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DOJ to recognize trans discrimination as sex discrimination - From press releases - From The Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, responded to today's announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the Department of Justice will no longer assert that "Title VII's prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity ...


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Guide provides vital information for transgender prisoners - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) have released "Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners," a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here. NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf ...


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Trans individual missing from Warren, Michigan area - From a press release - WARREN - Equality Michigan is asking for help in locating Jay Ralko, a 22 year old missing Warren area trans individual. Jay was last seen on December 10th driving a Ford Escape Charcoal Gray, plate # CJK7951 with chrome pipe running boards and rain deflectors on the windows. Anyone with information should please call Equality Michigan at 313-466-4345 or Warren ...


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PASSAGES Harry N. Stamm - Harry N. Stamm, "Chris", 58, former instructor at Harrington Institute of Interior Design for many years and Robert Morris College, passed away unexpectedly at home December 15, 2014. Beloved son of the late Harry J. Stamm and Lorraine A. Stamm ( nee Nelson ), brother of Barbara Stamm, cousin of many, and close friend to Joe Babula, John Kvedaras and ...


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Duty stations available to same-sex military couples gontinues to grow - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — This month, the list of countries where a same-sex military spouse can be sponsored by the Defense Department to join a U.S. service member for an accompanied assignment outside of the U.S. grew to 40 countries. Unfortunately for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families approaching the time of year where new duty ...


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Student actors present poetic novel "October Mourning" - North Central College presents "October Mourning," a stage production based on Lesléa Newman's book, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard," Jan. 8-11. Student actors with direction by Carin Silkaitis, North Central College assistant professor of theatre, will present six performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-10, at 2 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in Madden Theatre ...


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Chicago protests continue to take place - "Black & Brown Lives Matter, at home & abroad," was a message of an International Human Rights Day ( Dec. 10 ) protest that started at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway, and ended near President Obama's Chicago home. Emmett Farmer—whose son, Flint, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in 2011 while he was lying on his stomach—was ...


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Top world LGBT stories of 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. And an openly gay college football player kissed his boyfriend in front of a television camera after becoming the first openly gay player to be hired by ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Dusty Groove ( https://www.dustygroove.com/ ): Who doesn't like music? Dusty Groove, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., not only has CDs and vinyl records ( which are making a huge comeback )—but it has very rare editions of those items in a staggering variety of musical genres ( ranging from classical to folk/country to deep funk ). Gift certificates are available. —Steampunk ...


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National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeff Merkley formally announced his intention to introduce a comprehensive LGBT-rights bill in the next Congress, according to Metro Weekly. During remarks at the Center for American Progress, the Oregon Democrat said he will spearhead efforts to pass federal legislation that would protect LGBT people in nearly every aspect of life, including employment, housing, public accommodations, housing and credit. Merkley ...


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Bent Nights: Year in review - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year will go down as the first "post-gay" year in popular music. With so many LGBT-friendly gestures and artists coming out, sexuality suddenly stopped being the issue. The sweeping opinion changes brought by the national battle for marriage equality had a lot to do with it but, whatever the reason, 2014 was far more friendlier for LGBTs in general ...


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Billy Masters - "U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don't make it a sundae."—Shonda Rhimes weighs via Twitter with her opinion about the email exchange between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin where they joke that President Obama probably likes movies like The Butler and Django Unchained. You mean he doesn't? Believe it or ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Hobbit; The Babadook; film notes - Here at the end of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy—and the sixth cinematic visit to Middle Earth—there's inevitably the feeling of having survived a very, very long journey. It's been magical and visually dazzling, to be sure, but some of it admittedly has felt like an endurance test as well. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hozier takes us to church - Breaking out this year is Irish singer Hozier, who has just released his self-titled debut album. Containing a mixture of styles with a strong blues influence has made this endeavor unforgettable for listeners looking for the next big thing. The 6'5" Andrew Hozier-Byrne hails from Bray, County Wicklow, and studied in Dublin but dropped out to record demos for Universal ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Lesbian actress Beth Glover gets evil in 'Cinderella' - There's a new madame in town, and this time she's played by the talented Beth Glover in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Glover returns to this touring gig after successful national tours of Promises, Promises, All Shook Up and Anything Goes. She has tackled roles in 9 to 5, Grey Gardens and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Windy City Times phoned her on ...


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THEATER REVIEW Pericles - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through Jan. 18 Modern audiences might find Pericles very hard to swallow. William Shakespeare's romantic drama set on and around the Mediterranean Sea during antiquity is filled with plot twists involving a Lazarus-like resurrection, thwarted seductions and coincidental reunions of ...


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Upcoming events: YEPP with Crys Matthews; SWOP anti-violence - Jan. 10 YEPP show to feature Crys Matthews On Friday, Jan. 10, the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., will host singer songwriter Crys Matthews in a concert to benefit the Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ). Matthews' music blends American, folk, funk, blues and jazz, with influences ranging from Otis Redding to Ani DiFranco, according to a ...


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Myles Brady: Howard Brown's first transgender outreach coordinator - Myles Brady, a Chicago native from Hyde Park, has been named Howard Brown Health Center's first-ever Transgender Outreach Coordinator. He has taken those first steps to make Howard Brown his home and to reach out to an often marginalized cross-section of the LGBT community. Windy City Times: As a trans man, when did you first know that you were trans? ...


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PASSAGES Stonewall veteran Danny Garvin dies - Danny Garvin, one of the few remaining "Stonewall veterans," died in New York, according to GayNZ.com. Garvin had been among only around 20 people still living to tell the tales of the June 28, 1969, event at New York's Stonewall Inn that gave rise to the gay-rights movement. According to a statement from David Carter, author of Stonewall: The Riots ...


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Marine charged with transgender woman's murder - Philippine government prosecutors have charged U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with murder in the killing of a Filipino, according to The Huffington Post. The prosecutors said Pemberton acknowledged attacking the victim, jennifer Laude, after he found out she was transgender. In October, Laude's body was found in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. She had apparently been strangled and drowned in ...


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LoBianco now at Chicago House - Jim LoBianco, formerly executive director of Streetwise, Inc., has been appointed chief development officer at Chicago House and Social Services. He started Dec. 1. In an open letter, LoBianco said, in part, "While leaving StreetWise after 4 years was bittersweet, I am very proud of the great things that I and the staff accomplished. Together we housed, trained and ...


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LGBTQ Task Force leader talks equality, anti-trans violence - Engaging, vocal and passionate about her work and her community, Stacey Long Simmons is the director of public policy and government affairs for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Active in various advocacy groups, including being past chair of the DC Commission for Women, Long Simmons strives to never be a "boring policy wonk." Windy City Times: Tell us about your ...


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Ruth Messinger talks human-rights issues, justice - "I dedicate my days to the struggles for human rights of some of the people who have the least access to power—women and girls, the LGBT community and indigenous peoples in the developing world whose communities are threatened," said Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ). That was just one of the messages that Messinger ...


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AFC webinar shows other PrEP methods may join Truvada - by Margo Anderson - On Dec. 11, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) conducted an informational webinar on potential new methods of PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ). PrEP is a set of preventative antiretrovirals taken consistently by an HIV-negative person who is at high risk for becoming HIV-positive. Jim Pickett, the director of prevention advocacy and gay men's health at AFC, said ...


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Life might be getting better for LGBT steelworkers - Anne Balay has become an advocate for LGBT steelworkers, which is interesting since she's never worked in a steel mill. Balay did however work in Gary, Indiana, previously as an instructor at Indiana University Northwest. She said the proximity to the steel mills as well as a background in blue-collar work led to her searching out LGBT steelworkers to find ...


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Christine Bland named 2014 LGBT engineer of the year - Christine Bland was on a business trip earlier this year in Connecticut when she learned she was being nominated for a prestigious award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals ( NOGLSTP ). She broke down in tears. "It blew my mind away that I was even being considered, especially since there are so many ...


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March, vigil stress that sex workers' lives matter, too - Sex workers and their allies gathered to celebrate life and remember lives lost on Dec. 17. Sex Workers Outreach Project ( SWOP )-Chicago began commemorating the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers with a march in downtown Chicago. A program and candlelight vigil at Jane Addams-Hull House followed. "It's important to remember the people we've lost this year ...


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Auditorium gala brings LuPone - From opening night on Dec. 9, 1889 to an anniversary night Dec. 9, 2014, the Auditorium Theatre has entertained audiences for decades. To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, the venue brought in the legendary Patti LuPone, who is the great-grandniece and namesake of Adelina Patti, the opera star who first brought down the house on opening night at this iconic theater. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! - Playwright: Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. At: The Second City at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$61. Runs through: Jan. 3 A rite of passage on the road to maturity is to deny the power over your emotions exercised by childhood icons—acts of defiance including, but not restricted to, posing Barbie dolls in provocative postures or ...


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THEATER REVIEW Newsies - Book: Harvey Fierstein; Music: Alan Menken; Lyrics: Jack Feldman. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $40-$130. Runs through Jan. 4 The Disney film musical Newsies was a big fat critical and financial flop when it was first released in 1992. So imagine everyone's surprise 20 years later when Newsies became a big fat critically acclaimed ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Andrews away - Attention, Chicago theater fans! It might be a very long time before you see out actor/musician/choreographer Patrick Andrews on or around a Chicago-area stage after the holiday season. That's because the auburn-haired Andrews plans to leave the Windy City in an attempt to make it in the Big Apple. Andrews is bound to receive some big-time exposure in New York ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Clean House - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.remybumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: Jan. 11 Sometimes a play needs to be separated from its author—or, to be more specific, from audiences' expectations of the author. How many years passed before Neil Simon was perceived as more than a-laugh-a-minute, Beth Henley as more ...


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Children's book about embracing differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Craig Pomranz noticed that his godson seemed anxious one night when he was putting him to bed. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing him anxiety, Pomranz said his godson asked, "Is there such a thing as a tomgirl?" "I just thought out of the mouths of babes," Pomranz said. "We are such a misogynistic society ...


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Dining news: Winter doughnuts; $260 chocolate bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The artisan doughnut shop Glazed and Infused has created two new items for custom catering orders, the Christmas Tree Doughnut Tower and Snowman Doughnuts. Glazed and Infused's 18-inch-tall tower ( $80 ) is composed of more than 100 doughnut holes decorated in seasonal green and red sprinkles. Also, hot-drink options include a Hazelnut Macchiato, Iced Dark and Iced White Mocha; ...


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Local gay pastry chef prepares for'Cutthroat Kitchen' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pastry chef Teddy Heidt will be on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen Sunday, Dec. 28. Heidt is a co-owner of RP Catering & Events alongside his partner, Ryan Arndt. The two met at Chicago's Le Cordon Bleu; Arndt the culinary chef and Heidt the pastry chef with a history in business and communications, the two thought they'd make the perfect ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL HIV status and employment discrimination - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, Q: I have been working at the same company for a few years, and am generally happy there. I recently tested positive for HIV, and was wondering: Could I get fired if my boss found out about my HIV status? A: In the decades since HIV was discovered, we have learned much more about HIV ...


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World: London mayoral candidate; UKIP situation; Jamaican pastor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay businessman Ivan Massow has announced his intention to run for mayor of London, according to On Top Magazine. He is the first Tory candidate to enter the contest, which takes place in 2016. In promoting his candidacy during a Gaydio radio interview, Massow, 47—a recovering alcoholic sober since 2008 and a self-made millionaire—said that the London gay scene ...


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Entertainment: 'Broadway Bares' news; Grindr awards; Robyn's new CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created and is the executive producer of Broadway Bares, will return to the director's chair to helm the 25th edition of that famed burlesque show, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Playbill. Broadway Bares will be presented twice on June 21, 2015, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. More than 200 ...


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TRAVEL Adults-only spots in Cancun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cancun has long welcomed sun-seekers of all sorts, including spring-breakers, families, international travelers, and gays and lesbians. Whether you are lusting after a romantic getaway or a rowdy escape, this Mexican coastal city is sure to delight. But perhaps you prefer to indulge your leisure-time tastes in a grown-up setting, without the presence or distraction of children—yours or anyone else's. ...


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Boystown's Bountiful Eatery: Food, fitness, environment - Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Eat24 Top Rated restaurant award, in addition to the Lakeview East Healthy Choices Award, Bountiful Eatery, 3312 N. Broadway, is a gluten-free choice for fresh, healthy eating. The décor is clean and modern, and it's easily a great place to chat or do work on your laptop. Healthy magazines are strewn about to peruse ...


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NUNN ON ONE Kathy Bates has hairy good time on 'Horror Story' - Kathy Bates is one Oscar winner who shows no sign of stopping. She won many awards for her horrifying portrayal in Stephen King's Misery then tackled him again in Dolores Claiborne. She followed her success with films like Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Primary Colors, and About Schmidt. Most recently Bates took on Tammy, Melissa McCarthy's starring cinematic vehicle, playing a ...


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Music news: YuleTube ends Dec. 20; Menzel holiday album out - CGMC's 'YuleTube' to conclude Dec. 20 Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will perform the last version of its holiday show "YuleTube: Holiday Favorites from Television" on Dec. 20. CGMC will re-enact holiday specials from Rankin and Bass ( Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch ), Charlie Brown, The Muppets and a dozen more. The chorus will perform Saturday, Dec. ...


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Critics' Picks and Theater Spotlight - Theater Spotlight Get a dose of circus-infused Christmas-style spectacle with Cirque Dreams Holidaze. The touring holiday show features 20 international acts performing feats of acrobatics, balancing and magical illusions as they're dressed up as snowmen, penguins, reindeer, toy soldiers and more. Cirque Dreams Holidaze plays six performances only at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. ...


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LETTERS - Slide rule Dear Editor: The Mister International Rubber ( MIR ) event needs to be moved out of the gymnasium at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). While the gym works well most of the year, safety is severely compromised following the MIR event. The extensive use of talc and silicone transforms the usually good gymnasium floor into ...


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In the Life: Ricardo Sebastian - Ricardo Sebastian, a Chicago native who launched Luxury Management ( LUX MGT ) eight years ago while the student president at Robert Morris University, has shined ever since—with some celebrity sparkle along the way. "One of my favorite success stories is with Julius LaCour, [who] I met in 2011," Sebastian said of the fashion designer/creative director. "We created a four-year ...


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Lighthouse Church hosting prayer vigil Dec. 18 - Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., is hosting a candlelight prayer vigil—"Prayer with a Purpose"—on Thursday, Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. Ministers and community activists will offer prayers. In addition, attendees will be encouraged to sign a letter to their alderman in support of a chokehold ban for police offers in the city of Chicago. At 7:30 p.m., attendees will ...


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DISH: SAVOR Commonwealth Tavern; Kanela; '12 Cocktails of Christmas' - Roscoe Village's Commonwealth Tavern ( 2000 W. Roscoe Ave.; http://www.commonwealthchicago.com/ ) has replaced Mulligan's—and the results are striking, at least in terms of decor. Commonwealth, which opened in February, certainly has a welcoming vibe—and the food will appeal to patrons. At least the appetizers will. The nachos ( with pork, beer cheese, Chihuahua cheese, salsa verde, crema and escabeche ) ...


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Gay manager of cafe killed in Sydney hostage situation - Tori Johnson, the gay café manager of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia, was killed as he fought off an armed terrorist who took the cafe and its patrons hostage, according to Towleroad. Johnson, who managed the café for two years, was trying to disarm the terrorist to provide cover for the other hostages as they fled during a ...


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LoBianco now at Chicago House - Jim LoBianco, formerly executive director of Streetwise, Inc., has been appointed chief development officer at Chicago House and Social Services. He started Dec. 1. In an open letter, LoBianco said, in part, "While leaving StreetWise after 4.5 years was bittersweet, I am very proud of the great things that I and the staff accomplished. Together we housed, trained and placed ...


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Joan Jett among Hall of Fame inductees - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band make up the class that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come April—with disco band Chic getting snubbed for the ninth straight year, The Washington Post noted. Green Day will be the youngest act of ...


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Many GLBT homicides connected to sex work, rallies Dec. 17 - From a press release - On Dec. 17, the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sex worker rights and social justice organizations in over 60 cities across the United States and world are staging marches, protests, and public events to call attention to violence committed against sex workers. In Chicago, Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago is organizing a march against violence and a vigil and ...


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Ruling: Corrections can deny necessary surgery to trans prisoner - From a press release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts today expressed deep disappointment with a ruling from the full First Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the Massachusetts Department of Correction ( DOC ) to deny essential medical care recommended by its own physicians to transgender prisoner Michelle Kosilek. As Judge Thompson recognized in dissent, prejudice against ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hanging with Wallpaper. - The hip-hop project known as Wallpaper. is more than just a fly on the wall. Producer Ricky Reed started exaggerating AutoTune before the sound became mainstream. The song "STUPiDFACEDD," played in the movie 22 Jump Street, took him on tour with groups like Gym Class Heroes. Reed produced hits for Jason Derulo with "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle." He recently teamed ...


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Senate confirms first openly gay judge to federal bench in Texas - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, December 16, 2014 ) — The U.S. Senate tonight confirmed Robert Pitman to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. Lambda Legal Fair Courts Project ...


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Legislators to HHS: End blood donation policy, go to risk-based policy - From a press release - Washington D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wis. ), Elizabeth Warren ( D-Mass. ), and Tom Harkin ( D-Iowa ), and Representatives Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) and Barbara Lee ( D-Calif. ), led a letter with 75 of their congressional colleagues calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell to replace the outdated and discriminatory ...


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Gerber/Hart looks back at 2014, receives major grant - Officials of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., detailed their work streamlining the library's holdings, as well as a major donation, at their semi-annual meeting Dec. 11. Board President Carrie Barnett, who earlier in the evening was re-elected to serve for another year, said, "I don't believe the traction we're getting." During 2014, all of Gerber/Hart's holdings were ...


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Report: LGBT Americans still face inequality - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., December 9, 2014 — Despite growing support for equality, the stakes are high for the estimated almost nine million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans whose daily lives are limited by a lack of state and federal protections. According to a new publication released today, LGBT Americans live in a two-tier system where they must ...


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School board member causes controversy with anti-gay remarks - A Warren Township High School District 121 board member, on Dec. 11, apologized for comments she made about the possibility of a gay or lesbian school superintendent, but said that she would not step down over the matter, NBC-5 reported. In a public meeting Dec. 2 in Gurney, Liz Biondi said, "I'm concerned that if we hired someone that we ...


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LETTER Honoring one, dishonoring many - Open Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Council: When a City Honors One but Dishonors Many On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, acting on behalf of "all" citizens of the City of Chicago, honored Francis Cardinal George with the city's highest honor, the Medal of Merit. Our elected officials inexplicably praised ...


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Owners: Manhole and Whiskey Trust closing 'temporarily' - From a press release - LKH Management ( Hydrate, Replay, Elixir, Halsted's ) assumed management of both Chloe's ( now Manhole ) and Whiskey Trust at the end of August 2014, hired by the owner of Chloe's and Whiskey Trust. They state that situations beyond the control of LKH are resulting in the closing of the business at this time. According to Mark Liberson, president ...


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EI wants Warren Township School board member to resign - Equality Illinois is calling for the resignation of Warren Township High School District 121 Board member Liz Biondi for suggesting that the search for a new school superintendent exclude gay or lesbian candidates, thereby violating the clear Illinois law prohibiting discrimination against gay and lesbian job candidates. At a public meeting of the board on Dec. 2, 2014 in Gurnee, ...


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Choucair steps down as CDPH head - Chicago officials announced Dec. 11 that Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) Commissioner Bechara Choucair will step down from his post at the end of December. He is to be replaced by CDPH Chief Medical Officer Julie Morita, pending City Council approval. Choucair will be joining Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health as that organization's senior vice president for safety ...


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Golden Globe nods: 'Transparent' in, 'Modern Family' out - Groundbreaking Amazon Studios series Transparent ( which focuses on a father and his journey toward becoming a woman ) was among those projects receiving Golden Globe nods. However, established comedy Modern Family was completely shut out. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's nominations were announced Dec. 11, the day after the Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) nods were revealed. Like ...


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Michael Sam documentary to air on OWN Dec. 27 - From a press release - Los Angeles — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, "Michael Sam," on Saturday, December 27 ( 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT ). The 90-minute documentary follows the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL. The documentary was originally announced as a multi-part series but transitioned into ...


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Women & Children First to host Sarah Ruhl - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — ON Monday, December 22ND at 7 p.m. Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago's iconic Andersonville neighborhood will be hosting playwright and author Sarah Ruhl for a reading, signing and discussion of her slyly brilliant new collection 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and ...


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'We Must Breathe' Dec. 18 at Victory Gardens Theater - On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets," a special event gathering members of Chicago's artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. "We Must Breathe"—which is free and ...


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Dale Scott first gay, active major league baseball umpire - Dale Scott put a unique spin on the old adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words." His picture simply stated, Scott is gay. The Scott story—of his subtle coming-out—started over the summer when Referee Magazine, a Wisconsin-based monthly magazine for sports officials, was planning a lengthy feature story on Scott who, in 2014, was working his 29th season ...


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Winter LGBT movie preview - With the holidays just around the corner, Hollywood is trotting out both their awards contenders and some of their most anticipated mega-blockbusters. And the winter months promise plenty of diverting film fare as well, with a few queer-friendly movies among them. Here's a random sampling of what lies ahead cinematically in the coming months with movies both overtly queer or ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Imitation Game; Exodus; film notes - The oddly handsome Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't look like other film stars and he doesn't act like them, either. His richly resonant, caramel-coated voice is quickly identifiable in the wide range of roles that he has essayed the past few years ( even when it's been electronically altered, as it is for Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit movies ). Sometimes, ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics' picks - About Face Theatre teams with Theater Wit to present the return of Big Red and The Boys for its fourth seasonal appearance. Hear traditional and off-kilter holiday songs and stories from the titular chanteuse, with added musical back up from her equally alluring band. Big Red and the Boys plays five performances only at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


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PASSAGES Judy Baar Topinka dies - Just weeks after being re-elected into her post by Illinois voters, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away from complications following a stroke Dec. 10. "The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen last night and I lost a friend," said Sen. Dick Durbin in a statement. "In a political world of cocker spaniels she could be a bulldog taking ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 Urban planner Amara Enyia runs for Chicago mayor - [Editor's note: On Dec. 10, Amara Enyia announced that she would be withdrawing from the race and throwing her support behind the campaign of Ald. Bob Fioretti.] Amara Enyia has been one of the lower-profile individuals in the race to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the city election in February. She's never held public office, but she thinks that her ...


Gay News

AFC document sums up PrEP costs on marketplace - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) on Dec. 1 released a document that summarizes what persons utilizing the Illinois Insurance Marketplace would have to pay in out-of-pocket expenses should they wish to access pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. The PrEP intervention significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection by over 90 percent and is mostly available to consumers in the ...


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Salvation Army's LGBT stance improves, yet problems persist - Although the Salvation Army has made an effort to reach out to the LGBT community over the past year, problems still persist, according to activists. The problems stem from the international scope of the organization and the fact that each territory of the Salvation Army U.S. operates with some autonomy. Some locations only have facilities that separate people based on ...


Gay News

Report: New HIV diagnoses in Chicago falling - A surveillance report that the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) released Dec. 1 said that new HIV diagnoses in the city continue to decline from year to year, with 1,091 new diagnoses in 2013, down 41 percent from the peak of 1,857 reported diagnoses in 2001. The report contains further positive news: Eight of 10 newly diagnosed ...







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