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Book on gay men and meth offers recovery solutions - A new book provides an innovative roadmap for healthcare professionals treating gay men for methamphetamine addiction and sexual compulsion: Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man's Guide to Sex and Recovery ( Healing Path Press ). Lust, Men and Meth is written by David M. Fawcett, a Florida-based psychotherapist, addiction specialist and sex therapist who specializes in mental health and ...


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BOOK REVIEW Marie Equi: Radical Passions and Outlaw Politics - By Michael Helquist, $24.95; Oregon State University Press; 309 pages Marie Equi's name had many reasons to be in the news in the early 1900s. She was a physician at time where women doctors were still a curiosity. She was a labor activist who believed in abortion and birth control. She rushed to provide aid in the wake of ...


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Univ. of Minnesota libraries honored for LGBT service - The American Library Association's ( ALA's ) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table ( GLBTRT ) has named the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries as the inaugural recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community. The award was established to honor a library, librarian, ...


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Curious Wine named 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award recipient - From a Golden Crown Literary Society press release - Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest has been named the 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award Recipient. The book is the seminal lesbian romance, breaking all sales records, going on to sell more than 250,000 copies and setting the standard for lesbian emotional and sexual expression. Hundreds of thousands of lesbians were moved and validated by the story, and the storytelling ...


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BOOKS Photography book looks at trans life in Cuba - Cuba: The small island nation has captivated Americans for decades. It's a veritable lost world unto itself, full of vintage cars and the memory of a revolution. Californian photographer Eric Politzer had the unique opportunity to visit and chronicle Havana's transgender and gay cabaret subculture. His new book, Out! Las Transformitas of Havana, follows the lives of a number of ...


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Publishing company launches with book on Audre Lorde - From a press release - New York, NY, January 26, 2016…..Villarosa Media, founded by a family with over 50 years of combined journalism and literary experience, is poised to become a new player in the publishing business, a boutique publishing company of quality fiction and nonfiction books primarily by and about African Americans and the African diaspora. Their inaugural book, The Wind is Spirit, was ...


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First Comes Love author at Women & Children First Feb. 11 - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA, PA- Photographer B. Proud, author of First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships, will discuss her book with Scott Duff of OUT CHICAGO radio on February 11th, 2016 at 7pm at Women & Children First Bookstore. Released in the fall of 2014, First Comes Love, according to Philadelphia photographer B. Proud, includes a glimpse into the real lives ...


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Hillary Clinton book to be discussed at Women & Children First - From a press release - Contributors to the new book Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox edited by Joanne Bamberger, will be at Chicago's Women & Children First Bookstore Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. Chicago's Veronica Arreola with be at the event, as will the book's editor, Joanne Bamberger, and contributor Emily Zanotti. Hillary Rodham Clinton evokes extreme and varied emotions among voters in ...


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BOOK REVIEW Gay & Lesbian History for Kids - By Jerome Pohlen, $17.95; Chicago Review Press; 180 pages Every day, you try to catch a little news. It might be online, maybe in a newspaper, magazine, or on TV, but you're a smart kid and you like to stay informed. Lately, you've been hearing a lot about gay rights and gay marriage, and you want to know more. ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Story of Fester the Cat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Paul Magrs, $16; Berkley; 295 pages Every now and then, you catch your cat staring off into space, and you wonder what he's thinking. Food, maybe—he's always hungry. Outside, perhaps, or where his catnip mouse is hiding? Then again, he could be pondering the meaning of life; you never know, with a cat. Don't you wish you understood what's ...


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BOOKS: Rock 'n' roll queer families - VIEWPOINT - The tension between assimilation and queerness has long hovered over the LGBTQ community. As English writer Jonathan Kemp said a few years ago, "The assimilationists want gay marriage, inclusion in the military, the right to adopt children... Queers, on the other hand, … [regard] the most vibrant and radical aspect of homosexuality as being precisely its opposition to normative sexuality ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America 's First Gay Marriage - By Michael McConnell with Jack Baker, as told to Gail Langer Karwoski, $22.95; University of Minnesota Press; 200 pages There's always been a picket fence in your future. You could just picture it: charming spouse, two-point-five kids, minivan, Cape Cod with manicured lawn, birthday parties on the patio, all surrounded by that picket fence. It was a perfect dream ...


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BOOK REVIEW Drama High: The Incredible True Story... - By Michael Sokolove, $27.95; Riverhead Books; 352 pages   Sometimes, you just don't feel like yourself. Lately, for instance, you've been acting differently and people have noticed. You wear outfits you wouldn't normally wear and you say the oddest things. It's almost like you're possessed by another person. Such is the life of an actor in a play: to do ...


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Women and Children First presents Queer Rock Love - From a press release - Women and Children First will present Queer Rock Love author Paige Schilt on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7:30pm at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640. When an introverted feminist academic falls in love with the gender-bending singer for a "silicone cock rock" band, Texas family values get a whole new twist. In Queer Rock Love: ...


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BOOK REVIEW What We Left Behind - By Robin Talley. $18.99; Harlequin TEEN; 416 pages Years from now, it'll all seem so sweet. There'll always be a soft place in your heart for your first kiss, your first "I love you"—and for the person who gave them to you. You'll never forget the electricity of holding hands or the rush of being together even after, as ...


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BOOK REVIEW You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore - Your closet is packed with mistakes. Odd-colored shirts, patchwork jeans, alligators, prairie wear, weird ties, you wore it all once. But will those things ever be in style again, even if you wait long enough? No, Nehru jackets, leisure suits, and knitted knickers are best left in the rag bag. As you'll see in the new book You Don't Own ...


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BOOK REVIEW Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir - Mother knows best. Long before you were old enough to complain, for instance, she knew when you were uncomfortable or ailing and she fixed it. She told you to ignore detractors. She helped you follow your heart. She reminded you to take a sweater. Mom always knew best—except, as in Jamie Brickhouse's new memoir Dangerous When Wet, when her counsel ...


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Graphic novel on struggle of LGBTIQ Iranians offered as free download - From a press release - ( New York ) —Following the Facebook serialization of a love story Yousef and Farhad about a gay couple in Iran, OutRight Action International, the global human rights organization, on Monday releases the full 20-page graphic novel to download for free. Download the book at the link https://www.outrightinternational.org/sites/default/files/YandFFinal12182015LR.pdf . The commissioned graphic novel, Yousef and Farhad, though a work ...


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BOOK REVIEW Too Fast to Live...: James Dean's Final Hours - By Keith Elliot Greenberg, $24.99; Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; 304 pages The minute you glimpsed the red-and-blues, you knew you were sunk. Yep, and now you have a traffic citation to pay for stepping on it, having a lead foot, a pedal to the metal. You knew better than to exceed the speed limit, but you couldn't resist ...


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Unabridged marks 35 years of business - With Nov. 1 marking Unabridged Bookstore's 35th year in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, owner Ed Devereaux and the entire staff at Unabridged invited friends of the store and bibliophiles everywhere to celebrate this occasion at the Unabridged 35th-Anniversary Party on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3251 N. Broadway. The literary festivities included themed refreshments, a store-wide 10-percent discount, raffles, and a ...


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Season's readings: Shopping for books - Shopping is easy. You do it at least once a week, just because. It's fun, relaxing, enlightening, and social. You love to shop… except when you have to shop for a gift for someone and you don't know what to buy. Gah. In that case, how about a book? How about one of these books? LGBT studies If there ...


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BOOK REVIEW Alice + Freda Forever - By Alexis Coe, $16.99; Pulp, an imprint of Zest Books; 223 pages   Sooner or later, it happens to us all. You happen to meet someone and things go well. You spend time together and soon, you're in love. And then something happens and you fight, you break up, and it's the worst. Your heart is shattered and you think ...


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AN AMERICAN STORY Writer/consultant Kerry Eleveld on new book, LGBT issues - In Kerry Eleveld's new book, Don't Tell Me To Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama's Presidency, she examines the ways in which grassroots LGBT activists, mainstream LGBT organizations, President Obama and his administration and Capitol Hill lawmakers advanced LGBT equality since Obama took office in 2009. Eleveld ( author, Daily Kos columnist and former ...


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BOOK REVIEW What Color Is Your Hoodie?: Essays on Black Gay Identity - By Jarrett Neal, $18; Chelsea Station Editions; 175 pages Jarrett Neal, $18; Chelsea Station Editions; 175 pages Some days, it seems as though you have SuperPowers. That must be the explanation for being unseen. That's why there are days when nobody looks at you. There's no acknowledgment that you exist. You're suddenly Invisible Man, and in the new book ...


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Faderman's "The Gay Revolution" one of NYT Book Review's top 100 - The New York Times Book Review for 2015 has chosen Lillian Faderman's ""The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle," published by Simon & Schuster, as one of it's 100 most notable books of 2015. Faderman is the author of "Surpassing the Love of Men" ( 1981 ) and "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers" ( 1991 ). The new comprehensive ...


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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Shopping for books - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Shopping is easy. You do it at least once a week, just because. It's fun, relaxing, enlightening, and social. You love to shop… except when you have to shop for a gift for someone and you don't know what to buy. Gah. In that case, how about a book? How about one of these books….. LGBT STUDIES If there ...


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Upcoming: Unabridged @ 35; Renee Fleming; South Side Art; Nutcracker; One of a Kind - Unabridged marks 35 years of business With Nov. 1 marking Unabridged Bookstore's 35th year in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, owner Ed Devereaux and the entire staff at Unabridged invite friends of the store and bibliophiles everywhere to celebrate this occasion at the Unabridged 35th-Anniversary Party on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3251 N. Broadway at 6 p.m. The literary festivities will ...


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BOOK REVIEW QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Edited by Raymond Luczak $30, Handtype Press, 356 pages The best anthologies are open invitations to learn—the stories accumulate for a purpose greater than themselves. In his introduction to "QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology", editor Raymond Luczak calls out a genre of disability representation called "inspiration porn" where disabled people are shown to overcome whatever ails them. His premise, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW And Then I Danced - By Mark Segal. $16.95; Open Lens/Akashic Books; 302 pages Been there, done that. Yep, you've had experience and you're willing to talk about it. Why not? Someone could learn from the things you did. Mistakes can be avoided. Or, at least, as in the new memoir And Then I Danced, by Mark Segal, people will be entertained. Not long ...


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Wis. school cancels book after anti-gay group's possible suit - A Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, elementary school canceled a reading and discussion about the book I am Jazz—about a transgender girl—after an anti-gay organization, the Liberty Counsel, threatened a federal lawsuit, according to WORT-Radio ( Madison ). The book was scheduled to be presented Nov. 23 in a primary school in Mount Horeb, about 25 miles from Madison. Parents were notified ...


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Trans supermodel Geena Rocero on 'Beautiful As I Want to Be' - This fall, Logo TV and Gender Proud Production teamed for a new digital exclusive video series. Beautiful As I Want To Be is introduced by transgender supermodel/executive producer Geena Rocero; then, individuals' personal stories are depicted, each with a selected mentor to assist the journey. The first episode features reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner guiding a young trans man named ...


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BOOK REVIEW M Train - By Patti Smith. $25; Knopf; 253 pages Don't read Patti Smith's new memoir, M Train, expecting to be captured by a plot. In stark contrast to Just Kids—her National Book award-winning tale about coming of artistic age in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe—M Train is, well ... existential, even comparatively drab. Just Kids is a book of possibility, while ...


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Lesbian author recalls time among the Hasidim - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Leah Lax, a lesbian author who spent three decades living in a Hasidic Jewish community, often refers to herself as a "cultural immigrant." "When I was living in that community, it was like living in a moveable glass box," said Lax, who lives in Houston. "I could see everyone but it wasn't like they were three-dimensional people. … When I ...


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BOOK REVIEW I'll Never Write By Memoirs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - by Grace Jones $26.99; Simon and Schuster; 386 pages I had yet to forget seeing Grace Jones for the very first time. It was 1975 and I was a barely closeted 15-year-old trapped in a boarding school in small town Camden, South Carolina. The only fuel for my innate queerness was a steady stream of Elton John singles, Bette Midler ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Color of Character - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - by Glen Shuld $14.95; Amazon; 438 pages The theory behind integration was simple. If we give Black and white students the chance to be their best selves and to become friends, racism will slowly disappear. But sometimes, things aren't that easy. Glen Shuld's book The Color of Character is a fictional, somewhat autobiographical, illustration of the Chicago-area Hampden Junior High ...


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Upcoming: Lakeside Pride; Gay chorus; Martin and Short; Fashion gala; Miley Cyrus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lakeside Pride's 'Once Upon a Time' Nov. 14 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles will host "Once Upon a Time"—an evening of music, featuring selections inspired by or composed for fictional or theatrical works—on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Some of the slated selections include Peter and the Wolf, The Sorcerer's Apprentice ...


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Activist, author Mixner brings unique story to Chicago - Storytelling has always been a big part of civil-rights activist and author David Mixner's life, and he's bringing his unique story to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center Friday, Nov. 13. The production, "Oh Hell No!," will feature Mixner's first-person accounts of important moments in his life as an LGBT and HIV/AIDS activist, as well as musical interludes by artists Chris Bolan ...


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Solomon discusses families and negotiating differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Ann Meyer - Families can be cruel before they come to accept the differences their children exhibit, from homosexuality to autism and dwarfism, author Andrew Solomon told the audience at Northwestern University's Cahn Auditorium in Evanston Oct. 20. "Acceptance happens very gradually," said Solomon, who is the author of "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity." The 2012 book, ...


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Upcoming: Unabridged anniv.; Cooke music; Sam Smith CD; Fashion gala: Reefer Madness - tellofilms.com to release 'Flannel' Chicago-based tellofilms.com has announced the release of its newest series, The Flannel Channel, with first-time filmmaker Jessica Nicholas writing and directing it. The series follows Jordan, a college freshman who struggles to tell her best friend that she's in love with her. Kaytra Parkman portrays Jordan, Megan DeHart is bisexual best friend Ashley and Joseph Dhanens ...


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Bohunk's Big To-Do - by Sebastian Saenz - By Julian Jones, $15.99; Homespun Press; 329 pages Putting different ( and almost opposite ) people who try to solve individual problems together—in the same context, whether they like it or not, and usually under pressing circumstances—might be the recipe of a war or prison novel, or a reality show. But Julian Jones sets his characters in a more down-to-earth ...


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BOOKS Keeping it real with Michelle Visage - "Oh, honey—my name is as fake as my tits," admits Michelle Visage, a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and author of The Diva Rules, a hybrid memoir/advice guide featuring 25 rules to help readers, as suggested by the book's subtitle, "Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top." The evolution of Visage's stage name—borne out ...


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Gloria Steinem talks with sold-out audience in Chicago - Two generations of feminism represented in celebrated activist Gloria Steinem alongside author and Purdue University professor Roxane Gay met on Oct. 29 before a capacity crowd at The People's Church on Chicago's North Side. Andersonville-based bookstore Women and Children First hosted the conversation and book-signing of Steinem's new work, My Life on the Road, and Gay's Bad Feminist. In setting ...


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Roxane Gay dishes on Cyrus, Dunham, Watson and Clinton - Roxane Gay is a multifaceted columnist for Salon, essays editor for Rumpus and co-editor of PANK, and her work has been featured in Glamour, Best American Short Stories and the New York Times Book Review. In her 2014 essay collection Bad Feminist, Gay delivers upbeat cultural observations about her generation and community at-large, including references to Sweet Valley High, The ...


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Unabridged Bookstore's celebrates 35 years in business - From a press release - Nov. 1, 2015 marks Unabridged Bookstore's 35th year in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Owner Ed Devereux and the entire staff at Unabridged invite friends of the store and bibliophiles everywhere to celebrate this momentous occasion at the Unabridged 35th Anniversary Party on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The literary festivities will include themed refreshments, a store-wide 10% discount, raffles, a special look ...


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BOOKS Eileen Myles: Still brazen after all these years - Eileen Myles will read, discuss and sign copies of her new book I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems at Women & Children First on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. "It's nice to put together what you think are your best poems in one book," Myles said. "It's ...


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Sondheim receives literary award - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library presented the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim Oct. 21 at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, which took place at the UIC Forum. Almost 700 people attended, raising more than $1.5 million to support the initiatives of the Chicago Public Library. Also ...


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Then Comes Marriage: Kaplan lays it all to bare - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new book provides a rare glimpse into something LGBT civil rights attorneys are loath to talk about: How much they bicker behind-the-scenes. The book is Then Comes Marriage, about the high-profile litigation to end the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ), which denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. In the book, New York attorney Roberta Kaplan ...


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Launch party held for LGBT history book for kids - Families of all backgrounds gathered to celebrate the launch of a first-of-its-kind book from author Jerome Pohlen, Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, recently at Open Books in the West Loop. Pohlen's (Chicago Review Press senior editor, author of "Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH From Stonewall to the White House, activist to author - "I'm standing across the street from Stonewall in Sheridan Square. Here I was, an 18-year-old kid living at the YMCA in a six dollar-a-night room with no job, no prospects for the future, no real place to live and no money in my pocket. I'm thinking, What am I going to do? And it came to me: This is exactly ...


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NewTown Writers marks 35 years - When Randy Gresham was at Georgia State University, he belonged to a writing group as an avocation and always enjoyed the exchange. After college, he was still looking for interaction with fellow writers to further exchange ideas. Well, that was 35 years ago, and the NewTown Writers club is still running strong—and celebrating a major milestone anniversary, a mix of ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH 'Women of San Quentin' comes amid historic changes - By Seth Hemmelgarn, LGBT HISTORY PROJECT - A new book chronicling the lives of nine transgender women across the country who have been incarcerated comes amid historic progress for such prisoners. The Women of San Quentin: Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons, by Kristin Schreier Lyseggen, was released in September. Schreier Lyseggen, who lives in Berkeley, California, traveled around the United States to speak with ...


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Memoir out from gay journalist Segal: And Then I Danced - From a press release - Akashic Books, 320 pages, Nonfiction/Memoir/LGBT Studies, Hardcover, $29.95 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Memoir from a pioneering LGBT activist with a firsthand account of how the battle for equality was won. Mark Segal was eighteen when the Stonewall riots of June 1969 erupted in New York. Determined not to stand idly by, Segal helped form the Gay Liberation Front from the ashes of ...


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BOOKS Gloria Steinem recounts 'Life on the Road,' legacy - Decorated award-winning feminist icon Gloria Steinem hasn't released a book in over 20 years, but her new memoir Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road is literally worth every second of the wait. The 81-year-old Women's Action Alliance founder is telling her own story from a uniquely different perspective—the driver's seat. "I started the book at Hedgebrook—a writer's retreat on ...


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BOOK REVIEW Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights - By Ann Bausum, $16.99; Viking; 120 pages Your favorite hangout isn't all that fancy. It's comfortable, though: you've got places to sit, flat surfaces for your stuff, and your friends are always around. Best of all, nobody says you can't be there; everybody's welcome all the time. It wasn't always that way, though, as you'll see in Stonewall: Breaking ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Porcupine of Truth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Bill Konigsberg, $17.99; Scholastic; 336 pages I have to admit, I felt like an idiot when I started The Porcupine of Truth. My first thought was, "What the actual f#@k?" What a ridiculously sophomoric sense of humor! Horrible! So I stopped for a bit. Then I read the letter the publisher included with the book for review: "young adult." ...


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Gerber/Hart officials discuss move, financial challenges - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Officials from Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., held a community meeting Oct. 8 to discuss, among other issues, its acquisition of papers from activist William Kelley, its upcoming partnership with Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) and its current financial challenges. The library will house papers belonging to Kelley, who passed away in May, and his ...


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'Bridge Called My Back' spans new activist generation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In her foreword to the second edition of the anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Woman of Color, the book's co-editor Cherrie Moraga noted that, two years after she and Gloria E. Anzaldua first published the collection of poetry, essays, interviews and illustrations which were the marrow of some of the most influential women of color and ...


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Books events: LGBT history; violence against queer people; Black gay identity - Oct. 9 book event on Black gay identity On Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., will host an event that centers around the book What Color Is Your Hoodie? In 13 essays, author Jarrett Neal examines several issues involving Black gay men, including racism, classism and even physical representations in the ...


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Jeanette Winterson at Women & Children First Oct. 26 - On Monday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m., Jeanette Winterson will be stopping by the bookstore for an "drop in" reading and signing. This reading and signing will be held in-store ( 5233 N. Clark St. ) and will celebrate the publication of her latest book, The Gap of Time, a retelling of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Seating for this ...


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Upcoming: Health symposium; Open Books; Lynch; Martin, Short; CrossTown; PrEP talk - LGBTQ health symposium Oct. 2 Howard Brown Health Center and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will present the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Friday, Oct. 2, at Advocate's Olson Auditorium, 836 W. Wellington Ave. Health-care professionals will learn about LGBTQ health-care best practices and challenges. Among the topics that will be discussed are LGBTQ health disparities, advances practices in HIV care, ...


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Performance artist Karen Finley talks AIDS, pope, Planned Parenthood - Provocative, authentic, engaging, masterful—these are four descriptors that have come to mind when the mere mention of performance artist Karen Finley is presented. From her famous pieces, "We Keep Our Victims Ready" and "Written in Sand," to a brand-new project that hasn't even seen the light of day yet called "Sext Me If You Can," Finley's emotionally raw endeavors into ...


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Faderman puts history in its place in 'The Gay Revolution' - Six-time Lambda Literary Award winner Lillian Faderman is breaking new ground with a historical account of the LGBT movement that encompasses almost seven decades. In The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, Faderman takes the temperature of a civil-rights battle spanning multiple generations across many divides in an effort to unite a community that has, it seems, splintered into ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Robin Tyler - How do I begin to even describe what I and everyone else who has read and reviewed Lillian Faderman's new book, The Gay Revolution, think is the most well-written, researched, epic historical book about our movement? First of all, I want to confess: I am in this book. So is my wife. But were we not in this book, I ...


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1985 BOOKS - Windy City Times 30th anniversary issue - The LGBT writers who at one time called Chicago their home are too numerous to mention. Starting with the pre-Stonewall era, you have Henry Blake Fuller, Nella Larsen, Willard Motley, Jeannette Foster, Valerie Taylor, Sam Steward, Lorraine Hansberry and the women of The Little Review, among many. Post-Stonewall there are hundreds if not thousands. In the 1970s and 1980s, Vernita ...


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Jackie Collins dies at 77 - Writer Jackie Collins—the sister of actress Joan Collins who was known for dishy novels such as Hollywood Wives—died Sept. 19 at age 77 after battle with breast cancer that she kept largely secret, according to The L.A. Times. Collins revealed the illness only to her family and closest friends until she spoke about it in a recent interview with People ...


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BOOKS Douglas O'Keeffe on surviving India's 9/11 - Douglas O'Keeffe, a gay leatherman in Chicago, has been working as a flight attendant for the past 20 years. On Nov. 26, 2008, he and his crew were on a layover at the Trident-Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, India, when a terrorist attack by Pakistani extremists threatened to take their lives. His book—Gunfire and Silence, Surviving India's 9/11, on sale since ...


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Steinem, Gay at WC&F Oct. 29 - Women & Children First will present iconic feminist Gloria Steinem in conversation with Roxane Gay on Thursday, Oct. 29, at The People's Church, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m., with the conversation at 7 p.m. and book signings 8-10 p.m. Attendees MUST pre-order or purchase the hardcover version of Gloria's forthcoming memoir My Life on the ...


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BOOK REVIEW Green Nails and Other Acts of Rebellion: Life After Loss - By Elaine Soloway, $16.95; She Writes Press; 222 pages   You know, the market is inundated with memoirs of all stripes. In my short time at Windy City Times, I have read several. Nearly all of them left me feeling underwhelmed and, frankly, wondering why anyone actually cared about the author's life story. A memoir should connect you with ...


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Book focuses on transgender women in male prisons - Kristin Lyseggen was absolutely disgusted. She had just finished reading about Grace, a transgender woman from Liberia who had spent time in a solitary confinement in a male immigration detention center in California. According to Grace ( whose last name is not included due to an ongoing dispute between the two of them ), during her sentence she was sexually ...


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Revealing the real Sally Ride in new photobiography - Astronaut Sally Ride was a deeply private person and it wasn't until after her death on July 23, 2012, that the world began to catch a rare glimpse into her kaleidoscope private life. Now, with the release of Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America's Pioneering Woman in Space, the introvert's truth is finally being told. Through funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking ...


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LGBT history celebration for kids at Open Books Oct. 17 - From a press release - Windy City Times, Open Books, and Chicago Review Press will co-host a gathering to promote LGBT history at Open Books' West Loop location, 651 W. Lake St., Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m. Families of all backgrounds are invited to explore the history of the LGBT rights movement with author Jerome Pohlen, who will lead activities and read from his book ...


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BOOKS Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism - Ed. by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, $75; Univ. of Texas Press; 238 pages Everyone has a voice. Most start out quiet and get louder over time. Although some voices are at maximum volume and the words are spoken clearly, they are not always understood. Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism projects these LGBT ...


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Feminist book group turns 40 - In 1975, Connie Kiosse and Pat Becker decided to form a book club. The two had met four years before at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has gone on to found Feminist Voice, one of Chicago's first feminist newspapers. The paper folded two years later, but the two weren't ready to give up. "We were looking for some ...


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BOOK REVIEW Nothing Looks Familiar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Shawn Syms, $15.95; Arsenal Pulp Press; 184 pages And they lived happily ever after. Even today, years after you've outgrown fairy tales, those words make you smile. Ohh, how you love a happy ending, even though ( and maybe because ) life doesn't always work out that way. As a matter of fact, in "Nothing Looks Familiar," a ...


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Writer Oliver Sacks dies at age 82 - Writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks died Aug. 30 at his Manhattan home at age 82. Sacks died at his home in Greenwich Village with longtime collaborator Kate Edgar and his own partner, Bill Hayes, at his side, CNN noted. Sacks was diagnosed with ocular melanoma almost a decade ago, and treating the cancer left him blind in one eye; however, ...







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