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Trans* woman claims self-defense in case - Like any 22-year-old growing up in a country that has historically prided itself on opportunities available to all, Eisha Love had dreams. On a website, she showcased photographs of herself, saying she was looking to get a start in life. "I am a hard worker and a fast learner," she wrote. "I know I was born to model." But as ...


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Mother of Eisha Love: Heartbreak and courage - Novelist and poet Barbara Kingsolver once wrote that "sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." For one Chicago mother raising a large family alone in the West Side neighborhood of Austin, her strength was tested without remission every single day. In the two-and-a-half years since she received a panicked call from her eldest daughter on the morning ...


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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Performances, appearances and releases - Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride's 'Women in Music' Nov. 16 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Women in Music"—a celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers—at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Actress Amanda Peet made her off-Broadway debut as a playwright in 2013 with a drama inspired by the recent downfall of financier Bernie Madoff, who ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme. With The Commons of Pensacola, Peet imagines what life might be like for the wife of a convicted Wall Street trader and the recriminations that spew from fellow family members ...


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Gender working group seeks submissions; Quigley has new liaison - Gender/sexuality group seeks submissions The Gender and Sexualities Studies Working Group is soliciting submissions for the upcoming fall quarter. Students and papers can be from any field, discipline, or methodological tradition, as long as the research is relevant to gender and sexuality studies, broadly defined. Interested persons should submit abstracts to gssworkinggroup@gmail.com. Please include a substantive description of the work ...


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Billy Masters - "This is such a loss for the world. But, more importantly, what a huge loss for QVC."—Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to Joan Rivers, who he brought back to The Tonight Show on his first night taking over the venerable talk show. Even in death, Joan Rivers was controversial. One of her biggest passions was Broadway. She wrote and starred in ...


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FALL SPECIAL: ART 'David Bowie Is' opening in Chicago - Still rebuilding after the devastating German air raids of World War II, Britain's mood in 1947 was desolate. Rationing was still in force; meat, potatoes and even electricity were cut. The London streets that had taken the full force of Hitler's V1 and V2 rockets existed as parallel lines of rubble. To make matters worse, January of that year heralded ...


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Deidre McCloskey on family and trans* battles to be won - Role models in the transgender community are becoming increasingly more prolific, not solely because they are trans* but because their accomplishments in a vast range of arenas from the arts to business are speaking for themselves. The curriculum vitae of Deirdre McCloskey is a portrait of distinction in academia. Her life is a profile in scholarship—the "eye that watched before ...


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LGBT group hosts 9/11 tribute to Fr. Mychal Judge - About 50 people attended the 9/11 memorial tribute to Fr. Mychal Judge at Old St. Patrick's Church Sept. 11. The tribute featured a screening of a documentary about Judge's life, the "Saint of 9/11." Judge ( Catholic priest, Franciscan friar and chaplain of the New York City Fire Department ) was the first recorded casualty following the Sept. 11, 2001, ...


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Openly gay Roosevelt Univ. president to retire - During 2015's commencement ceremony, Roosevelt University President Charles R. "Chuck" Middleton will, for the last time, repeat the same request of his graduating students that he has made since joining the school in 2002: "I want you to do well and I want you to do good." After 13 years at the helm of a school that—since its founding in ...


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D'Emilio's work honored at UIC symposium - Historian John D'Emilio, who this past August retired from his post at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), was the honoree at a two-day symposium celebrating his research and accomplishments Sept. 11-12. A number of scholars from across the country, among them his longtime friend and co-author, Estelle Freedman, gathered to pay tribute to D'Emilio's work, much ...


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D'Emilio symposium examines state and future of his field - Following the May 2014 retirement of renowned and accomplished LGBTQ educator, historian, author and activist John D'Emilio from a 15-year position as the professor of history and women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), his former department convened a two-day public symposium to study his impact on LGBTQ histories, lives and futures. The ...


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Preckwinkle backers gather to support re-election bid - Supporters of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid for re-election to her post gathered for a fundraising event sponsored by Women for Preckwinkle at the headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes, 2900 N. Ferdinand St., on Sept. 9. "It's been an interesting ride these last four years," said Preckwinkle, who added that, "It's a mixed blessing to succeed someone who's ...


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Life: Twelve - A recurring column - Twelve, what a great age. It's the year before you officially become a teenager. Most kids this age are hanging out with friends, riding bikes, and just enjoying life. However, my sisters and I weren't most kids. We got kicked out of our adoptive parent's house. One of my sisters and I were relocated to Hopkins Park. The others were ...


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Mary Bonauto, Alison Bechdel, Samuel Hunter are MacArthur Fellows - Lesbian attorney Mary Bonauto and lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel are among the 21 selections for the 2014 MacArthur Fellows awards. Gay playwright Samuel Hunter, whose work The Whale was at Victory Gardens theater recently, is also among the honorees. Each receive no-strings-attached stipends of $625,000. More honorees are listed there: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2014/ . Following are the descriptions of each of the ...


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Veterans Health Administration opens doors to LGBT vets - by Sammy Caiola - Jim Darby is starting to feel better about his grave. Morbid as it sounds, the 82-year-old U.S. Navy veteran is relieved to know that now, thanks to recent LGBT-inclusive policies from the Department of Veteran Affairs ( VA ), his husband, Patrick Bova, can be buried alongside him in an Illinois military cemetery when the time comes. "I served my ...


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Polis tries ENDA discharge petition - House Democrats announced Wednesday they will try to use a parliamentary procedure —a discharge petition— to force the Republican-dominated chamber to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ( ENDA ). Scott Overland, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis ( D-Colo. ) who initiated the petition, said it had 76 signatures within the first couple of hours. It needs 218 ...


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Coalition continues push for rescinded HIV/AIDS allocations - A statewide coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations, most of whom primarily serve persons of color, is continuing with its efforts to receive allocations they had been awarded through the state's appropriation process. The Service Provider Improvement Network ( SPIN ) last week issued a press release that outlined their purpose. According to their statement, "Community-based organizations and advocates from across Illinois ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Josh Young: 'Grace' under pressure - This October, Chicagoans are being treated to another pre-Broadway engagement—this time with a musical called Amazing Grace. It tells the story of John Newton, played by Josh Young, who is torn between becoming a slave trader or becoming more compassionate thanks to fellow costar Erin Mackey, who plays his childhood sweetheart. The classic title song "Amazing Grace" is born in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Czerwonko's 'Dead' reckoning - Evil Dead: The Musical is creeping into the Broadway Playhouse this fall and only running for three weeks. This horror show based on the classic movie broke records in Canada during its run before hitting the Windy City. The full cast of Chicagoans tells the campy story of five college friends staying in a cabin in the woods. Everything is ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Autumn premieres - Chicago theater chugs along ... and chugs along and chugs along. The 2014-2015 season is filled with delights covering 2,400 years of drama from the works of Euripides and Sophocles to new lights we haven't yet discovered ( but will before next summer rolls around ). As always, a very high percentage—about 40 percent—of work offered from our 230+ area ...


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Autumn classics and revivals and how to tell the difference - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - The word "classic" is tossed around pretty casually these days—indeed, it's not uncommon for Baby Boom geezers to affix that appellation to anything recalled from their youth, regardless of lasting historical significance ( "Yellow Submarine" might qualify as "classic" pop, but should "Mellow Yellow" share that status? ) According to sages at Windy City Times, a play can be called ...


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Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: UNDONE - THEATER REVIEW - Adapting and condensing a historical theater epic down to fit into a tiny storefront theater space sounds like a fool's errand. But as regular Chicago theatergoers know, the Windy City's industrious theater artists can often surprise and delight in re-imagining great works on a drastically smaller scale. Unfortunately, Skyline StageWorks' reduction of the Bard's work titled Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: ...


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Miracles in the Fall - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Chuck O'Connor. At: Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.petheatre.com; $25. Runs through: Oct. 5 Sister Clare Connelly probably wasn't the first teenage girl to flee her squabbling parents house for the perceived safety of a cloistered community, nor was Father Peter Lentine likely the first boy to seek the priesthood as an ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Midnight City - Playwright: Tony Fitzpatrick. At: Firecat Projects at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Hasted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $25. Runs through: Oct. 19 "Tony has lived only in Chicago" Stan Klein tells us. The "Tony" of whom he speaks is Tony Fitzpatrick—artist, poet, and raconteur in the tradition of Ben Hecht, Nelson Algren, Mike Royko, Studs Terkel and Rick Kogan. After ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Isaac's Eye; Death Tax - Playwright: Lucas Hnath. At: Lookingglass Theatre, the Water Tower Water Works ( Death Tax ); Writers' Theatre, Books on Vernon, Glencoe ( Isaac's Eye ). Tickets, Death Tax: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$65. Tickets, Isaac's Eye: 847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$75. Runs through: Oct. 12 ( Death Tax ), Dec. 7 ( Isaac's Eye ) Since 2011, Lucas Hnath ( pronounced "Nayth" ) has ...


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The show must go on: A season of musicals and operas is coming - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - This past Thursday, Sept. 11, theaters around the Chicago area dimmed their marquee lights at 7:30 p.m. in tribute to theater artists who passed away the previous week. Bernie Yvon, 50, was killed in an Indiana car accident on Sept. 6. Yvon, a veteran of numerous musicals at Chicago-area venues like the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Theatre ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Cornucopia of dance headed Chicago's way - A chill in the air, sweaters, and hot chocolate with marshmallows—these make up the quintessence of fall. Although Chicagoans might not be ready for el niño, for arts patrons the abundant autumn months also mean lots and lots of dance. —A number of milestones will be celebrated this fall, including silver anniversaries featuring fresh premieres and audience favorites from Evanston's ...


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Director talks dynamics of trans-focused film 'Boy Meets Girl' - REELING FILM FESTIVAL Extended for the online version of Windy City Times by Gary M. Kramer - Boy Meets Girl is a sweet, sensitive drama about sexual fluidity has Ricky ( Michelle Hendley ), a transgender teen, grappling with her feelings for Francesca ( Alexandra Turshen ), who is engaged to David ( Michael Galante ). Ricky gets some support from her best friend Robby ( Michael Welch ), who also feels slightly jealous toward Ricky and ...


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SPORTS NOTES Appearances, performances, games - Billie Jean King to speak at CFW annual luncheon Activist/tennis icon Billie Jean King will be the keynote speaker at The Chicago Foundation for Women's ( CFW's ) 29th Annual Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. The luncheon will celebrate the achievements of women and girls by bringing together a diverse audience that ...


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Gay music legend dies; O'Donnell on Boomer List; Staples honored - Mavis Staples to receive Sandburg Award Oct. 22 Grammy Award-winning singer and civil-rights activist Mavis Staples will receive the inaugural Carl Sandburg Award in the Arts from the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Library Foundation at the upcoming 14th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wed., Oct. 22, at The Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Two Carl Sandburg ...


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BOOK NOTES Group forms in Evanston; Authors read Disability - Chicago's OutLoud launch Sept. 18 StoryCorps—an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives—will launch its LGBTQ component, OutLoud, on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Marwen, 833 N. Orleans St., 6:30-9 p.m. OutLoud is a multi-year initiative dedicated to recording and preserving LGBTQ ...


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THEATER NEWS - FWD event to feature Tony winner Mueller Eight veteran actors, directors, writers, choreographers and producers have created FWD ( "Festival of Works in Development" ) Theatre Project, a grassroots initiative for the discovery, development and delivery of original musical theater to the Chicago community. Artistic Director Amber Makalong, along with collective artistic associates Justin Brill, Wade Elkins, Michael Gillis, Karen ...


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Chicago 2014 Homeless Youth Summit generates projects - Windy City Times has released a detailed report of recommendations from the first LGBTQ youth summit on homelessness. WCT hosted the event, held May 2-5 at three downtown locations. The 70-page report is available as a free download on the Windy City Times website at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/YOUTHSUMMITREPORTSMALL.pdf and also on the Chicago 2014 Homeless Youth Summit website, chicagosummit.lgbthomelessness.com/. Two ...


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Ceres' Table; Soho House Chicago eateries - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Patrons have been warned: They should "bee" careful at Ceres' Table ( 3124 N. Broadway; http://www.cerestable.com/ ) if they're going there for brunch—at least until the cold weather settles in Chicago. A passel of the stinging insects seemed to hover around diners inside and outside the restaurant, thanks to the many flowers decorating the restaurant's sidewalk cafe. A couple people ...


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BOOK REVIEW Out in the Union - Some might remember the classic 1997 Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia" that was dedicated to the steelworkers of the United States. The show ended with a steel plant closing, the men removing their shirts and the steel mill transforming into a gay club the C+C Music Factory Song, "Gonna Make You Sweat" playing while the men proudly declared, "We work hard, ...


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LETTERS - By George... Dear Editor: I was somewhat surprised by Cardinal Francis George's willingness to meet with a gay man Sept. 9 who was fired in late July from his position as Director of Worship at Holy Family Catholic Church. According to Windy City Times, "Colin Collette was fired from his job after announcing through social media that he and his ...


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VIEWS A gay icon gone - You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her. Her stand-up, red-carpet catcalls and colorful over-the-top humor—insult comedy, shock humor and ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles—were as lethal as it was legend. For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers—unfiltered and uninhibited—stated the following: "The last time ...


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Gay in the Life: Joe Lucarelli - Joe Lucarelli went to a meeting a few years ago for a friend to see what the AIDS Marathon Training Program, in conjunction with the Honolulu Marathon, was all about. He left the meeting signed up for that marathon in paradise, even though he had no endurance-sports experience. Years later, he now says his favorite endurance-sports memory is "[m]y training ...


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Maria Mejia writes about her HIV battle - Maria Mejia has long heard that she should write her autobiography, but just never was ready. After all, there are some "deep subjects" in her past, including enduring sexual abuse as a child; running away from home at the age of 13 and joining a gang; becoming HIV-positive at age 16 by the leader of the gang and her first ...


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Man fired from church job meets Cardinal George - By Matt Simonette A gay man who was fired in late July from his position as director of worship at Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness met with Cardinal Francis George Sept. 9. Colin Collette was fired from his job after announcing through social media that he and his partner, William Nifong, were engaged. Collette said that he didn't know ...


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That Guy - What a difference a two-week time period makes! When you produce a magazine on a weekly/bi-weekly basis for ten and a half years, not every issue's gonna be a shining star. I will admit to exhaustion ( no need for rehab ) and general burnout lending to the last issue being, ... well, ... not my best effort. But as ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: AND YOU CAN DANCE, FOR INSPIRATION - As I spend this month reflecting on my fifth anniversary as a professional DJ/promoter, I wonder where it all started. Where did I get that bug for dance music that "turned me out" and made these beats a serious obsession? Every artist has that one inspiring moment when it's clear what their passion and path might be, so as I ...


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Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries - From a press release - Proud to Run welcomes applications for beneficiaries of the 2015 Proud to Run 5k and 10k run/walk. Over its 33 years, PTR has donated more than $350,000 to nonprofits around Chicago that serve the LGBTQ community. In 2014, they donated $30,000, in total, to our three beneficiaries: The Night Ministry, TPAN and About Face Theatre. For a form, and to ...


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About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents The Black and Tan Supper Club on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


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Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame selects next inductees - From a press release - Fifteen individuals and organizations will be inducted Nov. 12 into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, the country's only known government-sponsored hall of fame that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) communities. The inductees were selected by a committee composed of former inductees, which reviewed nominations submitted by members of the public. ...


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Tomlin honor; lesbian situation on 'Orange'; Whitney CD/DVD - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lily Tomlin will be one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors this year—the first out lesbian to be chosen, according to Advocate.com. Numerous gay or bisexual men have received the Kennedy Center Honors, including Tennessee Williams, Stephen Sondheim, Aaron Copland, Edward Albee, Elton John and Merce Cunningham. The rest of this year's honorees are singer Al Green, actor ...


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Morten, Bennett launch production company, Focused Media - From a press release - Chicago, IL—Mary Morten and Jim Bennett launch their new Chicago-based production company, Focused Media, LLC, by celebrating the second season of their most popular project, The Gay Agenda, with a party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 6pm — 8pm. The Gay Agenda is an online talk show in which a panel of lesbian, ...


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U.S. grants asylum for LGBTI activist John Abdallah Wambere - From a press release - Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders client John "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere has been granted asylum in the U.S. With escalating attacks against the LGBTI Ugandan community, including John himself, in recent years, culminating in the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act this February, John's identity as a gay man and his advocacy for the LGBTI community made it impossible for him ...


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Fifteen groups ask for special U.S. envoy for LGBT rights - From a press release - Washington D.C. — American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ) and a coalition of advocacy and human rights organizations met with White House officials today to ask President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) peoples within the U.S. Department of State. "As the scourge of state-sanctioned discrimination ...


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Illinois Fiscal Crisis panel Oct. 23 at Loyola - "It's Your Money: Illinois Election 2014 and Fiscal Crisis in Illinois" is the focus of a panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m. at Loyola University's Lake Shore Campus. The program is hosted by The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and The Chicago Network. The conversation will be moderated by Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times. The panelists ...


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REELING FILM FESTIVAL Max Adler of 'Glee' runs amok in Saugatuck - NUNN ON ONE: Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Reeling Film Festival returns Sept. 18-25 as the second-longest running LGBT film festival in the world. One film, Saugatuck Cures, contains an original plot about a gay man ( played by Max Adler ) posing as an ex-gay minister curing homosexuals in churches around the Midwest to raise money for his sick mother. Before spoofing conversion therapy, Adler kicked off ...


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REELING FILM FEST The movie 'Lilting': Lost in translation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Language isn't the only barrier that stands between a gay man and the non-English-speaking mother of his dead, closeted boyfriend in Lilting. The feature debut of Cambodian-British writer/director Hong Khaou, this elegant chamber drama stars acclaimed UK actor Ben Whishaw as Richard, who enlists a translator and attempts to forge a bond with Cambodian-Chinese Junn ( Hong Kong actress Cheng ...


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'Queers in the Kingdom' filmmaker on movie, Wheaton College - REELING FILM FESTIVAL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Documentarian Markie Hancock's Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine will be featured at the Reeling LGBT Film Festival Sept. 20. A prolific filmmaker, Hancock has produced both personal projects and contract work for education, non-profit and corporate entities for 18 years. She spoke with Windy City Times about her life, career and evangelical Christianity as well as what ...


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Men Having Babies hosts parenting expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Men Having Babies, Inc. organized a surrogacy seminar and gay parenting expo on Sept. 13 at the Center on Halsted. More than 50 couples perused the showcased fertility booths, attended the various workshops about finances and risk averseness, and convened with service providers to privately discuss child-bearing options. Since 2005, Men Having Babies has put on hundreds of workshops across ...


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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Chicago House mark 25 years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams—whose names have become a brand—make a dynamic duo. Twenty-five years ago, the two started a home furnishing company with an investment of $60,000 that has now grown into over $125 million in 20 locations. More stores are on the way in St. Louis, the Miami Design District and Georgia. There are plans by next year ...


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Nat'l HIV/AIDS, Aging Awareness Day; Richmond, Va.'s, pitch - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day will be observed Thursday, Sept. 18, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy and AIDS.gov among those recognizing the campaign, according to a press release. By next year, half of the USA's HIV-infected population will be age 50 and older—and many cities, such as ...


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UN's Free & Equal; Grindr controversy; Chinese serial killer - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Free & Equal—the United Nations Human Rights Office's global public education campaign for LGBT equality—has released "UN Free & Equal: One Billion Rising," a video highlighting the campaign's impact to date, according to a press release. The ongoing campaign was launched in July 2013 at a press conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, and featuring then-UN High Commissioner for ...


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Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Assoc. 25th anniv. event - Since its founding in 1989, OPALGA, the Oak Park Area lesbian & gay Association, has served Oak Park and the surrounding areas' lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning citizens. "As a grassroots organization, we have benefitted from strong support from the broader community," they stated in a press release. The OPAL Award, the Oak Park Area Leadership Award, recognizes outstanding ...


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Five Worth Finding: West Loop restaurant, steamy film - —Packing House ( http://packinghousechicago.com/ ): This West Loop restaurant occupies the old Municipal space, and offers such mouth-watering dishes as crab spaghettini, ceviche, roasted chicken and pork chicharrones ( a fancy take on pork rinds ). However, not only is Executive Chef Amanda Barnes talented, but she is one of the most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. —Panes Bread Cafe ...


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Ugandan documentary screens at church - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - Renowned documentary Call Me Kuchu was screened at Broadway United Methodist Church and hosted by partner organization CLASP ( Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program ) on Sept. 12. The documentary was shown to the congregation to talk about how in many parts of the world new anti-gay laws have been passed, provoking violence, and highlighting the need for community organizations ...


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Pastor/CTS student in trans* documentary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - Rev. Kevin Downer, a doctoral student at Chicago Theological Seminary ( CTS ), will be featured as a religious expert in the upcoming documentary TRANSit. This film has been produced by and about trans* activist and filmmaker Rachel Lauren Clark. Clark included Downer to be a voice from the religious community to give merit to trans* experience and identity. Downer ...


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MUSICAL ROUNDUP 'Mud' about Riot Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 12, the 10th anniversary of Riot Fest kicked off with a big, sloppy, muddy kiss. The festival, which ran Sept. 12-14, has evolved into one of Chicago's must-see musical and social attractions, and rivals the gigantic Lollapalooza for performers, an audience-friendly vibe and organizational efficiency. What started a decade ago as a collection of punk/hard rock shows strewn ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Changing Face of Modern Families: Gay & Lesbian Parents - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Julianna Fields, $22.95; Mason Crest, Publishers; 65 pages The scene is familiar to every LGBT teen who first accepts his, her or their sexual orientation. The confusion is daunting. Where could they turn to for guidance if they want to have children? Who can they ask? This new book, Gay and Lesbian Parents: The Changing Face of Modern Families ...


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MUSIC Mikey Wax, Brendan James fill SPACE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 9, Evanston, Illinois got a double blast of East Coast rock-pop with an SRO show at SPACE featuring pianist/composer/singer Mikey Wax and troubadour Brendan James. Touring behind his third album and major label debut, Wax dipped into his songbook, which was laden with a variety of styles and flavors. His set ranged from the dramatic ( "The Last ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Trans health care - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, I have put off going to the doctor's office for a long time out of fear of mistreatment because I am trans. I have had terrible experiences in the past so I avoid seeking care at all costs. And, I hear that I won't have coverage for the health care I need because of exclusions in ...


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Dining news: Taste Talks; Freshii's kids' menu - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Taste Talks will take place Oct. 3-5 in Chicago. Events include "Mother of Pearl" Oct. 3 ( 7-10 p.m. ) at Kinmont, 419 W. Superior St.; "Free-Styling with Ice Cream Desserts" Oct. 4 at Soho House, 113-25 N. Green St.; and "All-Star Chef BBQ" Oct. 5 ( 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. ) at Palmer Square. Among the talent slated ...


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American anti-LGBT groups promoting bigotry abroad - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON —— There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that ...


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Quigley announces Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer as LGBT liaison - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) named Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer as his new LGBT Liaison following the departure of former LGBT Liaison Brandon Neese. "The people of Illinois' Fifth District will benefit from Yoni's history of public service and his unwavering dedication to equality for all people," said Rep. Quigley. "Yoni will be an invaluable asset ...


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Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride Women in Music Nov. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 — Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents Women in Music, a festive celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers, at Preston Bradley Center ( 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago ) on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...


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Reinhart succeeds Darby as AVER president - Lee Reinhart has succeeded Jim Darby, founder and longtime president of the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( the GLBT veterans group ). During his early military career, Reinhart had served honorably in the Navy only to be discharged from the Coast Guard under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He became one of the first Illinois veterans ...


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Thousands run, walk to fight HIV/AIDS - by Jonathan Jones - With barely a cloud in the blue sky overhead, 3,500 participants gathered for the 13th Annual AIDS Run and Walk Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 14, as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn gave the countdown for runners/walkers to take off. The runners sprinted south from Grant Park's Avery Field and past scenic Northerly Island, while the walkers headed north toward DuSable Harbor. ...







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