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MOVIES Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre ring a 'Landline' - The new movie Landline, set in 1990s Manhattan, follows life before smartphones with a dysfunctional family. Jenny Slate stars as Dana Jacobs who suspects, along with her sister, that her father is having an affair. Edie Falco, John Turturro and Jay Duplass are all along for the ride as the cast. This is the second collaboration with director Gillian Robespierre ...


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Lambda Legal, ACLU challenge fake repeal of North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of North Carolina announced they have taken steps to expand the federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sweeping anti-LGBT law HB 2 to include a challenge to its discriminatory replacement, HB 142, which left many of the harms caused by HB 2 in place. The advocacy groups also added ...


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National LGBTQ Task Force Launches Transgender Mental Health Survey - From a press release - WASHINGTON-DC: The National LGBTQ Task Force has partnered with Trans Lifeline to launch the nation's first transgender mental health survey. The first-of-its-kind research is intended to provide a deep insight into the mental healthcare experiences of transgender people in order to improve advocacy efforts. All people over the age of 18 living in the United States that identify as transgender ...


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Attorney General Madigan defends Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 19 other attorneys general, today issued a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain and defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) program. In the letter, Madigan and the other attorneys general explain how DACA has benefited their states and the nation as a whole and call on ...


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German president OKs marriage law - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, allowing the bill to take effect this fall. Lawmakers approved the bill June 30. The move became possible after Chancellor Angela Merkel—whose conservative party had not budged on the issue for some time—said she would allow its legislators to vote according to their conscience. Germany has permitted same-sex couples to ...


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LGBT-friendly housing complex receives further approvals - The Chicago City Council Plan Commission, on July 20, approved plans for a long-gestating LGBT-friendly housing project slated for Logan Square to proceed. The designs for the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza, announced in 2016, were approved with little discussion at the commission's monthly meeting. Ald. Tom Tunney ( 44th ) raised a question about some building materials ...


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Anti-LGBTQs in Anchorage try to gut protections for transgender residents, visitors - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to claims from anti-equality activists that they have submitted 8,500 signatures in an attempt to qualify for a ballot measure in Anchorage, Alaska, aimed at gutting protections for transgender residents and visitors in the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The city clerk must verify that at least 5,753 signatures are ...


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GLSEN responds as Sec. of Education stonewalls on policy on LGBTQ students - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) - July 18, 2017 - In a July 11 letter to Senator Patty Murray ( D-WA ), Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos claimed that the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, under President Obama, had overly broadened the scope of investigations into discrimination against students, leading to an inability to adequately investigate individual complaints. ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT on La Havana Madrid - If you missed the first two sold-out runs of Teatro Vista's La Havana Madrid, now's your chance to see this critically acclaimed play with music once again. It co-stars the show's author, Sandra Delgado, and features Roberto "Carpacho" Marin and his band, Carpacho y Su Super Combo, to tell stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants who came to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hir - Playwright: Taylor Mac. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 20 The phenomenon of "paradigm shift" occurs when an object undergoes a perceived change after being observed from a different angle—the scientific equivalent of the adage about seeing things from the other person's point of view. Be warned that several such transformations are embedded in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: DANCE Tom Mattingly taps back into town - An American in Paris springs from George Gershwin's classic movie musical. Dance numbers were choreographed by Gene Kelly originally, and he also starred as a World War II veteran named Jerry Mulligan. His character attempts to sell his paintings in Paris, where he meets a girl named Lise Dassin and falls in love. He pursues her in a series of ...


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Critics' Picks - The Bridges of Madison County, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, through Aug. 13. Hopefully, the recent flooding in Lake County will recede soon to safely allow this intimate and emotionally vibrant 2014 Broadway musical to return. SCM La Havana Madrid, Teatro Vista at Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 20. This tune-filled homage to a not-so-long-ago chapter of Chicago's Latinx immigrant history sold out ...


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THEATER REVIEW The God of Isaac - Playwright: James Sherman. At: Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or GrippoStageCompany.com; $39. Runs through: Aug. 27 American white supremacists garnered lots of media attention this past presidential election cycle, not only for their rebranding as the "alt-right" but also for their support for the candidate who unexpectedly came ...


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THEATER REVIEW Beauty's Daughter - Playwright: Dael Orlandersmith. At: American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $19-$49. Runs through: Aug. 5 The only thing worse than being somewhere you don't want to be is seeing no way to leave it for someplace better. A young Dael Orlandersmith once surveyed New York City's East Harlem streets and vowed to escape. She made ...


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Public funeral set for 'True Blood' actor - A public funeral for Nelsan Ellis—who played gay character Lafayette on the HBO show True Blood—will be held Saturday, July 22, at Holy Temple Cathedral, 15912 Lincoln Ave., in Harvey, Illinois, according to a Page Six item. Also, there will be a public viewing on Friday, July 21, 6-9 p.m., at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 18400 Pulaski Rd., in ...


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Billy Masters - "The 'B' in LGBTQ-plus has been fought for, for so long. I'm not going to be the person that's like, 'No, I need a 'P', I need another letter!' I stand by people that have paved this way for somebody like me."—Younger star Nico Tortorella discusses the polyamorous relationship he has with Bethany Meyers, who considers herself a lesbian. James ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Berlin - Femme's Room w/ Gavin Russom. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Sidetrack - Friday nights get campy. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Touche - Congrats to the new Mr. Midwest Rubber! Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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SAVOR Fulton Market Kitchen - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I actually mean this in the best possible way, but Fulton Market Kitchen ( 311 N. Sangamon St.; FultonMarketKitchen.com ) is almost an assault on the senses. If you're looking for a dark, quiet restaurant, this isn't it—at least in the lounge ( although there are some darker but no less striking rooms ). Fulton Market Kitchen is a combination ...


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Exhibitionism, The Rolling Stones exhibit at Navy Pier - The Rolling Stones' first-ever major exhibition, "Exhibitionism," will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier through July 30. The Chicago engagement follows the exhibit's global premiere in London and its star-studded U.S. premiere in NYC. Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked its vast ...


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Humanities fest's chair steps down - The Chicago Humanities Festival's Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Jonathan Elmer has stepped down from his position as artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and returned to Indiana University ( IU ) full-time. Elmer was appointed to the artistic director position in February 2015. In late April 2017, Elmer was invited to return to IU full time and serve for ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Adam Lambert, Queen a match made in heaven - The 1970 British band Queen returned to Chicago for a rocking concert on July 13 at the United Center. Two members of the original group remain, with Brian May on guitar and Roger Taylor on drums. Bassist John Deacon retired after singer Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. Former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers filled in for Mercury until American Idol ...


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aChurch4me hosting July 22 event - The LGBT-inclusive congregation aChurch4me is hosting "An Evening of Praise and Prose" on Saturday, July 22. The free event will be at 7366 N. Clark St. at 7 p.m. Revs. Carolyn and Adrain Mobley-Bowie, who have traveled the world with their ministry, will preside. See achurch4me.org. ...


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W&CF event revolves around author Gwendolyn Brooks - On July 13, Women & Children First bookstore hosted a reading and panel discussion of Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. This year marks the 100th birthday of the late Chicago poet. The book is an anthology composed of numerous poems by several different poets, as well as visual art depicting Brooks' life. Four of the ...


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BOOKS Steven Gaines explores memories in 'One of These Things First' - Steven Gaines is an openly gay author who has written several best-sellers. In his most recent project, One of These Things First, Gaines goes down memory lane as he recounts growing up in Brooklyn as a young Jewish boy struggling with homosexuality. Windy City Times: Can you explain the title of your book for our readers? Steven Gaines: It's the ...


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Milly's Orchid Show '29 Years and Holdin'' July 29 - Milly's Orchid Show celebrates its "29 Years and Holdin'" anniversary show at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Saturday, July 29, at 8 p.m. The show will feature Brigid Murphy as host Milly May Smithy and band Expo 76. Some of the other acts slated to be featured include Blue Man Group, Karol Kent's Cubs trilogy, Paula Killen, ...


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'Materialkink' exhibit at Leather Archives - The Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., is exhibiting "Materialkink" through Jan. 14, 2018. Curated by Chicago-based artist José Santiago Pérez, this exhibition features artworks by local, national and global artists "that expand the boundaries of erotic art through contemporary explorations of the materialities that accompany and structure the lifeworlds of alternative sex," according to a press release. ...


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PERFORMANCE Sandra Bernhard talks comedy, sexuality, career - By Emagin Tanaschuk - As part of her tour, Sandra Bernhard will be coming to Chicago to perform her latest comedy show, "Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast," at City Winery July 20-21. Since her career began four decades ago, Bernhard has showed no sign of slowing down, especially with her new comedy show tour, appearances on the hit CBS TV sitcom 2 Broke ...


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BOOK Raising the Transgender Child - By Dr. Michele Angello and Alisa Bowman, $17; Seal Press; 275 pages Your preschooler has always had an active imagination. Flights of fancy and dress-up fill his days. She's rough-and-tumble, a scrapper in her mind. Make-believe has always been a big part in your child's life but now you're hearing something you know in your heart is not pretend—and ...


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New sitcom stars transgender actors - The Switch is a new sitcom starring five transgender actors in trans roles—making it the first of its kind in television history. The show's tagline is "Work. Love. Mortal Danger," and Amy Fox, one of the show's producers and cast members, said the six-episode first season touches on "urban gentrification, climate-change-driven eco terrorism, and trans Americans fleeing Trump's United States." ...


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THEATER REVIEW Something Rotten! - Playwright: Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell ( book ), Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick ( music, lyrics ). At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $24-$95. Runs through: July 23 The energetic and upbeat music does the job in a variety of pop styles, but isn't particularly memorable. The fast and mostly non-stop comedy unapologetically consists of shtick, ...


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ENCORE Jessica Ray, Jenn Freeman return for solo performances - Next month, independent dance artists Jessica Ray and Jenn "Po'Chop" Freeman will deliver encore solo performances in a shared weekend bill at Links Hall. Having premiered their work in June as part of Links Hall's Co-MISSION residency program, the artists have the opportunity to show their work again for audiences who missed the successful mini-festival the first time around. ( ...


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LETTERS Respect for Renslow, Plea to a bishop - Showing respect Dear editor: I had arrived in Chicago from New Orleans last week to pay my respects for Chuck Renslow, who really was a major reason for my many visits over many years to Chicago. New Orleans never had such a treasured person as did Chicago. I tip my hat ( one of many large, colorful, adorned hats ...


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MOMBIAN Harry Potter and the LGBTQ family - June 26 is an auspicious date. Not only did the U.S. Supreme Court issue its marriage-equality decision on that day in 2015, but 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997, the world first learned of a boy named Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione. I've read J. K. Rowling's series three times to myself and once out loud ...


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BUSINESS Pyramid Seven's period underwear, a tale of two entrepreneurs - Zipporah Jarmon and Michelle Janayea have stamped themselves as two young, trailblazing entrepreneurs breaking barriers in the LGBTQ+ community. Business partners Jarmon and Janayea have recently launched their underwear line, Pyramid Seven—which they say was created for periods, not gender. The underwear works by removing extra fabric from boxer briefs and adding additional fabric in the crotch area in order ...


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1970s Gay & Lesbian Parents Group to reunite July 30 - Chicago's Gay & Lesbian Parents Group—which was active from the mid-1970s through the 1990s—will hold a reunion on Sunday, July 30, at 4 p.m. at Sidetrack, 3449 N. Halsted St. The Gay Parents Group was founded in 1976, when a divorced lesbian mother placed an ad in GayLife newspaper announcing the formation of a support group for gay men and ...


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LGBTQ seniors sought for study - Howard Brown Health is looking for subjects to complete a survey on LGBTQ aging as part of the LGBTQ&A: The Aging Project. Subjects need to be at least 50 years old, identify as members of the LGBTQ community and be Cook County residents. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Gift cards of $10 will ...


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United State of Women holds Chicago summit - More than 1,000 women from all walks of life convened at McCormick Place to kick off the United State of Women Galvanize Program on July 15. The two-day Galvanize Program is an outgrowth of former President Barack Obama's Council on Women and Girls ( created in March 2009 ) to improve the lives of women and girls in every Obama ...


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Vidal receives Rosa Parks award - TransLatin@ Coalition President Maritxa Vidal was among those who received the Rosa Parks Equality Award at the We Dream in Color Humanitarian Celebration on July 15 at the DuSable Museum. ( Vidal is also the director of health education and community marketing and outreach at the Puerto RIcan Cultural Center's Vida/Sida. ) Writer/model/philanthropist Candace Jordan and actress/singer/author Cynda Williams co-hosted ...


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Lawsuit filed in support of suspended CPS teacher Chambers - In the two months since suspended Chicago Public School ( CPS ) special-education teacher Sarah Chambers' supporters held a Twitter storm with the #LetSarahTeach hashtag, she has gotten more and more support from students, parents, fellow teachers, community leaders and elected officials—including legal backing, in the form of a lawsuit. Despite this support, CPS is still pushing for her termination; ...


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GUEST COLUMN Supporting Black & Pink - I have always taken more of an "academic" approach to the world, preferring to learn by keeping my nose in a book rather than striking up conversations. But part of my growing up has entailed realizing the importance of genuine human connection. While we shouldn't focus on interpersonal relations at the expense of rigorous structural analysis, the only way to ...


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Night Ministry opens bus to community - The Night Ministry brought the Health Outreach Bus to the Daley Plaza to help communicate its mission of providing housing, medical exams and other forms of care to people experiencing homeless to the community July 12. Visitors were offered the opportunity to take a tour of the custom designed 38-foot bus, learn about volunteering opportunities, meet with direct service staff ...


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IN THE LIFE Alvin Uy - Alvin Uy was the DJ for a high school dance as he was knew all the top current hits to play. Thereafter, random students would see him and simply say, "You're the DJ." And he still is. "I'd like to say I have an ear for playing tracks that are unique and provocative and will be received well by the ...


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PASSAGES Flavio J. Acosta - Flavio Acosta was born in Bogota, Colombia on Jan. 16, 1931, the son of Rafael and Etelvina Acosta. He passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois. He worked with Mayor Richard Daley to help design public school buildings in Chicago. He served as a minister at The Servant Catholic Community of Greater Chicago and ...


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Quigley leads 32 dems in letter to FDA urging end of discriminatory blood ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, led 32 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) urging them to update the outdated restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men. The FDA's current policy for men ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago: The 37th annual event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 37th edition of A Taste of Chicago was loaded with surprises and worked harder then ever to please as many people as possible. There were big-ticket dining options ( with well-known chefs creating signature meals every day ), two dance sections ( Stomping Grounds Chicago featured performances from Chicago dance companies while Chicago Summer Dance offered outdoor social dancing ...


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DISH: SAVOR Francesca's on Chestnut; Chez Moi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With all of the hot restaurant activity going on from Rogers Park to Hyde Park, it's almost easy to think of Streeterville as just a neighborhood of tourists ( hello, Navy Pier! ) and old money—but Francesca's on Chestnut ( 200 E. Chestnut St.; MiaFrancesca.com/locations/profile/francescas-on-chestnut-gold-coast ) definitely provides another reason for people to visit the area. Housed in The Seneca ...


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MUSIC REVIEW Pitchfork lives on in pictures - More than 40 bands played Pitchfork Music Festival during July 14-16 in Union Park, keeping everyone guessing what would happen next. It was an opportune time to discover new music and see acts perform their craft live. Photographing the performances was challenging, with many of the musicians showing their true colors by providing stipulations for the press. Here are some ...


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Senate Republicans Confirm Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) denounced the Senate's confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush's confirmation is in line with an alarming trend of the Trump-Pence Administration appointing anti-LGBTQ nominees at all levels of government. "Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell should never have advanced this nominee ...


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Groups join to call on IL Chief Justice to halt immigration enforcement in courts - From a press release - Chicago — Calling on adherence to the tradition and mission of Illinois' courts to be open to all persons in our state, a diverse group of nearly 20 advocacy organization from across Illinois joined together to call on Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier urging him to take steps to protect immigrants' access to the state's courts. In a letter dated ...


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Hastert released from prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, has been released from the Rochester Federal Medical Center in Minnesota. He spent the last 13 months there for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, records revealed. HIs official release date was Aug. 16. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert is under the supervision of ...


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Palm Center counters claims made to Armed Services Committee on transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Palm Center responded to General Selva's testimony today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, offered the following response: "The Chiefs are misrepresenting the science about transgender troops in a disingenuous way that reflects the old Pentagon tactic of distorting the data about gays and lesbians under 'don't ask ...


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Singapore Voids Marriage of Trans Woman And Her Wife - From an OutRight Action International press release - As The Straits Times has reported on July 18th, the Registry of Marriages ( "the Registry" ) has voided the marriage of a transgender woman and her partner in an unprecedented case in Singapore condemned by OutRight Action International. Known as FK and BS, the couple were married in October 2015 while FK was still designated as male under Singaporean ...


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Jane: Abortion and Underground reading July 24 - "Jane: Abortion and Underground" will be presented as a reading Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm at the Pride Arts Center, Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. The play by Paula Kamen and will be directed by Iris Sowlat. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the theme "Never Go Back" ( to When America Wasn't So ...


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Reports: Rauner aide fired after one day over bigoted tweets - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administrative house-cleaning—operating in overdrive since the General Assembly overrode the governor's veto of its FY 2018 budget earlier in July—claimed an employee on their first day on the job July 17 after several homophobic and bigoted social-media postings by that employee were located online, according to reports. Ben Tracy was recently appointed to be Rauner's new ...


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Dining news: The Walk-In, Chicago Gourmet, Stephanie Izard - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Walk-In ( accessible through a walk-in cooler door at Red Star Liquor, 2727 N. Milwaukee Ave. ) has launched a new seasonal cocktail menu ( with items such as the Colorado Bulldog, a $12 concoction with vodka, coffee, coconut, cream and cola ), new daily happy-hour specials and a new "friendly as f*ck" attitude—so much so that its new ...


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WORLD NEWS Marriage in Australia, Amsterdam reception, HIV controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian Senator Dean Smith confirmed that he is drafting a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia, Gay Times Magazine reported. Many parliament members want the bill debated when the Australian parliament returns in August. This comes after a new poll suggested Australian voters want to go to the polls for same-same marriage, rather than let politicians have a free ...


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NATIONAL ROUNDUP Man's body found, N.C. Pride situation, Cincinnati clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Police in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, recovered the body of Todd McKee after issuing a missing-persons report, DelawareOnline.com reported. McKee ( the partner of travel writer/ Wawa Welcome America CEO Jeff Guaracino ) was last seen on July 8, when he was captured on surveillance footage leaving his apartment building in the 300 block of South Boardwalk. In a Facebook post, ...


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VIEWPOINTS I am a bad homosexual - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The following is a June 25 Facebook post that was reprinted with permission: I am a bad homosexual. I won't be attending today's Pride Parade. I haven't attended a Pride Parade in years. I tell everyone that I don't attend because the crowds have become too large, that I don't like being around sloppily drunken people, much less thousands of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CHEFS Kristen Kish dishes about coming out, being on 'Top Chef' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish knows her way around a kitchen. She learned to cook at a young age, then studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago to perfect her craft. After working as chef de cuisine at Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch recommended her for the hit Bravo cooking competition Top Chef. After being eliminated during the Restaurant ...


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SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 before returning briefly last year, launched the career of actors such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere. Bryan Fuller, who worked on the show from the start, admitted at Outfest that a gay storyline never went ahead ...


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Lesbian Maj. Margaret Witt to release book on her military trial - From a press release - After a highly decorated 18-year career in the Air Force, Major Margaret Witt was discharged based on an allegation that she had engaged in sexual conduct with another woman: a civilian with whom she was in a committed relationship, in their home, miles from any military base. The ACLU of Washington sued, claiming that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy ...


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The Crib to reinstate overnight-shelter services on July 26 - Officials from The Night Ministry announced, on July 17, that The Crib, the organization's emergency shelter for persons ages 18-24 in Lake View, will resume overnight services starting on July 26. The organization temporarily suspended those services in early June for staff retraining, among other reasons. Daytime services have still been in effect. "We appreciate the support from our community ...


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W&CF hosts poetry event 'How To Get Over' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Emagin Tanaschuk - Women and Children First hosted three poets who performed original work July 7. The event not only drew folks to the bookstore but also fostered a space for art, poetry and expression. t'ai freedom ford read several poems from her new book How To Get Over, which has stories about her personal reflections, family and childhood. Ford is a high ...


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Chicago Foundation for Women Awarded $1 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant - From a press release - ( July 17, 2017 ) — Chicago Foundation for Women has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to advance basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls through leadership development, capacity building and community education. "This grant is an investment in the future of CFW," President and CEO K. Sujata ...


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Elizabeth Warren speaks at Rainbow PUSH event - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren ( D-Massachusetts )—one day after introducing legislation that would, if enacted, give married same-sex couples a tax refund retroactive from their union to the 2013 invalidation of section 3 of DOMA—spoke at the July 14 International Women's Luncheon, which was part of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizen Education Fund's annual conference. ( U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters ...


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Benefit concert to help Russian-born LGBTQ violinist flee persecution - From a press release - CHICAGO — Notable Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian"Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. In most of their photos and videos, ...


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Renslow memorial set - A public memorial to remember the life of businessman Chuck Renslow, founder of International Mr. Leather, will be held Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. The Renslow Family will host its 36th and final White Party celebrating Renslow at Metro, 3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago. That celebration, which is open to the public, will begin with a memorial service ...


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Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees - From a press release - Nine individuals, three organizations, and two friends of the community have been selected for 2017 induction into the Chicago LGBTHall of Fame, the organization which honors and celebrates notablemembers of Chicago's LGBT communities. The Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, ...


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HRC assails Paul Ryan for clearing path for anti-transgender amendment - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, assailed House Speaker Paul Ryan for clearing a path for a dangerous anti-transgender amendment — and then making false claims about the process to dodge culpability. Ryan made two false claims, both of which were reported by the ...


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HRC: New Senate Proposal Jeopardizes Health Coverage for Millions of Americans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the latest draft of their so-called "health care" bill. While the Congressional Budget Office has yet to score this version of the legislation, a previous projection estimated the legislation will result in 22 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 — with 15 million losing their insurance ...


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Anti-trans defense budget amendment defeated in House - The U.S. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment, put forward by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler ( R-MO ), that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from paying for transgender employees' medical procedures related to their transition. The vote followed a day of aggressive lobbying by LGBT advocates and supporters to reject the proposal, which ...


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PASSAGES Daddy Orchid - CHICAGO — Earlier this year, the Leather community lost the beloved and respected Daddy Orchid ( Drea ). Daddy Orchid was a scholar, teacher, published author, and community patron whose quiet support and keen wisdom has at various times undergirded the lives and work of individuals and groups in the many outposts of the Leather world that she touched. Though ...


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Baker McKenzie Implements Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines - Chicago, IL, USA, July 12, 2017 — Baker McKenzie has announced the implementation of its North America Gender Transition and Identity Guidelines, joining other leading employers in implementing a policy that addresses the needs of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary gender identity employees. The guidelines reflect best practices shared by organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Transgender ...







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