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Knight at the Movies: Happy Valley; film notes - Amir Bar-Lev's documentaries My Kid Could Paint That and The Tillman Story brilliantly illuminated the real stories behind the media's pumped-up coverage of their subject matters—and he does much the same in Happy Valley, his documentary about the fallout that befell Penn State University and the school's beloved football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child ...


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UChicago students host homeless youth panel - By Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer On Nov. 19, the University of Chicago's ( UChicago's ) LGBTQ Social Justice and Activism organization Queers United in Power ( QUIP ) hosted a panel discussion at the institution's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. The discussion centered around how to take action in the fight against LGBTQ youth homelessness. The university's students ...


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Federal Judge strikes down Mississippi marriage ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Today U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled in favor of equality, striking down Mississippi's discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Attorney Roberta Kaplan represented two plaintiff couples on behalf of Campaign for Southern Equality, arguing that Mississippi's marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Kaplan successfully argued United States v. Windsor against the federal Defense of Marriage Act ( ...


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Center, chef host homeless dinner - On Nov. 22, Q-Tea-Pie Chef Shiane Wilcoxen, in partnership with the Center on Halsted, hosted the third annual Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and at-risk youth. The event was held in the Center's "Youth Space" and featured a free winter bazaar, a raffle, a massive dinner spread, an awards ceremony, free toiletries and a climactic performance by the duo Sister Speak. ...


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LGBT activist Ouma on work, Tanzania and future hopes - For 41-year old James Wandera Ouma, LGBT activism has become his life's work. As the executive director of LGBT Voice Tanzania ( formerly WEZESHA ), Ouma works to advance equality, diversity, education and justice for LGBT people in Tanzania. Recently, Ouma was in attendance at the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association's ( OPALGA ) annual awards gala at ...


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Having HIV/AIDS: Fighting stigma - Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person Hearing the words "I'm HIV-positive" made Bryan* ( names and some details have been changed ) freeze. A 23-year-old graphic designer, Bryan had met a guy at a Boystown gay club, a svelte 25-year-old tourist, Zach, with whom he danced, drank and laughed. Around 1 a.m., just ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Writer and performer David Sedaris skyrocketed to fame with his essay The Santaland Diaries, which detailed the quirky ins and outs of performing as an elf in Macy's Department Store in New York. First it was broadcast via radio on NPR, then published and eventually transformed into a hit one-man show by director Joe Mantello. Mitchell Fain returns to star ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale - Playwright: book, music and lyrics by Dee Snider. At: Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; www.broadwayinchicago.com; $30-$90. Runs through: Jan. 4 . Paula Killen's Music Kills a Memory features a simultaneous harmony medley of "Superstar" and "Piece of My Heart"—a feat relying on the melodies sharing the same chord progression. After Dee Snider ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lady Balls - Playwright: John Loos. At: Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693; www.theannoyance.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 22 Playwright John Loos was once a photographer for his school yearbook—duty endowing him with an insider's view of the "unchecked aggression, emotion, joy, loss and friendship" associated with women's collegiate basketball. His account of the fictional Tallahassee Lady Fireballs encompasses all of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Point and Shoot - Playwright: Jake L. Freund and Liz Ellison. At: Cold Basement Dramatics at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: www.pointandshoot.brownpapertickets.com; $15. Runs through: Dec. 7 The mission of Cold Basement Dramatics is "telling stories about things we hide from ourselves and others," but this tale of a 1950s gay man isn't quite on-target although Point and Shoot is well-produced. Unlike many ...


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OPERA REVIEW Porgy and Bess - Libretto: DuBose and Dorothy Heyward with Ira Gershwin; Score: George Gershwin. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org; $20-$249. Runs through Dec. 20 Porgy and Bess may be considered by many critics to be "The Great American Opera," but that hasn't stopped ongoing debate about how and where this 1935 opus by composer George ...


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Auto companies at top of equality index-but why Hyundai ? - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has just released its 2015 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), which rates the United States' biggest companies on their LGBT-friendly policies. We're happy to report that the auto industry picked up one A+ member since last year's report was issued, but there's also at least one curious presence near the top. ...


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Sugar & Spice: Parlor Pizza Bar - There's a casual new dining option in the West Loop, which usually tends to focus on more upscale restaurants. Parlor Pizza Bar opened in September, just in time for patrons to luxuriate in summer's lasts gasps on the patio. For now, you'll be enjoying the uniquely topped thin crust pizzas inside ( next to one of the blazing wood-fired ovens, ...


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AFC prepares for World of Chocolate - On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m., The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) will present the 13th annual World of Chocolate ( WoC ) at Union Station, at South Riverside Plaza. Both AFC President/CEO John Peller and Jill Allread, one of WoC's co-chairs, talked with Windy City Times about this year's undertakings. While Peller has been with AFC ...


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WINDY CITY TIMES' 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Week one of two - I'll just have one glass Tell the world ( or just visitors at home ) just what working was like with the "How Was Your Day?" wine glass ( BigMouthToys.com ). Just an opinion: If you find yourself drinking from the "Don't Ask!" level several days in a row, you may need to change your life in some way. ...


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TV veteran Verica to direct film in Chicago area - Television veteran Tom Verica ( How to Get Away with Murder ) is making his feature directorial debut with the indie Building Bridges, which is slated to film in the Chicago area next spring, ReelChicago.com noted. Verica plays Viola Davis' husband on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, but is also a resident director and co-executive producer on lead-in ...


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BOOKS Talking with iconic author Felice Picano - Felice Picano made a stop in Chicago to promote his latest memoir Nights at Rizzoli. The Center on Halsted hosted a reading for Picano and Carlos T. Mock. Picano has written three memoirs to date including Nights at Rizzoli, True Stories and True Stories Too, all unique in that the reader gets a vision of each historical moment in addition ...


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Windy City Queercast marks 600th show - On the evening of April 11, 2006, the very first Windy City Queercast was appropriately heralded with Pearl Jam's 1991 debut single, "Alive." Radio celebrity and Queercast host Amy Matheny and Peter Mavrik ( a DJ and co-host at the time ) began by remarking on the beautiful early spring weather. "What a gorgeous day in the city," Mavrik exclaimed. ...


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Musical event examines the Black experience - On Nov. 18-19, The Columbia College Center for Black Music Research ( CBMR ) presented "Black Vocality II: Cultural Memory, Identities, and Practices of African-American Singing Styles." The event presented a series of scholars, singers and vocal performers who explored the ways in which singing has shaped, defined and re-contextualized the Black experience. Far from being an arid academic symposium, ...


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OFF-BROADWAY 'Sylvester' musical: Serving realness - Anthony Wayne has appeared in fantastic, Tony-winning Broadway shows including Pippin, The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and Anything Goes. Yet the openly gay, African-American Harlem resident admits there aren't a lot of roles out there for people of color his age, despite his formidable talents as a dancer, singer and actor. So, in collaboration with his boyfriend, ...


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LETTERS Immigration reaction - On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that he would seek executive action to protect some undocumented immigrants, in light of the House of Representatives' inaction regarding comprehensive immigration reform. The president had previously warned that if the House did not pass immigration reform, he would ask the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to look into administrative ...


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VIEWS Reflections on the Transgender Day of Remembrance - Every Nov. 20, transgender individuals and their allies around the world commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. But make no mistake: this is not a holiday, and the ceremonies we hold are certainly not celebrations. Rather, the Day of Remembrance is a solemn time when we can come together and reflect upon the battles we have fought and continue to ...


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In the Life: Nicole Bashor - Nicole Bashor has been an attorney for seven years and with her current firm for the past three years—and is award-winning. She was named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star in intellectual property, receiving the 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 award this year. "I love my job and the challenges that come with it," she said. "I help companies ...


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Local Out & Equal branch receives award - This month, the Out & Equal ( O&E ) Chicagoland Regional Affiliate received the "Affiliate of the Year" award. The award recognizes significant achievement in providing support to area companies and organizations in the achievement of workplace equality for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Each year, Out & Equal hosts the Annual Workplace Summit. This year, ...


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Report: ACA has led to fewer uninsured LGBTs - A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that the uninsured rate among low- and middle-income LGBT residents has fallen by a quarter since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a media release. The report report relies on two surveys of LGBT Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line ( about $44,000 ...


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Ald. Tunney receives award from Thresholds - Social-services organization Thresholds honored 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney with an award at its annual meeting Nov. 6. In a newsletter, Tunney stated, "I was honored to receive the Thresholds 2014 Hero Award for my commitment to sound mental health policy and programs, along with my leadership role in the development of [the housing community] Buffett Place in Lakeview. "Securing ...


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Barlesque shatters fundraising record - Barlesque: Workout, TPAN's seventh annual month-long online strip-athon and fundraiser pitting bartenders from Chicago's LGBT bars against each other in the quest to choose "Chicago's Sexiest Bartender," held its closing party Sun., Nov. 23 at Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted St. As of midnight, it was announced that they had raised a total of $72,581, in addition to $19,000 from ...


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Immigration executive order praised, criticized - President Obama's recent executive order regarding immigration was generally met with praise from Democrats and with derision from Republicans. ( Obama signed an executive order overhauling the nation's immigration policy and ending deportation for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. ) A sample of reactions is below: —Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: "We applaud President Obama for taking executive action and bringing ...


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New study suggests gay genetic link - A recent study of 409 gay brothers suggests that gay people are born that way, according to researchers. The study appeared in the online edition of Psychological Medicine Nov. 17 and was led by Alan Sanders of NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute in Evanston. Among the co-authors of the study was Northwestern University's J. Michael Bailey, whose research on the ...


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Chicagoans among POZ 100 youth - POZ magazine, a print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, has announced the fifth annual POZ 100, also marking its 200th issue and 20th year in publication. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations to nominate people under the age of 30 in their communities who are making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. ...


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That Guy - What, with all the turkey preparations, I just don't have the brain energy for a new column this week. So enjoy this past blast from the January 17, 2007, issue. Oh, how things have changed ... Astute readers of this column will remember that my very favoritest Prince song is "The Beautiful Ones" from Purple Rain. How stoked was I, ...


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Apartment Adoption Project starts for homeless Chicago youth - From a press release - CHICAGO — The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project is launching this week 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 ...


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Apartment Adoption Project starts for homeless Chicago youth - CHICAGO — The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project is launching this week 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 ...


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Smithsonian Channel looks at origins of AIDS Dec. 1 - From a press release - New York, November 25, 2014 In the early 1980s a mysterious virus appeared to emerge on the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Its earliest victims were young gay men. What followed were years of fear, confusion and ignorance that only compounded the threat of HIV, which even today remains the biggest viral killer worldwide. Now, in RISE ...


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Theater, dance, music news and events - Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 5-28 The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Dec. 5-28. Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the ...


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The Voice's Michelle Chamuel to play Lincoln Hall - Amherst, Massachusetts Top 10 contestant on NBC's The Voice Season 4, Michelle Chamuel, is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music has always ...


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Panel addresses education for LGBTQ youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Janean L. Watkins - Teach for America ( TFA ) hosted a Chicago National Conversation Series Event "The State of Education in LGBTQ America" Nov. 12 at the Center on Halsted. Tim'm West, managing director of TFA's LGBTQ Initiative, hosted the program. TFA works in partnership with communities and stakeholders to expand educational opportunities for impoverished children. They are one of many organizations invested ...


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Storage issues for youth experiencing homelessness explored by new coalition - From a press release - CHICAGO — A coalition of foundations and advocates has come together to address the issue of storage of personal belongings for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. Lara Brooks, a longtime advocate for youth, has been hired as a consultant to investigate ways to provide storage at existing facilities, as well as to explore options for increasing overall storage ...


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Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth - "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." — Alice Walker I cannot tell you how happy I am that the conversation about Taylor Swift and Spotify is happening. Maybe people will start listening to what independent artists like me and my peers have been saying for years now. A little background ...


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Study: Public support for LGBT rights up in last three decades - From a Williams Institute press release - Findings suggest that increase in public support comes from people of all ages, not just younger generation LOS ANGELES— Public support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people in the United States has increased significantly over the last three decades, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School ...


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Oldest, biggest HIV/AIDS coalition wants scale-up of PrEP; AFC leads locally - From a press release - The largest and longest running national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, AIDS United ( AU ), is calling for the scale-up of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is a long-standing member of AU's Public Policy Committee ( PPC ) and is a local, national and international leader on new HIV prevention technologies, including PrEP. ...


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Groups to Hagel: Review outdated transgender policy - From press releases - Washington, DC — SPARTA, the national organization of LGBT members of the U.S. armed forces and their families, commended Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for his service on behalf of lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members and their families, while calling upon him to initiate immediately a promised review of the outdated policy prohibiting transgender Americans from serving. The White ...


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Congresswoman's trans son; HRC co-founder arrested - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Miami television station aired Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's first interview with her transgender son, The Washington Blade reported. Rodrigo Lehtinen spoke at length about his decision to tell his parents in 2007 that he is trans. Rodrigo, whose birth name is Amanda, came out as gay while in high school. "As parents, we wanted to make sure that Rigo ...


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National Women's Hall of Fame hosts forum on equality - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality was the main focus of a National Women's Hall of Fame forum at Roosevelt University Nov. 17. The National Women's Hall of Fame is "the nation's oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women," according to its promotional material. Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, and Susan E. Henking, president of Shimer College, ...


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UIC center celebrates two decades of existence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's still injustice happening. That's one reason University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) remains a vital resource after two decades, according to graduate student and Gender and Sexuality Center staff member Anna Lepsch. Lepsch, the UIC community and the larger community celebrated the center's 20th anniversary Nov. 20. "While things may ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm the only artist who needs a leash! I'm King Kong's mother!"—Susan Boyle reveals her struggle with Asperger's syndrome. I've known many people who have been on a leash, but that's another story. One of my best friends is constantly enraged when Barbra Streisand is referred to as an EGOT winner—winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Why? Because ...


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Chicago prepares for World AIDS Day - - A number of local agencies and organization are gearing up for World AIDS Day, which takes place Monday, Dec. 1. A number of events will take place throughout the week, however. As of publication, the following observances have been scheduled for the Chicago area. Nov. 30: Project VIDA is supporting "Strut," the sixth annual World AIDS Day fashion ...


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'Education in Action' summit unites youth leaders, GSA advisors - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 150 middle and high school youth leaders and gay-straight alliance ( GSA ) faculty advisors gathered for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's ( The Alliance's ) Education in Action GSA Youth Summit at Roosevelt University Nov. 22. In years past, the summit was geared towards youth leaders, however, this year's summit was the first to involved both youth leaders ...


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LGBT groups criticize Ferguson grand jury's lack of indictment in Brown killing - From press releases - The National LGBTQ Task Force describes the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown as "shocking and painful for millions." The following statement is by Rev. Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force: "People across this nation feel angry and outraged by this decision. Justice has been denied ...


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GLMA adds LGBT nurses' section - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This past August, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality ( previously known as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association ) formed the organization's first-ever sector—the GLMA Nursing Section. It was created to be a professional home for LGBT nurses and provide a focal point for advocacy on LGBT nursing issues. Founded in 1981 by gay and lesbian physicians ( as ...


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Storage issues for youth experiencing homelessness explored by new coalition - From a press release - CHICAGO — A coalition of foundations and advocates has come together to address the issue of storage of personal belongings for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. Lara Brooks, a longtime advocate for youth, has been hired as a consultant to investigate ways to provide storage at existing facilities, as well as to explore options for increasing overall storage ...


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Columbia forum attempts to tackle diversity issue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A forum initially billed as a discussion on LGBT concerns at Columbia College Nov. 18 ultimately raised questions among participants about that school's real commitment to diversity in its educational mission. Many attending the forum, held at 618 S. Michigan Ave., hoped it would address concerns raised with the cutting down the two-part course Gay and Lesbian Studies down to ...


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Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cher has cancelled her "Dressed to Kill" tour on doctors' orders, Gay Star News noted. The legendary gay icon said she was "devastated" and has pledged to finish it next year. The 68-year-old "Strong Enough" singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection. Almost 30 dates were cancelled, including shows in ...


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New Wicker Park restaurant; "Ballerina Hot Chocolate" - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago restaurant veteran Michael Taus is aiming for a mid-to-late January launch of Taus Authentic—a brand-new, 6,000-square-foot Wicker Park restaurant ( at the former Prasino space at 1846 W. Division St. ). Taus worked in the kitchens of Chef Pierre Pollin at Le Titi de Paris, Chef Joachim Splichal at Patina and Chef Charlie Trotter before launching his own restaurant, ...


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World news: Malaysian insurer; Ian Thorpe's shame; Nepal survey - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MetLife Inc.'s support for gay rights in the United States is drawing criticism to the insurer's partner in Malaysia, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. A group in the nation called for a boycott of AMMB Holdings Bhd.'s AmBank, citing MetLife's recognition as among the best places to work for LGBT individuals. MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer, reached a $249 million ...


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VIEWS Remembering Thanksgiving - As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance—historical and familial. Historically, I am reminded that for many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a ...


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'Nuts & Bolts: 2014' on Nov. 29-30 - The Joel Hall Dancers & Center ( JHDC ) returns its critically acclaimed "Nuts & Bolts" dance extravaganza—a reimagining of The Nutcracker—to the Chicago stage at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. This one-of-a-kind "Nutcracker" hops cultures and genres, fusing classic Tchaikovsky with Duke Ellington and house music. The 10th incarnation of this holiday performance ...


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Bisexual teens face more challenges than peers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A study of more than 10,000 LGBT youth ages 13-17 found that bisexual teens face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its groundbreaking report, "Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth," during Bisexual Awareness Week, which took place in September. The findings are based on one of ...


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National Park Services focuses on LGBT history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Currently, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, is the only LGBT-related landmark across the country to earn a National Historic Landmark designation. In addition, four properties across the United States have earned spots on the National Register of Historic Places for their significance to LGBT history. The National Park Service is hoping to change that with a theme ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tove Lo gets into the 'Habit' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new Swedish pop sensation Tove Nilsson—better known as Tove Lo—is quickly taking over the United States. Her single "Habits ( Stay High )" is burning up the charts, and has tons of radio airplay. Her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, was released this year, and it contains a variety of possible pop gems. She's written for girl group ...


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TRAVEL Las Vegas: Show(s) and tell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and with good reason. Entertainment, dining and relaxation are all within walking distance of upscale luxury properties. First off, pack those bags and fly Southwest Airlines, which has proven itself to be a low-cost carrier. The are many options for a places to rest but Delano Las ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Christmas Truck - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A rare treat—I get to share a review of a new children's Christmas book with two reviewers who can relate more than I. Tolade and Tolani are older than the target audience ( 6 to 8 ), but not by much. Tolade ( 9 ) awarded 4.5 stars out of five to the delightful story of a young boy and ...


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PFLAG hosts 'Cocktails + Conversation' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - PFLAG leaders and supporters gathered for an event, "Cocktails + Conversation," at Roosevelt University Nov. 20. Attendees noshed on hors d'oeuvres from Food2You Catering and cocktails provided by Roosevelt University ahead of remarks by PFLAG National Executive Director Jody Huckaby and event co-hosts Pamela Tate, president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning ( CAEL ), and ...


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Courage Campaign: CTA aims to eliminate street harassment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Red Line serves as a lifeline to Chicago native Kara Crutcher and among the Windy City's noise, she aims to silence street harassment with the Courage Campaign: CTA. "The basis of the campaign is to raise money to create, produce and print advertisements that will go on the CTA in the train stations, on the busses and on the ...


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Emanuel honors Harold Washington - Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon, the Harold Washington Legacy Committee and community members on Nov. 14 to unveil a plaque in honor of the late Mayor Harold Washington. The plaque will be installed at the main entrance to Chicago's Central Library—the Harold Washington Library Center—which was dedicated in honor of Washington in 1991, in keeping ...


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Groups observe Transgender Day of Remembrance - A number of organizations released statements Nov. 20 in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Project Director M. Dru Levasseur said, "Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event to remember and honor the lives of transgender people who committed suicide or have been killed simply for being who they truly are. Its growing observance ...


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Winning Marriage book event, Library exhibit explores marriage - 'Winning Marriage' book event Dec. 15 Freedom to Marry and Equality Illinois will host the Chicago launch of Marc Solomon's book Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won by Marc Solomon. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. at Organizing for Action, 224 N. Desplaines St. ...


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Penny Severns book: The price of a closeted political life - "The best years of our lives were written in invisible ink." That phrase comes in the preface to Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America, a new book from Seal Press by Terry Mutchler about her five-year relationship with Penny Severns, a state senator who twice ran for statewide office in ...


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Rogers Park transgender woman, her landlord both file lawsuits - A transgender woman, who has already filed a discrimination complaint against her landlord, alleging that he tried to throw her out of her Rogers Park apartment because of her gender identity and because her fiancé is Black, is now suing the landlord for violating the city's Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. The landlord in turn formally filed to evict the ...


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HRC condemns passage of anti-LGBT law in The Gambia - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) condemns the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC also calls on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States' relationship with The Gambia. ...


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PASSAGES Dorothy Chvatal dies at 64 - Dorothy Chvatal, 64, devoted daughter of the late Lorraine and Joseph, beloved partner of Pat Davis, cherished godmother of Jenna Barnet, faithful sister of Sarah Brindis ( the late Jim ), Eugene ( Lee ), Ralph, Francis, Lawrence ( Cathy ), the late Michaeline ( Karen Mooney ) and the late Joseph, loving aunt and great aunt, steadfast friend of ...


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aChurch4Me observes Transgender Day of Remembrance - Members of aChurch4Me, as well as community members from the transgender community and their friends and loved ones, gathered Nov. 20 at United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave., to observe the 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance. Rev. Jacki Belile of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, which co-sponsored the event, said the observance was to "remember the ...


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Immigration reform executive order announced, groups repond - From press releases - Statement from Immigration Equality New York, NY — Immigration Equality calls on President Obama to ensure that his executive order on immigration is inclusive of LGBT immigrants and their families. The President's order focuses on keeping families together, but because U.S law has long refused to recognize LGBT families, a package that requires formal family ties will exclude many LGBT ...


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Michael Sam on coming out, his childhood, being at bottom - From a GQ press release - New York, N.Y. — "If I had it my way, I never would have done it the way I did, never would have told it the way I did," Michael Sam tells GQ's Andrew Corsello of his decision to come out prior to the NFL draft. "But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and ...


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Pride at Work Chicago calls for minimum wage vote in veto session - From a press release - ( Chicago ) — Pride at Work Chicago, a coalition of LGBTQ persons in labor seeking to build LGBTQ worker power, called on the state legislature to take immediate action and vote to raise the minimum wage during this year's legislative veto session. Pride at Work Chicago has approximately thirty members and is part of the national organization, Pride at ...







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