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Remarks by President Obama at National Museum of African American History and Culture - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT RECEPTION IN HONOR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE Grand Foyer 4:51 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Well, welcome, everybody. ( Applause. ) This is an exceptionally good-looking group. ( Laughter. ) And there are just so many friends here that it feels like one of our house parties. ( ...


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President Obama presents National Medals of the Arts and Humanities - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Remarks by President Obama, East Room, Sept. 22, 2016, 11:49 a.m. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you! ( Applause. ) Everybody, please have a seat, have a seat. ( Applause. ) Thank you so much. Everybody, please sit down. I can tell this is a rowdy crowd. Sit down. ( Laughter. ) Welcome to the White House, everybody. Throughout my time ...


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Leather Archives & Museum marks 25th anniversary - Archival tour part of anniv. weekend - The Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) celebrated 25 years of leather history Sept. 17 with an anniversary banquet at Francesca's Bryn Mawr in Edgewater and a program at the Rogers Park LA&M headquarters. Master of Ceremonies, LA&M board member and International Mr. Leather Coordinator Jon Krongaard welcomed the 100 people in attendance and presented Randall "Bearman" Klett with ...


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'Before Stonewall' series Oct. 11, 18 - The series "Before Stonewall: The LGBTQ Experience in the '50s and '60s" series—which the Lincoln Park Village, Gerber/Hart Library, Howard Brown Health and Lake View Presbyterian Church are presenting—will take place Oct. 11 and 18. This two-part lecture and discussion will focus on the history of the LGBTQ community before the Stonewall Rebellion on June 28, 1969, which led to ...


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President Obama to award National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - On Thursday, Sept. 22, President Obama will award the 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room of the White House. Recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts will include actor/comedian/writer Mel Brooks, author Sandra Cisneros, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, actor Morgan Freeman, composer Philip Glass, record producer Berry ...


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Chicago's Legacy Walk LGBT History Museum to honor Sylvia Rivera, Vito Russo - From a press release - Dedicated in 2012, Chicago's Legacy Walk is the world's only outdoor LGBT History Museum. This half-mile installation features bronze biographical memorials celebrating the lives of people like Leonard Bernstein, Audre Lorde, Sally Ride, James Baldwin, Jane Addams, Rudolf Nureyev, Frida Kahlo and Alan Turing. The Legacy Walk's markers serve as an "outdoor classroom" for bullied LGBTQ youth who come for ...


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Leather Archives' 25th anniversary opens a world of diversity - While mainstream tourism websites boast any number of cultural epicenters in their appeals to tourists to "Find it all in Chicago," missing from most lists is the Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) on the city's North Side. If the goal of Chicago tourism is to paint the city as a one-of-a-kind destination, the omission of LA&M from the ...


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Legacy LIVE event remembers gay 9/11 hero - Father Mychal Judge, according to Victor Salvo, founder/executive director of the Legacy Project, remains an "inconvenient truth" for the Catholic Church. Judge, an openly gay Franciscan friar, was one of the first responders who showed up to the twin towers once disaster struck on Sept. 11, 2001; his friary was close to the site and he was the chaplain to ...


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Lambda Legal to honor NCAA in Indiana - On Friday, Sept. 16, Lambda Legal will honor the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA ) with its Corporate Leadership Award at its annual Indiana Benefit—the largest annual LGBT-rights event in the state. The association will be honored "in recognition of the NCAA's leadership in promoting fairness and equality for LGBT people in the Hoosier State and throughout the country," ...


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RuPaul scores historic Emmy win - RuPaul Charles finally nabbed his first Emmy nomination this year for the eighth season of his long-running Logo TV series RuPaul's Drag Race—and then proceeded to top the competition to earn his ( and the show's ) first Emmy Award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 11. Charles won for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. This ...


-Before-Stonewall-The-LGBTQ-Experience-in-the-50s-and-60s-Series-

Before Stonewall: The LGBTQ Experience in the 50s and 60s Series - From a press release - Presented by the Lincoln Park Village, Gerber/Hart Library, Howard Brown Health, and Lake View Presbyterian Church, this two-part lecture and discussion will focus on the history of the LGBTQ community before the Stonewall Rebellion on June 28, 1969, which led to the gay liberation movement and modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S. Part 1: Lecture by Tracy Baim, ...


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Event to mark 15th anniv. of 9/11 - The Legacy LIVE series continues with "Honoring Fr. Mychal Judge—'The Saint of 9/11'" on Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-4 p.m. Judge was a chaplain serving the firefighters of Engine 1-Ladder 24 who was among the first responders in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. An openly gay Franciscan Friar and beloved New York activist, Judge refused to seek shelter with ...


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IFCON 2016 winds up in the company of Capone - The penultimate day of the annual International Friendship Conference ( IFCON ) began on the morning of Sept 4. with a board meeting which, among other agenda items, decided upon the locations for the event over next two years ( Montreal, Canada and Palm Springs, Calif. ). The day concluded, in the best traditions of IFCON 2016's host city of ...


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90+ historic buildings in Chicago, nationwide to light up for Stand Up To Cancer - From a press release - August 31, 2016 ( Los Angeles/New York ) — More than 90 historic buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada will be illuminated in the colors of Stand Up To Cancer ( SU2C ) during the week leading up to the fifth biennial SU2C "roadblock" telecast airing in both countries onFriday, Sept. 9 ( 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT / ...


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Civil-rights icon Bayard Rustin honored by Legacy LIVE Series - Legacy Project, Affinity Community Services, The Northalsted Business Alliance, The Center on Halsted join - On Aug. 24, 1987, one of the most significant, audacious and passionate figures both in the United States civil rights movement and innumerable worldwide causes dedicated to the betterment of humanity and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom breathed his last breath. Twenty-nine years to the day that Bayard Rustin bequeathed a lifetime of achievement and a mantel ...


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Marine veteran who saved lives Orlando LGBT club shooting to be honored - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, announced that Imran Yousuf of Orlando, Florida, will be honored with the 2016 AMPA Community Hero Award at the inaugural AMPA West Coast Gala on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in San Diego, California. ...


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Legacy Live Series to honor Fr. Mychal Judge, saint of 9/11 - From a press release - On September 11, 2001 the future changed forever. As the world watched in horror, over 3000 Americans lost their lives in the single deadliest terrorist attack of all time. What few knew was that one man — FR. MYCHAL JUDGE — a modest Chaplain serving the firefighters of Engine 1-Ladder 24 — was among the first responders to arrive on ...


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i2i receives award at national summit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander ( API ) group Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago ( i2i ) received the Advocacy Award at a national summit. On Aug. 11-14, four members of i2i—Anne Watanabe, Kim Nguyen, Kristina Tendilla and Ro Truong—traveled to New Orleans for a training and networking summit that the National Queer Pacific Islander Alliance ...


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Fight escalates over Langston Hughes' home - In Harlem, a battle is brewing over the future of the home of the late poet/activist/playwright Langston Hughes, a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, according to CNN Money. Real-estate agents have valued the home at $3 million, although it is showing signs of wear and tear. The wear and the possibility of a sale disappoint people such as Renee ...


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'Legacy Live' looks at LGBT history - A new series of LGBTQ programming from The Legacy Project, the Northalsted Business Alliance and the Center on Halsted aims to entertain as much as educate. The Legacy LIVE series uses art, film, music, discussion and more to explore LGBTQ history with a series of programs. The series debuted to a sold-out crowd on May 31 with "A Tribute to ...


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Remembering Bayard Rustin, the civil rights movement's Brother Outsider - From a press release - Bayard Rustin was the unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement. While working behind the scenes his religious passion, his sense of honor, his belief in non-violent civil disobedience, his tactical planning skills, and his considerable oratory, combined to make him one of the most influential people in the history of Social Justice. A student of Mohandas Gandhi, Rustin became ...


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Legacy Wall exhibited at Center on Halsted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Legacy Project's "Legacy Wall" debuted on Chicago's North Halsted Street with a week-long engagement at Center on Halsted June 27-July 3. The Legacy Wall—a 24-foot long, eight-foot tall, and six-foot-deep double-sided "serpentine island"—features 125 individual biographical and photographic elements commemorating the contributions LGBT people have made to world history and culture. Photos courtesy of Victor Salvo and Michael Oboza ...


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Celebrating Scarlett Johansson at the Siskel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago brought actress Scarlett Johansson for a celebration on June 30 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The annual fundraising event had perfect timing, as Johansson made national news that day as Hollywood's top-grossing actress. Windy City Times asked what her splurge item would be now that she makes ...


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LGBTQ history: Love finds its way - by Michael Hussey - On July 15-16, the National Archives ( NARA ) will host the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights, at the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum. This program is part of nationwide initiative to facilitate discussion of rights in the 21st century. The National Conversation series assumes that a knowledge of our history ...


Obama-designates-Stonewall-monument

Obama designates Stonewall monument - President Obama designated a new national monument at the historic site of the Stonewall uprising in New York City to honor the broad movement for LGBT equality. The new Stonewall National Monument is where, on June 28, 1969, a community's uprising in response to a police raid sparked the modern LGBT-rights movement in the United States. The designation created the ...


Pres-Obama-designates-Stonewall-National-Monument-first-honoring-LGBT-Rights

Pres. Obama designates Stonewall National Monument, first honoring LGBT Rights - "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths —- that all of us are created equal —- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to ...


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Emotional Pride celebration honors local activists - There were several bittersweet moments for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez as, alongside the LGBT Advisory Council, she hosted the 7th Annual Pride Celebration and Awards Ceremony at the Center on Halsted June 14. The awards, which Alvarez initiated, would be the last in her role as Cook County state's attorney following her defeat to Kim Foxx in the ...


Art-Johnston-to-be-honored-June-8

Art Johnston to be honored June 8 - LGBTQ-rights activist and Sidetrack co-owner Art Johnston is one of four individuals and one company who will be honored at Chicago History Museum's 22nd Annual Making History Awards on Wed., June 8, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl. The reception will be at 6 p.m., with the dinner and awards presentations at 7 p.m. Johnston will ...


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SAGE honoring Quigley, Affinity on June 10 - On Friday, June 10, 5-8 p.m., the Chicago-based National Board Members of SAGE will host its annual SAGE & Friends reception at Wyndham Grant Hotel, 71 E. Wacker Dr. This year, SAGE will honor U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus, for his advocacy on behalf of LGBT rights and his support of issues impacting older individuals. ...


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Wiesmore-Roberts Wedding - Christina Wiesmore and Heather Roberts were married on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in a rooftop ceremony at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Chicago. A reception in the Reverie Gallery immediately followed the beautiful skyline ceremony and featured entertainment by local band Catfight. Christina, a leader in the Chicago LGBTQ community, is co-founder of the popular women's pride event Back Lot Bash ...


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LGBT veterans, band visible in Chicago's Memorial Day observance - The City of Chicago held its annual Memorial Day parade May 28 along State Street in the Loop. Among the numerous contingents in the parade were the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) and the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band. AVER has participated in the parade for the past 15 years. The organization carried ...


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Northalsted Business Alliance, Legacy Project present Pride Prom - On May 21, The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ), in collaboration with The Legacy Project, presented "Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History." The event—which kicked off the start of future collaborations between the two organizations—took place under a massive tent on Halsted and Newport streets, and featured live music by The Lakeside Pride Strayhorn Jazz Combo and DJ ...


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NEIU becomes site of Evan Wolfson's first commencement address - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Evan Wolfson—LGBT activist, attorney, author and founder and president of the now defunct Freedom to Marry group—delivered his first-ever commencement address to Northeastern Illinois University's ( NEIU ) 2016 graduating class May 9 at UIC Pavilion. NEIU President Sharon Hahs presented Wolfson with his first honorary doctorate degree—Doctor of Humane Letters—ahead of his address. She also spoke to the graduates ...


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Hayford to receive Liberty Bell award - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association named Justin Hayford, longtime case manager and paralegal, its 2016 Liberty Bell winner in honor of his quarter century of direct service, educational outreach, and public policy work on behalf of people living with HIV. The Liberty Bell award is the bar's highest honor awarded to a non-lawyer. For 25 years, ...


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Alice Walker withdraws from event; Sandburg Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Due to personal reasons, author Alice Walker will not come to Chicago on May 25 for an appearance at the Harold Washington Library Center. Walker is being honored with the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. The event at which she was to be honored has been canceled. This fall, Sandburg Awards will be presented to best-selling authors Erik Larson ( Devil ...


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Lynch, Warren among school's recipients - Columbia College Chicago has announced a roster of Emmy-, Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning artists and creative industry leaders as its 2016 commencement ceremony keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients on May 14-15. They are: —Tracy K. Smith: The author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction, will be honored at ...


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Darby honored at AVER convention - Jim Darby was made an honorary lifetime member of AVER ( American Veterans for Equal Rights ) at the organization's national convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 21. Darby is the founder of AVER's Chicago chapter. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the 1950s at the time of the Korean War during the outright ban on ...


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PFLAG National honors Melissa Harris-Perry, Kristin Chenoweth, and Wells Fargo - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY—April 5, 2014—PFLAG National last night held its eighth annual Straight for Equality Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis. Straight for Equality—a nationwide outreach and education project created by PFLAG National—educates, engages, and empowers allies to advocate for and support people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ). This year's honors went to ...


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Boystown welcomes student groups on Legacy Walk - Recently, through a new collaboration between the Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) and The Legacy Project, Boystown hosted a group of 24 students from LaPorte High School to participate in The Legacy Walk tour. The students were able to see the LGBT icons from throughout history, as well as shop at neighborhood businesses including Nookies Tree and Beatnix. The ...


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Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards; ceremony at new site - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The awards are moving this year to the South Side, to Polo Cafe and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan St., on Wed., June 22. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception, with the program being 6-7:30 p.m. Nominees ...


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Northalsted Business Alliance, Legacy Project form collaboration - The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) and The Legacy Project announce a collaboration aimed at fostering engagement and advancement of the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago—long considered one of the great LGBT destinations in the world. Under the agreement, the organizations will focus joint efforts around furthering tourism to the district and cementing the neighborhood's rich history as a beacon ...


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Denise Foy talks Human First honor, LGBT advocacy, career - Longtime LGBT activist Denise Foy will be honored at the Center on Halsted's Human First Gala, which will take place Saturday, April 2, at The Geraghty. ( Other honorees include Lori Healey, Michael McRaith and AT&T. ) Foy has a long history with the Center, going back to when it was known as Horizons Community Services, including serving as a ...


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Northalsted Business Alliance, The Legacy Project form collaboration - From a press release - The Northalsted Business Alliance and The Legacy Project announce a collaboration aimed at fostering engagement and advancement of the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago—long considered one of the great LGBT destinations in the world. Under the agreement, the organizations will focus joint efforts around furthering tourism to the district and cementing the neighborhood's rich history as a beacon for the LGBT ...


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Activist/scholar Richie keynotes International Women's Day event - To commemorate International Women's Day; the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Northwestern University Women's Center, The Woman's Club of Evanston, Evanston Women's History Project, Frances Willard Historical Association, the League of Women Voters of Evanston and the City of Evanston co-sponsored a breakfast event featuring a keynote address, "Gender Violence: Addressing Injustice," by activist, author and scholar Beth E. Richie March 8 ...


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At ISU in Normal: Legacy Wall, speakers highlight contributions of LGBT individuals - The Legacy Wall, a Chicago-based traveling interactive LGBT history exhibit, will be on display on the main floor of Illinois State University's Milner Library Feb. 15-27 in Normal, Illinois. The free exhibit was created by the Legacy Project, a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to recognizing the contributions LGBT individuals have made to world history and culture. The large Legacy Wall exhibit ...


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Frenchie Davis to perform at the Second Annual Truth Awards Gala - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Powerhouse singer/songwriter and LGBT activist Frenchie Davis will lend her voice and perform at the Second Annual Truth Awards Gala and Dinner to be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, located at 1201 Vine Street in Los Angeles. Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. with red carpet arrivals and a VIP ...


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Studs Terkel: King, Angelou, Cunningham, Cage and more, from the archives - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( January 29, 2016 ) — The legacy of Studs Terkel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian and influential broadcaster whose interviews drew insights more relevant than ever from a pantheon of the 20th century's greatest leaders and thinkers, will be preserved and made accessible for free in an online archive through an ambitious initiative spearheaded by the WFMT ...


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SAG Awards the model of diversity - As opposed to the Oscars—which have received a lot of backlash recently over the issue of race—the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards, which took place Jan. 30, was a model of diversity. Idris Elba made his own mark in other ways, winning two awards in the same evening—for best supporting actor in a movie ( for ...


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President Obama releases statement for African American History Month - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2016 PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: America's greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to expand the reach of freedom to all. For too long, our most basic liberties ...


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Legacy Wall on display thru Jan. 29 - The Legacy Wall—a traveling installation of LGBT contributions to world history and culture—will be on display at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., through Friday, Jan. 29. The exhibit features 125 international and multicultural biographical elements spanning 4,000 years of history and 20 fields of contribution. The wall is present in the Loop to help celebrate the ...


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Hall of Fame seeks board members - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame is now accepting applications for board members. The organization's yearly events include the Celebrity Bowl; Pride and Joy Reception; Chicago Pride Parade; Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's; and the annual induction ceremony. Those interested in being on the board should complete the form at http://bit.ly/1R7E0zH. ...


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Chicagoans among 'Advocates to Watch' - Northwestern University pediatrics professor Robert Garofalo and Howard Brown Health Center youth counselor Cassie Warren are among the "16 HIV Advocates to Watch in 2016." The list is generated each year by Mark S. King on his blog, MyFabulousDisease.com, and highlighted in Plus magazine. Garofalo is known for his founding of the organization Fred Says ( named after his dog ...


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Hall of Fame seeks board members - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame is now accepting applications for board members. The organization's yearly events include the Celebrity Bowl; Pride and Joy Reception; Chicago Pride Parade; Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's; and the annual induction ceremony. Those interested in being on the board should complete the form at http://bit.ly/1R7E0zH. ...


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Community meeting planned on Nat'l Park Service LGBTQ Heritage Initiative - From a press release - In 2014, the National Park Service launched the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative to help address the underrepresentation of LGBTQ history and heritage by our nation's storyteller and history keeper. Come and meet with Megan Springate, the prime consultant for the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative and learn more about the project, what advances we have made, what work still needs to be done, ...


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Daughters of Bilitis turns 60 - The GLBT Historical Society marked the 60th anniversary of the Daughters of Bilitis—the first lesbian organization in the United States—with a reception at the GLBT History Museum on Dec. 13. The guest of honor was Phyllis Lyon, 91—the one surviving co-founder. The complete papers of Lyon and her late partner, Del Martin ( 1921—2008 ), are preserved in the GLBT ...


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Stonewall to be National Park System Historic Site - U.S. House of Representatives press release - Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler ( D-NY ), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-NY ) and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer ( D-NY ) introduced legislation on December 10th to create the Stonewall National Historic Site. This site would be the nation's first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) history. The Stonewall ...


CSU-becomes-first-university-to-host-The-Legacy-Wall

CSU becomes first university to host The Legacy Wall - According to the Chicago nonprofit The Legacy Project's website, the organization's Legacy Wall is the only installation of its kind. Created in 2013 during the March on Springfield, it is the very first interactive, traveling LGBT history exhibit. The wall's gracefully curving 40-plus feet is packed with rare photographs, detailed biographies, multimedia and informational graphics charting the growth of the ...


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Creating Change awardees named - The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced the award recipients for the 28th annual Creating Change conference—the nation's largest LGBTQ advocacy conference—set to take place Jan. 20-24, 2016 at the Downtown Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave. During the conference, Barbara Smith will be presented with the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement. Smith, a lifelong activist ...


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SAG nominees announced - From a press release - Nominees for the the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Dec. 9. On the film side, top male actor nominees include Bryan Cranston, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne ( the latter for The Danish Girl ). Female actor nominees are Cate Blanchett ( for the lesbian movie Carol ), Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Saoirse ...


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City Council recognizes Windy City Times's 30th anniversary - Ald. Deb Mell recently introduced a resolution in the City Council honoring the 30th anniversary of Windy City Times ( WCT ). The resolution was read into the record Nov. 18 at the Chicago City Council. Several aldermen spoke in favor of the resolution, including Tom Tunney, James Cappleman, Pat Dowell and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. A few members of the WCT ...


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TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE 2015 Trans rabbi speaks at observance - Several area synagogues and Jewish organizations commemorated the Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov. 15 with a liturgy and discussion by Rabbi Becky Silverstein, a transgender rabbi based in Pasadena, California. The observance, which took place at Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie, opened with a liturgy led by Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler and Judith Golden, cantorial soloist for Congregation Or Chadash. Audience ...


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Legacy Wall Traveling LGBT History Exhibit part of Youth Summit - From a press release - Since early 2012, the Chicago-based Legacy Project LGBT History endeavor has been partnering with Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to provide opportunities for the state's GSAs to come and tour the award-winning "Legacy Walk" outdoor LGBT museum. The Legacy Project Education Initiative ( LPEI ) — which launched on Day of Silence/2013 — provides age-appropriate lesson plans, multimedia, and research resources ...


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The Chicago Youth Worker Collective hosts 'Friendsgiving' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Nov. 21, The Chicago Youth Worker Collective hosted the annual Friendsgiving Dinner and Youth Excellence Awards Ceremony in the Youth Space at The Center on Halsted. The event, now in its fourth year, is a welcoming celebration for LGBTQ homeless youth and their allies. The evening featured a full-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner by Chef Shiane, a well-received acoustic performance ...


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Community honors Garcia's induction - Nearly 100 community members gathered at the National Museum of Mexican Art on Nov. 11 to honor Emmanuel Garcia's induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. Garcia, a community activist and journalist, was admitted to the Hall of Fame at its annual ceremony the previous day "for his tireless advocacy and his pivotal role in organizing Chicago's Latina and ...


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Chicagoans among POZ Magazine 100 for 2015 - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, November 16, 2015 — POZ magazine, the award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, today announced the sixth annual POZ 100. This year, POZ asked individuals and organizations across the country to nominate people living with HIV since 1995 or earlier who remain active in the fight to end the epidemic. ...


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Sondheim, Streisand, Chisholm to get Presidential Medal of Freedom - President Barack Obama named 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They will be honored at a ceremony Nov. 24 at the White House. Among the recipients are openly gay lyricist/composer Stephen Sondheim and iconic singer Barbra Streisand. Sondheim has had shows such as shows such as Company, West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with ...


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Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame induction held - In his remarks introducing the 2015 inductees into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the institution exemplifies "25 years of making the city live up to its values and principles." Emanuel remained present onstage greeting inductees for the entire ceremony, which was held Nov. 10 at the Chicago History Museum. He had just come from ...


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National roundup: Kameny honored; military rape; anti-gay attacks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Veterans Day, the Veterans Administration honored LGBT icon Frank Kameny, who served in WWII, with a memorial headstone, according to NewNowNext.com. The marker, along with a footstone reading "Gay is Good" ( Kameny's motto ), is in D.C.'s Congressional Cemetery near the grave of Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich. In 1975, Matlovich became the first active-duty service member to ...


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Hall of Fame looks to its future - The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has been renamed—it will henceforth be known as the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame to better reflect the city's diversity, according to organization officials. That's just one part of a three-year strategic plan the Hall of Fame recently undertook in order to raise its visibility in the community, become more relevant to ...


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Hall of Fame display at library, includes new name - The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, founded in 1991, this year voted to change its name to the more inclusive Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. The new name and logo were revealed at the launch of a new exhibit at the Harold Washington Library, 300 S. State St., Oct. 31. The exhibit features large photos of the 2015 ...


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CELEBRATIONS Wedding: Shayna X Kramer and Larissa Sims - Shayna X Kramer and Larissa Sims ( now Shayna X Sims and Larissa X Sims ) met at Berlin more than 15 years ago, and they recently held a fabulous wedding for family and friends. "Larissa and I fought for marriage equality for Illinois," Shayna said. "We never thought we would get married but certainly thought everyone should! And then, ...


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Legacy Project concludes Phase IV celebration - On Oct. 17, The Legacy Project—the world's only outdoor LGBT museum walk—concluded its Phase IV dedication celebration at Sidetrack. Scott Duff and Ellen Miller from WCPT's "Out! Chicago" show co-hosted. The previous Saturday ( Oct. 10 ), the organization unveiled five new bronze memorial plaques ( for inductees The Pink Triangle, Billy Strayhorn, Rudolf Nureyev, Leonard Bernstein and Josephine Baker ...


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'By Women, for Women' honors leadership - The Center on Halsted ( COH ) honored three community leaders during the 2015 By Women for Women: Masquerade-Music-Entertainment event held at Chicago's Greenhouse Loft on Oct. 16. The evening was organized by the Center's Women's Action Committee, whose events spanning the year are designed to benefit women's organizations in Chicago. In a perfect illustration of women's abilities to empower ...


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Chicago monument to honor Ida B. Wells wins fundraising support - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, October 15, 2015 ) — The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee launched an online fundraising campaign at the beginning of October for a monument to honor the life and work of Ida B. Wells ( 1862-1931 ). Within the first 15 days of the campaign there has been tremendous support with donations from as far away as ...


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







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