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Attorney Gen. Madigan files brief with Supreme Court defending voting rights - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a coalition of 13 Attorneys General in filing a new amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of voting rights under the National Voter Registration Act. The brief, filed in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute ( No. 16-980 ), argues that Ohio's practice of deregistering voters under a "Supplemental ...


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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin protects LGBTI human rights in foreign policy - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin successfully fought to include an amendment to the FY 2018 State Department appropriations legislation to prevent the elimination of two critical offices for ensuring LGBTI rights are a U.S. foreign policy priority. "America must lead by example, and eliminating offices that help facilitate LGBTI human ...


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Women & Children First Books to host October ticketed events, author talks - From a Women & Children First press release - Women & Children First will host events in October for some of the biggest books of the season: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, the paperback release of The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco, and Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. Details below and in at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Nicole-Krauss—Jennifer-Egan—NASTY-WOMEN—Brit-Bennett—-Isabel-Allende-at-Women—-Children-First-.html?soid=1101357241095&aid=bC85MPUkKYk . Tickets for ...


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Lawyers say school didn't stop racial harassment, retaliated against student - From a press release - CHICAGO — In a lawsuit filed yesterday with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois a Black family represented by Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Schiff Hardin LLP is alleging that school administrators acted with deliberate indifference to racial harassment and deprived their daughter of her right to an education. According to the complaint, in ...


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Moment of silence, fundraiser planned for sister city affected by earthquake - Chicago Sister Cities International and Casa Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico will commemorate the one-week anniversary of the devastating Mexico City earthquake with a moment of silence and fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. At 1:14 p.m. there will be aMoment of Silence in honor of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that ...


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Black Ensemble Theater to premiere Living The Black Renaissance - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater continues the 2017 Season ( The Dance Theater Season ) with the World Premiere of Living The Black Renaissance ( More Than a Moment in History ), written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.Living The Black Renaissance ( More Than a Moment in History ) will be performed at ...


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StartOut Awards to honor Top LGBTQ Business Leaders and Innovators - From a StartOut press release - San Francisco, CA ( September 26, 2017 ) - StartOut, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) entrepreneurs and business leaders, announced the winners for its upcoming 6th Annual StartOut Awards, which will take place on Friday, October 6th at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, in a ceremony presented ...


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Lambda Legal Welcomes Jamie Gliksberg as New Staff Attorney in Chicago - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Chicago, IL, September 26, 2017 )—Lambda Legal announced today the addition of Jamie Gliksberg to the organization as a staff attorney in its Midwest Regional Office, located in Chicago. Gliksberg comes to Lambda Legal from Steptoe & Johnson and previously, Sidley Austin. She has experience in a variety of civil rights matters, including advocacy on behalf of prisoners, immigrant ...


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Gov. Rauner Meets with Leaders of LGBTQ and Allied Organizations - From a press release - CHICAGO—LGBTQ and allied groups met with Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday morning to discuss challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Illinoisans that might find remedy in actions by the state. The issues discussed during the meeting at Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, included healthcare and human services, youth and schools, housing, immigration, LGBTQ cultural competency ...


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#HireTrans Chicago campaign launches - A new Chicago-based campaign, #HireTrans, is launching this week in advance of an LGBTQ job fair Sept. 29. Windy City Times, Chicago's LGBTQ newspaper since 1985, created the #HireTrans campaign to push for more opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming ( TGNC ) individuals, who face high obstacles for consistent employment and advancement opportunities on the job. More than 60 ...


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Groups watch for judges setting money bonds too high for many to pay - From a press release - On Monday, Sept. 18, a general order by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans aimed at stopping judges from setting bonds that people can't pay, went into effect for those charged with felonies. A wide array of community and faith groups, brought together by the Coalition to End Money Bond, were in court to observe the first week of the ...


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Advocates for Student Sexual Assault Survivors condemn Education's ending guidelines - From a press release - Washington, DC — A coalition of legal and policy advocates today condemned a decision by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to rescind and replace guidance on federal Title IX law originally issued in 2011 to assist schools in addressing and investigating campus sexual violence. DeVos announced new guidance today which will make it harder for schools to hold students accountable ...


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Housing-rights activists protest Cappleman's office - Several dozen advocates for the homeless gathered Sept. 25 at the Uptown offices of 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman. The protesters came to denounce the treatment of some 75 individuals who, until the week of Sept. 18, had been residing beneath the viaducts at Lake Shore Drive and Lawrence and Wilson avenues. Those persons were subsequently evicted from additional sites ...


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Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art raise funds for Mexico - From a press release - The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and National Museum of Mexican Art have created a relief fund for individuals and interested parties to provide financial assistance to people affected by the recent earthquake in central Mexico and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. - An account with Wintrust Bank has been set up for donations; the funds will be disbursed via Mexico ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle - Playwright: adapted by Christina Calvit from the novel by Georgette Heyer At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: Oct. 29 Regency Romances, preferably adapted for the stage by Christina Calvit, never fail to delight Lifeline audiences, who could happily revel in ladies wearing long dresses and gentlemen clad in tight breeches for as many seasons as ...


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THEATER REVIEW A View from the Bridge - Playwright: Arthur Miller At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $25-$95. Runs through: Oct. 15 Arthur Miller made no secret of his desire to write plays exhibiting the gravity and grandeur of classical tragedy, nor his disappointment at having to convey—and in his eyes, diminish—those qualities in contexts easily comprehended by mid-20th-century North American patrons. Neither has Ivo ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Rembrandt - Playwright: Jessica Dickey At: Steppenwolf Theatre Upstairs, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$104. Runs through: Nov. 5 Simon, a dying old poet, comforts his younger lover of 35 years, as Henry whispers calmly but urgently, "Don't die! Don't Die! Don't Die!" and sobs in Simon's arms. This final scene of The Rembrandt is profound, moving, tender and true. ...


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THEATER REVIEW A New Brain - Music by: William Finn Book by: William Finn and James Lapine At: No Exit Café, 6970 N Glenwood Ave. Tickets: Theo-u.com; $29-59 Runs through: Oct. 29 BY JAMES R. WILKE Before seeing this production, I was admittedly concerned about the risks inherent for a small Chicago theater company tackling William Finn's semi-autobiographical off-Broadway musical comedy about a young composer suddenly ...


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#HireTrans Chicago campaign launches - CHICAGO — A new Chicago-based campaign, #HireTrans, is launching this week in advance of an LGBTQ job fair Sept. 29. Windy City Times, Chicago's LGBTQ newspaper since 1985, created the #HireTrans campaign to push for more opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming ( TGNC ) individuals, who face high obstacles for consistent employment and advancement opportunities on the job. More ...


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Legacy Walk Outdoor LGBT History Museum to dedicate Harlem Renaissance - From a press release - On Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 The Legacy Project will celebrate the Phase 6 Dedication of Chicago's award-winning Legacy Walk Outdoor LGBT History Museum. This year The Legacy Project will be adding a bronze memorial commemorating "The Harlem Renaissance" — the cultural watershed which established the first urban LGBTQ Community in the United States. The public ceremonial reveal will begin at ...


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HRC Condemns Expanded Muslim Ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) reacted to Donald Trump's xenophobic actions extending his Muslim travel ban issued earlier this year. The far-reaching travel ban expands his last executive order to apply to eight countries and is to be kept in place indefinitely. "Donald Trump's travel ban poses a serious threat to individuals trying to ...


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Singer songwriter Jess Godwin helps students find their voices in Shameless workshop - From a press release - CHICAGO — Singer songwriter Jess Godwin has crafted an avenue for students to build essential communication skills by way of the creative arts. Her collaborative music workshop SHAMELESS offers young people an opportunity to confront, express, and transform their experiences of shame. Godwin guides groups in structured songwriting activities. These poetry and music exercises engage and challenge students to find ...


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Chicago's theater community comes together to fight racism, other bias - The Chicago theater community came together to fight racism in a special event co-produced by Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Sept. 25. This special one-night event, Chicago's Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism's "Highlighting Racism," was hosted at Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. The event confronted racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other ...


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Hate graffiti sprayed on homes of Lincoln Square families - In the early-morning hours of Sept. 24, Bradd Easton left his Lincoln Square house that he shares with husband Jeff Zacharias and their college-aged daughter to walk their dog, like he normally does every morning. That is when he found "anti white cuck" spray painted on his property's sidewalk in both black and white colors just below the staircase going ...


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F U Hate fundraiser for LGBTQ, immigrant Children's Rights Oct. 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 22, 2017 ) — Links Taproom — an All-American craft beer and sausage focused neighborhood bar located at 1559 N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park — will host a massive fundraising "F U Hate" event for LGBTQ+ & immigrant children's rights charities on Sunday, October 1. For the event, 100 percent of all craft beer, liquor, wine, ...


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Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


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Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - CHICAGO—The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


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Two projects of lesbian-owned tello Films nominated for honors - From a press release - Nashville, TN ( September 20, 2017 ) — Lesbian-owned filmed production company, tello Films recently received news that two of their projects have been nominated for International Academy of Web Television ( IAWTV ) Awards. Maybelle received a nomination for Best Writing ( Bridget McManus ) for a drama and Best Original Song ( Karman Kregloe ). After the death ...


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DeVos reverses Obama-era guidelines to schools on sexual assault - On Sept. 22, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama-era Title IX guidance to schools on dealing with sexual assault on campus. In so doing, she reversed federal policy that has played an important role in driving schools to do more to protect sexual-assault victims. The department issued a letter saying that it was rescinding guidance issued in 2011 ...


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Dance for Life raises $233,000+ for dancers with critical health and life issues - From a press release - Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, welcomed nearly 2,300 guests at the 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago performance Aug. 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Approximately 600 guests attended a pre-performance gala reception at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue. From a ...


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Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 - 30, celebrates power of words - From a press release - HICAGO — Libraries, bookstores and schools will celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 — 30, 2017, an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week thousands of libraries, bookstores, schools and theaters host dedicated events that focus on the dangers of censorship and ...


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CME trader McGathey to host sales training - Virginia McGathey, President of McGathey Commodities, Corp., Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group Trader, Commentator and Certified B.A.N.K. Trainer will lead the launch and workshop of B.A.N.K. Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Ridgemoor Country Club, 6601 W Gunnison St., Chicago, where she is currently the 12-time golf champ. McGathey, an openly LGBT business owner, will be ...


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Year of Public Art includes Kerry James Marshall work honoring 20 women in arts - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE ) are pleased to announce that internationally renowned artist and MacArthur Fellow Kerry James Marshall will create an epic, large-scale mural for the Chicago Cultural Center ( 78 E. Washington St. ), honoring 20 women who have shaped the city's vibrant arts and culture landscape. ...


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Michael Johnson bypasses trial, is sentenced to 10 years for hiding HIV status - From a press release - New York, NY, Sept. 21, 2017 — Today, in conclusion to a prosecution short on fairness and riddled with questions about racism and homophobia, Michael Johnson entered a plea in the St. Charles County Circuit Court in Missouri. Earlier this year, a state appeals court vacated his original conviction due to prosecutorial misconduct that, according to the court, made Johnson's ...


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The Importance of Being Earnest on stage at Writers Theatre Nov. 8 - Dec. 23 - From a press release - Glencoe, IL— Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde and directed by Halberstam. The Importance of Being Earnest runs November 8 — December 23, 2017 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press ...


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PASSAGES Pastor Megan Jane Jones - Pastor Megan Jane Jones, 49; born in Pontiac, MI, raised in Kenosha, WI and Brandon, FL; co-director of the Naming Project, whose mission is to create places of safety for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities where faith is shared and healthy life-giving community is modeled; passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep, Sept. 19, 2017. After ...


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NUNN ON ONE: FILM Fawzia Mirza shows viewers 'Signature Move' - Signature Move—a new film directed by Jennifer Reeder and written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato—is a much-anticipated Chicago-made lesbian feature film that has been garnering praise this year as it tours the festival circuit around the world. The film tells the story of a thirtysomething lesbian lawyer named Zaynab ( played by Mirza ) living in Chicago who starts ...


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Reeling 35 LGBTQ film fest in Chicago offers variety Sept. 21-28 - Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world, celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the amazing diversity of the queer experience. Chicago's international festival unreels Sept. 21-28 at Landmark Theatres' Century Centre Cinema, with the opening-night premiere at Music Box Theatre. Reviews to just a few of the films are below: HELLO ...


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Lavender Country in Chicago Sept. 26 - Lavender Country—the band led by lifelong gay-rights and social-justice activist Patrick Haggerty—is coming to Chicago to perform at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. The Golden Horse Ranch Band and Slop Sink will also be on the bill. Lavender Country ( 1972—1976, 2000 ) was a country-music band that formed in 1972. The ...


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LGBTQ Job Fair Friday, Sept. 29 at Center on Halsted - More than 75 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are expected for the third annual Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. In 2016, more than 500 people attended the Job Fair. The event includes two workshops. The first will be at 10 a.m. ...


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Billy Masters - "He's not harming anyone wearing a dress. So, if he wants to wear a dress? Awesome. Good on him."—Brian Austin Green's refreshing response to people who criticize his 4-year-old son Noah being out in public dressed as female characters such as Elsa in "Frozen" or Snow White. And I agree—it's all fine until he wants to go to school dressed ...


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Riot Fest melts faces in the park - Riot Fest rocked Douglas Park once again this year on Sept. 15-17. The weather was sunny with temperatures above 80 degrees—practically melting faces of diehard fans that love to head bang to guitar solos. The lineup, while metal-focused, still had enough variety to attract the minions of all ages. New generations were introduced to Nine Inch Nails, who headlined Sept. ...


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Theater Critics' Picks - Barbecue, Strawdog Theatre at Steppenwolf 1700, through Sept. 30. What people believe always trumps the truth. Satirical playwright Robert O'Hara ( Bootycandy ) explores this conundrum, and also issues of cultural appropriation that blur Black/white race lines. JA Bonnie and Clyde, Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, through Oct. 15. The saga of the Depression-era lovers who chose outlaw thrills over ...


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National roundup: Trans bill blocked, student killed, Chelsea Manning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Senate Republican leaders blocked a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense bill that would have stopped the Pentagon from implementing the bulk of President Trump's ban on transgender service members, Metro Weekly reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the kibbosh on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, deciding not to file for cloture. As written, the ...


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Showbiz news: 'Will & Grace,' drag show, Mario Lopez, Rosie's ex dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In addition to Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally returning to reprise their roles on Will & Grace, the cast of the classic sitcom has been teasing the return of guest actors from the original run like Minnie Driver and Harry Connick Jr., according to NewNowNext.com. Recently, Messing posted an on-set Instagram with Bobby Cannavale, announcing the ...


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World news: Jewish lawmaker, LGBT crimes, trans school reopens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker resigned from the Israeli legislature after drawing rabbis' wrath for attending his gay nephew's wedding, Business Insider reported. Yigal Guetta, of the Shas party, said in an Israeli radio interview that he and his family had gone to the celebration—held two years ago in Israel—because he wanted his sister's son to be happy, although same-sex marriage ...


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Guidelines issued regarding Equifax breach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit bureaus, announced that a data breach likely compromised the information of approximately 143 million Americans. What people should know —As a credit-reporting agency, Equifax collects information about consumers and how we handle our financial obligations. —Equifax and other credit bureaus sell this information to lenders and credit-scoring companies to determine ...


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Lake County raises cigarette buying age to 21 - Lake County is set to become the first area in Illinois to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. The ordinance, however, only affects unincorporated regions. It will take effect Jan. 1. Mark Pfister, executive director of the Lake County Health Department, said the ordinance's goal, among other things, is to reduce the ...


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PASSAGES David Wilshire, one-time owner of Cheetah Gym, dies - David Wilshire—who, at one point, owned Chicago's Cheetah Gym—has passed away in California, where he had been living for the past several years. He died Sept. 5. Family members posted to Facebook: "David's immediate family would like to thank everyone for the kind words and thoughts of support at a very difficult time. Many of you know that David struggled ...


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TPAN to celebrate '30 Years of Hope' - On Sept. 28, Test Positive Awareness Network, or TPAN, will celebrate 30 years of supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS. Merrill Kenna, the organization's director of development, spoke with Windy City Times about the celebration as well as the organization's past, present and hopes for the future. TPAN, which began as a grassroots movement, was founded by Chris Clason in 1987 ...


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Center Chief Program Officer addresses LGBT suicide risks in current climate - The United States recently recognized National Suicide Prevention Week, at which time experts noted that recent and continuing events—including those both directly and indirectly affecting the LGBT community—can be taxing to one's mental health. "The stress that the country is going through, and the confusing messages we go through—messages of hate, messages of love—really impact those who are vulnerable and ...


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Dining news: Zoo cafe, new Winnetka spot, NaKorn, Lyric Opera - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Patio at Cafe Brauer ( at the Lincoln Park Zoo ) will be serving special menu items Sept. 22-Oct. 20 to mark Oktoberfest. Items include beer-braised bratwurst with grilled onions and mustard ( $11.95 ); pork-schnitzel sandwich on a pretzel bun ( $14.95 ); and roasted pork and braised cabbage with boiled potato ( $15.95 ). Also, Baderbrau Oktoberfest ...


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State ACLU retains Guidetti as lawyer - The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) of Illinois announced it has retained Ghirlandi Guidetti as a staff attorney in its Chicago office after Guidetti served a year as a Tom Steel Fellow at the ACLU starting in 2016. The fellowship was made possible through funding from the Pride Law Fund. As the year-long fellowship comes to a close, ...


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In the Life, Martin Whalley - Looking at Martin Whalley's life, one of the words that certainly comes to mind is "cosmopolitan." Educated at Britain's University of Bristol ( where he studied biological sciences ), Whalley, a consul, has worked in London, at The Hague in the Netherlands and at the British consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. ( In addition, he has traveled all over the ...


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Meet AIDS Run & Walk Chicago ambassadors - The AIDS Run & Walk Chicago—taking place Sunday, Oct. 1—welcomes people from all walks of life who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Foundation of Chicago assembles a team of ambassadors for the event with the purpose of putting their stories on the forefront to inspire. This year's ambassadors are: Erica Bertrand MacCallum, Armando Ramirez-Guzman and Joel Guzman-Ramirez, Mara Goldman, ...


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LETTER Bi the way - Dear editor: This is an open letter to the entire LGBTQ community on behalf of all bisexual and bi-curious MEN and our friends regarding the increasingly hostile and unfriendly environment in today's world for all bisexual and bi-curious men. In the last decade, many gains have been made for our gay brothers and lesbian sisters, especially in the area of ...


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REELING FILM FESTIVAL Nelson Rodriguez tackles immigration, love in 'En Algun Lugar' - In the movie En Algun Lugar—which will be shown at the Reeling Film Festival on Sept. 22-23—Nelson Rodriguez and Andrew L. Saenz play a Chicago couple ( Abel and Diego, respectively ) who face a complication when it turns out that one of them is an undocumented immigrant. Rodriguez—a local actor and recent Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ...


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TRUST, CAIR hosting storytelling event - TRUST Collective-Chicago and CAIR-Chicago will host a storytelling event Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at CAIR-chicago, 17 N. State St., 15th floor. CAIR-Chicago—the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group—protects civil liberties, promotes mutual understanding, and mobilizes Muslim communities to fully contribute to our democracy. Founded in July 2016 "post-Orlando," TRUST Collective-Chicago consists of Latinx, LGBTQ and Muslim ...


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Story Time with Drag Queens continues - "Muffy Fishbasket Presents Story Time with Drag Queens" will continue with events throughout September and October. Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals read some of their favorite stories to a room full of children. Each child requires a ticket, and all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Upcoming events are: —Sept. 22 during the evening ...


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Tennessee Loveless tells queer stories through art - Tennessee Loveless is sick of talking about his color blindness. Yes, as a full-time artist, it can be a challenge, but it's something he's learned to work with and embrace. He'd rather focus his attention on his art, specifically on his latest project, "Drag Landscapes." For this series of paintings, Loveless has interviewed several drag queens from around the country ...


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South Side Help Center to mark 30 years, honor leaders, support hurricane recovery - From a press release - Chicago, IL September 20, 2017 —South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), a not-for-profit, community-based organization, will be celebrating 30 years of serving in the Chicago land area, most particularly in the areas of youth mentoring/violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care services, at the historic Parkway Ballroom on Sept. 30, 2017 and will donate a portion of the ...


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Committee formed for McCarthy mayoral run - Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy—or someone acting on his behalf—has apparently formed an exploratory committee to run for mayor of Chicago in February 2019, according to ABC 7 Chicago. McCarthy was the head of the Chicago Police Department from May of 2011 until December 2015. Current Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired him in the wake of the release of video ...


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New gay bar Hardwood holds grand opening party - Photos from the grand opening party of Hardwood, Forest Park's new gay bar, Saturday, Sept. 16 by Jerry Nunn ...


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Hubbard Street's 'Space' Sept. 21-24 - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ) will present its fall program, "Space, in Perspective" ( working title ), for seven performances at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., on Sept. 21-24. Featuring the 16 company members as well as 16 dancers in the Hubbard Street Professional Program ( HS Pro ), the work will be choreographed by guest ...


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Chicago Academy of the Arts' AIDS benefit - The Chicago Academy for the Arts will hold its 21st Annual AIDS Benefit at the school, 1010 W. Chicago Ave. The benefit will take place Friday, Sept. 22, at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the dance wing of the academy. Started by Academy alum Justin Tranter—an industry songwriter of many hits such ...


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'Use It or Lose It' Sept. 23 at Greenhouse - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "Use It or Lose It: An Evening of Short Plays About Your Rights" on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The event spotlights original works inspired by contemporary and historic legal battles the ACLU has fought on behalf of U.S. residents' rights and freedoms. "Use It" features short plays by Thomas ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Rumer Willis spins tunes and tales at Hard Rock - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actres/singer Rumer Willis has carved out a strong career on her own, apart from being the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She made her film debut on her mother's film Now and Then and later with her on Striptease. She worked with her father on two films also The Whole Nine Yard and Hostage. She stood out in ...


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South Africa celebrates PrideTV's first anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - South Africa became the first African country to launch an LGBT network when PrideTV made it debut in August 2016. Since that time, subscription has increased and LGBT people now have a platform where they can watch programs catering to their community. In an email interview, PrideTV's spokesperson, Joanna Raphael Katz discussed the need for the network, the evolution of ...


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Green Tie Ball features DJ White Shadow, Taylor Kinney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Green Tie Ball, one of the longest running charity events in Chicago, returned Sept. 15 at Artifact Events on Ravenswood. This year's theme, "Devil in the Green City," focused on a 1893 setting and guests were encouraged to dress for the occasion. A breezy outdoor area featured Don Julio Tequila and, in every corner of the venue, booths of ...


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Indie film raises awareness of dangers of sex trafficking - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ric Morgan never imagined he would become an actor. He had dabbled in acting in his middle school days, but, in his "previous life," as he calls it, he focused on public safety. Morgan worked as in law enforcement, most notably as a bomb technician. "You wouldn't think that art and paramilitary law enforcement would jive," he said. "They seem ...


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Freelancers Anonymous, new LGBTQ comedy feature shooting in September - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) teams up with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino to bring you Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. Featuring a top notch cast including Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ), Jennifer ...


Gay News

GLAD, NCLR react to transgender military ban, anti-transgender judicial nominee - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ), the LGBT advocacy organizations at the center of the transgender military fight, expressed outrage over comments made by Trump judicial nominee Jeff Mateer following reports that he called transgender children part of "Satan's Plan" and ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Spotlight on Women in Artemesia Fall Festival 2017 - It's not every day that audiences can have a direct say in what plays are produced by a theater company. But that's exactly what the women-focused Artemisia is doing with its Fall Festival 2017. "We do new work, so I really wanted a situation where the audience participated in experiencing the new work directly—to focus on the text," said Artemisia ...


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Politics, diversity dominate Emmys - The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sept. 17, was historic in several ways—and, with Stephen Colbert hosting, featured a mix of humor and politics. One of the historic developments that happened was out scribe Lena Waithe becoming the first Black woman to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Writing ( winning with Aziz Ansari for the show Master of None ...


News

California Legislature Passes Bill Creating Non-Binary Gender for State IDs - From a press release - Sacramento — The California Legislature last night approved a bill that would make it easier to change gender markers on state-issued identification documents as well as create a gender-neutral, non-binary category in addition to "male" and "female." Senate Bill ( SB ) 179, authored by Sens. Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) and Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...







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