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Chicago trans residents Davis and Brady part of MTV VMAs - Chicago transgender residents Precious Davis and Myles Brady were part of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards ( VMAs ). Davis and fiance Myles Brady were part of a transgender contingent that introduced host Miley Cyrus' newest single. Cyrus herself recently came out as pansexual. Davis captioned one Facebook photo of her and Brady thusly: " @mrmylesbrady and I at ...


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Bank to house Knuckles collection - Stony Island Arts Bank—a onetime bank that was recently transformed into an African-American cultural center—will house the late Frankie Knuckles' vinyl collection, according to a Pitchfork.com item. Founder Theaster Gates said of the center in a statement, "It is an institution of and for the South Side—a repository for African-American culture and history, a laboratory for the next generation of ...


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Public art statue in 44th Ward benefits Police Memorial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ald. Tom Tunney ( D-44th Ward ) purchased a horse statue as part of the Horses of Honor public art installation benefitting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. It was unveiled July 28 in the 19th Police District. This citywide project features life-size police horse statues that are designed to resemble Chicago's mounted patrol unit horses, and represent support and assistance ...


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Chicagoan D'Emilio among Woodhull honorees - From a press release - The Woodhull organization announces the recipients of the 2015 Vicki Sexual Freedom Award—John D'Emilio, Monica Raye Simpson, and Diego Miguel Sanchez. "These are outstanding leaders and courageous activists," said Ricci Levy, executive director of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. "We are inspired by their work, by the lives they lead and look, with hope, toward a future they helped to ...


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OFA hosts LGBTQ history event - Organizing for Action ( OFA ) held a special event on LGBTQ Pride: Past, Present and Future July 23 at Center on Halsted. Attendees were treated to a personal tour of The Legacy Walk markers by The Legacy Project founder Victor Salvo before a panel discussed LGBTQ historical and current events. Panelists were ESPN journalist Christina Kahrl, Salvo, and Windy ...


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Cover story: National gathering honors Philadelphia's 1965 protests - Article, photos and videos at the link - The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration was held in Philadelphia over the July 4 weekend. Among the many events and exhibits was a somber march in front of Independence Hall, with 40 people reenacting Reminder Day 1965, carrying signs and wearing traditional male and female clothing as did the original protestors. Full report, photos and videos at the link http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Philadelphias-1965-protests-remembered/52115.html ...


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Philadelphia's 1965 protests remembered - Videos below - Several major events, including an historic reenactment, marked the 50th anniversary of the first Reminder Days in Philadelphia July 4th weekend. The Reminder Days were held annually 1965-1969, and were among the most critical precursors to the 1969 Stonewall rebellion sparking the modern LGBT-rights movement. The centerpiece of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration was July 4, in front of ...


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Upcoming: Legacy Project events July 11-12 - On Saturday, July 11, at 1-3 p.m., The Legacy Project will host a rooftop reception/fundraiser at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. The following day, there will be a special program at 2-5 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., featuring an address by Pepe-Julian Onziema. Onziema will reflect on the life of slain Ugandan activist David Kato, ...


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Ninth Esteem Awards ceremony honors LGBTQ, Black leaders - PrideIndex held its ninth annual Esteem Awards—which honors the contributions of African-Americans and members of the LGBTQ community in the arts, business, civil rights, entertainment and the media—at Boystown spot Sidetrack on July 4. The Esteem Awards is among a number of events held during Chicago's annual Black Gay Pride holiday weekend. Approximately 60 people attended the awards ceremony. Emcee ...


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Cardona, Noriega honored at event - \The Chicago-based organization Latinos Progresando recently held its Tomorrow's Heroes Today event at Loft on Lake. Bringing together 300 diverse professionals, the event recognizes one individual leader and one business through the Progresando Awards and highlights the accomplishments of that year's Dr. Angela Perez Miller Scholarship recipients. Couple Evette Cardona and Mona Noriega were among the awardees, being honored with ...


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50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminders pickets celebrated at Independence Hall - Video below - On July 4, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminders was celebrated at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Reminders were critical gay equality demonstrations held each July 4th from 1965-69. During those years, activists from Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and other places across the U.S. held pickets for gay equality at Independence Hall each July 4th. ...


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National politics debated during Philadelphia celebrations - There was a discussion of LGBT politics July 2, 2015 in Philadelphia as part of the 50th Anniversary of the city's Reminder Day events, 1965-1969. The discussion was held in the historic Congress Hall, where the U.S. House of Representatives met from 1790 to 1800. On the panel were Kirk Fordham, executive director, Gill Action Fund; Kate Kendell, executive director, ...


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Wreath laying honors gay pioneers in Philadelphia, begins 50th Anniversary weekend - Video below - Supreme Court marriage plaintiff James Obergefell and three of the original picketers at Philadelphia's Reminder Day annual gay protests from 1965-1969 were at a special wreath-laying ceremony at the Gay Pioneers plaque across from Independence Hall July 2. Paul Kunstler, Ada Bello and John James joined the special occasion, reminding people of the dozens of courageous gay pioneers who gathered ...


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Harvey Milk Foundation to honor United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - San Francisco, CA ( June 25, 2015 ) — The Harvey Milk Foundation, known around the world for its dedication to promoting equality for the LGBT community, will present its coveted Harvey Milk Medal to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This historic milestone coincides with the 70th anniversary celebration of the United Nations. The Harvey Milk Medal is seen as ...


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16th annual 30 Under 30: Honoring the best - HONORING THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST INDIVIDUALS IN CHICAGO'S LGBTQQIA+ YOUTH COMMUNITY WED., JUNE 24, 5:30 PM RECEPTION/6 PM EVENT, CENTER ON HALSTED, 3656 N. HALSTED ST. FREE EVENT. CATERING BY POLO CAFE & CATERING. HOSTED BY KIRK WILLIAMSON & JERRY NUNN L'Oreal Bailey L'Oreal Bailey, 29, is a lifelong resident of the West Side of Chicago. L'Oreal holds ...


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Kameny to be inducted into Department of Labor Hall of Honor - From a press release - WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will induct civil rights leader and worker rights equality pioneer Frank Kameny into the Department of Labor's Hall of Honor on Tuesday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at its national headquarters. A World War II veteran and Harvard-educated doctor of astronomy with the U.S. Army Map Service, Kameny was discharged, and ...


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Chicagoan Ano honored with United 100 award - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jameson Año has spent more than 25 years working in the airline industry—first for Northwest and almost 20 years for Chicago-based United Airlines. "I've always had a fascination with airplanes," said Año, who lives in Lake View. "When other kids played tree house, I played airplane and had my brother pretend to be a passenger." He started his career at ...


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Chicago's Henry Gerber House designated National Historic Landmark - From a National Park Service press release - WASHINGTON, DC — In recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LBGT ) Pride month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Henry Gerber House in Chicago, Illinois, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming the nation's second LGBT related property to achieve such recognition. Once the residence of noted gay rights activist Henry ...


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PEW Center makes $300,000 grant for LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary - From a press release - JUNE 16, 2015, Philadelphia, PA- Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, from July 2 to 5, announced that Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded Independence Visitor Center Corporation ( IVCC ) a $300,000 grant to produce a one hour LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary, titled Gay Pioneers at 50. The documentary will be produced in collaboration with ...


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Notices: Hall of Fame nominating open; Howard Brown opens walk-in clinic - Hall of Fame nominations now being accepted Nominations for this year's Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame are now being accepted. If you know someone who meets the criteria below and think that they would be a good addition to the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, complete and submit the nomination form that can be found at ...


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Snapshot of Love: Ricketts-Skinner; Ferguson-Walsh - Chicago-area couple Laura Ricketts ( pictured left ) and Brooke Skinner were married June 6 in a wedding attended by family and friends. Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Skinner, who works for Twitter, wore white dresses for the elegant wedding. It was officiated by Lambda Legal Midwest Director Jim Bennett. Photo by Liz Birch Scott Ferguson ( ...


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National LGBT 50th-anniv. event in Philly July 2-5 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 2-5 in Philadelphia, have announced the events to honor 50 years of LGBT activism and progress. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration is being promoted as the first national event after the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The organized LGBT civil-rights movement was galvanized when activists from New ...


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'Pink Triangle' event remembers queer Holocaust victims - LGBT community members who faced an unimaginable collective tragedy gathered at Center on Halsted June 3 to remember queer victims of the Holocaust. Survivor Magda Brown of Skokie headlined "Remembering The Pink Triangle: Commemorating the Homosexual Victims of Nazism." "I share my story on a daily basis for many reasons," Brown, an 87-year-old Hungarian Jewish woman, said before her speech. ...


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Event raises funds for Legacy Project - The Legacy Walk Follies fundraiser, held May 31 at the Andersonville nightspot @mosphere, was a rousing success. Angelique Munro hosted the event, which featured performances from Munro as well as Bianca Xtravaganza Chablis, CeeCee LaRouge, Natasha Douglas, Miss Sassy Trade, Angel LeBare and the @mosphere male dancers. Raffles of numerous goodies and gift cards were held between acts. For more ...


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Nominations open for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame - Nominations are open for the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class. The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame was established in 1991 under the auspices of what was then the Chicago Commission on Human Relations' Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian ( later, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ) Issues, a municipal government agency. At ...


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National: Kameny's honor; Pentagon move; more presidential candidates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the late gay activist Frank Kameny will be inducted into its Hall of Honor, the organization's highest accolade, Out.com reported. Fired from his job as an astronomer in the U.S. Army Map Service in 1957 because of his homosexuality, Kameny sued his way up to the Supreme Court—the first time a civil-rights claim ...


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LGBT Veterans Monument dedicated - Video below - The first federally approved monument on federal land honoring LGBT veterans was unveiled and dedicated in a grove at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (ALNC) in Elwood, Illinois on Memorial Day. The monument was made possible by the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER). Lee Reinhart—who was discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," re-enlisted after repeal ...


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LGBT veterans remember murdered gay sailor - Members of the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights gathered Sunday, May 24 in Steger, Illinois to remember Seaman Allen Schindler, a gay sailor who was killed in 1992 at the age of 22 by two shipmates. Dorothy Clausen ( mother of Allen ) and her husband Spencer Clausen attended. "We first came to here in 1993, ...


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US Postal Service called to honor Bayard Rustin with stamp - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2015—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ activists and allies across the country in celebrating Harvey Milk Day. In 2009, California established the birthday of Milk—the nation's first openly gay elected official—as a day of special significance. "Today we join millions of LGBTQ advocates and allies in celebrating the life and legacy of Harvey ...


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Longtime gay activist William B. Kelley dies - This week, William B. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away peacefully in his sleep. There were very few LGBT Chicago activists who stayed as consistently engaged in community activism as Kelley, from early work with the Mattachine Midwest chapter, the earliest marches for gay rights and the first White House gay-rights ...


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LGBT veterans to be honored with monument in national cemetery - The first federally approved monument honoring LGBT veterans will be dedicated Monday, May 25—Memorial Day—at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, one hour south of Chicago. The monument, which was spearheaded by Stanley J. Jenczyk, junior board member of the Chicago chapter of the American Veteran's for Equal Rights ( AVER ), was approved late last year by ...


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AFC gala to honor Rodriguez, Kehoe - Ernie Rodriguez will be honored Saturday, May 16, at the 30th Year Gala of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), to be held at the Hilton Chicago. He will be presented with the Lori Kaufman Volunteer Award after working and volunteering in the HIV/AIDS community for 22 years. It goes back to his friend Rick Jones, who died ...


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Gay Vietnam hero tells his tale - On April 3, 1975, Vietnam War hero John Riordan single-handedly took on a secret mission to rescue the Vietnamese from Saigon as the war was drawing to a close. Saving a total of 105 people—including bank employees, spouses and children—the Citibank assistant manager risked his own life so that others might continue living theirs. "I think we all have these ...


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UIC preserves queer Asian-American archives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) Queer Asian-American Archives ( QAAA ) Project celebrated Asian-American Awareness Month with "Preserving Community: Celebrating the Queer Asian-American Archive Project" on April 28. The event, held at UIC's Daley Library, presented QAAA's collection, which includes documents and digital images from Invisible to Invincible ( i2i ), an Asian and Pacific Islander ...


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Fifth Third Bank presents community awards - Fifth Third Bank held a community leader awards at the Chicago Cultural Center May 1. Bank President & CEO Robert A. Sullivan and Nicole Johnson-Scales, Fifth Third's senior vice president of community development, presented the awards to eight individuals and one community organization, A Better Chicago. The individual honorees were: Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, as representing the ...


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Earthquake relief effort for Nepal's LGBTIs seeks help - From a press release - International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission's partner organization in Nepal, the Blue Diamond Society ( BDS ) needs emergency funds now! Honored time and again for its excellent, effective work on behalf of LGBTI people in Nepal, Blue Diamond has made incredible strides over the years and now is our chance to assist in its time of dire need. ...


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Walter Naegle keynotes Bayard Rustin event - "Wed., Nov. 20, 2013, was a milestone in the building of the legacy of Bayard Rustin. On that day a Black man, a great-grandson of slaves, an illegitimate child raised in a monetarily poor household, born gay, a minority within a minority and an activist under government surveillance for almost half of his life received the nation's highest civilian honor—the ...


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Celebrations: Mansfield-Weinstein married April 10 - David P. Mansfield, left, and Barry R. Weinstein were married April 10, 2015 ...


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Esteem Awards honorees selected - Chicago, April 24, 2015 — Today, PrideIndex.comâ announced the recipients of the 9th Annual Esteem Awards. This year's cocktail reception will take place in Chicago on Saturday July 4 at Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted from 2pm-5pm. The event is free and open to the public. Following is a partial list of Esteem Awards finalists: Chicago Outstanding Service, Male: Erik Glenn, ...


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Association of Asian American Studies honors i2i - On April 25, some members of the LGBT Asian/Pacific Islander group Invisible to Invincible ("i2i") attended the 31st Association of Asian American Studies Conference (AAAS) closing ceremony at Evanston's Hotel Orrington to receive the 2015 Community Organization Award. The award honors a community organization that has done significant work in the Asian American community and upholds the mission and values ...


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Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - [NOTE: Update: Deadline extended to April 24.] CHICAGO—Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, 2015, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, ...


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Honors: Groff, Tambor, Skilling - Groff, Tambor honored at Point Foundation gala More than 400 guests attended the annual Point Honors gala April 13 in New York to support higher education opportunities for LGBTQ students. Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff and Tim Hanlon, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation and an executive vice president at the Wells Fargo company, ...


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Bayard Rustin event April 25 - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 15, 2015— Civil rights icon Bayard Rustin is one of the unsung heroes of the movement. A day-long event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue, Chicago, is devoted to singing Rustin's praises and pondering his life and legacy. Walter Naegle, Rustin's partner, will serve as keynote speaker. Panelists ...


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National Politics Panel with LGBT leaders at historic Congress Hall, Philadelphia - From a press release - April 13, 2015, Philadelphia, PA - The organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration ( July 2 to 5 ) today announced that the National Politics Panel with LGBT movement leaders will be held in historic Congress Hall. The National Politics Panel will be moderated by Kevin Naff, Editor, Washington Blade. Panelists include Kirk Fordham, Executive Director, Gill Action ...


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Trans 100 celebrated in Chicago - The annual Trans 100 event recognized individuals from across the country March 29 at The Mayne Stage in Chicago. The standing-room-only audience was comprised of allies and an empowered transgender, gender non-conforming and genderqueer community. The evening's co-hosts were community ambassador and trans evangelist Precious Davis and advocate Myles Brady. They were still soaring from both their recent engagement and ...


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Emanuel among those attending Center's gala - "Kinfolk" was the theme of Center on Halsted's 2015 Human First gala, held March 28 in the Great Hall at Union Station. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the speakers calling attention to the Center's work and honoring community members contributing to its impact. CEO Modesto "Tico" Valle said the Center's work fit in with the LGBT community's historical role of ...


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Windy City Times' writer nominated for Lisagor award - Windy City Times' writer Gretchen Rachel Hammond has been nominated by the Chicago Headline Club for a Peter Lisagor award in the category of non-daily, best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper. The award recognizes work done by local journalists last year. Hammond is the author of a series on transgender women targeted on Chicago's West Side, beginning with A ...


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ALMA names recipients of Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) has announced the recipients of the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship: Alfredo Flores and Roberto Mendez. The scholarship was developed in order to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latino and/or allies to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, the largest LGBTQ conference in the country. They ...


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Former Chair Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen to speak on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - From a press release - The Palm Center will present a public forum with Adm. Mike Mullen USN ( Ret. ) on the historic role he played in the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Admiral Mullen served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 until ...


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National: Philly's celebration; guilty verdict; Utah bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Philadelphia, the organizers of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the LGBT-rights movement announced that they will present Edie Windsor ( plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court marriage-equality decision in 2013 ) and Judy Shepard ( mother of Matthew Shepard, and international activist for LGBT and human rights ) with the International Role Model Awards at the Independence Visitor Center, a ...


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Social workers honored March 12 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago social workers Daniel Kuhn and Jeff Zacharias were honored at the Chicago District 2015 Social Work Month awards event March 12 at The Clare, 55 E. Pearson St. Kuhn was honored as the 2015 Lifetime Achievement awardee by the National Association of Social Workers Illinois ( NASW IL ) Chicago District. He has been involved in the field for ...


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Out at CHM: Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or Tell - From a press release - Out at CHM series spotlights second event of 2015 with Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or Tell Chicago History Museum's LGBT program celebrates 12 years CHICAGO ( March 12, 2015 ) — The Chicago History Museum's program series exploring LGBT issues, Out at CHM, continues in its twelfth year of programming with Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or ...


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Philadelphia marks 50 years of LGBT activism - From a press release - Exhibitions, re-enactments, special events celebrate 50th anniversary of pivotal Independence Mall demonstrations. PHILADELPHIA, March 4, 2015 — Philadelphia celebrates five decades of political progress with the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. Commemorative exhibitions at major institutions and a moving re-enactment of the original Fourth of July demonstration honor the milestone year. Now one of the country's leading ...


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Upcoming: Homestretch screening; honors to Taylor, Mirza; Human First gala; voting - Wed., March 11 Navigating Your Senior Rights Learn about powers of attorney and living wills, as well as how to access Social Security benefits and health care. Free. Questions to Jane Merrill, jmerrill@centeronhalsted.org 6:00pm - 7:00pm Center on Halsted 3656 N Halsted Chicago http://www.centeronhalsted.com . Living For Madonna: Album Release Party Official album release party for Madonna's Rebel Heart. Videos ...


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Gerber House to de considered for national landmark status - The Henry Gerber House, 1710 N. Crilly Ct in Chicago., is being considered as a National Historic Landmark. Gerber organized the first known homosexual rights organization, the Society for Civil Rights, which lasted from 1924-1925, at the house, which is located in the Old Town Triangle Chicago Landmark District. It was designated a Chicago landmark in 2001. The National Park ...


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Clarence Darrow Commemorative event March 13 - From a press release - The Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee presents the annual wreath-tossing and symposium com!memorating Darrow, Friday, March 13, 2015, 10 a.m.-noon. The annual event is a tribute on the anniversary of Darrow's death: Theme: Darrow, Undocumented Laborers and Immigration in the New Millennium Speakers include Tania Unzueta Carrasco, an immigrant queer community organizer and writer. A nationally recognized leader in the undocumented ...


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Pauli Murray: A Great American Hero - [In honor of Black History Month, Marriage Equality USA reached out to our friends at the NAACP to share with our members about some of important LGBTQ work within the African-American community, as well as the organization's commitment to full equality.] History can often be divided into two categories — the celebrated and the forgotten. We catapult some figures into ...


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Professor speaks at temple's Holocaust remembrance event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 27—Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation—Lake View's Temple Sholom hosted a memorial and workshop that its LGBTQ organization, Am Keshet, sponsored. The workshop, "Overlapping Triangles," featured Danny M. Cohen, assistant professor at Northwestern University, member of the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide commission, and author of human-rights fiction. Cohen asked his audience to consider the other ...


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Entertainment: 'Queer as Folk' reunion; Sam Smith; Forbes' lists - The cast and writers of Showtime's groundbreaking series Queer as Folk are returning for one-time reunion special at this year's ATX Festival, which begins June 4 in Austin, Texas, The Wrap reported. The award-winning show, which aired from 2000 to 2005, followed the lives of a group of gay friends and their relationships, careers, loves and ambitions. Based on the ...


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Fundraising underway for GLBT veterans monument - With a fundraising goal of $20,000, the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) is moving forward with an LGBT-themed monument now under construction for installation in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in May. The monument will consist of a black granite centerblock holding a pink granite triangle, centered in a pink granite wall displaying, ...


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Christine Bland named 2014 LGBT engineer of the year - Christine Bland was on a business trip earlier this year in Connecticut when she learned she was being nominated for a prestigious award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals ( NOGLSTP ). She broke down in tears. "It blew my mind away that I was even being considered, especially since there are so many ...


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Local Out & Equal branch receives award - This month, the Out & Equal ( O&E ) Chicagoland Regional Affiliate received the "Affiliate of the Year" award. The award recognizes significant achievement in providing support to area companies and organizations in the achievement of workplace equality for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Each year, Out & Equal hosts the Annual Workplace Summit. This year, ...


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National Park Services focuses on LGBT history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Currently, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, is the only LGBT-related landmark across the country to earn a National Historic Landmark designation. In addition, four properties across the United States have earned spots on the National Register of Historic Places for their significance to LGBT history. The National Park Service is hoping to change that with a theme ...


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Leaving a legacy: Danny Kopelson reflects on Hall of Fame life - Danny Kopelson is heading west—bound for Palm Springs, California—leaving behind a multimillion-dollar legacy to Chicago's LGBT community. Escaping the polar vortex is part of the reason for his departure, too. "Chicago is an amazing city and will forever be my hometown," he said. "Moving has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done, [but] I think now ...


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TWO has 'Religion Freedom Farce' campaign; Plaque honors Washington - Chicago-based organization Truth Wins Out ( TWO ) has announced the launch of its "Religious Freedom Farce" campaign. The campaign aims "to highlight the real-world consequences of bills that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote prejudice." The campaign comes on a week that Texas state Sen. Donna Campbell introduced a measure, Senate Joint Resolution 10, ...


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Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame honors new inductees - LGBT community members and their supporters gathered at the Chicago History Museum Nov. 12 for the induction of the 2014 members of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Fifteen individuals and two organizations were inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is the country's only government-sponsored hall of game honoring the LGBT community. "Twenty-four years ago, the idea ...


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Honors: Burgess; Claps - Claps to be honored The Civic Federation and Motorola Solutions Foundation have announced the 2014 Excellence in Public Service honoree: Rocco Claps, director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The award recognizes a non-elected government official who has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of state and local government services in Illinois. Claps is the longest-serving director of ...


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Laverne Cox among Glamour's Women of the Year - From a press release - Laverne Cox has become the face of one of the biggest equality stories of 2014. Her empathetic portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black has made her the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy—and landed her on the cover of Time magazine. She's producing a documentary on CeCe McDonald, ...


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Plans set for 50th anniversary of LGBT-rights movement - Official plans will be announced Thursday, Nov. 6, for the 50th anniversary celebration of the start of the organized LGBT civil rights movement, Windy City Times has learned. A press conference will be held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, with the city's mayor, Michael Nutter, and others present, to discuss the East Coast activists who picketed for equality each July ...


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Chicagoan named finalist for international teaching award - Andy Bigelow has been teaching for 20 years, and is now in his eighth year as a history teacher and more at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. "I love teaching the value of history and cultural literacy," said Bigelow, 47, who was born and raised in Manchester, N.H., and has lived locally since 2006. "I also ...


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Chicago Gay, Lesbian Hall of Fame to induct people, groups - From a press release - Fifteen individuals and Two organizations will be inducted Nov. 12 into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, the country's only known government-sponsored hall of fame that honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) communities. The inductees were selected by a committee composed of former inductees, which reviewed nominations submitted by members of the ...


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Women honored at Center on Halsted event - The floor-to-ceiling windows and ballet bars lining the Melk Studio in the Joffrey Tower provided the perfect setting for the Center on Halsted's "By Women for Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" awards Oct. 25. The event was part of the continuing work of the Women's Action Committee at the Center, which has hosted fundraisers and emphasized the exceptional achievements of LGBTQ women in ...


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Legacy Project concludes dedication at Sidetrack - On Oct. 18, Legacy Project's dedication celebration concluded at Boystown bar Sidetrack. WGN-TV's Sean Lewis hosted. Community members gathered Oct. 11 for the unveiling of seven new plaques along Halsted Street's Legacy Walk. Legacy Project officials and volunteers, local activists and students from Lincoln Park High School were on hand to pay tribute to the new inductees: Cole Porter, Sally ...


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Sami Grisafe inducted into school's hall of fame - Chicagoan Sami Grisafe was inducted into the Redlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Redlands, Calif., Oct. 2 Grisafe will go down in history as the first female in the state of California to play the quarterback position in a varsity Division I football game and the first female to throw a touchdown pass in a world championship tournament. ...


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Legacy Walk plaques unveiled with new inductees - Community members gathered Oct. 11 for the unveiling of seven new plaques along Halsted Street's Legacy Walk. Legacy Project officials and volunteers, local activists and students from Lincoln Park High School were on hand to pay tribute to the new inductees: Cole Porter, Sally Ride, "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, Father Mychal Judge, David Kato, Audre Lorde and the Stonewall Riots. The ...







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