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Sidetrack event aids Cubans - On April 25, Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, along with Bacardi, hosted "Havana in Chicago," a benefit in support of First Hand Aid, a volunteer organization that works to deliver badly needed medical supplies to the people of Cuba. The event, now in its third year, featured silent and live auctions, live Cuban music, salsa dancers, appetizers and a Cuban buffet. With ...


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Association of Asian American Studies honors i2i - On Saturday, April 25, some members of i2i attended the 31st Association of Asian American Studies Conference ( AAAS ) closing ceremony at the Hotel Orrington, in Evanston, IL to receive the 2015 Community Organization Award. The award honors a community organization that has done significant work in the Asian American community and upholds the mission and values of AAAS. ...


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NYC gay hotelier apologizes for Cruz appearance - Gay New York hotelier Ian Resner issued an online apology April 26 for hosting a party for GOP candidate Ted Cruz, saying that he was "shaken to my bones" by the public response. Establishments co-owned by Reisner have become the target of an online boycott after Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke at a function that Reisner co-hosted. His numerous ...


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Esteem Awards honorees selected - Chicago, April 24, 2015 — Today, PrideIndex.comâ„¢ announced the recipients of the 9th Annual Esteem Awards. This year's cocktail reception will take place in Chicago on Saturday July 4 at Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted from 2pm-5pm. The event is free and open to the public. Following is a partial list of Esteem Awards finalists: Chicago Outstanding Service, Male: Erik Glenn, ...


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Unitarian Church of Evanston: Black Lives Matter - From a press release - On Friday, April 24, the Unitarian Church of Evanston, at Greenwood and Ridge Avenue in Evanston, installed a large lawn sign with the words BLACK LIVES MATTER. The installation follows a special meeting that resulted in the first unanimous congregational vote on a policy statement in living memory, according to Lee Bannor, who has been in the church for over ...


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Indie LGBTQ graphic novel series to release release "Flutter" - From a press release - This July, 215 Ink will release Flutter, Volume Two: Don't Let Me Die Nervous, the latest in the indie LGBTQ graphic novel series by Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey. Flutter is about a girl who shape-shifts into a boy to get her dream girl. Over the course of the series, she learns that pretending to be someone she's not has ...


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Gay Chicago city council members to form caucus - The five openly gay members of the Chicago City Council will be forming a Gay Caucus once they are sworn in May 18, Chicago Sun-Times reported. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said that the Caucus could potentially address issues such as police profiling, school bullying, HIV/AIDS funding and LGBT-inclusive curriculums in local schools. He also suggested they might revisit the idea ...


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Study: Number of married same-sex couples triples; one in six in non-marriage states - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has tripled in the last year, according to a new poll released today by Gallup that was co-authored by Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, and Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup. The ...


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Chicago Children's Museum shows commitment to LGBT families - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 24, 2015 — Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of All Families Matter programming, as part of its ongoing commitment to ensure the museum serves the needs of LGBT-led families and gender non-conforming children, with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) at the museum on Sunday, May 3, 2015. All children ages 15 ...


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Jenner comes out as trans in historic interview - In what ABC touted as "the most anticipated interview of the year" and one that "America is glued to," a former Olympic champion and reality television celebrity who asked for the present to be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns described growing up and living as a transgender individual during an April 24 prime-time 20/20 special on ...


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42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards announces 118 nominations - From a press release - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 118 nominations in 24 categories for the 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 133 productions offered by ...


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Prince of Peace UMC joins Reconciling Ministries Network - From a press release - After a year of prayerful study, examining scripture, tradition, reason and experience — the four tools United Methodists use when seeking to be faithful followers of Jesus - congregants of Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, voted overwhelmingly March 22nd to join a network of 668 United Methodist churches and campus ministries in ...


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Oregon baker loses final round is bias case - PORTLAND, OR—On April 24, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry ( BOLI ) completed its case against the Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple planning to marry. "This case struck a chord with many Oregonians because allowing businesses to deny goods and services to people because of who they ...


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Carey: Lynch confirmation welcome; playing politics not - From a press release - Washington, DC, April 23, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is welcoming the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the first black woman to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. But Senate Majority leaders are being criticized for needlessly delaying her confirmation for political reasons. "With the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, another glass ceiling is broken and another ...


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Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to make first-ever gay chorus visit to Cuba - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 22, 2015 ) — The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC ( GMCW ) and Youth For Understanding USA ( YFU ) today announced they will partner to conduct a first-ever visit by a gay chorus to Cuba. The nine-day concert tour, to take place July 10-18, 2015, will seek to raise awareness of issues faced ...


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ICE, Homeland Security: End detention, deportation of LGBTQ migrants - From a press release - The following is a statement from GetEqual: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer ( LGBTQ ) undocumented community in the U.S. continues to suffer from the expanded criminalization, incarceration, and withdrawal of rights resulting from dragnet policing and immigration enforcement policies. Further, we continue to be a negotiating piece for mainstream immigrant rights and LGBTQ organizations, and our lives ...


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#1 mill. #IDo challenge announced at Lambda Legal Bon Foster event - With an over 40-year record of accomplishment demonstrating its effectiveness in the advancement of LGBTQ civil rights, Lambda Legal is not only optimistic about the U.S. Supreme Court's expected ruling on marriage equality, but the agency is prepared to engage the legislative dogfights beyond that decision expected in June. On April 22, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute served ...


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Upon entering school, LGBTs of color face lifelong risk of poverty - From a press release - Washington, D.C.— A new report released today documents how systemic failures to protect certain students, recognize modern families, and protect people from discrimination drive and trap lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people of color into a devastating cycle of poverty. Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color examines the economic insecurity experienced ...


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'Striking' increase in Americans who know trans people - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Results from a new national survey commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reveal a significant uptick in the number of Americans who say they personally know or work with someone who is transgender, and a corresponding increase in favorable feelings toward transgender people. The data, collected for HRC by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows that ...


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CDPH reopens Austin-area STI clinic - Chicago Department of Public Health has moved its Austin-area STI Specialty Clinic to a new location, which is now open for business three days a week. The new facility is located at 4909 W. Division St., Suite 411. Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone ( 312 ) 746-4871. Among the ...


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Center on Halsted, Northwestern U launch LGBT Health Research Center - Center on Halsted and IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University on April 23 launched a new LGBT health research center located at the Center. It is the first LGBT health research facility in the nation that is housed in an LGBT community center. According to a press release, the health center at Center on Halsted, with a ...


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Chicagoan involved in PETA contest - Gay Chicago resident Shane Devins is in the running to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' ( PETA's ) Sexiest Vegan Next Door, according to LGBT Weekly. Devins, 27, beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the United States to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org can ...


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Chakafest 2015 to take place May 27 - Chakafest 2015—a free fundraising party to celebrate the music of Chaka Khan—will take place Wed., May 27, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Among other happenings, Chicago-based DJ Maurice "Ice" Culpepper will be spinning Khan and Khan-inspired tunes; Columbia College Chicago photography students will be creating artwork inspired by her recordings; and a collection of Khan memorabilia and ...


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Option Up! Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest to benefit Howard Brown - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Option Up!, the acclaimed musical theater cabaret and talk-show, celebrates co-host Christopher Pazdernik's birthday with Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a concert to benefit Howard Brown Health Center on Sunday, May 10 at 7:30 in The Cab at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be music directed ...


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MUSIC Lesbian fronts band Fit for Rivals - Sounding like a mix of Tegan and Sara, Joan Jett and Finland's heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch—and more than a pinch of androgyny—while the first singles and videos from upcoming 2015 album Freak Machine, "Hit Me" ( www.youtube.com/watch ) and "Freak ...


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Chicago rally planned during court hearing - On Tuesday, April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about striking down bans on same-sex marriage in four states, with a decision expected in June. Chicago LGBTA activists plan to hold a rally that same day at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., at 5 p.m., joining activists from other states. Sponsors include: 8th Day Center for Justice, ...


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Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - [NOTE: Update: Deadline extended to April 24.] CHICAGO—Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, 2015, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'First Period' and second and third and... - If John Waters were to direct a John Hughes film, First Period would be it. New girl Cassie ( former Chicagoan Brandon Alexander III, who scripted ) and outcast Maggie ( Dudley Beene, who produced )—drag-queen variations on the ditzy duo Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino played in Romy & Michelle—are easily the most awkward pair of girls in high ...


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Josh Groban's new CD out April 28 - Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will release a new album, Stages, on April 28 via Reprise Records. Stages features songs from such productions as Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George, Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and The Fantasticks. The album also features duets with Kelly Clarkson, Audra McDonald and trumpeter Chris Botti. The album is available ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dar Williams: On androgyny, labels and independence - Singer Dar Williams continues to follow a road less traveled—one that has led her to become a pioneer in the music business. She frequents folk festivals, playing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Ani DiFranco. Themes of her songs include religion, sexual orientation and gender issues. Her latest endeavor, Emerald, debuts May 12. Also, she continues ...


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ACLU honors state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie - More than 900 individuals gathered April 17 at the Hilton Chicago to honor Barbara Flynn Currie as a longtime champion of human rights. Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, received the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition for her contributions throughout nearly three decades in the General ...


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Inclusive ministry battles spread of LGBT hatred in Africa - Despite their stringent denials, U.S. Christian Conservatives such as Rev. Rick Warren of California's Saddleback Church and Truth Abiding Ministries President Scott Lively have undertaken a multi-year mission to convince the people, leaders and lawmakers of African nations to join them in and even legislate for an anti-LGBT ideology couched in fear and hatred—one that is increasingly falling on deaf ...


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Michelangelo Signorile reminds us why 'It's Not Over' - Sirius XM radio personality and HuffPost Gay Voices vertical editor Michelangelo Signorile begins his book "It's Not Over" with a word of caution: he is not going to please everyone. In fact, he makes this point abundantly clear when he explains that there are trans issues he can't personally speak to, women's issues he can't rightfully construct on his own, ...


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Upcoming: Rita Moreno; Gender Fusions; Film Festival - Moreno speaking at NEIU commencement Award-winning actress Rita Moreno will be the speaker for Northeastern Illinois University's spring commencement ceremony on Monday, May 11. The event will take place at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., at 4 p.m. Moreno belongs to an elite group of performers, having won each of the entertainment industry's most prestigious awards: the Oscar, ...


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Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Andrew Rannells ( Girls ) is set to write and star in a new Judd Apatow movie with his real-life boyfriend, Mike Doyle ( Law and Order: SVU; the film Jersey Boys ), according to NewNowNext.com. Apatow is branching out; for example, although he has produced female-driven projects, he recently branched out by directing his very own female-centric film ...


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World news: Turing notebook; South African runner; Malawi law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook belonging to late British gay codebreaker and computer genius Alan Turing has sold at auction for more than $1 million, according to Pink News. The notebook, which included handwritten notes about computer science and maths, sold at Bonhams in New York in around three minutes. Turing, often hailed as the grandfather of modern computing, was convicted of "gross ...


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Night of Noise puts LGBTQ youth issues on blast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Unzipping the lip, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ended the Day of Silence with the 14th annual Night of Noise on April 17 at the Thompson Center. The Day of Silence is a day at school when students, teachers, school administrators and other supporters across the country protest with silence to bring awareness of the effects of LGBTQA bullying. The Alliance ...


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Michfest to close doors after 40 Years, community responds - Lisa Vogel, creator of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ( Michfest ), announced April 21 that the festival would close after this August. In a message directed to Michfest fans via Facebook, Vogel wrote: "… the 40th Festival will be the last Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. The spirit of this community will live on forever, the friends and family we ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Opera star Fredericka von Stade previously announced that she had retired from all stage performances. Yet, von Stade has gone back on her word to star in the new 2014 opera A Coffin in Egypt, written specifically for her by gay composer Ricky Ian Gordon with librettist/director Leonard Foglia. The work is based upon a play by the late Pulitzer ...


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THEATER REVIEW Billy Elliot - Music: Elton John; Book and lyrics: Lee Hall. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylane.com; $45-$60. Runs through June 7 Despite the boatloads of Olivier and Tony Awards won by Billy Elliot, the hit 2005 musical adaptation of the 2000 British film has a disappointing reputation in the Windy City. That's because a sit-down ...


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THEATER REVIEW Between You, Me and the Lampshade - Playwright: Raul Castillo. At: Teatro Vista in the Richard Christensen Theatre at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 10 The premise of Raul Castillo's play—a fugitive seeking sanctuary among strangers encounters unexpected hospitality—has provided laughs since antiquity. Its characters are likewise generic: the feisty widow Jesse and her meek teenage son Woody, handsome-but-dumb ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Grown-Up - Playwright: Jordan Harrison. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; $33. Runs through: May 23 A journey through one man's life in a series of fleeting snapshots, The Grown-Up is a frighteningly realistic portrayal of time as much as it is a time-traveling fantasy. Shattered Globe Theater has found a sharp, imaginative and heartfelt ...


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THEATER REVIEW Carousel - Playwright: Richard Rodgers ( music ), Oscar Hammerstein II ( book/lyrics ). At: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera.org/tickets; $29-$199. Runs through: May 3 The orchestra began the slow, haunting "Carousel Waltz"—that evocative Richard Rodgers melody channeling Mozart and Strauss—and the curtain rose ... and there was no carousel! Instead, there was a tawdry little carnival with ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Look'-ing at Laura Jacqmin's production - When Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin got word that Rivendell Theatre Ensemble would produce the world premiere of her drama Look, we are breathing, there was only one person she wanted to helm the production—lesbian director Megan Shuchman. "I just love working with [Shuchman]," Jacqmin said. "I think she's one of the smartest directors in Chicago." Shuchman previously directed Jacqmin's plays ...


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Baconfest: The annual meat-and-greet - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - For two days, throngs of people pigged out at Baconfest Chicago, conveniently located at the UIC Forum. April 17-18 were busy days, with both lunchtime on Saturday and dinner sessions on Friday and Saturday—all with lines down the block. Bacon-loving fans waited to visit more than 170 various chefs at their booths as the place was packed, with 4,500 guests ...


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Documentary drives down memory lane - Greg Salustro fondly remembers road trips with friends in his 1975 Chevrolet Capris Classic to Chicago, when living in the city was only just a dream. His documentary, American Dreaming, which is his first in the works, travels back even further to the cars of the past and the creative minds behind Detroit's automobiles. Salustro grew up in Detroit during ...


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The Baton becomes 'Transformative' - Chicago's Baton Show Lounge has entertained crowds for more than 46 years with female impersonators. Now the producers of a new endeavor called Transformative are hoping to capture that success in a unique way. Tibsen Entertainment Productions and 47th Street Studios have collaborated on a new project that aims to not only entertain but inform people on the daily life ...


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Honors: Groff, Tambor, Skilling - Groff, Tambor honored at Point Foundation gala More than 400 guests attended the annual Point Honors gala April 13 in New York to support higher education opportunities for LGBTQ students. Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff and Tim Hanlon, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation and an executive vice president at the Wells Fargo company, ...


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VIEWS Conversion therapy's deadly outcomes - I wish Leelah Alcorn were alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000-plus signatures calling for the enactment of "Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how President Obama and his administration swiftly supported the petition. "Tonight, somewhere in America, a ...


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LETTERS Issues and answers - To the Editor: The mayoral and aldermanic elections are over. Regardless of the outcome, we must now address the task of building our community. The divisions based on race, gender, gender identity, income and age are so deep that we have forgotten our great awakening ( Stonewall ). Part of that community is dying on Halsted—our cultural/political/spiritual life has forgotten ...


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Political-science panel addresses support of LGBT rights - U.S. viewpoints about LGBT rights are significant to political scientists because they reflect a widespread, and relatively sudden, turnaround in opinion, according to experts. "It's probably as big a shift as we've seen in so short a time, as we've seen on any major issue," said John Poe of University of Kentucky. "The variables that used to explain a particular ...


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Gay activist reflects on Stonewall, music and recovery - In June 1969, Chicagoan Roger Goodman was in New York City, visiting a lover, Michael, with whom he was in a long-distance relationship. The two were walking through the West Village, in Sheridan Square, when they stumbled across an event that changed Goodman—and the entire LGBT community—forever. "We went out and found ourselves in the middle of a rebellion," Goodman ...


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Survey: LGBTs live mainly on coasts - A new analysis of Gallup survey data offers the most detailed estimates yet about where LGBT people live, according to The New York Times. The Gallup analysis finds the largest concentrations in the West—and not just in the expected places like San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas, Denver and Salt Lake City are also ...


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Election dates set for Schock seat; ex-U.S. rep sued - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued amended writs of election to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The date for the Special Primary Election is July 7, and the date for the Special General Election is Sept. 10. The writs have been modified from their original filing after a federal judge approved a consent ...


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Chicago couple part of Hillary Clinton announcement - A Chicago couple, on April 12, found themselves in the spotlight when their engagement was referenced in the video that officially announced Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who live in Uptown, were among myriad Americans depicted in the video who were preparing to undergo change of some sort, all of which led up to Clinton's ...


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National roundup: Fla. adoption; Ky. ruling; GOP guv goes to gay wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Florida's Republican-controlled legislature has ended the state's 38-year-old ban on gay adoption, according to WFTV.com. The Florida Senate voted 27-11 for an adoption bill ( HB 7013 ) that repeals the law first passed in 1977; it now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. "While it has been legal for gays and lesbians to adopt in Florida for several years, this ...


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Dining: Dining Out for Life; Joe Fish open for lunch; Graham Elliot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Dining Out for Life will take place Thursday, April 30, in dozens of cities across the nation—including New York City, one of the newest locations to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Chicago will also be among the 60 sites involved, and local restaurants participating include Acre, Bistronomic, Crew Bar & Grill, SpritzBurger, South Water Kitchen, Longman & Eagle, and ...


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Chicagoan loses 225 pounds, needs financial help for surgeries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At rock bottom—which was his heaviest, and just about six years ago—Robert Klein weighed 475 pounds. He wasn't an emotional roller coaster. Rather, he was an emotional roller coaster that had lost control and its railings collapsed. He was distraught, without confidence, happiness or friends. Every day he would just go through the motions and look forward to it ending ...


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Luella's Southern Kitchen; 'Piggly Wiggly' sandwich - DISH: SAVOR Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Run—don't walk—to Luella's Southern Kitchen ( 4609 N. Lincoln Ave.; http://www.luellassouthernkitchen.com/ ). It starts with the vibe, courtesy of Ernie Barnes portraits ( the most famous being in the opening credits of the '70s TV show Good Times ) and the music, which is basically classic soul. Tunes wafting from the speakers when my friend and I visited included "You ...


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Annual fundraiser aims to help Cuba - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After several meaningful, emotional, aid-driven trips to Cuba, one of Art Johnston's most memorable was in 2013—for what he missed in Illinois. Johnston and his longtime partner, Pepe Pena, plus a small group of other aid-workers from Illinois were in Cuba that November while the same-sex marriage bill passed in Springfield, leading to the legalization of gay marriage in Illinois—which ...


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Sonoma to host LGBT business expo - Out in the Vineyard—an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in California's Sonoma Valley—has announced the first LGBT Business Expo in Sonoma as part of Gay Wine Weekend 2015. The LGBT Business Expo will be held at Gay Wine Weekend's luxury host hotel, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, June 19-21. In addition, Out in the Vineyard is partnering ...


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Lakeside Pride salutes 'Mr. Holland's Opus' - On April 18, The Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble presented "Mr. Holland's Opus: A 20th Anniversary Tribute" at Northside College Prep. The concert, which featured The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, touched on the movie Mr. Holland's Opus ( which was a surprise hit when it was released at Christmas of 1995 and featured performances from Oscar winners Richard Dreyfuss and Olympia ...


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LGBT synagogue celebrates 40 years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Congregation Or Chadash ( Congregation of New Light ) began 40 years ago as a social club and support group for gay Jewish men and since then it has grown into a Reform congregation of over 80 LGBT and straight families, not all of whom are Jewish. "The congregation was formed so that LGBT people who were also Jewish could ...


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LGBTQ faith leaders go to Cuba to meet faith, government leaders - From a Metropolitan Community Churches press release - President Obama and Cuban leader, Raul Castro, made history in April of 2015 with a handshake. On April 28, leaders of Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ) will make history by traveling to Cuba at the invitation of leaders of the Baptist LGBTQ group, Abriendo Brechas de Colores, from the FederaciÃ"n de Iglesias Bastistas de Cuba. Leaders of Abriendo Brechas ...


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750 Club donors adopt first apartment - CHICAGO-The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project, a new Chicago effort launched in December to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing, has announced the first apartment adoption. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club is named for the average monthly rental amount utilized ...


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First apartment for youth adopted by 750 Club - From a 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project press release - CHICAGO-The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project, a new Chicago effort launched in December to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing, has announced the first apartment adoption. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club is named for the average monthly rental amount utilized ...


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Former Baldwin staffer lodges ethics complaint - A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) has filed an ethics complaint against the senator, who is openly gay, alleging that Baldwin and her chief of staff wrongfully terminated her employment to cover up their own culpability in mishandling complaints at a Wisconsin VA hospital. The complaint was filed April 20 by Marquette Baylor— previously Baldwin's ...


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Reports: Pride Parade to stay in place - The Pride Parade will reportedly stay in Boystown, for now. A confidential source confirmed to DNAInfo that the parade would remain in place and not be moved downtown after the Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown blog broke the news, citing multiple confidential city sources. Officials in Ald. Tom Tunney's office and Parade Coordinator Richard Pfeiffer could not be immediately reached ...


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Vogel: This will be last year of MichFest - Lisa Vogel, the founder of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, told the fest's followers on Facebook that this year's 40th anniversary festival will be its last. See https://www.facebook.com/michfest/posts/10153186431364831 . There have been rumors that a different, smaller festival would replace MichFest if it were to close, but there have been no public statements about such a plan. See later coverage ...


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ADA 25 Chicago holds launch event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ), more than 200 people including elected officials, civic leaders, business leaders and members of disability organizations gathered to launch "ADA 25 Chicago: Greater > Together" April 17 at Motorola Mobility's headquarters in Chicago. ADA 25 Chicago is a network of public, private and nonprofit partners who ...


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Chicago Red Dress Party readdresses HIV/AIDS awareness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It wasn't about who wore the dress best, as guests were all wrapped in red at the Chicago Red Dress Party on April 18 at Moonlight Studios. The Chicago Red Dress Party is a fundraiser dedicated to creating and maintaining HIV/AIDS awareness and visibility while building a strong, unified LGBT and allied community. With Equality Project Inc. presenting, men and ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Old Deep and Dark - By Ellen Hart, $25.99; Minotaur Press; 296 pages Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines—again. By now, it shouldn't surprise you. He's in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news: that's the way stardom works. Then again, as you'll see in the new mystery The ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Herd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Rory Kinnear. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: June 7 The household upheaval inspired by the introduction of a baby therein generally diminishes after three or four years, while that of an elderly baby—a cognitively regressive parent, perhaps—still carries with its obligations an expectation of eventual cessation. The dependency engendered by severe ...


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The Bitchfest Club: A New Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nicolas Reinhart and Kyle Blair. At: Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted St. Tickets: www.midtangent.com; $20. Runs through: May 17 The '80s are an easy target, from the bright neon fashions to the sometimes dramatic songwriting. The Bitchfest Club from MidTangent Productions follows an age-old story of an awkward teen trying to fit in with the popular crowd. Instead of ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Ting Tings; 'The Devil's Cabaret' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those who just wouldn't embrace The Ting Tings' third CD, Super Critical, as fully as the first two, you can't say you didn't know better. The Brit duo's ( Katie White on vocals/guitar/percussion and Jules De Martino on vocals and drums ) band name translates from mandarin as "the sound of innovation on an open mind," so you had ...







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