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Andersonville Honors April 5 - Andersonville businesses, residents and visitors have nominated 35 unique, local businesses in the neighborhood for 2017 Andersonville Honors awards highlighting the neighborhood's best food, drinks, shopping, and more. On Wed., April 5, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will present the 6th annual Andersonville Honors awards celebration and party at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark. St., 6:30-9 p.m. The pH Comedy ...


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An analysis of the state foster-care system - ACLU is advocating for better outcomes for LGBT youth The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has had an official policy on caring for LGBT youth in foster care since 2001, according to DCFS sources. But it seems that many of the people responsible for enforcing that policy are unaware of its existence. While it does require caregivers to ...


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THEATER REVIEW For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) - BY DAVID MCCANN - Playwright: Gina Femia. At: The Buena Theatre at The Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 800-737-0984 How much will a young woman surrender in order to make her dreams come true? That's the question explored by Gina Femia in her all-female drama, set primarily at a New York roller rink, where the Brooklyn Scallywags regularly practice. New team member ...


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Theater Spotlight on GayCo, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight GayCo does its part for suburban LGBTQ outreach with a one-night-only performance of the revue Love Is Love Is Love Handles. Expect to see a mix of sketches and songs involving lesbian breakups, oddball gay hookup scenarios and more drawn from the 20-year history of Chicago's longest-running LGBTQ comedy troupe. Love Is Love Is Love Handles plays 7:30 ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Scullery Maid - Playwright: Joseph Zettelmaier. At: Idle Muse Theatre Company at the Edge, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: April 9 No one disputes the practicality of eliminating options as a means of expediting decisions—the fewer possibilities, the easier the choice, right? That's not how our big sloppy world works, however, and therein lies the lesson illustrated in Joseph Zettelmaier's speculations ...


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THEATER REVIEW Picnic - Playwright: William Inge. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125 or ATCweb.org; $20-$38. Runs through: April 23 If American Theater Company wanted to graft a descriptive subtitle for its production of Picnic, it could easily be "A post-modern, queer and racially inclusive interpretation by transgender artistic director Will Davis." Not that there's anything wrong with that. In ...


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THEATER REVIEW Destiny of Desire - Playwright: Karen Zacarias. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $20-$75. Runs through: April 16 Karen Zacarias' homage to the world of telenovelas delivers more fun than anyone has a right to expect from the Latinx author of solemn feminist dramas. Audience members not yet counted among the genre's two billion devotees, but who have encountered the fiction of ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Questioning 'gender fraud' - "I've never been more proud to have my ass on a poster." Los Angeles-based actor/playwright Erica Flor laughed when she confirmed that it was her posterior in publicity shots to promote Proboscis Theatre Company's STRAP-ON, a 2016 two-person play with movement she co-created with fellow performer Madelyn Robinson and director Jeff Mills. All three are making their Chicago debuts at ...


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RiseUP concert to benefit ACLU includes headlining artists of Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO- Members of the cast of Hamilton and other artists are hosting RiseUP, a night of music and entertainment at Moonlight Studios, on April 3, 2017 with proceeds going to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The ACLU is the largest and oldest civil liberties organization in Illinois. Working in close collaboration with The Number ...


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Billy Masters - "So excited for you @NancyAKerrigan! Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg!"—Kristi Yamaguchi probably didn't think twice before mentioning broken limbs to Nancy Kerrigan. But am I the only one who thinks Dancing with the Stars ratings would have gone through the roof if they also invited Tonya Harding to compete? Who says you can't ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: April's featured storytellers - The April edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, April 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Elizabeth Gerard, aka "The Mighty B," is an award-winning writer, teacher and performer based in Chicago. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia College Chicago, and graduate degrees in Creative Non-Fiction, ...


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THE SOFO TAP - Kelly Lauren gets very NSFW ( photos edited to protect your virgin eyes ). Photos by Clayton Terrill ...


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BOOKS Partner violence among LGBTQs presents unique challenges - In new book, Chicago author dispels myths and finds intimate partner violence is more prevalent than believed Many LGBTQ people experience some form of violence from their partners at some point, but this often goes unreported and even unnoticed. In fact, more than 43 percent of lesbian women and 26 percent of gay men in the U.S. have experienced some ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Olivia Newton-John: 'Hopelessly Devoted' to performing, fans - Singer Olivia Newton-John is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Her hits began on her debut album Let Me Be There, earning her a Grammy as best country vocalist. The musical movie Grease put her in the spotlight with a best selling soundtrack and sudden film career. She went on to make Xanadu, Two of a Kind and ...


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'Christian Nation' through April 29 - Our Christian Nation—a satirical two-act play written by Emmy-winning writer/Second City instructor Joe Janes, with Andrea J. Dymond directing—will run at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays through April 29. Tickets are $20 each; visit Eventbrite.com or purchase them at the door. ...


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Hundreds attend 'Art for Life' - More than 350 people attended the inaugural Art for Life Chicago, a juried art exhibition and live and silent auction that benefited those living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. The auction includes work from both famous and established professionals to new and emerging artists, and selected by a jury of renowned art experts, including New York Magazine's Senior Art Critic ...


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MOVIES Terence Davies on his latest 'Passion' - British director Terence Davies has long been praised for his poetic, lyrical films, including 1992's autobiographical The Long Day Closes, 2000's Edith Wharton novel adaptation The House of Mirth and last year's Sunset Song, based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Scottish novel. Perhaps, then, it's no surprise that the openly gay Davies has crafted another masterpiece with A Quiet Passion, his ...


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Obejas releasing 'Antilles' - Author Achy Obejas is releasing the book The Tower of the Antilles in July, courtesy of Akashic Books. The book is a collection of tales written in the last 10 years that explores the many stages of the writer's relationship to Cuba. Obejas is the author of the novels Ruins, Days of Awe and three other books of fiction. She ...


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'Kiss & Tell' starts March 30 - The Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave., has collaborated with SlutTalk to host "Kiss & Tell," a new, monthly storytelling series and open mic about sex, dating and love. Beginning Thursday, March 30, SlutTalk will curate a live performance with an open-mic component beginning at 9:30 p.m. It will continue April 27 and May 25 at the same time. Hosted by ...


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Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray out May 9 - On May 9, Scream Factory will present the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art ...


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SPRING MOVIE PREVIEW Spring has sprung at the movie theater - Movies this spring started early in 2017. New films like Get Out, Beauty and the Beast and Kong: Skull Island have people back in the theater right after award season. Superhero films are going to big this year, and Fox's Logan shredded the competition at the beginning of March. Sequels are usually a Hollywood staple and this year is no ...


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WEB New YouTube series tackles less romantic aspects of sex - By Molly Sprayregen - When Shae Spence set out to write Sex, Work—a new web series on YouTube that chronicles the personal and professional lives of a group of sex education workers in Chicago—his goal was to fill a gap. "I felt that there was a sort of void in the entertainment market for stories that portrayed sex as sometimes not sexy [sometimes it's ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR A bad budget - On March 16, President Trump released the administration's initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ) faces an 18-percent cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this topline budget and ensuring ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Spring is coming soon - isn't it? - Okay, I give in, it's depression. I might as well face it. And I know I'm not alone. You can guess when it started: Nov. 8, 2016. I tried to overcome it by resisting, ignoring, laughing at the fools on the hill. Like the amazing Elizabeth Warren, I persisted—but so did this depression. I've buried myself in books, my favorites: ...


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TransCare holding vigil April 4 - On Tuesday, April 4, Heartland Health Outreach's TransCare Committee will host a vigil that will aim to honor the lives of transgender women who have been killed in 2017. At 4:30 p.m., attendees will gather at the viaduct at Lawrence Avenue and Marine Drive, with the vigil starting at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be a community meet-up ...


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EI announces 'Spring to Action' - Equality Illinois ( EI ) has announced a "Spring to Action" agenda. In the coming weeks, Equality Illinois will host a series of trainings on LGBTQ issues, engage in town hall forums, and sponsor EqualityCon 2017 in Springfield for a daylong conference. Local LGBTQ and allied organizations are cosponsoring the trainings, town halls and EqualityCon. The spring Statewide Training Series ...


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Social worker to be honored as leader - Sarah Buino is being honored as the 2017 Emerging Leader awardee by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter ( NASW-IL ). She is one of three social workers being honored by this chapter. Buino ( MSW, Loyola University Chicago; LCSW; CADC; CDWF ) is founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions ...


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How important is age in transitioning? - By A. J. Smuskiewicz - Robert Garofalo, MD, is well known to Windy City Times readers as one of the nation's foremost physicians specializing in adolescent medicine and treatment related to gender identity, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. With his base of patient care at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Garofalo treats hundreds of transgender patients, putting his extensive knowledge of the ...


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LGBTQ business expo on March 31 - An LGBTQ business expo and a nighttime event called an "Executive Realness Ball" will take place Friday, March 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at the Martin Luther King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Father George Clements and U.S. Congressman Danny Davis will kick off the event. Business attire is required at this event. Event details are at bit.ly/BusinessBall. ...


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Notable youth to be honored with 30 Under 30 Awards, nomination open - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The ceremony will take pace Wed, June 21. Like last year, the event will take place at Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 ...


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Nominations saught for Hall of Fame - Nominations are now being taken for the 2017 class of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are recognized for their contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. Names can be submitted in one of three categories: Individual, Organization, or Friend of the Community. Through the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world ...


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Howard Brown Health unveils strategic plan - Howard Brown Health unveiled its three-year strategic plan entitled Pursuing Excellence. Developed with community and patient input, the plan lays out organizational goals through 2020 in all areas of Howard Brown's work, including initiatives to expand care access, patient engagement and available services. In late 2016, Howard Brown Health conducted focus groups and asked community supporters and patients to fill ...


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New report: Cycle of Risk, Intersection of Poverty, Violence, Trauma - Chicago-based Heartland Alliance has released "Cycle of Risk: the Intersection of Poverty, Violence, and Trauma," its report detailing poverty throughout Illinois. Among other things, the report found: —Poverty continues to pose barriers to a substantial number of Illinoisans. More than one-third of Illinoisans and nearly half of Chicagoans are considered low-income or living in poverty. The number of poor people ...


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Crossroads Fund's awards March 31 - Crossroads Fund's annual Seeds of Change awards event is Friday, March 31, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Awards will be given to Mariame Kaba and Project NIA ( the Ron Sable Award for Activism ), the Arab American Action Network ( the Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award ) and Organized Communities Against Deportations ( ...


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LGBT groups criticize Trump appointment of Severino to lead HHS/OCR Civil Rights - While most of the country was seemingly focused on President Trump's healthcare proposal, the chief executive quietly appointed Roger Severino to lead the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS/OCR )—a move many pro-LGBT organizations criticized. The National Center for Transgender Equality ( NCTE ), the Center for American Progress ( CAP ), ...


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Internment exhibition to run in June - Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., will show "Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties" in June. Then They Came for Me will be unveiled in multiple phases in 2017. It will open with a major installation of photographs by several noted U.S. photographers, including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. ...


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Anniversary of King's assassination marked with citywide teach-in April 4 - From a press release - Under the rubric, "Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild," a new Chicago coalition will host a citywide teach-in Tuesday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. The event marks a new level of unity forming among labor, Black ...


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Chicago House offering free career counseling - Chicago House & Social Services Agency has announced that it is offering free career counseling to all LGBTQ adults. The organization's employment-services program recently broadened its reach; previously, it served only individuals who are HIV -positive and people with documented disabilities. Now, the program offers free and confidential services to any person identifying as LGBTQ who is 18 years of ...


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Brock prepares for April 4 Berwyn park district run - Brian Brock, who's a salesperson for a healthcare IT company, is running to be a park district commissioner in Berwyn because he wants to be more involved in his community, but wants to steer clear of his town's sometimes-fiery politics for now. "I really wanted to do something that was a little less political, a little less partisan," he said. ...


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MUSIC Girl group Expose celebrates 30 years of show biz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year marks the 30th anniversary of Exposure, the debut record from the girl group Exposé. With multiple hit records to their credit like "Come Go With Me" and "Season's Change," the group—consisting of Gioia Bruno, Jeanette Jurado and Ann Curless—amassed seven top-10 hits with their signature freestyle sound and pop ballads. Bruno talked with Windy City Times about coming ...


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Art AIDS exhibition hosts panel on aging - Greg Sanchez has taken HIV medications since the 1980s. But each time his body becomes resistant to one, he must switch to another. Now, with no new medications available, his only option is to take part in a clinical trial—a prospect he finds scary and, even more so, isolating. "I just wish I had somebody to relate to," he said. ...


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Five Worth Finding - —Strike a Pose: Premiering April 6 on Logo, this movie catches up with seven young male dancers—six gay, one straight—on Madonna's controversial Blond Ambition tour and her subsequent Truth or Dare documentary. The film is filled with revelations, and shows just how much the tour and movie influenced their lives—for better or for worse. —Office Christmas Party: The raunchy comedy ...


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Gilda's Club holds lecture on cancer and LGBTQ community - Gilda's Club Chicago held a lecture and discussion surrounding the LGBTQIA+ and cancer communities on March 22. "There were a lot of ideas and a lot of great energy around the idea of forming a group that can address the needs of the LGBT communities that are impacted by cancer and one of our goals at Gilda's Club is to ...


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Flower & Garden Show celebrates Chicago - A sure sign of spring is the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, which took place March 18-26 at Navy Pier. This year's theme was "Chicago's Blooming!" As always, there was an Evening in Bloom presentation. This year's was "Fleurotica," presented in collaboration with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance on March 17. Proceeds from Evening in Bloom ...


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Protection rescinded from LGBT employees of companies working with government - From press releases - Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. on the Trump Administration's Quiet Take-Down of Federal Protections Against LGBT Employment Discrimination Federal government no longer required to weigh a history of LGBT employment discrimination against a company when deciding with which companies to do business (March 28, 2017 San Francisco)—Yesterday, the Trump Administration quietly issued an ...


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Proud & Included for adults with IDD who identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - Chicago, IL, March 28, 2017 — Neumann Family Services, in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, announces the launch of a new Initiative — Proud & Included. Proud & Included is a project to develop community and inclusion for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities ( IDD ) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning ( LGBTQ ...


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Trump administration omits LGBTQs from 2020 census, American Community Survey - Dashing the hopes of pro-LGBT individuals and organizations, the Trump administration, on March 28, canceled plans to ask U.S. residents about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2020 Census. Initially, sexual orientation and gender identity were among the proposed subjects for 2020; however, hours later the Census released an updated list striking the sexual orientation proposal. "The Subjects ...


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Entertainment news: Zachary Quinto, 'Walking Dead,' Prince, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Julianne Nicholson are set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton after his SXSW-winning pic From Nowhere, Deadline reported. The drama centers on convicted felon Beth ( Nicholson ), who forms an unlikely alliance with a young public-defense lawyer Jess ( Roberts ), who does everything she can ...


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Dining news: Vermilion's brunch bar, Arun's reopens, Phil Potempa show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indian-Latin fusion restaurant Vermilion, 10 W. Hubbard St., has launched its Dosa Frankie brunch bar. ( Dosas are delicate airy rice lentil crepes, traditionally served with a classic potato filling, hot sambar and coconut chutney; frankies are kabab-stuffed grilled paratha with its layer of egg, pickled onion and chutney. ) The new menu is being offered Fridays through Sundays. See ...


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DISH: SAVOR The Florentine; 'Bootycandy' beverages - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The lovely Italian restaurant The Florentine ( inside the J.W. Marriott Hotel at 151 W. Adams St.; The-Florentine.net ) has a chef, Zachary Walrath, who rarely brings back dishes once a new season's in play. The bad news regarding that approach is that you're unlikely to see a dish you've really savored the following year. The good news ( at ...


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World news: Gay-panic defense, being 'Bi+,' Taiwan marriage case - South Australia is now the only jurisdiction that allows the gay-panic defense to be used after Queensland amended its criminal law and abolished the concept, ABC.net.au reported. The defense means a murder charge can be downgraded to manslaughter if a killer successfully argues s/he committed the crime because s/he was provoked by a same-sex advance. It was recently used in ...


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National: Anti-LGBT bills, Larry Kramer, Grindr mag, trans group's message - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill that allows student groups at high schools and public universities to bar LGBT people from their organizations on religious grounds, according to an Advocate.com item that cited The Washington Blade. Senate Bill 1 came in response to a school's deletion of a Bible verse from a student production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. ...


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'Women of Courage'exhibit in March - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago, 2249 W. Superior St., is showing "Celebrating Women of Courage," a traveling exhibition that local Vietnam veteran/artist Jerry Kykisz ( U.S. Army ) curated. The exhibition ( running through March 31 ) features photography, paintings, mixed media, poetry and short films of and by more than 15 ...


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Gwendolyn Brooks events in spring - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The University of Chicago will celebrate the legacy of acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks with events throughout the spring, including a major gathering of scholars, writers and musicians from April 6-8. In honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth, Centennial Brooks will include a scholarly conference and a celebration of the life and poetry of the first African American poet ...


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Final week of Art AIDS America events March 27 through April 2 - From a press release - March 27 through April 2 will be the final week of the Art AIDS America exhibit and events at Alphawood Gallery. Extended hours for Free HIV Testing*: Thursday, March 30, 11am - 8pm Saturday, April 1, 11am - 6pm Theatre | AIDS On Stage Monday, March 27, 6-9pm About Face Theatre presents a series of readings ...


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2017 Truth Awards honor African Americans in the LGBTQ community - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — In the spirit of awards season, African Americans in the LGBTQ community took their bows and trophies at the third annual Truth Awards Gala on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. The black-tie affair honored African-American, trailblazing men and women whose personal and professional accomplishments have positively impacted the perception and ...


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McAleer-Forte readies for Berwyn election - Julia McAleer-Forte said she is running for a spot on the Berwyn South School District D100 School Board to "be at the table to help plan a vision and a path to better success." When McAleer-Forte and her partner Kerry moved to Berwyn with their two children 12 years ago, school scores were higher than in neighboring Oak Park. "That's ...


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GoldiSocks and Her Three Bears tell a fabulous drag fairy tale - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( April 7-May 26, 2017 ): Has this administration got you down? Tired of folks telling you which bathroom to use? LGBTQ friends rejoice - this show lets you exercise your rights as patriots to resist, stand up, and be counted ( while looking fabulous doing it )! Gorilla Tango Originals presents its newest offering: "GoldiSocks and Her ...


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Anniversary of King's assassination marked with citywide teach-in April 4 - Under the rubric, "Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild," a new Chicago coalition will host a citywide teach-in Tuesday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. The event marks a new level of unity forming among labor, Black ...


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Emotion regulation vital to HIV/STI prevention in Black teens with mental illness - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA ( March 27, 2017 ) — Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it's estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a ...


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ICE shooting, Sessions' comments make clear, Illinois must be a sanctuary state - From a press release - CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley in response to threats to sanctuary statusfor Chicago by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the wake of a shooting early Monday during an immigration raid. "Illinois is an immigrant state and is in greater danger than ever with the Donald Trump presidency, where we see the vicious ...


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Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) mourns the death of Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore, Maryland on March 22nd, 2017. According to media reports, she was shot to death in the early morning hours and two men were witnessed fleeing the scene. Alphonza's mother, Peggy Watson, called her the "the sunshine of our ...


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Mitchell Gold, Faith in America, takes aim at North Carolina's HB2 - From a press release - Hickory, NC — Mitchell Gold today released a statement opposing North Carolina's Governor, Conservative NC Legislators, and NC clergy and churches that offer despair and exclusion to NC LGBTQ youth. HB2 must be denied and North Carolina youth must be embraced: I'm writing today as Co-Founder and CEO of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings, and Co-Founder and Co-Chair ...


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Anti-LGBT Record of Trump's Nominee for Air Force Secretary Seen as Troubling - From a Palm Center press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, released the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump's nomination of former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson as Air Force Secretary: "The nomination of former Rep. Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force raises serious concerns about whether President Donald Trump can be counted on to honor his promise ...


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Big Noise 2017 announces Spring 2017 Musical, Big Fish, the Musical - From a press release - Des Plaines, IL- Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, announces the Spring show of their 2017 season, Big Fish, the Musical. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Tim Burton film, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest, and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories ...


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GayCo gets grabby in Love is Love is Love Handles - From a press release - ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — GayCo is back in the northwest burbs with their over-the-( muffin )-top sketch comedy revue for the LGBT-etc community, featuring a mix of the funniest scenes from their 20 year history and providing you all the love and laughs you can handle. On Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm, GayCo treks out to Arlington Heights after their sold-out ...


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Shore running for re-election - Debra Shore—a two-term member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD )—announced her intention to run for re-election in the 2018 elections. In announcing her intention to run again, Shore said, "March 22 is World Water Day, a fitting time to announce that I intend to run for another term on ...


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Famed psychotherapist George Weinberg dies - Dr. George Henry Weinberg—a famed psychotherapist who coined the term "homophobia"—has died of cancer at age 87. Weinberg started using the term in the mid-1960s, saying in 1998, "It was a fear of homosexuals which seemed to be associated with a fear of contagion, a fear of reducing the things one fought for—home and family. It was a religious fear, ...


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Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Fest on international tour with all new films - From a press release - March 24th 2017—Dan Savage—the writer behind the 20-year-running Savage Love advice column, LGBTQ and political activist, and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project —had an unconventional idea back in 2005. He asked people to send him homemade dirty movies, and surprisingly, they did. In droves. His mailbox was brimming with films so hot, so hilarious, and diverse that he ...


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Iowa State Rep. Ralph Watts dismissive of question about his use of gay slur - From a One Iowa press release - [Des Moines]— On Saturday, March 25, State Rep. Ralph Watts attended an event at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Drive With Cops. At the event, Karin Derry questioned him about his previous use of "red rider", a derogatory term for a gay man, at a public forum. Rep. Watts' responded to Derry's question by saying "anything you say ...


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Anti-trans forces try to influence April 4 Palatine-area school board election - As April 4 general elections loom in suburban Cook and collar county municipalities, few local school board races will be watched more closely than that of Township High School District 211, in the Northwest suburbs including Palatine, where board members have long been grappling with public accommodations rules for its transgender students. Some local parents formed a coalition with both ...


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PRCC hosts panel discussion featuring queer Cuban leaders - Trans Cuba National Coordinator Malu Cano and Cuban National Center for Sex Education Department of Community Relations Director Andy Aquino were the featured speakers at a panel discussion that the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC ) hosted March 25. The discussion zeroed in on the work their organizations do to elevate LGBTQ people and issues, especially those that affect ...


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AHCA pulled from vote, ACLU and HRC applaud the outcome - From a press release - From the ACLU WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today decided not to vote on the American Health Care Act ( AHCA ). American Civil Liberties Union National Political Director Faiz Shakir issued the following statement: "Democracy triumphed today. President Trump made the best move of his presidency so far by telling Speaker Ryan not to hold a vote on ...


-In-loss-for-Trump-House-pulls-legislation-to-repeal-Obamacare

In loss for Trump, House pulls legislation to repeal Obamacare - In a loss for President Trump, the U.S. House withdrew legislation set for a vote March 24 to repeal Obamacare after near certain defeat of the bill was imminent. Moments before the vote was scheduled in the later afternoon, the Republican-controlled House cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act, a measure crafted by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan ...


About-Face-Theatre-Artistic-Director-Andrew-Volkoff-to-step-down

About Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff to step down - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 23, 2017 ) — The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre announced today that Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff will step down at the conclusion of the company's 2016-17 season. AFT's Board has formed a committee to conduct a national search for Volkoff's successor and to oversee the leadership transition. A detailed job description and instructions ...







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