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DeVos nominated Secretary of Education, Lambda Legal and GLSEN respond - From press releases - Lambda Legal As Congress begins hearings on Betsy DeVos's nomination to be the U.S. Secretary of Education, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's leading non-profit legal organization working for LGBT rights, provided the following statement: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students contact Lambda Legal every day to seek help being safe at school. We need a Secretary ...


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Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted - U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted transgender U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks in 2010, after Manning served more than six years of a 35-year sentence. Manning, 29, will be released May 17. The commutation reduces Manning's sentence but is not a pardon. Incidentally, May 17 is the International Day Against ...


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Entertainment: Jennifer Holliday, Jim Parsons, stars say goodbye to Obama - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 14, singer Jennifer Holliday released a letter addressed to the LGBT community announcing that she will no longer be performing at the presidential inauguration concert, apologizing for what she called a "lapse of judgment," The Daily Beast noted. She cited a Daily Beast article in her letter, saying that after she read it she realized that "my only ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World and local premieres abound - There are plenty of offerings this winter for theater lovers who prize new-to-Chicago and never-seen-before works. Here's a sampling of world and local premieres to watch out for. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. World premieres Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, Second City e.t.c., 1608 N. Wells St. You can bet that this 41st revue will feature ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL The winter classics: Old and not-so-old - Classics... The very word is an attraction for some but a turn-off for others, which is understandable if an old play is presented as a stodgy museum piece, or used as a springboard for some ill-conceived deconstruction. Fortunately, the finest and greatest theater pieces remain pulsing and pertinent for contemporary audiences through the universality of their characters, stories and ...


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Theater spotlight on Chicago Children's Theatre, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Chicago Children's Theatre is simultaneously celebrating its future and its past this month. The recent opening of Chicago Children's Theatre's new headquarters for classes and small-scale shows in the former 12th District police station in the West Loop conincides with the revival of one of the company's biggest hits. Back in 2009, Ralph Covert ( Ralph's World ) ...


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Charles Busch in Chicago Jan. 29-30 - Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, will present Charles Busch: That Girl, That Boy on Jan. 29-30 in The Broadway in the center. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm going to give America a happy ending."—The newest Bachelor, Nick Viall, discusses his hopes for love the fourth time around. I'm gonna hold him to that. I'm disappointed in Jennifer Holliday. For those of you who may be out of the loop, Donald Trump is having a devil of a time booking performers for the inauguration. An inquiry went ...


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The Sofo Tap presents Lumbersexual Jan. 21 - In its third year, The Sofo Tap's Otter gets hotter than ever as Chicago's ultimate otter mascot, Woody Woodruff, hosts this year's Lumbersexual, Saturday, January 21. Lumbersexual, much like Chicago winters, brings out the rugged side in all of us. Join fellow Chicago otters in sporting your sexiest flannel, plaid or whatever gets you in the mood to tackle some ...


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Sidetrack, nightlife photos - Open wide for Sync It!: Dudes, Wed., Jan. 11 Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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SAVOR Mama's Boy - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Mama's Boy Peasant Italian ( 445 N. Dearborn St.; RosebudRestaurants.com/restaurant/mamas-boy-peasant-italian/ ) is in an interesting spot. The eatery is located in River North—and at a location that would seem to invite many patrons. However, there has been substantial restaurant turnover over the years—including with Rosebud venue Joe Fish. ( Mama's Boy is also a Rosebud restaurant. ) Hopefully, Mama's Boy ...


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Judge: Secular celebrants can officiate marriages - A federal judge, on Jan. 4, ruled that certified secular celebrants are authorized to perform marriages in Illinois. Secular celebrants are trained by the organization Center for Inquiry ( CFI )—which advocates for "reason, science and secularism"—to officiate at weddings wherein the couple might not want a religious or government official. "I am truly relieved by this ruling, and I ...


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Cartooning AIDS' at Gerber/Hart - A new major exhibition is in the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St. "Cartooning AIDS" features the political cartoons of Danny Sotomayor and looks at how issues surrounding AIDS were engaged through political cartoons, comic books, trading cards and 'zines for the purpose of political critique, education, and awareness. The exhibition will be open through ...


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Laura Jane Grace in Chicago on Feb. 5 - On Sunday, Feb. 5, trans singer Laura Jane Grace will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Grace is a musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Her solo debut EP, Heart Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as transgender, ...


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VideoOut hosts story-sharing event - NYC-based nonprofit VideoOut ( created to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people by sharing coming-out stories and building community ) and Chicago-based film-production company Strangewaze hosted Chicago Story Collection Day Sunday, Jan. 15, at Center on Halsted. Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) Kim Hunt ( left, back row ) was one of those who took part. Photo by Gretchen ...


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Forum on LGBTQ bars on Jan. 26 - Out at CHM—the Chicago History Museum's annual three-event series exploring LGBTQ issues—is launching its 14th year of programming with "Our Bars: Community, Safety, Violence, Sex, and Activism," an exploration of the movement that developed from LGBTQ bars and clubs. The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. The panel discussion begins ...


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Bill T. Jones to speak at DuSable - Art AIDS America and the DuSable Museum of African American History are hosting dancer/activist/Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Jones, who is a passionate HIV-positive artist, will offer a one-night-only presentation ( entitled "Return" ) touching on his decades-long relation to HIV/AIDS. This program is free and ...


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BOOKS Pink and Brown in the White House: Talking with Moe Vela - Moe Vela is the sort of guy who starts speeches by saying, "It's so good for this ugly, bald chubby gay Latino from South Texas to be with you today." Vela's claim to fame? He was a senior executive to the vice presidents in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, and was the first gay Hispanic person to do so. ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBT plays to chase away the darkness - Don't put away that gay apparel yet. After a stressful 2016, it's time to rally around LGBT plays to raise consciousness and morale while having a good time as well. Gay history The Temperamentals, About Face at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Before Stonewall sparked the creation of Gay Alliances, Coalitions or Liberation Fronts, the Mattachine Society ...


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LGBT critics to announce Dorian Award nods - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA )—composed of more than 170 film/TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. The selections come across 24 categories, and are mainstream and LGBTQ-focused, with 20th Century Women and The Lobster among the titles in the ...


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Siskel's Oscar panel Jan. 24 - The Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), 164 N. State St., will present the 89th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. A reception will follow. Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival Alison Cuddy will moderate a panel discussion about this year's ...


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Riva Lehrer talk on Jan. 25 - Project& will present a conversation with Riva Lehrer, who's a Working in America exhibit participant, artist and activist. The event will take place Wed., Jan. 25, 12-1 p.m., at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. She will talk about her working life. Lehrer is known for depictions of those who have rarely been the subjects of portraiture. ...


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National comedy benefit Jan. 19-21 - In response to what the event's organizers have called President-elect Donald Trump's "repeated threats on human rights," comedians in more than 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and ...


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Goodman to light up new marquee - Goodman Theatre will illuminate its brand-new marquee for the first time during a public ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The illumination event is aligned with The Ghostlight Project, a national effort of U.S. theater. The iconic vertical marquee above the Goodman's Dearborn Street main entrance will match the look and dimensions of the original sign, which was ...


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Wayne Brady joining 'Hamilton' - Five-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady is joining the Chicago cast of Hamilton ( as Aaron Burr ) Jan. 17-April 9 at The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Brady will return for his eighth season as the host of CBS' Let's Make A Deal as well as the fifth new season of Who's Line Is it ...


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THEATER REVIEW Her America - Playwright: Brett Neveu. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $34-$48. Runs through: Feb. 12 In theater jargon, the term "vehicle" indicates a play or production designed to showcase the talents of a particular artist, often—but not always—at the expense of other dramatic factors ( plot, character, plausibility, etc. ). Brett Neveu's conveyance for Chicago icon ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Sundial - Playwright: adapted by Paul Edwards, from the novel by Shirley Jackson. At: City Lit Theatre at the Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $29. Runs through: Feb. 12 In an uncertain world, rarely is there a shortage of free-floating dread ( dubbed "anxiety" by the shrinks ). Since putting a name to unseen terrors provides an illusion ...


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WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Winter dance is warming up - This year is shaping up to be mellower one for many local dance companies, many of which are still recovering from a prolific fall dance season filled with ambitious projects and world premieres—scaled back, perhaps, but no less exciting for all brands of dance fans. —The Harris Theater has a very full calendar this winter, of which the notable engagements ...


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Most have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not everywhere? - Most people have all-gender restrooms at home. Why not have them everywhere? Just in time for holiday shopping last month, the retail giant Target absorbed some boycotting noise from a conservative website calling for a boycott of the stores because of its policy of allowing transgender customers to use the bathroom of their choice. The website, 2nd Vote, has been ...


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Poll: 10M LGBTQs reside in U.S. - The portion of adults identifying as LGBTQ increased to 4.1 percent in 2016, from 3.5 percent in 2012, according to Gallup.com. This translates to 10 million LGBTQ adults living in the United States—an increase of approximately 1.75 million from 2012. This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of ...


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Writer Maggie Jochild dies - Writer Maggie Jochild—whose Twitter account described her as a "third-generation lesbian," "a sixth-generation Texan" and "radical poet pacifist novelist disabled optimistic"—died Jan. 6. She was 61. Alison Bechdel, on her blog Dykes to Watch Out For, had sent out good wishes to Jochild in a Jan. 3 post. Bechdel added that Jochild "met her partner, Margot [Williams], through this blog ...


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UMC's Bishop Karen Oliveto visits Chicago - United Methodist Church ( UMC ) Bishop Karen Oliveto was in Chicago over the weekend of Jan. 13 for the Winter Warming conference that, according to its website, is "a reconciling United Methodist gathering for a fully inclusive church co-hosted by NIC Reconciling Task Force & MFSA." Oliveto is UMC's first openly lesbian bishop having served, for eight years, as ...


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Inauguration day protests in Chicago - Activist Andy Thayer reports on actions this Friday, Jan. 20 in Chicago: Two huge protests are going to meet up. One starts at Daley Plaza at 3 p.m. ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daley-Plaza-Downtown-Chicago/524104144279966 ), which will then march to Trump Tower ( really, just south of it @ Wacker and Wabash ) for a 5 p.m. protest organized by another group ( https://www.facebook.com/events/359935351008861/ ...


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RING IN THE NEW: New congress, new president, old divisions - By David Thill - President-elect Donald Trump said that marriage equality is "done" and "settled" when he sat down for an interview with CBS' Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes shortly after the election. "It's law," he stated. But his choice for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence—who drew national criticism in 2015 when he signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act into Indiana law—raises concerns, ...


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Torres to work with Howard Brown - Crispin Torres is moving from Lambda Legal to Howard Brown Health. Torres, the community educator at Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office, will start at Howard Brown on Feb. 1. He will concentrate on policy and legislative work there. In an email he said, "I am very excited for this new opportunity, albeit sad to say goodbye to some of my ...


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GUEST COLUMN The Embodied Power of Standing Rock - I remember the last evening at Oceti Sakowin so clearly. I had begun the day with a plan, but like the few days before, ended the day surprised by the ways my plans had failed to work out in the best of ways. I had planned on attending meetings and doing outreach ( volunteering ) at the kitchen like I ...


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Planned Parenthood prepares for fight of its life - In as much as conservative Republicans have waged their crusade against the civil and human rights of the LGBTQ community, they have sought to wield the same authority in both clandestine and overt efforts to control the reproductive lives of women. A woman's right to the governance of her own body has been a battleground of increased intensity ever since ...


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Activists want to quash Uptown TIF subsidy - From a press release - Lawyers for activists who last year filed an Open Meetings Act lawsuit against the Chicago City Council, have moved for the court to quash a City Council vote last June that approved a TIF subsidy for hi-rises in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The City Council approved the Montrose-Clarendon $15.8 million TIF subsidy for what they call "luxury housing on prime lakefront ...


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No Human is Illegal, Take These Precautions Now - How can LGBTQ people with immigrant status protect themselves in the current political Climate? At the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) we pondered this question. We consulted with immigration lawyers, public policy experts, and other attorneys to identify issues of particular importance to LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders. There are a ...


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Controversial pastor Eddie Long dies - Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, has died at age 63. Long died after battling an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality. However, in 2010, he also settled a ...


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Survey of 50,000+ youth reveals post-election spike in bullying, harassment - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States. The online survey, believed to be the largest ever of its kind, found that 70 percent of ...


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Lambda Legal: Price would endanger health of LGBTs, people living with HIV - From a press release - New York — As congressional hearings begin on Tom Price's nomination to become Secretary for Health and Human Services, Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest non-profit legal organization working for the rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, released the following statement: "Senator Tom Price is a dangerous choice for Secretary of ...


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World: Pakistan census, South African channel, shocking Brazilian crime - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pakistan is set to include transgender people in its national census for the first time this year, according to PinkNews. The Lahore High Court ruled that the government, National Database and Registration Authority must include the trans community in the 2017 census. The ruling came after a petition was filed by trans activist Waqar Ali in November that argued the ...


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National: Judy Shepard, lesbian co-pastors, trans White House staffer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The mother of Matthew Shepard urged senators to oppose Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to become President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general, citing his opposition to hate-crimes legislation, CNN reported. n a report issued by the Human Rights Campaign, Judy Shepard—whose son Matthew was beaten and left to die in Wyoming in 1998 in a crime motivated by anti-gay sentiment—criticized Sessions ...


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Dining news: Monkey's Paw chef, 'Dolly Parton' event, Care Bear cupcakes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Monkey's Paw, a Lincoln Park gastropub established in 2012, has announced Adam Allen as its new executive chef. Allen previously cooked under former The Dawson Executive Chef Shaun King, and has also held roles at Davanti Enoteca, Epic, Baume & Brix and, most recently, with Footman Hospitality as sous chef at Bangers & Lace in Wicker Park. See TheMonkeysPawChicago.com. ...


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Von Teese tour to kick off Feb. 1-3 - Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese is set to kick off her striptease spectacle, "The Art of the Teese," Feb. 1-3, 2017, at Chicago's House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. In this all-new burlesque revue, Von Teese is performing some of her best-loved acts that have never been seen on tour before, including a fresh version of "Lazy" that she ...


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'Love Is Love' at Sidetrack on Jan. 20 - Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., is throwing a " Make J20 Great Again = Love Is Love" party all day and night on Friday, Jan. 20. Coinciding with the date of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Sidetrack's event is meant, according to a press release, " for people to come together and reminding all of us that love is still love, ...


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Coalition of Attorneys General urge Senate to oppose Pruitt for EPA - From a press release - A coalition of nine Attorneys General, including New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, is urging the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to oppose the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ). Pruitt's confirmation hearing began this morning. The letter, sent yesterday, argues that Pruitt is "openly hostile" to ...


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Felicia, 36, and Miguel Barahona, 4, dead of hate violence, intimate partner violence - From a NCAVP press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the hate violence and intimate partner violence related homicides of Felicia Barahona, age 36, and Miguel Barahona, age 4. According to media reports, Felicia and Miguel were found dead in their apartment on Monday, December 26th, 2016, and the child's father, Isaac Duran Infante, age 23, has been ...


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President Obama Grants Commutation to Chelsea Manning - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced today the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning will reportedly be freed in May 2017. "I'm relieved and thankful that the president is doing the right thing and commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence," said Chase Strangio, a staff attorney ...


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Task Force implements recommendations for Creating Change future - As the National LGBT Task Force's 2017 Creating Change conference opens in Philadelphia Jan. 18, it will be considering suggestions from a Chicago-based consultancy. The Task Force, in April 2016, hired Chicago-based Morten Group to review the logistics of the conference, which had encountered substantial strategic difficulties when the event took place in Chicago in January 2016, among them a ...


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GayCo to present Cntrl+Alt-Right+Delete - CHICAGO—-In a world run by a man with tiny, quick thumbs, and a sidekick as terrifying as a broken condom, GayCo has managed to dismantle the alt-right movement in 3 simple keystrokes: CNTRL + ALT-RIGHT + DELETE. GayCo is back with a brand new show to take down the alt-right movement in a battle of sass, wit and sexual innuendos. ...


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PASSAGES Bronski Beat keyboardist dies - Larry Steinbachek, a former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, has died at 56. Steinbachek's sister Louise Jones told BBC News he died in December 2016 after a short battle with cancer, with his family and friends at his bedside. Steinbachek formed the group with musician Jimmy Somerville and Steve Bronski in 1983, and they had chart success with ...


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Movement Matters: An interview with Andy Karol - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center, by writer Michael Workman; it investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment touches on the topics of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CELEBRITY Meiling Jin travels from China to 'Chop Chop' - Meiling Chin has created an empire in media in just a short time. While born and raised in China, Chin eventually arrived in America to make her mark. In high school she began writing for QQ.com, the sixth-largest website in the world, and by the age of 21 she had garnered 100 million hits on various websites with celebrity interviews ...


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LGBTs attend legislative breakfast on next Congress - Video below - U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Robin Kelly and Bill Foster, all Democrats from Illinois, attended a legislative breakfast Jan. 17 hosted by AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) and Equality Illinois ( EI ), at the offices of Clark Hill law firm downtown. Also attending were representatives for Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, ...


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Women's march hosts press event - The Women's March on Chicago held a press conference Jan. 17 at City Hall. More than a dozen supports, organizers and speakers for the march attended, with several giving passionate reasons why they are marching Jan. 21 in Chicago's Grant Park. Lead march organizers Liz Radford, Ann Scholhamer and Jessica Scheller introduced some of the march's movers and shakers, including ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Jeremy Ashley Owens riffs on Cher and being ridiculous - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeremy Ashley Owens is showing the funny side of life with his popular Chicago series You're Being Ridiculous. In the show, a different topic is featured each run. Currently, family is front and center, with games, choices and lightbulbs all planned for the future. Sounds ridiculous? It is all part of the fun. Founded in 2010 by Owens, the cast ...


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Illinois Holocaust Museum to open 'Half the Sky' exhibit - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and YWCA Evanston/North Shore are partnering to present the Midwest premiere of a special exhibition at the Museum titled "Women Hold Up Half the Sky," which identifies one of the central moral challenges of the 21st century: full equality for women. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women, ...


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Wife of Orlando shooter arrested - Noor Salman, the wife of the Orlando nightclub mass shooter at Pulse Nightclub, was arrested in San Francisco Jan. 16. Salman was charged with aiding and abetting as well as obstruction of justice in the case of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. She moved to the San Francisco area after the June 2016 shooting, in which her husband, ...


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Women's March on Chicago Jan. 21 - Chicago will be among more than 380 cities around the world hosting women's marches Jan. 21, the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration. While the largest march is expected in Washington, D.C., with thousands of people from Illinois attending, one of the largest marches outside of D.C. is expected in Chicago. Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of ...


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Berlin washroom vandalized - A washroom at the popular Boystown nightclub Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., was vandalized the evening of Jan. 14, according to social media reports. The perpetrators drew swastikas and wrote "King Trump" on the washroom wall and smashed a mirror. On a post appearing on Berlin's Facebook page, employee Greg Haus wrote, "This is so upsetting to me. I've been ...


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Trans person: Nightclub's apology insufficient - A trans individual who was allegedly misgendered and denied entry to a Chicago nightclub said Jan. 12 that the nightclub's attempt at an apology was insufficient, according to DNA Info. Jay Graber said that when they—their preferred pronoun—as well as friends attempted to enter PRYSM Nightclub, 1543 N. Kinsbury St., on Dec. 30, they were turned away; Graber was wearing ...


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Julian Assange wants clemency for Manning - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly agreed to be extradited to the United States if President Obama grants whistle-blower Chelsea Manning clemency before his term ends on Friday, Jan. 20. On Twitter, WikiLeaks said Assange would not oppose extradition to the U.S. "despite [the] clear unconstitutionality" of any potential criminal complaints against the whistleblower organization. Manning—a transgender woman who admitted ...


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Sen. Tammy Baldwin to oppose Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for Attny Gen. - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement announcing she will oppose President-elect Trump's nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General: "America has made great progress over the last eight years with an Administration that has taken seriously a shared responsibility to pass on to the next generation a country that is more ...


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Legacy LIVE to present Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist, Sotomayor's story - From a press release - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 opens with the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist about the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. Follow his struggle to balance life, death, and protest cast against some of the most explosive footage of AIDS ...


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Love is Love, Sidetrack offering uplifting Inauguration Day alternative - From a press release - Lakeview, Chicago. ( January 13, 2017 ) Sidetrack The Video bar-famous for Show Tune Sunday, frozen slushies, and napkin tosses ( among other events and social activism )-is throwing a Love is Love Party all day and night Friday January 20. Sidetrack, along with partners Lambda Legal and Absolut, want to "Make J20 Great Again!" with a bevy of ways ...


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Local theaters to participate in The Ghostlight Project - From press releases - CHICAGO ( January 13, 2017 ) — Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz announce Steppenwolf's participation in The Ghostlight Project, an evening of advocacy at theater companies across the country to demonstrate a shared commitment to greater inclusion, participation and compassion in our theaters and our communities. On January 19, 2017, beginning at 5:15pm, Steppenwolf Theatre ...


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Gallup: More than 10 million adults identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation responded to a new Gallup survey reflecting a historic increase in adults in the United States identifying as LGBTQ — 10 million, or 4.1 percent of the population, compared to 8.3 million just four years ago. "This survey reflects the fact that in just the past four years, there ...


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Women's March on Chicago announces new rally location - From a press release - Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of the Petrillo Bandshell, will be the new kick-off point for a Jan. 21 rally and march in downtown Chicago for women's rights. Organizers decided to locate the stage on Jackson rather than at the bandshell to protect Grant Park from damage. The combination of unseasonably warm temperatures, rain earlier in the ...


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1000s of Illinoisans traveling to Women's March on Washington Jan. 21 - As the date draws closer for what is expected to be one of the largest demonstrations in Washington, D.C. in recent times, Illinois marchers and the Illinois Chapter organizers are in final stages of preparation for the Women's March on Washington. The March is taking place Saturday, Jan. 21st, 2017, the day after the inauguration of the next president of ...


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DOJ report points to CPD problems with people of color, trans, LGB communities - A Department of Justice ( DOJ ) report, which was released Jan. 13, said that the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) has been using excessive force and violating the rights of Chicagoans, and issues a number of suggestions intended to bridge the chasms between CPD and many of its constituents. Among the recommendations included in the report were adding ...


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156 LGBT elected officials call on Pres-elect to advance LGBT equality - From a press release - Washington, D.C.—Today, Victory Institute commended LGBT elected officials representing millions of Americans from across the country for calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect LGBT Americans and continue efforts to advance equality. In an open letter to the President-elect, 156 elected officials express grave concerns about his Cabinet appointees, and implore Trump to "be a president for all Americans." The ...


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Rep. Feigenholtz introduces legislation protecting abortion access - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — Earlier this week, Representative Sara Feigenholtz introduced House Bill 40, which reaffirms the State of Illinois' commitment to ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health care including abortion for all women in the state. "House Bill 40 is a critical piece of legislation that ensures that women's health care will be protected in Illinois regardless of what happens to ...


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President Obama makes statement on monuments honoring civil rights history - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Today, I am designating new national monuments that preserve critical chapters of our country's history, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. These monuments preserve the vibrant history of the Reconstruction Era and its role in redefining freedom. They tell the important stories of the citizens who helped launch the civil rights movement in Birmingham and the Freedom ...







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