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THE AMAZON TRAIL Happy hours - One day, out of the blue, I received an email from well-respected writer Renee Bess. In her thoughtful, elegant style, she asked if I would be interested in working together to produce an anthology about the role gay bars have played in our lives. I was on board before I finished reading. A gay bar anthology, I immediately thought, was ...


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BOOKS Self-made woman: Talking with Denise Chanterelle Dubois - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Milwaukee-born transgender actress and businesswoman Denise Chanterelle Dubois has penned a frank and fearless new memoir entitled, Self-Made Woman about her long journey to self-acceptance and her eventual gender confirmation surgery in 2003 at age 50. Along the road, in an effort to fight the gender dysphoria she had felt since the age of 4, Denise ( as Dennis ) ...


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Sandberg Awards Oct. 11 at The Forum - The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood ( The Handmaid's Tale ) and Dave Eggers ( A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius ) at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wed., Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at The Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Journalist ...


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BOOKS New memoir reveals Armistead Maupin's true tales of the city - Armistead Maupin spent four decades creating memorable characters in his Tales of the City novels but it's real-life individuals like Rock Hudson that kindle his new memoir Logical Family—illuminating the coming of age and coming out story of one of America's most indelible authors. In anticipation of the release of Logical Family: A Memoir on Tuesday, Oct. 3, Windy City ...


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MOMBIAN Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents - Award-winning photographer Gabriela Herman knew that for her new book, The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA, "the images would be portraits of the children, with no one else in them." She wanted to show what life with LGBTQ parents "is like through their eyes." That vision has given us a striking, powerful book of 75 images ...


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Kenny Fries and Susan Nussbaum at Access Living Oct. 12 - Access Living hosts "A Reading by Kenny Fries and Conversation with Susan Nussbaum" Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., 115 W. Chicago Ave. Kenny Fries will read from his new memoir In the Province of the Gods, IN and talk with Susan R. Nussbaum, author of Good Kings Bad Kings, at Access Living of Metro Chicago. Kenny Fries is the author ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Gay Preacher's Wife - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Lydia Meredith. $16; Gallery Books; 244 pages The flowers were a very nice touch. They greeted you from the kitchen counter just as you got home, and were followed by a romantic dinner, candlelight conversation, and a quiet evening at home. It was a gift from your spouse, who often has many surprises for you. But, as in the ...


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Cupich invites author of LGBT book for Chicago talk - Cardinal Blase Cupich has asked Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest who is author of a controversial book about LGBT Catholics, to speak at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago during Lent early next year. The invitation was first reported in Chicago Sun-Times on Sept. 26. Martin's book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Stonewall strong - Below is an excerpt from Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health and a Strong Community, by John-Manuel Andriote. The book will publish Oct. 8 by Rowman & Littlefield; www.stonewallstrong.com. In 1961, Frank Kameny and Washington, D.C., native Jack Nichols organized the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., an affiliate of Harry Hay's original group in Los Angeles ...


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Initiative launched to chronicle LGBTQ+ community, history - From a press release - New York, New York - September 28, 2017 - Chronicle, the new collaborative visual storytelling platform, has launched an initiative to crowdsource stories from LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations, creating a chronicle to tell the bigger story and visual history of the community. People and organizations add photographs with descriptive details directly to the LGBTQ+ chronicle ( currently 1948 - present ...


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Banned Books Week, through Sept. 30, celebrates power of words - From a press release - Libraries, bookstores and schools are marking Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-30, as an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week, thousands of libraries, bookstores, schools and theaters host events that focus on the dangers of censorship and celebrate the right to choose ...


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'UnMasked' going into gold edition - The book UnMasked—with Lee Roberts and Donna Kshir as author, and with Chicago advocate, public speaker and survivor Patrick Dati on the cover—is going into a gold edition. A press release said the goal of the book "was to unmask some of the most prominent advocates from around the globe, as an individual, in a personal light with their family, ...


Belmont-Rocks-project-planned

Belmont Rocks project planned - The Belmont Rocks played an undeniably important part in the LGBTQ community's history and in the lives of many LGBTQ Chicagoans. "The Rocks" were "a place to call our own—a place of celebrations and partying, of social and sexual encounters, a place of artwork, memorials, cookouts, unions, and so much more. A place to do nothing or do everything. The ...


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Sixth Annual Chicago Book Expo to features First Chicago Architecture Book Festival - From a press release - The Sixth Annual Chicago Book Expo ( www.chicagobookexpo.org ) will be held at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, on Sunday, October 1, 2017, noon-5pm. The event is free and open to the public. The Chicago Book Expo is the leading free literary event of the autumn in Chicago. This year includes the first-ever Chicago Architecture Book Festival, a partner event ...


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Women & Children First Books to host October ticketed events, author talks - From a Women & Children First press release - Women & Children First will host events in October for some of the biggest books of the season: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, the paperback release of The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco, and Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. Details below and in at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Nicole-Krauss—Jennifer-Egan—NASTY-WOMEN—Brit-Bennett—-Isabel-Allende-at-Women—-Children-First-.html?soid=1101357241095&aid=bC85MPUkKYk . Tickets for ...


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Speakers announced For Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 16-22 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The lineup for the largest affordable ideas festival in the world — Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ) — has officially been released with member tickets on sale now atChicagoIdeas.com . The seventh annual program from Oct. 16-22 will feature more than 150 events on topics ranging from the state of our union to ...


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Downers Grove council ousts library trustee after alleged anti-LGBT remarks - The Downers Grove Village Council unanimously voted Sept. 5 to remove Arthur Jaros, a member of the Downers Grove Public Library's Board of Trustees, after that member allegedly expressed anti-LGBT viewpoints during a trustees meeting. "I think we took the appropriate action to remove Mr. Jaros from the library board," Village Commissioner Greg Hosé told Windy City Times. Hosé filed ...


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Downers Grove pol moves to oust Library Board member after anti-gay remarks - Downers Grove Village Commissioner Greg Hosé announced Aug. 29 that he had submitted a new business item at the village council's next meeting—scheduled for Sept. 5—calling for the removal of Library Board Trustee Arthur Jaros. Hosé said on a Facebook post he was calling for the Jaros' removal after reports that Jaros had made anti-gay and other discriminatory remarks at ...


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West Chicago library votes to keep LGBT book - The West Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Aug. 28 to retain the children's book This Day in June—both in the library and in its current location—after some patrons asked that the book be removed. Numerous community members attended the meeting, a video of which was posted to Facebook by the journalism collective Truth Against the Machine, to ...


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Women & Children First Books hosts authors, book groups in September - From a press release - Women & Children First is an independant bookstore with focus on the interests of feminists and children and offering regular author appearances and events since 1979. The store is at 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago. Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 Infinite Genders Poetry Reading Infinite Genders is a compilation of poems written by the mentors, mentees, and facilitators from ...


Civil-Liberties-writing-performance-workshop-to-planned-by-Goodman-Alphawood

Civil Liberties writing, performance workshop to planned by Goodman, Alphawood - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Goodman Theatre is proud to continue its collaboration with Chicago's Alphawood Gallery with the new writing workshop series, "I am the Darker Brother: Demonization and the Demise of Civil Liberties," this fall. Led by Chicago-based teaching artist Deb Lewis, participants use Langston Hughes' poem, "I, Too" as inspiration to explore what being an "American" means, and ...


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'Own voices' panel on LGBTQIA mystery writing Sept. 28 - From a press release - Center on Halsted/Mystery Writers of America host a panel of Mystery Writers of America, Midwest Chapter authors who write LGBTQIA-focused novels to raise funds for Center on Halsted Sept. 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m., 3656 N Halsted, Chicago. The panel consists of Ohio debut author Kristen Lepionka, whose The Last Place You Look is getting a lot of buzz, as well ...


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BOOKS Author explores truth about friend's death - In this nonfiction mystery, author Kevin Troxall revisits his hometown is Glasgow, Kentucky, to uncover the truth about the death of his childhood friend, Scotty Martin. The murder of Martin seemed to be a hate crime against Martin's homosexuality. Troxall decided to uncover the truth about Martin's death and the corruption and homophobia that led it to be unsolved. Windy ...


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Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers to be honored with Carl Sandburg awards Oct. 11 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annualCarl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood ( "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Blind Assassin," "Hag-Seed," "MaddAddam" trilogy, ) and Dave Eggers ( "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "Zeitoun," "A Hologram for the King," "Heroes of the Frontier," "The Circle" ) at the Carl ...


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BOOK REVIEW Beast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Brie Spangler. Read by Andrew Eiden, $34.95; Blackstone Audio, Inc.; seven CDs In its most basic description, it's a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it's a muscle—a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells that was beating when you were born, due to simple electrical activity. It's just a muscle, although in the audiobook ...


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BOOKS Riki Wilchins discusses trans movement memoir - Riki Wilchins founded the first national transgender advocacy group GenderPAC in 1996. She is currently the executive director of the True Child organization, a philanthropic effort leading the way in gender studies and trainings. The 65-year-old Lambda Literary Award winner may be a leader in transactivism now, but it didn't start out that way. Wilchins was in search of transactivism ...


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BOOKS Achy Obejas talks 'The Tower of the Antilles' - Achy Obejas' new collection, The Tower of the Antilles, is a definitive introduction to the often poetic Cuban-American writer. Though the stories come from all different places in Obejas' writing career, they are united by their exquisite language and loving exploration of character. "I've never curated a book quite like I've curated this one," Obejas told Windy City Times. "At ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Last

BOOK REVIEW The Last - Place You Look. By Kristen Lepionka. $25.99; Minotaur Books; 321 pages Brad Stockton's life is on the line. After being convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend's parents on the same night that she, Sarah Cook, mysteriously disappeared, Brad was sentenced to death. With his execution quickly approaching, Brad's doting sister Danielle is desperate and convinced of his innocence. Swearing ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Book-of-Love-and-Hate

BOOK REVIEW The Book of Love and Hate - By Lauren Sanders, $15.95; Akashic Books; 299 pages After a disappointing end to her Olympic speed-skating career, Jennifer Baron took over her wealthy family's business. While struggling with alcoholism and the stress of her new role, even more is added to her plate when her billionaire father mysteriously disappears. Unsure if she'll find him on the run from the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Ada-Decades

BOOK REVIEW The Ada Decades - By Paula Martinac. $9.99; Bywater Books; 331 pages As a romance, The Ada Decades fits the "new girl comes to town" category. In this case, Ada Shook, from rural North Carolina, is the new librarian at her hometown middle school in 1957. Cam Lively, on the other hand, has been teaching there for three years, but has many things she ...


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BOOKS Lillian Faderman: Trailblazer reflects on her legacy - Lillian Faderman, a scholar of LGBTQ history best known for her work on lesbian culture, remembers what inspired her to begin writing about lesbian life through the ages. "I think I wouldn't have had the courage to start if it hadn't been for the lesbian feminist movement," Faderman explained. "I think what really told me that I could do this, ...


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Local author/historian Owen Keehnen out with two new novels - From a press release - Local author/historian Owen Keehnen has recently published two new novels, The Matinee Idol and Love Underground. Both books are available at online sources as well as at Unabridged Books ( 3251 N. Broadway ) for $16. Silent era Hollywood provides the backdrop for the historic M/M romance, The Matinee Idol. At the height of the roaring 1920s, Raymond Richmond leaves ...


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BOOKS Biography spotlights poet Elizabeth Bishop's queer past - Elizabeth Bishop's name and work dots English textbooks, and "the art of losing" is one of the most familiar lines of poetry in the language. But collections of Bishop's work are oddly hard to come by; her life remains even less discussed. It might surprise casual readers to learn Bishop had significant long-term relationships with women. Most of Bishop's published ...


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Alison Cuddy named CHF head - The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) has announced Alison Cuddy as the newest Marilynn Thoma artistic director. Cuddy, formerly CHF's associate artistic director, will transition into the position beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1. Cuddy is already at work preparing CHF's 2018 Springfest and Fallfest themes. Cuddy spent more than 10 years at WBEZ 91.5 FM, producing the nationally syndicated program ...


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Andersonville hosting new shopping series - The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has launched "Andersonville First Fridays," with the next event happening Friday, Aug. 4, 6-10 p.m. In an effort to promote local shopping and dining, businesses will keep their doors open late to welcome visitors with promotions, refreshments, and special experiences on the first Friday of each month. Some of the businesses involved ...


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Five Worth Finding: Invasion of the Pines book, culinary Gauguin special and more - —Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem is a 148-page collection of photographs taken by photographer Susan Kravitz over the past three decades at the annual LGBTQ event known as the Invasion of the Pines. ( Invasion of the Pines occurs every Fourth of July, and involves participants from the Fire Island communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island ...


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W&CF event revolves around author Gwendolyn Brooks - On July 13, Women & Children First bookstore hosted a reading and panel discussion of Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. This year marks the 100th birthday of the late Chicago poet. The book is an anthology composed of numerous poems by several different poets, as well as visual art depicting Brooks' life. Four of the ...


BOOKS-Steven-Gaines-explores-memories-in-One-of-These-Things-First

BOOKS Steven Gaines explores memories in 'One of These Things First' - Steven Gaines is an openly gay author who has written several best-sellers. In his most recent project, One of These Things First, Gaines goes down memory lane as he recounts growing up in Brooklyn as a young Jewish boy struggling with homosexuality. Windy City Times: Can you explain the title of your book for our readers? Steven Gaines: It's the ...


BOOK-Raising-the-Transgender-Child

BOOK Raising the Transgender Child - By Dr. Michele Angello and Alisa Bowman, $17; Seal Press; 275 pages Your preschooler has always had an active imagination. Flights of fancy and dress-up fill his days. She's rough-and-tumble, a scrapper in her mind. Make-believe has always been a big part in your child's life but now you're hearing something you know in your heart is not pretend—and ...


Lesbian-Maj-Margaret-Witt-to-release-book-on-her-military-trial

Lesbian Maj. Margaret Witt to release book on her military trial - From a press release - After a highly decorated 18-year career in the Air Force, Major Margaret Witt was discharged based on an allegation that she had engaged in sexual conduct with another woman: a civilian with whom she was in a committed relationship, in their home, miles from any military base. The ACLU of Washington sued, claiming that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy ...


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W&CF hosts poetry event 'How To Get Over' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Emagin Tanaschuk - Women and Children First hosted three poets who performed original work July 7. The event not only drew folks to the bookstore but also fostered a space for art, poetry and expression. t'ai freedom ford read several poems from her new book How To Get Over, which has stories about her personal reflections, family and childhood. Ford is a high ...


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BOOK REVIEW James Baldwin: The FBI File - By Max S. Gordon - By William J. Maxwell; $22.99; Arcade. Publishing; 440 pages Those who have seen Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro know the film is based on James Baldwin's unfinished project, an extended essay on the end of the civil-rights movement—which Baldwin often referred to as the "last slave rebellion"—and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Off-the-Rocks-Vol-20

BOOK REVIEW Off the Rocks, Vol. 20 - Allison Fradkin, director; $15; NewTown Writers Press; 279 pages There's a certain tone of absurdity that NewTown Writers Press often hits in its anthology: often droll, occasionally glib. Volume 20 focuses on that queerest of spectacles—the theater. As such, a large percentage of the volume is plays; poetry, fiction and the others take a backseat here. This is unfortunate ...


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Roxane Gay talks 'Hunger' at CHF - The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) welcomed New York Times best-selling author Roxane Gay for a book reading and question and answer session on June 19 at the Francis W. Parker School. The sold-out event focused on Gay's recently released memoir Hunger. Hunger, Gay said, is "a memoir of [her] body." In it, she explores trauma and fatness and ...


BOOKS-Clinton-Kelly-talks-love-and-Hate

BOOKS Clinton Kelly talks love and 'Hate' - The Clinton Kelly memoir I Hate Everyone, Except You has just come out in paperback. In the book, the star of What Not To Wear and The Chew talks about growing up gay, his search for love and acceptance, co-star Stacy London, husband Damon and much more. Windy City Times: How did you come up with the title for the ...


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Alphawood Gallery debuts internment exhibition - Seventy-five years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order set in motion the forced removal and internment, without due process, of over 120,000 citizens and legal residents of Japanese ancestry living on or near the west coast during World War II. For its first original exhibition Alphawood Gallery, in partnership with the Japanese-American Service Committee ( ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Harmony-of-Parts

BOOK REVIEW The Harmony of Parts - By John Garabedian, with Ian Aldrich. $29.95; Orange Frazer Press; 411 pages John Garabedian's world is a world of technology and song, of competition and fame. It's the world of Top 40 radio, a world most of us never get to see and Garabedian entered in high school. An early obsessive who bugged his parents for a tape recorder ...


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BOOKS Nathaniel Frank chronicles the road to marriage equality - Nathaniel Frank trained as a historian, but found his calling covering what he calls "first drafts" of recent events. "In graduate school we used to make fun of people who were doing recent history and call them sociologists. It didn't seem like history could ripen into a really substantive and useful interpretation until some number of years had gone by," ...


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St. Sukie de la Croix novel out in July - St. Sukie de la Croix will release the novel The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity in July. The work is described in a press release as "a humorous historical fantasy that showcases the follies of heteronormative, misogynistic, repressive life." de la Croix is a writer and photographer most widely known for his book Chicago Whispers: A History of ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Either-Way

BOOK REVIEW Either Way - By Sanda Levins $14.95; Magination Press; 96 pages Cael is a gay kid growing up in the Midwest, afraid to come out because while his classmates have definite ideas about him, he doesn't know what his parents will think. In the meantime, he's taking a history class that's discussing LGBTQ rights, and reading by a memoir of a gay soldier ...


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Libraries marking GLBT Book Month - The American Library Association ( ALA ) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2017 as GLBT Book Month, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBT community. Throughout GLBT Book Monthâ„¢ libraries across the country will highlight their collections as part of month-long activities culminating with activities at ALA Annual ...


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BOOK REVIEW/ INTERVIEW Jews, Queers, Germans: A Novel - By Martin Duberman. $19.95; Seven Stories Press; 384 pages Without history there is no freedom. And the history that Martin Duberman masterfully unravels in Jews, Queers, Germans: A Novel is remarkable for the territory covered. He calls the book a novel/history, a clever mixture of documented history in novel form that is a gripping read. "I never invent anything ...


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BOOKS 'Ghosts of St. Vincent's': A talk with Tom Eubanks - Tom Eubanks was born in Libertyville and always knew he was different growing up in Mundelein. In 1985, at age 18, he headed to New York for school and had a solid taste of the New York club scene of the mid-late 1980s. When Eubanks discovered he was HIV-positive and had only two T-cells remaining, his life changed dramatically. Instead ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Game-Changers-The-Unsung-Heroines-of-Sports-History

BOOK REVIEW Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History - By Molly Schiot. $25; Simon & Schuster; 310 pages You can't bear to look at the score. Whatever it is, it's going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they're all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book Game Changers, by Molly Schiot, they might alter the way the ...


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BOOKS 'In Bed' with activist Anne-christine d'Adesky - It's hard to describe The Pox Lover: An Activist's Decade in New York and Paris, the newest book by award-winning journalist Anne-christine d'Adesky—one of the founders of the Lesbian Avengers, a direct-action group that created the Dyke March. The book contains sharp critiques of political figures, historical facts, investigations into her own family history, and a look at how those ...


Entire-Boystown-series-to-be-released

Entire 'Boystown' series to be released - Boystown series author Jake Biondi has announced that he is re-launching his entire book series with an entirely new look just ahead of the release of his seventh Boystown book on Friday, July 7. Biondi will unveil the new covers one at a time beginning in June. Biondi has teamed with designer Anna Crosswell of Cover Couture to create Boystown's ...


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W&CF bookstore makes HuffPo list - The Huffington Post has released a list of 50 of what it considers to be the best independent bookstores in the country—and Women & Children First made the list. The Andersonville business came in at number seven. Senior reporter Joseph Erbentraut wrote, " Sure, it's a feminist bookstore with a name eerily similar to a certain Portlandia sketch. But it's ...


Book-calls-for-LGBTQ2S-specific-approach-to-youth-homelessness

Book calls for LGBTQ2S-specific approach to youth homelessness - From a press release - Toronto - Canada and the U.S. need to better serve the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and Two-Spirit ( LGBTQ2S ) youth experiencing homelessness, says a new book published by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness ( COH ). "LGBTQ2S youth homelessness is a big problem, involving other big problems, like poverty, racism, cissexism, transphobia, heterosexism, homophobia, ...


BOOKS-Well-Dunne-Author-on-life-of-legendary-writer-producer

BOOKS Well-'Dunne': Author on life of legendary writer/producer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dominick Dunne's life was about much more than his articles for Vanity Fair and coverage of trials such as O.J. Simpson's. In the book Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne, writer Robert Hofler takes readers through the fascinating life of the late producer/author/trial reporter/journalist, presenting a man who was fascinated by everything from crime to social constructs—including public views on celebrities ...


Journey-of-a-Cotton-Blossom

Journey of a Cotton Blossom - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By J.C. Villegas, $24.99; Brown Books Publishing Group; 302 pages J.C. Villegas chose a monumental theme for her debut novel, Journey of a Cotton Blossom. The story begins in rural Mississippi in the late 1940s with the birth of Joseph Dove to a woman who is still a de facto slave on a large cotton plantation. The story follows ...


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Dan Savage in Chicago June 15 - Dan Savage returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., for a live taping of the Savage Lovecast on Thursday, June 15, at 8 p.m. There will be special guests, such as comedian Kristen Toomey. Savage is an author, a sex-advice columnist, a podcaster, a pundit, and a public speaker. "Savage Love," Dan's sex-advice column, first appeared in ...


BOOKS-Janet-Mock-paves-way-for-LGBTQ-storytellers

BOOKS Janet Mock paves way for LGBTQ storytellers - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - As a writer, advocate and in-demand public speaker, Janet Mock is a media powerhouse. She is the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, which celebrates trans womanhood, and was recently named a contributing editor for Allure magazine where she also started a biweekly column around the idea of beauty culture being inclusive and affirming. In her first book—the groundbreaking New York Times best-seller ...


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Chicago writer researching Tillie the Dirty Old Lady, other Chicago LGBT 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. ...


Foundation-releases-Dogs-Daddies

Foundation releases 'Dogs & Daddies' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fred Says—one of the world's only foundations that raises funds to support programs and services around the United States for HIV-positive youth—is releasing a new 80-page book entitled Dogs & Daddies to continue to support youth around the country. Shot by photographer inkedKenny, the book captures images of men and their canine companions. "The undeniably stylish and moving photos in ...


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Feminist bookstore Women & Children First has Pride all month - From a press release - Feminist bookstore Women & Children First offers a month of Pride activities in June including Samantha Irby, Jeremy McCarter, Pride Open Mic, You're Being Ridiculous presents LGBTQIA Storytelling Show, and support Project Fierce. Kids Programming: For more than three decades, Story time with Miss Linda has been every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Women & Children First! The tradition continues ...


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GUEST COLUMN On I Am Not Your Negro - "People invent categories in order to feel safe. White people invented black people to give white people identity...Straight cats invented faggots so they can sleep with them without becoming faggots themselves." — James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni, A Dialogue ( 1973 ) To understand what is missing from Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro, and how James Baldwin ...


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Levithan wins literary prize - Writer David Levithan has received The Chicago Tribune's Young Adult Literary Prize. Levithan is the award-winning author of many bestselling works which explore a wide range of adolescent themes, including Boy Meets Boy ( 2003 ): Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist ( 2006 ); Will Grayson, Will Grayson ( 2010 ); Every Day ( 2012 ); Hold Me Closer ( ...


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Melt, Yates win Markowitz Award - Lambda Literary, which promotes LGBTQ literature, announced that Chicagoan H. Melt and Victor Yates are the recipients of the 2017 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. The judges for the prize were 2016 Emerging Writer winner JP Howard and queer scholar and activist Theodore Kerr. The Emerging Writer Award—which consists of two cash prizes of $1,000—is made possible ...


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BOOK REVIEW Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan - By Michel Delsol & Haruku Shinozaki $21.95; The New Press; 192 pages Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan chronicles modern life in the Land of the Rising Sun as its queer community gains more visibility and recognition. It is part of an ongoing photobook series, with other installments focusing on LGBTQ life in locations such as Delhi, New York City ...


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Loving Oliver Sacks and the city: Bill Hayes' new memoir - Shortly before his death in the summer of 2015, the eminent and beloved neurologist Oliver Sacks did an interview with the public radio show Radiolab. For the first time, Sacks was open about his sexuality: he was, in fact, gay. Though he spent much of his life without a relationship, in his final years Sacks fell in love with the ...


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'Freedom to Marry' shows Evan Wolfson as marriage architect - Widely considered the "architect of same-sex marriage," Evan Wolfson and his colleagues led a decades-long battle to win equal rights for LGBT people, culminating in a nationwide marriage equality victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. The National Law Journal, in 2000, named Wolfson one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America," and Newsweek/The Daily Beast referred to him as ...


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Winners named for Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the global leader advancing LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce the recipients of Lambda's Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prizes. This year Lambda recognizes James Earl Hardy and Shani Mootoo. The prize honors LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high ...


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Clinton to speak at ALA conference - Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the American Library Association ( ALA ) Annual Conference's closing general session speaker on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place ( west building ). She was the 67th secretary of state ( 2009-13 ) after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf ...


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BOOKS 'Doll Parts': Talking with Amanda Lepore - Nightclub superstar and trans-visibility pioneer Amanda Lepore has just released her heavily illustrated and visually luscious new memoir, Doll Parts. In the book, Lepore tells the harrowing story of being a New Jersey child growing up with a mentally unstable mother and absentee father who trusts the vision she has of herself from a very young age. Windy City Times: ...


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OUT! Chicago, Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide available - From a press release - Visitors to Chicago and Illinois have a guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The 2017 OUT! Chicago and Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available. The 124-page guide, published by weekly LGBTQ newspaper Windy City Times, includes sections on things to do outside of the city, from Oak Park and the total eclipse downstate ...







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