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Six stabbed in repeat attack at Jerusalem Pride - Yishai Shlissel—an Orthodox Jew who stabbed marchers at a Jerusalem gay pride parade a decade ago—launched another knife attack at the same type of parade in the same city on July 30, stabbing and wounding six people, according to reports. Two were reported to be injured seriously. Shlissel was released from prison less than a month ago after serving a ...


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Lambda Legal Midwest Region welcomes Garner Fellow Aisha Davis - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, July 29, 2015 ) —This week, Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office welcomed Aisha Davis as Lambda Legal's new Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow. Davis is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and most recently served as Law Clerk for the Family Court of the State of Delaware for Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn. As the Tyron ...


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Rauner appoints lesbian Oak Park trustee to mental health post - Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed Colette Lueck to serve as chairman of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership in his most recent round of appointments. Lueck, an out lesbian, is currently an Oak Park village trustee. She was appointed to the board in 2008 and was elected in 2009 and 2013 for four-year terms. She recently retired as the managing ...


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Amanda Lepore releases "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions" - From a press release - The world's mega-famous transsexual returns to the dance floor with "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions", her long-awaited double-disc album of remixes and re-edits of classics from her acclaimed debut. Some of the tracks on the new record have been completely overhauled such as the now Giorgio Moroder-inspired Zoned Out update of "Doin' It My Way." A few, including "My Pussy" ...


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Chicagoan launches wine-purification product - He was 12, at a family Christmas party, when his aunt turned away a glass of wine—because of the sulfites in that wine. More than 15 years later, James Kornacki is doing something for the approximately 3 million Americans—such as his aunt, Linda Ramirez—who are sulfite-sensitive. Kornacki, 28, a chemist with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, launched Ullo this summer—a ...


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White House updates federal HIV/AIDS strategies - President Barack Obama, on July 30, signed an executive order updating his administration's National HIV/AIDS Strategy through the year 2020. "My Administration has made substantial progress in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic since the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States ( Strategy ), the first of its kind, was released in July 2010," reads the order. "The Strategy has ...


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Lea DeLaria: On acting in 'Orange,' covering Bowie on CD - Lea DeLaria has certainly sung for her supper—literally. Since the '90s, the self-identified Illinois-born butch has established herself as a standup comedienne, actress and jazz singer. June 2015 saw her reprise fan favorite character Big Boo on the third season of Netflix's hit dramedy series Orange Is the New Black ( OITNB ), while July's House of David ( Ghostlight ...


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Ex-Center On Halsted staffers allege 'toxic' work environment - Thirty-one former employees of the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., have submitted a letter to the Center's board, asking it to assess the management style of its CEO, Modesto "Tico" Valle. In the letter, those employees allege that Center administration's treatment of staff has led to low morale and a high turnover. "Quite simply, for all of his ...


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Marriage equality focus of Equality Illinois corporate training session - "Supreme Court Rules for Marriage: What it means for employers" was the focus of the first of many Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR ) training sessions recently at Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Chicago offices. Hosted by Equality Illinois, in partnership with Seyfarth Shaw, the CSR training sessions are intended for local to national level business executives and corporate decision-makers as well ...


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Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame honorees inducted - More than 50 people gathered inside the Irving Harris Foundation reception hall in the Center on Halsted for the Third Annual National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24. "How many people here play sports?" founder, executive director and board chair of the Sports Hall of Fame Bill Gubrud asked those in attendance. Over half ...


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Organizations urge Pope to meet with LGBT people during historic visit - From a press release - New York, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 — As news outlets across the globe prepare to report on the Pope's upcoming visit to the United States, GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, and DignityUSA, the nation's foremost organization for LGBT Catholics and their supporters, today called on Pope Francis to meet with Catholic ...


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ACLU to Gov's Commission: Move from "tough on crime" to smart on crime - From a press release - CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today urged an Illinois Commission to make smarter choices about criminal justice policy for the State, starting with dismantling "policies that have proven ineffective or even counter-productive." In testimony before the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, ACLU Criminal Justice Policy Attorney Benjamin Ruddell will tell the group ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Pop porn - Out actor Steve Love wasn't originally supposed to star in the world premiere musical comedy Stanley in the Name of Love for The New Colony. Love previously choreographed The New Colony's revised Tupperware musical Plastic Revolution, so he was initially contacted to help add some choreography for this ensemble-devised show. But director Sean Kelly instead asked Love to audition for ...


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New AFC initiative focuses on women of color - According to a 2013 City of Chicago study, HIV-infection rates among the city's Black community are triple that of the white population. That rate is even starker considering, as the website ThinkProgress reported in March, Black women are 19 times more likely to contract HIV than their white counterparts. Project Elevate, an initiative of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( ...


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Good Cop? Bad Cop? No Cop! Queer Resistance to Policing - Special guest column by Therese Quinn and Erica R. Meiners - In September 1969 a gay man, David Stienecker, wrote a column in the Mattachine Midwest ( MM ) newsletter about a Chicago police officer named John Manley. According to Stienecker, Manley recently arrested "well over a dozen" men in a restroom near the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Manley's description: "cute, blond, and blue-eyed, about 5'7" and "[he] evidently has a 'gay' ...


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Seattle to host international confab on trans, gender-nonconforming topics - From a press release - Seattle, WA, July 29, 2015….Gender Odyssey, an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming ( GNC ) people, will be held in Seattle, WA from August 19 — 23, 2015. The conference is attended by a diverse set of participants, from practitioners to activists to families to trans and GNC individuals of all ages. packed ...


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Chicagoan D'Emilio among Woodhull honorees - From a press release - The Woodhull organization announces the recipients of the 2015 Vicki Sexual Freedom Award—John D'Emilio, Monica Raye Simpson, and Diego Miguel Sanchez. "These are outstanding leaders and courageous activists," said Ricci Levy, executive director of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. "We are inspired by their work, by the lives they lead and look, with hope, toward a future they helped to ...


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"Into the Lights" mixer to benefit The Crib - From a press release - On Aug. 22 UAW Local 551 will host the "Into the Lights" charity mixer to benefit a youth homeless shelter. "The Crib" primarily serves LGBT youth aged 18-24 and is operated by The Night Ministry. The Crib is open 7 days a week from 9pm-9am and is able to house up to twenty youth a night and also provides dinner, ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special "Jubalee" gala performance of Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales starring 10-time Tony recipient Tommy Tune ( Grand Hotel, Nine, My One and Only ) The company then puts a focus on up-and-coming international masters of tap and Chicago masters of the dance form in two ...


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THEATER REVIEW Grand Concourse - Playwright: Heidi Schreck. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 30 BY MARY SHEN BARNIDGE This play features a pretty teenage girl afflicted with cancer working in a church-affiliated charity facility—but don't haul out your hankies yet. There's also a paranoid ex-hippie prone to go off his medication, but you can keep your ...


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THEATER REVIEW Loving Repeating - Playwright: Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and text adapted by Frank Galati from the writings of Gertrude Stein. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.kokandyproductions.com; $38. Runs through: Aug. 30 With the benefit of hindsight enjoyed by enlightened citizens in 2015, we can look upon the lifetime partnership of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bette! Live at the Continental Baths - Playwright: Various composers. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: www.handbagproductions.org; $20-$35. Runs through: Aug. 21 No sooner had Juvenal coined his famous 100 A.D. catch phrase, "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" ( "a healthy mind in a healthy body" ) than his fellow Greeks began to use it as an excuse for ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Perfect Ganesh - Playwright: Terrence McNally. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875 or www.eclipsetheatre.com; $20-$30. Runs through: Aug. 23 Can audiences empathize with characters who frequently epitomize the stereotype of the "Ugly American" abroad? Or a bigger challenge is whether audiences of today can give a second chance to a distraught character who shockingly uses racist ...


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Shakespeare in the Parks thru Aug. 16 - Chicago Shakespeare Theater ( CST ), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This summer, 24 performances of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits travel to 17 neighborhood parks across Chicago, free for all, through Aug. 16. In its fourth year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks inaugurates cultural ...


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Reception to thank supporters of monument to LGBT veterans, Aug. 9 - From a press release - Chicago — The public is invited to celebrate and thank all those who made possible the first federally approved monument honoring the service of LGBT veterans which now stands in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. An appreciation reception, beer bust and BBQ will be held on the rooftop deck of the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted ...


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Billy Masters - "I thought I held my own."—Buzz Aldrin talks about dancing with John Travolta at a benefit for Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I'm glad to hear Buzz held his own. I hope Travolta stuck to holding his own, too! You can check out the video of them tripping the light fantastic on BillyMasters.com. There ...


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Torch carried by Jenner to be auctioned - The 1984 Summer Olympics torch that Caitlyn Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada ( when she was known as Bruce Jenner ), is being auctioned off, Page Six has noted. The 24-inch torch, which has a brass finish and leather handle, is being offered by Heritage Auctions at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago on July 30. Insiders say ...


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OUTspoken! marks one year of LGBTQ storytelling - OUTspoken!, Chicago's monthly LGBTQ storytelling event at Sidetrack, is the brainchild of David Fink ( co-founder, producer and board member at the Acorn Theatre in Three Oaks, Michigan ) and Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack )—and is marking its first anniversary. Fink, who lives part-time in both Chicago and Michigan, has held storytelling events at his theater on and ...


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Louisiana comedian Jen Kober coming to The Den Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 28, 2015 ) — Louisiana comedian JEN KOBER will bring her southern brand of down-home comedy to the Windy City for one night only on Sunday, August 9 at 7 pm for an evening benefitting Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. The event will also include live jazz by Louisiana ...


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LETTERS Let the Games begin - Dear Editor: On behalf of the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board of directors, we would like to offer additional information and perspectives on the July 9, 2015 Windy City Times article by Ross Forman entitled, "Daughter of Gay Games founder opposes merge with World Outgames." We at the FGG continue the important work of engaging the world ...


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MOMBIAN LGBTQ-inclusive sex-ed book for kids affirms, empowers - A recurring column - Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU ( Seven Stories Press ) continues a groundbreaking, LGBTQ-inclusive series for young people on human sexuality—and should have many cheering at its thoughtful, empowering, and accurate approach. The book does not merely include all LGBTQ identities, but celebrates them as equal parts of the human spectrum. The book ...


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AIA exec Zurich Esposito living out childhood dream - For Zurich Esposito, the road to executive vice president of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects ( AIA ), started in the 1970s in west suburban Hinsdale. Esposito was born in Mexico, yet grew up in and around Chicago, so he admittedly was very aware of architecture. And as a child, he befriended an eclectic Hinsdale business ...


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Chicago groups chip in as ADA marks 25 years - In Chicago, a network of more than 160 civic organizations, government agencies and businesses have come together to commemorate the American With Disabilities Act's 25th anniversary by committing to new programs and initiatives within their organizations. July 26 marked the 25th anniversary of the ADA being signed into law. Under ADA 25 Chicago, these local organizations are part of a ...


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'Plus One' Web series focuses on lesbian relationships - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Plus One is a Web series filmed in Chicago that delves into the lives of a group of friends—both lesbian and straight—who fall in and out of love. The show was written by and stars two lesbian women—comic Mo Welch and Dannielle Owens-Reid an author and co-founder of the Everyone Is Gay organization. Windy City Times talked to the L.A.-based ...


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Local film festival celebrates Black LGBT stories - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ) opened July 24 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Chicago. Now in its third year, the festival—which celebrates films about the Black LGBT community—has seen immense growth from its humble beginnings. "The way that it came about was a group of ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - Weekly choices for your nightlife... 'Sync It lip-sync-off Wed., July 29 Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Lip-syncing is all the rage! Show your stuff at this first installment of Sidetrack's new monthly contest, hosted by the inimitable Dixie Lynn Cartwright. No drag required to perform. Enter to win great prizes. 6th annual Lollapalooza sideshow Thursday, July 30, 10 pm Berlin, ...


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Nightlife photos - @MOSPHERE In their Sunday best at the Windy City Empire's Redneck Tie Affair benefit show, Sunday, July 26. Photos courtesy of the Windy City Empire. SIDETRACK 'Sync-ing it to Bey, Wed., July 22. Get ready for Sidetrack's new monthly lip-sync contest, 'Sync It, this Wed., July 29. Photos by Kirk Williamson MARY'S ATTIC Fight Club: Kyle vs. The Kweens, Fri., ...


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World news: Trans woman killed; Drag queens banned; Rio prisons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Scotland, drag queens have been banned from performing at a Pride event—with the reason being that they might offend transgender people, The London Evening Standard reported. Organizers of Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as an "anti-commercialist" alternative to the Scottish city's main Pride event, have announced the controversial ban. They said, in part, "The decision was taken by ...


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Illinois justice talks marriage 'moment' - Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis said that the date that the United States Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality was handed down—June 26—was a most auspicious occasion for her already: It was her 44th wedding anniversary. "My husband and I were greeted by a meditation on marriage by Justice Anthony Kennedy—more profound or beautiful than any greeting ...


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9.5M LGBT adults would be protected under proposed bill - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — A new comprehensive non-discrimination bill introduced July 23, 2015, in Congress would provide protections to an estimated 9.5 million U.S. adults who identify as LGBT, according to Gary Gates, Williams Institute Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director. The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, credit, ...


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PASSAGES Bill Kelley memorial Aug. 1 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A memorial will be held for longtime Chicago-based gay activist and attorney William B. Kelley on Saturday, Aug. 1. A reception will start at 10 a.m., and the program at 11 a.m. The memorial will be at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away ...


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GLAAD Chicago marks Leadership Council's fifth anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Chicago Leadership Council with a reception at the MillerCoors 16th-floor pub on July 22. The celebration, which has been held at the same venue since the first anniversary, was open to all GLAAD staff, supporters and friends. MillerCoors served its various ciders, beers and non-alcoholic beverages. Douglas Sanborn—the community affairs manager, LGBT at ...


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Competing trans legal events set to take place in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In order to provide individuals with a cost-effective alternative to the National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference—Transgender Law Institute, a number of attorneys who work on trans legal issues got together and created the first-ever Trans Law Symposium. Both events will take place Aug. 7, just blocks away from each other. The symposium will be held at Jenner & ...


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Diversity focus of Lesbian Who Tech/ LinkedIn event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbians Who Tech Chicago and Linkedin hosted a "Diversity in Tech, More Than Just Buzz Words" event at Linkedin's Chicago offices July 23. Lesbians Who Tech is, according to its website, "a community of queer women in or around tech ( and the people who love them ) who's mission is to be more visible to each other, be more ...


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ABA conference July 30-Aug. 4 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Policing in the wake of Ferguson, drones, LGBT issues and legalized marijuana are among the topics that will be explored at the 2015 American Bar Association ( ABA ) Annual Meeting ( "Greatness in Every Direction" ) July 30-Aug. 4 in Chicago. High-profile speakers at the meeting include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens ( July 31, 12:15 p.m. ...


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Indigo Girls, Malone take over The Vic - On July 21, Indigo Girls landed at The Vic Theater for an evening of harmonies, mandolins, guitars and celebration. The celebrations were plentiful as this tour marked the 30th anniversary of the duo—composed of Emily Salier and Amy Ray—coming together as a band while heralding the long-awaited release of their 14th album, One Lost Day ( IG Recordings/Vanguard Records ). ...


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Nat'l: Pastors attend wedding; pro-LGB military act; 'Black Lives' conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Michigan, nearly 30 ordained United Methodist Church ( UMC ) pastors ( in addition to 100 others ) gathered for the same-sex wedding of the Rev. Benjamin Hutchison and Monty Hutchison, The South Bend Tribune reported. Hutchison said he was forced to resign from his post as pastor of Cassopolis UMC after the church's district superintendent asked if he ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas; Caitlyn Jenner; Lucy Lawless; RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer/actor Nick Jonas was literally in chains for his performance at G-A-Y at London's Heaven club recently, NewNowNext.com noted. "You know we gotta do something special for the G-A-Y audience," he teased, as drag queens Mary Mac and Baga Chipz put his arms in shackles before moving down to put two more around his ankles. Jonas eventually broke free of ...


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BOOK REVIEW There Is Room for You - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Zoe Dolan, $14.99; 304 pages Zoe Dolan is a woman of words and places. Her memoir, There is Room for You: Tales From a Transgender Defender's Heart, follows her slow realization that she should abandon a life of itinerant art for law, and it shows her subsequent slog towards identity. Dolan begins the book as an exchange student in ...


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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay Story at Center in August - From a press release - Center on Halsted is proud to announce the upcoming presentation of Javier Rivera's one-man show, Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay Story. The one-man spectacle, written and performed by Puerto-Rican born Chicago artist Javier Rivera, will be staged in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted on Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 pm, and August 23 at 3 pm. The ...


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Upcoming: Market Days; Lollapalooza; Clarkson; Joel Hall; Tune; Dance for Life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Market Days acts: Aaron Carter, Salt-N-Pepa Northalsted Market Days has announced the musical acts for the Aug. 8-9 event that will take place on North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Among the acts performing on the North Stage at Addison on Aug. 8 are Blu Cantrell ( "Hit 'Em Up Style" ) at 1:45 ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Mark Burrell is steppin' in 'Pippin' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Life's a three-ring circus for the revival of four-time Tony Award winner Pippin. Now on a national tour, Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey and the choices he makes in life. Mark Burrell wears many hats on the tour. He's an assistant choreographer, dance captain and understudy for the role of Charles. Burrell made ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Pentatonix's Mitch Grassi's in the mix - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pentatonix rose to the top of the a cappella world after winning the television competition show The Sing-Off on NBC. The group consists of five members from Arlington, Texas,: Kirstie Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola. The PTXofficial YouTube page is not only a hit with subscribers, but two members of the group host a comedic ...


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VEHICLE REVIEW BMW 335i GT xDrive improves the quintessential sports sedan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BMW's 3-Series is the quintessential sport sedan, setting a tough standard that others struggle to attain. But, it is not perfect. While it's a finely engineered toy from behind the wheel, rear-seat passengers are better left behind. And, luggage space? There's usually enough, but sometimes not enough. A low ride height enhances handling, but makes stooping in less than elegant. ...


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Auto news: Parking-spot shaming; Speed racer; Texas sticker harrasses - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Parking-spot shaming: Los Angeles-based makeup artist Andria Farrell started the @parkingspotshaming social-media account on the visual app Instagram, allowing people to voice their frustrations on just how horrible someone's parking job really was, according to NBC Los Angeles. Vehicles that take up multiple spots, for example, have been cited on the app. —Speed racer: Tesla just debuted a "Ludicrous" mode ...


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Hobby baker starts United Nations of Sugar Art collaborative - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Self-taught, part-time hobby baker Zawadi Parizek, who identifies as pansexual, has launched United Nations of Sugar Art ( UNSA ), an international coalition of 285 artists from 41 countries speaking multiple languages, to raise awareness and educate people about social inadequacies through edible art creations. UNSA members will, once a year, virtually come together to create showpieces using sugar in ...


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Dining news: Chefs join Elixir, Replay; Tanta's new brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —LKH Management ( LKH )—the group behind Lake View's Hydrate, Elixir, Replay and Halsted's Bar & Grill—announced that Paul Dobroski will join the company as executive chef for both its new Replay and Elixir locations in Andersonville, scheduled to open in August. He will be supported by sous chef Bernardo Ibarra, who served in the same capacity at Girl & ...


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SAVOR Izakaya Mita - Welcome to the Japanese gastropub scene. And what a welcome it is! Izakaya Mita ( 1960 N. Damen Ave.; IzakayaMita.com ) impressively combines a cordial atmosphere with authentic and tasty items. ( Note: According to the restaurant's menu, izakaya are "cozy Japanese public houses" where people gather to eat, drink and socialize. ) The restaurant offers everything from shared plates ...


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Boy Scouts end ban on gay leaders, with religious exemption - In a widely expected vote, the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted, on July 27, to lift its ban against gay scout leaders. The vote came from the organization's executive board. In a statement, the organization said, "Today, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay ...


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Former lawmaker dies in accident - Former state representative and Cook County CFO Henry Woods "Woody" Bowman was killed in an auto accident July 10 in Southwest Michigan. Bowman's wife, Michele Thompson, sustained injuries in the accident. Bowman served in the state House, representing Evanston during 1977-1990 and was a member of the House Appropriations Committee for seven years. He was chief financial officer for Cook ...


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Lawmakers introduce Equality Act - U.S. lawmakers, on the week of July 20, introduced sweeping legislation that would give federal protections to LGBT Americans in a number of categories. The legislation, known as the Equality Act, essentially extends to the LGBT community the same rights afforded to other groups under the Civil Rights Act and other laws, and broadly covers areas such as public accommodations, ...


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Transgender student's restroom access case is likely to proceed - NORFOLK, Va. — A federal court in Virginia today heard arguments in the case of a transgender male student at Gloucester High School who seeks to use communal restrooms that match his gender identity. The case challenges a discriminatory policy that segregates transgender students from their peers and requires them to use "alternative private" restroom facilities. G.G. v. Gloucester County ...


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MUSIC Fed Up Fest - The second Fed Up Festival took place in the heart of Bridgeport July 24-26, and continued the standard set from last years event by addressing queer, race, and trans issues in an upfront manner. There was a strong irony with this festival, as it was last year, in that it took place in a neighborhood with a long history of ...


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Obama makes pro-gay remarks in Kenya - Videos below - President Obama's historic visit with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta went relatively smoothly, save for one issue: gay rights. At a joint press conference July 25, Obama called on African nations to bestow equal rights upon gays and lesbians; however, Kenyatta dismissed the importance of gay rights, calling it a "non-issue." "The idea that they are going to be treated differently ...


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CDC awards $3.8 mill to local agencies for 5 year HIV prevention partnership - From a news release - Chicago, IL ( July 23, 2015 ) — The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has awarded Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ), University of Chicago Medical Center ( UCMC ) and Project VIDA with $3.8 million to help fund a new five-year collaborative HIV targeted testing program aimed at Chicago's most vulnerable populations ...


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OFA hosts LGBTQ history event - Organizing for Action ( OFA ) held a special event on LGBTQ Pride: Past, Present and Future July 23 at Center on Halsted. Attendees were treated to a personal tour of The Legacy Walk markers by The Legacy Project founder Victor Salvo before a panel discussed LGBTQ historical and current events. Panelists were ESPN journalist Christina Kahrl, Salvo, and Windy ...


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These Boots Are Made for Working - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kyle Taylor Parker has some mighty big heels to fill in the national tour of Kinky Boots. The part of Lola was originally played by Billy Porter (and, in this interview, Windy City Times found out about Parker's take on it). The Broadway musical, based on the movie of the same name, was inspired by true events telling the story ...


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Chaz Bono on stage in "Down the Road" in LA - From a press release - Actor, "Down the Road" producer and activist Chaz Bono returns to the stage in a dramatic portrayal in the role of William Reach, a serial killer serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison for the mrders of l9 women. His newest victims could be Dan and Irin Henniman, the true-crime writers who are interviewing him for his biography. ...


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Federal Nondiscrimination Bill introduced in Congress - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015 )—Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) and Cory Booker ( D-NJ ) and Rep. John Lewis ( D-GA ), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT About Face takes 'Breaths,' marks anniversary - There's a deliberate synchronicity to the title of About Face Youth Theater's new show Fifteen Breaths. It was 15 years ago that the queer youth theater produced its first show, which had the title of First Breath. "We've had an incredible run and we've been really lucky to see queer youth theater that has been lauded and applauded," said About ...


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Queer trans man leaves impact at Northwestern and beyond - Dr. Kai M. Green has crisscrossed the country, having been born and raised in Oakland, California, and then at age 15 moving to Massachusetts to attend an all-girls boarding school and then on to Williams College. Next it was off to Los Angeles to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California. And since last summer, Green has called ...


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The reframing of Adam Lambert: His past, dating problems - Stripped of that glossy sheen, those painted nails and the purple mane that he famously flaunted on his 2009 post-American Idol debut, For Your Entertainment, Adam Lambert's latest album cover isn't even in color. His hair still reaches the same towering heights as his voice on The Original High but, otherwise, he's unadorned. The glam is gone. In our recent ...


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Knight at the Movies: Do I Sound Gay?; Black Alphabet; restored films - Do I Sound Gay? Out journalist David Thorpe's anxiety over sounding gay—an anxiety that has long been a subconscious problem with Our People and historically a source of derision from straight culture—is explored in Thorpe's fast-paced, breezy documentary Do I Sound Gay? After a breakup with his boyfriend and facing a bit of a midlife crisis, Thorpe decided that his ...


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The new era of ALMA: Association of Latino/as Motivating Action - by Sebastian Saenz - One might think that the Hispanic LGBT community in Chicago might seem small, along with its activities and challenges. However, considering that this city has the fifth-largest population of Mexicans in the United States, that one-third of the population in this city is Latino, that the Latino community is the second-largest and that a non-heterosexual community is very diverse, this ...


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UIC's Hughes named a University Scholar - Tonda Hughes—professor in the Department of Health Systems Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) and associate dean for global health—has been named a 2015-2016 University Scholar. Hughes is a researcher and scholar who has been recognized for significant contributions to understanding the health of sexual minorities. Hughes was among the first researchers to garner major ...







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