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Windy City Times publishes LGBT Visitor's Guide to Chicago and Illinois - Visitors to Chicago have a new guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The OUT! Guide: Chicago's LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available. The 124-page guide, published by Windy City Times, includes a section on things to do outside of the city, from the Shawnee National Forest to Starved Rock State Park and Springfield. The ...


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Student A seeks intervene in trans lawsuit against the feds, District 211 - From a press release - Chicago — Student A, the young woman at the center of a very public debate in suburban Chicago about use of locker room facilities for students who are transgender, today joined with her parents, two other families with students ( Student B and Student C ) who are transgender in District 211 and a statewide group that works with LGBT ...


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Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event - In collaboration with The Lighthouse Church of Chicago, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) presented "Spiritual Empowerment," a faith forum/discussion meeting that took place May 22 at Uptown Underground. With so many strides in LGBTQ civil rights in recent years, it has become apparent that some religious institutions—in particular, the African-American Church—have been stubborn in accepting or ...


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Match website surveys LGBTQ singles - From a press release - Match, the world's largest relationship company, today debuted LGBTQ in America, the largest nationally-representative study of American singles who identify as LGBTQ. Conducted by Research Now in association with evolutionary biologist and gender studies professor, Dr. Justin R. Garcia of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, the data reveals new social commentary into the evolving attitudes, behaviors and challenges of ...


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Leather Archives & Museum turns 25 - Formed in 1991 by Chuck Renslow and Tony DeBlase and incorporated by the state of Illinois the same year, the Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) has been serving and protecting the history of the fetish community for 25 years. To this day it remains the only institution in the United States dedicated to the compilation, preservation, maintenance and ...


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Gay veterans to be represented in four days of Memorial Day activities - The Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) will support events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. AVER is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran servicemembers dedicated to full and equal rights and treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Chicago chapter was founded in 1991. On Friday, ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'Take Me to the River,' horror hags and sequel summer - Back to Nebraska The absolute last thing that Ryder ( Logan Miller ), a sullen teenager from California with a thatch of curly golden locks and a permanent pout, wants to do is go with his parents to a reunion in Nebraska. But if he has to go he'll be damned if he's going to apologize for being gay or ...


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Summer movie preview - A bounty of sequels, prequels, franchises, tent-poles, and still more sequels can only mean that the summer movie season is upon us. Although a few of the releases over the next three months have some queer content, the majority do not. I have been writing these roundups for more than a decade, always tagging them "The Summer LGBT Movie Preview," ...


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SUMMER MUSIC Tegan and Sara show us the 'Love' - Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assured that the answer is no, and that the song and its title was inspired by her sister's epiphany during ...


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LETTERS Title IX, David Boyer - Supporting Title IX Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 22 undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of the joint guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice on May 13, 2016, regarding the responsibility of schools, districts and states to protect transgender and gender ...


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Speakers discuss being 'Out, Proud and Muslim' - The Center on Halsted's Chat series continued May 19 with "Out, Proud and Muslim," a conversation with filmmaker and comedian Fawzia Mirza and theologian Zaynab Shahar. About 50 people attended the intimate conversation in the Center's Baran Hall. Andrew Fortman, the series organizer and host, prefaced the discussion by noting it was the first time the chat had covered religion ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Theater in the great outdoors - When warm weather arrives we remind readers about theater in the Great Outdoors, and list a few of the many possibilities in the city, suburbs and beyond. We don't know if warm weather actually will arrive this year, but tradition says it must if we're just patient a little longer. On that assumption we offer our guide to Theater Under ...


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NUNN ON ONE Legendary designer Bob Mackie talks sequins, coming out - The legendary designer Bob Mackie has created garments for a huge list of spectacular entertainers, including Judy Garland, Madonna, Bette Midler and Elton John. He was the costume designer for The Carol Burnett Show during the entire 11-year television run, and he then moved to the spinoff Mama's Family. Mackie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design in ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT What's new this summer - With the promise of warmer weather this summer, Chicagoans can't be blamed for spending as much time outdoors. But Chicago-area theaters promise plenty of great reasons to stay indoors for live entertainment. Below is a list of shows with LGBTQ content, plus a looks at world premieres and works new to the Windy City. All shows listed are chronological and ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Sean Graney directs and adapts a modern take on Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus for The Hypocrites called Johanna Faustus. The hour-long piece deploys six actors who also serve as the design team in this morality play questioning how a woman trades away her soul for success and power. Johanna Faustus continues at the Den ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Body of an American - Playwright: Dan O'Brien. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $20-30. Runs through: June 19 The Body of An American needs to be tackled by actors but absorbed by the audience, and Stage Left Theatre gives this deceptive yet engrossing work a riveting Midwest debut at Theater Wit. The play simultaneously manages to start without preamble but ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson... - Playwright: Scott Carter. At Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; Northlight.org; $25-$79. Runs through: June 12 Playwright Scott Carter spent years exploring his own Christian beliefs and, in the process, found that Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy all wrote their own highly personal versions of the New Testament gospels. In Discord, Carter throws the three ...


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THEATER REVIEW DISENCHANTED! - Playwright: Dennis T. Giacino. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $35.75-$78.75. Runs through: June 5 An all-female cast brings the musical DISENCHANTED! to reality, with some mixed results. Princesses from the past are placed in a talent show, trying to impress the audience. Even the title tries a bit hard, with all ...


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THEATER REVIEW Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook - Playwright: Alex Higgin-Houser ( book, lyrics ), David Kornfeld ( music ). At: Underscore Theatre Company at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 312-646-0975; Underscoretheatre.org; $20-$25. Runs through: June 12 On May 4, 1886, a bomb went off during a labor rally near Randolph and Des Plaines streets in what is now the West Loop. The bomber never was ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm not opposed to anything. But if you're gonna pull your dick out, it'd better be from an Academy Award-winning movie."—Zac Efron lets us know what it would take to see him naked on film, which I'm guessing means he'll never appear naked on film—unless in some alternate universe, Neighbors 2 is considered an art film! I'd like to kick ...


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SAVOR The Columbus Tap; Big Gay Brunch - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Columbus Tap ( 200 N. Columbus Dr.; ColumbusTap.com ) is a new gastropub at The Fairmont Chicago that just opened in April and that has an unmistakable masculine vibe—one that my dining companion ( a female ) also picked up on immediately, down to the strong decor and the overwhelmingly male patronage. Chef Atticus Garant ( a chef who exudes ...


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Dancing About Architecture: DJing for the Daddies - The DJ industry has always been geared toward a younger demo of, let's say, under-35 folks. A bar traditionally drawing in young clientele is perceived as hipper and more lucrative. That was then, this is now. In recent years the trend amongst that age group has been house parties or no parties, while the slightly older Gen X and Gen ...


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Upcoming: Tribute to P!nk, Groban, McLachlan, Trikone screening - Tribute to P!nk May 30 at Underground Firebrand Theatre will present the tribute concert "P!nk: Sung by Her" on Monday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave. "P!nk: Sung by Her" will feature Chicago performers Kasey Alfonso, Angela Alise, Neala Barron, Karla L. Beard, Emily Berman, Sydney Charles, Lara Filip, Harmony France, Jess Godwin, Emily ...


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Theater briefs: Jeff nods, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre does 'Company' - Writers Theatre running 'Company' Glencoe's Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The show runs June 15—July 31 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company looks at contemporary relationships and features some of Sondheim's best-known songs, ...


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A Church 4 Me's cabaret benefit May 28 - A Church 4 Me MCC is hosting "Harmony ... A Cabaret" Saturday, May 28, 7-10 p.m., at @mosphere, 5355 N. Clark St. The show was created by A Church 4 Me music director Michael McBride and features Chicago cabaret and theater performing artists. Also, A Church 4 Me MCC will be presenting Its Community Builder and Quiet Inspiration awards at ...


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Joffrey receives $200K grant - The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced that the Joffrey Academy of Dance has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation. The grant is meant to expressly to support a new initiative aimed at annually funding more than $400,000 in scholarships for talented and motived youth ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Festivals are in the summer forecast - During summers in Chicago, festivals are king. Dance is no exception; several multi-performance series in venues all over the city—many of which are free—offer great opportunities for dance newbies to become familiar with all this city has to offer. For those ready to sink their teeth into the scene, a number of fantastically fun performances from Chicago's mainstay dance companies ...


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VIEWS North Carolina governor's ignorance of trans identity - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring public school students to use restrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth. Recently, he filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice alleging gross overreach after Attorney General Loretta Lynch imposed a deadline for him to stop the implementation of ...


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Alice Rapoport Center opens - On May 18, the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement opened at Goodman Theatre above Petterino's restaurant at 170 N. Dearborn St. This is named for Alice B. Rapoport, a Goodman trustee until her death in 2014. Her husband, Michael A. Sachs, attended a ceremony to name the center in her honor. The expansion project exceeded a $15 million ...


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Psychology grad conducts research on gay men's body image - Psychology is a relatively new career for Dan Flave-Novak. The recent Roosevelt University doctoral graduate had been involved in politics as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's ( D-Ohio ) LGBT aide around the time Brown was working on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ( DADT ). Even though his efforts were fruitful—Flave-Novak helped write Brown's "It Gets Better" Senate speech and ...


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Experts discuss online hookups at 'Out at CHM' - For the final entry in Chicago History Museum's 2015-2016 "Out at CHM" discussion series, researchers and others gathered to discuss the phenomenon of online hookups via apps such as Grindr and Scruff. Brian Mustanski, director of the new Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, moderated the discussion. He said that he began researching gay men meeting ...


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Event to look at NY LGBTQ youth and survival sex - The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host an event about the study "Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex" with senior research associate Meredith Dank from the Urban Institute. The event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave., in the Borwell Dining ...


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Upcoming: 15th 'OUT of the Office' on June 1 - The 15th Annual "OUT of the Office" after-work party to kick off LGBTQ Pride Month in Chicago is set for Wed., June 1, 5:30-8 p.m. at I|O @ The Godfrey, 127 W. Huron St. Dream Town, Fifth Third Bank and The Godfrey are lead sponsors of this popular event that had more than 600 guests last year. Andrew Hayes began ...


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Workshop discusses LGBTQ acceptance in Asian families - As part of its continuing initiative this month on behalf of LGBTQ families of Asian and Pacific Islanders, the National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) hosted a workshop about Asian family acceptance May 22. Held at the Lake View Lutheran Church, the workshop was a joint partnership with local organization Invisible to Invincible: Asian and Pacific ...


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Events to mark 20th anniv. of Dyke March - To celebrate Chicago Dyke March's 20th anniversary, organizers are planning smaller community-building events in all the neighborhoods that have hosted the march. Information will be disseminated Wed., June 1, at Early2Bed, 5044 N. Clark St., 6-7:30 p.m. For more info, see "Chicago Dyke March" on Facebook. ...


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Group launches LGBTQ ads targeting Asian/Pacific Islander families - The National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) announced the launch of a new television ad campaign to foster family acceptance of LGBTQ individuals. Covering 20 different Asiatic languages, the ads were screened at a press conference on May 19,at Dechert, LLP in New York City. According to NQAPIA Executive Director Glenn Magpantay, the ads are the ...


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United Latinx Pride June 2-8 - United Latinx Pride will take place June 2-8 in Chicago. There will be free events for everyone to celebrate queer Latinx community. Among the scheduled events are an ALMA youth conference Friday, June 3, at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., at 5:30 p.m.; a worship/potluck Sunday, June 5, at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and a ...


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Report: Southern MSM most at risk for HIV - Emory University researchers unveiled a map documenting HIV rates for gay and bisexual men, revealing those individuals are most at risk for becoming infected in various Southern cities. The cities with the highest rates included Columbia, South Carolina; El Paso, Texas; Augusta, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jackson, Mississippi. In these cities, more than 25 percent of men who have ...


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Lawsuit Filed by 11 states challenges Obama on trans guidance - From press releases - Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas and other states and officials have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's recently released guidance to schools across the country clarifying that federal law already prohibits discrimination against students based on gender identity. Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's South Central Regional Office in Dallas, issued the following ...


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World news: Gay South Africans, Nigerian arrests, gay-panic defense - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In honor of International Day Against Homophobia, Zalebs.com listed five openly gay South African celebrities. They include TV figure/choreographer Somizi, singer Toya De Lazy, former Yo.TV presenter Sade Giliberti, singer Thandiswa Mazwai and entertainer Bujy Bikwa. Somizi recognized IDAHOT by posting a picture on Instagram of a rainbow flag with the message: "Keep calm and be proud of who you ...


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Carol Burnett reflects at The Chicago Theatre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entertainer Carol Burnett packed up her movie projector with scenes from her historic Carol Burnett Show that kept her on TV for 11 seasons for three presentations of "An Evening of Laughter and Reflection" at the Chicago Theatre on May 17, 19 and 20. Having seen her standard Q&A show in the past, this was not a drastic change from ...


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Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


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Love Bravery label launches at Macy's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 19 at Macy's, the Love Bravery Collection debuted with an event in the atrium fountain lower level at the chain's State Street location. Musicians Lady Gaga and Elton John collaborated on the clothing and accessories line, which features items retailing for under $100 and has a mission to fight prejudice. In Chicago, treats were given out and photo ...


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Brown Elephant offers 'best of' fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Howard Brown Health held a "best of" event on the weekend of May 14-15, spotlighting special designer and vintage items. Everything from hip summer fashion to accessories were also included. Fashion icons such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Dior, among many others, were well represented. Ana Culajay, assistant to the director of retail operations, curated the donations brought in over ...


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AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum: A four-door sporty car - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's hard to believe the Maxima nameplate has been with us so long- first appearing on a stretched six-cylinder version of the 810 way back in 1981. So far back, in fact, that the Maxima nameplate predates the Nissan one in the United States. ( Anyone remember "Datsun—We Are Driven?" ) Way back in the day it was a luxury ...


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Auto news: HB2, Danica Patrick - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Honda and HB2: Honda has just issued a third statement about North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBT law HB2, Gaywheels.com noted. The statement makes it clearer than ever that Honda opposes HB2 and wants to see the law repealed. However, toward the end, Gaywheels says the automaker also justifies its continued investment in a state that so many other companies have rejected ...


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DISH: SAVOR Forno Rosso; Robert's Pizza Company - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This column deals with two restaurants that specialize in pizzas—with one clearly ahead of the other ( at least at this point ). Forno Rosso Pizza Napoletana ( 1048 W. Randolph St.; FornoRossoPizzeria.com ) is a new addition to Chicago's West Loop. ( Another more-established branch is at 3719 N. Harlem Ave. ) Owner Nick Nitti has even trained in ...


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Dining news: LUXBAR's wine, Furious Spoon in the Loop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Gold Coast restaurant LUXBAR, 18 E. Bellevue St., is inviting people to sip rosé on its patio, thanks to its new Rosé Cart, which will debut Memorial Day weekend. Some of the varietals include California's Hogwash ( green apple, medium body, florial ), France's Le Paradou ( mineral, pepper and red berries ) and Italy's Fattoria Sardi ( silky-soft fruity ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL My child just came out to me. Now what? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: My daughter recently came out as lesbian and, while I was shocked at first, I want to be there for her and be supportive. But to be honest, I don't know where to start, or what the best resources are for more information. There is so much online, and I'm not sure what to trust. What do you recommend? ...


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BENT NIGHTS Parker Milsap; Pansy Division - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Of the seemingly endless horde of emerging male singer/songwriters who present something new by refashioning something old ( among them Hozier, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sam Smith, and Leon Bridges ), Parker Millsap is clearly the most startling. Born and raised in Oklahoma in the Pentecostal Church, his take on Americana roots music is not only distinctive for its sound but ...


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National roundup: La Raza move, Amtrak ruling, Olson authoring brief - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NCLR ( National Council of La Raza ) announced that it has moved its 2016 Northeast/Southeast Affiliate Leadership Convening scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, this October to Miami, Florida, due to its opposition to North Carolina's controversial law HB2, according to a press release. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia said, in part, "HB2 is a solution ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summery theater treats in the city - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Summer theater" usually suggests Shakespeare-under-the-stars, song-and-dance spectacles in a barn or retro-cabaret on the patio. The city offers some of these citronella-circuit treats, but you can also find plenty of serious warm-weather thrills, too—and you don't need to wear bug repellent or sunscreen to the theater. Light and sweet: Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. ...


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Trans United Fund issues questionnaires to prez candidates - From a press release - Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a national political voice for trans people in the U.S., today announced an update to their distribution of the first-ever trans focused questionnaire to presidential candidates. No Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sander's and Clinton campaign committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign has followed through on that commitment. ...


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Northwestern hosts Black Feminist Futures Symposium - Questions surrounding Black feminist futurity within the academy framed the conversation had at the Black Feminist Futures Symposium at Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art on May 20-21. "I think the specificity of thinking about the futurity of Black feminism and thinking about its precarious positionality within institutions of higher education or its institutionalization whatsoever, is something ...


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Illinois state GOP: Marriage is still one-man, one-woman - After a contentious debate, the Illinois State Republican Party voted May 20 at its convention in Peoria to retain a plank preserving its 2012 language that said marriage should be between a man and a woman, according to reports. The party had been considering a resolution that, while preserving a "traditional" definition of marriage and family, acknowledged that a wide ...


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Pro-LGBT groups hold 'Pride Prom' - On May 21, The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ), in collaboration with The Legacy Project, presented "Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History." The event—which kicked off the start of future collaborations between the two organizations—took place under a massive tent on Halsted and Newport streets, and featured live music by The Lakeside Pride Strayhorn Jazz Combo and DJ ...


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11th annual Queer Prom takes place in Pilsen - The Queer Prom ( which took place at the National Museum of Mexican Art on May 20 ) was created 11 years ago to allow LGBTQ young people & allies to celebrate fearlessly & unapologetically who they are. Unlike CPS-sponsored proms, this event provides information booths containing everything from safer sex information and kits to youth housing. The booths were ...


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Report: Bathroom bills further criminalize trans lives - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Bathroom laws targeting transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely based on their gender identity, according to a landmark report released today. The report offers a snapshot of how the U.S. criminal justice system fails transgender people, targeting them through police profiling and harassment and subjecting them to abuse and violence in prison and ...


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ACLU: Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional - From a press release - FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting the appeal of Chelsea Manning's conviction for giving classified documents to Wikileaks, arguing that her prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the Constitution and should be overturned. The friend-of-the-court brief was filed yesterday with the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, along with Manning's ...


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UN blocks orgs that rep trans people from AIDS meeting - From a press release - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement after a shocking story in The New York Times this week that details the exclusion of 22 nongovernmental organizations from a United Nations global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic. The New York Times reported that "Russia, Cameroon, Tanzania, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a 57-nation bloc, objected to ...


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Ald. Moreno unveils plans for LGBT-friendly affordable housing project - Logan Square residents, politicians and other stakeholders gathered May 21 at Congress Pizzeria, 2033 N. Milwaukee Ave., to learn about a new affordable-housing development, intended to be welcoming for LGBT individuals. The project been guided by the office of Ald. Proco Joe Moreno ( 1st Ward ). The complex, to be named The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo ...


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GOP strips U.S. defense bill of LGBT protections - LGBT-rights activists and organizations decried the May 18 passage of a new National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) containing an anti-LGBT provision. The provision, inserted by U.S. Rep. Steve Russell ( R-OK ), removes a rule—instigated by a 2014 executive action from President Obama—that prohibits discrimination against employees of federal contractors because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ...


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23 civil-rights groups back Title IX moves trans students - From a press release - See details below on a letter sent from 23 civil-rights groups backing Title IX interpretations to cover transgender people. The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable John King Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch, On ...


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Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


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Austin Baidas named to Obama Administration post - Austin Baidas, a Chicago consultant who held multiple key posts in former Gov. Pat Quinn's election campaign and administration, has accepted a post with the Obama administration. Beginning May 31, Baidas, who is openly gay, will be a senior advisor for pipeline and hazardous materials safety, a position under the auspices of the United States Department of Transportation. Baidas began ...


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38th Annual International Mr. Leather Weekend - Welcome to the 38th Annual International Mr. Leather Weekend! View the full guide at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/NS_20160518_lowresIML.pdf . I am so happy to be able to again welcome you to the home of International Mr. Leather—and the city I love so much—Chicago! As we again congregate to celebrate our Annual Family Reunion, you will find yourself welcomed by ...


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Alderman proposes LGBTQ-friendly Logan Square development - Ald. Proco Joe Moreno ( 1st Ward ) announced, on May 19, an historic affordable, transit-oriented development proposal for the Logan Square community. This LGBTQ-friendly, mixed-use development, to be named The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo Plaza, would contain 100-percent affordable housing units made possible through the use of funds from the existing Milwaukee-Fullerton tax-increment finance ( TIF ...


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Enduring Love, gay couple copes with Alzheimer's - On Oct. 19, 2000 Michael A. Horvich and Gregory Lee Maire stood before a Justice of the Peace against the stunning backdrop of Stowe, Vermont, for their civil union ceremony. Surrounded by the magnificence of the Green Mountains and Worcester Range, they expressed their love for each other in words and in the unspoken, peaceful elation unique to the moment ...


US-Senate-confirms-gay-man-Eric-Fanning-for-Secretary-of-Army

U.S. Senate confirms gay man, Eric Fanning, for Secretary of Army - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of an openly gay man to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army —the first openly gay person to serve as the head of any military branch. The confirmation of Eric Fanning, by voice vote, came very quickly Tuesday after U.S. Senator Pat Roberts ( R-Kansas ) lifted a hold he had ...


Pride-Prom-in-Boystown-Saturday-May-21

Pride Prom in Boystown, Saturday, May 21 - Will you go to Pride Prom with me? That's the question! As prom season approaches, The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) announces a right of passage redux in the form of Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History, set for Saturday, May 21, in Boystown at Halsted and Newport. As part of the newly formed collaboration with The Legacy ...


Marion-Street-Market-Chefs-and-the-City

Marion Street Market; Chefs and the City - The Dish: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Oak Park's Marion Street Market ( 100 S. Marion St.; MarionStreetMarket.com ) is just as quaint and welcoming as the suburb in which it is situated. By the way, it's a good thing the venue has rebranded from its original name of Marion Street Cheese Market—because there's a restaurant that made the trip out there certainly worth it. Stopping by ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You ain't nothing to me but a disappointment. And the day you die from AIDS, I'm gonna celebrate."—Lucious Lyon's response to his gay son on Empire. Excuse me—is it 1986? Why not have Alexis walk in wearing a hat with a veil and sunglasses? It would have fit in just as well—and been just as relevant. Is anyone in the ...


The-Big-To-Do

The Big To-Do - Our weekly picks to plan your nightlife calendar - All Things Beyonce: One-year Anniversary Wed., May 18, 9 pm Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Sip the Lemonade with the rest of the Beyhive at this special "beynniversary" celebration. Formation concert ticket giveaway at midnight. Nirmalpal's Ride For AIDS BBQ Thu., May 19, 6-9 pm Replay, 3439 N. Halsted St. $10 donation includes two drink tickets and BBQ, 50/50 raffle, ...


Berlin

Berlin - Dancing on their own ( with friends ) at the Polar Music Party night, Sat., May 14. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


Sidetrack

Sidetrack - Chantay, you stay! RuPaul's Drag Race season finale party, Monday, May 16. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...







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