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Anti-conversion therapy bill sent to governor - HB 217, the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, passed the State Senate 34-19 on May 29 as the Illinois General Assembly hurried through the final days of the spring session. The bill protects youth from so-called "conversion therapy," which purports to turn help an LGBT patient straight. The practice has been denounced by numerous medical and psychological associations, and the ...


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Reports: Hastert 'misconduct' involved sexual-abuse claims - The previously undisclosed misconduct that was at the root of an FBI investigation of former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert appears to be sexual abuse of a male, according to reports. That investigation led to a federal indictment, announced May 28, against Hastert for trying to evade bank reporting requirements and lying to federal authorities. Quoting sources familiar with ...


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Pentagon to add non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian troops - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, Washington Blade broke the news that "the Pentagon is preparing to update its Military Equal Opportunity policy to include sexual orientation as a protected class and the change could be made final as soon as the end of next month." The American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and ...


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President Obama makes LGBT Pride Proclamation - From a press release - THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights ...


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Report Maps LGBT Equality State by State - From a press release - May 28, 2015 — If the United States Supreme Court grants same-sex couples the freedom to marry, the majority of those couples will still face significant legal discrimination. According to a new report released today by the Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ), 61 percent of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) population in the U.S. will ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CUISINE Chef Cat Cora cooks for Culinary Council - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Macy's continues to not only be a retail outlet but an ambassador for food. Celebrating a record 125 years of service, Macy's recently served a brunch with Cat Cora and other fellow Culinary Council chefs Tom Douglas, Johnny Iuzzini and Takashi Yagihashi. Catherine "Cat" Cora was the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network and the first female to ...


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BOOK REVIEWS How Long Will I Cry?; Anatomy of a Girl Gang - How Long Will I Cry? edited by Miles Harvey Free ( from BigShouldersBooks.com ); Big Shoulders Press; 244 pages Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little $13.77; Arenal Pulp Press; 253 pages Two books shed a light on violence and youth—one a compilation of real stories, the other fictional. One centered on what happens in Chicago, the other Vancouver. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Summer LGBT movie preview - The release of Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and San Andreas within a couple of weeks of each other can only mean one thing: Summer is here and the latest crop of gut-busting action flicks is about to roar into theaters. Happily, there's plenty of queer stuff ( some within those mega-blockbusters, some playing at our ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Summer is for lovers of dance - Summer is about food, fun and community. Even though there are Lollapolooza, Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest, Rib Fest, Bacon Fest, BBQ Fest, Midsommerfest and Pride, dance is not immune to Chicagoans' need for summertime congregation—and with performances going on all across the city, indoors and out, there is no time like the present to see dance. —Running Aug. 25-29, ...


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First federally approved LGBT Veterans Monument unveiled - A dedication was held Memorial Day, May 25, for the first federally approved LGBT Veterans Monument on federal land, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Pictured are members of the American Veterans for Equal Rights-Chicago chapter, and allies. AVER member Stanley Jenczyk spearheaded the project. See May 25 story, photos and video at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/LGBT-Veterans-Monument-dedicated/51562.html . ...


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Trans, queer immigrants demand ICE release LGBTQ detainees - About two dozen transgender and queer immigrants rallied in front of Immigration Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) headquarters in Washington D.C. May 27 demanding the release of LGBTQ immigrants from ICE detention centers. The demonstration was part of Operation Break the Cage—a multi-organizational effort to raise awareness of the horrendous psychological and physical abuses suffered by immigrant transgender women currently ...


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Conversion therapy bill clears Illinois Senate committee - The Illinois State Senate Executive Committee passed HB 217, the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, May 27. The legislation, which prohibits mental health practitioners from performing anti-gay conversion therapy on minors, now heads to the Senate floor, where it must be voted on by the scheduled closing of the session May 31. The bill is sponsored in the Senate by ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Classics and revivals for all ages (and tastes) - A "revival" production, technically, is a show whose premiere run ended less than two years before its remount, the latter featuring all or most of the same cast. Nowadays, it can also refer to plays not yet old enough to be called "classics"—a term most often applied to plays over fifty years past their inception. What, then, are we to ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL What's new this summer - This has been a tough few weeks for the Chicago and national theater scenes. The recent cancer death of longtime Chicago Dramatists artistic director Russ Tutterow was extremely saddening. And then local theater fans were shocked by the news that American Theater Company artistic director PJ Paparelli died following injuries sustained in a car accident while he was on vacation ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Dozens of performances and events are featured in the 3rd Annual Pivot Arts Festival, including a few queer-friendly shows like the performance-art-group-band BAATHHAUS in concert and a remounting of About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble's 2014 drama on immigration called Checking Boxes. There's also plenty of family-friendly events and other boundary-pushing pushing performances in the mix. The Pivot Arts Festival runs ...


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THEATER REVIEW MIRACLE! - Playwright: Dan Savage. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.handbagproductions.org; $17-$35. Runs through: July 10, with an American Sign Language-interpreted performance 7:30 p.m. on June 6 Leave it up to someone like famed sex-advice columnist and activist Dan Savage to reset The Miracle Worker in a gay drag bar. The ...


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THEATER REVIEW Cowboy Versus Samurai - Playwright: Michael Golamco. At: A-Squared Theatre Workshop at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-231-0832; www.a-stw.org; $25. Runs through: June 7 Volumes have been written about the struggle of young white men to find their own identity, as opposed to that imposed upon them by their families, culture or social position. Non-WASP males in fiction, by contrast, are assumed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shining Lives: A Musical - Playwright: music by Andre Pluess and Amanda Dehnert, lyrics and book by Jessica Thebus, based on the play by Melanie Marnich. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; www.northlight.org; $25-$78. Runs through: June 14 Audiences subscribing to Edgar Allen Poe's conviction that romance lies in tales of young, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Belfast Girls - Playwright: Jaki McCarrick. At: Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 832-819-4336; www.artemisiatheatre.org; $25. Runs through: June 14 The Orphan Emigration Scheme probably seemed a good idea when Earl Grey first hatched it in 1848: The predominantly male British colonies in Australia wanted the stabilizing influence of females, so young orphanage-raised women of good character ...


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That Guy - PHOTOS: This weekend just would not have been the same had it not been for Mark's thoughtful gift of the famed Kirkland singlet. You gotta have a gimmick! These homos right here at The Sofo Tap! It got a little goofy on Saturday night. See page 14 for more goofery. With Windy City Emperor Neil at Touche. Heavy hangs the ...


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Super Market Kink - Images from the IML 2015 Leather Market, Sat., May 23. Photos by Kirk ...


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VEHICLE REVIEW That's so gay: 2015 Chrysler 300 big and butch as you are - Chrysler has recently changed its name to FCA: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. This name change makes sense, given that 'Fiat' sounds very European and sexy, while 'Chrysler', though technically German, still sounds stodgy and stuck in the 60s, Welcome to the 21st century, where names really do carry weight …. unless you're a car, at which point numbers will do just ...


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Billy Masters - "Toni, you need to start using your vagina more."—Toni Braxton shares some advice her doctor gave her. She went on to add that she hasn't used "it" in more than two years—which I assume also includes taking it out for a solo. Like Tony Geary's summers in Amsterdam, my frequent forays to Europe are shrouded in mystery. What I can ...


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Gay Black comic has concert film - In August 2013, Sampson McCormick became the first openly gay, Black stand-up comedian to headline the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., where a new LGBT comedy concert was filmed entitled "That Bitch Better Be Funny." The concert covered topics such as conservative media, being from the South, coming out, gentrification and religion. It is currently available as an album on ...


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Leather Vendor Market photos - Scenes from the IML 2015 Leather Vendor Market, held on the second and third floors of the Congress Plaza Hotel. Photos by Jerry Nunn. ...


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Entertainment: GLAAD honors Ripa, Roberts; Rock 'n' Roll May 30; 'Queer Qomedy' - GLAAD honors Kelly Ripa, Thomas Roberts GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 15 of this year's 31 media categories at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York on May 9. Television journalist Thomas Roberts received the Vito Russo Award ( with Lynda Carter presenting ) while Kelly Ripa was honored with the Excellence ...


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Israeli filmmaker talks about attitudes toward LGBTQ people - Recently, groundbreaking Israeli LGBTQ filmmaker Gal Uchovsky provided an audience at the Landmark Theatre in Chicago with an intimate and candid look at his work and how film and media in general have helped spur a growing and even right-wing acceptance of the LGBTQ community in his home country. Uchovsky is the writer of the 2002 war drama Yossi & ...


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LETTERS Fighting Irish; Ireland and the Church; Remembering Bill - Fighting Irish Dear Editor: In a world increasingly wracked by violence and economic austerity, Ireland's vote for LGBT equal-marriage rights is a welcome achievement for freedom and equality. While no minority's rights should be held hostage to a popularity contest, it is nonetheless gratifying that overwhelmingly Catholic Ireland rejected the church hierarchy's bigotry and instead voted for equal rights. In ...


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In the Life: Mack Savage - Photo by Gil Leora - She went to a roller-derby match about four years ago with a friend and was instantly in awe. "I remember watching and thinking, 'Look at these athletes ... they are incredible,'" said Mack Savage, the Windy City Rollers' sensation who skates for the Manic Attackers and the Windy City All Stars. "I talked to someone after [that] game and they ...


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U.S. Senators call for military updates - In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., led a bipartisan group of 22 senators who want him to update the equal opportunity policies across the U.S. Department of Defense ( DoD ) and military services to prevent discrimination, harassment or intimidation of service members based on sexual orientation. ...


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Deborah's Place marks 30 years fighting for homeless women - The Old Testament tells a story of a powerful woman of Israel named Deborah who one day saw the terrible oppression of her people and set out to raise an army of 10,000 to combat it. In her song she says that the "villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose—a mother in Israel." When ...


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'Pink Triangle' event at Center on June 3 - "Remembering the Pink Triangle"—a public event to commemorate the gay victims of Nazi Germany—will take place Wed., June 3, at 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, Equality Illinois and the Unsilence Project are hosting the event in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, The Legacy Project, ...


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Writing For Justice: Diversity in our entertainment matters - A recurring column - When I'm not discussing social justice for Windy City Times, I work as an entertainment writer. At first glance those two fields might seem like polar opposites. After all, analyzing a glossy new superhero flick or dishing about the latest Beauty & The Beast casting news is frothy fun compared to dismantling systems of oppression. But for better or for ...


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TELEVISION Gethin Anthony dives into Manson role in 'Aquarius' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's the Age of Aquarius for Gethin Anthony, who plays Charles Manson in the NBC series Aquarius. After conquering the HBO series Game of Thrones ( as gay character Renly Baratheon ), he set his sights on an indie film called Copenhagen. Anthony's theater credits include Boris Godunov at the Royal Shakespeare Company and In the Vale of Health at ...


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Dancing About Architecture - We all know La Toya Jackson, either through the Playboy covers, the psychic hotline, the tell-all book, the workout tape, or her crying her eyes out on Donahue. Though she has had more colorful TV appearances than can be counted—and has always been surrounded by intrigue­—her fame has seemingly never been because of her musical efforts. That is the La ...


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Nightspots photos IML, Memorial Day weekend - BIG CHICKS DJ Hifi Sean unboxes the classics for the bears. Photos by Kyle Henderson PROGRESS BAR Fred Says ... that Debbie knows her way around some porn stars. BERLIN Fantastic Plastics. Photos by Jerry Nunn THE SOFO TAP IMLDILF: Scenes from a weird, weird evening. Photos by Kirk THE DEN Just north of Manhole. Photos by Jerry Nunn Joe ...


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Julianne Moore joins Lambda's "I Do" campaign for equality - From a press release - ( New York, May 27, 2105 ) Today, Academy Award winner Julianne Moore joined thousands who have recently said "I DO" — pledging her support to Lambda Legal and the continuing fight for LGBT equality. Her new video, part of the "I DO" campaign, makes clear that the fight for LGBT equality will continue and new battles will emerge, even ...


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Activists: Reach out to senators on conversion therapy bill - Members of Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) have started an online petition for Illinoisans who support state legislation that would prohibit anti-gay conversion therapy. The legislation, HB 217, which has already passed the state House of Representatives, is likely to be voted on in the state Senate this week. It is sponsored there by state Sen. Daniel Biss and ...


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American Library Association designated June GLBT Book Month - From a press release - CHICAGO — The American Library Association ( ALA ) has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Monthâ„¢, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. GLBT Book Monthâ„¢ is an initiative of the ALA and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services ...


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In theater: ATC artistic director dies; Barrel of Monkeys ED steps down - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ATC's Paparelli dies at 40 PJ ( nee: Paul Joseph ) Paparelli, the artistic director of the American Theater Company, has died at age 40 after being involved a car accident while on vacation in Scotland, The Chicago Tribune noted. He was vacationing with his close friend, David Charles Goyette, an assistant theater professor at Truman State University. Goyette ...


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In entertainment: Elton John; Wanda Sykes; 'American Horror Story' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An on-stage Elton John bio-musical has its eyes set on Broadway and then London's West End, Broadway.com reported. The project, currently titled Rocketman the Musical, will feature the classic rock legend's canon and has Tony-winning Billy Elliot book writer Lee Hall on board. Mad Max: Fury Road's Tom Hardy has been tapped to headline the film version. John, born Reginald ...


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World : Moscow Pride canceled again; Swiss anti-gay ruling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Russia, Moscow Pride has been banned for the 10th consecutive year, PinkNews reported. Pride parades are not technically illegal in Russia; however, the country's "gay propaganda" law makes it an offense to promote "non-traditional sexual relationships" to minors—which has been used to clamp down on all LGBT activism. Activist Nikolay Alexeyev was undeterred, saying, "We will nonetheless hold some ...


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National: Jindal's move; Texan Rep. supports marriage; senators urge DoD Sec'y - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hours after a committee in the Louisiana Legislature effectively voted down a bill that would explicitly protect people and businesses that do not want to participate in same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to accomplish much of what the bill had set out to do, The New York Times reported. "We don't support discrimination in Louisiana and ...


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'Peep Show' at Links Hall June 1 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Monday, June 1, "Peep Show: The Instant Choreography Series" will continue at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., at 7 p.m. ( The first show took place May 4. ) Peep Show is collaboratively produced by Striding Lion Performance Group and Links Hall + Constellation. The festival features music by composers whose experimental practices create works that aim to ...


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Women For Women at Center June 13 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Center on Halsted opens its doors for another By Women For Women ( BWFW ) community event! Hosted by the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted, By Women For Women: Everything Old is New Again is bringing in some of the hottest female DJ's in the LGBTQ community for an evening of music and dance! The ...


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PASSAGES Ron Zierer dies at 81 - Ron Zierer died on March 28 at the age of 81 years from a sudden cardiac event. Ron was a long-time resident of the Austin/Irving neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. He was also active in the gay community since the early 1960s, regaling friends with stories, good and bad, of pre-Stonewall gay life in Chicago. Ron would usually be found ...


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National Restaurant Assn. notes 96th year at convention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 2015 National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show was in Chicago May 16-19. Celebrating the 96th year for the convention has brought even more diversity to the proceedings. There were cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs like Anne Burrell and a keynote speech from Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post Media Group. Grocery stores made a big splash this year such ...


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Sweets & Snacks Expo takes healthful turn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Confectioners Association returned to Chicago's McCormick Place May 19-21 with its Sweets & Snacks Expo, an industry/media event that featured more than three and a half acres of candy and snack items. ( There were also keynote speeches from people such as Bill O'Reilly. ) The main exhibit did showcase one of the main trends in snacks: items ...


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LETTERS Honoring Riordan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Editor: As both a Vietnam veteran and gay man, I must respond to an online letter from Bob Schwartz and Andy Thayer concerning Windy City Times' coverage of the passing of John Riordan. I am sure he was affected by the draft in those days, as many young men were. Honoring Riordan's memory does not dismiss all the carpet-bombing ...


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Gay-owned barber shop opens in Uptown - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The future for Michael Stejskal is a walk through the past—or maybe just a seat in a comfortable, vintage-style barber's chair. Stejskal, 34, spent about 10 years as a furniture designer. He loved the job, "but I got to the point where, while creatively I was fulfilled, I was lacking the social aspect of a career and just a life ...


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Starwood shows strong support for LGBT rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since the Turn It Up for Change campaign launched last October, there have been about 40 events at W Hotels around the United States, marquee events in Chicago and New York, and a pre-Grammys celebration at W Hollywood. The events and W overall have raised more than $100,000 for the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). Turn It Up for ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality: In this compelling book, New York Times ( and Pulitzer Prize-winning ) investigative reporter Jo Becker takes a look at the recent pivotal years regarding the battle for same-sex marriage to be legalized in the United States. She was granted access to rooms where strategies were plotted, from the initial efforts ...


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Global Pride Summit kicks off Pride Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A free online summit will bring together the global LGBT community for the first time. Global Pride Summit is being held June 1-5, and each day six to seven thought leaders, activists, therapists, coaches, celebrities and others will bring information on a range of topics to help inspire attendees to share their Pride. Speakers include Greg Louganis, Chaz Bono, Judy ...


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Dining news: Wine events; El Mariachi cooking demo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Roscoe Village Wine Stroll, sponsored by Lush Wine & Spirits in partnership with Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, will take place Thursday, May 28. Attendees can try more than 40 different wines of the world, including reds and whites, and check out boutiques and businesses along the way. All wine stops are located on Roscoe Street and Belmont Avenue ...


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Local: "Step Up. Get Tested'; CTA proposal; new Northalsted initiative - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Step Up. Get Tested' campaign expands The scope of the 2015 "Step Up. Get Tested." ( SUGT ) campaign for June has been enhanced by a new partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The SUGT campaign, developed by the Chicagoland HIV Testing Collaborative ( CHTC ), will now include both HIV and ...


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BENT NIGHTS Walk off the Earth; Cathy Richardson, Katie Todd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For anyone still wondering when summer will finally arrive in Chicago, I have to tell you it got here last week with two action packed events wrapped in small packages. First up was Canadian folk/rock/pop collective Walk Off the Earth's sold-out gig at The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., in support of its upcoming CD, Sing it All Away ...


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DISH: SAVOR Riques Cocina Mexicana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's a shame that when some people hear the term "Mexican food," they automatically think of certain fast-food chains. However, tacos with Doritos shells do not constitute authentic Mexican food. For the real deal ( and at a reasonable price ), there's Riques Cocina Mexicana ( 5004 N. Sheridan Rd.; http://www.riqueschicago.com/ ). Chef Enrique Cortez vividly re-creates the cuisine of ...


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LGBT Veterans Monument dedicated - Video below - The first federally approved monument on federal land honoring LGBT veterans was unveiled and dedicated in a grove at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (ALNC) in Elwood, Illinois on Memorial Day. The monument was made possible by the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER). Lee Reinhart—who was discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," re-enlisted after repeal ...


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International Mr. Leather chosen - Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015, was ultimately chosen from a field of 52 contestants as International Mr. Leather 2015, Sun., May 24, at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave. Smith was joined on the winners' platform by first runner-up Kevin Murphy ( Mr. Leather Ireland 2015 ), second runner-up Brian Donner ( Mr. TriState Leather 2014 ...


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Amendment to hate crimes law clears General Assembly - The Illinois State Senate, on May 20, unanimously passed an amendment to the state's hate crimes statutes that advocates say—if the legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner—will help protect LGBT institutions from vandalism as well as ensure that transgender Illinoisans are better protected under those statutes. The bill, HB 3930, unanimously passed the House on April 16. It was ...


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LGBT veterans remember murdered gay sailor - Members of the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights gathered Sunday, May 24 in Steger, Illinois to remember Seaman Allen Schindler, a gay sailor who was killed in 1992 at the age of 22 by two shipmates. Dorothy Clausen ( mother of Allen ) and her husband Spencer Clausen attended. "We first came to here in 1993, ...


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AFTAH stages Leather Archives demonstration - More counter-protestors than protestors showed up for a planned demonstration against the Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., on May 22. The demonstration was planned by the anti-gay organization Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) and its founder, Peter LaBarbera. Only LaBarbera and three others showed up to speak out against the museum, while about 20 supporters, many ...


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Clinton responds to Chicago couple - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during the week of May 13, reached out to the Chicago couple whose upcoming marriage was among the "life-changing" events that culminated with Clinton's presidential run announcement in an April online video. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who will be wed in a ceremony in Chicago this summer, appeared in the video, not knowing it was ...


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Marijuana possession bill passes Illinois Senate - A bill that removes the criminal penalties for marijuana possession—replacing the prospect of jail-time for a small amount with a $125 ticket—was, on May 21, passed through the state Senate and will go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto. HB 218 provides a statewide standard for cannabis possession, with a maximum $125 fine for possession of 15 ...


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ML 2015 Leather museum formally welcomes Hellfire Club history - A gentleman's agreement that dates back to 1998 became a formal agreement between the Chicago Hellfire Club ( CHC ) and the Leather Archives & Museum of Chicago. The announcement was made May 23 during a private cocktail party at International Mr. Leather ( IML ), held at the Congress Plaza Hotel and attended by about 300 club members and/or ...


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LGBT veterans, Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band join Memorial Day Parade - Video below - Two LGBT contingents participated in the City of Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 23, 2015. The Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights carried the American flag, the rainbow flag and the flags of each branch of the armed services. Behind the LGBT veterans banner and color guard, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band fired up the crowd ...


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Ireland votes yes to marriage equaliy - In Ireland, voters have overwhelmingly approved marriage—making the Emerald Isle the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. The official results were announced May 23: 1,201,607 voted in favor of the referendum, while 734,300 voted against it. More than 60 percent of eligible voters turned out, including thousands who returned home from other countries. The ...


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame party is community event - From a press release - In Demand Entertainment present the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Viewing Party and 5th annual Memories of a Mini-Ball Saturday, May 30, 2015, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. at Grub Chicago, 1230 W. Taylor, with head Chef Emanuel Washington. Organizers are inviting LGBTQIAGNC ( lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allies, and gender non-conforming ) youth and adults for ...


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Girl Scouts include transgender girls - The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is an organization that welcomes transgender girls. The group's guidance on serving transgender girls, on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page, was actually publicized four years ago. The page ( http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/faith/faqs.asp#a5 ) states: "Q: What is Girl Scouts' position on serving transgender youth? "A: Girl Scouts is proud to be the ...


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Study: Reactions of heterosexual siblings to same-sex marriage advances - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Advances in same-sex marriage impact family members to different degrees depending on how relevant those advances are to their own lives, according to a new report by researchers at Palo Alto University and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The study, titled "Windsor and Perry: Reactions of siblings in same-sex and heterosexual couples," is the ...


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US Postal Service called to honor Bayard Rustin with stamp - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2015—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ activists and allies across the country in celebrating Harvey Milk Day. In 2009, California established the birthday of Milk—the nation's first openly gay elected official—as a day of special significance. "Today we join millions of LGBTQ advocates and allies in celebrating the life and legacy of Harvey ...


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UK YouTube sensation Pop 'N' Olly launch LGBT videos for children - From a press release - London, UK. May 20, 2015 — A gay fairytale romance is the latest story amongst Pop'n'Olly's educational videos for young children. The Youtube channel, created by presenter Olly Pike, is a free resource which provides educational establishments with media involving LGBT themes. "I feel the best way to battle discrimination for future generations is to start with children" says Pike ...


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Michael Sam signs with Canadian team - Michael Sam—the first openly gay person to be selected in the National Football League ( NFL ) draft—is going to Canada. The Montreal Alouettes have signed the defensive end and University of Missouri graduate, and Sam will participate in the team's upcoming training camp. The St. Louis Rams selected Sam last year, but then cut him. Sam then briefly worked ...


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PASSAGES James Murphy dies - James Murphy, aka Murph, passed away on Friday, May 15 after a short illness. He was 83 years old. Born and raised in Chicago, he worked for the Fannie May Candy Company in product control until he retired in 1992. He owned a two-flat in Albany Park, where he resided until moving to Wilton Manors, Florida in 2003. An army ...


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ROOF on theWit unveils menu, hosts runway show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 21, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St., offered a sneak peek of its spring menu, courtesy of Executive Kevin Atkinson and Pastry Chef Toni Roberts. Items included fried calamari, cilantro falafel cakes, jerk-chicken flatbreads and macaroons, among other items. In addition, there was a Banana Republic ROOF runway show. Photos and text by Andrew Davis ...







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