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Law-firm-receives-perfect-score-on-HRC-index-for-nine-years

Law firm receives perfect score on HRC index for nine years - For the ninth year in a row, the global law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP ( which has a branch in Chicago ) has earned a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's ( HRC ) 2017 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ). HRC's CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices applicable to LGBT ...


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

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


Black-History-Month-edition-of-Black-Girl-Magic-Feb-9

Black History Month edition of Black Girl Magic Feb. 9 - February brings aspecial Black History Month edition of Black Girl Magic at Berlin, Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 p.m. Scene staples Shea Coulée, Dida Ritz, The Vixen and Lucy Stoole herald the coming of the next generation, Petty Crocker, Eva Styles, Kenzie Coulée and Mikki Miraj. Hosted by Sasha Love. DJs Gucciroxx and All the Way Kay. 932 W. Belmont Ave. ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Noriega-Cosgrove-Feb-4

Equality Illinois to honor Noriega, Cosgrove Feb. 4 - Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove will be the 2017 recipients of the Equality Illinois Freedom Award for their lifelong commitment to fighting for the civil rights and personal freedoms of all Illinoisans. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration. It will be held ...


Out-at-CHM-looks-back-on-Chicagos-LGBT-bar-history

Out at CHM looks back on Chicago's LGBT bar history - Opening the first talk of 2017 in Chicago History Museum's Out at CHM series, writer-historian Owen Keehnen said, "There has never been a more important time for LGBT history to be chronicled." Keehnen added that the community's bars are a good focus when learning about that history. Those bars, he said, "were about more than drinking—they were about building community." ...


Chicago-Foundation-for-Women-names-2017-Impact-Awards-honorees-

Chicago Foundation for Women names 2017 Impact Awards honorees - From a press release - ( January 24, 2017 ) — Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is proud to announce the 2017 Impact Awards honorees — local leaders who have worked across generations to increase resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area. The awards will be presented on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the beautiful Venue SIX10 at Spertus ...


Forum-on-LGBTQ-bars-on-Jan-26-

Forum on LGBTQ bars on Jan. 26 - Out at CHM—the Chicago History Museum's annual three-event series exploring LGBTQ issues—is launching its 14th year of programming with "Our Bars: Community, Safety, Violence, Sex, and Activism," an exploration of the movement that developed from LGBTQ bars and clubs. The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. The panel discussion begins ...


Task-Force-implements-recommendations-for-Creating-Change-future

Task Force implements recommendations for Creating Change future - As the National LGBT Task Force's 2017 Creating Change conference opens in Philadelphia Jan. 18, it will be considering suggestions from a Chicago-based consultancy. The Task Force, in April 2016, hired Chicago-based Morten Group to review the logistics of the conference, which had encountered substantial strategic difficulties when the event took place in Chicago in January 2016, among them a ...


Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-to-open-Half-the-Sky-exhibit

Illinois Holocaust Museum to open 'Half the Sky' exhibit - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and YWCA Evanston/North Shore are partnering to present the Midwest premiere of a special exhibition at the Museum titled "Women Hold Up Half the Sky," which identifies one of the central moral challenges of the 21st century: full equality for women. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women, ...


President-Obama-makes-statement-on-monuments-honoring-civil-rights-history

President Obama makes statement on monuments honoring civil rights history - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - Today, I am designating new national monuments that preserve critical chapters of our country's history, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. These monuments preserve the vibrant history of the Reconstruction Era and its role in redefining freedom. They tell the important stories of the citizens who helped launch the civil rights movement in Birmingham and the Freedom ...


Peter-Staley-to-present-keynote-at-MBLGTACC-2017

Peter Staley to present keynote at MBLGTACC 2017 - Chicago, IL — Jan. 13, 2017 — The MBLGTACC 2017 Planning Committee is thrilled to announce that HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley, who has dedicated his career to advocating for awareness of the illness and eliminating barriers to treatment of those living with HIV/AIDS since the mid-1980's, will present the second keynote of the Conference at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18, ...


Out-at-CHM-Series-to-explore-LGBTQ-bar-and-club-history

Out at CHM Series to explore LGBTQ bar and club history - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 4, 2017 ) — Out at CHM, the Chicago History Museum's annual three event series exploring LGBTQ issues, kicks off its fourteenth year of programming with "Our Bars: Community, Safety, Violence, Sex, and Activism," an exploration of the movement that developed from LGBTQ bars and clubs. The program takes place on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the ...


Deaths-in-2016

Deaths in 2016 - —Jeanne Cordova: Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne Cordova passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 67. —David Bowie: Superstar British singer/songwriter David Bowie died at age 69 after a sustained battle with cancer. On Sept. 23, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015, almost 200,000 people visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to see its "David Bowie ...


AUTOS-VEHICLE-REVIEW-The-2017-Lincoln-MKZ-is-a-sexy-beast

AUTOS: VEHICLE REVIEW The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is a sexy beast - BY RUTH MANUEL-LOGAN, GAYWHEELS.COM - So, who hasn't salivated at seeing those Matthew McConaughey TV commercials for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ? The actor—who has been the brand's spokesperson going on two years now—has, without a doubt, managed to get tongues panting with desire for not only him, a sexy man, but for the sexy sedan he's selling. Anything luxurious is titillating, no argument here, and ...


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Holiday trolley tour ends Dec. 26 - The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.'s Holiday Lights Tour will end Dec. 26. The tour begins on Michigan Avenue, meeting by the John Hancock Center. There is then a 2.5-hour tour that goes through such Chicago neighborhoods as Streeterville, the Loop, River North and Lincoln Park. Among the stops are Sprinkles Cupcakes, with each guest getting a complimentary red-velvet ...


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BOOKS Activist Cleve Jones rises above it all - Activist Cleve Jones has lived an extraordinary life, filled with world-changing friends and figureheads from Harvey Milk to Dustin Lance Black. Portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the Gus Van Sant-directed Milk, Jones founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt ( the story of which is recounted in the documentaries Common Threads and Showtime's The Last One ) and co-founded the ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Lurie

Equality Illinois to honor Lurie - Equality Illinois will honor the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago with its Business Leadership Award. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. More honorees and details about the Equality ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Mona-Noriega-Terry-Cosgrove-with-Freedom-Awards

Equality Illinois to honor Mona Noriega, Terry Cosgrove with Freedom Awards - From a press release - CHICAGO - Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove will be the 2017 recipients of the Equality Illinois Freedom Award for their lifelong commitment to fighting for the civil rights and personal freedoms of all Illinoisans, the organization announced Monday. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ ...


Panel-explores-art-history-in-Chicagos-LGBTQ-culture

Panel explores art, history in Chicago's LGBTQ culture - Local historian, Legacy Project co-founder and LGBTQ Hall of Fame board member Owen Keehnen hosted a panel about the impact of art and culture on Chicago's LGBTQ history at the Harold Washington Library on Dec. 7. Introduced by library staff, Keehnen thanked CPL's Pride Committee and LGBT staff members, and called the LGBTQ Hall of Fame—currently exhibited on the library's ...


Chicago-LGBT-Hall-of-Fame-panel-on-arts-culture-Dec-7

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame panel on arts/ culture Dec. 7 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Wed., Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame will hold a panel for the organization's second annual exhibit. The event will take place at the video theater at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. The panel will examine how art and culture in Chicago have impacted LGBTQ history. Panelists will include Christopher ...


Native-Son-Awards-honor-George-C-Wolfe-Don-Lemon-DeRay-Mckesson-

Native Son Awards honor George C. Wolfe, Don Lemon, DeRay Mckesson - From a press release - New York - December 1, 2016—Last night—Wednesday, November 30—journalist, content creator and LGBT activist Emil Wilbekin hosted the inaugural Native Son Awards honoring Tony Award-winning director and playwright, George C. Wolfe; journalist and CNN Tonight Host, Don Lemon; and Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson at The Cadillac House in New York City. The event—sponsored by Cadillac, Belvedere Red and ...


Quilt-speaker-at-ISUs-World-AIDS-Day-week

Quilt, speaker at ISU's World AIDS Day week - An exhibit of panels from the National AIDS Quilt and a keynote address by a local HIV/AIDS expert will be part of the events leading up to World AIDS Day at Illinois State University ( ISU ). Selected panels from the quilt will be displayed Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center at ISU. The ...


NLGJA-President-Receives-CNN-Diversity-Ovation-Award

NLGJA President Receives CNN Diversity Ovation Award - From a press release - Washington, D.C.- Today NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists is excited to announce that NLGJA President Jen Christensen is the recipient of the 2016 CNN Diversity Ovation Award. Christensen is an exemplification of NLGJA's commitment to diversity and mission to ensure more fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people, and NLGJA is proud of her accomplishment. "In ...


President-Obama-presents-the-Medal-of-Freedom-to-Ellen-DeGeneres-and-others

President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Ellen DeGeneres and others - From the White House Office of the Press Secretary - THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT PRESENTATION OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM East Room, 3:13 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! Hey! Thank you. ( Applause. ) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. We've got some work to do here. ( Laughter. ) ...


Trans-Day-of-Remembrance-at-Center-on-Halsted-resonates-with-hope

Trans Day of Remembrance at Center on Halsted resonates with hope - It took the beautifully delivered message of hope provided by Chicago's ResonaTe transgender choir to raise the somber mood of the audience who attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20 at Lake View's Center on Halsted. With the number of murders of transgender individuals in the United States at the highest ever recorded and the threat against transgender civil ...


LGBT-Chamber-of-Commerce-of-Illinois-marks-20-years-

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois marks 20 years - The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois took its supporters back in time at Chicago's Ivy Room at Tree Studios Nov. 17. Their anniversary gala celebrated the 1893 Chicago World's Fair for what the organization called "a celebration 20 years in the making." With an eclectic array of exquisite food provided by restaurants including Lettuce Entertain You, RPM Steak, Cafe ...


Ellen-DeGeneres-among-Presidential-Medal-of-Freedom-winners

Ellen DeGeneres among Presidential Medal of Freedom winners - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The ...


Gay-roots-Talking-with-early-activist-Philip-Raia

Gay roots: Talking with early activist Philip Raia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I met Philip Raia in October when he visited Chicago for the Legacy PRoject dedication of the Sylvia Rivera plaque on Halsted Street. Philip came up from Florida and his friend, transgender activist Judy Bowen, came in from Las Vegas as rePResentatives who knew Rivera. Their stories and their work as pioneers of modern LGBT history were thrilling to me. ...


LGBTQs-mark-Veterans-Day

LGBTQs mark Veterans Day - The American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) Chicago chapter hosted its 24th Annual Veterans Day Dinner Nov. 11 at Ann Sather on Belmont. Captain Bridget Altenburg, US Army, was the keynote speaker. She graduated from West Point in 1995, two years after Don't Ask, Don't Tell started. She was a founding member of Knight's Out, one of the ...


2016-LGBT-Hall-of-Fame-induction-held-on-bittersweet-evening

2016 LGBT Hall of Fame induction held on bittersweet evening - The day after the U.S. took a giant step into the unknown with Donald Trump's win in the general election for president, the Nov. 9 Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Chicago History Museum ( CHM ) celebrated the 12 members of the community, two friends of the community and two organizations whose contributions helped the ...


LGBT-Hall-of-Fame-2016-inductions-to-take-place-Nov-9

LGBT Hall of Fame 2016 inductions to take place Nov. 9 - Twelve individuals, two organizations, and two friends of the community have been selected for induction into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, the organization which honors and celebrates notable members of Chicago's LGBT communities. The Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m., at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. ...


Legacy-LIVEs-Word-Up-Nov-17

Legacy LIVE's 'Word Up' Nov. 17 - The Legacy LIVE Series—with Northalsted Business Alliance, Center on Halsted and The Legacy Project as co-sponsors—continues Thursday, Nov. 17, with "Word Up: Poetry Open Mic Night" at Big Jim's, 3503 N. Halsted St., at 7 p.m. M. Shelly Conner, Quare Square Collective, E Nina Jay and DJ Drea are among those expected to commemorate the legacies of LGBTQ poets Audre ...


AVERs-Veterans-Day-dinner-Nov-11

AVER's Veterans Day dinner Nov. 11 - The Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) will hold its annual Veterans Day Dinner Nov. 11 at Ann Sather Restaurant, 909 W. Belmont Ave. The featured speaker will be Bridget Altenburg, a founding member of Knights Out, a group of LGB West Point students and graduates who formed during the fight to repeal the ...


Native-Son-Awards-to-celebrate-Black-gay-men-Emil-Wilbekin-to-host

Native Son Awards to celebrate Black gay men, Emil Wilbekin to host - From a press release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NEW YORK; NOV. 3 - On Wednesday, November 30, journalist, content creator and LGBT activist Emil Wilbekin will host the inaugural Native Son Awards honoring Tony Award-winning director and playwright,George C. Wolfe; journalist and CNN Tonight Host, Don Lemon; and Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson at New York City's Cadillac House. The event—the first in ...


Hall-of-Fame-looks-ahead-to-new-year

Hall of Fame looks ahead to new year - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, which will honor its new inductees in a ceremony at Chicago History Museum Nov. 9, continues to make changes that ensure the longtime organization is relevant for generations to come. The organization, which just recently changed its name from the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame to better reflect its inclusivity and diversity, ...


National-roundup-Mormon-and-Gay-Stonewall-Awards-trans-report-

National roundup: 'Mormon and Gay,' Stonewall Awards, trans report - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is trying to soften its tone toward gays and lesbians with the launch of a new website, Mormon and Gay, The Wall Street Journal noted. The website ( https://mormonandgay.lds.org/ )—a revamp of a previous site called "Mormons and Gays"—doesn't alter church doctrine, which forbids same-sex relationships. But it offers a more welcoming ...


Chicago-LGBT-Hall-of-Fame-induction-Nov-9

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame induction Nov. 9 - From a press release - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame will hold its 26th annual induction ceremony on Wednesday Nov. 9 at the Chicago History Museum ( 1601 N. Clark St. ) with the opening reception at 5:30 and the induction ceremony to follow from 6:00-7:00. This event is free and open to the public. Those expected to be in attendance include former Illinois ...


Marie-J-Kudas-life-remembered-at-Oct-29-tribute

Marie J. Kuda's life remembered at Oct. 29 tribute - Tribute and 1990 TV interview video below - A memorial was held Oct. 29 at Touche bar for Chicago lesbian pioneer Marie J. Kuda. Friends gathered to remember her more than 50 years of community activism, writing, editing, and historical work. Read more about Kuda's life at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/PASSAGES-Marie-J-Kuda-Chicago-gay-pioneer-dies/56682.html . Videos from the memorial and an archival interview with Kuda from The 10% Show, circa 1990 are ...


Illinois-treasurer-hosts-LGBTQ-history-month-event

Illinois treasurer hosts LGBTQ history month event - Illinois state Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs hosted an LGBTQ history month event Oct. 22 at the State of Illinois building in downtown Chicago. GayCo, Lakeside Pride singer Brandon Strawn and Richard Streetman were among the performers. Victor Salvo, founder of The Legacy Project, gave a presentation on his agency's work preserving LGBTQ history. Newscaster Brad Edwards was MC for the ...


BlackLivesMatter-co-founder-Cullors-to-keynote-Midwest-BLGT-Ally-College-Conference

#BlackLivesMatter co-founder Cullors to keynote Midwest BLGT & Ally College Conference - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Oct. 20, 2016 — The MBLGTACC 2017 Planning Committee is pleased to announce that Patrisse Cullors, activist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter social movement, will deliver the keynote address on the opening evening of the Conference. The 2017 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Trans & Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) will welcome an expected 2,500 ...


LGBT-History-Month-honors-ex-president-athletes-actors-

LGBT History Month honors ex-president, athletes, actors - Former U.S. President James Buchanan joins cultural icon David Bowie and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as a few of the 31 Icons to be celebrated during October's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) History Month 2016. Some of the other honorees include actress Ellen Page, entrepreneur Malcolm Forbes, famed marriage-equality plaintiff James Obergefell, trans advocate/personality Chaz Bono, ...


Johns-Committee-A-1950s-witchhunt-for-LGBTs

Johns Committee: A 1950s 'witchhunt' for LGBTs - LGBT History Month 2016, by Christiana Lilly, South Florida Gay News - For many people, their memories of their college years are filled with football games, parties and cramming for exams. For others, it's horrific flashbacks of being stalked on campus, hours of interrogation and questioning, if everyone they interacted with was an investigator. For students and teachers at some of the top universities in the state, this is a part of ...


Before-Stonewall-series-ends-Oct-18

'Before Stonewall' series ends Oct. 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 conclude Oct. 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 the gay liberation ...


Legacy-Walk-unveils-2-new-plaques-under-rainbow-sky-

Legacy Walk unveils 2 new plaques under rainbow sky - It was a moment that might have surpassed the wildest dreams of LGBTQ activist icons Sylvia Rivera and Vito Russo, memorialized in bronze on Lake View's Legacy Walk Oct 15. Under a rainbow which cut through a cloudy sky, summaries of their extraordinary lives and enduring impact on the community were read by Lyons Township High School students Connor Trimborn ...


Legacy-Walk-dedication-to-honor-Sylvia-Rivera-Vito-Russo

Legacy Walk dedication to honor Sylvia Rivera, Vito Russo - 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. [ Feature coverage of upcoming dedication to Sylvia Rivera and Vito Russo at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Legacy-Project-to-dedicate-Sylvia-Rivera-bronze-memorial/56752.html ...


HRC-observes-Coming-Out-Day-with-video-highlighting-celebritiesstories

HRC observes Coming Out Day with video highlighting celebrities'stories - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, celebrated National Coming Out Day by releasing a new video highlighting actors, athletes, musicians, and others who are helping to advance equality by coming out and sharing their stories. HRC ...


-IVI-IPO-hosts-Glynn-Sudberry-Awards

IVI-IPO hosts Glynn Sudberry Awards - The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization's Independent Gay & Lesbian Caucus held their Glynn Sudberry Awards Oct. 7 at Lazo's Tacos. Activist awards were presented to Rev. Kevin Tindell and Marixta Vidal, while the business award will go to Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times. A joint political award was given to former state Rep. Tom Cross, former ...


Legacy-Project-to-dedicate-Sylvia-Rivera-bronze-memorial

Legacy Project to dedicate Sylvia Rivera bronze memorial - The quote which headlines New York Latina transgender activist Sylvia Rivera's bronze memorial plaque—to be officially unveiled on The Legacy Project's half-mile long Legacy Walk in Lake View during a ceremony Oct. 15—reads "Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned." When she spoke those words, Rivera was commenting on a decision made by the Gay Activist Alliance (GAA) ...


WEDDINGS-Rody-Sollors

WEDDINGS Rody-Sollors - They made it official: Brian Rody and Karsten Sollors had an outdoor wedding Sept. 25 in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. Rody and Sollors met in August 2015, on Facebook, and continued talking on Facebook and Skype. Rody wrote to Windy City Times, "I responded to a friend request from him with a note back telling him it was ...


Legacy-Walk-dedication-to-honor-Sylvia-Rivera-Vito-Russo

Legacy Walk dedication to honor Sylvia Rivera, Vito Russo - 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 ...


MOVIES-Bruce-Vilanch-Cleve-Jones-discuss-Vito-Russo-Celluloid-Closet

MOVIES Bruce Vilanch, Cleve Jones discuss Vito Russo, Celluloid Closet - Any discussion of pivotal figures at the forefront of 20th-century gay activism, gay history and gay culture would be unthinkable without including Vito Russo. Russo—whose landmark book The Celluloid Closet, published in the 1980s and never being out of print since—died in 1990 from the disease he fought so passionately against both publicly and privately. But his legacy continues to ...


LGBT-History-Month-honors-ex-president-athletes-actors-

LGBT History Month honors ex-president, athletes, actors - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former U.S. President James Buchanan joins cultural icon David Bowie and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as a few of the 31 Icons to be celebrated during October's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) History Month 2016. Some of the other honorees include actress Ellen Page, entrepreneur Malcolm Forbes, famed marriage-equality plaintiff James Obergefell, trans advocate/personality Chaz Bono, ...


Black-Panthers-and-Gay-Liberation-Front-Did-Black-Lives-Matter-then-too

Black Panthers and Gay Liberation Front: Did Black Lives Matter then, too? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Few instances in the modern movement for gay and lesbian equality ( what we now call the LGBT movement ) produced as much controversy — and turmoil — as the New York Gay Liberation Front's relationship with the Black Panthers, a late 1960s-early 1970s radical organization that stood for the complete overthrow of the capitalist American government to achieve equality ...


Before-Stonewall-there-was-Cooper-Donuts

Before Stonewall, there was Cooper Donuts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was a torrent of doughnuts and coffee that kicked off the LGBT-rights movement. Sure, the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City get all the glory, but ten years earlier there was a small, nearly forgotten uprising to which the movement's roots can also be traced: Cooper Donuts in Los Angeles. Like their New York counterparts, the Los ...


South-Side-Help-Center-salutes-20-men-of-vision

South Side Help Center salutes 20 men of vision - In commemoration of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the South Side Help Center ( SSHC ) presented its inaugural Men of 20/20 Vision Awards, a salute to 20 gay and same-gender-loving men who lead HIV/AIDS advocacy in the African-American community. The event took place Sept. 27 at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. SSHC, which was founded in ...


2016-LGBT-History-Month-honors-31-icons-in-October

2016 LGBT History Month honors 31 icons in October - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA, PA — A former President of the United States joins cultural Icon David Bowie and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, as part of the 31 Icons to be celebrated during October's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) History Month 2016. "President James Buchanan will join 30 other living and deceased lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Icons as ...


Remarks-by-President-Obama-at-National-Museum-of-African-American-History-and-Culture

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. ( ...


President-Obama-presents-National-Medals-of-the-Arts-and-Humanities

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 ...


Leather-Archives-Museum-marks-25th-anniversary

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 ...


Before-Stonewall-series-Oct-11-18

'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 ...


President-Obama-to-award-National-Medal-of-Arts-and-National-Humanities-Medal

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 ...


Chicagos-Legacy-Walk-LGBT-History-Museum-to-honor-Sylvia-Rivera-Vito-Russo

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 ...


Leather-Archives-25th-anniversary-opens-a-world-of-diversity

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 ...


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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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