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Culture-worrier-Clarence-Page-reflects-on-50-years-of-change

'Culture worrier' Clarence Page reflects on 50 years of change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 26, 1960, then-presidential candidate Richard Milhous Nixon made a campaign stop at a Middletown, Ohio, railway station. "When you elect a congressman or a senator, let's not think only of just our own little problems, but remember what happens to America is going to affect you," he said before suddenly switching gears. "Now, let me put it very ...


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John Rechy: On gay sensibility, melding truth and fiction - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Frank Pizzoli - Born erudite, John Rechy, 83, is the author of 12 novels and three non-fiction works. He was raised Mexican-American in El Paso, Texas, at a time when Latino children were routinely segregated. He was assumed to be Anglo because of his light skin. A teacher "changed" his name from Juan to John. Always with a flair for the creative, after ...


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The Bijou Chronicles Steven Toushin - I Love You, Joan Crawford: Gay Men and Their Big Ladies, PART ONE by Madame Bubby - The other day while on the subway, I heard two male high school students ( not sure if they were gay ) debate the respective virtues of Beyonce and Adele. Diva worship is apparently still alive everywhere, not just in the gay community! But what's the real scoop on the cliched gay obsession with Joan Crawford and other dead or ...


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Eileen Myles: Queer, funny, feminist stand-up and poetry - From a press release - Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles Poet Eileen Myles discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival are pleased to feature a talk by New York poet Eileen Myles. Myles' gift for chronicling the life of the writer in a queer, funny, feminist, and ultimately provocative way makes her readings ...


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Women & Children First street dedication - Women & Children First bookstore, marking its 35th year in business—with about 25 of those years in Andersonville—was honored with a street dedication Oct. 11 at Farragut and Clark streets. The co-founders of the store, Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon, recently sold the business to employees Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. All four were at the dedication, which was led ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Brick Yard - By Lauren E. Childers - by Carol Lynne, $13.99, eBook $5.50; Totally Bound. Publishing; 185 pages This male-on-male book of erotic romance is set in the South Side of Chicago. The story is told in alternating first person through the main character Lucky Gunn and his lover, Dray. The story follows the trials and tribulations faced by many of the youth that go through ...


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Dustin Lance Black talks marriage rights, traveling and London - Dustin Lance Black is a charmer. That much became apparent during a recent phone conversation with the Oscar-winning screenwriter ( for Milk, which starred Sean Penn ). However, behind that easygoing facade is a fierce advocate for marriage rights—a fight that constantly takes him around the country. ( Also, that journey will bring the American Foundation for Equal Rights board ...


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VIEWS Family with gay dads shines in new middle-grade novel - Combine four boys of assorted ages, two dads, a Maine coon cat and a dog named Sir Puggleton into a home and stir well. Sprinkle on a doting aunt, a surly neighbor and assorted classmates. Season with a collapsing backyard hockey rink, an untimely power outage and a Thanksgiving culinary disaster. Dana Alison Levy's superb new middle-grade novel, The Misadventures ...


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Double date with Walt Whitman: Interview with playwright, actor - LGBT HISTORY MONTH by Henrik Eger, Philadelphia Gay News - Walt Whitman is one of America's most celebrated poets, essayists and journalists, even though during his lifetime ( 1819-1897 ) his work was considered controversial. Whitman broke with many traditions and is now seen as the father of free verse. Fundamentalists objected to the homoerotic passages in his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene and overtly ...


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Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories - BOOK REVIEW - By Gregg Shapiro $14.95; Squares & Rebels Press; 91 pages The main character in "Lunch with a Porn Star," a short story included in author Gregg Shapiro's new collection, Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories, encounters adult-film legend Billy Bigg several times, first on the El, then a few times at a Loop lunch spot. "When his naked face and body began ...


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BOOK REVIEW My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by John Killacky - In my generation, gay boys and their daddies had complicated relationships. I know I did, growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic family in Chicago some 60 years ago. Middle child of five and the oldest boy, I was not what my dad imagined his first son to be. There weren't any role models back then for parents or questioning ...


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StoryCorps launches OutLoud initiative - By Lauren E. Childers - More than 100 LGBTs and community allies came together to support StoryCorps Chicago's launch of their OutLoud initiative Sept. 18 at Marwen art school. OutLoud is a multi-year national initiative invested in recording and preserving LGBTQ stories. StoryCorps OutLoud has partnered with Chicago's Trans Oral History Project to enhance the diversity within the collection. Tony Alvarado-Rivera, or La Tony of ...


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


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


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


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Faderman, Lazin in Chicago for Legacy Project benefit - Prominent lesbian historian and author Lillian Faderman and Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, were the special guest speakers at a benefit for Chicago's Legacy Project Sept. 14 at the home of Legacy board member Christopher Barrett Politan. The event featured a Q&A with Faderman and Lazin conducted by WGN-TV's Sean Lewis. They discussed the importance of ...


-GLTB-book-discussion-group-forms-in-Evanston

GLTB book discussion group forms in Evanston - Former Evanston Arts Commissioner Greg Salustro leads a monthly discussion of books and plays by or about members of the GLBT community. The inaugural title is Oscar Wilde's classic farce, The Importance of Being Earnest. The program is Tuesday Oct 14, 7 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston. Copies are available at the Ra desk on ...


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Writing the Disability Experience: Local to authors read - From a press release - Riva Lehrer will be sharing excerpts from her memoir-in-progress ?Golem Girl Gets Lucky.? Riva is best known as a portrait artist, curator, and educator. Her work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. Sarah Michael Hollenbeck will be reading from her essay ?A Goldmine,? which compares and contrasts her experience of disability with that of local ...


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Poetry Foundation event focuses on queer poets of color - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 40 people attended the launch of "Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color Event" at the Poetry Foundation Sept. 4. The event featured readings from queer poets Francisco Aragon, Ruben Quesada, Ching-In Chen and Duriel E. Harris. According to the foundation's website, "Nepantla is a new poetry e-journal being curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with the ...


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BOOKS Hiram Crespo tends an 'Epicurean Garden' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "The smart people of the world don't want to study philosophy anymore," said Hiram Crespo, author of the new book Tending the Epicurean Garden and founder of the Society of Friends of Epicureanism. "People think philosophy is abstract, irrelevant and ancient; I'm very against this." Crespo, 38, identifies as gay and as a modern Epicurean, writing Tending the Epicurean Garden ...


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Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters - BOOK REVIEW by Angelique Smith - Edited by Randy L. Schmidt, $29.95; Chicago Review. Press; 456 pages   If you're told exactly who you are in the beginning of your life, do you start to believe it yourself? Judy Garland was truly born at the age of 12, when Frances Ethel Gumm ceased to exist and the newly named studio creation burst onto the Hollywood scene. ...


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BOOKS Starting from Here; Further Adventures Sissy Van Dyke - BOOK REVIEWS - Two books about lesbians finding their way in the world, complete with road trips, lots of drama, and insights into growing up and finding oneself.. Starting from Here chronicles the adventures of Colby, a 16-year-old lesbian, broken up over a girl who has dumped her for a boy. Colby lives alone in a trailer park, as her mom is dead ...


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BOOKS Talking with queer labor activist Miriam Frank - Miriam Frank, a current professor at New York University has something to say about queer American labor. So much so that she's just finished a book about it entitled, Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America. Frank was born and raised in a blue collar household in Newark, New Jersey, and she credits her upbringing with her ...


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Book-reading opens door to 'Gayborhood' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - University of British Columbia Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Amin Ghaziani read and signed copies of his new book There Goes The Gayborhood? at Lake View's Unabridged Bookstore Aug. 29. "In this book, I explore allegations that iconic American gay neighborhoods are disappearing," said Ghaziani at the event, which drew about 25 people. "Rather than asking whether gay neighborhoods are ...


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Daddy's Girl? Rebecca Coffey on Sigmund Freud's daughter - By Joan Lipkin - HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud's Story, by Rebecca CoffeyFormat: Paperback Pages: 360, ISBN: 978-1-938314-42-1 Imagine growing up gay in a household where your world-renowned father Sigmund Freud calls lesbianism a gateway to mental illness. And it is always, he said, caused by the father and curable by analysis. Then, having warned his colleagues that analysis is an erotic echo chamber, he analyzes ...


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UIC symposium on John D'Emilio Sept. 11-12 - The University of Illinois at Chicago's gender and women's studies department is hosting a two-day symposium honoring Professor Emeritus John D'Emilio's work. On Thursday, Sept. 11, a reception and a lecture, "Sexual Violence and Citizenship: Rape Reform in American History" will take place at Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave. The reception is 6 p.m., which Stanford University's Estelle ...


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GayWeddings.com head talks about new book - When Kathryn Hamm's mother, Gretchen, set out to plan her daughter's wedding to Amy Walter in 1999, she was at a loss to find even the simplest of resources for a same-sex couple looking to wed. Her determination that no other proud mom should have to face similar road blocks led to the founding the following year of TwoBrides.com and ...


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BOOKS Sociologist discusses the end of the 'Gayborhood' - On March 1, 1711, the very first issue of The Spectator magazine was published by British essayist and poet Joseph Addison and Irish writer Richard Steele. In his essay for the edition, Addison talked of his insatiable thirst for knowledge that carried him to all the countries of Europe in which there was something new and strange to be seen. ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Divide-Book-2-Unity

BOOK REVIEW The Divide: Book 2 Unity - By Kim Flowers. $13.50; Queerteen Press; 185 pages. Picking up directly after the events in The Divide: Book 1 Uprising, Kim Flowers' YA sequel novel The Divide: Book 2 Unity alternates between protagonists Serenity's and Malaki's points of view as both teens, their families and friends work to bring down the Family Protection Movement and their anti-LGBT agenda. While ...


Former-bookstore-owners-reflect-on-local-legacy

Former bookstore owners reflect on local legacy - Linda Bubon will be playing more golf, a lot more golf. Sure, golf has been prescribed by her physical therapist as she rehabilitates from a spinal cord injury, but golf is just yet another sporting passion for the Chicagoan who played volleyball for the predominantly gay Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ), including beach volleyball for the past 10 ...


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Expose could lead to protections for LGBT steelworkers - For LGBT workers at steel mills, it hasn't gotten better. But there's hope. Even with the waves of progress in America on issues such as same-sex marriage and employment non-discrimination laws from state-to-state, progress seems to have missed steelworkers at plants across the country, including in Chicago's backyard. They endure on-the-job harassment, sexual assault, physical threats, violent attacks and can ...


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'First Comes Love' book takes look at LGBTQ love - Available Sept. 26, First Comes Love ( Soleil Press ) is a new coffee-table photo book that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the United States. The brainchild of Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud ( aka B. Proud ), the book is just one element of the "First Comes Love" Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, ...


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'First Comes Love' book takes look at LGBTQ love - Available Sept. 26, First Comes Love ( Soleil Press ) is a new coffee-table photo book that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the United States. The brainchild of Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud ( aka B. Proud ), the book is just one element of the "First Comes Love" Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, ...


Lyme-Light-Memoirs-humorous-take-on-near-fatal-tragedy

Lyme Light: Memoir's humorous take on near-fatal tragedy - Natalie London's book, Lyme Light: A Memoir, tells the story of a queer Canadian-born young woman who was attending Columbia University while pursuing her musical ambitions. It seemed inevitable that her scholastic achievements and artistic abilities would take her up the ladder of success. Then along came a tick that took a bite out of her plans and turned her ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Nancy-Garden-Lesbian-hero

THE AMAZON TRAIL Nancy Garden: Lesbian hero - People all over the world were heartbroken to hear of Nancy Garden's death in June. The Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ) was only weeks from presenting her an award for her beloved 1982 novel Annie On My Mind. Thousands upon thousands of kids worldwide found understanding of themselves or others by reading the classic young adult romance between ...


Hard-Choices

Hard Choices - BOOK REVIEW - by Hillary Rodham Clinton. $35; Simon & Schuster; 635 pages   You may have already made up your mind. Political ads have barely started appearing on TV, but you already have an inkling of your future choice. Sure, there are a few important questions you'd like answered from the candidate who gets your vote; for the most part, though, you've ...


John-DEmilio-Renowned-professor-historian-retires

John D'Emilio: Renowned professor, historian retires - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - In his essay "A Defense of Poetry," Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that history was composed of "the episodes of that cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of men. The past, like an inspired rhapsodist, fills the theatre of everlasting generations with their harmony." John D'Emilio loves history—a story of change passed from one to another and replete with ...


Women-Children-bookstore-sold

Women & Children bookstore sold - A cornerstone in Chicago's feminist and LGBT communities dating back to 1979 is transitioning and preparing for a new, modern look. Women & Children First Bookstore, based on Clark Street in Andersonville, has been sold by longtime owners/founders Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen to two of their current employees, Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck, the Windy City Times has learned ...


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LETTERS Women & Children First; Gun and done - Moving on The following brief letters from Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon extend their thanks to the community, as they begin their next chapters both in the bookstore and beyond. Dear Friends of Women & Children First: In the months following the news that Linda and I were selling Women & Children First, many of you said ...


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BOOK REVIEW Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space - Ny Lynn Sherr, $28; Simon & Schuster; 376 pages And the cow jumped over the moon. You spent many years wondering if that were possible, although countless nursery rhyme books said it was so. Yes, a human could surely go there, but a bovine? Eventually, you learned the truth: men and women can overcome gravity, but cows stay grounded. ...


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Second book in 'Boystown' series released - Author Jake Biondi has released the second book of his Boystown series. The Boystown series began as an online story released in installments, each ending with a cliffhanger. Last November, the first 10 "episodes" were published in book form as Boystown: Season One. Boystown: Season Two is available at retailers such as Chicago's Unabridged Bookstore as well at online at Amazon.com ...


-Chris-Colfer-signs-Stories-in-Skokie

Chris Colfer signs 'Stories' in Skokie - Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on the Fox television show Glee, brought tons of fans to Barnes & Noble in Skokie over the weekend. Supporting his latest book The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning the Golden Globe winner arrived on July 12 to meet over 300 people waiting in line. At Anderson's Bookshop Naperville the night before, even ...


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Book features 50 prominent Chicagoans - From a press release - Any one can leverage life's lessons to achieve greater personal success; find and refine their passions; and achieve goals. The 50 inspirational Chicagoans profiled in Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose provide a powerful catalyst for jump starting or advancing one's own personal odyssey. The new book Bright Lights of the ...


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21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award July 23 - From a press release - CHICAGO—21 years ago, renowned Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the Guild Literary Complex started a $500 poetry award given to Illinois poets for a written work read aloud. This year, the Guild continues this tradition at the 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award taking place on July 23, 7:00—9:00 p.m. at the Chopin Theatre ( 1543 West Division St. ...


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Classic 1990s gay novels back with 21st Century updates - From a press release - Novelist Robert Rodi is bringing back his iconic 1990s gay novels with the help of a Kickstarter campaign—and he's adding in a new book showing where all the characters are today. In 1992 Rodi published Fag Hag, a dark comedy about a woman romantically obsessed with a gay man. The nineties was a boom era for gay fiction, and Fag ...


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BOOK REVIEW Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante - By Monica Nolan. $15; Kensington Books; 288 pages You've had it. You're about ready to quit your job—again—and that bothers you. Job-bobbing isn't what you wanted to do as a career but there you are, feeling like an ill-employed rubber ball, ready to bounce to the next workplace. Maybe you just don't know what you're good at yet. Or maybe, ...


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BOOK REVIEW Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir - By Mark Gevisser $27; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 352 pages   Turn left. You used to need a map to know that info, but these days, a voice from a screen tells you where to go on your trip. It's easy and fairly reliable, so who would want to go back to wrestling with a map, or wondering if turning ...


Chicago-Independent-Bookstore-Day-on-July-12

'Chicago Independent Bookstore Day' on July 12 - Nine Chicago independent bookstores are teaming to create the first Chicago Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, July 12. To encourage Chicago readers to visit their own neighborhood store as well as the other unique stores in different neighborhoods—from Hyde Park to Logan Square to Andersonville—indie stores are offering special deals, free books, and refreshments. Customers will also receive a handful ...


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Lesbian musician talks Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray - BOOKS - Out lesbian Jamie Anderson knows enough about women's-music festivals to be considered armed and dangerous. She's toured with the best of them—Melissa Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray, Holly Near, and Meg Christian—and has the stories to prove it. After nearly 30 years of braving the entertainment industry as only she knows best, Anderson presents her take on the wild and ...


Law-professors-book-focuses-on-gay-parents-child-welfare

Law professor's book focuses on gay parents, child welfare - BOOKS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Carlos A. Ball, a Rutgers School of Law professor, has released his latest book, Same-Sex Marriage and Children: A Tale of Social Science, History, and Law. Ball talked with Windy City Times about how the last real argument social conservatives use against marriage equality is that same-sex parents are detrimental to child development. In his book, Ball aims to ...


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'Brave Bilbuggies' launches; review of Artificial Cherry - To celebrate the publication of her first children's book The Brave Bilbuggies, lesbian author Genevieve Sipperley and illustrator Alex Martin held a book launch party at Simon's Bar and Tavern June 19. About 45 people attended the event featuring raffles, giveaways and book-signing. The book centers around Tulipwood, a rogue flower who has been stealing from the forest creatures and ...


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Instagram celebrity looks at abuses, love in memoir - BOOKS - It started, innocently enough, with a photograph. Kordale Lewis posted images of him and his partner, Kaleb, doing everyday things with their family ( such as brushing their daughters' hair )—and the gay dads received tons of diverse opinions about the pictures. Now, Kordale has come out with the memoir Picture Perfect?, a moving and sometimes brutal look at the ...


Flower-of-Iowa-E-book-looks-at-WWI-soldiers-romance

Flower of Iowa: E-book looks at WWI soldiers' romance - This summer marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, a global military devastation that took place between 1914 and 1918. In his first published book, Flower of Iowa, openly gay author and writer Lance Ringel crafted a historical fiction that takes place during the summer of 1918. The book centers around U.S. soldier Tommy Flowers and British military man ...


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BOOKS Laura Erickson-Schroth's work looks at the trans* self - Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Laura Erickson-Schroth wanted to play sports with boys, wear masculine clothing and benefit from all the opportunities that had been given to her male friends simply as awards for their gender. At home, her mother kept a copy of the Boston Women's Health Collective's groundbreaking 1971 book Our Bodies Ourselves—a publication that has been ...


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'Sons of Wichita' looks at Koch upbringing, reveals gay brother - BOOKS - Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty takes a look into the lives of Charles and David Koch—the Koch Brothers—as they embark on purchasing political campaigns and creating their own version of America. Along the way, the book provides a gay brother reveal and some stories that will make your skin crawl backward. Written ...


Queerly-Beloved-A-Love-Story-Across-Genders

Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders - BOOK REVIEW - By Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall $16.95; Bold Strokes Books; 235 pages Why do you stay with the one you love? You can count the ways: he makes you laugh. She's tender, kind and generous. You love being in his arms. He's a good dancer. She's hot. There a million reasons to love, each as individual as the lovers. But ...


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BOOK REVIEW Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East - By Benjamin Law $16.95; Cleis Press; 283 pages This is one of the most fascinating books I've read this year, in which the reader gets to explore the world of LBGTQ culture in seven Asian countries as seen through the eyes of a young gay Australian journalist of Chinese heritage. This account, written in a most accessible, breezy style, ...


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'Little Reef and Other Stories' full of rich tales - BOOKS - By Frank Pizzoli When I met up with Michael Carroll in his Chelsea/NYC flat to interview him, his energy matched the verve of his short stories—right there, to the point, ready to go. In 12 tales, some connected, Carroll, 49, draws easily recognizable characters. There is humor. Human flaws are laid out but not judged. There's room between the words ...


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PASSAGES Author Nancy Garden dies - Nancy Garden, a lesbian award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults, has died at age 76. Her books included the lesbian teen novel Annie on My Mind. According to Amazon.com, the "book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten ...


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Gerber/Hart updates public on progress, gift - By Matt Simonette Gerber/Hart Library and Archives President Carrie Barnett and other library officials met with the public June 18 for an update on the organization's progress since new leadership took over in late 2013. Barnett said that she was interested in fostering an atmosphere of transparency and wants the new administration to be as forthcoming as possible about the ...


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Words without Borders publishes Queer Issue for Pride - From a press release - New York City, New York, June 2, 2014—Words without Borders, the online magazine for international literature, announces the release of their fifth volume of queer writing from around the world to coincide with LGBT Pride Month in the United States. "We're tremendously excited to be celebrating LGBT Pride month with the release of this issue. The international voices in the ...


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Windy City Times books: Marriage equality, Vernita Gray, LGBT cinema - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is the focus of a new book from Windy City Times writers Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim. The book looks at the financial and political pressure from the LGBT community and its allies to pass the marriage-equality law in 2013, including heated internal battles and intense heat put ...


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WCT books: Marriage equality, Vernita Gray, LGBT cinema - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is the focus of a new book from Windy City Times writers Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim. The book looks at the financial and political pressure from the LGBT community and its allies to pass the marriage-equality law in 2013, including heated internal battles and intense heat put on elected ...


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WCT books: Marriage equality, Vernita Gray, LGBT cinema - CHICAGO—The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is the focus of a new book from Windy City Times writers Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim. The book looks at the financial and political pressure from the LGBT community and its allies to pass the marriage-equality law in 2013, including heated internal battles and intense heat put on elected ...


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Jacob and Diane Anderson-Minshall talk 'Queerly Beloved' - BOOKS Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Diane Anderson-Minshall is no stranger to the LGBT literary world. She began her career at in 1990 at Crescent City Star, a weekly LGBT newspaper in New Orleans before joining the lesbian erotic magazine On Our Backs three years later. From there, she co-founded Girlfriends magazine with her partner, Susannah "Suzy" Minshall, and helmed popular publications such as Curve and ...


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AIDS book at Printers Row event - The second book in Victoria Noe's award-winning series on grieving the death of a friend, Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends, will be featured Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Printers Row Lit Fest ( Chicago Writers Association ) in Chicago. Noe's work as a fundraiser in Chicago's AIDS community in the '80s and early ...


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Bechdel, Bornstein honored, Lambda Literary winners named - The winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the "Lammys") were announced June 2 in a gala ceremony that comedienne Kate Clinton hosted in New York City. Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein received special honors. Cartoonist Justin Hall, award-winning creator of the series True Travel Tales, presented the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature to Bechdel (the ...


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Retired doctor reflects on his 90 years in new book - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Quentin Young offers his take on a variety of topics, including people, politics and policies, in his new book: Everybody In, Nobody Out: Memoirs of a Rebel Without a Pause. Young certainly speaks from experience. He celebrated his 90th birthday last September. Born and raised in Chicago, and still calling the Hyde Park area home, Young is now in Southern ...


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E-BOOK REVIEW The Rekindling of Love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - by Derrick Knight $6.99; 312 pages First-time novelist Derrick Knight wants us to believe in a gentler world where gay couples are surrounded by loving parents and friends, and mean folk get their deserved comeuppances. Who can't cheer for that? He may have bitten off more than he can chew. He takes on many weighty topics—gay adoption, homophobia, and AIDS. ...


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BOOK REVIEW No Strings - by TP Catalano $31.25; AMaverick Books; 502 pages One test of a good book that focuses on the life of its main character is if, at the end, you feel sad about leaving behind someone you've grown to care for—and if you think the "novel" the author dubs his book to be is a memoir in disguise, and you wish ...


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BOOKS The End of Billy Knight - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Move over, Magic Mike: There's a new magician in town, and he even shares your name off-camera. Meet Billy Knight—a strapping, twentysomething hustler-turned-porn star whose journey to stardom was borne of an unlikely encounter with a drag queen in 1980s Los Angeles. Better known as Sasha Zahore to her many adoring fans at the Lucky Pony, Dale meets eyes with ...


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Comics expo at Center takes the CAKE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) returned May 31-June 1, with than 200 local, national and international exhibitors at Center on Halsted, at 3656 N. Halsted St. Free and open to the public, CAKE celebrates the diverse community of underground and alternative comic artists, publishers and fans in Chicago. Comics, prints and artwork were available for purchase. Among ...


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Gerber/Hart Library to host Pride Open House, Public Meeting - From a press release - Gerber Hart Library and Archives will host a Pride Month Open House and Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 18 at 7 pm. The public is invited to drop by and tour the new location at 6500 N Clark Street and to learn more about recent developments at the library. The program will include reports on facilities improvements, volunteer efforts, as ...


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Video interview: Sukie de la Croix on leaving Chicago - Author and historian Sukie de la Croix is moving to California, after two decades in Chicago. He moved to the Windy City from England to be with his partner, and made a home here tracing the complicated narrative of Chicago's gay history. His award-winning book, Chicago Whispers, was among the first to detail the long LGBT history of the city. ...


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CPL observing Pride Month - The Chicago Public Library continues its "Celebrating Diversity" series in June with the observance of LGBT Pride Month. Co-sponsored by the library's Pride Month Committee, the opening program features a screening and discussion of the documentary film Living With Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100, with director Yvonne Welbon. The film spotlights the life of Ruth Ellis, who was thought ...







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