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Dustin Lance Black on latest ABC project, When We Rise - Dustin Lance Black not only juggles three names but usually at least three jobs with screenwriting, directing, and producing. Activism is now part of the list and author is soon to be as well. This Mormon-raised talent started in fictional gay centered short films, then moved into a documentary called On the Bus. He wrote for HBO's Big Love and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Straight White Men - Playwright: Young Jean Lee. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: March 19 They are so ubiquitous that we rarely even have to speak their name. They are the "baseline" against which metabolic functions, pharmaceutical dosages and testimonial accuracy are measured. They are also often the loneliest creatures on earth. Playwright Young Jean Lee invites us ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sweeney Todd - Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim; Book: Hugh Wheeler. At: Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Tickets: 630-896-6666 or ParamountAurora.com; $44-$59. Runs through: March 19 When it debuted in 1979, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street shocked Broadway audiences with its tragic bloody tale of a murderous Victorian barber whose victims became fillings for meat pies purchased by ...


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GUIDE TO THE GAYS Primary Feb. 28, general election April 4 - Besides Franklin Ramirez, who is running for Elgin Township supervisor, a number of other openly LGBT individuals will be running in municipal elections in Evanston and Berwyn. In both locations, a primary takes place Feb. 28 and the general election takes place April 4. —Evanston: Ald. Mark Tendam is running against four other candidates in a Feb. 28 primary for ...


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Billy Masters - "Every mother I knew went to work pregnant. Black mothers had a baby in the break room and went back to work."—DL Hughley on Beyonce's Grammy performance. I must agree that's a lot of fuss over someone leaning back in a chair! Did you have a happy Valentine's Day? Colton Haynes did. And he went public with news that he's ...


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SAVOR Mercadito's 'Amor por Favor' - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - As most of you are aware, millions of people celebrated their love for each other last week during Valentine's Day ( which some might say is overcommercialized ). In keeping with that special day, Mercadito ( 108 W. Kinzie St.; MercaditoRestaurants.com ), on Feb. 13, hosted "Amor por Favor"—an event that mixed education, food, cocktails and a few free bottles ...


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Academy Awards, Sun., Feb. 26 - Drink in the glitz and glamour of the xxth Annual Academy Awards this Sunday. Among the many viewing options around town are: —Sofia Hosts the Oscars at North End, 3733 N. Halsted St. Red Capret commentary beginning at 6:30 pm. Night features Oscar trivia with prizes and beer and drink specials. Hosted by the indomitable Sofia Saffire. —Center on Halsted's ...


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TELEVISION Amiyah Scott: Rising 'Star' - The Feb. 15 episode of the Fox show Star—about a girl group ( composed of actresses Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady ) attempting to make it big—had transgender actress Amiyah Scott front and center. In the episode, "Mama's Boy," Scott had a pivotal scene as transgender character Cotton, who agreed to meet with Pastor Harris ( portrayed by ...


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Love Out Loud Ball closes 10-day festival of events - On Feb. 12, In Demand Entertainment closed out The Love Out Loud Festival of Events with the 14th Annual Love Out Loud Ball at Captain Hardtimes Dining. The ball featured a full-course dinner, a fashion show, a talent competition and a ball competition that included categories for lip sync, "realness," hair performance and "shoe fetish." Awards were presented at the ...


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BOOK REVIEW Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier - By Joanne Passet, $28.95; Bella Books; 359 pages On the third page of Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier, the woman herself is described as "rude and insensitive." This serves not as deterrence for readers, or as a sign that biographer Joanne Passet can't stand her subject, but piques curiosity. So, how did a rude, insensitive woman network her way ...


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Theater Spotlight on Nameless Mountains, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Megan Donahue's world-premiere play Nameless Mountains, for Accomplice Theatre, makes a point that LGBTQ people can be found throughout history. At least that's part of the drama involving a bisexual woman who finds herself trapped alongside a struggling preacher and a number of prostitutes inside a Klondike brothel circa 1899 during a massive snowstorm. Nameless Mountains continues through ...


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Kevin's Room notes 15 years of Black HIV/AIDS awareness - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 7 saw a celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the release of the film Kevin's Room. The event was held at the Baton Show Lounge in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Hosted by the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus alongside event sponsors the Chicago Department of Public Health, the evening was as much a joyous ...


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THEATER REVIEW By the Bog of Cats - Playwright: Marina Carr. At: Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: $28-$32. Runs through: March 26 Euripides wasn't the first to recount the story of bad-mommy Medea, but his is the version best-known today: how the princess of Colchis eloped with Corinthian fortune hunter Jason, only to find herself alone and friendless in a foreign land, abandoned by her husband, ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gender Breakdown a collaborative look at theater - There's an old adage that too many cooks spoil the soup. Others would argue the opposite, especially when it comes to the vital collaboration necessary to create live theater. An extraordinary amount of collaboration has gone into Collaboraction's world premiere of Gender Breakdown, a devised theater piece drawing from more than 200 artists looking at the lack of gender equity ...


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Letters: Lives at stake - For the third year in a row, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner failed to present the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that protects the state's most vulnerable people, proposing a 44-percent cut to vital HIV funding streams in his budget address on Feb. 15. "The budget proposed today is outright dangerous for people living with HIV and will certainly result ...


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VIEWS Senior moments - I don't care how disrespectful it is, or how trivial and superficial I'm being, I will not call him President Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton is the president and she has been usurped. I understand that Trump is a fascist and that's he's infantile. What I don't understand is the pussy-grabbing titillations and giggling schoolboy attitude toward sex, and his disdain ...


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Sonny Apollo: From homelessness to successful artist - "One of the first things you have to learn is that you can't base your life on other people's expectations." Musician Stevie Wonder spoke those words in a reflective 1985 interview with The Los Angeles Times. Today it is a quote used on multiple occasions across the internet on social media, blogs and in articles as a catchall for those ...


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Annual commemoration of Clarence Darrow to take place Monday, March 13 - CHICAGO—Famed attorney Clarence Darrow, inspired by his defense of Patrick Prendergast in Chicago in the 1890s, became attracted to a burgeoning populist movement. The Debs Rebellion, named for labor organizer Eugene Debs, was in full force, and Darrow began to see how judges were under the control of corporations. "The experience left him angry and alienated," author John A. Farrell ...


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At Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference, AIDS activist talks Trump-era organizing - - According to longtime AIDS activist Peter Staley, today's progressives need to be prepared for four difficult years while Donald Trump is president. "Activism is about plowing through defeats," said Staley, on Feb. 18, in the second-night keynote address at the 2016 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) at Navy Pier. "Movements are made stronger ...


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At Midwest BLGT, Ally College Conference, Gutierrez calls for unity in resistance - Celebrated and impassioned trans Latina activist Jennicet Gutiérrez brought the 25th annual Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) to a rousing close Feb. 19 leading the audience, which packed into the Festival Hall at Chicago's Navy Pier, in a chant that was as much about defiance as it was a call to action. "My ...


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#BlackLivesMatter co-founder kicks off Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference - Openly queer #BlackLivesMatter co-founder, performance artist, NAACP History Maker and Fulbright scholar Patrisse Cullors kicked off the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) Feb. 17 at Navy Pier with a rousing keynote address centered on the theme of resistance. Hosted by colleges and universities across the Midwest since 1993, the MBLGTACC is an annual ...


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Seminary offering LGBTQ scholarships - Bexley Seabury Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.—one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church—announced receipt of a $279,000 grant to fund three three-year Bexley Seabury St. Marina Scholarships for entering Master of Divinity students from the LGBTQ community. The grant—which two anonymous donors established through the Central Indiana Community Foundation—stipulates that the scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, ...


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Anti-trans 'bathroom bill' sent to state House subcommittee - Anti-trans legislation limiting transgender students to using either the changing-room and restroom facilities of the gender they were assigned at birth or designated staff facilities, introduced by a suburban legislator Jan. 25, has been sent to a House subcommittee. The bill, HR 664, was introduced by state Rep. Thomas Morrison ( R-Palatine ) and sent to the Human Services Committee, ...


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Lambda Legal appeals Niles senior-housing suit - Video below - Lambda Legal, on Feb. 15, filed a Notice of Appeal in a lawsuit by a lesbian who said that she was harassed when she was at a senior living facility in suburban Niles, according to organization officials. Marsha Wetzel sued Glen St. Andrews Living Facility in 2016, alleging that the facility failed to protect her against ongoing harassment, discrimination and ...


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GUEST COLUMN Working with allies: Moving beyond the 'Kumbaya' in interfaith work - Imagine soft harmonious music playing right now. We've been doing interfaith work for a long time now especially in the past several years since 9/11. And, it's been great. It has created a great connection with people of other faiths, and it's been a fantastic way to get to know each other and each other's religions and talk about all ...


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Chicago literary initiative embraces exiled writers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A celebration for the Chicago City of Refuge project for exiled writers was held at Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus' Piper Hall on Feb. 19. The project is a collaboration between the International Cities of Refuge Network ( ICORN ) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace and the Guild Literary Complex. Its purpose is to ...


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Artists Giving Back holds benefit concert for Donica Lynn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 13, Artists Giving Back presented "Songs of Healing: A Benefit for Donica Lynn" at Mary's Attic. The event brought together a varied sampling of some of Chicago's best and well-known theatrical actors, singers and performers to celebrate Lynn and raise money for her recent cancer treatments. Lynn, a Jeff award winner for her role in Porchlight Theater's mounting ...


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TRAVEL Climbing the Banyan Tree in Mexico - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico, makes for an extremely relaxing getaway. A three-hour direct flight from O'Hare Airport to Cancun just flies by. Traveling light is the only way to go these days, and having your transportation set up before arrival is vital. The pushy cab drivers tend to overcharge in a crowded airport in Mexico, so ...


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Pro-choice bill passes committee - Legislation sponsored by Illinois state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, that aims to protect a women's right to choose by striking the "trigger" language in the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 advanced out of committee on a seven-to-five vote along party lines. "House Bill 40 will help ensure abortion remains safe and legal in Illinois regardless of potential federal efforts to ...


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Aurora candidate Guzman talks staff experience - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's October 2016 resignation, four candidates are now competing for the role. A Feb. 28 primary will cull them to two and both the campaigning and the rhetoric ahead of that date have been fierce. Into the fray is Weisner's assistant chief of staff Rick Guzman who, with perhaps an eye on national political trends, has ...


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Rep. Chapa LaVia discusses run for Aurora mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To many, the end of the 2016 presidential election season was as much a relief as it was a shock. However, residents of the second largest city in Illinois have no time to take a breath. They will be back at the polls again Feb. 28 for a primary that will halve a field of four competitive candidates each vying ...


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Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The honorees will be notified in May and officially recognized in late June. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether ...


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The Joffrey Ballet announces 2017-18 Season - From a press release - February 22, 2017 ( Chicago )— Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, proudly announces an impressive 2017-18 season including a world premiere by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc, the North American Premiere of Midsummer Night's Dream by acclaimed chorographer Alexander Ekman plus Chicago Premieres by George Balanchine, Lola de Avila and Jerome Robbins. The Joffrey Ballet kicks off ...


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Cris Williamson classic recorded by Holly Miranda, Ani DiFranco to benefit Standing Rock - Wednesday February 22, 2017 New York, NY — Today the Detroit-born Singer and songwriter Holly Miranda announced the release of "Midnight Oil," a single to benefit Standing Rock, which premiered on People.com. Recorded over the course of two months, with her band from Brooklyn, as well as a commanding 28 person choir. Holly explains, "friends from Israel to Mexico sent ...


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THEATER REVIEW Unseen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Mona Mansour. At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; TheGiftTheatre.org; $30-$40. Runs through: April 9 Partisans of this world premiere probably will be drawn to lovers Mia ( Brittany Burch ) and Derya ( Ashley Agbay ), women who bridge gaps of culture and country to be together. Their chemistry is seen in some non-graphic physical ...


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Entertainment news: 'Moonlight,' Colton Haynes, 'In-Betweens,' Abby Wambach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) recently honored Moonlight with its Visionary Award at its Greater New York Gala, On Top Magazine noted. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight—written and directed by Barry Jenkins—follows an African-American man ( played by Trevante Rhodes ) who struggles to come out gay over three periods ...


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Bernadette Peters in Chicago with Boston Pops on March 31 - Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will make her Auditorium Theatre debut—and her first Chicago appearance in more than a decade—on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., when she joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program that features a tribute to George Gershwin and a medley of Broadway hits and classics. The Pops, led by conductor Keith Lockhart, ...


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Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire to perform Faure's Requiem - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire perform Fauré's Requiem under Artistic Director Dr. Eric Esparza in back-to-back performances on Saturday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple ( 77 W. Washington St. ). $20 General Admission and $35 Limited Reserved Seating tickets are available ...


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CHIRLA calls for response to Trump administration mass deportation dragnet - From a Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights press release - Los Angeles, CA — The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights ( CHIRLA ), a California-based immigrant rights member-based organization, labeled the newly-announced immigration measures signed by DHS Secretary Kelly a dragnet, a deeply troubling development, and called on Americans to reject such a dragnet approach to dealing with a very human issue. The following are statements for Angelica Salas, executive ...


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Dining news: Hugo's 20th anniv., Coco Pazzo Cafe reopens, A'ville Restaurant Week - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Hugo's Frog Bar, 1024 N. Rush St., is marking its 20th anniversary with a full week of festivities that kicks off Wed., Feb. 22. A party ( free and open to the public ) will take place Feb. 22 as Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House owners Steve Lombardo and Hugo Ralli will cut the first slice of the restaurant's ...


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Fender identity, sexual orientation, genetics boundaries researched - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by A. J. Smuskiewicz - Although some "macho men" may not want to admit it, each person is a mix of male and female. Men have some estrogen circulating through their bodies, and women have some testosterone in theirs. And although there are stereotypical male and female behavior patterns, these too cross gender lines to produce a broad spectrum of personalities. Transgender people totally erase ...


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National roundup: LGBT DREAMers, David Furnish, death of Ohio trans woman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Williams Institute estimates that there are more than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the United States, and more than 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ), including 24,000 who renewed in the program, a press release noted. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, ...


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Rolling Stones exhibit at Navy Pier - The Rolling Stones' first-ever major exhibition, "Exhibitionism," will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier April 15-July 30. The Chicago engagement follows the exhibit's global premiere in London and its star-studded U.S. premiere in NYC. Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked its vast ...


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Trump to rescind guidance on Title IX transgender protections - During a Feb. 21 press conference, White House Press Sec. Sean Spicer hinted that an Obama administration guidance from the Department of Education offering Title IX protections for transgender students would be rescinded by the Trump administration that, according to Spicer, believes that it is a "state's-rights issue." The statement appeared to confirm rumors which nationwide advocacy groups had been ...


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Northlight Theatre announces 43rd Season - From a press release - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 43rd season, opening with the World Premiere of Bruce Graham's Sanctions, directed by BJ Jones and featuring Mary Beth Fisher. The season continues with the Midwest Premiere of The Book of Will, Lauren Gunderson's new play about the creation of Shakespeare's First ...


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Quigley talks community, political resistance in the Trump era - Congressman Mike Quigley ( D-IL ) was in town for a Feb. 9 breakfast at the downtown Chicago offices of Jenner & Block during which he engaged leaders of the Chicago LGBTQ community in a candid discussion about the issues that not only he and his fellow House Democrats now confront in what has been termed the Trump era but ...


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Roe v. Wade plaintiff dies - Norma McCorvey—who, in the early '70s, was the plaintiff in the Roe v. Wade court case that made legal access to abortions the law of the land—has passed away from heart failure in Katy, Texas, according to the New York Times. She was 68. McCorvey ultimately renounced her views on abortion and became a strident prolife activist as well as ...


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Ads address stigma with Asian-American queer community - By David Thill - When Joanne Lee's child, Skyler, who was born female, told his mother he was transgender, she had trouble accepting it. "I made progress, but it was too slow," said Lee, who was born and raised in South Korea, which had a culture she described as "strict and binary." But when Lee received the news one morning in 2015 that Skyler ...


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Alex Newell heads 'Love Is Love Is Love' benefit concert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recording artist and actor Alex Newell—who played Unique Adams on the Fox show Glee—joined Chicago theatwe artists at a Valentine's Day-themed event, "Love Is Love Is Love," a concert that benefited Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Directed by Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe with Music Direction by Jermaine Hill, the concert took place at ...


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World news: French elections, Church of England, Bollywood actor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Far-right French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has quietly pledged to close off same-sex marriage, according to PinkNews. Front National leader Marine Le Pen is currently leading in first-round polls ahead of France's Presidential election. Despite any "reforms," Le Pen has now quietly confirmed plans to end same-sex marriage in the country, burying the policy announcement in a list of ...


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DISH: SAVOR Hakka Bakka - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the multitudes of restaurants in Chicago, there aren't too many fast-casual Indian spots. However, Kaushik Guha—the owner of Hakka Bakka ( 1251 W. Fullerton Ave.; HakkaBakkaRolls.com )—told Windy City Times that his spot is unique in several ways. And those differences even involve the revered Indian restaurants on Chicago's Devon Avenue. Guha said that Hakka Bakka ( named after ...


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Hell in a Handbag Productions announces production of Lady X, A Musical - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( February 20, 2017 ) — Hold the presses! Hell in a Handbag Productions announced today it will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X, A Musical, a shocking exposé ripped from the headlines of yesteryear! LADY X will replace the previously announced musical VALLEY!, from April 21 — June 11, 2017 at Mary's ...


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Virginia legislature sends Anti-LGBTQ bill to governor - From a Equality Virginia press release - RICHMOND — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality Virginia blasted the Virginia House of Representative's final vote of 54 to 38 passing House Bill ( HB ) 2025 — discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion. The dangerous anti-LGBTQ proposal now ...


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Trump administration may plan to rescind guidance regarding schools and trans - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded Feb. 20 to media reports that the Trump administration plans to rescind guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education regarding schools' obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This news comes on the heels of the DOJ's recent decision to eliminate the ...


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Openly gay South Bend mayor seeks Democratic leadership post - Openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he is running as chair of the Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) so he can help give his party "a fresh start." "We've got to get, as a party, to a place where we have a clear vision for the future, one that acknowledges that the lifeblood of the party ...


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CTA denies immigration component to Lake View security checks - Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ), on Feb. 15, denied online rumors that CTA security checkpoints, some of which have taken place in Lake View in recent weeks, were being performed in order to verify passengers' immigration status. Word of a checkpoint—which normally entails a search of a CTA-riders' bags for explosives—at the Addison Red Line stop circulated online Feb. ...


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BENT NIGHTS White Lies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The one time I saw White Lies ( Harry McVeigh on vocals/guitar, Charles Cave on bass and Jack Brown on drums ) they left a dour impression. At the top of a no-name bill at The Empty Bottle in 2007, these Brits came off as pretentious ( they dressed entirely in black ), sullen ( nary a smile was cracked ...


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Music, art, advocacy, Sleep In to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


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Chicago's Blooming Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, March 18-26 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( Jan. 27, 2017 ) — Spring arrives in vivid splendor as the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, blooms March 18-26, 2017 at Navy Pier. With more flowers, foliage and fragrance in 2017 — and the theme, "Chicago's Blooming!" — the show is a welcome feel of spring at the end of Chicago's winter. Opening the ...


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More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA - From a Williams Institute press release - Los Angeles - The Williams Institute estimates that there are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. and over 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ), including 24,000 who renewed in the program. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, temporary work authorization and ...


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NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed comments from the National Basketball Association, warning Texas lawmakers that any legislative attack on LGBTQ people would factor into a decision as to where big-ticket games, such as the All-Star Game, would be played. The NBA joins the NFL in issuing a warning to lawmakers in Texas, after the ...


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New art by Erik R. Sosa on display at Sleep In Feb. 24 - "No Paint Left Behind," a one-night art exhibition of new paintings by Erik R. Sosa will be unveiled Friday, Feb. 24 at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. It is part of the 2nd Out in the Open Sleep In to benefit 13 homeless agencies seeing youth. Sosa is a self-taught Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico ...


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Attorney: Legal loss validates church-based conversion therapy - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Feb. 16 that challenged whether the Illinois law prohibiting so-called conversion therapy on minors applied to pastors. But the plaintiffs in the case say that the ruling against them ultimately gives clergy more latitude to practice such therapy. The suit, which named Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a defendant, was filed in August 2016 ...


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High court challenging AK's ban on listing both same-sex parents on birth certificates - From an HRC press release - LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States challenging a decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court that seeks to deny same-sex couples equal parental rights. The challenge was filed today by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Ropes & Gray, LLP and Arkansas attorney Cheryl ...


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Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Today, on Valentine's Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced a new initiative —The Uprising of Love Fund. This fund will prioritize timely support for LGBTQI activism across the nation resisting the onslaught of attacks on our bodies, our communities and our collective rights. "The subtle and overt shifts in policy and culture are meant ...


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Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by a panel. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, who demand happiness and political power. The film is ...


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Concert for America March 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets are on sale now for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, at the Auditorium Theatre one night only on March 20. Featuring entertainment's brightest stars, Concert for America debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at the Town Hall in New York City on January 20, 2017. The innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley ( ...


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SPLC: Hate groups increase in second year, Trump electrifies radical right - From a Southern Poverty Law Center press release - MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's ( SPLC ) annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations, released today. The most dramatic growth was ...


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Immigrants march to protest Trump - Immigrant-rights supporters marched in the Loop Feb. 16 as part of a national protest, following those individuals gathering in Union Park for a rally. Across the country, organizers of A Day Without Immigrants AJWS immigrants to stay home from work and school as a way to protest the Trump administration's policies on immigration. ABC 7 Chicago noted that celebrity chef ...


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GLSEN to DeVos: Protect LGBTQ youth protections from Department of Ed. cuts - From a press release - NEW YORK ( February 16, 2017 ) — In a recent interview with a Michigan radio program, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos telegraphed her intentions to cut what she deems "unnecessary" Department of Education programs, saying: "I can't tell you today what is being done [at the Department of Education] that's unnecessary. But I can guarantee that there are things ...


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Washington State Supreme Court: Florist discriminated against same-sex couple - From a press release - OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court today ruled that a florist in Richland violated the state's anti-discrimination law when she denied service to a same-sex couple for their wedding. Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll were refused service by Arlene's Flowers because they are gay. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Washington are representing Freed and Ingersoll ...


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New A'Ville Restaurant Week Feb. 17-26 - Coinciding with the end of Chicago's Restaurant week, more than 20 Andersonville restaurants have signed on for Andersonville's first official neighborhood restaurant week, Feb. 17-26. With the support of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Ashley Wright, co-owner of Hamburger Mary's and Andersonville Brewing, has led the effort in recruiting restaurants to sign-on for a menu price point they are comfortable ...


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Kodo ensemble performing Feb. 26 - The all-male taiko ensemble Kodo returns to Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., as a Symphony Center Presents ( SCP ) Special Concert on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. Kodo's program, Dadan, exclusively uses taiko drums of all shapes and sizes, as well as other forms of percussion. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; online ...


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Transgender survivor of domestic violence arrested by ICE in Texas - From a press release - NATIONAL - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and Transgender Law Center denounce the arrest by immigration authorities of an undocumented transgender woman who is a survivor of domestic violence, and call for her immediate release. She was detained last week in an El Paso, Texas courthouse immediately after she was granted a protective order against her abusive partner. NCAVP's ...


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Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in Chicago June 11 - From a press release - Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. These exclusive summer tour dates will include Chicago's Chicago Theatre on June 11 among many others. Tickets go on-sale beginning the week of Feb. 20 ( check individual venues for details ...







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