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MUSIC Joan Armatrading on touring, inspiration - Out British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and her partner, Maggie Butler, may have not-so-secretly had their union legalized as a civil partnership May 2, 2011 in Shetland, United Kingdom, but their "Love and Affection" appears to have taken a back seat as of late. Armatrading is in the middle of a year-long tour spanning the globe. How is the gender-neutral storytelling ...


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Indiana backlash: Widespread condemnation of Indiana bill - - Many activists, politicians and business leaders continued to issue condemnations of a so-called "religious freedom" bill, passed in the Indiana General Assembly and hastily signed in a private ceremony by Gov. Mike Pence on March 26. [This week's cover story was first posted on this site March 30, 2015.] Critics say that the legislation, SB 101, or, the Religious Freedom ...


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MUSIC Steve Grand: 'All American Boy' talks new CD, Gaga - Two years ago, out singer Steve Grand burst onto the music scene, making national news thanks to the video for a song for the song "All American Boy." ( The clip shows a gay man, whom Grand portrays, falling for another man who turns out to be straight. ) Grand then parlayed his visibility into monetary success with an enormously ...


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VIEWS Paying tribute to Andrew Patner - What follows is the speech given by Lori Cannon at the memorial for Chicago writer Andrew Patner March 18 at Orchestra Hall: Good evening, everyone. My name is Lori Cannon. I am deeply honored and humbled to speak with you in this magnificent space about my friend, Andrew Patner, and his early, unsung legacy of contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. ...


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LGBT Equality Institute ponders next LGBTQ battles - The low-key tone of the 2015 LGBT Equality Illinois' LGBT Equality Institute held on March 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago differed quite significantly from last year's event, which was more heavily attended and reveled in a sense of community accomplishment with the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois. This year's sessions seemed to be centered upon ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 46TH WARD James Cappleman aims to retain aldermanic seat - Since the February elections, Ald. James Cappleman has been locked in a heated runoff with openly lesbian attorney Amy Crawford, who's looking to unseat him from his spot representing the 46th Ward on the Chicago City Council. Crawford has maintained that she'll be more responsive to constituents' concerns about development and public safety. She also received the endorsement of activist ...


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Duke Alden named to Human Rights Commission - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 27, announced that Duke Alden had been named a commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Alden, who is in charge of Information Governance for Aon, is also Chairman of the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ). Alden's "experience in business and involvement with a number of non-profit organizations make him well-suited for the ...


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Gov. Rauner says 'no' to Indiana travel ban - More cities and states have weighed in on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by issuing bans on nonessential state- or city-funded travel to Indiana. No such plans are presently in store for Illinois, however. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, calling the law "just wrong, plain and simple," said March 31 that Denver employees would not be travelling to the ...


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LGBT aging panels address topics of retirement, centers - The federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages regarding Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits has done little to alleviate the confusion many Americans have about those benefits, according to experts who spoke, on March 24, at the 2015 American Society on Aging's Conference at the Hyatt Regency. The programs have many "different parts, and different parts use different rules," said ...


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Open To Thinking: On Religion - In 1799 the German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher published a ground-breaking work, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers. In these speeches, Schleiermacher contested the arrogance of those philosophers of the Enlightenment who dismissed "religion" as either an irrational superstition or a purely subjective event in the private realm of the personal. Schleiermacher challenged these "enlightened" thinkers to investigate and understand ...


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Nightspots travels to Minneapolis/St.Paul - You're gonna make it ( after all ) to some of the hottest spots in the Twin Cities! Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, is totally driveable from Chicago ( but watch out for those overzealous Wisconsin state troopers, trust ) and well worth the trip. Here are some of my picks ( and pans ) from the nightspots of the north, you ...


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Sports: Women's soccer league; Chicago Quarter Marathon - Women's soccer league announces season The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season. The Chicago Red Stars has highlights such as a May 9 doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. All but one fixture at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex ...


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BOOKS: Dying to Play; Ndegeocello; authors Sullivan, Conner - BOOK REVIEW Dying to Play by Mark Zubro $13.49; MLR Press; 229 pages Review by Lauren E. Childers Dying to Play is the first book in a new series by Mark Zubro that features a big-league private investigator based out of Chicago. When players on a minor-league baseball team start to receive personal threats, Mike King is initially hired to ...


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Music and art: Menzie and Michael; NOW seeking artists - Menzie and Michael at Davenport's throughout April Famed local performance team Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael will perform at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Saturdays throughout April at 8 p.m. The duo is known for musical twists on jazz favorites, standards, contemporary pop, Broadway show tunes and film gems. There is a $20 cover charge with a two-drink minimum. ...


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SAVOR Pinstripes brunch; Compass Bar - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The last time I went to the space that Pinstripes Chicago ( 435 E. Illinois St.; http://pinstripes.com/chicago/ ) currently occupies, it was called the River East Arts Center and I saw a Borris Powell fashion show. However, time goes on, properties are sold and sites are transformed. Now, there's a large restaurant ( that can hold up to 600 people, ...


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Artist Doan visits local leather museum - William Doan, a fine-arts photographer from Ft. Dodge, Iowa, visited the Leather Archives and Museum ( LA&M ) in Chicago on March 22. Doan's work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums. He presented Rick Storer, executive director of the LA&M, with three of his photographs for their collection. ...


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Upcoming: Music for Matthew; Trans, adult, queer film events; Lollapalooza - and more - Andrew Sullivan at Elmhurst April 2 Journalist, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan will present "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage" on Thursday, April 2, at Elmhurst College. Sullivan's talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave. Through his blog The Dish—which began in 2000 and ended in February—Sullivan chronicled major political and cultural moments, reaching ...


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CAKE Expo returning to Center in June - The fourth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) is taking place June 6-7, and with more programming and workshops for attendees. "It really stands out as one of the top independent comic shows in the country," said Chad Sell, Chicago comic artist. Some of the programming will include "A Conversation with the Hernandez Brothers," "Comic Books and Speculative ...


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MUSIC Spandau Ballet's frontman talks comeback, Market Days - The British band Spandau Ballet crossed over the pond to have a number one hit in 1983 with "True." Across the way in the UK the group dominated with eight top ten albums. The lineup for this tour includes all five original members Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Steve Norman, John Keeble and Martin Kemp. Spandau Ballet was part of a ...


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Book group thrives at Center at Halsted, looks to expand - The Gay Men's Book Group dates back about 20 years, to the Gerber/Hart Library & Archives. But for almost three years, the peer-group has called the Center on Halsted its now—with two-hour meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, starting at 7 pm. "We're a group of guys who enjoy coming together for stimulating discussions once a month, ...


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Filmmaker Michelle Citron looks at pre-Stonewall lesbians - Imagine inheriting a house and finding a treasure trove of more than 2,000 photos depicting lesbian life in Chicago during the pre-Stonewall era. That's just what happened to case worker Patrick Gourley. Gourley first met Norma Roos ( Aug. 1919-Dec. 1, 1999 ) and Virginia Kaitchuck ( Nov. 1919-Oct. 18, 2001 ) a little more than 20 years ago. They ...


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Chicago artist Bautista increases presence - Julius DC Bautista has been doodling as long as he can remember, and it always caught the eyes of his grade-school instructors. As a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a professor inspired him to select a major in fine arts. Then when he returned from the military, Bautista finally paid attention to his creativity. "My artistic process ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Libby Lane explains Ethel Merman - Actress and singer Libby Lane now tackles a new role and this time she's channeling an icon. Playing the part of Ethel Merman in the new show Book of Merman has Lane teaming up with two missionaries searching for entertainment. Libby Lane is an artistic associate with Pride Films & Plays. Some of her past works have included The View ...


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Openly gay artist responds in song to Indiana law - From a press release - Matt Gold is a chart-topping and acclaimed Indiana-based singer-songwriter that has garnered an engaged international fanbase for his boldly emotive adult contemporary music. For Matt and his fans, the haunting and vulnerable quality of his songs have been symbiotically cathartic, helping both parties to grow through confronting relationship challenges, embracing their true sexual identity, and meeting life's obstacles through courageous ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Commedia Beauregard posed a challenge for a six playwrights to create short one-act plays inspired by sculptures, paintings and other pieces of "folk" or "outsider" art. See how the results panned out and vote for your favorites in MASTER WORKS: The Intuit Plays, which features pieces by Kevin Alves, Jackie Davies, Brenda E. Kelly, Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, Laura Nessler ...


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THEATER REVIEW End Days - Playwright: Deborah Zoe Laufer. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$45. Runs through April 26 The folks behind the new Windy City Playhouse are certainly on a mission to impress. Despite its unprepossessing location where you'd expect to find a laundromat rather than a subscription-based professional theater, the Windy City Playhouse instantly ...


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THEATER REVIEW Outside Mullinger - Playwright: John Patrick Shanley. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 N. Skokie Rd. In Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300. www.northlight.org; $25-$78. Runs through: April 19 Some stories have been retold so many times that they should come with assembly instructions, like IKEA furniture. Before his venture into issue-driven dramas, John Patrick Shanley's reputation rested ...


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THEATER REVIEW Genius - Playwright: Kate Walbert. At: Profiles Theatre Alley Stage. 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: May 3 When somebody offers to give you a large sum of money, the prudent response is either, "I'll believe it when I see it," or ( more diplomatically ), "That's very kind of you." Characters in plays, however, are presumed to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Balm in Gilead - Playwright: Lanford Wilson. At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.griffintheatre.com; $35. Runs through: April 19 Missouri-bred Lanford Wilson ( 1937-2011 ) lived in Chicago for five years, taking writing classes and living near Clark and Division streets, then a hangout for sex workers, junkies and gays. In 1962 he bought a one-way bus ticket to ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Feeling all 'Grown-Up' - Most mid-life crises hit people when they're 40, but for Brooklyn-based gay playwright Jordan Harrison it was turning age 35 two years ago that sent him into spirals of self-examination over his life and chosen career. It also inspired the creation of his play The Grown-Up, which has its second-ever production this month courtesy of Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater ...


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Letters: Trick and no treat - Dear Editor: The magic show The Illusionists was in town recently. One of the performers was Jeff Hobson, known as "The Trickster." In the magic community, Hobson is a controversial figure. His persona on stage is a flamboyant gay man. ( You can catch him on YouTube. ) He may ask a man in the audience, "Are you happy? Are ...


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Senators, advocates decry budget cuts - A standing-room-only crowd filled the hearing chambers at the Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., as the Illinois Senate Appropriations Human Services Committee met to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Acting Human Services Secretary Gregory Bassi testified about the importance of the cuts, and faced grilling from some committee members, while service providers and their clients urged the ...


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CHART: Election 2015 runoffs; Early voting info - WCT - In this election cycle, Windy City Times mailed questionnaires to every registered citywide and aldermanic candidate, to their address on file with the board of elections. View resulting Windy City Times chart at www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/chartapr1.pdf . The questions were about a wide range of issues, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, minimum wage, crime, youth experiencing homelessness, and more. Some questions did not ...


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In the Life: Anthony DiFiore - Anthony DiFiore and his partner used to throw house parties, which gave birth to Neverland mega parties after a Boystown bar manager came to one of their small house parties and suggested they try it in a nightclub. The first few Neverland parties were theme-less costume parties, "and then suddenly we started to get really ambitious when we realized we ...


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Black dandy exhibit, symposium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Dandy Lion: ( Re ) Articulating Black Masculine Identity" is an exhibit that will run through July 12 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave. A press release stated, "The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities." A related symposium will take place ...


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Progressive gender identity law passes in Europe - From a press release - ( New York )—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) celebrates the unanimous passage of the "Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015" by the Parliament of Malta today. The new law enshrines the right to gender identity recognition and introduces anti-discrimination measures, allowing Maltese citizens to self-determine their gender identity and legally change ...


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African-American pastors unite against anti-gay movement in Africa, Rick Warren - From a press release - New York, NY April 1, 2015 — Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries ( "TFAM" ), its founder and presiding Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and executive director, Bishop-Elect, Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization's international outreach ministry, The Fellowship Global ( "TFG" ), has launched a month long tour of key African nations where LGBTI communities continue to experience ...


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Shift to LGB identity in early adulthood tied to depressive symptoms - From a UIC press release - People whose sexual identities changed toward same-sex attraction in early adulthood reported more symptoms of depression in a nationwide survey than those whose sexual orientations did not change or changed in the opposite direction, according to a new study by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist. "Sexual Orientation Identity Change and Depressive Symptoms: A Longitudinal Analysis," published in the ...


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Wal-Mart asks Governor Hutchinson to veto H.B. 1228 - From a press release - WASHINGTON— In response to the Arkansas House sending Governor Asa Hutchinson H.B. 1228 to sign into law, Wal-Mart released a statement from its CEO, Doug McMillan, asking the governor to veto the bill. H.B. 1228 would permit discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state based on "sincerely-held religious beliefs." In ...


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HRC blasts Bush for supporting Pence and new Indiana law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt earlier today, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush embraced the widely-denounced and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law last Thursday. While the national backlash against the harmful measure has been swift and brutal—and as Pence and Indiana lawmakers who supported the law have said they're seeking to ...


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Groups urge support for Fairness for All Hoosiers Act - From an ACLU press release - INDIANAPOLIS — In an open letter to Gov. Mike Pence and leaders in the Indiana House and Senate, national LGBT and civil rights groups call on lawmakers to quickly enact legislation fixing SB 101, which could allow discrimination against gay and transgender people, and end the firestorm of protests that have engulfed the state. "Indiana is already on the verge ...


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Advocates to argue in Supreme Court marriage cases announced - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, March 31, 2015 )—Counsel for plaintiffs from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee marriage lawsuits today announced that Mary L. Bonauto and Doug Hallward-Driemeier will represent the plaintiffs at the cases' scheduled April 28 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Bonauto will present arguments for question 1: "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a State to license a ...


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Stamp to honor Dr. Maya Angelou - From a press release - ( March 31, 2015 - New York, NY ) - The incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou would be turning 87 years old on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 and she'll be recognized in a big way. To celebrate the incredible life and accomplishments of this remarkable woman, The United States Postal Service will release a commemorative forever stamp on April 7th. The ...


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AFC forum at Center to deal with Rauner budget - From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago presents an opportunity to hear from elected officials and community leaders about how Governor Rauner's proposed budget will impact the Medicaid program and prevention, care, treatment, housing and other services for the HIV community. WHAT: The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Rauner's proposed ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Alyx Pattison - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Attorney Alyx Pattison says she's in a position to make change—provided she can survive a runoff against challenger Brian Hopkins in the 2nd Ward, which now consists of parts of seven neighborhoods thanks to redistricting. In a recent face-to-face interview at a 2nd Ward cafe, Pattison discussed everything from HIV/AIDS funding to development issues in a talk in which each ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Brian Hopkins - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brian Hopkins has done everything from interning for the Illinois State Senate to helping advise President Bill Clinton's transition team to leading the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents ( SOAR ). He now faces Alyx Pattison in the April 7 runoff election. In a recent phone interview, Hopkins talked about minimum wage, a reduced city council and a sick-time ordinance ...


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Report: Military families suffer From transgender ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) joined forces with the Transgender American Veterans Association ( TAVA ) to release an unprecedented report highlighting the harm that the military's transgender ban continues to inflict on transgender service members and their families. This first of its kind report focuses on the impact the outdated transgender military regulations ...


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INCITE! conference comes to Chicago with defiance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was 15 years ago that a group of women of color activists, including five from Chicago, decided that something had to be done about the systematic and systemic social, political and institutional violence they faced in the United States which was then disregarded by most advocacy groups. They came together to, according to the website, "organize a little conference" ...


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State's attorney's office launches hate-crimes council - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an effort to address hate crimes that occur in communities throughout Cook County, state's attorney Anita Alvarez has formed the Hate Crimes Advisory and Prosecutions Council. The council will be tasked with creating and maintaining partnerships with communities that are typically targeted by hate crimes. "I believe strongly that law enforcement cannot effectively address hate crimes in isolation and ...


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Latin@ issues focus of community strategy session - Wesley United Methodist Church of Cicero's Queer Youth Exploring Spirituality ( Q-YES ) group hosted a community strategy session, "Latin@ LGBTQA United For Action" March 28 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Cicero. This was the third Latin@ community strategy session of its kind. ALMA Chicago hosted the first session in July 2014 and United Latin@ Pride and Lambda Legal ...


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Reports: Married same-sex couples more likely to adopt - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 6, the Williams Institute submitted the findings of two reports in a friend-of-the-court brief for Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The reports show that same-sex married couples are far more likely to adopt or foster children than different-sex married couples. Married same-sex couples are more economically secure than same-sex unmarried couples. In ...


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Campaign looks at Social Security benefits for same-sex couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In order to educate the LGBT community about its new rights under Social Security since the June 2013 Windsor Supreme Court decision, Ellen Morgenstern—director of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation ( NCPSSM Foundation )—thought of an education campaign called the "Know Your Rights Initiative/California: Social Security and the LGBT Community." Morgenstern noted that the foundation ...


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Equality Illinois summit ponders youth-related issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The challenges facing LGBT youth were among the issues highlighted at Equality Illinois' LGBT Equality Summit on March 20-21. Jane Clementi, who continues mourning the loss of her 18-year-old son, Tyler, stressed the need to combat bullying. Tyler jumped from the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after his roommate broadcast an encounter with his boyfriend online. But, there's more to ...


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World: Pope eats with inmates; Swedish pronoun; HIV+ candidate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pope Francis recently had lunch with prisoners at an Italian prison, some of whom were gay or transgender, according to an On Top Magazine item. The pontiff visited the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale during a visit to Naples, Italy. Approximately 90 inmates attended the lunch, including 10 prisoners from a section of the facility that houses gay, transgender ...


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Final tipoff of the annual Coady Roundball Classic - The Coady Roundball Classic turns 25 this year, and then it's sayonara. Yep, the annual gay basketball tournament tips off April 10 with a registration party at Roscoe's Tavern in Lake View, and games will be played April 11-12 at the Ratner Center and Henry Crown Gymnasium at the University of Chicago. The finals will be played Sunday afternoon. And ...


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Chicago gay filmmakers Fawzia Mirza, Robert-Carnilius in film series - From a press release - Chicago-based film production company Full Spectrum Features today announced the films included in volume one of Chicagoland Shorts, a new, specially curated collection of short films by Chicago filmmakers. The series highlights the incredible diversity of The Windy City and its surrounding communities, celebrating the vastness of the Chicagoland experience, and providing an outlet for cinematic voices that sometimes go ...


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BOOKS Gay NU professor authors YA Holocaust novel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm an accidental everything," joked Danny M. Cohen, a Northwestern University professor who specializes in Holocaust education. "An accidental fiction writer, an accidental academic." While Cohen, author of the recent YA novel Train, dreamed of writing as child, he said he never even intended to get a master's degree. Cohen's husband is Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov—who Cohen described as ...


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More companies protest Indiana law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, major corporations signed on to launch a statement by businesses speaking out against an onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation being considered in states around the country. The statement, launched today by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, calls on public officials to defeat or abandon efforts ...


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EEOC to study workplace harassment - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Jenny R. Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), today announced the membership of the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. At a public meeting on the topic of Workplace Harassment held January, 2015, Yang announced the formation of the Select Task Force, which will examine the problem of ...


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Workshops look at legal system's treatment of trans individuals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reports such as the 2011 National Center for Transgender Equality- and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-authored "Injustice at Every Turn," along with the February 2015 Movement Advancement Project study entitled "Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans" have both detailed extensive discrimination against members of the transgender community by the criminal-justice system. Workshops for attorneys and judges designed to educate them ...


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'Excellence in Care' recipients announced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 25 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, DIFFA/Chicago ( Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ) held an event honoring the recipients of this year's Excellence in Care Awards. The panel looked specifically for programs and projects that stood out as innovative within their area of service and showed past or expected impact in the stated areas of focus. The following ...


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Camp Aranu'tiq: A place for transgender and gender-variant youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times byMarissa Novel - For many, sleepaway camps are a childhood tradition. Some, however, were excluded from this custom because of their gender identity until 2010. Nick Teich, a 31-year-old transgender man, has attended conventional summer camps since 1993. While working as a volunteer in 2009, he decided to transition. "When I announced I would be transitioning genders, they told me I was no ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jessie Ware talks gay fans, Sam Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Jessie Ware is already a big deal in the United Kingdom and is slowly conquering the United States. Her debut album, Devotion, peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and her follow-up, Tough Love, reached number nine last year. Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco produced Tough Love, with help from Miguel and Ed Sheeran on various ...


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DeGeneres show to air to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC has ordered eight episodes of First Dates, an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air. Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of ...


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Nat'l roundup: Trans study; Indiana fallout; Supreme Ct. argument - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Columbia University and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health are launching a first-of-its-kind study that they expect will create a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues that transgender individuals face, according to a press release. The study has several goals, including aiming to describe basic health outcomes and ...


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Dining news: Passover, Easter options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Maxwell's at the Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St., is offering a special Passover Dinner, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., on Friday, April 3. Passover favorites will include matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, braised brisket of beef and roast lamb. The Passover buffet is $45 for adults and $15 for children up to 10. Reservations are recommended; call 312-527-5800, ext. ...


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Entertainment: Celebs on Indiana; Bradley Cooper; Laverne Cox; Annie Lennox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several celebrities have spoken out against Indiana's religious-freedom law that make businesses and individuals immune from lawsuits so long as they are motivated by religious belief, The Huffington Post noted. Among them are Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lance Black, Dan Savage, Miley Cyrus, James Van Der Beek, George Takei and Andy Cohen. Cyrus called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence an "asshole" on ...


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TELEVISION 'New Girls on the Book' examines trans issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new trans-focused television series, New Girls on the Block, is set to premiere Thursday, April 2, at 9 p.m. CT on the Discovery Life Channel. The show sets out to follow a group friends from Kansas City, Missouri, showcasing some of their past struggles with gender identity and how they navigate daily struggles and successes now. Caroline Gibbs, a ...


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DoJ moves against university for discriminating against trans employee - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University ( Southeastern ) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma ( RUSO ) for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against a transgender employee on the basis of her sex and retaliating against her when she complained ...


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MUSIC The Sound of von Trapps hitting Evanston - The next generation of the iconic family von Trapps ( immortalized in the film The Sound of Music ) is banding together to create a whole new sound. Siblings August, Amanda, Melanie and Sofia are the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, who many know from the musical. Dancing in Gold is the first of three EPs of ...


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Trans 100 celebrated in Chicago - The annual Trans 100 event recognized individuals from across the country March 29 at The Mayne Stage in Chicago. The standing-room-only audience was comprised of allies and an empowered transgender, gender non-conforming and genderqueer community. The evening's co-hosts were community ambassador and trans evangelist Precious Davis and advocate Myles Brady. They were still soaring from both their recent engagement and ...


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Emanuel among those attending Center's gala - "Kinfolk" was the theme of Center on Halsted's 2015 Human First gala, held March 28 in the Great Hall at Union Station. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the speakers calling attention to the Center's work and honoring community members contributing to its impact. CEO Modesto "Tico" Valle said the Center's work fit in with the LGBT community's historical role of ...


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Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to host LGBTQA youth Night of Noise - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, Mar. 23, 2015—The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will be hosting the 14th Night of Noise at 5:30 pm on April 17 at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street. Hundreds of Gay/Straight Alliance ( GSA ) students from schools across Chicago will gather to conclude the Day of Silence, which protests the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...


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Texas prison agrees to put Lambda transgender client in safekeeping - From a press release - Houston, TX ( March 30, 2015 ) — The Texas Department of Criminal Justice ( "TDCJ" ) announced that today it will place Lambda Legal client Passion Star in Safekeeping as had been requested in an emergency motion filed earlier this month to protect her from further sexual assault and threats to her life. Passion Star is a transgender woman ...


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Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band to do Mr. Holland's Opus - From a press release - CHICAGO, MARCH 25, 2014 — With gusto and nostalgia, the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band ( www.lakesidepride.org ) honors music educators with selections from the Academy Award-winning film Mr. Holland's Opus at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Northside College Prep, 5501 N. Kedzie, Chicago. Be sure to bring along the educators and musicians in your life that have had ...







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