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Federal Court Blocks All Aspects of Trump's Transgender Military Ban - From press releases - From ACLU BALTIMORE — A federal court today granted the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a complete halt to implementation of the president's directive banning transgender service members from serving in the military while the ACLU's lawsuit challenging it moves forward. The preliminary injunction stops the president from kicking out transgender people currently serving in the military, from barring ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum: Part One - WRITTEN by MaRK ZUBRO; ILLUSTRATED BY W.S. REED - The Reindeer Conundrum, written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed, is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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NCAVP, HRC/TPOCC release reports on anti-trans violence - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released the report "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2016." The report looks at the experiences of 2,032 survivors of intimate-partner violence (IPV) who reported to 14 NCAVP member organizations from nine states, including California, Texas, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont and Missouri. (Chicago's Center ...


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THEATER REVIEW Escape to Margaritaville - Score: Jimmy Buffett; Book: Greg Garcia & Mike O'Malley At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayinChicago.org; $35-$115. Runs through: Dec. 2 There no doubt about the target audience for Escape to Margaritaville. This Broadway-bound jukebox musical is centered around the tropical rock hits of Jimmy Buffett, and is custom-made to capitalize on his legions of loyal ...


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'Tis the Seasonal Depression - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. At: Pride Arts Center Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: GayCo.com; $12-$20. Runs through: Dec. 22 The ensemble at GayCo Productions is bringing all the wonder and dread of the holiday season to life with 'Tis the Seasonal Depression, ...


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Critics' Picks - Becky Shaw, Windy City Playhouse, through Dec. 17. "Love is a by-product of Use" says a cynical cad in Gina Gionfriddo's slyly Machiavellian comedy, before leaving us to guess he difference between the lovers and the users. MSB Bobby Pin Girls, Nothing Without a Company at the Chicago Mosaic School, through Dec. 3. The authenticity reflected in Janey Bell's screwball ...


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Spotlight on Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Get in a Broadway holiday mood by taking in the touring return of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The popular screen-to-stage show not only features plenty of seasonal songs like "Happy Holiday" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," but also several other Berlin standards like "Sisters," "Blue Skies" and "I Love a Piano." Irving Berlin's White Christmas continues ...


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VIEWPOINT Will and Grace 2017: You Can't Go Home Again - The return of Will & Grace is a miracle of sorts, a pinch-me moment in the history of television. The #VoteHoney video, created to support Hillary Clinton's run for president and which led to the show's revival, reminded me again what I loved about the original show, and why with Mike Pence in the White House, as a gay man, ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Importance of Being Earnest - By James R. Wilke - Playwright: Oscar Wilde At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Tickets: writerstheatre.org; $35-80. Runs through: Dec. 23 On the evening of Saint Valentine's Day, 1895, the audience at St. James' Theatre in London raucously cheered a new romantic farce by a popular Irish playwright. Yet while Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest would go on to be heralded as ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Deeply Rooted Dance: 20 years, and counting - By Joanna Furnans - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater ( DRDT ) is gearing up to present its 20th-anniversary season finale, "Deeply Free," with the much-anticipated premiere of INUMBA, by South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala, along with celebrated works from its distinguished repertory ( Dec. 8-10, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., 7:30 p.m. ). Let that sink in ...


Gay News

LETTERS Can't bear it - Dear Editor/Director, I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I can't be. I'm hurt. I'm offended. I'm outraged. I'm disgusted. I heard the McCaskey family—who own the Chicago Bears—just gave a large donation to Jeanne Ives, the only anti-gay candidate in the governor's race in Illinois. Ives says, and I quote, "They're [gay couples] trying to weasel their way ...


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VIEWPOINTS Donna Brazile's revenge with 'Hacks' - Since the election of Donald Trump, most Americans on both sides of the political aisle feel American democracy is under siege. The infighting going on in both the Democratic and Republican camps has cast a pall on the country's future. And neither party, at present, can tamp down the support nor enthusiasm some have for establishment outsiders like U.S. Sen. ...


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Dr. Tom Klein talks upcoming award, HIV/AIDS work - Longtime advocate and community leader Dr. Tom Klein is set to receive Heartland Health Outreach's ( HHO ) Food For Life award at the organization's annual holiday brunch Sunday, Dec. 3. HHO is honoring Klein for his long history of advancing the health and well-being of Chicago's LGBTQ community. Klein was born in Detroit and hospitalized when he was 4 ...


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GUEST COLUMN Chicago's masked homophobia - Without Chicago in the 2016 election, the state of Illinois would have been a red state. Chicago, overall, is a liberal, blue city that overwhelmingly determines the outcome of the state. Chicago has one of the strongest ordinances for LGBTQ+ inclusion and Illinois has a progressive state law that is explicitly intentional in protecting its citizens on the basis of ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Two - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Three - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Four - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Five - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


Gay News

Aldermen sponsor resolution calling for end to gay blood-ban - The five members of the Chicago City Council's LGBT Caucus, as well as two other alderman, introduced a resolution on Nov. 21 calling for the end of the ban on blood donations from gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ). The ban was implemented in the '80s at the height of the AIDS crisis, ...


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Billy Masters - "I can't wait to shove this up Adam's ass!"—Blake Shelton's comment after being named "People" magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. I don't really understand all these "straight guys" who are obsessed with ass play. But, hey, as long as they enjoy it. Only your beloved Billy would read that sexy Jeremy Jordan blamed his recent hospital stay on Chipotle and think, ...


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Photographers' works document LGBT identities - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Photographers Jess T. Dugan and Lorenzo Triburgo, along with Vanessa Fabbre, assistant professor at the Brown School and affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, joined Center on Halsted Director of Transgender Relations and Community Engagement Vanessa Sheridan, who moderated, for a panel titled "Vulnerability and the LGBT Community" on Nov. 15. The ...


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Jury awards $1M+ to Oklahoma transgender woman in Title VII employment case - From news releases - From Freedom for All Americans: Jury Awards Over $1M to Oklahoma Transgender Woman in Title VII Employment Discrimination Case OKLAHOMA — Today a jury out of the Western District of Oklahoma ruled in favor of Rachel Tudor [ http://files.eqcf.org/cases/w-d-okla-515-cv-00324-docket/ ] , a transgender woman who faced discrimination in her job as professor at a university . The case ...


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Dining news: Retro malt shop, 'Fried Chicken' recap, Thanksgiving options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Retro-inspired malt shop Fizz Eatery & Soda Fountain, 7958 W. Belmont Ave., is featuring a brand-new throwback burger each week. Named in homage to Chef Bushnick's favorite pop icons from the '50s and '60s, each burger comes with at least two patties on a brioche bun and a side of fries for $12. Items include The Chubby Checker ( three ...


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VIEWS Pope's record on LGBT issues weakened by criticism of transgender community - - Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has caused much ink to be spilled in evaluating his stand on LGBT issues. Now, a gay Catholic offers his latest thoughts after the pope's remarks on gender identity last month, suggesting the pope's record will remain weaker until he comes around on transgender equality. Xorje Olivares, a gay Catholic writing for Vice, ...


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Riva Lehrer among grant recipients - The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced its 2017 Painters & Sculptors grant recipients, a group of 25 artists who will each receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds—and Chicago artist Riva Lehrer is among said recipients, according to ArtNews. Established by the foundation's namesake in 1993, the grants are awarded annually to under-recognized artists working in the United States through a nomination ...


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Chicago setting tourism record - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city is on track to reach the goal of 55 million visitors annually at the end of this year—three years early, according to a press release. Chicago has been setting tourism records every year since 2012. Last year, more than 54 million people visited the city. The release added that, to build on ...


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Illinois campaign seeks funds for supplies to help underserved students achieve - From a press release - CHICAGO — Back 2 School Illinois ( B2SI ), a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides tens of thousands of deserving kids from low-income families with free school supplies to help them succeed in the classroom, is pleased to announce its first-ever holiday campaign. B2SI is launching the campaign — which runs from today through December 31 — to raise funds to ...


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Morrissey at Riviera on Nov. 25 - Singer Morrissey will perform at the Riviera Theatre, 4748 N. Racine Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 25. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show at 8:30 p.m. His newest album, Low in High School, is slated to be released Friday, Nov. 17. The lead single is "Spent the Day in Bed." Morrissey rose to fame as the lead singer of ...


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Gift Gala on Dec. 1 at Copernicus - The Gift Theatre will present its 16th annual benefit, Gift Gala 2017: Revolutions on Friday, Dec. 1, 6-10 p.m., at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. Gala co-chairs include Navy Pier Inc. Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle Boone and Chicago's first lady, Amy Rule. The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, auction items and desserts. Entertainment will include ...


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OUT FRONT seeks play submissions - About Face Theatre is seeking play submissions for its OUT FRONT Series, an annual line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. This season's theme, "Babes on Stage," will showcase on-the-rise LGBTQ+ women-identified playwrights. Readings will begin in spring 2018. To apply for the OUT FRONT Series, e-mail full scripts and bios to literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with ...


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'Planting Hope' event Dec. 5 - "Planting Hope: Chicago Unites in Research to End HIV" will take place Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m., at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave. The community forum/launch event will feature, among other things, the launch of Positively Aware's special issue devoted to HIV cure research; and updates from local researchers. The event is free, but attendees are urged to RSVP ...


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Harris urges voter database withdrawal - Citing concerns regarding data security and voter suppression, Assistant Majority Leader Greg Harris, D-Chicago, issued a statement urging the Illinois State Board of Elections to withdraw from the controversial Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck System. In part, Harris said, "Recent findings from Indivisible Chicago have discovered an alarming the lack of proper security measures for the Crosscheck program. Illinois voters' personal ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS NSFW, Sofo Tap - Take a picture. It'll last longer. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Loose Ends @ Man's Country - A historic night at the baths with DJ Harry Cross, Toyota Corona, Lucy Stoole and more. Saturday, November 18. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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National roundup: Tyler Clementi, Victory Fund, Republican busted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At The Tyler Clementi Foundation's Upstander Legacy Celebration, Mitchell Gold, co-founder and co-chair of Faith in America, and Jane Clementi, co-founder and co-chair of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, announced that their organizations will be joining forces to work together to end religious-based bullying, a press release noted. In part, Gold said, "Now more than ever, as anti-LGBTQ religious fundamentalists have ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Naughty or Nice - From a press release - Have you been naughty or nice? Come see Chicago Gay Men's Chorus choose between the beauties and bawdies, the reckless and royal, and the wanton and wise. Members will decide which of Santa's lists they belong on, with selections from John Legend, Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium," Zoltan Kodaly's "Veni Emmanuel," as well as Devo, Eurythmics, South Park, Ella Fitzgerald, ...


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Affinity has new board president, members - Anna DeShawn has been named the new board president of the group Affinity Community Services, succeeding Ebonie Davis. New board members include Aisha N. Davis, Esq., a fellow at Loevy & Loevy; and Jessica Peters, a nonprofit and political development consultant; Affinity Community Services is a social-justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth ...


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Fioretti, Stroger running for board president - Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti ( 2nd Ward ) and one-time Cook County Board President Todd Stroger have separately announced that they are running against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ( who unseated Stroger ) in the March 2018 election. Fioretti, who previously ran for mayor of Chicago, and Stroger have used the failed penny-per-ounce soda tax and the ...


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Eating disorders represent serious struggles for many - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Binge. To many of us, the word is used casually and, in some cases, humorously. But to millions of people—many of them gay—that word is terrifying. This is not a Netflix binge. This is not gym bunnies eating brunch and joking that they binged on cinnamon rolls. Binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa and bulimia are life-threatening eating disorders that disproportionately ...


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Showbiz news: Nico Tortorella, Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato, Shaun T - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since opening up about their polyamorous relationship, actor Nico Tortorella said tensions have been high with partner Bethany Meyers' family, according to Page Six. "Honestly, it's kind of a sensitive topic right this second," he told People at the World Wide Orphans Gala. In 2016, the 29-year-old actor revealed that he was sexually "fluid." This past June, he opened up ...


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World news: Olympic resolution, 'LGBTQ Poland' book, Canada's apology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - All 193 United Nations member-states adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution maintaining language protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a press release noted. The resolution—which passed by consensus—included the contested reference to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter. OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern said, "While Egypt and Russia tried to export and sanction discrimination ...


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World AIDS Day street fest Nov. 30 - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) will present its inaugural "World AIDS Day benefit: STAND UP FOR RED Indoor Street Fest" on Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The event will showcase DIFFA's Excellence In Care Award grantees, AIDS Chicago Foundation PrEP4LOVE, as well as have a special interactive exhibit called ...


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Oncofertility confab features gender-, sex-diversity workshop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Oncofertility Consortium hosted its annual conference, "Research and Translational Medicine: Meeting the Needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors," Nov. 14-16 at Prentice Women's Hospital. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Dr. Teresa Woodruff coined the term "oncofertility" in 2006. In 2006, the Oncofertility Consortium was founded and is, according to its website, "a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore ...


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pregnantish magazine hosts 'Vegas Baby' screening, talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The magazine pregnantish hosted a screening of Amanda Micheli's film, Vegas Baby, and discussion on infertility Nov. 14 at theWit Chicago. Vegas Baby is an award-winning documentary following the lives of aspiring parents of all orientations who are struggling with infertility issues and the costs associated with those treatments. The documentary follows a single lesbian woman ( Athena Reich—a Lady ...


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Trans Day of Remembrance marked with march, rally - On Nov. 19, Brave Space Alliance, in partnership with Trans Liberation Collective, acknowledged Trans Day of Remembrance with a celebration of trans lives, a seminar on racism led by Andre Perez and Dezjorn Gauthier, and a short march and rally along 51st Street. The event took place at the Brave Space Alliance community space at 1434 W. 51st St. Events ...


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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo film at Siskel - The New York-based and cheekily named Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—the gay, all-male dance troupe that has for 40 years slyly and hilariously satirized ballet classics—is revealed in the esprit de corps that is its greatest strength in this documentary that tells the inside story. The film screens Friday, Nov. 24-Thursday, Nov. 30, Gene Siskel Film Center of the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Breath, Boom - Playwright: Kia Corthron At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $30 Runs through: Dec. 17. Once upon a time, there were four sisters—bound, not by birth, but by the sororal affiliations of York City's South Bronx. In this realm, adolescent-girl fantasies revolve around, not weddings, but funerals and suicides, while obituaries of murdered companions are ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery - Playwright: Shay Youngblood Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists, 773 N. Aberdeen Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or PegasusTheatreChicago.org; $20-$30. Runs through: Dec. 10 There are many powerful performances to treasure in Pegasus Theatre Chicago's strong revival of Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery. First staged by the late Chicago Theatre Company back in 1998, Shay Youngblood's play is chock full of compelling ...


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THEATER REVIEW Fade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Tanya Saracho At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$56. Runs through: Dec. 23 During the 1980s and '90s, it often seemed as if every playwright venturing west of Phoenix or south of Fresno eventually wrote a scathing diatribe of show business practices in California's motion-picture capital. Cautionary tales in this genre usually revolved ...


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Magic Cabaret closing Dec. 27 - After a decade-long run, The Magic Cabaret is ending. David Parr and Joe Diamond are wrapping up the run with four more performances at Greenhouse Theater Center on Nov. 22 and 29 as well as Dec. 13 20 and 27. Tickets are $25; visit MagicCabaret.com or call 773-404-7336. ...


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Same-sex prep4love ads targeted by vandals - Posters in the prep4love advertising campaign—launched last year by the Chicago PrEP Working Group ( CPWG ), an ad-hoc coalition of advocates and service providers—have occasionally been defaced in various Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ) locations, particularly advertisements that have featured images of gay men. According to CTA and CPWG officials, however, the defaced ads are replaced as quickly ...


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Dr. Kathleen Robbins appointed to IL Senate Task Force on Discrimination, Harassment - From an EI press release - Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement. We applaud the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins by Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady to the Illinois Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. Kathleen is an excellent addition to the task force. She has significant life experiences, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Yoko and the Oh No's; Vail, Real Dom, Pure Magical Love - Season's greetings... Part of the fun of living in a large city with a colorful music scene comes on Halloween, when local bands masquerade as big-time rock stars and have a high old time rebranding classic rock. I'm still waiting to hear Pilsen noise-rockers Melk Belly take on Talking Heads or queer neurotic punkers Absolutly Not take on Devo. For ...


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HRC rises to occasion at 2017 gala - Over 600 community members gathered at the Fairmont Chicago on Nov. 18 for Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Chicago Gala. In the opening presentation, Gala Co-Chairs Penelope Garcia, Victor Lim and Bradley Backhaus explained the theme for the evening: "rise." "HRC is deepening and expanding our toes to anyone who is feeling vulnerable," Garcia said. "… We will resist, and we ...


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Tambor leaving 'Transparent' after accusations - In the wake of two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffery Tambor decided not to return to the Amazon series, Deadline reported. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," said Tambor of the Emmy-winning role . "What has become ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lizzie - Authors: Tim Maner,book; Steven Cheslik-deMeyer & Maner,lyrics; Alan Stevens Hewitt & Cheslik-deMeyer, music. At: Firebrand Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: FirebrandTheatre.org; $45. Runs through: Dec. 17 The debut production of a new company often is called a "calling card," allowing public response to determine if the troupe should be invited to stick around. Based on ...


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Lesbian-owned Happy Apple Pie Shop features blended workplace - Three years ago, Michelle Mascaro and Corynne Romine took on the challenge of starting a local and positive business and that is how Happy Apple Pie Shop, in the Oak Park arts district, was born. Mascaro ( from New York ) and Romine ( from Memphis ) met in 1990 when they were working as resident chaplains at Rush Presbyterian ...


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'Sound of Music,' AIDS movie at Music Box Theatre - The Music Box Theatre tradition of "The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long" will return Nov. 24-Dec. 3 at 3733 N. Southport Ave. It all starts before the film, with a vocal warm-up led by the evening's host and our house organist on the famous Music Box organ. Every member of the audience receives a complimentary Magic Moments Pack, containing various props ...


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HRC spotlights five Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ nominees as the greatest threats - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has aimed a bright spotlight on five federal judicial nominees — Jeff Mateer, Damien Schiff, Leonard Steven Grasz, Mark Norris, and Stephen Schwartz. If confirmed by the Senate, the nominees could seriously threaten the future of LGBTQ equality in America. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Grasz ...


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Jussie Smollett's film, 90 DAYS commemorates World AIDS Day with Harle event - From a press release - ( November 16, 2017 - New York, NY ) — On Friday, December 1, 2017, World AIDS Day, the HIV STOPS WITH ME Campaign presents the African Academy Award and multiple award-winning film, 90 DAYS from writer/co-director, Nathan Hale Williams, co-director, Jennia Fredrique Aponte, and executive producer, Jussie Smollett ( Empire ). The film, which tells the story of a ...


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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson announces Parkinson's diagnosis - From a news release - The following is a letter from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Dear Friends and Supporters, On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that ...


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tours in Chicago March 2018 - From a press release - Following a five-week season launch in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to grace stages from coast to coast during a 21-city North American tour includingthe Auditorium Theatre in Chicago March 7 through 11 and Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois in Springfield on March 12. On Feb. 6, a week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in ...


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Hudson opens Marriott Marquis Chicago - Award-winning Chicago native singer Jennifer Hudson tore down the house at the grand opening of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Nov. 16. The hotel is part of the McCormick Square development boom which also includes the Wintrust Arena, where the DePaul men's and women's basketball teams play, and the Chicago Sky women's pro basketball team will play there starting next year. ...


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Planned Parenthood of Illinois Marks Transgender Awareness Week - From a press release - [Chicago] — Nov. 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people. Planned Parenthood of Illinois is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care. Planned Parenthood of ...


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The Night Ministry addresses needs of youth at risk for homelessness - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Through its Youth Housing and Outreach Programs, The Night Ministry offers a lifeline to teens and young adults identified in a new study as being disproportionately at risk of experiencing homelessness. Research released by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on the prevalence of youth homelessness in America reveals that young people who are pregnant or ...


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Violence against transgender people decried, loved ones remembered - From a Unitarian Church of Evanston press release - ( Chicago, IL ) — The 19th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance will honor those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. The event began when vigils were held to mourn the loss of Rita Hester, who was murdered in November 1998 in Boston. The Revs. Bret Lortie and Eileen Wiviott will help lead a remembrance of ...


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Lipinski opponent, mom of trans child, to host Sidetrack event - Marie Newman, first-time candidate for U.S. Congress in the 3rd Congressional District of Illinois, will be hosting a fundraiser at Sidetrack Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30 pm. This event will help her continue to oppose Rep. Dan Lipinski, the anti-LGBT incumbent. Newman welcomes all members of Chicago's LGBT+ community and their allies to stop by and say hello, ask questions and ...


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The Music Box Theatre to present The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long - Every year, The Music Box Theatre celebrates Thanksgiving weekend with special sing-a-long presentations of the classic Julie Andrews musical, in glorious, full-screen Technicolor. The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long begins on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Ave. and will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 3. The Music Box Theatre brings audiences a two fun-filled weekends. ...


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Santa Speedo Run in Boystown to benefit Center on Halsted - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( November 16, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted is excited to kick off the holiday season at the 7th annual Santa Speedo Run in Boystown on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The crowd will be making up for naughty to get on Santa's nice list as more than 200 Speedo-clad Santas dressed in holiday cheer merrily sing "Jingle ...


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Rally Nov. 16 for release of father with health issues from detention center - After eight months in detention, a Chicago father's health conditions have worsened drastically and his family and community are demanding his release before Thanksgiving. The family of Wilmer Catalan Ramirez will be submitting a request for prosecutorial discretion, asking that local field ICE Director, Ricardo Wong, release Wilmer before Thanksgiving. Wilmer's health has been deteriorating throughout his time in detention ...


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"Steamworks: The Musical" on stage New Year's Eve - From a press release - Chicago IL — November 15, 2017—The popular Annoyance Theatre comedy "Steamworks: The Musical" is coming back for one night only to finish off 2017! Ring in the new year with the hilarious story of a wide-eyed young man who moves to the Windy City seeking love ... when he stumbles into the legendary Boystown bathhouse, Steamworks. As our hero makes ...


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Engaging Prospective Transgender, Non-Binary Foster and Adoptive Parents, a new guide - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, released Promising Practices for Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents, a groundbreaking new guide designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes. "With more than 100,000 ...


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GayCo's 'Depression' Nov. 17-Dec. 22 - GayCo Productions' Tis the Seasonal Depression will take place Fridays at 8 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 22 ( as well as Thursdays on Dec. 14 and 21 ) at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Writers/performers include Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. It features direction by ...


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Fantastic in any language: Talking with Marlow La Fantastique - A staple at the famous West Berlin cabaret Chez Nous, Marlow La Fantastique has taken the art of drag and her legendary fan dance all over the world. Born and raised in Bronzeville on Chicago's Near South Side, Marlow used to perform at the historic Regal theater nearby, was a regular in the ballroom scene and was also featured as ...


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THEATER REVIEW J.B. - By James R. Wilke - Playwright: Archibald MacLeish At: Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: CityLit.com; $32. Runs through: Dec. 10 All the world's a stage … or a circus tent, rather, in Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play, J.B. And it is hard to imagine this historic drama from 1958 being brought back to life more skillfully than it is ...







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