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Downstate man charged after Target disturbance over restroom policies - A Bourbonnais, Illinois, Target Store and its neighboring businesses were placed on lockdown for two hours, on May 2, after a man created a disturbance over the retail chains' restroom policies for its transgender customers, NBC 5 reported. Initial reports said that an "active shooter" situation had broken out at the store, located about 52 miles southwest of Chicago, but ...


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SBA Names LGBT-Owned Equator Coffees & Teas Small Biz of Year - WASHINGTON, D.C. —Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized and awarded this year's National Small Business Week national award winners including the Small Business Person( s ) of the Year at a ceremony and reception in Washington, D.C. For the first time in the history of the SBA, an LGBT-owned small business has been name National Small ...


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Chefs and the City to benefit Heartland Health Outreach - From a press release - CHICAGO—Savor the flavor of a great cause! Heartland Alliance and Heartland Health Outreach, Inc. ( HHO ) are delighted to announce the return of its annual Chefs and the City tasting event at the fabulous Montgomery Club ( 500 W Superior ) on Thursday, June 2 from 6:30 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Featuring delicious bites ranging from fine dining to ...


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Lambda Legal announces new executive director - From press releases - Rachel B. Tiven has been hired as the new CEO of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest legal organization fighting for equality on behalf of LGBT people and those living with HIV. Tiven is currently executive director of the Immigrant Justice Corps. "Rachel's track record of strengthening and growing mission-driven organizations into national forces for legal, political, and social change made ...


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Chicago Force wins home opener in dominant, record-setting fashion - The Chicago Force continued to steamroll over opponents, moving its record to 4-0 after a 68-0 win over the Columbus Comets on April 30 at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech College Prep. Now things get serious for the Force. Chicago plays host to the defending Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) National Champions, the DC Divas, on ...


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Chicago House holds spring fundraiser - Chicago House and Social Services Agency's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show, held May 1 at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St., had a twinge of the bittersweet as community members came out to give their regards to CEO Rev. Stan Sloan, who will leave his post at the end of June. It was the 30th anniversary of the spring ...


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'Garden of Eve' celebrates women in fiery atmosphere - The glow of the unrelenting flames radiating from the furnaces used by the West Loop's Ignite Glass Studios to create exquisite art was the perfect backdrop for Howard Brown Health ( HBH ) to celebrate all women at their Garden of Eve event April 29. The rest of the studio was transformed by the Chicago-based organization Kehoe Designs into the ...


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FDA Launches LGBT Anti-Tobacco Campaign - The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) is launching the first ever anti-tobacco campaign aimed at LGBT "occasional user" young adults, ages 18 to 24. The education and prevention program is the fourth effort to target groups within the US population that are at higher risk for smoking. The "This Free Life" campaign will make extensive use of print, ...


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GLAAD's Studio Responsibility Index: Glaring lack of LGBT images in 2015 films - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released its fourth annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2015 calendar year. GLAAD ...


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Black Lives Matter co-creator talks about movement, protests - The dynamic, passionate ascendancy of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was felt in Chicago from the NFL Draft to the more intimate setting of the Chicago Humanities Festival April 30. That afternoon, BLM co-creator and Special Programs Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Alicia Garza took the stage at the Chicago Athletic Association for a beautifully candid ...


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At Gayby Baby screening, focus on LGBTQ families - When Maya Newell, the director of the new documentary Gayby Baby, saw the 2010 movie The Kids Are Alright, it was the first time in 23 years she'd ever seen her family on the big screen. "Gayby Baby came from wanting to give voice to kids from families like mine," said Newell, an Australian filmmaker with lesbian parents. She recorded ...


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Jewelle Gomez named Golden Crown Literary Society Named 2016 Trailblazer - Jewelle Gomez ( Cape Verdean/Ioway/Wampanoag ), the Golden Crown Literary Society 2016 Trailblazer Award winner, is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, Black, lesbian vampire novel, The Golda Stories, in print from Firebrand Books continuously since 1991. Its 25th anniversary special edition was published City Lights Books in April 2016. Her adaptation of the book ...


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PAW: House Amendment Threatens LGBTQ Protections for Federal Contractors - From a press release - Washington, DC - On Thursday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act ( H.R. 4909 ) intended to overturn an executive order by President Obama that prohibits lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender discrimination in the employment practices of federal contractors. The amendment creates a broad religious exemption that would allow federal contractors ...


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Panel discusses intersection of reproductive and LGBT rights - There is good reason for the LGBT community to be concerned with matters of reproductive choice, according to progressive activists: Those people and organizations bent on limiting women's reproductive rights invariably are the same ones seeking to subjugate the rights of LGBT individuals and families. At government hearings, according to Terry Cosgrove, president and CEO of Personal PAC, just a ...


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Business leaders discuss LGBT certification - Members from Chicago's LGBT business community, on April 27, gathered at Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon St., to discuss the certification process for LGBT-owned businesses. Certification is granted from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and verifies that a business is majority-owned by LGBT individuals. It can provide an entryway into corporate procurement processes that designate LGBT ...


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Poll: 69% of Chicagoans Oppose Proposal to Restrict Ridesharing - From a press release - As the Chicago City Council considers an ordinance that would greatly restrict ridesharing to help save taxi companies, a new poll commissioned by Uber indicates the vast majority of Chicagoans are opposed to the plan. According to the survey, conducted by We Ask America, 69 percent of Chicagoans oppose Ald. Anthony Beale's ( 9th ) ordinance. The poll also showed, ...


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Dept. of Ed Publishes Names of Schools Receiving Right To Discriminate Against LGBTs - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised the U.S. Department of Education for helping to increase transparency and accountability by publishing a list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. HRC first called on the Department of Education in December to take action ...


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Chicago Rhythm Fest at Auditorium Theatre - From a press release - The Auditorium Theatre presents Chicago Rhythm Fest, the culminating performance of Chicago Human Rhythm Project's two-month, citywide festival STOMPING GROUNDS, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30PM. STOMPING GROUNDS is a showcase of events, mini-concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and master classes celebrating the diversity of the percussive arts, highlighting some of the city's premier dance groups. Tickets to Chicago Rhythm Fest start ...


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Nominees Announced For the 43rd Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - The Jeff Awards Committee have announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee ...


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Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016: The Ava Plays - The fourth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival celebrates new short plays with underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. From hilarious comedies to thoughtful dramas, from angsty realism to sci-fi adventures, the plays and their characters grapple with love, feminism, LGBTQ communities, friendship, history, intricacies of language, activism, and a missing vibrator. ...


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Foundations join forces to launch Chicago social investment tool - From a press release - The Chicago Community Trust, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Calvert Foundation announced a new collaboration, called Benefit Chicago, that gives investors who care about Chicago a powerful new way to invest for impact and make the region a better place for all. The alliance aims to make $100 million available for "impact" investments for nonprofits and social ...


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1,300+ tradeswomen in Chicago for 2016 Women Build Nations Conference - From a press release - North America's Building Trade Unions ( NABTU ) and Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) will bring together more than 1,300 women, representing multiple crafts in the building and construction trades, for the Women Build Nations ( WBN ) conference in Chicago. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare Conference Center, Rosemont, Illinois. The conference offers attendees ...


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NCAA Says Future Final Four Host Cities Must Have LGBT Inclusive Non-Bias Laws - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the NCAA will not host any future events — from Final Four championships to education conferences — in cities without LGBT inclusive non-discrimination laws. "The NCAA has sent a very clear message that unfair and unjust ...


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Pride at Work: Malaysian Raid of Trans Fundraiser Underscores Bad Trade Deal - From a press release - Washington, DC — A recent raid on a fundraiser organized by Malaysian transgender activists has once again put the country's abuses of LGBTQ human rights under the spotlight. As the US Congress contemplates passage of the massive and destructive Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) trade agreement that includes Malaysia, that country continues to demonstrate why it should not be given ...


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Missouri House Committee Votes Down Radical Anti-LGBT SJR 39 - From a press release - The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee voted down Senate Joint Resolution ( SJR ) 39 April 27— a measure that sought to enshrine state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people and their families into the Missouri Constitution. The extreme resolution would have led to a ballot measure that proposes to allow individuals, organizations, and businesses to use religion as a legal excuse ...


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Haslam signs anti-gay therapy measure - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, on April 27, signed into law a measure, SB 1556, that says no licensed counselor or therapist has to serve a client whose "goals, outcomes or behaviors" are at odds with the counselor's "sincerely held principles." The measure also shields counselor who refuses to provide services from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution and sanctions from the state's ...


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House Comm. Votes to Strip Away LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections in Contracting - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) strongly condemned an amendment approved during the House Armed Services Committee markup of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ). Sponsored by anti-LGBT Representative Steve Russell ( R-OK ), the amendment would dismantle President Obama's executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal contracting based on sexual orientation or ...


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Harris Theater Presents Music & Dance 2016-17 Season - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is pleased to announce its thirteenth season of Harris Theater Presents performances spanning the farthest reaches of artistry, both from the United States, and globally. Bringing two Chicago Debuts for international companies, and presenting seven Chicago Premieres of new works, two Harris Theater commissions for Chicago-based dance companies, two World Premieres, ...


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Billy Masters - "There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble."—Donald Trump voices his opposition to North Carolina's so-called bathroom law. Who would have thought the voice of reason in the Republican Party would be Donald Trump? Picture it—a world where being in a ...


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Engendering Change workshops challenge through shared info - The 2016 Engendering Change Conference held at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC )'s campus April 23 established that an integral part of the future of social-justice activism is being sown in the classroom. Graduate students representing an array of disciplines demonstrated that confronting social inequalities and ensuring racial and gender justice can begin through an examination of ...


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Guest column: Do you know your fair housing rights? - I am a student working at the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic hoping to spread awareness about LGBTQ fair housing rights. With the recent slew of anti-transgender laws being passed, this seems to be a relevant discussion of what the federal, state, and local laws do to protect the LGBTQ community in housing. The main question being, what ...


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Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for financial improprieties on April 27, according to Chicago Sun-Times. Hastert had admitted to arranging significant withdrawals from his bank account so as steer clear of federal reporting requirements. The withdrawals were to buy the silence of a man who claimed to have been molested by Hastert ...


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Figure skater Adam Rippon breaks the ice - FFigure skater Adam Rippon has constantly won awards throughout his career. In 2010, he became a Four Continents champion and, in 2016, a U.S. national champion. He earned many junior titles through hard work and perseverance over the years. The two-time silver medalist came out as gay in the October issue of Skating magazine in 2015. Windy City Times talked ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Producers - Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com; $30-$65. Runs through: June 26 Once again, director L. Walter Stearns shows what a master he is at refitting big and brassy musicals into smaller intimate spaces. Banish now any doubts you may have had about Stearns ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sender - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: May 29 Jeez—what is it about these self-absorbed millennials? Don't they know it's about me? So, exactly one year ago Lynx ( Steve Haggard ) disappeared. His girlfriend Tess ( Mary Williamson ), her best bud Cassandra ( McKenzie Chinn ), Lynx's ...


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THEATER REVIEW In the Time of the Butterflies - Playwright: Caridad Svich, from Julia Alvarez's novel. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.teatrovista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 22 Caridad Svich has written remarkable plays—but I don't think this is one of them. It does, however, tell a story about remarkable people: the Mirabal sisters, martyred in 1960 in the bloody struggle against Rafael ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Neo-Futurists on film - Sharon Green made a scoffing laugh when asked about a detail in her alumni bio on the The Neo-Futurists' website. It was the parting-shot sentence of: "She currently resides in Los Angeles with her wife, Logan, where the two of them are preparing to embark on a career as a feature film-making power couple." "I don't know who wrote that ...


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'Your Voice! Your Health!' researches, recruits for better healthcare - University of Chicago and Morten Group, LLC work together to encourage LGBTQ people of color to speak up about their healthcare with the research study "Your Voice! Your Health!" ( YVYH ) In 2014, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ( AHRQ ). Scott Cook, Ph.D.—the deputy director ...


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Harris appoints 1st choreographer in residence - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., has appointed choreographer Brian Brooks its first-ever choreographer in residence. This residency provides $600,000 over three years that will fund choreographer compensation, commissioning and production support. The new residency will provide encouragement and allow choreographers to focus on creating one to three new works each season. The first three ...


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Game on: Force looks to regain championship form - There are a lot of new faces this season on the Chicago Force roster, including recruits from local flag football leagues and several international players. But the team carries the same drive to land back in the championship game of the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ). This is the team's 14th season and the Force has been nothing short ...


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Upcoming: Chicago House spring brunch, 'I Am Jazz,' fashion awards, - Chicago House's annual spring brunch May 1 Chicago House's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show will take place Sunday, May 1, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the brunch/fashion show commencing at 11:45 a.m. This year's event takes on a special meaning, as it will also serve as a farewell to Executive ...


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Springfield area trans student wins access in settlement with school - From a press release - A Springfield area high school student who is transgender has resolved a complaint against his school that results in fair and equal treatment for the student, and other transgender students in the district, including access to the gender-appropriate restroom and locker room facilities at the school. The student, Alex McCray, attends Williamsville High School, part of Williamsville-Sherman Community Unit School ...


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Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


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THEATER The end of adolescence: Ike Holter looks at aging hipsters in 'Sender' - Late in Ike Holter's play Sender, 20-going-on-30 Jordan, in a burst of pantheistic zeal, hurls his cigarettes off the third-floor back porch to the street below. Almost immediately, he regrets his action, lamenting, "I just threw my addiction off the roof!"—to which his companions reply, "The only addiction you need now is us." The awakening of aging adolescents caught up ...


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Knight at the movies: 'The Meddler' and other mothers - Mom is just a phone call away If there's one thing I love it's a good mother-daughter movie. And with Mother's Day approaching, there are lots to choose from to celebrate. Mommie Dearest, Postcards from the Edge, the animated Brave, The Kids Are All Right, Freaky Friday, Stella Dallas and even The Exorcist are just a few favorite suggestions. This ...


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BOOK REVIEW Lily and Dunkin - By Donna Gephart. $16.99; Random House Books; 352 pages In her first foray into LGBT children's literature, award-winning author Donna Gephart's book Lily and Dunkin tells the story of protagonists Lily Jo McGrother and Dunkin Dorfman as they navigate the eighth year at Gator Lake Middle School in South Florida. The book alternates between Lily and Dunkin's points of ...


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Mama, Mi'Jo, and Me: Ana Castillo explains herself in memoir 'Black Dove' - Celebrated Latina author and feminist Ana Castillo is a woman of many identities—some acknowledged and lauded, some unspoken. "I'm not really sure what it was about the public that insisted in, first of all, boxing me into Chicana; then I was a woman—and they still see me that way," Castillo said. "They don't see me as an American writer. I ...


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Theater spotlight on In the Heat of the Night, Critic's Picks - In the Heat of the Night Contemplate the current U.S. state of race relations and policing by looking back to the 1960s with Shattered Globe Theatre's production of In the Heat of the Night. This stage adaptation by Matt Pelfrey is drawn from the novel by the late author John Ball, and it explores what happens when an African-American ...


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THEATER REVIEW Even Longer and Farther Away - Playwright: Chelsea Marcantel. At: The New Colony at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: May 15 There are a lot of well-worn character stereotypes and storytelling tropes in Even Longer and Farther Away, Chelsea Marcantel's world-premiere drama for The New Colony. Yet director Thrisa Hodits' displays a clever way of rethinking a Den Theatre space ...


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VIEWS Pope's damaging message to trans teens - Pope Francis' long-awaited apostolic exhortation—"Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love"—was just released. The good news is that he urges church leaders to be pastors rather than church bureaucrats. The request wasn't surprising because Pope Francis immediately taking the reins of the Catholic Church displayed a pastoral countenance to his papacy. While his recent tome might bring a sigh of ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Gender buttons - Where do little kids get their urgent need to know my gender? Is it intrinsic, some part of survival of the species? Parents should at least teach them that their question is rude. But no, the parents are as unsettled by what they perceive to be gender non-conformance as their children. That leads to bullying, even at home. "Darling, you're ...


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BENT NIGHTS Prince, June 7,1958 - April 21, 2016 - "My name is Prince and I am funky... My name is Prince, the one and only..." By the time Prince sang those lyrics in 1992, it was a fact and he was not just boasting. As vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, quasi-movie star and shameless Svengali, Prince Rogers Nelson ascended from relative obscurity in such a short period ( 1980-1986 ) with ...


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In the Life: Daniel Lewellin - Daniel Lewellin started working in the hotel industry at age 15 at a small, limited-service property in Hinckley, Minnesota, where he was raised—and his first job was a houseman, thus he went into all of the dirty rooms and pulled the linens off the beds before the housekeepers got in to clean the rooms. He quickly worked up the industry ...


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Lynch, Warren among school's recipients - Columbia College Chicago has announced a roster of Emmy-, Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning artists and creative industry leaders as its 2016 commencement ceremony keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients on May 14-15. They are: —Tracy K. Smith: The author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction, will be honored at ...


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Center on Halsted starts housing initiative - Center on Halsted announced, on April 21, that it is accepting applications for its Youth Housing Initiative. The program is part of the Center's two-pronged Youth Housing Strategy, which it developed last year, according to a press release. The first goal was for the Center to operate a cluster site housing program for youth from the existing program, developing a ...


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Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago police officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University ( CSU ). The protest was organized by a coalition that included members of Black Youth Project 100, ...


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National Gay Media Association condemns murder of LGBTI editor - From a press release - The National Gay Media Association joins with the world community in condemning the senseless and brutal killing yesterday of Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Roopbaan, an LGBTI publication in Bangladesh. Mannan also worked at the US Embassy. The National Gay Media Association, representatives of the major legacy LGBTQ publications in the United States of America, deplore the unconscionable murder, and ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Sometimes It Snows In April - My Darling Prince, They say U're never supposed 2 outlive your children, but your recent death has felt like we all lost not only a father of funk, but a very youthful man-child, who, like Cher or Madonna, we always expected 2 outlive all of us. At just 57, you were gone 2 soon like Bowie, Whitney, Amy, Donna and ...


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Kitty Genovese's murderer dies in prison - By Carrie Maxwell Although not known to the wider world, Catherine Susan "Kitty" Genovese was a lesbian and in a relationship with Mary Ann Zielonko at the time of her rape and murder in 1964. Genovese's murderer, Winston Moseley—who confessed to the killings of Genovese and two other young women in a handwritten statement—died at 81 on March 28, 2016, ...


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Lipstick City premiere - Chicago drag performer Shea Coulee is set to premiere her short fashion film, Lipstick City, May 1 at 7 pm at Soho House Chicago, 113-125 N. Green St. The film features the majority of Chicago's finest drag performers, including Kim Chi, current season-8 contestant on LogoTV's Rupaul's Drag Race. The event will feature performances by Coulee, Valentine Addams, DiDa Ritz, ...


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Havana in Chicago, Sat., April 30 at Sidetrack - First Hand Aid will host Havana In Chicago, Saturday, April 30, from 4 to 8 pm at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Proceeds will be used to help First Hand Aid fulfill their mission of delivering medical and day-to-day supplies, servicing families, and feeding seniors in Cuba. All money raised during this event—from ticket sales, silent auction and drink sales—will ...


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Tenn. gov. urged to veto anti-LGBT bill - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is being asked to veto a bill the Tennessee Legislature recently passed. House Bill 1840/Senate Bill 1556 states that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client regarding goals or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist. Pro-LGBT groups have condemned ...


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Darby honored at AVER convention - Jim Darby was made an honorary lifetime member of AVER ( American Veterans for Equal Rights ) at the organization's national convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 21. Darby is the founder of AVER's Chicago chapter. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the 1950s at the time of the Korean War during the outright ban on ...


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Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy at Touche - Touche, 6412 N. Clark St., will team up with Leather64TEN, 6410 N. Clark St. to present the 11th annual Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy makeover contest, to benefit Vital Bridge's Groceryland Pantry. This year's contest will be held Friday, April 29 at Touche. The contest begins at 11 pm, with the winner announced at midnight. Along with over $500 ...


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SAVOR: Fig & Olive offers spring menu; Dining Out for Life - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Fig & Olive ( 104 E. Oak St.; http://www.figandolive.com/menu/chicago/ ) recently hosted a media dinner that showcased Chef Wilfrid Hocquet's spring menu. As expected, the dishes had a lighter feel—but still managed to be quite delicious Items sampled included a refreshing burrata and asparagus, complete with burrata, asparagus, snow peas, hazelnut, arugula, microbasil and blood-orange dressing; a solid crab salad ...


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Bobby Love's: Prince karaoke - Getting purple at a special Prince-themed karaoke night, Sat., April 23. Photos by Kirk Williamson and David Brown ...


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Berlin: Prince night - Girls and Boys dancing to Voxbox's special Prince set, Sat., April 23. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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Nightspots: The Big To-Do - Nightspots weekly pics to help you plan your nightlife calendar - Fabitat: A Whole Lewd World Wed., April 27, 10 pm Double Door's Door No. 3, 1551 N. Damen Ave. A dirty Disney disaster with Lucy Stoole, Joan Waters, Curlene Ribbon, Soju, Debbie Fox, Tom2, DJ Adam El and Ldy Prblms. Dining Out For Life at Cantina 1910 Thu., April 28, 8 pm Cantina 1910, 5025 N. Clark St. Raise much-needed ...


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HIV/AIDS PSA launched by GLAAD and Taylor Foundation - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD has released a Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) in partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation ( ETAF ). The PSA, produced by Martian Entertainment is meant to push awareness about the fight to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp1P0NL1iqk . The PSA harnesses the power and emotion of Elizabeth Taylor's speech ...


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Joffrey Ballet closes 60th season with Ashton's Cinderella - From a press release - The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the culmination of its 60th Anniversary Season with the return of Sir Frederick Ashton's dazzling three-act ballet, Cinderella, which the Company last performed here in 2010. Set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic score performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic, this enchanting fantasy is full of splendor, humor and magic, and is widely considered one of Ashton's greatest ...


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NU student group presents 'Queertopia,''Queergasim' - On April 16, the Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association presented Queertopia 2016 at the Graduate Commons on the Evanston campus. For this ninth edition of the event, titled "Troubling Queerness: New Directions in Queer of Color Critique," the conference addressed the separation of queerness and race, with an emphasis on the anti-Black movement. The event—co-sponsored by the Northwestern ...


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World news: Obama in the UK, killers sentenced, Dolce & Gabbana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Obama appeared at a town hall during his and First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to the United Kingdom. At the event, he said, in part, "Progress requires the harder path of breaking down barriers, and building bridges, and standing up for the values of tolerance and diversity that our nations have worked and sacrificed to secure and defend. Progress ...


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Five Worth Finding: Black Deutschland, Pretty Little Liars, Panes cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - —Black Deutschland: Darryl Pinckney's intriguing novel focuses on Jeb, a Black Chicagoan who flees to Berlin, Germany. He indulges his fantasies—but can't avoid certain issues he attempts to escape. ( Note: Pinckney will discuss the book at the Chicago Humanities Festival's "Margo Jefferson & Darryl Pinckney: Style and the Black Bourgeoisie" on April 30. See ChicagoHumanities.org . ) —Pretty Little ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Wendy Williams, Anderson Cooper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A female fan got to kiss singer Ricky Martin—for $90,000, according to NewNowNext.com. Paola Diniz was the highest bidder at an auction raising money for AIDS charities at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in Sao Paulo, Brazil—and Martin made sure she got her money's worth though, as he passionately put his arms around her and gave her a kiss to remember. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kata Hay soars on 'The Voice' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 10th season of The Voice premiered in February on NBC with judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. In a pivotal moment during the blind auditions, Levine turned his chair and contestant Kata Hay jumped on him in excitement. She described Aguilera as her first girl crush then kissed her before ultimately choosing her team. Hay ...







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