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Rivendell hosts talk-back on Race and Body image in media - Rivendell Theatre hosted a fantastic talk-back tonight after the wonderful performance of Body/Courage, written by and starring Danielle Pinnock, directed by Megan Carney, running thru Feb. 27. The discussion, MEDIA AS A MESSAGE: Race & Body Image was about how pop culture frames, conditions, creates and reinforces self-perception. On stage were ( from left ): performance artist Baraka de Soleil, ...


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Conservative Supreme Court justice Scalia dies - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—a conservative cornerstone of the high court—passed away at age 79 on Feb. 13 in Texas. In a statement, Chief Justice John Roberts said he and other justices were "saddened" to hear of Scalia's passing. "He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues," Roberts said. "His passing is a great ...


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Black, Queer and Invisible? A chat with Kim Hunt and Zack Stafford - From a press release - On Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Center on Halsted Chats will feature Kim Hunt ( Executive Director of the Pride Action Tank ) and Zach Stafford ( Contributing Writer for The Guardian ). Center on Halsted Chats is a monthly series that interviews local LGBTQ and Ally leaders as they discuss their lives and some ...


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Harris files trans-related birth certificate bill in Illinois House - State Rep. Greg Harris ( D-Chicago ), on Feb. 11, introduced a new bill that would make it easier for transgender Illinois residents to amend their birth certificate. The bill, HB 6073, amends the state's vital records act so that a declaration by a physician that the individual is undergoing medically appropriate treatment would be the main requirement to change ...


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Report: Traditional deniers of LGBT rights behind 'Religious Liberty' push - From an The Southern Poverty Law Center press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A new Southern Poverty Law Center ( SPLC ) report profiles the top Christian Right groups on the frontlines of the campaign to enact state "religious freedom" laws, demonstrating that the movement is merely the latest strategy to deny equality to the LGBT community. The report — "Religious Liberty" and the Anti-LGBT Right — shows that the ...


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Studies show positive psychological effects of hormones for trans individuals - From a press release - New Rochelle, NY, February 9, 2016—Transgender individuals may experience significant improvement in psychological functioning after as little as 3—6 months of hormone therapy, with improved quality of life reported within 12 months of initiating therapy by both female-to-male and male-to-female transgender individuals, according to an article published in Transgender Health, a new peer-reviewed open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, ...


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Justice releases guide for police engagement with diverse communities - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today announced the release of a series of guidebooks by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services ( COPS ) that promote building trust between police agencies and the communities they serve. Attorney General Lynch made the announcement at the launch of the second phase of her national Community Policing Tour at the ...


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Circuit owner retracts allegations against landlord - The co-owner of Circuit Night Club is apologizing for public remarks made about his landlord, days after the Halsted Street establishment closed. Mike Macharello previously posted a notice to Circuit's website that the building's owner, Frank Friedman of Sterling Properties, would not sign a new lease agreement, causing the club to close. But, on Feb. 12, Macharello issued a new ...


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About Face Theatre to premier "after all the terrible things I do" - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 12, 2016 ) — Following its hit world premiere of Le Switch, About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary Season with the Chicago premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat's compelling drama after all the terrible things I do, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, playing March 11 — April 10, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 ...


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Book on gay men and meth offers recovery solutions - A new book provides an innovative roadmap for healthcare professionals treating gay men for methamphetamine addiction and sexual compulsion: Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man's Guide to Sex and Recovery ( Healing Path Press ). Lust, Men and Meth is written by David M. Fawcett, a Florida-based psychotherapist, addiction specialist and sex therapist who specializes in mental health and ...


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Catching up with Hall of Famer Ellen Meyers - The Illinois secretary of state's office has the two highest ranking out lesbians in any branch of state government. The newly appointed chief of the Illinois Secretary of State Police is Sydney Thomas, who formerly was the chief deputy chief of police. Meanwhile, Ellen A. Meyers is the deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, ...


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HIV Care Connect reworks education on HIV, mental health - Among the questions on Illinois HIV Care Connect's HIV and Mental Health Quiz is 'people living with HIV and a mental health condition have a more difficult time achieving viral suppression: True or False?" According to Illinois Health Association Assistant Director for Programs and Compliance Jeffery M. Erdman, his colleague/HIV Project Manager Michael Maginn and Illinois HIV Care Connect Communications ...


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Credit union unveils gender-affirming loan package - North Side Community Federal Credit Union ( North Side ) has announced a groundbreaking Gender Affirming Procedures Loan Product ( GAP LP ) package. GAP LP was created by Lee Dewey, a trans person and accounting manager at North Side. It is designed to assist trans people who are looking for help in covering the expenses related to surgeries, procedures ...


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FBI needs info in Near North arson case - The FBI continues to seek information from the public regarding the arson that occurred at the Noble Horse Theatre, 1410 N. Orleans St., in February 2015, announced Michael J. Anderson, Special agent-in-charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ). Anderson also stated the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the ...


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Racism's Toll: Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost - From a press release - Poverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color, and people of color fare far worse on nearly every measure of well-being. In the latest of its annual reports on poverty, "Racism's Toll," Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out ...


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Chicago Foundation for Women's Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 - The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together folks from across the city to celebrate queer ...


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South Dakota may be first state to make law attacking transgender children - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, and the ACLU of South Dakota, gave South Dakota lawmakers a dire warning to stop a vehemently discriminatory bill that would make the state the first in the nation to pass a law attacking transgender children. ...


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Affinity Community Services presents voter registration talk - From a press release - Affinity Community Services will be partnering with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee to hold a voter registration talk Saturday, Feb. 20. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in a discussion with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee about the history of voting rights, and the importance of voting. In addition, attendees will learn best practices on how to work with organizations and ...


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Upcoming: Patricia Racette in 'Humaine'; sexual-assault exhibit; Trans exhibit - Patricia Racette in 'Humaine' Feb. 14 Chicago Opera Theater( COT ) continues its 2015-16 season with a double bill featuring Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., on Feb. 14 ( at 3 p.m. ). The evening of one-act operas begins with "Humaine," starring soprano ...


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Theater Spotlight Muse of Fire; Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight See what happens when Jewish prisoners interred at Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942 try to perform a comedy based upon the Dreyfus Affair in Jake Rosenberg's Holocaust drama Muse of Fire. As the play goes on, dark secrets emerge and many questions arise about comedy in the face of horror. Genesis Theatrical Productions' Muse of Fire plays ...


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THEATER REVIEW Body/Courage - Playwright: Danielle Pinnock. At: Waltzing Mechanics and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728 or www.rivendelltheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: Feb. 27 There's no denying the enjoyable acting talent of Danielle Pinnock. As the star of her one-woman show Body/Courage, Pinnock engagingly morphs from character to character while also displaying a wonderful flair for quirky comic timing. So it's ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Old Friends - Playwright: Horton Foote. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177; www.raventheatre.com; $42. Runs through: March 26 Romantic impulses are usually better indulged in early life, when the odds are greater that the perpetrators will emerge with minimal damage, but at an age where their peers were following their bliss, the Bordons and Ratliffs of Harrison, Texas, were following ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Explorers Club - Playwright: Nell Benjamin. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 1-773-891-8985; www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$55. Runs through: April 17 A deft cast and director make this silly little farce exactly what it should be: a silly little farce. I mean that in the best way because it's not easy. There aren't enough stars in heaven to number the times ...


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THEATER REVIEW American Buffalo - Playwright: David Mamet. At: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 773-871-0442; www.maryarrchie.com; $30. Runs through: March 6 With the wrecking ball looming on the horizon, Mary-Arrchie Theatre returns to its roots for one last stand, and in doing so, demonstrates once again the blend of visceral and cerebral performance that launched its 30-year-career as one ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Milwaukee Ballet starts conversations with 'Dorian Gray' - The full-length story ballet is back in style, thanks to a number of in vogue, internationally renowned choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon, Stanton Welch, John Neumeier and Alexei Ratmansky creating new narratives or reimagining classical favorites. Add Michael Pink to this list, who, for decades has created original and reimagined ballets while steering the helm at Milwaukee Ballet since 2002. His ...


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LETTERS - Blog days are over An Open Letter to GLAAD regarding the 2016 Media Awards We, the undersigned, respectfully but strongly disagree with your decision to remove the category of Outstanding Blog from the GLAAD Awards and with your rationalization behind this decision. LGBT blogs and independent media play a crucial role in relaying information, providing new and diverse voices, and ...


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FRANKLY SPEAKING What's hot and what's not: Wedding trends for 2016 - As a wedding consultant, every wedding that I design and coordinate is totally inspired by that couple's style, so the details are completely unique to each wedding. Here are the latest trends that I see in weddings for this year. Remember that these are trends, not the rules. So the first thing I do with every couple is ask a ...


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Billy Masters - "Reporter Amanda Hess, in a story published Monday, acknowledges she wrongly wrote that 'one in three Black men who have sex with me is HIV-positive.' In fact, the statistic applies to Black men 'who have sex with men.'"—The Washington City Paper corrects a typo. It's amazing the difference in meaning caused by a dropped "n." In years to come, youngsters ...


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SAVOR Del Frisco's - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - The 24,000-square-foot, three-story Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse ( 58 E. Oak St.; DelFriscos.com ) certainly makes a dramatic statement—and, in a sense, it's no wonder. The behemoth occupies 70 percent of what used to be the Esquire movie theater, and Del Frisco's has even retained some touches, such as the "ESQUIRE" sign displayed upon entering, and even knobs on ...


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BOOK REVIEW Marie Equi: Radical Passions and Outlaw Politics - By Michael Helquist, $24.95; Oregon State University Press; 309 pages Marie Equi's name had many reasons to be in the news in the early 1900s. She was a physician at time where women doctors were still a curiosity. She was a labor activist who believed in abortion and birth control. She rushed to provide aid in the wake of ...


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GLAAD Award nods announced - GLAAD has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Special honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks. Among the nominees are Academy Award ...


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MUSIC Married lesbian couple make music as Whatismu - Musician Lorrie Kountz and wife Laura Jansons make up the instrumental guitar fusion duo Whatismu. The two musicians released their self-titled debut CD in 2015 and have embraced a sound that is a hybrid of Indian percussion, rock guitars and EBM synthesizers—think Anoushka Shankar meets Led Zeppelin. Kountz talked with Windy City Times about her musical history, what inspired the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Life is a 'Cabaret' for Randy Harrison - Actor Randy Harrison may always be remembered as fresh-faced Justin Taylor on the Showtime drama Queer as Folk. He played the part for five seasons, which led him to being internationally recognized. Many may not know of the thriving theater career that he has hammered out over the years, being in productions of Wicked and Amadeus, among many others. Harrison ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Amy Landecker lands dream job on 'Transparent' - Actress Amy Landecker has finally hit it big, playing Sarah Pfefferman in the breakout Amazon Studio hit Transparent. Her roots began in Chicago as the daughter of radio personality John Records Landecker. After a theater career in the Windy City, she moved to L.A. when she was 38 to begin films and TV commercials. She struck a chord in the ...


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In the Life: Roberto Rodriguez Torres - Roberto Rodriguez Torres is a team player, on and off the fields of play. Rodriguez manages the contract for a team of architects, engineers and planners from Knight Engineers and Architects, who, under contract, manage CDOT ( Chicago Department of Transportation ) Streetscape and Sustainable Design projects throughout the city, he said. "We rebuild streets and sidewalks in commercial areas ...


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Argentinian trans activist dies - Longtime transgender activist Lohana Berkins died Feb. 5 after several weeks of hospitalization, prompting an outpouring of grief and tributes, according to the Buenos Aires Herald. In 2002, she applied for a job as a teacher at a public school. When authorities denied her the right to do so under her own name, she filed a complaint with Buenos Aires ...


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Equality Illinois holds pre-gala event - On Feb. 5—the evening before its 25th-anniversary gala—Equality Illinois held a "Jubilee Reception" at Chez Chicago, 247 E. Ontario St. There were a buffet, a dessert cart ( which quick drew patrons ), a Garrett Popcorn table with samples and even a wedding-themed stop. A DJ provided aural entertainment. Bernard Cherkasov—in his last year as CEO of Equality Illinois—addressed the ...


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Howard Brown meeting March 30 - Howard Brown Health will hold its annual meeting Wed., March 30, 6-8 p.m., at the Brown Elephant Andersonville, 5404 N. Clark St. According to a news release, Howard Brown will "share highlights of 2015, discuss our goals for the future, and honor community members who have gone above and beyond to support our mission of improving LGBTQ healthcare." Afterward, there ...


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Quigley backs Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS change - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), vice-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, supported the passage of the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS ( HOPWA ) program formula change through the Price-Aderholdt Amendment. This amendment will alter the manner in which HOPWA funding is distributed throughout the country—and result in increased HOPWA funding for Chicago. Instead of basing ...


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Univ. of Minnesota libraries honored for LGBT service - The American Library Association's ( ALA's ) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table ( GLBTRT ) has named the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries as the inaugural recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community. The award was established to honor a library, librarian, ...


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En la Vida: It feels like a lifetime ago - This is part two of Raven's En La Vida column. Part one was in the Jan. 20 Windy City Times. I stopped talking to my mother in 2002. Having absolutely no relationship with her whatsoever made it difficult to maintain one with the rest of my family so for years my wife, our daughters and I lived in a bubble ...


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Nightlife photos: Sidetrack - Painted for the gods at the Mardi Gras party, Saturday, February 6. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - FABITAT: Lucy's Love Bazaar & Dating Game Wed., Feb. 10, 10 pm Double Dooa Door No. 3, 1551 N. Damen Ave. Three lucky peeps will compete for the chance to win a date with some of the hottest and most available ladies on the scene: The Lady Ivory; Alex Kay; Curlene Ribbon and Joan Waters. Live music from Chicago band ...


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Greater Than AIDS series on YouTube - From a press release - This latest installment of the popular Greater Than AIDS YouTube series #AskTheHIVDoc is "All about PrEP!" Because HIV should never stand in the way of LOVE! Top HIV docs Dr. Demetre Daskalakis and Dr. David Malebranche answer YOUR questions about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis — the daily pill to prevent HIV. The questions cover a broad range of topics, from how effective ...


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Northwestern study: Some LGBT youth still face bullying - It Doesn't 'Get Better' For Some Bullied LGBT Youths - From a Press Release CHICAGO, Ill. —- Since 2010, more than 613,000 people have pledged to combat bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) teens as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign. And a new Northwestern Medicine study has found that most adolescents would agree that it does, in fact, get better. But not all. Discrimination, ...


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Equality Illinois to host Financial Education Fair - From a press release - CHICAGO—To address ongoing economic challenges facing many Chicagoans, Equality Illinois is hosting a free financial education event with a resource fair and programs focused on banking, saving, loans and debt management. Equality Illinois will host the 77 Proud Financial Education & Resource Fair on Tuesday, February 23, in partnership with the Chicago Treasurer's Office, MB Financial Bank and the Rogers ...


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National: Conversion therapy in N.Y.; church takeover; Tyler Clementi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York is taking steps to stop conversion therapy for minors, according to USA Today. The Democratic governor's move comes as LGBT-rights advocates have campaigned state by state with mixed results to try to ban a practice that major mental-health organizations have repudiated. "Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice" that punishes people ...


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Entertainment news: Nick Jonas; Laverne Cox; Abby Wambach; Hugh Jackman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas—who's played gay on two different TV shows and has been accused of "baiting" the gay community—was asked to clarify his recent comments that he wouldn't "confirm nor deny" whether he's ever had sex with a man in an interview with Complex, NewNowNext.com reported. "It's funny. I play a gay character on a TV show," he said. "Whether it's ...


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NYC LGBT youth agency reaches goal in plan to purchase anti-gay church - From a press release - FEBRUARY 9, 2016, New York, NY…….Less than two weeks after the ATLAH church, home of virulently anti-LGBT Rev. James David Manning, announced it had been foreclosed and was being put up for auction, the Ali Forney Center launched the #harlemnohate campaign and has raised $200,000 as an initial goal towards buying the building to provide housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual ...


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Sheriff Tom Dart and human trafficking survivors to speak tonight - Sex trafficking exhibit launches at Loyola University Museum of Art - From a press release CHICAGO, February 9, 2016 — Human trafficking claims an estimated 27 million victims worldwide, producing nearly $31 billion in revenue each year through the largest exploitation of innocent men, women, and children ever seen in history. As human trafficking continues to be a growing problem in America, there is increased education and awareness efforts on ...


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Productions with LGBTQ+ elements are semi-finalists in contest - From a press release - Chicago, IL — A slate of 11 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and musicals have emerged as Semi-Finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country doing blind readings of the manuscripts. The semi-finalists are: ...


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Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016 to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and new solutions to house this vulnerable population in Chicago. The Chicago Tiny Home Summit will be at University of Illinois at Chicago Monday, April 18, 9 ...


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Tiny Home Summit to address youth homelessness in Chicago; experts join from across country - CHICAGO — Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host a Tiny Home Summit April 18-19, 2016 to bring together experts from across the country to address the issue of youth homelessness and new solutions to house this vulnerable population in Chicago. The Chicago Tiny Home Summit will be at University of Illinois at Chicago Monday, April 18, 9 ...


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Culinary shorts: Vanille; Fogo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Say 'oui' to Vanille There's a new sweet spot in town and it is located in the heart of Lake View at 3243 N. Broadway. Vanille Patisserie creates authentic French goodness with the art of pastry. Founded in 2002, there is now a third location that opened Feb. 4. The owner for four years, Sophie Evanoff was on hand at ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I am spending next Sunday discussing a not-so-interesting book but after the discussion I have arranged a kind of dessert for myself: A good friend and I will have a seedfest—we're going through umpteen seed catalogs and ordering for next summer. ( When you're 70, excitement is different from when you were 22. Fortunately, I can still dance two or ...


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The 21st-century wedding movie: Not your mother's wedding video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Why spend so much money on that long boring video that we will only watch once?" Aside from marriage equality itself, no aspect of weddings has changed more in recent years than the wedding video. In the era of YouTube and Facebook video, the wedding video has gone cinematic. The cinematic wedding video The cinematic wedding video combines video, ...


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Sports: CLLAW-entine; Proud to Run; Chicago Sky; Billie Jean King; LGBTQ bowlers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'CLLAW-entine' Feb. 13 at Logan The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will host "My Bloody Cllaw-Entine" on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 24th benefit match will feature the arm wrestlers; live musical entertainment from all-female Beastie Boys tribute band She's Crafty; and a cash bar. Attendees can enter the ...


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World: Trade deal criticized; intersex poll; Tutu's honor; gay Indian prince - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride at Work issued a statement condemning a pact the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations signed ( marking the largest regional trade deal in history ) in New Zealand, saying the agreement undermines the U.S.'s commitment to LGBTQ equality and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Pride at Work Executive Director Jerame Davis said, "Though the Administration and Ambassador ...


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At ISU in Normal: Legacy Wall, speakers highlight contributions of LGBT individuals - The Legacy Wall, a Chicago-based traveling interactive LGBT history exhibit, will be on display on the main floor of Illinois State University's Milner Library Feb. 15-27 in Normal, Illinois. The free exhibit was created by the Legacy Project, a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to recognizing the contributions LGBT individuals have made to world history and culture. The large Legacy Wall exhibit ...


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Dining news: Halsted's closing; Valentine's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —LKH Management—the group behind Lake View's Hydrate, Replay, Elixir Lounge and VII as well as Andersonville's Replay and Elixir—announced that it will close Halsted's Bar & Grill, 3441 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 10 p.m. The company will introduce a new neighborhood-oriented food and beverage concept this spring. —GreenRiver, 259 E. Erie, has added Pastry Chef Ji ...


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Chicago Auto Show Feb. 13-21 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Auto Show will place Feb. 13-21 at McCormick Place. North America's largest auto show, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space of the McCormick Place complex and displays multiple world and North American introductions and a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept ...


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News briefs - Quigley hosts advisory council On Feb. 8, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, hosted his annual LGBTQ Advisory Council meeting with LGBTQ non-profit and community leaders, activists and advocates for an update on the status of issues facing the community locally and nationally. Quigley talked about issues such as the effect of Illinois' budget impact ...


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BENT NIGHTS Strawberry Jacuzzi; Le Tour; Velocicopter; Absolutely Not - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four DIY bands—Strawberry Jacuzzi, Le Tour, Velocicopter and Absolutely Not ( who generally play low-key bars or DIY spaces )—hit one of Chicago's most venerated venues, The Metro, and not a moment too soon. In the first weeks of 2016, the DIY scene here was hit especially hard by three unexpected events. First was the passing of local performance/multimedia artist ...


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Performance artist LeVan D. Hawkins on career and storytelling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While growing up in Robbins, Illinois—the oldest majority-Black suburb in the Chicago area and one of the oldest incorporated Black municipalities in the United States—LeVan D. Hawkins always dreamed of being a writer and actor/performance artist. When Hawkins was considering his college options his mom convinced him that he should get a degree in accounting so he applied to the ...


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Man held on $1 million bond after stabbing - A Chicago man is being held on a $1 million bond for stabbing his boyfriend to death after an argument about their relationship, Chicago Sun-Times reported. Clifton Hooker, 32, was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing his boyfriend, Alphonzo Guinyard, 26, in the back Jan. 24. Judge Adam D. Bourgeois ordered the bond Jan. 26. Guinyard visited Hooker's home ...


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Black HIV/AIDS event addresses progress, challenges - Ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( Feb. 7 ), members of the West Side HIV/AIDS Resource Provider Council ( WHARP ), U.S. Congressman. Danny K. Davis ( IL- 07 ) Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins ( IL-16 ) and Rep. LaShawn K. Ford ( IL-08 ) joined representatives from the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, The ...


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South Side Community Art Center gets $300,000 Alphawood Foundation grant - From a press release - CHICAGO — February 8, 2016 — The South Side Community Art Center, the oldest African American art center in the country, announced today that it has received a grant totaling $300,000 from the Alphawood Foundation. The grant is intended to allow the South Side Community Art Center to devote more resources to fundraising and development, increase staff capacity and operating ...


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Equality Illinois PAC issues first round of endorsement - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee issued its first round of endorsements for the 2016 primary elections on Monday, supporting Susana Mendoza for the Democratic nomination for Illinois State Comptroller and the re-election of 24 incumbent state legislators who have supported measures advancing LGBT equality in Illinois. The Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois, is the only ...


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Police kill trans man in Arizona - Police in Arizona killed 24-year-old Mesa transgender man Kayden Clarke, according to the Arizona Republic. Friends had called police fearing Clarke, who had Asperger's syndrome, was suicidal. When police arrived, Clarke allegedly charged at two officers with a knife and at least one of them opened fire. Authorities identified the person they killed as Danielle Jacobs, although friends said they ...


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Curious Wine named 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award recipient - From a Golden Crown Literary Society press release - Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest has been named the 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award Recipient. The book is the seminal lesbian romance, breaking all sales records, going on to sell more than 250,000 copies and setting the standard for lesbian emotional and sexual expression. Hundreds of thousands of lesbians were moved and validated by the story, and the storytelling ...


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Girl Scout turns anti-trans incident into cookie sale success - A transgender girl in Downstate Herrin, Illinois, has used an incident of anti-trans bigotry as the impetus to sell thousands of Girl Scout cookies, according to Buzzfeed. The nine-year-old girl, named Stormi ( just her first name was revealed in the report ), was told by a neighbor that, "Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress." ...


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Pelosi joins Equality Illinois in anniversary celebration - Many of the advancements made in LGBT rights in Illinois have served as models for laws that have, or need to be, passed at the federal level, according to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. The Democratic House Leader was among those who gathered Feb. 6 for Equality Illinois's gala celebrating its 25th anniversary. About 1,500 guests attended the sold-out event at ...


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Priest publicly comes out in newspaper article - A Chicago priest, on Jan. 31, publicly came out in the pages of the Washington Post. The priest, Michael Shanahan, is listedas pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, according to reports. The Post article discussed priests living closeted lives. According to reporter Michelle Boorstein, Shanahan initially wanted to remain anonymous, but knew that coming out might have a ...


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Tax guide launched to help LGBTQ taxpayers - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force has launched a groundbreaking income tax preparation guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) people. The new taxpayer resource is intended to guide LGBTQ people with questions they might want to ask when sitting in front of their tax preparer or program. The first-of-its-kind guide translates complicated ...


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LGBTQ bowlers prepare for Second City tourney - From a press release - CHICAGO — It's time for bowlers in Chicago and around the country to polish their balls and get their lanes oiled. Registration is now open for the 2016 Second City Open Tournament Chicago, which welcomes LGBTQ bowlers to Chicago to compete for fun and prizes. The third annual event is March 5-6 at the 40-lane Waveland Bowl, the largest bowling ...







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