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Chicago panel calls for awareness, action for murdered Black trans women - Just as the August 25 sun began to set outside the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) Social Justice Initiative's Pop Up JUST Art ( PUJA ) center on South Halsted Street, activist Monica James read off the names of the 18 transgender women of color murdered in 2015. James asked the more than 100 people who gathered ...


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Actor Lily Tomlin talks 'Grandma,' 'Grace' and being grateful - How delightful is it to see Lily Tomlin, one of the heroes of Our Community, having such a good year? First, there has been her reteaming with Jane Fonda ( her onscreen pal from the adored feminist comedy 9 to 5 ) in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, in which Tomlin brings her endearing character, an aging hippie, depth, ...


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Trans-led documentary series launching soon - From a press release - The Trans Oral History Project ( TOHP ), the oldest transgender-led organization dedicated to sharing trans stories, announced it's launching a new documentary web series. America in Transition ( AIT ) [ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/america-in-transition#/story ] will highlight social issues and positive role models from underrepresented trans communities across the US. "America in Transition is inspired by my experience coming out and ...


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Billy Masters - Filth: disgustingly offensive dirt, garbage, anything viewed as grossly indecent or obscene. That's how Mr. Webster defines "filth," and who would argue with him? With that definition and those words, this column was launched 20 years ago. Back then, it was called "Filth" and it was supposed to be a temporary gig. But here I am, two decades later, wondering ...


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Upcoming: Sondheim honored; Play marks 10th Katrina anniversary - Sondheim to receive Sandberg Award The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library have announced that the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award will be presented to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Heralded for his immense contributions to musical theater in a career spanning more than 50 years, Sondheim will be honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary ...


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Gilded lilies: Lily Tomlin, Laverne Cox unite in 'Grandma' - A pair of LGBT icons from different generations—beloved septuagenarian Lily Tomlin and more recently minted trailblazer Laverne Cox—come together in the acclaimed feature dramedy Grandma. It's certainly an apropos collaboration, since one of the Sundance Film Festival hit's themes is how generations collide and, despite some friction, can potentially join forces in the spirit of support for a mutual cause. ...


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Upcoming: Fashion Fest; 'Downton' exhibit; Jeff Awards - Chicago Fashion Fest Aug. 29-30 in Wicker Park Chicago Fashion Fest is returning to Wicker Park for a seventh consecutive year Aug. 29-30. The event will feature local designers, retail and couture runway shows under the stars. The weekend celebration of local fashion talent also features summer street-fest fun, including local food vendors, a Shopper's Row, family and pet activities, ...


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Knight at the Movies: Lily Tomlin; the late, great Laird Cregar - Lily plays a grandma In Grandma, from writer-director Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin plays a character who is a lesbian—a big one. Elle Reid is a loud, proud, majorly out lesbian who is unapologetic in her feminist, humanist views and isn't exactly shy about expressing them to all and sundry. Tomlin has played a lesbian character before—in Tea with Mussolini, co-starring ...


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THEATER REVIEW Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century - Playwright: Hillel Levin. At: The Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. Tickets: 800-838-3006; www.assassinationtheater.com; $49. Runs through: Nov. 7 Even with the current fashion for talking-heads symposiums posing as docudramas ( but leaving out the drama ), Hillel Levin's decision to present his journalist's investigation of the role played by organized crime in the 1963 assassination of U.S. ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Dykey Dorothy and friends - Near where I live, closeted lesbians built and installed a bench on a mostly hidden concrete path between grassy sand dunes, out of sight of any casual observer. The bench was created in the mid 1990s to pay respect to members of the group who had died. These women did not dare to name their dead. Even the full name ...


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Cook County Dems slate 2016 candidates - The slating committee of the Cook County Democratic Party met, on Aug. 18-19, to determine its election slate for the March 2016. The slating process determines which candidates can enjoy the full backing—and thus financial and manpower resources—of the party. Candidates pitch their platforms to party officials, often receiving support from various members. Only one member of the LGBT community ...


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Gary Gates on the past, present and future LGBT movement - Researching the demographic characteristics of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population is no easy task, but it's a business Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar & Williams Institute Research Director Gary J. Gates has perfected over time. "I see much of my work as attempting to make visible LGBT populations that have historically not been visible in data sources often used to ...


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Trans group to hold 'education rally' outside Warner Bros on Stonewall film - A group of educators and organizers will hold an educational event in response to the new film Stonewall, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m., Warner Brothers Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, Ca. 91505. Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions, or SAID, hosts an education rally regarding the highly disputed Stonewall film. Professors, historians, noted advocates and community leaders are scheduled to speak ...


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Report: Military's transgender ban could end by May 2016 - From press releases - Washington — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, responded to a report by USA Today that the military could officially lift its ban on transgender service by May of 2016. "For far too long, transgender service members and their families have been ...


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Transgender murders in Aurora, IL and Kansas City, MO - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the deaths of Jasmine Collins of Kansas City, MO, and Keyshia Blige of Aurora, IL. These are the 18th and 19th reported homicides of a transgender/gender nonconforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2015. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jasmine Collins, a Black transgender woman who was killed ...


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Project Fierce buys buys building for LGBTQ youth housing - Chicago, IL —Project Fierce Chicago purchased a four-flat building on Chicago's Southwest side last week, that will eventually be home to LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness. The group, comprised of independent advocates, social workers and community members, launched in 2013; the purchase of the building is the culmination of collective organizing and fundraising by dedicated volunteers. Renovation to prepare the ...


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Virginia shooter gay, manifesto says - In a manifesto, Vester Lee Flanagan II—who shot and killed WDBJ7-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on Aug. 26 before taking his own life—says he was a gay Black man. He also apparently claims he was a victim of homophobia from his co-workers, including "black men and white females," Breitbart reported. Flanagan, additionally, reportedly left a suicide note ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Fringe options - The Chicago Fringe Festival is back for its sixth season, returning again to the Jefferson Park neighborhood at five different venues. This time the Fringe features nearly 50 companies presenting 198 performances from Thursday, Sept. 2, to Sunday, Sept. 13. As in past years, all the shows selected were by lottery and a few are of likely interest to LGBTQ ...


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VEHICLE REVIEW 2015 Toyota Camry hybrid still young and restless - BY SAM GOMEZ, GAYWHEELS.COM - You have to wonder how anyone can afford a new car these days when the average price for a new vehicle is running about $28,000, and the monthly payment on a new car starts at around $400. In this scenario, this year's Toyota Camry Hybrid ( completely redesigned for 2015 ) is average. But in every other field of consideration, ...


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SAVOR Firefly Kitchen - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Most of the restaurants I've profiled here—no matter how amazing or unimpressive they are—have one thing in common: They're in Chicago. However, contrary to what some may believe, there are some interesting culinary experiences in the suburbs—and Wilmette's Firefly Kitchen ( 111 Green Bay Rd.; FFKitchen.com ) is definitely one of the area's more promising restaurants. Firefly has an interesting ...


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BOOKS Angela Koenig: Lesbian Chicago novelist on works, influences - Chicago lesbian novelist Angela Koenig grew up in rural Nebraska and lived in Sioux City, Iowa. Then, she lived in Denver and San Francisco for a number of years before returning to the Midwest. She's the author of Rebellion in Ulster, a novel that followed a dashing lesbian scholar's path to becoming a revolutionary. Its sequel, Rendezvous in the Himalaya, ...


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BOOKS New book spotlights out high-school and college athletes - Jeff Sheng played tennis his first three years at Thousand Oaks High School in California, but opted not to play as a senior. He was closeted, afraid to come out at the time. Now 34, and still based in Southern California, Sheng is back on the court. He's not holding back his swing, nor his sexual orientation. After all, he ...


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MOVIES Becoming 'Friends' with Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Max Joseph - There's a new group of Friends in town and this time there is a musical spin to it. Max Joseph, from MTV's Catfish, is directing the new film We Are Your Friends. The story surrounds Cole Carter, played by actor Zac Efron ( Hairspray; Neighbors ), who's to be a DJ from celebrity musicmaker James Reed. Emily Ratajkowski—who many know ...


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THEATER REVIEW Patchwork Drifter - Playwright: Jennifer L. Mickelson. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit in Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $22. Runs through: Sept. 19 Wyoming granted women the right to vote and to serve as court officers more than 50 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified, so it's appropriate that Jennifer L. Mickelson's ...


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Letters to the editor: Make some noise - Dear Editor: After reviewing numerous recent articles concentrated on many ongoing controversies concerning purported LGBTQ issues, I thought I'd seek clarity on several unsettling observations and questions concerning what constitutes an importance to broader LGBTQ organizations. Firstly, I continue to wonder in utter amazement at the deafening silence among organizational leadership within the broader LGBTQ organizations, especially the LGBT ...


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School news: Campus Pride list; new GBT research study - Wis., Ind. schools make Campus Pride list Campus Pride has released its list of the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities in the United States. For seven years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education. This is the first year Campus Pride has released a Top ...


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In the Life: Kevin Lee - Kevin Lee has an overflowing business card. Well, he would. He is a personal trainer, dating back to 2008—and still has the first receipt transaction for his training services. "I'm very proud of my training persona and take it very seriously. I'm a professional and love helping people reach their goals," he said. Lee also is a gay entertainer, who ...


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ASA forum looks at infertility treatment disparities - Ann Bell ( assistant professor of the department of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware and author of Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America ) was one of the many people who presented findings at the American Sociological Association ( ASA ) annual meeting at the Hilton Chicago Aug. 23. Bell's talk, "Medicalization's marginalization: The role ...


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Together for 29 years, Hill and Jones leaving Chicago for Santa Fe - It started as SID, named for a rabbit who had been named after Sid Vicious from the movie Sid and Nancy, which was the favorite for Chris Hill and Stephen Jones. Grohe Faucets had approached Hill to suggest he set up shop on his own so they could work with him directly. That was the simple formation of SID, which ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - OUR WEEKLY PICKS TO PLAN YOUR NIGHTLIFE CALENDAR 'Sync It lip-sync-off Wed., July 29 Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Lip-syncing is all the rage! Show your stuff at this second installment of Sidetrack's new monthly contest, hosted by the inimitable Dixie Lynn Cartwright. No drag required to perform. Enter to win great prizes. All Geeks: Saturday Morning Cartoons Fri., August ...


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Nightlife photos - TOUCHE Western flair at the annual Cowboy Eye For the Leather Guy makeover contest, Sat., Aug. 22, with Alcala's Western Wear and IL Gay Rodeo Assn. Photos by Kirk Williamson SIDETRACK Showtunin' on Monday. Photos by Jerry Nunn PROGRESS BAR Joey's Bucket List benefit, Wed., Aug. 19. Photos by Kirk Williamson BERLIN Fantastic faces from the Plastics ...


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Homeland Security raids Rentboy.com offices in New York - From press releases - Transgender Law Center condemns Rentboy.com raid Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly raided the offices of Rentboy.com in New York, which has been operating in public view for 18 years, and arrested several staff on charges of racketeering and promoting prostitution. This bust comes at a time when human rights advocates globally are uniting around a call to decriminalize ...


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ChicagoTEN Alumni Challenge Aug. 29 - From a press release - The 6th Annual ChicagoTEN Alumni Challenge sweeps through River North's bars with the goal of raising $50,000 for Chicago Public Schools Aug. 29. WHAT: The ChicagoTEN Alumni Club hosts the 2015 ChicagoTEN Alumni Challenge Bar Crawl benefitting Alumni for Public Schools ( APS ). The event brings together thousands of local Big Ten university alumni and fans to kickoff the ...


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Entertainment: Josh Hutcherson; 'Atlanta'; Zachary Quinto; Adam Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has said he wishes he could shut down Straight But Not Narrow, an LGBT charity he helped co-found in 2011, as a way to combat homophobia in schools, and "positively influence the perception of and behavior towards LGBTQ peers," NewNowNext.com. The organization is still going strong, but he's hoping that one day soon, it won't ...


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News briefs: Marriage in MI; Clinton rally Sept. 20; College savings accounts - Lesbian Michigan couple marries April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse—the lesbian Michigan couple who challenged the state's same-sex adoption and marriage bans—exchanged vows Aug. 22 in Southfield, The Detroit News reported. Strolling down the aisle to George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun," DeBoer wore a cream-colored wedding dress and Rowse donned a black tuxedo. Among the 250 guests were celebrity attorney ...


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LGBT groups join Amnesty International in call to decriminalize sex work - From a press release - Today, several LGBT rights organizations across the country issued the following joint statement in support of Amnesty International's August 11th resolution supporting sex worker human rights. Joint Statement in Support of Amnesty International Resolution: As LGBT rights organizations in the United States, we join to applaud and support Amnesty International's recent resolution to protect the human rights of ...


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World: Murder suspect charged; fashion figure fired; Montreal parade - Yishai Schlissel, the 39-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of attacking marchers in Jerusalem's gay pride parade, has been charged with the murder of a teenage girl and the attempted murder of six other people, according to an LGBTQ Nation item that cites the UK Telegraph. Schlissel was indicted at Jerusalem District Court for the assault on July 30 that resulted ...


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National: Hillary; Texas hate crime; Trump; 18th trans murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid media reports of clerks of officials refusing to issue marriage licenses, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage "needs to be enforced across our country," The Washington Blade reported. At a town-hall meeting in Las Vegas, Clinton said, "First, as president, I will do everything I can to make sure that marriage ...


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35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa marks 100 days in office - 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa will mark his 100 days in office by releasing a comprehensive report on the state of the 35th Ward, and a 100 Days Progress Report. These reports will be discussed with constituents via conference call on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 pm. The 2015 Ward Report will detail the state of the 35th ward's housing, ...


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Theater in Chicago: Opening soon and now on stage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Opening dates August 25, 2015 Mom? A Comedy of Mourners. Clown siblings Victoria, Frank and Mango mourn the loss of their mother. By Box of Clowns at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets at www.gorillatango.com or ( 773 ) 598-4549 . August 27, 2015 Glory Days. Broadway musical nailing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight - Playwright: Peter Ackerman. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Road. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$60. Runs through Oct. 4 Peter Ackerman's 1999 New York sex comedy Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, now being revived in a strongly acted production at the swanky Windy City Playhouse, certainly begins with a great premise. How do you react when your ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Jim Cartwright. At: No Stakes Theater Project at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $13.50-$34.50. Runs through: Sept. 5 Steppenwolf Theatre Company produced this play 21 years ago utilizing an enormous set with a moving house that swallowed the play alive. It still requires a two-story house ( Grant Sabin, set designer ) but this intimate ...


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Theater Spotlight on Bad Jews; Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The kvetching continues since Theater Wit's acclaimed production of Joshua Harmon's scathing comedy Bad Jews is back again in its fifth extension and third venue. So if you missed seeing this play involving three cousins doing battle over a family heirloom, then you can choose your favorites and take sides now in the intimate cabaret space of the Royal George ...


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Bryan Safi has it made in the 'Shade' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bryan Safi seems to be everywhere lately. The openly gay Emmy winner has done everything from writing on The Ellen DeGeneres to being a writer/performer on the website Funny or Die to acting in the Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption ( with Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell ) and the ABC Family series Young and Hungry. Then, there are his ...


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Celebrate with caution - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times, by Michael Kearns - This speech was in acceptance of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award "for groundbreaking and distinguished achievement in the LGBTQ playwrighting and arts advocacy." Presented to Michael Kearns by Celebration Theatre on Aug. 11, 2015, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. Celebration Theatre, during its halcyon days, was located on Hoover Street in Silver Lake, not in the land ...


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Alliance's Homecoming to honor visionary Safe Schools heroes - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( August 17, 2015 )— The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will host An Alliance Homecoming, on Sept. 25 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N State St., with a VIP Reception at 5:30 p.m. and the general event at 7 p.m. The event features restaurant tastings, a silent auction, awards, dancing and drinks. Similar to the Alliance's ...


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Comic Con hosts thousands of fans - Hordes of comic-book, sci-fi and pop-culture enthusiasts were present in Rosemont, Illinois, as Wizard World Chicago Comic Con took place Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Among the stars who appeared were two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Nathan Fillion ( TV's Castle and Serenity ), Ben McKenzie ( TV's Gotham ), Burt Reynolds, Stephen Amell ( TV's ...


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Eating Out with a Girl: The Irish Rose Saloon - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The more I visit Rockford, the more I like it. : ) One of the main reasons is: The Irish Rose. IrishRose.Rockford. Upon walking through the door, one might think, "Aw shit, it's an Irish Pub so, I'll get some chips…" Then BOOM, you take a look at the menu and the specials and you're like, "Mmmmhhhmmm, I'm good here. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Coin; Ezra Furman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Of the seemingly endless string of new and unheard of bands that land on major record labels, Nashville rockers Coin seem oddly proud of their love for the past. Without pretense, these guys pride themselves on their love for '90s alternative rock and I almost hate to tell them that they've picked the wrong decade. After just one listen to ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC How Swede it is: Talking with singer Tove Lo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Swedish songstress Tove Lo has taken the world by storm recently. After signing to Island and Polydor Records, her debut studio album , Queen of the Clouds, spawned the hit singles "Habits ( Stay High )" and "Talking Body." Lo was featured on DJ Alesso's song "Heroes ( We Could Be )" that was on constant radio rotation and ruled ...


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Dining news: New Pastoral chef; Browntrout closing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine has hired Jessica "Jesse" Williams as chef of Appellation—the company's new wine bar and restaurant that will be located within Pastoral Andersonville, 5212 N. Clark St., a space scheduled to open early this fall. A former Pastoral cheesemonger, she joins Appellation from Birchwood Kitchen in Wicker Park, where she served as head chef for ...


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UN briefed on LGBT persecution, killings in Iraq and Syria - From a press release - ( New York ) — During an historic briefing before the U.N. Security Council on violence against LGBT by ISIS, Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ), urged world governments to act urgently to support people targeted by extremist persecution and cruel acts in Iraq and Syria. Stern briefed the Security ...


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Chicago 'represented pretty well' at World Series - They had a softball in their dugout with the initials "CS" emblazed on it. And Glen Rexing added the word "whatever." The ball was there for every game, a tribute by the Chicago Dragons B-Division team that played in the annual Gay Softball World Series, held Aug. 17-22 in Columbus, Ohio, to Carl Sharp, who passed away this spring. Sharp ...


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Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame to induct 11 people, 1 group - Eleven individuals and one organization will be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, the country's only known government-sponsored hall of fame that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) communities, on Tuesday, November 10. The Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on ...


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Caitlyn Jenner to headline Nov. 12 Chicago House luncheon - Chicago House and Social Services Center announced, on Aug. 24, that Caitlyn Jenner will give the keynote address at Chicago House's 2015 Speaker Series luncheon Nov. 12. Windy City Times reported the news two weeks ago, but the agency confirmed details Aug. 24. Jenner, a former Olympian and a winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, made headlines earlier ...


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Pro-marriage equality state Rep. Sullivan won't seek re-election - State Rep. Ed Sullivan, R-Mundelein, announced, on Aug. 24, that he would not be seeking re-election in the 2016 election. On a statement on his website, Sullivan said, "Over the past thirteen years, it has been an honor to represent you through the many significant moments in our State's history. Many decisions have not been easy, particularly with mounting fiscal ...


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Legacy Project launches Legacy Wall traveling LGBT exhibition - Several dozen supporters of The Legacy Project gathered at the Bridgeport Art Center Aug. 23 for the first showing of The Legacy Wall, a beautiful and highly detailed traveling exhibition debuting to the public at the Illinois State Library in Springfield Oct. 1-28, which is national LGBT History Month. The Legacy Project is a Chicago-based LGBT organization focused on preserving ...


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Caitlyn Jenner to headline Chicago House Speaker Series - From a press release - ( August 24, 2015/Chicago, IL ) — It was announced today that Caitlyn Jenner, Olympian and recent winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 7th annual Chicago House Speaker Series luncheon, being held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Thursday, November 12th, from 11:30 am ...


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GOP candidates duck on the Equality Act - Polling shows that Americans will oppose candidates who are against Equality Act protections WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on the Republican candidates running for president to tell the American public where they stand on the Equality Act, a landmark federal non-discrimination bill that would finally extend key civil rights protections to LGBT Americans. ...


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A Wider Bridge opens Chicago office - A Wider Bridge, a San Francisco-based organization sponsoring programming that forges connections between the American LGBT community and the LGBT community in Israel, is opening a Chicago office. According to Midwest Manager of Programs and Operations Laurie Grauer, "There's been a tremendous growth in acceptance in various Jewish denominations, but there is still that questioning, "Where do I belong?' Because ...


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Trans Liberation and Black Lives Matter, Tuesday, 5:30pm, 1255 S. Halsted - From a press release - NATIONWIDE — On Tuesday, August 25th, in cities around the country, Black Lives Matter and organizers will stand against the violence facing black transgender women, saying once and for all that Black Trans Lives Matter. In Chicago Black Trans Lives + Labor will gather at 5:30pm at 1255 S Halsted. From Washington DC, to Columbus, Ohio, organizers will #SayHerName, acknowledging ...


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PASSAGES Roscoe's staffer Sara Sullivan dies - Sara Sullivan, 52, Roscoe's volunteer staff leader and life-long Chicago resident, died Aug. 15 following a 27-year battle with Lupus. Kevin Putz relayed Sullivan's death to Windy City Times. Sullivan was active within the LGBT community for 20 years as a straight ally. She was born May 21, 1963 in Chicago and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. Her father ...


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Cuban LGBT activist to tour Chicago - From a Gay Liberation Network press release - Cuban LGBT activist Alberto Roque Guerra will visit Chicago with media appearances and a 7 PM, Tuesday, September 1st public meeting at Nookies Restaurant, 3334 N. Halsted Street, co-sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network and the Chicago ALBA Solidarity Committee. Like the United States, Cuba has had both low points and high points in the history of LGBT rights. In ...


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Ramirez-Rosa opens at Sanders rally - Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ), on Aug. 17, was asked to address a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, DNAinfo reported. Ramirez-Rosa, a member of the City Council's LGBT Caucus as well as one of the youngest alderman in the city's history, said before his speech, "I found out earlier today. It's exciting. I'm 'feeling the Bern' ...


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Purple Tie Affair to benefit Youth Empowerment Performance Project - E3 Radio is planning a party with a purpose. In 2013, Anna DeShawn founder of E3 Radio wanted to do something different to celebrate her birthday. She decided to start the Purple Tie Affair to raise money for her favorite nonprofits. Over the last two years the proceeds have gone to benefit Affinity Community Services, the Church Within a Church ...


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UN brief to include ISIS terror against LGBTIs - From a press release - ( New York ) — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) will brief the U.N. Security Council on Monday, August 24, during the first-ever Council briefing on LGBTI human rights violations. The briefing, an informal session known as an "Arria,", focuses on alleged atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The Arria will take ...


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Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor 2014-2015 productions - From a press release - Friday, August 21, 2015 - Chicago, IL — Chicago stage, TV and film star Michael Shannon did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2014-2015 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of the presentation is available at www.JeffAwards.org. Six world premiere plays, three world premiere musicals, and three new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving Jeff ...


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Poet Kit Yan performs Queer Heartache at Chicago Fringe - From a press release - Chicago, IL: From September 3-13, Kit Yan, a transgender, queer, Asian American poet from Hawaii, will be performing his show Queer Heartache at the Chicago Fringe Festival. Queer Heartache is a one-person SLAM POETRY theater show about the micro-aggressive societal failures that break our queer hearts. The show follows Kit from his childhood in Hawaii as a poor child of ...


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Ellen Page challenges Ted Cruz on LGBT discrimination at Iowa State Fair - From a press release, link to video included - WASHINGTON — Today, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz found himself on the defensive in Iowa after his speech on the Des Moines Register Soap Box after taking questions from actress Ellen Page, who came out in 2014 at HRC's Time to Thrive conference. Watch the exchange at the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/ellen-page-grills-ted-cruz-iowa-state-fair-33231356 . Page has become an activist and role model for ...


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Chicago SlutWalk demands end to rape culture, gender-based oppression - From a press release - CHICAGO — On Saturday, August 22nd, Chicago's largest annual feminist demonstration returns to Water Tower to demand an end to rape culture. Now in its fifth year, SlutWalk Chicago is a vast, diverse array of people who refuse to accept the normalization of sexual and gender-based violence in all of its forms. "Currently, we all live in a world of ...


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NIH: Research at crucial point in AIDS pandemic - From a press release - Extraordinary progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research over the last 34 years, transforming what was once a terrifying and almost inevitably fatal disease into a treatable disorder. People with HIV/AIDS can now experience an almost normal life expectancy if antiretrovirals are started promptly and continued for life. But the disease remains a significant public health concern, with approximately 50,000 ...


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Black gay dads behind photo split - The two African-American dads who cultivated a large Internet following due to their photo-perfect family have split, People reported. In a letter to their 187,000 followers that spanned six Instagram posts, Caleb Anthony, 27, revealed that he and Kordale Lewis, 26, are "no longer together." The Atlanta couple, who have two young daughters and a son, generated a huge Web ...


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City of Chicago immigrant reform plan unveiled - Determined to put a stamp on Chicago as the most immigrant-friendly city in the United States, 35th Ward Ald. Carlos Rosa unveiled a comprehensive immigrant integration plan at an August 18 City Hall press conference. Rosa was surrounded in unity by 10th Ward Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza and representatives from 14 members of a coalition of civil rights and advocacy ...


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Social Security will retroactively grant spousal benefits in Lambda case - From a Lambda Legal press release - "With this good news, we are hopeful that widows, widowers and retirees, wherever they lived, who need Social Security spousal benefits will be able to receive them." ( Chicago, August 20, 2015 ) — Today, in a status conference with Lambda Legal in federal court in Chicago, the Department of Justice announced that the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) ...


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Rauner signs anti-conversion therapy bill - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on Aug. 20, signed HB 217, a law that prohibits so-called "conversion therapy," which supposedly could turn a gay or lesbian patient straight, from being practiced upon minors in the state of Illinois. The bill, the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, was sponsored in the House by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, and in the Senate by ...







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