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  Mayor of Canada's capital comes out

Jim Watson—the longtime mayor of Ottawa, the capital of Canada—came out as gay in a column in the Ottawa Citizen, writing that the announcement was "better late than never," according to CNN.com. He wrote he had ...


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  Music Box calls on Parton and Poppins for 90th anniversary

An all-night Dolly Parton film festival and a Mary Poppins sing-a-long screening are among the offerings at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., celebrates its 90th anniversary starting Aug. 22. Festivities kick off Aug. 22 ...


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  Lighthouse plots continuing protest strategies

Community members, among them stakeholders from several Chicago-area religious organizations, gathered at Lighthouse Church in Lincoln Park the morning of Aug. 10, to discuss community engagement around Center on Halsted. Rev. Jamie Frazier of Lighthouse—who also ...


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  Event promotes LGBTQ tourism in Israel

On Aug. 8 at Goddess and the Baker, 225 N. Lasalle St., the Israel Ministry of Tourism hosted a happy hour. The most eye-catching display, perhaps, was the rainbow cake peppered with mini-Israeli flags. Next to ...


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  Log Cabins endorse Trump for 2020 election

The Washington Blade has reported that—in a stunning reversal from 2016—the LGBT group the National Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed President Trump for re-election, asserting he "met his commitments" to LGBT people. Robert Kabel and Jill ...


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  Reports say Schock may be stepping out of closet

LGBTQ Nation reported that former Congressman Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois )—who favored anti-gay legislation while in office—appears to be taking one step out of the closet. In a leaked chat conversation Queerty published, the former politician ...


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  Drag-and-dining venue Lips to open Aug. 22

Lips, a drag-and-dining venue, will have a grand opening Thursday, Aug. 22, at 2229 S. Michigan Ave. Just some of the drag performers will include Mimi Marks, Shavonna B. Brooks, Ruff N' Stuff, Angel LeBare, Delilah ...


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  London Gay Symphonic-Lakeside Pride Joint in concert Aug. 24

CHICAGO ( August 15, 2019 ) — Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents an international collaboration with London's only LGBTQ symphonic wind band, the London Gay Symphonic Winds ( LGSW ), for Aug. 24 7-9 p.m. here ...


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  Leigh Gallery closing party Aug. 23

The Boystown business The Leigh Gallery, 3306 N. Halsted St., will end its 15-year run with closing party Friday, Aug. 23, 5-9 p.m. Owner Jean Leigh said in a goodbye letter, "I will be changing my ...


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  Kinley Preston previews Lips Chicago dinner theater

Lips, billed as "the ultimate in drag dining," is locating its fifth location in Chicago. The South Loop venue, opening to the public Aug. 23, includes acts such as lip-synching, live vocals, choreographed numbers, bawdy humor ...


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  Study finds older transgender men who are pregnant risk depression, lack of care

Older transgender men who become pregnant need better mental health care than female counterparts Transgender men who become pregnant are at increased risk for depression and difficulty getting medical care due to a lack of knowledge ...


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  LGBTQ+ Biz Bootcamp to start Oct. 5

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce announced that applications are open for its first-ever LGBTQ+ Biz Bootcamp. This six-week cohort program ( which begins Saturday, Oct. 5, and will be every Saturday at 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ) ...


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  IL Safe Schools Alliance, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago merge

Chicago, IL - After almost a year of integrating operations, the Boards of Directors for Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago ( PHIMC ) and Illinois Safe Schools Alliance( the Alliance ) are delighted to announce ...


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  Victory Gardens Theater announces Directors Inclusion Initiative assistant directors

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces the 2019/20 Season Directors Inclusion Initiative Assistant Directors including Alexander ( Lex ) Turner ( Tiny Beautiful Things ), Lanise Antoine Shelley ( The First Deep Breath ), Christina Casano ...


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  10 Questions with Vic Featuring Xabiani Ponce de Leon

It's hard to stand out as an actor during a film festival such as Outfest where over 150 films are screened within nine days. But Xabiani Ponce de LeÃ"n did just that with director Hari Sama's ...


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  New HRC president to go on national tour

The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that new President Alphonso David will embark on a national tour of seven key cities ( #WeAreHRC tour ) to meet with and rally HRC members, advocates, voters ...


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  NCAVP Reports on Anti-LGBTQ Violence During Pride Season

August 14, New York, NY- A special report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ), Pride and Pain: A Snapshot of Anti-LGBTQ Hate and Violence During Pride Season 2019, outlines incidents and trends ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'Elm Street,' 'Crime Story,' Tab Hunter, Lady Gaga

Gay actor Marc Patton is returning to the big screen, as himself, with the documentary Scream, Queen: My Nightmare On Elm Street, The Washington Blade noted. The film tells the story of how his "big break" ...


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  Proposed rule change would reduce ACA nondiscrimination protections

( Washington, D.C., August 14, 2019 ) — Yesterday, Lambda Legal submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services objecting to a proposed rule change that seeks to roll back the protections under ...


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  Dorothy Brown not running for re-election

Longtime Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has announced that she will not be running for re-election next year, The Chicago Tribune reported. Brown—the subject of a federal probe for years—said she'll be able to ...


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  Chicago Meal Pack of 9/11 Day

The first-ever Chicago Meal Pack of 9/11 Day—co-hosted by Serve Illinois and the Greater Chicago Food Depository—will take place Wed., Sept. 11, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. More than 1,000 volunteers ...


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  Rothaus, Swisher, Vincenz named to LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists announced that longtime Miami Herald reporter Steve Rothaus, Recode co-founder Kara Swisher and LGBTQ pioneer Lilli Vincenz are the 2019 inductees in the LGBTQ Journalists Hall ...


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  Collaborative Works Fest to focuse on vocal chamber music of living composers

CHICAGO— Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago's 19/20 season will open with the 8th annual Collaborative Works Festival , held in venues around Chicago September 5, 7 and 8, 2019 . The 2019 Collaborative Works Festival, The ...


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  Biden, Castro, Sestak, Williamson to speak at LGBTQ presidential forum

[Cedar Rapids]— Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, former Pennsylvania representative Joe Sestak and author Marianne Williamson will speak at a September 20 forum on the lives of ...


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  Author Shapiro speaks at Women and Children First

Fort Lauderdale-based writer Gregg Shapiro, a native of Skokie, visited Women & Children First Bookstore in Andersonville the evening of Aug. 7. Shapiro, a longtime entertainment journalist, poet and fiction writer, read excerpts from his 2019 ...


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  Critics' Picks

Ghost Quartet, Black Button Eyes Productions @ Stage 773, through Aug. 17—Dazzling vocal and instrumental musicianship in the town's most unique musical; a mash-up of fantasy, gothic horror and fairytale with Dave Malloy's melodic and diverse ...


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  Underscore Theatre plans Chicago Musical Theater Festival and musicals

CHICAGO ( August 13, 2019 ) — Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce its full 2019-20 Season, featuring two fully-produced musicals, plus the 6th annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL. The season kicks off this fall ...


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  AMA Condemns Effort to Remove Nondiscrimination Protections for Patients

CHICAGO — In formal comments today, the American Medical Association ( AMA ) spoke out against the Trump administration's misguided proposal to remove anti-discrimination protections related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and the termination of pregnancy ...


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  Chicago Cabaret Professionals announces new Board

( Chicago, IL ) The Board of Directors of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals ( CCP ) is delighted to announce the appointment of seven new Board members, who officially joined in July 2019. They are Robert ...


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  Women & Children First to host Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Women & Children First is honored to present U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a moderated conversation and audience Q&A followed by a book signing in celebration of her new children's book, Just Ask! Be ...


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  DINING Julia Child, donut-topped milkshakes, Le Diner en Blanc

—In honor of iconic chef Julia Child, Chef Greg Biggers of Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St., has curated a special pre-fixe menu of Child-inspired dishes for Thursday, Aug. 15 ( Child's 107th birthday ). Guests ...


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  Ross Mathews brings bubbles and brunch to Chicago

Ross Mathews Presents Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch is a new endeavor for the television personality that combines local drag and a buffet brunch together in an intimate venue. Many will know Mathews from his numerous TV appearances ...


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  NATIONAL Trans march, Danica Roem, cannabis company, lesbian tech event

A National Transgender Visibility March on Washington originally planned for March 31 will now take place Saturday, Sept. 28, The Washington Blade reported. D.C.-based transgender activist and leader organizer Marissa Miller said the march will begin ...


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  WORLD Beijing couple, Dutch man attacked, Ecuador murder

A same-sex couple in Beijing have become the first in the city to complete the process of being named as each other's legal guardian in what is being seen as a major step forward in the ...


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  UPDATE: Travolta to attend Wizard World Comic Con

This year's Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will take place Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 22-25, at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd.—and it has just gotten some serious star power. It was announced Aug. ...


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  PODCASTS Crossroads Fund's 'Queering Left' tackles queerness, activism

Crossroads Fund—a Chicago-based foundation that supports organizations working toward racial, social and economic justice—has introduced a new multimedia project called "Queering Left." The podcast— created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—is set to ...


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  Reeling LGBTQ film festival announces film line up

( August 12, 2019 - Chicago, IL ) Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 35 years, kicks off fall with an exciting slate of ...


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  Northalsted Market Days 2019 in photos

Summertime was in full bloom for Northalsted Market Days, Aug. 10-11. This year's big acts included '80s singer/percussionist Sheila E., America's Got Talent breakout star Brian Justin Crum, dance diva Deborah Cox, "Scissor Sister" Jake Shears, ...


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  Northalsted Market Days 2019, more photos

Summertime was in full bloom for Northalsted Market Days, August 10-11. This year's big acts included '80s singer/percussionist Sheila E., America's Got Talent breakout star Brian Justin Crum, dance diva Deborah Cox, "Scissor Sister" Jake Shears, ...


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  First Pride Summit held in West Hollywood

The publications The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard hosted their first-ever Pride Summit ( #PrideSummit ) at The 1 Hotel West Hollywood on Aug. 8. The event—in conjunction with Billboard's annual Pride issue—featured panels and conversations: bringing ...


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  THEATER Diamond Lil And The Pansy Craze

Authors: Jason Paul Smith and Roy Freeman At: The Berger Park Coach House Theater, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: threecatproductions.com or 312-970-9840; $15-25. Runs through: Sept. 8 With their world premiere production of Diamond Lil And ...


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  Trans ex-student prevails in restroom case

In Virginia, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled Aug. 9 that a school board's transgender bathroom ban discriminated against former student Gavin Grimm, multiple media outlets reported. In 2015, the Gloucester County School Board's policy ...


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  Gay Chicago resident alleges discrimination by city employee

During the morning hours of April 25, Andersonville resident Leo Meere allegedly heard anti-LGBTQ comments from a Chicago Department of Water Management ( DWM ) employee when he was walking home from the grocery store. Meere's ...


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  THEATER REVIEW Boogieban

Playwright: D.C. Fidler At: none too fragile theatre at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. ( entrance at May and Aberdeen streets ) Tickets: NoneTooFragile.com 330-962-5547; $35. Runs through: Aug. 31 The phenomenon we now ...


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  OPERA Singer Patricia Racette talks coming out, musical feats

Patricia Racette is an internationally acclaimed operatic soprano. Over 30 years in the industry, she has been particularly renowned for performing as Puccini's and Verdi's heroines. On a more personal level, she came out as a ...


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  Reports: Would-be Vegas bomber targeted Jewish, LGBTQ communities

A man who authorities say worked as a security guard was arrested and accused of plotting to firebomb a Las Vegas synagogue or a LGBTQ-centered nightclub/bar, CBS News reported. An FBI-led anti-terrorism task force arrested Las ...


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  UPDATE: Hamburger Mary's business for sale; co-owner cites high rent

The popular Andersonville restaurant Hamburger Mary's is for sale—and high rent is the culprit. SVN Chicago Commercial presented the exclusive listing for this business, according to BizBuySell.com. The listing (with an asking price of $185,000) says, ...


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  Gov. Pritzer signs pro-LGBTQ measures

On Aug. 9, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a number of measures—including at least three that are seen as specifically benefiting LGBTQ individuals. HB 246 ensures the contributions of LGBTQ people are taught in public schools. ...


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  Workshop on LGBTQ elders Aug. 19

Howard Brown Health will host a Nurses Health Education About LGBTQ Elders ( HEALE ) full-day workshop on Monday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at 6500 N. Clark St. The cultural competency continuing education ( CE ...


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  Rocketman on Blu-Ray, DVD Aug. 27

The Elton John biopic Rocketman—already on Digital as of Aug. 6—will be out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from Paramount Home Entertainment. Rocketman features performances of John's songs by Taron ...


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  Governor signs bill aimed at 'changing culture' in workplace

By Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at preventing workplace sexual harassment and protecting victims who come forward. The measure, Senate Bill 75, was unanimously passed in both the state ...


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  LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Bill Approved by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker

Students in Illinois public schools will learn about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state and national history after approval today of the Inclusive Curriculum Law by Gov. Pritzker, according to Equality ...


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  Illinois Legislation to Advance Equity for LGBTQ Older Adults Approved by Gov. Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Under a law signed today by Gov. JB Pritzker, Illinois is the first state to designate older adults living with HIV and the third state to identify LGBTQ older adults as populations of ...


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  Audra McDonald concert to benefit Steppenwolf Theatre Company Sept. 15

CHICAGO ( August 5, 2019 ) Historic six-time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald reunites with Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky direct from their critically acclaimed performances at Town Hall in New York City this past ...


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  Victory Gardens Theater to present Tiny Beautiful Things

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater kicks-off its 45th Anniversary season with the Chicago Premiere of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos and co-conceived by Marshall ...


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  Equality Illinois to honor Foxx and Flores at Fahrenheit

CHICAGO, IL- Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and Illinois Deputy Governor Sol Flores will be honored for their long-time dedication and leadership in making the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans better on Friday, August 23, at ...


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  Chicago Humanities Festival to host Rachel Maddow Oct. 12

The Chicago Humanities Festival will kick-off its 30th anniversary Fall Festival with MSNBC anchor and investigative reporter Rachel Maddow on Saturday, Oct. 12. Maddow announced her CHF appearance moments ago during The Rachel Maddow Show. Maddow ...


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  1.7% of sexual minority adults identify as asexual

An estimated 1.7% of sexual minority adults identify as asexual, according to a recent study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The study also found that asexuals are more likely to be women ...


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  Study Looks at Adolescent Experiences for Transgender Women of Color

Boston, MA, August 7, 2019—A groundbreaking study published in the most recent issue of Transgender Health finds that young transgender women of color hit several developmental milestones significantly earlier than their white peers. These milestones include ...


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  Pastoral marking 15th anniversary Aug. 16-18

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will celebrate its 15th anniversary with several events over Aug. 16-18. On Saturday, Aug. 17, Pastoral will mark the milestone with a free ice-cream social and bubbly toast. The event ...


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  Billy Masters

"But at the same time, my God, if you're 3 years old and you're saying you're feeling a certain way, or you think you're a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I ...


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  TRAVEL Driftless and daring: Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Thousands of years ago when the glaciers razed the Midwest and flattened the landscape, they left certain areas untouched, unmarred. These areas—known as the "driftless" areas—abound with lush, green, rolling hills and timeless natural splendor. Meander ...


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  NUNN ON ONE The talented Brian Justin Crum coming for Market Days

America's Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum came out to audiences on national TV during season 11. He told personal stories in between classic cover songs and returned for America's Got Talent: The Champions to sing ...


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  NUNN ON ONE 'A Little Night Music' with Bernadette Peters

The legendary Bernadette Peters has a career that has spanned decades thanks to her theater, television and film work over the years. She has taken home trophies along the way, including multiple Tony Awards, three Drama ...


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  Women & Children First, forty years of book-selling history

Full celebration schedule below

To celebrate Women & Children First's 40th anniversary, the store will be hosting a summer block party with a feminist slant Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Honorary Women & Children First Way ( ...


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  SPOTLIGHT Violet Surprise, A Femslash Parody Festival

We love the title, Violet Surprise, A Femslash Parody Festival, at Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark Street, Aug. 9-11 only. Otherworld specializes in science fiction and fantasy theater so director Iris Sowlat—who has a self-proclaimed "passion ...


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  NUNN ON ONE Alex Newell, living outside the box

Performer Alex Newell refuses to be put in a box. Best known for the playing the character Unique Adams in the Fox series Glee, Newell competed on Oxygen's The Glee Project beforehand to eventually earn a ...


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  THEATER REVIEW The Spitfire Grill

Playwright: James Valcq and Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff At: American Blues Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $19-49; stage773.com/showspitfiregrill. Runs through: Aug. 17 Female-driven musicals are ...


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  THEATER REVIEW Much Ado About Nothing

Playwright: William Shakespeare At: Oak Park Festival Theatre, 167 N. Forest Ave, Oak Park. Tickets: OakParkFestival.com . Price: $15-35. Runs through: Aug. 31 It's Shakespeare versus an army of cicadas at Oak Park Festival's Much Ado ...


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  THEATER REVIEW Come From Away

Authors: Book, music & lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $35-$105. Runs through: Aug. 18 With the United States flush with bigotry, mendacity, megalomania ...


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  We need to talk about the 'Pose' hospital episode right now

The TV show Pose, on FX, is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the themes, the characters, and—the aspect of the show closest to my heart and ...


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  College student balances LGBTQ+ activism, student life

After her semester at a new college, Zaiden Sowle knew she found what was lacking at her previous college. Before, her experience at Connecticut College—a small, liberal arts school in New London, Connecticut—was not the personal ...


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  ART Del LaGrace Volcano: 'About Face' photographer on works, 'gender terrorism'

A variety of artists are exhibiting provocative works at "About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art"—an exhibit at Wrightwood 659, 659 W. Wrightwood Ave. Among them is the redoubtable Del LaGrace Volcano, a genderqueer artist ...


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  Angela Barnes discusses chairing Center on Halsted's board

Growing up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Angela Barnes learned the importance of "volunteering and giving back as much and as often as you can" early on from her parents. From bringing queer women ...


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  Sebastian Patti: Legal icon talks past, health issues and accomplishments

To say Sebastian Patti has achieved milestones—for himself and the LGBTQ community—might be giving him short shrift. More than two decades ago, Patti, 66, became the first openly gay appointed judge and, in 2009, he took ...







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