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"Bed 26" tells of oppression faced by refugees in America through the story of a gay man - From a press release - JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Edafe Okporo marks his publishing debut with the release of "Bed 26" ( published by XlibrisUS ), a memoir charting the experiences of refugees in America and the life of a gay man amidst discrimination. Based on a true life story, "Bed 26" narrates the experiences of Nigerian and West African gay, bisexual men and the ...


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"Defining Aging for Ourselves" Book Reading, Discussion April 26 - From a news release - ( Chicago, April 13, 2018 ): Howard Brown Health on Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m., will present a book reading and community discussion with John-Manuel Andriote, author of Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community. Echoing the themes of his recent talk on the subject in New York City for SAGE, the nation's ...


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BOOKS In 'Red As Blue,' Ji Strangeway creates universe of possibilities - Ji Strangeway describes the 1980s in Denver as the "dark ages," explaining that she grew up surrounded by evangelical-sponsored billboards filled with messages of hate and intolerance and people who were equally bigoted. Strangeway said being LGBT and Asian-American only made her childhood and teenage experience harder. "I was suicidal," she said, adding that even though her family didn't ascribe ...


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BOOKS Nina Packenbush talks 'Girls Like Me' - Nina Packebush's first novel, Girls Like Me, breaks new ground with the story of a pregnant queer teenager, Banjo. Recently named as a recommended title by the In the Margins 2018 Book Awards, Packebush says she wrote Girls Like Me "for myself, my friends, all of the queer teen parents out there, as well as anyone who has ever felt ...


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LGBT journalist Ronan Farrow wins Pulitzer - Journalist Ronan Farrow—who recently came out as a member of the LGBT community at the Point Foundation event Point Honors New York—was among those who have been announced as Pulitzer Prize winners. Farrow, as well as New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, were awarded the honor for public service in recognition of their reports on disgraced movie ...


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PASSAGES Poet J.D. McClatchy passes away at 72 - J.D. "Sandy" McClatchy, the acclaimed poet at literary critic, died April 10 at his home in Manhattan following a long battle with cancer. He was 72. McClatchy was the author of eight highly praised volumes of poetry, including Hazmat, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent, Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2014. ...


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No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics launches fundraising - April 9, 2018, Berkeley, CA — Today, filmmaker Vivian Kleiman and comics artist and advocate Justin Hall announced that their feature-length documentary film, No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics, will launch a Kickstarter fundraiser in late April. This new effort is aimed at completing filming of the project, which tells the story of how LGBTQ comics evolved from ...


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Five Worth Finding, books, Phluid Project, restaurants - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Given Up for You: In this honest memoir from University of Wisconsin Press, Erin O. White shares her hunger for love—both religious and secular. A lesbian, she spent time with her girlfriend and in Catholic confirmation classes. This book explores the answer to the question "What does a lesbian believer do with her longing for God?" —Gender Ambiguity in the ...


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Comics Expo attracts tens of thousands to Chicago - The cosplay and fan favorites were ever-present at the jam-packed Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, C2E2, April 6-8 at McCormick Place. Among the tens of thousands were many creative characters, plus the expected Star Wars, Wonder Woman and Black Panther. LGBTQs and people of all interests and backgrounds attended the event, which included lots of autograph sessions, panels, comic books ...


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BOOKS Shears' genius, musician on memoir 'Boys Keep Swinging' - These days, Jake Shears is busier than ever. In addition to starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway, he has an upcoming album in the works, and also recently released the frank, sexy, and very engrossing memoir, Boys Keep Swinging. In the new book, Shears chronicles his youth and life as an outsider, his struggle as an artist ...


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Levithan wins literary award - The Chicago Tribune announced that its 2018 Young Adult Literary Award winner is out writer David Levithan. His novels include Boy Meets Boy ( 2003; Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist ( 2006 ); Will Grayson, Will Grayson ( 2010 ); Every Day ( 2012 ); Hold Me Closer ( 2015 ); and You Know Me Well ( 2016 ). Levithan ...


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MOMBIAN Two new books show ways to include LGBTQ characters - Two new books—one for middle grades and one for young adults—show two different ways of incorporating LGBTQ characters and themes into a story. In Erica Perl's middle-grade novel All Three Stooges ( Alfred A. Knopf ), seventh-graders Noah and his friend Dash share a love of comedy and a somewhat reluctant commitment to their bar mitzvah preparations. Noah has a ...


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WC&F events include Lahti, Richards, Axelrod - Andersonville bookstore Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., is hosting a variety of events in March and April. Among them: —Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.: Actress Christine Lahti will engage in conversation with Bernardine Dohrn. Lahti—who has been in such projects as Chicago Hope, Running on Empty, Housekeeping and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, among others—will ...


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BOOKS Timely book chronicles UPRISING actions - Activism and performance art go hand in hand, especially during times of political unrest. This is as true today as it was during 2008-2012, when former Chicagoan Nicole Garneau led a series of monthly participatory events entitled UPRISING. These actions spanned eight U.S. and five international locations that included Berkeley, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Denmark and Russia. More than half of ...


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Women and Children Books plans Indie Bookstore Day April 28 and April events - From a press release - Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Together We Rise Author Panel Celebrate the culmination of Women's History Month on a powerful note! Co-founder and National Field Director Mrinalini Chakraborty will be discussing the behind-the-scenes ( her )story of the Women's March on Washington and read from the book Together We Rise. Compiled by the national team of Women's March organizers, ...


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Borich, Mulderig at The Seminary on April 23 - On Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m., Barrie Jean Borich and Jeremy Mulderig will read from and discuss their latest books, Apocalypse, Darling and The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward at The Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Hyde Park, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Set in the steel-mill regions of Chicago and northwest Indiana, Apocalypse, Darling centers on Borich's return to a ...


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Author discusses historical novel at Center event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of Women's History Month, award-winning author and scholar Dr. LaShonda Barnett hosted a book reading at Center on Halsted March 23. Barnett read from her debut novel, Jam on the Vine ( Grove Publishing ), after speaking about the formation of the book's heroine and the story's time frame, and later fielded questions during a lively Q&A. Jam ...


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BOOKS With 'The List,' Amy Siskind documents democracy's downfall - Like so many others, Amy Siskind was shocked by 2016's presidential outcome, and felt that President Trump's election thrust U.S. democracy into great danger. She wanted to document the signs of the forthcoming societal upheaval so she could remember how it occurred. After a mid-November walk at Val-Kill Eleanor Roosevelt's historic cottage in New York where Siskind reflected on Roosevelt's ...


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MOMBIAN LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books: Resources, actions - One of the most common questions I see from new LGBTQ parents is "Where can I find LGBTQ-inclusive books for my kids?" Here's one resource you should know—along with some thoughts on the state of LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books. The American Library Association's latest annual Rainbow Book List, announced last month, is intended "to aid youth and those working with youth ...


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FAIRY GARDENER Free Library boxes, spring growth, recipes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Good God, Gertie! What is that three-and-a-half-foot-tall package on my front porch? It is wrapped in soggy cardboard and covered in plastic wrapping tape with Cyrillic writing on it! It is, after I hauled it in, the "Free Library" box my sister had gotten me at Xmas. You may have seen other ones around the city in parkways. They look ...


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BOOKS 'Sisters in the Life' spotlights Black lesbian filmmakers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anyone who has seen Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman might remember it as a charming, unusual film, a faux documentary set in Philadelphia from a Black filmmaker trying to research a forgotten figure of cinema history. It also plays a pivotal role in the history of Black lesbian filmmaking. "It is the first time a Black lesbian is making a ...


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An Evening with David Sedaris in Evanston April 23 - From a press release - An Evening with David Sedaris is coming to Evanston's Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $68 ( plus fees ). They go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 16 at 10 am. This will be his only Chicago-area appearance on this tour, and he'll be reading from ...


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BOOKS Gore's new tale a bewitching spin on fiction - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Those who are unfamiliar with the writer Ariel Gore might think it defies all logic that she launched a stellar career from a self-published zine. Those same people might also be skeptical that someone who initially started writing about motherhood, while herself a young mother studying at Mills College, could become an internationally known queer icon, and the author of ...


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30th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA ( March 6, 2018 ) - Lambda Literary, the nation's oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - or the "Lammys," as they are affectionately known. The finalists were chosen from nearly 1,000 submissions and over 300 publishers. Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and ...


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BOOKS Talking with Joseph Cassara, author The House of Impossible Beauties - The House of Impossible Beauties is the fictionalized telling of the formation of the House of Xtravaganza, the Latinx house captured in the documentary film Paris is Burning. This beautifully written novel is equal parts grit and glamour, the story of the club kids and young trans people who came together to form a house and become a family. This ...


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BOOK REVIEW Death Goes Overboard - By David S. Pederson $18.95; Bold Strokes Books; 237 pages Can you float me a loan? It's a common question when your friends know you're flush with cash. Can I hold a 10 for a minute? Can you spot me five? Sure, you probably could but will it be hard to collect on that debt or, as in the ...


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BOOKS Paperback hero. Talking with iconic author John Rechy - Gore Vidal hailed John Rechy as "one of the few original American writers of the last century," and with good reason. In 1963, Rechy exploded onto the literary scene with City of Night, a gritty gay novel about an unnamed street hustler's adventures. The book of endless tricks and broken dreams careens from the streets of New York to Chicago ...


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BOOKS Jane Mersky Leder gets 'Dead Serious' about ending teen suicide - When Jane Mersky Leder first published Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide in the late '80s, the "cultural and social landscape was so different than it is today. Very few people had access to computers, there was no [recognizable] internet, no open discussion about physical and sexual abuse, no suicide prevention programs in schools, no open discussion about ...


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BOOK REVIEW Every Day - By David Levithan. $9.99; Ember; 322 pages David Levithan is a beloved YA author consistently brave enough to take on themes of sexuality and gender identity. Every Day, first published in 2012 and about to become a movie of the same title, is likely one of the first portrayals of a sort of nonbinary identity in teen literature. A is ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES David Levithan brings 'A' game in new movie - Every Day is a new movie based on the novel by out writer David Levithan. It follows the story of a 16-year-old girl named Rhiannon searching for her soulmate. She becomes involved with a soul described as A, who wakes up in a different body each day. The spirit crosses genders in the process, and a challenging romance blooms along ...


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BOOKS Jerry Miller talks abuse, addiction in 'The Day the Rain Came Down' - Newsfeeds have been overwhelmed with stories of abuse. Whether it is the phenomenon of men in power, like Harvey Weinstein or the almost-impossible-to-fathom stories of abuse by the Turpins of California, Americans are increasingly aware of our behavior toward one another. Just how many people become victims of abuse? It is not known. Most victims of abuse, especially children, do ...


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BOOK REVIEW Juliet Takes a Breath - By Gabby Rivera; $19.99 Riverdale Avenue Books; 266 pages Juliet Takes a Breath is amazing on so many levels, but most remarkably because it's author Gabby Rivera's first book. Sure, Rivera's been writing for years, lately for Autostraddle, but the voice of Juliet Milagros Palante incredibly strong and vibrant and will hopefully help generations of queer youth ( of color ...


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2018 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award winners named - From a press release - DENVER —"Little & Lion" by Brandy Colbert and published by Little, Brown and Company, and "The 57 Bus" by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar Straus Giroux are the 2018 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards — Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award. The awards were announced today by the American Library Association's ( ALA ...


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Woodward, Bernstein talk about Nixon, Trump and Watergate at NEIU - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Journalism icons and authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were featured in the latest Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series at Northeastern Illinois University ( NEIU ) on Feb. 8. This was the first time the two have appeared together since the November 2016 election. In the early 1970s, Woodward and Bernstein broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, ...


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BOOKS Salman Rushdie on 'The Golden House,' LGBT subplot, global issues - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Sir Salman Rushdie's twelfth novel is The Golden House. Set in New York City, the story opens on the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, when the enigmatic, foreign billionaire Nero Golden takes up residence in The Gardens, a storied gated community in Greenwich Village. With his three sons, Golden ceremoniously arrives to re-establish himself in the United States. Significantly for ...


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NEW REPORT A Path to Victory in 2018, HRC and the Power of the Equality Voter - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a new report, A Path To Victory In 2018: The Power Of The Equality Voter ( https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/A_Path_To_Victory_In_2018_Report.pdf ) , on the growing political power of the LGBTQ movement and HRC's groundbreaking work to mobilize millions of "Equality Voters" in the 2018 elections . Last July, a year after ...


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NUNN ON ONE: BOOKS Gregory Kramer unveils drag reel - Fashion photographer Gregory Kramer has created a new book called DRAGS, spotlighting the art of drag. Centering on his home base of New York City has helped him focus on various drag icons in the Big Apple. Kramer has a strong background, photographing for companies/stores such as Bloomingdale's, Club Monaco, Macy's, Target and Saks Fifth Avenue. As a director, he ...


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Gerber/Hart seeks new board members as board prez steps down - The people behind Gerber/Hart Library and Archives want others to know they are here and looking for volunteers—more specifically, new board members. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for records of LGBTQ individuals and organizations, as well as other resources regarding their lives and experiences in American society. The library/archive's mission includes the belief ...


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Local drag revue benefits Gerber/Hart - The night was toasty as "Ashley Morgan Presents: Winter Get Away — A Drag Revue" raised funds for Gerber/Hart Library and Archives at The Call Bar on January 20. Ashley Morgan Presents delivers a theatrical drag revue every third Saturday of the month at The Call Bar, which always benefits a different local organization. Each musical number in this show ...


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Norman Sandfield to speak on book "Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter & Metalsmith" - Norman L. Sandfield will speak on his new book, Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter & Metalsmith at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission will be $10 or $8 for members. Sandfield is an internationally known collector and antique dealer in Chicago and longtime friend of the Mitchell Museum, will ...


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Black Lives Matter co-founder Cullors in Chicago Jan. 23 - Patrisse Khan-Cullors brings her book tour to Chicago Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., at the Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago, hosted with Women & Children First Books. Cullors is co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her book is When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, written with Asha Bandele, with a foreword by Angela ...


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BOOK REVIEW Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military... - By Major Margaret Witt with Tim Connor, foreword by Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer $27.95; ForeEdge; 258 pages No doubt about it: You know the score. You've known it since the beginning because you were told, clearly and unequivocally. There's no grey area, no questions to ask. You know what's up but, as in the new book Tell, by Major Margaret Witt ...


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Public Newsroom Workshop to share findings on Chicagoans' media perceptions - From a press release - Chicago, IL — In one of the few scientific studies that measures how people in Chicago feel about news media coverage of their neighborhoods, a new survey conducted by the Center for Media Engagement, with input from local media lab City Bureau, will be released as part of a City Bureau Public Newsroom interactive workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. ...


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Sessions to put trans stories in spotlight - Just for transgender participants, "Stories in the Spotlight" lets people transform important moments into stories that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright Susan Lieberman teaches techniques for writing effective autobiographical anecdotes in this six-week, free-of-charge workshop at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Delia Kropp and other theater artists will present the stories to an invited audience at Center ...


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BOOK REVIEW Seven Suspects - By Renee James. $26.95; Oceanview Publishing; 310 pages The world of fiction is filled with voices. It's a realm of stories and each one is told in a different way through a new set of eyes. Renee James's second book, Seven Suspects, re-ntroduces us to a new voice—that of a transgender woman named Bobbi Logan. James is likely not the ...


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BOOKS Best readings of 2017 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trust me on this: When you read more than 300 books a year, you come across some books that are not-so-good. Thankfully, you come across more of them that are good, great, or even stellar. Here's my list of the best of 2017, those things that you absolutely can not miss, the books you should want in your hands now, ...


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BOOK REVIEW Tarantella - By Scot T. O'Hara $18.95; OhBoy Books; 310 pages Anthony's life is falling apart. He escaped Florida and his half-Irish, half-Italian, mostly unaffirming family for a life as a newspaper editor in Chicago—except that his hustler, HIV-positive boyfriend Steven doesn't really seem to appreciate him, if he ever did. Tarantella begins with a phone call from Anthony's younger sister, Rosalia, ...


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BOOK REVIEW Conversations with Edmund White - Edited by Will Brantley and Nancy McGuire Roche $25; University Press of Mississippi; 208 pages Edmund White was one of the first important writers to emerge at the dawn of the gay liberation movement, bursting onto the literary scene in 1973 with the publication of his first novel, Forgetting Elena. White has been at the forefront of gay literature ...


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BOOK REVIEW Surpassing Certainty By Janet Mock - $24.99; Atria; 228 pages When you were 20, you wanted only to impress. If people looked at you, wasn't that good? You wanted to be seen, watched, adored by those you saw as desirable. But what, exactly, did you want people to notice? Was it your hair, your body or, as in Surpassing Certainty, by Janet Mock, was the whole ...


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BOOK REVIEW Hunger by Roxane Gay - $25.99, Harper, 306 pages Roxane Gay's Hunger is one of the most plainspoken books about trauma ever written. Up until this point, the celebrated writer often explores her gang rape at the age of 12 by neighborhood boys obliquely, in fiction. Rarely has she written about the event as it happened, or its consequences. Gay felt the need to ...


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BOOK REVIEW Transitioning Together - By Wenn and Beatrice Lawson. $19.95; Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 214 pages Your hair is grayer than it was back then. You've both packed on pounds here and there, too. A few wrinkles surround your smiles, but that's okay—you're not fresh-faced kids anymore. You've aged, you've softened and, in the new book Transitioning Together, by Wenn and Beatrice Lawson, you've ...


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BOOKS The random history of Judy Wieder - Anyone reading Judy Wieder's memoir, Random Events Tend to Cluster, would conclude that the former editor-in-chief of the Advocate has lived an incredible, unpredictable life. Wieder got her start in media by faking her way into a copywriting position at a third-rate musical instrument company in '60s New York, and making a career transition into gossip magazines. A white lesbian ...


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Vibrators and Vino: Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella - From an Eary to Bed press release - The Chicago book launch for author Lynn Comella's new book Vibrator Nation, detailing the fascinating history of how stores like Early to Bed set the sex-toy industry abuzz, will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at 5044 N Clark St. The event is free. Come mingle, drink wine, and take part in a lively Q&A about how sex-positive stores changed ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Vampire's Protege - By Damian Serbu. $13.99; Ninestar Press; 296 pages Charon is young, attractive, gay ... and calloused to the point of narcissism. Men are his prey, but Charon's brash personality leads him to become prey himself one night when singled out by a vampire in a Wilton Manors gay bar. Styx's plan: to enter Charon in a competition to become ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Hope Store - By Dwight Okita. $13.95; Createspace; 256 pages. Imagine if hope was a tangible thing, a commodity to be bought and sold. Local author Dwight Okita imagines a slightly altered reality where a Hope Store—part medical clinic, part relaxation studio—is open in Andersonville. His story is told from the perspectives of Jada, a woman literally born without hope, and Luke, the ...


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MOMBIAN 2017 gift guide to books for LGBTQ families - This year saw a terrific crop of books for and about LGBTQ families. Here are some of my favorites. Children's books The grande dame of LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books, Lesléa Newman ( author of Heather Has Two Mommies ), this year applied her sparkling prose to Sparkle Boy, about a gender creative boy who loves glittery things. His parents and ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum: Part One - The Reindeer Conundrum, written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed, is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Two - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Three - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Four - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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The Reindeer Conundrum Part Five - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


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Engaging Prospective Transgender, Non-Binary Foster and Adoptive Parents, a new guide - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, released Promising Practices for Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents, a groundbreaking new guide designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes. "With more than 100,000 ...


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Awa Tsireh paintings, metalworks exhibit in Arizona - From a press release - The unique collection of work by San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh ( also known as Alfonso Roybal and Cat Tail Bird ) is now open to the public in the Heard Museum's Jacobson Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the first exhibition, open through July 2018, features his paintings and metalwork together. Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith will draw ...


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Change Over Time Journal calls for LGBTQ papers - From a Change Over Time press release - Change Over Time, a semiannual journal publishing original articles on the history, theory, and praxis of conservation and the built environment, is calling for submissions for a special issue, to be published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In spite of the immense historic and cultural contributions of LGBTQ Americans, the LGBTQ community at large is ...


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World news: Theologian, Gaydar co-founder die, crocodile hunter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gregory Baum—who as a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council was one of the drafters of the conciliar document Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, which repudiated anti-Semitism—died Oct. 18 in Montreal at 94, NCROnline.com noted. A former Augustinian priest, Baum served the church as a theologian, sociologist, professor, author, journalist and ...


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Marriage Equality USA publishes The People's Victory - From a press release - New York, NY - Marriage Equality USA ( MEUSA ) announces the release of an inspiring new book of essays showcasing the organization's unwavering efforts to help bring marriage protections to same-sex couples throughout the United States. Told through the eyes of dozens of ordinary LGBTQ Americans who joined an extraordinary movement, "The People's Victory: Stories From the Front Lines ...


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Reyna Ortiz book release highlights Vives Q event - Vives Q presented the final edition of its First Tuesday series for 2017 with a special book-release celebration Nov. 7 for trans activist and health/HIV educator Reyna Ortiz' memoir, T Stands for Truth: In Search of the Queen (Trans Fusions Publishing). Ortiz not only spoke about her story in conversation with moderator Emmanuel Garcia, but was later joined by her ...


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Unabridged to host essayists Nov. 9 - Essayist David Lazar will be launching his third collection, I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms ( Nebraska ) at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, on Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-8 p.m. Lazar considers death, sex, bowling, popular music and the essay in this latest book. Also appearing will be Toni Nealie, author of The Miles Between Us ( Curbside Splendor ...


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Homocore marks 25th anniversary - On Nov. 2-4, founders Joanna Brown and Mark Freitas marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of Homocore Chicago with a three-day retrospective exhibit at Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave. The exhibit included rare photographs, vintage zines, live performances, film screenings from past concert events and a closing-night party featuring DJ Larissa. In November 1992, Freitas and Brown launched ...


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Professor/writer Danny Cohen featured at Holocaust museum event - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ( USHMM ) Midwest regional office hosted a talk featuring Northwestern University and Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies professor, Unsilence founder, human rights artist and novelist Danny M. Cohen Nov. 2 at Sidetrack. Cohen's historical fiction novel, "Train," focuses on the voices of unheard victims of Nazism including homosexuals, Roma and ...


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Brick by Brick, Gerber/Hart fall fundraiser delivers in a new location - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sydney Boles - The board of directors of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives hosted "Brick by Brick" on Nov. 4, its first fall fundraiser to expand the Midwest's largest LGBTQ archive. Event co-chairs Bill Bergfalk and Roland Hansen brought the evening to life. Funds raised are set to be spent on increasing programs like book clubs and game nights, but also continuing the massive ...


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BOOKS Rewriting Vivian Maier: Book uncovers more on mystery photographer - Vivian Maier's photographs elevated a woman thought merely to be a reclusive former suburban nanny into an international phenomenon. Her life was presented as a mystery; her work, miraculous. None of this impressed Northwestern University photography professor Pamela Bannos when she took her class to see the first show of Maier's work at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2011. "It ...


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Trans leader Reyna Ortiz on new book, being prom queen - Trans Latinx activist and advocate Reyna Ortiz's upcoming book, "T: Stands for Truth," will be released Nov. 7. "It is about my life and experiences as a trans Latina living in Chicago," said Ortiz. "From sex work to social work, telling my story is obviously really personal. But, I wanted it to be truthful. So many trans women are living ...


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Cleve Jones event Nov. 6 at Sidetrack - Legendary AIDS and LGBT-rights activist Cleve Jones will be at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Monday, Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m. He will be promoting his book, When We Rise. Jones joined the gay-rights movement in the early 1970s. LGBT activist Harvey Milk was Jones' mentor, and he worked in Milk's City Hall office as a student intern until Milk's ...


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BOOK REVIEW Subject to Change: Trans Poetry and Conversation - Edited by H. Melt. $17, Sibling Rivalry Press, 110 pages In some ways, Subject To Change, the new collection of trans and gender-nonconforming poets assembled by Chicagoan H. Melt ( the recent winner of the Judith Markovitz Emerging Writers Award from Lambda Literary ), is brief, numbering 110 pages. However, you wouldn't know it; the poetry inside is expansive in ...







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