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Lambda-Literary-finalists-announced

Lambda Literary finalists announced - LGBT organization Lambda Literary announced the finalists of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, or the "Lammys." They were chosen from nearly 900 submissions and more than 300 publishers. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday, June 12, at New York City's NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Just a few of the nominated works ...


BOOKS-Roxane-Gay-returns-to-Chicago-to-talk-about-Difficult-Women

BOOKS Roxane Gay returns to Chicago to talk about 'Difficult Women' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Roxane Gay can do anything," Women and Children First co-owner Sarah Hollenbeck said when introducing the celebrated author to the avid audience that filled Senn High School's Auditorium on March 15. It was the bookstore's third time hosting Gay, who's known widely for her fiction, essays, journalism and even her work with Marvel comics. No matter the medium, Hollenbeck said, ...


AIDS-care-nurses-life-is-rendered-in-comic-book-form

AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important person in their lives. Doctors and residents often spend a few perfunctory emotionally distant minutes, usually in the early morning, and family and friends come and go until, in many hospitals, they are barred completely in the ...


In-the-Life-Blaise-Moran

In the Life: Blaise Moran - Blaise Moran takes a deep, personal look at the Bible in his new, self-published book, titled The Unethical Bible. He spent six years writing, filling 818 pages with more than 300,000 words. The average book, by comparison, is about 50,000 words. It was released around Dec. 22, which is the winter solstice and, as he noted, is "a key date ...


Author-Santiago-on-Being-Open-about-the-Downlow

Author Santiago on 'Being Open about the Downlow' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cordaro Dont'e Santiago grew up a bit of an outcast—an overweight, observant kid who watched his family dysfunction and felt personally responsible. As he got older, he realized he was attracted to men, but as a young Black teenager trying to navigate high school life, being out and finding men wasn't easy. I Will Never Be #1 In His Life: ...


Annual-commemoration-of-Clarence-Darrow-to-take-place-Monday-March-13

Annual commemoration of Clarence Darrow to take place Monday, March 13 - CHICAGO—Famed attorney Clarence Darrow, inspired by his defense of Patrick Prendergast in Chicago in the 1890s, became attracted to a burgeoning populist movement. The Debs Rebellion, named for labor organizer Eugene Debs, was in full force, and Darrow began to see how judges were under the control of corporations. "The experience left him angry and alienated," author John A. Farrell ...


BOOKS-Kings-and-Queens-peeks-into-LGBT-peoples-homes

BOOKS 'Kings and Queens' peeks into LGBT people's homes - Intimacy. Curiosity. Identity. Photographer Tom Atwood explores all of these themes and others in his new book, Kings and Queens in Their Castles, due out in March. Atwood's inspiration came from myriad sources. "Many LGBTQ photo series depict scantily-clothed young subjects romping through the forest or lounging on the beach. I wanted something else that would strengthen the identity of ...


History-project-seeks-stories-

History project seeks stories - Chicago writer Owen Keehnen is currently working on a Chicago LGBT history project on the lives of Wanda Lust, Roby Landers, Tillie the Dirty Old Lady and The Bearded Lady. Those who have stories, anecdotes, information or photos can contact him at OwenKeehnen@yahoo.com, with "History Project" in the subject line. ...


BOOK-REVIEW-100-Things-To-Do-In-Chicago-Before-You-Die

BOOK REVIEW 100 Things To Do In Chicago Before You Die - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Molly Page. $16; Reedy Books; 144 pages Chicago is brimming with opportunity, and it's nice to have a little guidance about where to go, what to do and most, importantly, what to eat. Perhaps the "before you die" in the title is a little dramatic, but still this is a solid, slim look at some things to do all ...


Cleveland-Weeden-at-WCF-March-2

Cleveland, Weeden at WC&F March 2 - Vita E. Cleveland and Kayla Weeden will conduct a poetry reading at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. Chicago-based Cleveland( she/they )—a Black trans poet and percussionist from Cleveland, Ohio—writes and performs poetry with an emphasis on activism as "disruptive narrative." Weeden( she/her ) is a queer poet in her junior ...


Womens-History-Month-coming-to-Women-and-Children-First-Books

Women's History Month coming to Women and Children First Books - From a press release - Women's History Month at Women and Children First Books will feature Donna Seaman, Roxane Gay, Here We Art: Feminism for the Real World, and "An Illicit History of Women and Bartending." Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Conversation: Civil Disobedience A READ LOCAL EVENT We are thrilled to announce the second installment in our new literary series ...


Two-books-examine-future-of-LGBT-spaces-Boystown-and-The-Sex-Effect

Two books examine future of LGBT spaces: Boystown and The Sex Effect - Goodbye, gayborhood? Although they are written by different people, the books Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago as well as The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex actually look at the formation and/or evolution of LGBT areas. Boystown is a "gay Disneyland" where straight white women routinely "go on safari," asserts Jason Orne, a sociology professor at ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Indomitable-The-Life-of-Barbara-Grier

BOOK REVIEW Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier - By Joanne Passet, $28.95; Bella Books; 359 pages On the third page of Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier, the woman herself is described as "rude and insensitive." This serves not as deterrence for readers, or as a sign that biographer Joanne Passet can't stand her subject, but piques curiosity. So, how did a rude, insensitive woman network her way ...


Chicago-literary-initiative-embraces-exiled-writers

Chicago literary initiative embraces exiled writers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A celebration for the Chicago City of Refuge project for exiled writers was held at Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus' Piper Hall on Feb. 19. The project is a collaboration between the International Cities of Refuge Network ( ICORN ) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace and the Guild Literary Complex. Its purpose is to ...


Faith-groups-to-host-diverse-trans-inclusive-Evanston-book-fair

Faith groups to host diverse, trans-inclusive Evanston book fair - Novelist Marcel Proust once noted that "there are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book." InterfaithFamily ( IFF )/Chicago. the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation ( JRC ) in Evanston and PJ Library ( a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which sends free Jewish children's books and music to kids ...


Radclyffe-Hall-has-seniors-writing-stories

Radclyffe Hall has seniors writing stories - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At a table off to the side of Sidetrack's main bar, a group of seniors are pulling out notebooks and pulling up stools. This is Radclyffe Hall, Goodman Theatre's LGBTQ senior writing group and part of the theater's GeNarrations program for older adults. On the particular day this writer saw the class, it didn't stay seated for long: Led by ...


Clarence-Darrow-Symposium-to-explore-populism-March-13

Clarence Darrow Symposium to explore populism March 13 - CHICAGO — Famed attorney Clarence Darrow, inspired by his defense of Patrick Prendergast in Chicago in the 1890s, became attracted to a burgeoning populist movement. The Debs Rebellion, named for labor organizer Eugene Debs, was in full force, and Darrow began to see how judges were under the control of corporations. "The experience left him angry and alienated," author John ...


Stewart-Winter-wins-for-Queer-Clout

Stewart-Winter wins for 'Queer Clout' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Timothy Stewart-Winter—who once studied history at the University of Chicago and associate professor of U.S. history and co-director of the Queer Newark Oral History Project in New Jersey—is the co-winner of the 2017 John Boswell Prize for his book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics. The John Boswell Prize is awarded every other year by the Committee ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Where-Am-I-Now

BOOK REVIEW Where Am I Now? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Mara Wilson. $16; Penguin Books; 272 pages While it must be difficult for a former child star to separate herself from her persona as, well, a former child star, Mara Wilson does an excellent job of doing just that through her new memoir, Where Am I Now? Instead of focusing solely on her well-known roles playing the title role ...


Projects-Working-in-America-extends-run-at-Chicago-Public-Library-

Project&'s "Working in America," extends run at Chicago Public Library - From a press release - CHICAGO—January 30, 2017—Due to extraordinary popularity, Project& today announced that its multimedia art exhibit, "Working in America," will extend its five-month run and remain on display at Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center through March. Inspired by Studs Terkel's 1974 book, "Working," and created by Project& President and Artistic Director Jane M. Saks, the exhibit features powerful photographs by ...


American-Writers-Museum-to-open-in-Chicago-May-16

American Writers Museum to open in Chicago May 16 - From a press release - ( CHICAGO —2017 ) — The United States' rich cultural landscape will expand this year with the announcement of the American Writers Museum's ( AWM's ) Grand Opening on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, at 180 North Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago. Already creating a groundswell of attention for Chicago from media outlets including Architectural Digest, CSPAN, The ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Lysistrata-Cove

BOOK REVIEW Lysistrata Cove - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Dena Hankins, $9.99; Bold Strokes Books; 264 pages For an erotic novel, Lysistrata Cove reveals itself a little bit slowly at first. Jack Azevedo, captain of the pleasure-cruise schooner Lysistrata, navigates to a gorgeous deserted island. But, alas! It's not deserted, and there's an incredibly sexy woman hiding out on it. This woman happens to be Eve La Sirena, ...


Writer-Maggie-Jochild-dies

Writer Maggie Jochild dies - Writer Maggie Jochild—whose Twitter account described her as a "third-generation lesbian," "a sixth-generation Texan" and "radical poet pacifist novelist disabled optimistic"—died Jan. 6. She was 61. Alison Bechdel, on her blog Dykes to Watch Out For, had sent out good wishes to Jochild in a Jan. 3 post. Bechdel added that Jochild "met her partner, Margot [Williams], through this blog ...


Anthology-of-GLBT-writing-to-be-launched-with-open-mic

Anthology of GLBT writing to be launched with open mic - The NewTown Writers will present a live lit and open mic event on Jan. 19 to celebrate the publication of the group's latest Off the Rocks anthology. This edition, volume 20 in the series, has been organized around the theme of "Coming Out on Stage" by editor Allison Fradkin. It features both local and national LGBTQ writers exploring the community's ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Rainbow-Gap

BOOK REVIEW Rainbow Gap - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Lee Lynch, $9.99; Kindle edition Sometimes it is hard to write a review because you can't find the words, in this case it's hard to find words big enough to describe such an epic tale. Set in Florida in the '50s and '60s Lee Lynch has constructed a story that creates a movie style landscape in your mind. It ...


Activist-discusses-her-work-music-and-hopes-for-the-future

Activist discusses her work, music and hopes for the future - Social-justice activism has been in Jasamine "Tweak" Harris' blood since she was in high school. Since then she's been on the front lines fighting for the now approved trauma center at the University of Chicago and against police brutality across the city. "I became an activist and organizer in 2010," said Harris. "My best friend at the time was telling ...


Lambda-Literary-Condemns-Milo-Yiannopolous-Book-Deal

Lambda Literary Condemns Milo Yiannopolous Book Deal - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Last week, the white supremacist Milo Yiannopolous, notorious for his misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic, and racist rants, announced he had signed a $250,000 book deal with the Simon and Schuster imprint Threshold Editions. While publishers undeniably have the right to acquire and profit from any book they wish, they also bear an essential responsibility to promote civil ...


Chicago-LGBTQ-story-collection-day-Jan-15-at-Center-on-Halsted

Chicago LGBTQ story collection day Jan. 15 at Center on Halsted - From a press release - VideoOut, a NYC-based nonprofit created to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people by sharing coming-out stories and building community, and Strangewaze, a Chicago-based film production company, will host Chicago Story Collection Day Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Center on Halsted 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chicago Story Collection Day will be a day-long effort to engage local filmmakers and members ...


Controversy-erupts-with-Yiannopoulos-deal

Controversy erupts with Yiannopoulos deal - A whirlwind of controversy has surfaced regarding book-publishing company Simon & Schuster ( and, more specifically, the Threshold Editions imprint ) striking a $250,000 deal with British gay "alt-right" figure Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos is probably best known for getting himself banned from Twitter after he encouraged racist harassment of SNL star Leslie Jones. The company is standing by the deal. ...


In-Chicago-Writers-Resist-in-their-neighborhoods-Jan-15-

In Chicago 'Writers Resist' in their neighborhoods Jan. 15 - From a press release - Chicago 'Writers Resist' events in 8 neighborhoods Jan. 15 On Jan. 15, 2017, the date of Martin Luther King's birth, more than 75 Chicago authors will join writers across the United States and worldwide, coming together for Chicago #WRITERS RESIST, a "re-inauguration" of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. True to the spirit of our city, ...


Elizabeth-and-Michael

Elizabeth and Michael - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Your closest friend really gets you. You never have to explain yourself when you're together; everything said ( and unsaid ) is understood. There may be many years between you, but it doesn't matter. There may be differences in background, but no worries. Nothing keeps you apart, and in the new book Elizabeth and Michael, by Donald Bogle, that might ...


Trans-author-Elliot-Wake-on-new-book-Bad-Boy

Trans author Elliot Wake on new book, 'Bad Boy' - USA Today best-selling author Elliot Wake has written a new book Bad Boy, which will be available for purchase on Tuesday, Dec. 6. This is the fourth book Wake has written over the past two years. "Bad Boy is a story about a transgender man struggling to define his masculinity in an underworld full of toxic men and toxic women," ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Eleanor-Roosevelt-and-Lorena-Hickoks-love-affair

BOOK REVIEW Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok's love affair - We like our history in a straight line. Yet, time and again twists and turns throw us off. Sue Quinn's remarkable new book Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady helps readers unravel the complicated, but loving, relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Associated Press reporter Lorena Hickok, known as a lesbian ...


Book-focuses-on-trans-college-student-inclusion-experience

Book focuses on trans college student inclusion, experience - College is already a difficult transition for most and Dr. Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D. ( preferred pronouns: ze and hir ) focuses on being transgender in college with hir first book Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion. Nicolazzo is assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education and ...


BOOKS-Bestsellers-at-Women-Children-First

BOOKS Bestsellers at Women & Children First - Following are bestsellers from Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, www.womenandchildrenfirst.com . Fiction 1 ) Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 2 ) My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante 3 ) Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi 4 ) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5 ) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 6 ) The Sympathizer by Viet ...


David-France-and-his-guide-to-Survive

David France and his guide to 'Survive' - David France's Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary, How To Survive A Plague, brought to light how AIDS activists, through the coalitions ACT UP and TAG, helped push medical breakthroughs forward by becoming part of the process. Constructed from hundreds of hours of incredible archival video footage, a technique since coined "archival verite," the documentary proved powerful, resonant, and helped reignite interest in ...


Lavender-Voices-fundraiser-Dec-16

Lavender Voices fundraiser Dec. 16 - "All the Works," a fundraiser for Lavender Voices, will take place Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Open Books, 651 W. Lake St. Lavender Voices is a monthly storytelling series featuring queer women and femme writers. Anthologies of writers' shared works over the year will be available for purchase at $10/book. See "Lavender Voices" on Facebook for more information. ...


Five-Worth-Finding-Dali-book-battery-wallet

Five Worth Finding: Dali book, battery wallet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Warwick Rowers coffee-table book: For years, the men's rowing team at Warwick University has been known for its semi-nude calendar, with proceeds going to fight homophobia. Now Angus Malcolm's coffee-table book has some of those intriguing images as well—but it's a limited edition ( 1,000 copies ). Also, along with the purchase of the book, customers will receive an exclusive ...


Lesbian-mystery-writer-Ellen-Hart-to-receive-Grand-Master-Award

Lesbian mystery writer Ellen Hart to receive Grand Master Award - Lesbian mystery author Ellen Hart's exemplary work embodies over three decades of relevance and now the Minneapolis based prodigy is being honored by the Mystery Writers of America ( MWA ) organization. Hart is scheduled to receive the 2017 Grand Master Award by the MWA at the 71st Annual Edgar Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York ...


Books-Great-holiday-gifts

Books: Great holiday gifts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Books that are great The gift list was easy this year. For once, you knew what to get everybody. Every. Single. Giftee. Easy-peasy … except, oops, that one person who vexes you each year. What to get? Well, books are always good gifts, and they're super-easy to wrap, too. How about one of these great selections for that One Person… ...


Jason-Leclerc-on-his-new-novel-Black-Kettle

Jason Leclerc on his new novel, Black Kettle - Windy City Times interviewed the Jason Leclerc, author of the new novel Black Kettle. Leclerc is a renowned poet, blogger, filmmaker and political columnist for the LGBT publication The Watermark in Orlando. Black Kettle, according to press, " explores the many manifestations of hope and deceit in the human experience." Windy City Times: How would you describe this collection of ...


Book-focuses-on-gay-baby-boomers-in-the-present-day

Book focuses on gay baby boomers in the present day - Jesus Ramirez-Valles' book Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology puts the gay baby boomers' experience into perspective. Ramirez-Valles is a professor and head of community health sciences at University of Illinois, Chicago ( UIC ) School of Public Health. He is also a scholar, filmmaker, and an advocate of LGBT and Latino health. Ramirez-Valles grew ...


Not-Straight-Not-White-highlights-history-of-Black-gay-men

'Not Straight, Not White' highlights history of Black gay men - Kevin Mumford believes his book, Not Straight, Not White, is one of the first non-fiction books to simultaneously highlight both Black and gay identities. "In the mainstream press I think you get these very singular categories of public discourses, and it's hard to get them to be more complicated," said Mumford, a history professor at the University of Illinois-Champaign. "There's ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Accepted-How-the-First-Gay-Superstar-Changed-the-WWE

BOOK REVIEW Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed the WWE - By Pat Patterson with Bertrand Hebert $25.95; ECW Press; 258 pages You are the champion of all time. Nobody can beat you; nobody can even tie your record. When it comes to thumb-wresting, you know all the moves and you really throw your arm into it for the win. Hands-down, you're the best. So now read Accepted, by Pat Patterson ...


Book-of-essays-speaks-Black-queer-truths-of-the-next-generation

Book of essays speaks Black queer truths of the next generation - E. Patrick Johnson's book, titled No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, reveals tactful truth from the next generation of scholars and activists about the Black queer experience. Johnson is chair of the Department of African-American studies and the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African-American studies at Northwestern University. He is a Southerner in the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Marilyn-Forever-

BOOK REVIEW Marilyn Forever - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - People will talk. And that can be a bad thing: gossip is often mean, and its shelf life is sometimes longer than we'd like. On the other hand, a bit of scandalous chatter can be great: As in the new book Marilyn Forever, by Boze Hadleigh, if people are talking about you, they'll remember you. Through the years, plenty of ...


Chicagos-Featherproof-Books-gets-heavy-with-post-election-activism

Chicago's Featherproof Books gets heavy with post-election activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Founded in 2005 by writers Zach Dodson and Jonathan Messinger, Chicago-based Featherproof Books is known for publishing "strange and beautiful fiction and nonfiction and post-, trans-, and inter-genre tragicomedy." This is in keeping with Dodson and Messinger's original mission to publish whatever they wanted. In 2014, Tim Kinsella ( author of Featherproof titles All Over and Over and The Karaoke ...


Civil-rights-attorney-discusses-new-book-career-upcoming-event

Civil-rights attorney discusses new book, career, upcoming event - Elizabeth Schwartz has been practicing law for almost 20 years in Miami Beach, Florida, and recently wrote a book, Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise. Schwartz is a South Florida native and grew up in Hollywood, Florida, before heading off to college. She's the youngest of six kids in what she calls a real-life Brady ...


Lammy-nominees-being-accepted

Lammy nominees being accepted - Lambda Literary has announced the opening of the submissions period for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( Lammys ). Books submitted for consideration in this Lammys cycle must be published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, and meet the Lammys Submission Guidelines ( at LambdaLiterary.org/award-guidelines/ ). Finalists will be announced in March 2017; Lammy Awards will be presented ...


Married-authors-at-WCF-on-Nov-3-

Married authors at W&CF on Nov. 3 - On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Flannery O'Connor Award winner and LGBT author Anne Raeff ( The Jungle Around Us ) will have a reading/conversation with her wife, LGBT award-winning author Lori Ostlund, who is releasing the paperback edition of her novel After the Parade. Author Christine Sneed ( The ...


BOOKS-In-new-collection-E-Nina-Jay-takes-back-her-body

BOOKS In new collection, E Nina Jay takes back her body - For Chicago poet E Nina Jay, her book Body of Rooms is a reclamation of herself. "For a long time, I didn't have myself," said Jay. "For so many years I wrote a lot of poems about friendships and flowers, and all this shit I thought people wanted to hear about. The writing was a vehicle, I had never used ...


BOOKS-KOKUMO-becomes-Reacquainted-with-Life

BOOKS: KOKUMO becomes 'Reacquainted with Life' - Chicago poet, activist and performer KOKUMO is celebrating publication of her first book. Reacquainted With Life is a raw, performative work in which KOKUMO details her history with abuse, rape and violence, and critiques the culture of activism. Yet at times, a dark sort of humor breaks through, making an already incredibly engaging work even more so. "I feel like ...


BOOKS-Place-and-partnership-The-stories-of-Anne-Raeff-

BOOKS Place and partnership: The stories of Anne Raeff - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anne Raeff's stories are an accumulation of experience, and they find a home in her first short story collection, The Jungle Around Us, which won the 2016 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. "These stories are kind of all the publishable stories that I've ever written," laughed Raeff. "Some of the stories in there I wrote 25 years ago, and ...


Women-Children-First-Books-Jarrar-Luther-plus-Laura-Jane-Grace-tix-on-sale

Women & Children First Books: Jarrar, Luther, plus Laura Jane Grace tix on sale - From a press release - Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. Lori Ostlund, Anne Raeff, and Christine Sneed on the Short Story vs. the Novel Reading, Conversation, and Book-signing Three fiction writers who have published both short stories and novels candidly discuss each form's strengths and shortcomings. Lori Ostlund's novel After the Parade was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was ...


Gay-activist-scholar-headlines-Home-Is-Where-the-Art-Is

Gay activist/scholar headlines 'Home Is Where the Art Is' - Openly gay Puerto Rican writer, activist and scholar Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes was the featured speaker at the "Home Is Where the Art Is: Queer Ricans Insights on the Latinx Experience" event Oct. 22 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Humboldt Park. La Fountain-Stokes was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He moved to ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Stand-by-Me-The-Forgotten-History-of-Gay-Liberation

BOOK REVIEW Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Jim Downs. $27.99; Basic Books; 262 pages You had no idea. How could you know? No one ever told you, nobody sat you down to explain what was what. You were blissfully unaware, kept in the dark for far too long, but read Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, by Jim Downs, and you may ...


BOOKS-Sarah-Schulman-discusses-queer-culture-Conflict

BOOKS Sarah Schulman discusses queer culture, 'Conflict' - Sarah Schulman describes herself, and her work, as unorthodox. "I mean, this has been one of the problems my whole life. I don't write books that take an already established position in an argument," said Schulman. "All of my books initiate a new frame. This is true of my book on familial homophobia, of my book on gentrification, of my ...


Highlights-Magazine-excludes-same-sex-families-from-publication

Highlights Magazine excludes same-sex families from publication - From a Our Family Coalition press release - Children's magazine "Highlights" excludes parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer ( LGBTQ ) from its publication claiming that families across the country are not ready to embrace images of loving same-sex families. Parents Kristina Wertz and Kara Desiderio contacted Highlights Magazine's customer service department in September to express the concern that their daughter did not see her ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Essential-RuPaul

BOOK REVIEW The Essential RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Queen has spoken. Everyone listens because, well, how can they not? Her bearing, her stature, her very demeanor demand attention from all her subjects and in the new book The Essential RuPaul—by John Davis, with illustrations by Libby Vanderploeg—these queens have a lot to say. When RuPaul Andre Charles was a little boy, his mother told him that he ...


Feminist-nun-Quinn-book-event-Oct-23

Feminist nun Quinn book event Oct. 23 - Catholic nun, feminist, activist and author Donna Quinn will be featured in a lecture, live interview and book-signing on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2-4:30 p.m. at The Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center, 513 W. Fullerton Pkwy. Maureen Hellwig, a Chicago Area Women's History Center board member, will conduct the interview with Quinn. Quinn's memoir, Chicago Catholic Women: It's Role in Founding ...


Gay-bar-literary-submissions-wanted

Gay-bar literary submissions wanted - Story curators/collectors S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch are asking writings to create pieces of work that explores the role the gay bar's culture has played in their lives or in the lives of LGBTQI people in general. Works may be either fiction or non-fiction/essay/memoir ( but not erotica ). It can be prose or poetry, and the work must ...


BOOKS-The-Transgender-Teen-Opening-the-family-dialogue-on-gender

BOOKS The Transgender Teen: Opening the family dialogue on gender - "We think about gender all day and every day, though we might not be aware of it," said Lisa Kenney, co-author of The Transgender Teen, to Windy City Times when discussing the new book and the emerging national discussion on gender. According to her book, gender is an exceptionally broad classification. It encompasses desires; preferences in clothing, music and art; ...


Chicago-Ideas-Week-Oct-17-23-

Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 17-23 - The lineup for Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ), which takes place 17-23, has officially been released and includes some of the world's most accomplished individuals—from entertainment executive Ariel Emanuel to FIFA World Cup Champion Abby Wambach and Skinnygirl cocktail creator Bethenny Frankel. Some of the curated programs include: —Life's Big Questions: Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold winner and FIFA ...


Gay-bar-literary-submissions-wanted

Gay-bar literary submissions wanted - Story curators/collectors S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch are asking writers to create pieces of work that explores the role the gay bar's culture has played in their lives or in the lives of LGBTQI people in general. Works may be either fiction or non-fiction/essay/memoir ( but not erotica ). It can be prose or poetry, and the work must ...


OPEN-TO-THINKING-Dickie-V-and-Me-Sexual-Identity-in-1950s-America

OPEN TO THINKING Dickie V. and Me: Sexual Identity in 1950s America - A recurring column - Dickie V. wanted to see me. I received this message from my mother who had received it from Dickie's mother. I hardly knew Dickie. His family lived on the rich side of the tracks; my family on the poor side. I crossed the Larimer Avenue Bridge which separated us poor folk on Larimer Avenue in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from ...


Obergefell-plaintiff-in-supreme-court-marriage-equality-case-here-on-Coming-Out-Day

Obergefell, plaintiff in supreme court marriage equality case, here on Coming Out Day - From a press release - In support of LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day, Hyatt joins forces with Human Rights Campaign to celebrate LGBTQ equality advocate Jim Obergefell, co-author of Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Oct. 11, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Obergefell, with Human Rights Campaign Senior Regional ...


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Author to promote 'Bobby Kennedy' - Author Larry Tye will be at various Chicago spots to promote his latest book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. The book—which Tye says has strong LGBT- and civil-rights angles—tracks former U.S. Sen./Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's journey from the conservative 1950s to a liberal activist. Stops will include: —Sept. 28, noon: Private lunch-learn talk by Temples Solel ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Sorry-Not-Sorry

BOOK REVIEW Sorry Not Sorry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Naya Rivera. $24; Tarcher, Pergiee; 241 pages Oh, the things you did in your youth! All those late nights, sneaking out of the house and thinking your parents didn't know. ( They did. ) The crazy things you did on the road, hoping the police would never stop you. ( They did. ) The parties, the goofy fashions, the ...


-Tim-Murphy-author-of-Christodora-at-City-Lit-Sept-29

Tim Murphy, author of Christodora, at City Lit Sept. 29 - From a press release - City Lit Books hosts a reading by Tim Murphy, author of Christodora, followed by a discussion moderated by filmmaker and journalist Kellee Terrell. The event is Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. at 2523 N. Kedzie, Chicago. In Christodora, Tim Murphy follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters who reside in and around an iconic apartment building in Manhattan's ...


BOOK-REVIEW-In-the-Darkroom

BOOK REVIEW In the Darkroom - By Susan Faludi. $32; Metropolitan Books; 417 pages Esteemed feminist Susan Faludi didn't talk to her father. He'd been estranged from the family since he stabbed her mother's boyfriend with a knife when Susan was in high school. In 2004, Susan got an email from her father: he'd transitioned. Now, Steffi was her name. "It was the first communication ...


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Remembering Edward Albee - He wouldn't correct you if you said it wrong, but if you wanted to earn his respect you needed to pronounce his name the way he preferred: Edward All-bee and not Al-bee. Widely regarded as "America's Greatest Living Playwright" following the death of Arthur Miller, Edward Albee died Sept. 16 after a short illness. He was 88. Albee's partner of ...


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Author's book focuses on her gender nonconforming child - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When her son, Harry, was 2 years old, author Julie Tarney said he told her, "Inside my head, I'm a girl." With that statement, Tarney said her journey as the parent of a gender non-conforming child began. It was 1992 and resources were scarce. "My first thought was 'does this mean he is going to be gay,'" Tarney said. "Gender ...


Book-focuses-on-Robert-Kennedys-liberal-evolution

Book focuses on Robert Kennedy's liberal evolution - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Massachusetts native Larry Tye's interest in Robert Kennedy's life began shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. His new book, Robert Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, is the culmination of years of research and interviews with family members and friends of the late Senator, some of whom have never spoken to an RFK biographer in the past. Tye ...


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Literary event at Volumes features McConnell, Gresham - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Marty McConnell and Randy Gresham headlined a literary event that Chuck Kramer hosted at Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 M. Milwaukee Ave., on Sept. 14. The large crowd was treated to new poetry by McConnell, the author of wine for a shotgun, who is preparing the manuscript for her next book. McConnell's work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Best American ...


BOOK-REVIEW-My-Son-Wears-Heels

BOOK REVIEW My Son Wears Heels - By Julie Tarney. $24.95; University of Wisconsin Press; 213 pages The first day your toddler said he could dress himself was a day you'll never forget. He tried, you have to hand it to him. When he was done, part of his outfit was out of season and the other part was out of style, the colors were painful ...







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