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Marga Gomez in "Latin Standards" June 2 - GLAAD Award Winner Marga Gomez will present the Chicago premiere of her 2017 Off Broadway hit and New York Times critics pick "Latin Standards" at Chicago's Urban Theater, 2620 Division St., for two nights only, Friday June 2 and Satuday June 3 at 7:30pm In her 12th solo play "Latin Standards" Marga Gomez performs the loving, funny and true story ...


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Congo Square director dies - Congo Square Theatre Company has announced the passing of Artistic Director Samuel G. Roberson Jr. He died May 21 at the age of 34 of pneumonia, according to The Chicago Tribune. In a press release, the company said, "He was the ultimate fighter and lived his theatrical life to the fullest, creating and leading an array of successful initiatives and ...


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Budget has no plan to withhold funding based on discrimination in schools - From a GLSEN press release - ( New York, NY ) - May 25, 2017 - While presenting the Department of Education's requested budget, which includes $150 million in public funds to be spent on sending students to private schools, Secretary DeVos left little doubt that she would not intervene if states allowed discrimination. GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard, and Director of Public Policy, Nathan Smith, ...


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Illinois House Passes Bill to Modernize State's Birth Certificate Law - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — A measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, House Bill 1785, passed the House by a vote of 63 to 43 on Thursday and was sent to the Senate. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would join fourteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing ...


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Human Rights Watch issues report on anti-gay purge in Chechnya - From a press release - ( New York, May 26, 2017 ) — Police in Chechnya rounded up, beat, and humiliated dozens of gay or bisexual men in an apparent effort to purge them from Chechen society, Human Rights Watch confirmed in a new report today. Russian federal authorities should ensure their investigation into these egregious human rights violations is effective and capable of holding ...


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Transgender documentary Finding Kim on digital platforms and VOD - From a press release - Los Angeles, Calif, — May 2017 — Finding Kim, an honest, intimate and inspiring documentary that follows three years of a transgender man's journey as he transitions from female to male, makes its debut on Digital platforms on June 6, 2017, from Random Media. The groundbreaking film showcases the incredible and honest story of a truly remarkable individual managing the ...


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Back Lot Bash's 14th year includes top women's pride talent - A whirlwind of fun awaits in Chicago this June as Back Lot Bash, Chicago's most attended women's festival taking place every Pride, is readying to celebrate its 14th Anniversary. Founded in 2004 by Amie Klujian and Christina Wiesmore, the "hottest, most rockin' festival for queer women" will happen this year over two weekends: June 16, and June 23-25. Showcasing local ...


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Hell in a Handbag Productions to present The Golden Girls Lost Episodes - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 25, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions thanks you for being a friend this summer with its campy world premiere parody of one of TV's most beloved sitcoms: The Golden Girls — The Lost Episodes by David Cerda, directed by Shade Murray, playing June 14 — July 12, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark ...


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Put the Nuns in Charge by Late Nite Catechism's Vicki Quade June 9-July 16 - From a press release - Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the classroom, Mother Superior is back in town this summer! Vicki Quade, the creator and co-author of Late Nite Catechism, is bringing back her hit comedy Put the Nuns in Charge! for a six-week run, June 9 through July 16, at the Royal George Theatre. Put the Nuns in ...


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Feminist bookstore Women & Children First has Pride all month - From a press release - Feminist bookstore Women & Children First offers a month of Pride activities in June including Samantha Irby, Jeremy McCarter, Pride Open Mic, You're Being Ridiculous presents LGBTQIA Storytelling Show, and support Project Fierce. Kids Programming: For more than three decades, Story time with Miss Linda has been every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Women & Children First! The tradition continues ...


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HRW issues report on Chechen anti-gay abuses - A 42-page report by the international rights-advocacy organization Human Rights Watch ( HRW ), released May 26, details the brutal treatment that gay men in Chechnya were subjected to this past winter and spring. The report, according to Kyle Knight, a researcher in HRW's LGBT-rights program, provides "the firsthand testimony of what it was like to live through the purge, ...


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PRIDE MONTH CALENDAR - compiled by PRIDEChicago - JUNE ( various dates ) - CENTER ON HALSTED - During June Pride Month, the center will be hosting a variety of LGBTQ events. 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. www.centeronhalsted.org JUNE ( various dates ) - PLAY - "Bright Half Life" by About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Wed.-Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun. at ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summer theater's hottest picks - For those of you preferring a Windy City "staycations" to a traveling vacation, here's a selected look at live indoor theater options for the summer. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Of LGBTQ interest —Loud & Proud, MCL Chicago, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave. Musical acts, comedy sketches and more are a part of this LGBTQ variety show co-hosted ...


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Spotlight - Lesbian love songs are in the mix of Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis. Refuge Theatre Project presents the local premiere of this "theatrical rock concert" in a venue that describes itself as "Chicago's Original Punk Bar since 1981." Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis continues through Sunday, June 18, at Exit Chicago, 1315 W. North ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ideation - Written by: Aaron Loeb. Directed by: Gus Menary. At: Jackalope Theater Company Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: JackalopeTheatre.org: $15-25. Runs through: June 17 What if you were assigned a task at work that could potentially kill other human beings? That is the premise behind Ideation, Aaron Loeb's drama/comedy being produced by Jackalope Theater company at the Broadway Armory. ...


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Critics' Picks - 3C, A Red Orchid Theatre, through June 4. David Adjmi's comically critical deconstruction of the TV series Three's Company can be unbalanced, but an outstanding acting ensemble shows how there can be palpable pain behind all those sitcom laughs. SCM Into the Beautiful North, 16th Street Theatre, Berwyn, through June 3. A young woman travels north seeking heroes to protect ...


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THEATER REVIEW Little Miss Sunshine - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: William Finn ( music and lyrics ) and James Lapine ( book ). At: The Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-999-9541 or ChicagoTheatreWorkshop.org; $32.50-$42.50. Runs through: June 4 There's something very savvy on paper about Chicago Theatre Workshop's Chicago premiere production of Little Miss Sunshine, a musical retelling of the 2006 indie movie. Director Maggie Portman and Music ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Radiant - Playwright: Shirley Lauro. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $32. Runs through: June 11 In recent years, plays about working women have evolved from waitresses, hairdressers and secretaries obsessed with personal family issues to female CEOs, senators and nuclear physicists obsessed with personal family issues. Traditional gender assumptions die hard,you see, making even women ...


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THEATER REVIEW Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker - Playwright: Daryl Brooks. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: June 18 An Art Deco motif nowadays considered only fit to be invoked in the rarefied environment of museums is that of a smiling young African girl wearing a bikini-length skirt fashioned of bananas and very little else. Far from being an anonymous colonialist ...


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GUEST COLUMN On I Am Not Your Negro - "People invent categories in order to feel safe. White people invented black people to give white people identity...Straight cats invented faggots so they can sleep with them without becoming faggots themselves." — James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni, A Dialogue ( 1973 ) To understand what is missing from Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro, and how James Baldwin ...


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Levithan wins literary prize - Writer David Levithan has received The Chicago Tribune's Young Adult Literary Prize. Levithan is the award-winning author of many bestselling works which explore a wide range of adolescent themes, including Boy Meets Boy ( 2003 ): Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist ( 2006 ); Will Grayson, Will Grayson ( 2010 ); Every Day ( 2012 ); Hold Me Closer ( ...


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Melt, Yates win Markowitz Award - Lambda Literary, which promotes LGBTQ literature, announced that Chicagoan H. Melt and Victor Yates are the recipients of the 2017 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. The judges for the prize were 2016 Emerging Writer winner JP Howard and queer scholar and activist Theodore Kerr. The Emerging Writer Award—which consists of two cash prizes of $1,000—is made possible ...


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BOOK REVIEW Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan - By Michel Delsol & Haruku Shinozaki $21.95; The New Press; 192 pages Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan chronicles modern life in the Land of the Rising Sun as its queer community gains more visibility and recognition. It is part of an ongoing photobook series, with other installments focusing on LGBTQ life in locations such as Delhi, New York City ...


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Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk - Registration has opened for the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5K walk and the 5K/10K runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Those runs start at 8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. ( The opening ceremony will ...


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King to speak atNU on June 16 - Advocate/sports icon Billie Jean King will deliver this year's commencement address at Northwestern University on Friday, June 16. King was ranked six times as the year's number one women's tennis player and won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 championships at Wimbledon. She is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, ...


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Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...


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Billy Masters - "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it."—Anderson Cooper chastises Jeffrey Lord after the political commentator once again defended Donald Trump—this time, in light of the Russian inquiry. Coop later apologized for the statement: "I regret the crude sentence I spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am ...


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SAVOR Italian Village - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ninety years... That's how long Italian Village ( 71 W. Monroe St.; https://italianvillage-chicago.com/ ) has been in the Loop, serving traditional and well-done Italian dishes. However, the 90-year tag only applies to The Village, which is on the second floor of the venue. The thing is that Italian Village is actually three restaurants in one: La Cantina ( the lower-level ...


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The ties that bind: '15 IML Patrick Smith launches new kink encyclopedia - Leatherpedia—an online bible of BDSM—was launched earlier this year by Patrick Smith, International Mr. Leather 2015, after an experience he had with curious kinksters in Trinidad and Tobago. "One of the things I tried to do in my title year was to go around to places where it is still scary to be gay and learn about it, and then ...


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IML 2017: International Mr. Leather in Chicago - Check out these official International Mr. Leather 2017, International Mr. Bootblack 2017, Chicago Bearfest Midwest and other related events throughout Chicago over Memorial Day weekend! Download the official guide to IML 2017: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/IMLGUIDE_2017_web.pdf . Wednesday, May 24 IML Best of Chicago Welcome Party A big welcome from "the city of big shoulders." Come meet and greet the city ...


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Loving Oliver Sacks and the city: Bill Hayes' new memoir - Shortly before his death in the summer of 2015, the eminent and beloved neurologist Oliver Sacks did an interview with the public radio show Radiolab. For the first time, Sacks was open about his sexuality: he was, in fact, gay. Though he spent much of his life without a relationship, in his final years Sacks fell in love with the ...


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Web series looks at South Side, queer women of color - Quare Life is a comedy web series centering the lives of a group of Chicago queer women of color on the city's South Side. The series centers on Michelle Jones ( played by Ambria Sylvain ) who has a nice home, a girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. When her marriage proposal is rejected and work ...


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House-music film looks at gay origins - A new two-part documentary by the British television broadcaster Channel 4—entitled I Was There When House Took Over the World—is coming out this month, according to teleSUR.tv. The film will highlight the origins of house music: the Black gay scene in Chicago's South Side. "House Was Born" focuses on the social and cultural environment that gave rise to the genre, ...


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Cinema/Chicago promote Kutza, Plauche - Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, announced the promotion of two longtime employees. Mimi Plauche has been named artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago, effective immediately. Michael Kutza, who founded the festival in 1964 and has since served as artistic director, will continue to serve as the president and CEO. The 53rd ...


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Chicago Underground Film Festival May 31-June 4 - The Chicago Underground Film Festival will showcase more than 100 unique visual works May 31-June 4 at the Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Among the LGBT movies that will part of the festival are Whatever Happened to Gelitin, The Magic Hedge and Cruising Elsewhere. "Gelitin" ( 82 minutes ) features artist/art dealer/actor Salvatore Viviano setsting out on a cinematic ...


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Chicago Home Theater Festival through May 29 - The Chicago Home Theater Festival will take place through May 29 in various spots around the city. Some of the featured artists will include xicana cultural producer Afr@cubarican DJ and performance artist Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero ( CQQCHIFRUIT ), transfeminine dance artist Darling Shear and Surviving the Mic Executive Director Nikki Patin. International women's-rights advocate Bernardine Dohrn and writer and activist ...


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SUMMER MOVIE SPECIAL Aliens, apes, Annabelle all part of summer's box office - Chicago is finally heating up, with the summer movie season now in full swing. There are many new releases primed and ready for the air-conditioned theater. Every year there is a variety of big budget popcorn flicks mixed with a few possible special-effect Oscar contenders. This list will give an idea of what to see—and possibly what to skip. ...


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Musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread the love - With her new single "One Kiss," musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread a message of universal love. Shag released a video recently for the song that shows a mix of diverse couples sharing a kiss. The couples include a lesbian couple, a gay couple and two mixed-race straight couples. I think it's important in this time," Shag said. "I'm all ...


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WCT writer in Steppenwolf event - Windy City Times senior entertainment writer Jerry Nunn will be part of "You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE," which will take place the first three Wednesdays ( 7, 14 and 21 ) of June at 8 p.m. at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, an 80-seat cabaret-style space connected to Steppenwolf's Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks at 1700 N. Halsted St.. Nunn plans to ...


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'Black Pearl' benefit June 3 - A benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker will take place Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at the theater, 4450 N. Clark St. The $50 ticket includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Proceeds benefit The Legacy Project, which educates the public about the many roles LGBT people have played ...


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New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony was recorded live in June 2016 at Orchestra Hall. Muti dedicated the performance to "all the ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Dance heats up this summer - by Joanna Furnans - Although summer doesn't officially begin for another couple of weeks, the 2017 Chicago summer dance season wastes no time getting started. Here's what should fill your dance card this season: —The free grand-finale performance of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's third annual "STOMPING GROUNDS" series will celebrate five of Chicago's percussive dance companies. This is an exciting opportunity to see ...


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Spacey honored while Billings hosts Steppenwolf gala - There were two major theater fundraisers on May 13 in Chicago. One celebrated one of the most respected actors working in movies today, and the other a multifaceted actress returning to her roots in a city that sparked her bright career. Kevin Spacey received the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award at the Four Seasons Chicago after a cocktail reception ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Chicago theaters offer warm staycations - Your favorite neighborhood playhouses don't close from Memorial to Labor Day, like they did when many of them didn't have air-conditioning. However, the summer season also hosts a number of theatrical entertainments suited for balmy temperatures and lengthy daylight hours. Here are some of them. ( *= free event ) One-stop destinations First Folio Theatre, Peabody Estate at ...


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LETTERS Trump's fail - Trump's "Religious Liberty" Fail Shows That He Can Be Stopped As a real-estate developer, President Donald Trump was no doubt used to saying "Build It!" and, after dispensing with pesky zoning and NIMBY matters, getting others to do so forthwith. Not so with his Muslim ban and, now, his nixed "religious liberty" executive order to discriminate against LGBTQs and women ...


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VIEWPOINTS Cambridge mayor's call to action - The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts—this writer's hometown—is a stormy hotbed of politics and social issues, and no person has weathered its vicissitudes better than Mayor E. Denise Simmons. On May 11, Simmons held a town hall meeting she dubbed "A Citizen's Assembly" on race, gender, class and culture. "I recognize the division and increasing polarization in the country that reverberates ...


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In the Life: Monroe Stevens - A photographer found his profile and asked if he'd be interested in doing some modeling; after determining it wasn't a scam, he leapt at the chance. Now, four years later, Monroe Stevens has participated in approximately 15 photo shoots and continues to build his brand. The offer from the photographer didn't take Stevens completely by surprise. Modeling had been something ...


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Activist reflects on Berwyn's LGBT transformation - Activist Ted Korbos said "he could never have dreamed" that, 22 years after the formation of Berwyn United Gay and Lesbian Organization ( BUNGALO ), that the city of Berwyn would have this many openly LGBT public officials about to take office. "I was very proud and very happy," said Korbos, who said that the election of lesbian Marge Paul ...


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Sarah Buino changes the tune of therapy - Using her head and heart, Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF brings her own colorful touch to the therapy field. As a child growing up in southern Ohio, Buino wanted to be a Broadway star. Singing was her first passion and she considered her school's theater department and show choir life. Over the years, she has moved away from musicals and ...


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GLAAD: 20 percent of millennials identify as LGBTQ - GLAAD unveiled its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a survey conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll that shows that young people are significantly more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ than generations before them. One of the primary results is that 20 percent of the respondents identify as LGBTQ. The survey—fielded online Nov. 2-4, 2016, among 2,037 U.S. adults ...


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'Freedom to Marry' shows Evan Wolfson as marriage architect - Widely considered the "architect of same-sex marriage," Evan Wolfson and his colleagues led a decades-long battle to win equal rights for LGBT people, culminating in a nationwide marriage equality victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. The National Law Journal, in 2000, named Wolfson one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America," and Newsweek/The Daily Beast referred to him as ...


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Center on Halsted, museum host 'Boystown' event - By Molly Sprayregen - On May 18, the Chicago History Museum held an event at the Center on Halsted ( "The Center" ) that both explored the development of Boystown and debated the positive and negative ramifications of the changes the neighborhood has undergone throughout the gay rights movement. This particular event, the first ever held outside the museum, featured speaker Jason Orne, author ...


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Dignity/Chicago marks 45 years with dinner, awards ceremony - DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke was the keynote speaker at Dignity/Chicago's ( the advocacy organization for LGBTQI Catholics and their allies ) 45th anniversary celebration May 20 at Francesca's on Taylor. Ramon Rodriguez, president of Dignity/Chicago's board of directors, spoke about what it must have felt like to be one of the founders of Dignity. "Just a few years earlier, ...


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9/11 friar to be honored June 10 - Father Mychal Judge—an openly gay Franciscan friar who was one of the first responders who showed up to the twin towers once disaster struck on Sept. 11, 2001—will be among those honored at this year's Irish-American Hall of Fame Awards Gala on Saturday, June 10, 6:30-10 p.m., at The Erin Room at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox ...


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Chicago Equality Rally on June 11 - The Chicago LGBTQ community and allies will be gathering Sunday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and musical performances will promote visibility, unity and pride. The rally will be held at the intersection of Clark Street and Balmoral Avenue—an intersection that is home to ...


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'Queer Prom' May 26 - The 12th Annual Queer Prom will take place Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. There will be food, music ( by DJ OCD ) and information booths. Tickets are $20-$30 each; visit "Queer Prom 2017" on Facebook. ...


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Lea DeLaria Pride Chicago 2017 Grand Marshal - Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her SAG Award—winning, standout role as Carrie 'Big Boo' Black in the Netflix hit series, Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria's multifaceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades. DeLaria holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America, ...


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Taiwan first Asian country to OK marriage - On May 24, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry—making it the first Asian country to approve same-sex marriage. The court, known as the Judicial Yuan, said current marriage laws were "in violation of both the people's freedom of marriage ... and the people's right to equality," and it provided two years for legal ...


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Winners named for Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the global leader advancing LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce the recipients of Lambda's Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prizes. This year Lambda recognizes James Earl Hardy and Shani Mootoo. The prize honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high ...


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'March on McDonald's' ahead of Company's Shareholder Meeting - From a press release - CHICAGO —Thousands of workers fighting for $15 an hour and union rights, joined by members of more than a dozen groups at the forefront of the resistance to President Trump's extremist agenda, flooded downtown Chicago Tuesday for a massive "March on McDonald's" ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting. Chanting "Ronald, Donald, You Can't Hide, We Can See Your Greedy ...


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Treatment Action Group Condemns White House Budget Cuts to Health, Research - From a press release - New York, NY, May 24, 2017- The full disclosure of President Trump's FY18 budget yesterday reaffirms the current administration's intention of scaling-back critical progress in programs and research made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, HCV, and other domestic and global health issues. Treatment Action Group, alongside many partner organizations, calls on all members of Congress to immediately ensure these ...


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Ald. Dowell, Chairman City Council Committee on Human Relations, addresses hate crime - From a press release - Alderman Pat Dowell, Chairman of the Committee on Human Relations, together with colleagues introduced a Resolution, at the May 24, 2017 City Council, to urge the Governor to restore the Illinois State Hate Crimes Commission and for lawmakers to pass House Bill 3711. HB 3711 strengthens the Illinois Hate Crimes Act by "expanding protections, provides civil enforcement authority to Attorney ...


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NBA returns 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte, HRC responds - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the NBA's decision to bring back the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019. The NBA had previously moved their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte in response to HB2, the deeply discriminatory law that put LGBTQ North Carolinians in harm's way and cost the state over ...


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Chuck Hyde remembered - A memorial for former Sidetrack manager Chuck Hyde was held May 21 at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Hyde, inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( now the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame ) in 2001, began work at Sidetrack in July 1982, three months after it opened. He died in South Florida where ...


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Goodman shows 'Sequins;' Stamos hosts 'Wish Ball' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 20, Goodman Theatre held a "Sequins and Soul" extravaganza at the Fairmont Chicago. This year, the annual gala invited the talented Broadway performer Billy Porter ( who has a new CD, Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richad Rodgers ) to entertain attendees. He kicked things off with Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade." Porter kept the ...


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Artemis Singers "Family of Friends" concert June 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


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'Rent' cast thrills Sidetrack attendees - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jonathan Larson's Rent has captivated audiences for more than 20 years. The story, loosely based on Puccini's La Boheme, shows the struggles of starving artists living in New York City. Tuberculosis is replaced by HIV/AIDS and Paris is switched for the East Village in this Pulitzer Prize-winning production. The show went on to garner four Tony wins, become a motion ...


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VEHICLE REVIEW 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG drops hammer on crossovers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - AMG has a long history of being Mercedes' in-house gym, delivering cars as diverse as the GT-S supercar that blips 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and G65, a 621 horsepower brick-square mountain goat with a biturbo V12. But, its card was swiped with the "Hammers"—modified 1980s E-Class sedans wagons that could move Porsche 911s out of the Autobahn's left lane. ...


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'Big Gay Brunch' June 4 - Pride Month will kick off at Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., with queer nightlife personalities at the Big Gay Brunch on Sunday, June 4, at 1 p.m. The hosts will include bearded beauty Lucy Stoole, high-energy drag king Tenderoni and queer fashion designer Sky Cubacub as well as members of LezBe and Peach, along with DJ Teen Witch Fan ...


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Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate Peanut Butter, Three Cheese, Zebra Chocolate Striped, Pesto Mozzarella, White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Karamel Kiss. In addition, the company has staunchly been behind a cause: Popcornopolis has raised more than $10 million for non-profit groups by ...


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Dining news: Travelle series, The Barn, Nutella cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Travelle "Chef Collab" dinner series kicks off on Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. as Travelle Kitchen + Bar's Chef Ricardo Jarquin opens his kitchen to Chef Daniel Espinoza from new taqueria Holy Taco! for a family-style dinner. The five-course event will begin with guests seated at communal tables in Travelle's wine cellar. Admission is $65 per person, excluding ...


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National roundup: Joe Biden, Texas bills, trans woman murdered - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, according to DNC.org. DNC Chair Tom Perez said the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award at the June 21 dinner. LGBTs represent a key voting group that supported former President Barack Obama's two campaigns. ...


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World news: Caleb Orozco, racism survey, Chechnya, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco—the man who successfully challenged Belize's sodomy law and won—with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization's annual gala, "A Celebration of Courage," a press release stated. OutRight's award ceremony ( held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room ) was attended by more than 300 activists, human-rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The ...


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Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles - From a press release - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering abuse in her home, Lambert said she was gang-raped at 16 after sneaking into an Army barracks. "You kind of go into survival mode and are like, 'OK, how do I navigate this situation?'" she said to ...


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Clinton to speak at ALA conference - Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the American Library Association ( ALA ) Annual Conference's closing general session speaker on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place ( west building ). She was the 67th secretary of state ( 2009-13 ) after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf ...







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