest Milwaukee 2018 is held at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Additional guests and entertainment ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Touche - Trident's annual Cupcake Wars, Sun., April 15. Photos by Daddy G ...


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Billy Masters - "You know, and I will get fired for this, but I'm never going to say that I don't. I will get fired for that. By the way, they're both pretty substantial, I think."—Donald Trump Jr. answers Adam Carolla's question, "When you and your pops are in the shower, who's got the bigger package?" In the first place, who is in ...


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Women2Women launches with party - Women were heard loud and clear at Women2Women's ( W2W ) launch party at EvolveHer on April 14. Women2Women is a place where women can share their evolving journeys as women who love women. It sets out to help people break down each other's barriers and share all of a person's components including "our desires, our tears, our fears and ...


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BOOKS In 'Red As Blue,' Ji Strangeway creates universe of possibilities - Ji Strangeway describes the 1980s in Denver as the "dark ages," explaining that she grew up surrounded by evangelical-sponsored billboards filled with messages of hate and intolerance and people who were equally bigoted. Strangeway said being LGBT and Asian-American only made her childhood and teenage experience harder. "I was suicidal," she said, adding that even though her family didn't ascribe ...


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Springfield drag show April 28 - On Saturday, April 28, the Phoenix Center will present Springfield Pridefest Club LaCage Drag Show at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield. This event is chaired by Deanna Knight. The show will feature top Springfield drag performers, many who are past and/or present title holders including: Mimi Vancartier, Sara Belle Knight, Mahogany Knight, ...


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Siskel showing 'Best of Black Harvest' - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced increased funding for The Best of Black Harvest West with a grant of $8,000 as part of an overall package of $18,000 from The Allstate Corporation to support the Black Harvest Film Festival. This grant specifically supports the expansion of the Black Harvest Film Festival's ...


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Ted Allen talks Dining Out for Life, 'Chopped' and 'Queer Eye' - Ted Allen was originally introduced to the country when he was one of the original quintet in Bravo network's television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which ran 2003-07. After appearing on Top Chef as a judge, Allen ( who still has ties to the Windy City, years after writing for Chicago magazine and living here throughout the 1990s ...


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'Stars on Ice' on April 29, with Adam Rippon - Out Olympian Adam Rippon will be among the figure skaters featured when the Stars on Ice tour comes to the Allstate Arena on Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. Other skaters on the tour include 2018 Winter Olympian and two-time national champion Nathan Chen; ice-dance gold medalists/Dancing with the Stars competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White; siblings/Olympians Maia & Alex ...


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GLAAD Media Awards honors Spears, Parsons - The GLAAD Media Awards took place April 12 in Los Angeles, with comedian/actress Wanda Sykes as host. GLAAD honored Britney Spears, Jim Parsons and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Halle Berry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ryan Murphy, Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Rachel Bloom, Wilson Cruz, ...


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Julia Sweeney's show to start April 24 - The Second City announced that SNL vet Julia Sweeney's one-woman show Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider will move to the theater's e.t.c. stage for a six-week run April 24-May 30. Sweeney is a writer, actor, comedian, director and monologist who is perhaps most recognized as a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1990 to 1995, during which she created the ...


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P'town hosting women's events - ProvincetownForWomen.com announces the dates for a perennial favorite: Single Women's Weekend. The weekend will be May 18-20. Combined with ProvincetownForWomen.com's other events ( Memorial Day Weekend on May 24-28, Women of Color & Friends Weekend on May 31-June 3, Girl Splash on July 17-21 and Women's Week on Oct. 8-14 ), these events are expected to draw more than 15,000 ...


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Lavender Country performing April 26 - The LGBT artist Lavender Country will be performing in Chicago at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., on Thursday, April 26, at 9 p.m. Lavender Country is a band featuring Patrick Haggerty, a lifelong social-justice activist and a man who many consider to be the first out gay country singer. Haggerty wrote and recorded the Lavender Country album in 1973. ...


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'Big Package Auction' April 21 at Center - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will present The Big Package Auction '18, hosted by the hilarious musical duo Amy & Freddy, on Saturday, April 21, 5-8 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be comedy, music, gourmet food, cocktails, and silent and live auctions—the latter featuring all-male package models. Admission is $95-$150 each, with tables for $750; ...


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PHOTOGRAPHY Annie Leibovitz clicks with audience at MCA event - "You will learn the most by looking back at your work," said Annie Leibovitz, the legendary and influential portrait photographer, to a sold-out, well-heeled crowd at an April 11, 2018 luncheon marking the 50th anniversary of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ). Taking stock of your past work was something Leibovitz learned from Bea Feitler, a former art ...


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Getting to know American Beauty Show's Paul Dykstra - Later this month, Cosmetologists Chicago will kick off its annual America's Beauty Show for salon professionals. The first, as it was called at the time, Midwest Beauty Trade Show took place in 1924 and now the show has 450 exhibitors, 70,000-plus professional gate admissions, more than 60 classes for continuing education hours and more than 80 classes for product knowledge ...


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Bridge Dance Festival through May 6 - The Bridge Dance Festival—the culmination of four years of Japanese focused programming at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., including the National Performance Network Asian Exchange, Beyond the Box and Links to Japan—is taking place through May 6. It features Links Hall commissioned works by Kaori Seki ( Tokyo ) and Darrell Jones ( Chicago ), and J'Sun Howard ( ...


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'The Roommate' June 21-Aug. 5 - Steppenwolf Theatre Company will present the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate, by Jen Silverman and directed by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad. The Roommate begins previews June 21, and the production runs through Aug. 5 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The production will feature ensemble members Ora Jones ( as Robyn ) and Sandra Marquez ( ...


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PFP's 'His Greatness' in Dublin in May; fundraisers planned - Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere production of Daniel MacIvor's His Greatness—inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams—will be performed at the 15th Annual International Dublin Gay Play Festival that will take place May 7-20 in Dublin. The entire original cast of last fall's production will travel to Dublin and will perform the play ...


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THEATER 'L'Imitation of Life' shows parody will get you everywhere - Hell in a Handbag productions are the gaudiest you'll find in Chicago, with camp parodies ranging from Golden Girls to a revisioning of A Miracle Worker, with a drag queen Helen Keller. The company returns with a remount of its 2013 production of L'Imitation of Life, playwright Ricky Graham's take on the film of ( almost ) the same name, ...


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BOOKS Nina Packenbush talks 'Girls Like Me' - Nina Packebush's first novel, Girls Like Me, breaks new ground with the story of a pregnant queer teenager, Banjo. Recently named as a recommended title by the In the Margins 2018 Book Awards, Packebush says she wrote Girls Like Me "for myself, my friends, all of the queer teen parents out there, as well as anyone who has ever felt ...


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THEATER REVIEW South Pacific - Playwright: Rodgers & Hammerstein ( music/lyrics/book ) and Joshua Logan ( book ) At: Drury Lane Theatre ( Oakbrook Terrace ) Tickets: 630-530-0111; DruryLaneTheatre.com; $47-$62. Runs through: June 17 Wherever U.S. military men and women fight bullies today—Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and The Niger ( and wherever else secretly )—they are discouraged from intimate involvement with the locals ... but ...


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THEATER REVIEW Another Jungle - Playwright: Kristin Idaszak At: The Buena at the Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 29 Produced by Cloudgate Theatre in collaboration with The Syndicate, playwright Kristin Idaszak's thought-provoking Chicago-based play Another Jungle starts its world premiere this month. Inspired by Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel The Jungle, which revolutionized food safety in its time, Another Jungle ...


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Barbara Bush dies at 92 - Barbara Bush—who was only the second woman in history (besides Abigail Adams) to be the wife of one president (George H.W. Bush) and mother to another (George W. Bush)—died April 17. She was 92. She had been hospitalized several times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Her death came only two days after her family announced ...


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THEATER REVIEW 9 to 5 The Musical - Music and lyrics: Dolly Parton Book: Patricia Resnick. At: Firebrand Theatre at the Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $20-$45; FirebrandTheatre.org. Runs through: May 20 Here are two things about Nine to Five that have changed since its debut as a 1980 movie and reboot as a musical in 2008: Even without composer/lyricist Dolly Parton joining in, the ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Midsummer Night's Dream - When the Joffrey Ballet takes on Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman's Midsummer Night's Dream, the performance will be a world away from Shakespeare's original. For one thing, Swedish indie rocker Anna von Hausswolff accompanies the ballet for three songs. For another, Ekman's telling of the Bard's into-the-woods rom-com incorporates a celebration of Scandinavian Midsummer holiday rituals, quasi-Pagan celebrations that herald the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lettie - Playwright: Boo Killebrew At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; VictoryGardens.org; $15-$56. Runs through: May 6 Sometimes a role fits an actor so seamlessly it feels as if it were written specifically for them. That's the case with Caroline Neff and Lettie, now in a gripping world premiere at Victory Gardens. In the title role, playing a ...


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Critics' Picks - The Gentleman Caller, Raven Theatre, extended through May 27. You can see this play because it's so literary or because it's so gol-durn romantic, but you should also see it because it's going to launch its author and actors to stardom beyond our city limits. MSB The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician, Royal George Theatre, through May 6. Magic is the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ghosts of War - Playwright: adapted by William Massolia, from the novel by Ryan Smithson. At: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $30-$50. Runs through: May 6 At the very outset, our narrator warns us, "I am G.I. Joe Schmo. They will not make movies about me. There will be no video games revolving around my involvement in the ...


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THEATER REVIEW 33 to Nothing - Playwright/Composer: Grant James Varjas At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; ARedOrchidTheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: May 27 On the heels of Steep Theatre's Birdland, A Red Orchid Theatre takes its own dive into the grungy waters of the rock-'n'-roll lifestyle. But unlike the narcissistic globetrotting star in Simon Stephens' drama, Grant James Varjas' 33 to Nothing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Our Great Tchaikovsky - Playwright/Performer: Hershey Felder; Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky At: Steppenwolf Theatre Upstairs, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $55. Runs through: May 13 Hershey Felder has built up an impressive multi-hyphenated career as a pianist-playwright-performer-composer. From his one-man Broadway show George Gershwin Alone to others like Monsieur Chopin and Beethoven As I Knew Him, Felder has dedicated much of ...


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DANCE PROFILE Getting to know Lucky Plush dancer Aaron-Raheim White - How does one go from being a quiet young boy with an unstable home to being a successful Reiki master-teacher and MFA in dance? This isn't a rags-to-riches story, energy healers and dancers being on the lower rungs of the economic hierarchy in this country. But Aaron-Raheim White—a dancer with Chicago dance-theater company Lucky Plush—has a story steeped in self-discovery, ...


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VIEWPOINT Catholic LGBTQIs see mixed record in first five years of Francis papacy - Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, recently issued the following statement in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis: On March 13, 2018, Catholics and many others in the world marked the fifth anniversary of the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope. What have these five years meant for LGBTQI and Ally Catholics? What can we ...


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Log Cabin Republicans claims to be locally reactivated - The Illinois affiliate of the Log Cabin Republicans ( LCR ) has been "reactivated," according to Chcagoan Morry Matson, who announced April 10 that he had been elected as the state president. The Illinois chapter "has been dormant the past few years," Matson said. "It hasn't been active. We have restarted and are back in business." Matson said that about ...


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Prevent Blindness' Jeff Todd discusses organization, LGBT activism - For the past 15 years, Jeff Todd has worked as the director of public health and chief operating officer of Prevent Blindness ( the nation's oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization ) and, recently, the board of directors named him president and CEO. With this appointment, Todd, who identifies as gay, becomes the organization's first openly LGBT leader. "As ...


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Dr. Margo Jacquot talks career, Juniper Center, LGBTQ initiatives - Dr. Margo Jacquot—the founder/owner/director of the Juniper Center—has been serving the community through her Park Ridge-based psychotherapy practice for more than 20 years. The Juniper Center is a counseling and therapy center that specializes in issues related to trauma recovery, addiction treatment, diverse sexuality and gender identities, and relationship and family therapy. It is one of the largest woman-owned counseling ...


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Officials say Lesbian mom who drove family off cliff was drunk - In California, Mendocino County authorities said that a woman who drove herself, her wife and their adopted children off a cliff in the family SUV in March was legally drunk, according to SFGate. A toxicology report concluded Jennifer Hart had a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent and that her wife, Sarah Hart, and two of their children had ...


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Illinoisans lobby on behalf of curriculum bill - More than 100 community members became advocates and activists April 11 when Equality Illinois rallied its supporters at LGBTQ Advocacy Day at the Illinois Statehouse. The LGBT-rights organization usually brings community members to Springfield to lobby legislators and other elected officials on matters that are important to LGBT Illinoisans. This year, the principal focus is legislation that would introduce LGBT ...


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Black women anti-rape advocates unite at UIC - "After Rosa, Before #MeToo"—a panel of the history of Black women's anti-rape organizing efforts—was a chance for four powerful women to commiserate on a subject they knew intimately. Organized by Keisa Reynolds of the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Women's Leadership and Resource Center as part of its "Take Back the Fight" programming, Reynolds was inspired by ...


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Judge rules lawsuit over anti-trans Trump ban will go to trial - A federal judge in Seattle rejected the Trump administration's claim that its "new" plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services is different from its 2017 directive, Bloomberg reported. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled that the two anti-transgender initiatives are basically the same, and decided that a lawsuit connected to the newer order must ...


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HRC releases HIV college guide - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has released a new comprehensive guide for college administrators, staff and students outlining many of the critical steps higher-educational institutions can take to improve student health and well-being. The release of the new guide—"HIV 101: A Guide to HIV Prevnetion, Treatment, and Care on College and University Campuses"—coincided with National Youth HIV ...


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Season of Concern hosts 'Cabaret for Care' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Season of Concern's 2018 annual benefit titled Cabaret for Care came to the Goodman Theatre on April 9. The evening had donors enjoying entertainment for around 90 minutes along with a special VIP reception beforehand. Host E. Faye Butler and Honey West joked together, sang a duet of "Laughing Matters," and then took turns introducing performers. The recipient of three ...


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DINING Earth Day items, Just Salad, Palm Chicago reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of Earth Day ( April 22 ), I/O Godfrey Executive Chef Nathaniel Cayer will share his mixology techniques with guests. On Wed., April 25, at 7 p.m., Chef Cayer will lead a Conscious Cocktailing Class, teaching attendees how to use leftover ingredients such as herb stems and citrus peels to create craft cocktails. Tickets are $75/person or $125/pair; ...


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LGBT journalist Ronan Farrow wins Pulitzer - Journalist Ronan Farrow—who recently came out as a member of the LGBT community at the Point Foundation event Point Honors New York—was among those who have been announced as Pulitzer Prize winners. Farrow, as well as New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, were awarded the honor for public service in recognition of their reports on disgraced movie ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Beyonce, 'Days of Our Lives,' Serena Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television audiences got their first glimpse of FX's hotly anticipated, history-making series Pose with the release of the show's first trailer, The Huffington Post noted. The eight-episode season will "explore the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene," ...


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NATIONAL Military ban, Joy Reid, Sen. Doug Jones - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, several anonymous White House officials told Slate and Think Progress that hate-group activists were behind the transgender military ban—and, now, LGBT organizations are asking a court to force them to turn over their communications in the legal challenge to the ban, LGBTQ Nation reported. A motion filed in NCLR's and GLAD's challenge to Donald Trump's transgender military ban is ...


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WORLD Anti-gay law, Middle East report, serial killer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Trinidad and Tobago, judge Devindra Rampersad said sections of the Sexual Offences Act—which prohibited "buggery" and "serious indecency" between two men—criminalized consensual same-sex activity between adults, and were unconstitutional, The Guardian reported. The decision followed a similar ruling in Belize in 2016. "The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago, with this ruling, made a powerful statement that the legal ...


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PASSAGES Poet J.D. McClatchy passes away at 72 - J.D. "Sandy" McClatchy, the acclaimed poet at literary critic, died April 10 at his home in Manhattan following a long battle with cancer. He was 72. McClatchy was the author of eight highly praised volumes of poetry, including Hazmat, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent, Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2014. ...


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NUNN ON ONE TV Ross Marquand on his gay character in 'The Walking Dead' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hailing from Colorado, performer Ross Marquand grew up impersonating celebrities that eventually led to a career in voiceover work. His talents have been heard on the cartoons Robot Chicken, and Phineas and Ferb, as well as video games like Battlefield Hardline.  It was when this straight actor grabbed the opportunity to portray The Walking Dead's first openly gay character that ...


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LGBT Chamber of Commerce holds spring mixer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 10, The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois threw a spring mix-and-mingle event that featured networking activities; a recap of this year's event and a preview of what is to come in 2018; a business networking role-play segment, a raffle—and even a surprise performance from RuPaul's Drag Race season-10 contestant The Vixen. The event took place at Catalyst ...


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Pride event held in Pence's hometown - In Columbus, Indiana—the hometown of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence—a Pride event drew more than 2,000 people, according to a U.S. News & World Report article. Erin Bailey ( who identifies as bisexual ) organized the event, believed to be the first ever held in the city, as part of her high school senior project. Pence is known for his ...


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LGBT Voices from Middle East, North Africa in 'No Longer Alone' Videos and Report - From a Human Rights Watch press release. Video below - ( Beirut, April 16, 2018 ) — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality ( AFE ) said in a video series issued today, accompanied by a new report by ...


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May Pride Film Fest "Celebrating Who We Are" May 8 - From a press release - Chicago, IL - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pride Films and Plays' eighth monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films will be screened on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The theme for this 82-minute program of nine films is "Celebrating Who We Are." The screening will be held in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, beginning at 7:30 pm. 2000 ...


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PASSAGES Pioneering LGBTQ advocate Donna Red Wing dies, organizations respond - From press releases - From One Iowa: [Des Moines]—Donna Red Wing passed away on Monday, April 16 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Red Wing served as executive director of One Iowa from 2012-2016, expanding the organization's work into new arenas after the battle for marriage equality ended. "Donna was a force to be reckoned with and will be greatly missed by individuals ...


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Wonka Ball, Saturday Night Live: The Experience, May 11 - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktailreception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all with ...


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BUSINESS Button Brigade trying to come to the rescue - Where does one go for a good button-up shirt? For the recently out Katie Cooper, this question proved frustratingly difficult to answer. "Really, the only buttons-up that fit me OK, not even really that well, are little boys' [shirts]," Cooper explained. " I went shopping, and I literally came up short at every store. At one, I felt uncomfortable being ...


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SAVOR Nude Dude Food; Big Jones' revamp - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - What's the first thing to know about the photogenic and very fit guys of Nude Dude Food? "We don't cook nude—any more," joked Ryan Van Voorhis, who is part of Nude Dude Food along with Seth Bradley. "We used to take off our pants once in a while, but since we've been getting more media coverage, we want to keep ...


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Former Lambda attorney kills self over environment - Well-known Lambda Legal attorney David Buckel was found dead in a public park in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday, having apparently taken his own life in protest over the use of fossil fuels. Buckel was on the staff of Lambda Legal, the national LGBT legal defense and education group, for more than a dozen years. For several of those years, he ...


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LGBT candidates positioned to help Democrats take back House and Senate majority - The following is the first in a series of articles examining how LGBT candidates and organizations are positioned to help Democrats take back the majority of the U.S. House and Senate this year. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan stunned many people with his announcement April 11 that he would "retire" from office next January. But he was just following a ...


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Activist Green to announce 2019 mayoral bid - Activist and advocate Ja'Mal Green, a prominent participant in Chicago's Black Lives Matter movement, is set to officially announce a campaign to be mayor of Chicago. Green, 22, who heads up the Majostee Allstars Community Center in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, was set to make an official announcement at a speech at Roosevelt University April 18. "Over time, I've been ...


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Artemis Pride More Than Music concert, dance June 9 - From an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers' More Than Music Pride choral concert and community dance, will include poet e nina jay, author of Body of Rooms, and DJ OCD in the soaring gothic acoustically beautiful space of First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park on June 9. The theme for the evening reflects that the organization goes beyond choral singing, presenting music written ...


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Lambda Legal Challenge to Military Trans Ban on Course to Proceed to Trial - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, April 13, 2018 ) — Today, a federal court in Seattle rejected the Trump Administration's claim that its "new" discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services passes muster. Instead, the court found that the implementation plan the Administration issued in late March was not a new policy but rather threatens the ...


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No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics launches fundraising - April 9, 2018, Berkeley, CA — Today, filmmaker Vivian Kleiman and comics artist and advocate Justin Hall announced that their feature-length documentary film, No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics, will launch a Kickstarter fundraiser in late April. This new effort is aimed at completing filming of the project, which tells the story of how LGBTQ comics evolved from ...


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Communities who Exposed Gang Database Criticize CPD Superintendent's Plan - From a Organized Communities Against Deportations press release - For the last year and a half, a group of community organizations has been working to research and expose the harm of Chicago's Gang Database in communities of color across the city, resulting in the campaign with Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez and the CPD's admission of wrongfully including him in the database, the release of important information about the database through various ...


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Andersonville Flower & Garden Show April 21-22 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 11, 2018 ): The Andersonville Flower & Garden Show returns next weekend for its 4th year of spring celebrations throughout the district. Organized by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ), over 30 businesses and community organizations join the roster this year, with additional vendors popping up with fresh florals, planting demonstrations, and special workshops. The ...


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Chicago Filmmakers Ribbon Cutting Ceremony April 28 - From a press release - Chicago Filmmakers invites the public to the opening of its new home, a 1928 Chicago Historic Landmark firehouse purchased from the city of Chicago in 2016. After extensive renovations, Chicago Filmmakers has restored the retired firehouse and developed it into a new space that will be a vital cultural addition to the Edgewater community. The event will take place Saturday, ...


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Trinidad and Tobago: Court Overturns Same-Sex Intimacy Ban - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, April 13, 2018 ) — The High Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago ruled on April 12, 2018, that the country's laws criminalizing same-sex intimacy between consenting adults are unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch said today. It is a resounding win for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) activists in the country and in particular ...


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Ex-Focus on the Family daughter refocuses her life mission - In her authentically jarring memoir Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God, author and activist Amber Cantorna rips the mask off the anti-LGBTQ evangelical ministry Focus on the Family—and does so from the inside. That's because from the age of three years old, Cantorna's father was an executive in the mission to ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Gentleman Caller - By Brian Kirst - Playwright: Phillip Dawkins At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: RavenTheatre.com; $38-$46. Runs through: May 27 Last year, American Theater Company delivered a powerful, experimental look at William Inge's Pulitzer Prize winning Picnic. This production examined the underlying sexuality in Inge's work, seemingly uncovering multiple layers of queerness. Phillip Dawkins' The Gentleman Caller, being given its world premiere at ...


Gay News

Precious Minds project seeks to mentor youth - Precious Minds Mentoring Program is a program for young women, founded by a youth who has experienced her own struggles and who now seeks to help others. Keonza Phillips is a young entrepreneur adult who grew up on the North and South sides of Chicago. Her main passion was finding a way to give back to the youth in her ...







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