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Hillary Clinton statement on National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce endorsement - From a press release - Today, after receiving the endorsement of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce—the first time the organization has endorsed a candidate for president—Hillary Clinton issued the following statement: "I am honored to have earned the first-ever endorsement of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. "For nearly 15 years, the NGLCC has paved the way for LGBT-owned and ...


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La Casa Norte breaks ground for Pierce House and Community Center in Humboldt Park - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL ) August 26, 2016 — La Casa Norte, one of Chicago's key provider of services to homeless youth and families, is excited to announce the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, September 9th at 10:00 am, for its new vibrant Pierce House and Community Center located at 3533 W North Avenue. The new facility will become an anchor of ...


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NC blocked from enforcing anti-trans law against plaintiffs while suit proceeds - From a press release - RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal court today granted a request to stop the University of North Carolina from enforcing H.B. 2, the state law that bans many transgender people from restrooms that match their gender identity, against three transgender individuals who are challenging the law in court. In granting the preliminary injunction, the court found that the challengers are likely ...


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PASSAGES Wesley Harold Klug - Wesley Harold Klug, 88; fine artist and painter known for sold-out openings; native of Milwaukee, longtime resident of Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood; passed away August 19, 2016. Wesley was an exponent of the "New Realism" movement and 1963 Huntington Hartford Foundation fellowship recipient who was mentioned as an "Up and Coming Artist" by Life Magazine in 1963. He studied at ...


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Cook County within reach of 10,000 same-sex marriages - Cook County will likely have given out 10,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples by around Labor Day, according to officials. As of mid-August, the county had licensed about 9,925 same-sex marriages and gave out, on average, about seven or eight licenses to same-sex couples a day, said Cook County Clerk David Orr. "It's a very exciting and rewarding result because ...


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Golden girl Elena Delle Donne returns to the Sky, reflects on Rio 2016 - Elena Delle Donne returned to the Chicago Sky on Thursday morning at the team's practice facility in north suburban Deerfield, sans Olympic gold medal. Her gold from the recently-completed Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is locked away. No way was she bringing it, to flaunt the sixth consecutive Olympic gold won by the U.S., her first. So, her Sky ...


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Visibility: Art AIDS America exhibit converts Chicago bank into gallery - Beginning in June 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) began to gather reports of "19 cases of biopsy-confirmed Kaposi's sarcoma ( KS ) and/or Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ) among previously healthy homosexual male residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties." One month later, on July 3, the CDC noted in its Morbidity and Mortality ...


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GayCo, Second City comediaenne Fabjance leaves legacy of laughter - Described by her fellow members of the legendary comedy club Second City as "an absolute paragon of a human being with the heart of a lion beating beneath that sweet veneer," beloved Chicago comedienne Judy Grace Fabjance passed away Aug. 20 after waging an eight-year war with breast cancer that, according to her sister Cathi, "astounded her team of doctors ...


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Theater spotlight on Dementia Me; Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Texas transplant and gay performance artist John Michael recounts his two years working in a "memory care center" for senior citizens in his self-produced one-man show Dementia Me. Hear how Michael tried to enliven the remaining days of his many fading residents with balloon-filled parties and other activities. Dementia Me continues at 8 p.m. Mondays only through Sept. ...


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Clea DuVall: Out actress turns writer-director with 'The Intervention' - It took an intervention for Clea DuVall to finally come out of the closet publicly. While she's played queer characters throughout her career as actress —in 1999's But I'm A Cheerleader and HBO's Veep, most recently—DuVall's delightful directorial debut, The Intervention, finally gave her a chance to play a lesbian character that she related to, as well as feel comfortable ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mame - Playwright: Jerome Lawrence/Robt. E. Lee ( book ), Jerry Herman ( music/lyrics ). At: Light Opera Works, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-920-5360; LightOperaWorks, com; from $34. Runs through: Aug. 28 Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles have been produced frequently by area theaters while Mame—an equally-fine Jerry Herman oeuvre—has gone unstaged seemingly forever. Light Opera Works ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bloodshot - Title: Bloodshot Playwright: Douglas Post. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42-$48. Runs through: Sept. 10 To create a good hard-boiled noir whodunit, you need a good story—preferably involving murder, money, mysterious temptresses, duplicity and double-crosses, shady jamokes from all levels of society and plenty of surprise twists. What you also need, however, is ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Good Person of Szechwan - Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Tony Kushner. At: Cor Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1351 N. Wells St. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Sept. 11 Ever since Bertolt Brecht's plays were declared safe for classroom curricila, young theater companies have eagerly embraced his aesthetic precepts, based in intellectual detachment, austerity and didacticspeak as dry as week-old toast. Tony Kushner knows ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A refined 'P.I.M.P.' - Broadway veteran André De Shields has built an impressively long performing career as a multitalented actor-singer-dancer-director-choreographer. De Shields was twice nominated for Tony Awards for starring in the musicals Play On! and The Full Monty, while his turns in the 1978 Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin' and as the title role in The Wiz in 1975 are both the stuff ...


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Billy Masters - "And while my sister Madonna wanders around Cuba in a red caddy ... lets hope that she remembers the oppression of the press, political opposition, the gay community and the anti hero Che....who was just as brutal and murderous as Stalin....he just didn't have as many people to kill...thats all."—Christopher Ciccone's Facebook post about Madonna visiting Cuba. Frankly, I'd rather ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Pieces of Glory on Britney's new album - Do you want a piece of her? That's what she asked in a previous single and in her Vegas show, as if we all had our expectations from a pop artist who has worked ( bitch ) for us for almost 20 years in the recording studio. If you ask a Britney fan, they all have their own favorites: Classic ...


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Legal Council holds annual fundraiser: 'Cuba Libre' - On Aug. 18, The Legal Council for Health Justice presented its annual travel-themed fundraiser "Cuba Libre: Holiday in Havana." The event, which took place at Sidetrack, raised funds and awareness for the Council as well as its organizations, The Homeless Outreach Project and The Chicago Medical Legal Partnership for Children. Now in its 15th year, this version of the event ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - Thu., Aug. 25, 7 pm Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. See you this Thursday for a party with charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent! Join hostess Dixie Lynn Cartwright and her Sidetrack pit crew for this supersized 90-minute premiere. Then, join Sidetrack every Thursday at 7 for viewing parties throughout the season. Fri., Aug. 26, 9 pm Mary's Attic, 5400 N. ...


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SAVOR 312 Chicago - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times By Tarina Hargrays - Two words come to mind when stepping inside 312 Chicago ( 136 N. LaSalle St., 312Chicago.com ): "upscale" and "chic." The Italian eatery is located just in the heart of the Loop and has been open for more than 18 years. Its seasonal menus and impeccable customer service might be to thank for 312 Chicago's long-time success. When entering 312 ...


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Proud to Run presents checks totaling $50K - On Aug. 20, Proud to Run presented three checks totaling $50,000 to TransTech Social Services, About Face Theatre, and Center on Halsted. The event took place at the Center. The amounts consisted of the proceeds from the 35th Proud To Run 10k run & 5k run/walk that took place in June. Donations were determined based on the organization's operating budget ...


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'Fun Home' national cast announced - Broadway In Chicago and Producers Fox Theatricals ( Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson ) and Barbara Whitman announced casting for the first national tour of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home. The tour will premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Nov. 2-13. Robert Petkoff ( Broadway's Ragtime, All The Way, Anything Goes ) will play Bruce, Chicago ...


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'Bette, Live' runs through Sept. 10 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths. It will run for nine performances through Sept. 10 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Handbag Diva and ensemble member Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. The ...


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Guest column: Planning a wedding - Planning a wedding can be a very stressful and time consuming time of your life. Here are some helpful tips for those planning their own wedding that I have found couples find helpful in my 24 years of designing, detailing and managing Weddings. —Hotel blocks for guests: Make sure you use a hotel that does not have an attrition clause. ...


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MOMBIAN Hope and help for back-to-school time - Back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. There are supplies to buy, schedules to arrange, and forms to fill out. For many LGBTQ parents, it can also bring up worries about our children's inclusion and safety—but it can also be an opportunity for building bridges. As I see it, there are three basic approaches we can take. First, we ...


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Cleric: No violence against LGBTs - Prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has banned his followers from committing violence against LGBT people, The Washington Blade noted. Members of the Mahdi army—a Shiite militia that al-Sadr heads—have been accused of kidnapping, torturing and executing LGBT Iraqis for the past several years. Some consider al-Sadr, 43, to be one of the most influential religious and popular figures in ...


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Welcome for Daniel-McCarter Aug. 25 - There will be a community welcome for new Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Executive Director Owen Daniel-McCarter on Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave. The event is free, although donations can be made. RSVP at http://welcomeowen.eventbrite.com. ...


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Dance for Life celebrates record-breaking silver anniversary - The 25th anniversary of Dance for Life ( DFL ), Chicago's annual dance fundraiser raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS, kicked off with a star-studded gala at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on Michigan Avenue. Guests were treated to stiff cocktails and a gourmet grilled-cheese bar in addition to hugs and laughter as dancers, administrators and philanthropists from DFL's history came ...


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Trans artist challenges liquor law - A queer and transgender performance artist, on Aug. 24, filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, maintaining that the city's policy prohibiting women from baring their breasts in venues with liquor licenses is discriminatory. Bea Sullivan-Knoff said at an Aug. 24 press conference at City Hall that the rule has impeded her ability to ...


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i2i receives award at national summit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander ( API ) group Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago ( i2i ) received the Advocacy Award at a national summit. On Aug. 11-14, four members of i2i—Anne Watanabe, Kim Nguyen, Kristina Tendilla and Ro Truong—traveled to New Orleans for a training and networking summit that the National Queer Pacific Islander Alliance ...


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Death of trans activist causes outrage in Turkey - There is outrage in Istanbul, Turkey, over the murder of transgender woman Hande Kader. Turkey remains conservative on LGBTI issues; however, a protest was staged Aug. 21 over Kader's death. Hundreds of demonstrators attended. Kader, a 22-year-old sex worker and activist, was last seen entering a client's car one night. Roommate Davut Dengiler had hoped she was still alive but ...


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PASSAGES Writer Michelle Cliff dies - Michelle Cliff—a Jamaican-American writer/activist/professor who was the widow of Adrienne Rich—died of liver failure June 12 at age 69. Cliff was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Kingston, Jamaica. Her parents emigrated to New York soon after her birth, but the Cliffs returned to Jamaica while she was still a toddler. They eventually returned to New York when Cliff was a ...


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U.S. juvenile, criminal justice systems endanger lives, futures of LGBTQ youth - From a press release - Denver, CO, August 23, 2016 — A comprehensive new report explores how the U.S. juvenile and criminal justice systems endanger the lives and life chances of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). Among the report's most alarming findings is that the percentage of LGBT youth in juvenile detention is double that of LGBT ...


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Rep. Cassidy introduces legislation protecting parks from Pokeman play - From a press release - CHICAGO — Pokemon Go and other augmented reality games are rapidly increasing in popularity, but this new technology comes with a few glitches. At the Loyola Dunes Restoration Site in Rogers Park, Chicago, a PokeStop has been placed on a state and federally protected site, enticing players to leave the designated path and inadvertently trample sensitive habitat and bird nesting ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


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Two Chicago theatre legends to announce Jeff Awards Equity noms - From a press release - August 22, 2016 - Chicago, IL. Chicago theatre greats Deanna Dunagan and Mike Nussbaum will announce the nominations for the 48th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards, recognizing excellence in Chicago theatre, on a video to be released Tuesday, August 30 at www.jeffawards.org. Ms. Dunagan and Mr. Nussbaum have often graced the Jeff Awards ceremonies as nominees and recipients during the course ...


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HRC Foundation, Whitman-Walker Health release Transgender Sexual Health Guide - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, and Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center with special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV-related care, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender ...


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World premiere: Considering Matthew Shepard to be released Sept. 9 - From a press release - On September 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release Considering Matthew Shepard, composed and conducted by Grammy®-winner Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Austin's acclaimed world-class professional choir. BUYCD Matthew Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming who in 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in ...


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National roundup: Proposition 63, Red Wing leaving, onePULSE event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality California has endorsed Proposition 63, the "Safety for All" ballot initiative backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a press release stated. Following the shootings in June at an Orlando LGBT nightclub, a spike in homicides of LGBT people and an ongoing worldwide epidemic of murders of transgender women, Equality California has made enacting gun safety measures a key part ...


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World news: Irish politician, trans murder, sports items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay Irish politician told Belfast's citizens a major concern for Irish nationalists has been "gay rights," PinkNews reported. Fintan Warfield—an openly gay senator and spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBT rights for Sinn Fein—spoke at a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that commemorated the hunger strikes 35 years ago by Irish Republican Army ( IRA ) activists, ...


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Dining news: Paella contest, Cantina 1910 closes, Replay anniv. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chef Jose Garces again challenges local chefs to prepare the perfect paella at the 3rd Annual Paella Cook-Off at Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-9 p.m. The chefs competing in the contest—an ancillary event produced in conjunction with Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet—includes Salero's Ashlee Aubin, The Gwen's Angelina Bastidas, Travelle's Ricardo Jarquin, ...


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Center's Chats event focuses on trans life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Channyn Parker and Crispin Torres talked about their trans experiences at this month's Center on Halsted Chats, held Aug. 18. In this monthly series, local LGBTQA leaders are interviewed and discuss their experiences and some of today's most pressing topics. Parker is the TransLife care coordinator at Chicago House and identifies as trans feminine. Torres is a community educator at ...


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Auto news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Uber advancement: The ride-sharing firm Uber will, for the first time, allow users to hail self-driving cars, BBC News reported. Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, and that it's teaming with Volvo. At first, the vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take control if necessary, and an observer, Bloomberg reported. The firm first revealed ...


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VEHICLE REVIEW 2016 Nissan Titan XD: All-new truck for an all-inclusive world - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sam Gomez, Gaywheels.com - Pride is not just a celebration for you June bugs anymore. Still to come in 2016 are Pride events in Austin, Dallas and Atlanta. ( Leave it to the gays to heat things up just as the weather starts to cool down in these hot cities. ) For those of you who need a reliable truck to be as hard-working ...


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NUNN ON ONE: INTERNET The fringe 'Benefits' of Kurt Conroyd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Kurt Conroyd plays a gay man named River Manning in the web series The Benefits of Gusbandry. This Portland based comedy series also stars Brooke Totman from MADtv as his best friend. The title refers to a gay husband or gusband and follows the duos adventures together. Conroyd is known for movies such as Wild, Birds of Neptune and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jake Miller plays Market Days and 'Rumors' game - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pop singer Jake Miller is bringing sexy back, hailing all the way from Weston, Florida. After being signed to Warner Bros. Records, he released a debut album called Us Against Them. Now with a new EP called Overnight he heads out on the road with hitmakers Fifth Harmony for The 7/27 Tour. Windy City went behind the scenes of a ...


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DANCE REVIEW: THRUST! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Choreographers: Tristan Bruns, Kate O'Hanlon, Ian Berg and others. At: Tapman Productions at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or TapmanProductions.com; $20. Runs through: Aug. 28 Tapman Productions' modern and tap dance revue THRUST! is named for, and clearly inspired by its venue: The Thrust space of Stage 773. If the house isn't packed after intermission, audiences are ...


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Health director keynotes inaugural LGBT health symposium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since Northwestern University launched its Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing—described as "the first university-wide institute in the country focused on LGBTQ health"—in February of this year, its vision ( "To be an international leader in research that fosters understanding of the development and experiences of sexual and gender minority ( SGM ) individuals and improves the ...


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Streisand to release 'ENCORE' Aug. 26 - Columbia Records has announced Barbra Streisand's "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" album will debut Friday, Aug. 26. The CD will feature 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The new musical partners include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick ...


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Comic Con welcomes thousands, honors heroes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Aug. 18-21, thousands of science-fiction and pop-culture fans attended Wizard World Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Vendors of practically every stripe, artists and celebrities were on hand to greet the attendees. Among the highlights were Star Wars' Carrie Fisher ( Princess Leia ) joining the Back to the Future trio of Michael ...


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District Court issues injunction against guidance protecting trans students - From press releases - ( Fort Worth, TX — August 22, 2016 ) — A U.S. District Court judge today issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government's guidance to public school districts regarding their legal responsibility to allow transgender students to use the same restrooms as other students. The ruling came in the multi-state lawsuit, Texas v. United States. Five civil rights organizations ...


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Public interest groups to Walgreens: Medical service over religious doctrine - From a press release - Washington - Walgreens must assure its customers seeking health care services that its in-store clinic provider, Catholic-sponsored SSM Health Medical Group, which adheres to religious directives, will not limit access to reproductive health services, information and referrals, say four public interest groups. In letters to Walgreens' chief medical officer and SSM Health's regional president, the ACLU of Illinois, ACLU of ...


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CORAL float wins again at State Fair - Once again the float for CORAL, Coalition of Rainbow Alliances, won the Governor's Sweepstakes Award at the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. This is the 8th year in a row they have won that prize and it marks 12 years in a row they have won an award in the parade. The "Full Steam Ahead" float featured images from the ...


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Reflecting on Rio: The good, the bad and the ugly - When the caldron was extinguished Aug. 21, culminating the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a true mix of wide-ranging emotions endured—jubilation, celebration, anger and embarrassment. And that was just a start of the look back at Rio 2016, from an LGBT perspective. Rio 2016 was the gayest Games ever, as at least 53 out athletes competed in Rio, ...


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UIC among top 30 LGBTQ-friendly campuses - From a press release - Campus Pride announced today it's 2016 "Best of the Best" Top 30 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. For eight years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education. VIEW ONLINE at http://campuspride.org/campuspridetopcampuses . Campus Pride chose thirty campuses to highlight this year based on their ...


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Gay Games congratulates International Olympic Committee on success, inclusivity - From a press release - 22 August 2016 His Excellency Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Chateau de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland Dear President Bach: On behalf of the international Federation of Gay Games, we congratulate you and the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) on the success of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This success is in terms ...


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Howard Brown Health releases impact report - Howard Brown Health, on Aug. 18, released a new report illustrating its impact on the community. "It's a summary of our clinical services, and something we're pledging to do on an annual basis, said CEO and President David Munar. "It's broken up into three sections—reports on our patients, health benefits that patients are gaining from our system of care and ...


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Fight escalates over Langston Hughes' home - In Harlem, a battle is brewing over the future of the home of the late poet/activist/playwright Langston Hughes, a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, according to CNN Money. Real-estate agents have valued the home at $3 million, although it is showing signs of wear and tear. The wear and the possibility of a sale disappoint people such as Renee ...


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Gender Odyssey brings together transgender, gender-nonconforming community - From a press release - ( SEATTLE, WA ) - August 19, 2016 - At a time of unprecedented visibility for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, 1300 participants from all over the world gathered in Seattle this August 4-7 for the 15th annual Gender Odyssey Conference. The conference offers a place for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, as well as allies, to gather together, share their experiences, ...


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SlutWalk 2016 defies police to take back Chicago streets - SlutWalk collective member Red Schulte described it as a "tug of war" with officers of the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) when more than 700 participants of SlutWalk Chicago 2016 set out to reclaim the streets of the Magnificent Mile Aug. 20. At stake was each SlutWalkers' right to turn those streets into an inclusive space that echoed with ...


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Lesbian palimony decision calls on common-law marriage rules - The Illinois Supreme Court, on Aug. 18, ruled that a lesbian was not entitled to a share of her longtime-partner's medical practice, though the couple were together nearly three decades. Eileen Brewer, a Cook County judge, and Dr. Jane Blumenthal split in 2008, long before marriage equality was signed into law in 2013. Brewer and Blumenthal had also raised three ...


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President Preckwinkle applauds signing of Juvenile Justice Bill - From a press release - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today hailed action by the governor in signing into law juvenile justice reform legislation she championed this year. HB 6291 sponsored by state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, which will take effect January 1, 2017, will reduce or eliminate mandatory five-year probation sentences for juveniles and reduce commitments to juvenile prison for drug crimes. Sen. ...


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Reeling: Chicago LGBTA+ Int'l Film Fest lineup includes Hurricane Bianca, King Cobra - ( August 22, 2016 - Chicago, IL ) Chicago Filmmakers and Showtime Networks are pleased to present the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, Reeling returns September 22-29, 2016 with an exciting slate of movies that showcases ...


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Longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history sues - Officers concocted homophobic theory - From a press release RENO, NV — Attorneys for Cathy Woods, who according to the National Registry of Exonerations' database is the longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history, filed suit in federal court here today against four former Reno, NV and Shreveport, LA cops, a district attorney and a physician who knowingly caused her wrongful imprisonment. The former police ...


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Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 2016 inductions announced - Twelve individuals, two organizations, and two friends of the community have been selected for induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, the organization which honors and celebrates notable members of Chicago's LGBT communities. The Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 9, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 ...


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Meet lesbian sports icon Diana Nyad - From a press release - On Wednesday, Sept 7th at 11:30 AM, meet long distance swimming star and journalist Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream, at a luncheon hosted by The Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Illinois. The cost of this luncheon includes a copy of Find a Way: ...


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National Gay Media Association names inaugural Ad POP awardees - From a press release - NEW YORK — The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs ( Pride in Online and Print ) reward the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. Ad POP is a production of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the nation's ...


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New GSA restroom rule model for other sectors - Washington, DC, August 19, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming a new rule the General Services Administration ( GSA ) that bans discrimination against transgender people using restrooms that match their gender identity in federal facilities. "We welcome this enormous step forward on the part of the General Services Administration ( GSA ). The new rule, which serves as ...


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NBA All-Star Game moves to New Orleans due to North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to a report from the Associated Press that the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) is moving the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans, Louisiana — a city with explicit LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Citing the hostile environment created by North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law, and after repeated warnings the ...


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National Gay Media Association announces inaugural Ad POP awardees - NEW YORK — The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs ( Pride in Online and Print ) reward the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. Ad POP is a production of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the nation's ...


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G-PAC hosts discussion on LGBTQs and gun laws - The Gun Violence Prevention PAC hosted an event focused on LGBTQs and guns Aug. 18 at Weinberg/Newton Gallery. "Disarm Hate … One Vote at a Time" was a discussion on how gun safety advocates and the LGBTQ community can join forces to demand better gun legislation. G-PAC is a coalition of dozens of groups working to counter the influence of ...


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WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair Sept. 16 in Chicago - More than 30 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits will participate in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Windy City Times with Center on Halsted, Pride Action Tank, Chicago ...


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WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair Sept. 16 - From a press release - More than 30 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits will participate in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Windy City Times with Center on Halsted, Pride Action Tank, Chicago ...


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Federal judge sets dangerous precedent favoring trans job discrimination - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement in response to a decision by a federal judge in Michigan who ruled in favor of a Detroit-based funeral home who fired a transgender employee due to her gender identity. U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ) ...


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Howard Brown Health issues Community Impact Report - Howard Brown Health today published its first Community Impact Report, highlighting patient and community outcomes resulting from its integrated healthcare delivery system. The progress report uses infographics and text to illustrate how Howard Brown's individualized approach to healthcare improves the lives of patients, supports the communities of LGBTQ people and allies, and improves overall public health in Chicago. The report ...


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LGBTQ Advocates Welcome Justice Department's Decision to Nix Use of Private Prisons - From a press release - Washington, DC, August 18, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is welcoming the decision by the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) to stop using private prisons. "The decision by the Department of Justice to stop using private prisons is a significant breakthrough in the process of radically reforming our criminal justice system. Private prisons have been a complete failure—providing substandard ...







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