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GLAAD Hatter brunch April 4 will support the work of GLAAD - From a press release - GLAAD Hatter is a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality. Brunch and cocktails will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Pasteur, 5525 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago and is presented by Ketel One Vodka and MillerCoors. Impressive or understated, bridal or funeral, edible, perishable, sporty, floral, or with live birds in a ...


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IPERGAY trial suggests effectiveness of intermittent PrEP - Study results announced Feb. 24 by the French national HIV research agency ANRS at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ( CROI ) in Seattle suggested that a three-day regimen of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, intervention reduced HIV risk significantly in men who have sex with men ( MSM ) by an average of 86 percent. PrEP is ...


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Ward by Ward in the race for Chicago mayor - Chicago's incredibly gerrymandered new ward map boundaries certainly created some newly competitive districts in the 2015 aldermanic races, throwing more than a dozen into April 7 runoffs. The controversial 2012 map was considered illegal by some incumbents and voters, but the Democratic kingpins won their fight to create a new world order. The LGBT community can no longer be stereotyped ...


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Emanuel to face Garcia in April runoff; gay Latino wins big - [Originally posted on WindyCityTimes.com on Feb. 24] Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a runoff against challenger Jesus Garcia April 7. Emanuel did not get the simple majority of votes needed to win. The results shocked the political establishment and brought back memories of Harold Washington's 1983 upset victory to become Chicago first African American mayor. Incumbent Ald. Deb ...


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Clarence Darrow symposium to explore undocumented laborers, immigration - From a press release - CHICAGO — On the seventy-eighth anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow's death, this year's annual Darrow symposium on Friday, March 13 explores contemporary activism on the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration. Darrow's attitude is summarized by a quote from a 1929 debate on "Is Immigration Beneficial?" in which he said, "I am a foreigner; my people didn't get here ...


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Billy Masters - "Benedict Cumberbatch—it's not only the most awesome name in show business, it's also the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to announce Ben Affleck."—Neil Patrick Harris' callback to last year's Oscars, and part of his introduction of Idina Menzel and John Travolta. How can I start this column without talking about Lady Gaga. Even I, who knew she ...


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Ricky Martin: Beyond the 'Bon Bon' - Ricky Martin talks love life, shirtless selfies and how he'd react to having gay sons A single tweet changed Ricky Martin's life, and then it changed the world. When the internationally famed Puerto Rican heartthrob came out in 2010, declaring himself on Twitter "a fortunate homosexual man" who's "very blessed to be who I am," Martin, 43, stepped out of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Betty Buckley puts out haunting 'Ghostlight' - Tony Award winner Betty Buckley has taken on TV, movies and musicals over the years in a very lengthy career that continues to shine. She is also an American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. Her Broadway break came in 1969 for the musical 1776. Sunset Boulevard brought her an Olivier Award then Cats won her the Tony. Movies have included ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Jill Grove goes mad for 'Elektra' - Lesbian mezzo-soprano Jill Grove has appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed new recent productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Who could forget her topless tribal Klytamnestra waging interfamily battle in Richard Strauss' Greek tragedy Elektra in 2012? Or Grove as the earthy swamp witch Jezibaba in Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka in 2014? Now Grove gets to put her ...


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Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entering into its 15th season, the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival is holding a benefit and celebration this March. Bringing in big names to raise awareness of one of the largest youth culture gatherings in the world has the talented Alfre Woodard attending an all day event. She is not only an award-winning actress but a producer and political ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Those hopelessly idealistic missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are back to have their outlooks on life and faith severely tested in The Book of Mormon, the 2011 Broadway musical smash concocted by the irreverent South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with Avenue Q and Frozen co-creator Robert Lopez. If you missed this nine-time ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Other Place - Playwright: Sharr White. At: Profiles Theatre, The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815 or www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through April 5 Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member Laurie Metcalf received a slew of critical raves and a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sharr White's drama The Other Place. With the unreliable narrator character of Boston neurologist Julianna Smithton, White ...


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THEATER REVIEW Marie Antoinette - Playwright: David Adjmi. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: May 10 From A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the juxtaposition of history's icons with familiar contemporary culture has never failed to amuse playgoers. At its best, this translation serves as a teaching aid, rendering the events of ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker - Playwright: Ervin Gardner. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: March 15 There's nothing like a courtroom drama for spelling out the issues of its day to audiences. This is no less true when the play under scrutiny is a 2015 world premiere proposing to recount the events of a real-life trial transpiring ...


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Chicago endurance athlete Hupe excels in marathon, Ironman - Twice during a 10-week stretch last fall, Curt Hupe heard those magical six words—"Curt Hupe, you ARE an Ironman"—that he had spent countless hours, over several years, building up to hear. On Sept. 7, in Madison, Wisconsin, Hupe completed his first Ironman, which culminates with the finish-line announcer barking out Hupe's name and accomplishment. It took him more than 15 ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor; Knuckles movie;'Louder than a Bomb'; Armatrading; Writers - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the 2015 WREN Award ...


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Upcoming: Kim Gordon; Kelly Clarkson; Women's Day Dance; 'Frost Fest' - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


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Arts news: Harris; Flower & Garden Show; Brave Face Project; Ronnie Kroell - Harris Theater in the midst of $5M renovation project The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., is in the midst of a $5-million renovation project. The physical renovations of the Harris Theater patron space is one component of a $38.8-million fundraising campaign launched during the theater's 10th anniversary last season. The plan will involve adding two ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Escape Artist - By Judith Katz. $13.46; Bywater Books; 314 pages   Originally published in 1997, The Escape Artist reappears under a new publishing company with all its magic intact. A shul for whores, 1900s Buenos Aires, cross-dressing, magical tricks and a charming love story between two young Jewish women—that is the recipe concocted here and laid out in a story that provides ...


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DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Dive Bar - Most people associate the term "dive bar" with a casual sort of neighborhood watering hole where residents gather to throw back a few and socialize. However, Boystown's Dive Bar ( 3445 N. Halsted St.; http://chicagodivebar.com/ ) is a nautical-themed restaurant ( get it? ) that specializes primarily in seafood. And, yes, it's complete with decor items ranging from punny signs ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Circle; Maggie Smith - Although a bit clunky in execution, the story related in director Stefan Haupt's The Circle ( Der Kreis ) is nevertheless such a powerful and tender one that it quickly overcomes its minor shortcomings. It's lovely to know that Switzerland thought so highly of the movie it made the film its official submission for both Golden Globe and Oscar consideration. ...


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MARK MY WORDS Loss of a pioneer - My friend Jerry Hoose died recently. You most likely don't know the name, but he affected your life; he certainly affected mine. In 1969, I was 18 and, knowing I was gay, like many other LGBT people, I didn't want relatives or friends to know. About 99 percent of our community was in the closet at that time. There was ...


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VIEWS A road map beyond Black History Month - Black History Month ( which kicked off Feb. 1 ) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans. If Dr. Carter Woodson, the "Father of Black History," were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity of the African-American community. It speaks volumes about our survival ...


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Upcoming: Patner memorial; StoryCorps; El Rescate homelessness panel - Patner memorial set for March 18 The memorial service for Andrew Patner has been rescheduled for Wed., March 18, at 7-9 p.m., in Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave. There will be a reception following the service. Patner, a longtime Chicago critic in print, radio and television, passed away Jan. 3. He was 55. Patner was active within both in ...


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Milwaukee LGBT center names new executive director - The board of directors of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Gotzler as the organization's new executive director, effective immediately, according to a press release. Gotzler will take the role after serving as interim executive director since July. Gotzler has been consulting with a wide range of organizations from businesses to government and ...


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National: HRC on anti-LGBT bills; Wal-Mart biased - HRC report warns of anti-LGBT bills The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued a report and resource guide, "Chipping Away at Equality," that compiles more than two dozen new, sweeping and seemingly coordinated pieces of legislation in more than a dozen states across the country—all geared toward undermining LGBT equality via religious language, according to a press release. Many ...


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In the Life: Matt Lind - Matt Lind brings a long and successful family slapshot to the Chicago Gay Hockey Association ( CGHA ), which he joined last fall after learning from some friends that there was such a club in Chicago after moving here in 2012 from Washington D.C. He didn't immediately join the CGHA because it had been a few years since he'd played ...


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HIV/AIDS advocates tackle ACA drug costs - According to officials at AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), only one insurer has so far responded to its letters expressing concern for coverage and cost of HIV medications on plans that are being offered on the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) Marketplace. Federal officials, meanwhile, noted in their parameters for insurers participating in 2016 Marketplace coverage that ...


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Youth homelessness behind teaming of AFC, Vida/SIDA - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Vida/SIDA—a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC )—are teaming on a new initiative, El Rescate 2.0, to help HIV positive homeless youth get a new lease on life. This isn't the first time that the AFC and Vida/SIDA has worked together on an initiative. AFC provides case management ...


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At the heart of 'Mama' Gloria Allen - It was Gloria Allen's mother Alma, grandmother Mildred Johnson, great-aunt Fannie Hearn and actress Sophia Loren whom she has said were the most inspirational in the past and present development, sensibilities and unshakable determination of a woman so beloved by all the souls she has touched that they call her "mama" without a moment's hesitation or doubt of kindred familiarity. ...


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A year of marriage equality shows high demand, diversity - On Feb. 18, the Cook County Clerk's office released a report providing data from one year of same-sex marriage in Cook County. The report shows a high number of marriage licenses and also shows great diversity in the gender, age, race, occupation and area of residence of these marriages. Cook County Clerk David Orr was granted clearance to issue marriage ...


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Transcending the Blacklist: Coalitions consist of distinct communities - A recurring column - On Jan. 20, 2015 President Obama became the first sitting president during the annual State of the Union Address to make the socially conscious decision to distinctly recognize three communities: 'Transgender', 'Bisexual' and 'Lesbian' Americans. The President remarked, "And there's one last pillar of our leadership, and that's the example of our values. As Americans, we respect human dignity […] ...


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Report: Michael Sam to take up 'Dancing' - Michael Sam is reportedly set to compete in a different area: dancing. TMZ has reported that Sam will be participating on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Yahoo! Sports noted. Sam, who announced to the world a little more than a year ago that he's gay, is not currently on an NFL roster. The free-agent defensive end has been out of ...


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Quigley vice chair of equality caucus - U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) was appointed vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus for the 114th Congress, according to a press release. "As an active member of the Equality Caucus since I was elected to Congress, it has been an honor to advocate for the LGBT community on issues ranging from marriage equality and immigration reform ...


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'The Skew' explores trans-identity topics through satire - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television has so refined the model of caddy woman-centric talk shows that nearly every major network has one. The "by women for women" panels of hostesses typically include a stand-up comedian, an African-American woman ( or two ), an A-list headliner and a lesbian. Then there's the wildcard: likely to be Asian or Republican, possibly both. Discussion points run the ...


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World news: HIV in Cuba; Global Equality Fund; new envoy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Cuba, a variant of HIV that is much more aggressive than other known forms of the virus has been documented, according to Medical News Today. Patients infected with this new variant progress to AIDS so rapidly that they may not even know they are infected, with AIDS symptoms occurring within three years of infection. If a person contracts multiple ...


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National: Pol and trans granddaughter; suicide; FBI and Fred Phelps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Mike Honda ( D-Calif. ) has opened up about his transgender granddaughter, according to a Huffington Post column by Marsha Aizumi. Honda discussed his grandchild in a video at Courageous Conversation, a one-day symposium for superintendents and school leaders that focuses on how to make schools safer for their students. In addition, he posted a photo of both ...


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RuPaul's 'Battle' tour comes to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several stars from previous seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race graced the stage at the House of Blues Feb. 19 for the annual "RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons." Among the Chicago line-up were Alaska 5000, Ivy Winters, BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Manilla Luzon and Raja, hosted by Michelle Visage. "I'm happy to be in this frozen tundra with ...


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LGBT activists talk community and why 'Black lives matter' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A discussion on how the "Black Lives Matter" movement incorporated the LGBT community became a widely encompassing meditation on the nature of community itself Feb. 19, as activists from myriad backgrounds gathered to ask what justice looks like for LGBT African-Americans. The forum, "What is Justice for the Black Same Gender Loving and Transgender Communities?," came at the end of ...


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BENT NIGHTS Sleater-Kinney; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As someone who was merely aware of the band in itsheyday, I was mystified by the effect that the Sleater-Kinney reunion had on me. It certainly didn't hurt that No Cities to Love, the first CD from the group in 10 years, was called one of the best releases of 2014, or that tickets for this show were snapped up ...


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Entertainment: Darren Criss; Kelly Clarkson; chef Art Smith; Tom Ford - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Glee star Darren Criss is set to replace John Cameron Mitchell in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to NewNowNext.com. Mitchell is temporarily stepping out from the show to recover from a knee surgery, but is expected back late in February. After Mitchell leaves the show for good, though, Criss will step into those iconic heels ...


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Dining news: Ceres' Table dinner; Alpana's new place - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Ceres' Table, 3124 N. Broadway, will host an intimate five-course dinner Wed., Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. that features wines from the Italian winery La Stoppa with winery representative Nico Sciackitano. Among the fare being offered are salumi assortiti, braised cuttlefish, boneless pork loin and almond cake. The cost is $95, and seats are limited; call 773-922-4020. —Seven Lions—the contemporary ...


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Shigellosis increase traced to North Side gay, bi individuals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In recent months the gay and bisexual male community in Chicago, especially in the Lake View and Uptown neighborhoods, has seen an uptick in the number of shigellosis ( shigella infection ) cases—many of whom are HIV-positive, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) has reported. A number of those infected have had to be hospitalized. To combat ...


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NUNN ON ONE Actor Colm Feore reigns as 'King Lear' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Colm Feore became a actor after leaving his birthplace of Boston behind, attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. His skills grew from working at the Stratford Festival of Canada playing many leading parts in the works of Shakespeare. He went on to Broadway in Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. His movie career includes roles in Pearl ...


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New rule defining spouse in Family and Medical Leave Act could impact 118,000 - From a Williams Institute press release - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that eligible workers in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take federal job-protected family and medical leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) and extends these rights ...


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Gay Games generated $6.8M; Sports Hall of Fame noms due - Report: Gay Games generated $6.8M The Gay Games that took place in Cleveland, Ohio, last summer generated $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Crain's Cleveland Business reported. The report was issued in conjunction with a panel discussion, "2014 Gay Games Lessons ...


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FashionBar puts on fall/winter '15 show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 19, FashionBar Chicago presented its fall/winter 2015 fashion show at the legendary Drake Hotel's Palm Court on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This show—co-hosted by Jeff Conway, host of Social Avenue, and Renee Fecarotta Russo, star of Chicago Mob—featured five local fashion designers. Featured designers included Benjamin Cottrell of Bengamin Cotrell Designs, Nicole Nannetti and Angie Babbitt of Seamingly Sisters, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Kaki King; Melk Belly - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After having been called one of the most exciting experimental guitarists of her generation, it could be assumed that out musician Kaki King's SRO show at Lincoln Hall on Feb. 11 would have the solemnity of the coronation of a pope. The idea of her "in recital" is something that fans have come to anticipate with bated breath, but what ...


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Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull thrill fans with fast-paced show - On Feb. 20, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull returned to Illinois, bringing their successful act to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The dynamic duo put on a fast-paced, fun show, selling out the venue to the top of the rafters in the process. Rotating nights where one of them follows the other has kept this tour fresh and unexpected. This time ...


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Her HRC event Feb. 15 - "Chicago Her HRC Presents: 4th Annual Va ~ Va ~ Vaudeville!" took place Feb. 15 at Mayne Stage. The event featured burlesque dancers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, musicians, sword swallowers, painted ladies and belly dancers. Gwen La Roka hosted this year's event, with Lady Gia, Aerin Tedesco, Cruel Valentine and Shana Vaughn-Gabor among the slated performers. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ...


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Windy City Times rates the mayoral candidates - Surveys and printable election charts at the links - WCT - In this election cycle, Windy City Times mailed questionnaires to every registered citywide and aldermanic candidate, to their address on file with the board of elections. The questions were about a wide range of issues, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, minimum wage, crime, youth experiencing homelessness, and more. Some questions did not have a yes/or no or "correct" answer, but involved ...


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Oscars: NPH, Lady Gaga and inclusive remarks - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 87th Academy Awards Feb. 22—and most of the wins went as expected. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her role in the Alzheimer's drama Still Alice (directed by same-sex couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland), Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and J.K. Simmons (previously known for ...


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DoL extends Family and Medical Leave Act to same-sex spouses - From a press release - The Family Equality Council applauds the Department of Labor's issuance today of a final rule change extending access to job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) to employees with same-sex spouses regardless of where in the country they live. Under the old rule, the FMLA required that an employee live in a state that recognized ...


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Maya Angelou to be honored with Forever stamp - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will honor Maya Angelou — the beloved author, poet, actress and champion of equality — with a Forever Stamp. "Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word," said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. "Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, ...


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Randy Berry is State Department's first LGBT Human Rights Envoy - From press releases - From an HRC press release WASHINGTON —— Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) applauded the appointment of Randy W. Berry, a veteran senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer, as the State Department's first ever LGBT Human Rights Envoy. HRC praised President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for creating this new senior-level position to oversee the United ...


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Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age - From a press release - CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 16, 2015 — With swing and sass, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," at Center on Halsted ( 3656 N. Halsted ) on Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come out in their best dapper wear and flapper attire to celebrate a bygone ...


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Women & Children First celebrates renovation - Andersonville business Women & Children First Books celebrated their recent major renovation of the store, including new wood floors, a new layout of sections, freshly painted walls and overall a more open floor plan. New owners Sarah Hollenbeck ( left ) and Lynn Mooney are pictured in the re-designed space. They featured music and other programming Feb. 21, and plan ...


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$10 M invested in HIV/AIDS response in two cities hit hard by HIV/AIDS - From a press release - RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ViiV Healthcare today announced the launch of a four-year, $10 million initial investment to fuel a concerted community response to the HIV epidemic among Black Men who have Sex with Men ( MSM ) in Baltimore, Maryland and Jackson, Mississippi, two U.S. cities hard hit by HIV/AIDS. The goal for this ...


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Pritzker's foundation funds trans oral history project - From a press release - MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL—Chicago-based Tawani Foundation has generously awarded a major multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest. This will be done through the collection of up to 400 hours ...


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Quigley addresses his LGBTQ Leadership Council - The downtown Chicago offices of law firm Jenner & Block served as the location for Congressman Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) to host a Feb. 20 meeting with LGBTQ community and non-profit leaders, advocates and activists who form his LGBTQ Leadership Council for an update on the status of LGBTQ issues on Capitol Hill. "You are the eyes and ears ...


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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter comments on transgender service - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, at a town hall in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter answered a question concerning service by transgender people, saying "I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them." The American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, responded to the statement with a call to action urging the ...


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2015 Trans 100 set to debut under new management - The profound sadness and somber commemoration of the names of those transgender individuals who have fallen over the past year and are the focal point of the annual Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ) takes place one month before the onset of a season renowned for darkness and bitter cold. In the comparably short span of three ...


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U.S. murders of trans and gender-exploring people continue - Following the Feb. 10 murder of transgender woman Penny Proud in New Orleans, the community nationwide was stunned as two more trans and gender-exploring individuals were slain in the United States within the span of five days. On Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio, 22-year-old Brian Golec was stabbed to death by Golec's father who is now in police custody under ...


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SPLC suit demands healthcare for transgender inmate in Georgia prison - From a press release - MACON, Ga. — The Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender woman who has been denied medically necessary treatment and sexually assaulted by other inmates while held at a men's prison. WATCH: Ashley made secret video inside the prison to tell her story - ...


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Intimate partner violence homicide in Lawrence, Massachusetts - From a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the intimate partner violencehomicide of Oscar Mendez in Lawrence, Massachusetts. According to local media, Miguel Rivera, 50, is accused of fatally stabbing his boyfriend, Oscar Mendez, 39, at their apartment. Rivera was also injured during the altercation This is the seventh intimate partner, family, or stalking related homicide ...


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HUD tells homeless shelters to respect self-identified gender - From the National Center for Transgender Equality - Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) released long-awaited guidance to ensure equal access for transgender people in homeless shelters. The guidance, issued to shelters and transitional housing programs across the country, call for access to shelter and programs to be based on a person's self-identified gender. This follows similar guidance issued by the Department of ...


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PASSAGES Chicago activist Barbara 'Robbie' Smith dies - Family and friends have announced the passing of beloved Chicago community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Born May 25, 1946, Smith died Feb. 14, 2015. Her gay community activism started in the 1960s. Smith was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a ...


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Alan Cumming stars in GLAAD/GMHC campaign on FDA's blood donor policy - From a press release - New York, Thursday, February 19, 2015 — A coalition of organizations, including GLAAD and Gay Men's Health Crisis ( GMHC ), today launch a new PSA and social media campaign starring Alan Cumming to raise awareness about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ( FDA's ) blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men. Created by Saatchi ...


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Chicagoans join Lambda Legal national board - ( New York, February 9, 2015 ) — Lambda Legal announced it has elected three new leaders to serve on its Board of Directors, including: Dr. Beth Meyerson, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy & Administration at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; Roderick Hawkins, Vice President of External Affairs with the Chicago Urban League; and David de Figueiredo, Senior Vice ...


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Lesbian couple weds in Texas - The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin, according to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth. The Feb. 19 ruling does not invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of ...


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Looming dilemma: Choosing an advocate - Just beyond the February 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. The event will be ...


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National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame nominations open - From a press release - ( Chicago, February 18th, 2015 ) — The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2015. Nominees can be gay or lesbian individuals, organizations that have made tremendous strides in recognizing gay and lesbian athletes, or individual "Allies." The nomination form can be found at www.gayandlesbiansports.com and is due by March ...


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Frankly Speaking ...Expert tips to plan your wedding expertly - The first thing most newly engaged couples ask is "where do I start?" My advice is to first decide on two key elements: the number of guests you want to invite ( actually make a list ), and what your budget is for the wedding. Both are vital to have decided before you start any planning. From here you might ...


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Epidemic: Murders of trans women of color largely ignored - [Originally posted Feb. 15 at Windy City Times] Shortly after Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time magazine last year, the media worldwide erupted with stories and opinions concerning the Transgender Tipping Point. Attempting to discern what it really meant, a June 24, 2014 editorial in the New Statesman declared that "something enormous is happening in our culture. In ...


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Advocates oppose 25% cut to HIV funding in 2015 budget - From a press release - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today proposed a $31.5 billion budget for the state's next fiscal year that contains draconian cuts to the Illinois Department of Public Health and HIV services. The state's last fiscal year saw $26 million appropriated for HIV-related services, but Rauner proposed slashing HIV services in FY 16 to $20 million, a nearly 25% reduction. "The AIDS ...







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