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Celebration of marriage at MCA on June 2 - On Monday, June 2, the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago and Equality Illinois invite couples who are planning to get married to have their wedding at the MCA. The MCA will offer a "Celebration of Marriage Equality" and opens its galleries and sculpture garden for complimentary ceremonies and post-ceremony festivities for up to 15 couples. Couples interested ...


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Bergfalk, Hansen wed - William ( Bill ) D. Bergfalk ( left ) and Roland C. Hansen were married in Illinois March 9 by Judge Stuart Katz. They were married at home with a small group of friends as witnesses. They were first married in Canada in June 2003 with a celebration at Ann Sather restaurant that September. They are now celebrating being together ...


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WCT seeks nominations for 30 Under 30 Awards - 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, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. The ...


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PFLAG National holds Straight for Equality Awards Gala - From a press release - NEW YORK CITY—April 11, 2014—PFLAG National last night held its sixth annual Straight for Equality Awards 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 ...


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Legacy Project, Equality House showcase LGBT contributions - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — April 7, 2014 — This coming weekend, the Legacy Project will officially unveil its first-ever satellite-installation at Equality House in Topeka, Kansas — across the street from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. The event is part of a series of planned weekend festivities — following GLSEN's National "Day of Silence" on April 11th — to protest the ...


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Celebration: The marriage of Tobin/Fahnstrom - Charlie Tobin ( right ) and Dale A. Fahnstrom ( left ) exchanged vows March 17, 2014, in their Edgewater home. It was the 18th anniversary of the day they met, making the day extra special. 17 family members gathered to witness this loving union, including sons Kiel and Chris. They are so happy and proud to be legally married ...


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Harvey Milk stamp; political writer compares gays, Star Trek - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Civil-rights hero Harvey Milk, who in 1977 became the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, will have an additional honor, according to Linns.com and MSNBC. On May 22, in honor of Harvey Milk Day, the late San Francisco supervisor and gay-rights activist will become the first openly gay elected official featured on a U.S. postage stamp. ...


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Company pride groups join for The Legacy Project - On April 3, the Downtown Bar and Lounge was crammed with employees from a who's who of top American and global companies. PNC Bank, United Airlines, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BMO Harris, Mesirow Financial, JP Morgan Chase, Northern Trust, CNA, Accenture, KPMG, AON, Cars.com and a host of others were represented. Although they spent the day working in different ...


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Gay men await baby girl, celebrate at Sidetrack - Robin and Jason Delgatto have been dating for almost 11 years, been married ( in Iowa ) for close to five years, and resided in Boystown for nine years. However, they soon will be adding "dad" to their resumes. So first, a baby shower, that Jason's stepmom and sister planned, was held March 29 … at Sidetrack. It was the ...


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Gray, Baim, Rodriguez to be honored by Astraea May 16 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice will honor the legacy of Vernita Gray at an event in Chicago Friday, May 16 at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. In addition to Gray, LGBT-rights activist Julio Rodriguez and Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim will also be honored. Musician Toshi Reagon will perform. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and ...


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Crossroads Fund presents annual awards - The Chicago-based Crossroads Fund, which grants money to a wide range of grassroots and progressive organizations, held their annual Seeds of Change benefit April 4 at the Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. This year's event was very LGBTQ inclusive, given the success of various community efforts over the past year. The Ron Sable Awards, named for the openly gay doctor ...


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Crossroads Fund to honor marriage groups, ISSA, Alphawood - The annual Crossroads Fund Seeds of Change benefit will honor Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Illinois Unites for Marriage Equality, the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, and the Alphawood Foundation. The benefit is Friday, April 4, at the Cultural Center GAR Hall, 77 E. Randolph St. The Ron Sable Award for Activism will be presented to two groups that worked ...


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Windy City Times up for Lisagor journalism award - Windy City Times newspaper is a finalist for a Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Award in the category of editorial writing for a non-daily newspaper. The submission is for a series of 2013 editorials by WCT Publisher Tracy Baim on the battle for marriage equality in Illinois. The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony Friday, May 2. ...


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Celebrations: Rescigno and DeBello wed - Dawn Rescigno and Angela DeBello were married on March 8 after 19 years together. The couple had previously had a commitment ceremony in 2005 to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Guests joined the couple for a celebratory brunch after the ceremony. The couple resides in Chicago with their 6 year old daughter, Miuccia. ...


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Oprah, Lindsay clash; Travolta on Menzel's name - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first trailer for the reality show Lindsay Lohan filmed for Oprah Winfrey's network shows the two stars clashing, according to EW.com. The series from Oprah Winfrey's OWN network promises an "honest, no-holds-barred account" and "an intimate, unflinching look" at the actress after she left rehab last year. At one point, Winfrey says to Lohan, "This is exactly what everybody ...


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Crossroads Fund to honor marriage groups, ISSA, Alphawood - The annual Crossroads Fund Seeds of Change benefit will honor Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Illinois Unites for Marriage Equality, the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, and the Alphawood Foundation. The benefit is Friday, April 4, at the Cultural Center GAR Hall, 77 E. Randolph St. The Ron Sable Award for Activism will be presented to two groups that worked ...


CELEBRATIONS-Sholl-Burkhart-wed

CELEBRATIONS Sholl-Burkhart wed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Longtime couple and LGBT community activists Starla Sholl and Deborah Burkhart were wed March 1, 2014, one week after same-sex marriages were started in Cook County, Ill. Given the ever-changing state of ceremonies and laws for LGBT couples, they have held celebrations through various traditions over the years. Their first date was June 11, 1997, and their commitment ceremony was ...


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Scenes from a wedding - After obtaining their marriage license ( above ), couple Joe Serio ( left ) and Paul Dombrowski were wed the following day, Feb. 22, in a ceremony performed by Rev. Laura McLeod. Above photo by Hal Baim; ceremony photos by Tracy Katz Muhl and Roger Anderson. ...


Award-to-honor-under-30s-seeks-nominations

Award to honor under 30s, seeks nominations - 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, 2014, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. ...


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"Death of the American Trial" marks Darrow death anniversary - From a news release - CHICAGO — On the seventy-sixth anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow's death, this year's annual Darrow commemoration on Thursday, March 13, looks at the "The Death of the American Trial" with professor Robert P. Burns, author of a 2009 book by the same title. A special unique aspect of this year's event will be several dozen Darrow-related items from the ...


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Legacy, Dignity to hold event for Mychal Judge - From a news release - THE LEGACY PROJECT is proud to announce a joint-event with Dignity/Chicago to raise the final $5000 needed to ensure a bronze memorial plaque honoring the sacrifice of Fr. Mychal Judge becomes part of the LEGACY WALK — the only outdoor LGBT historical museum walk in the world. "Dignity/Chicago is proud to lead this nation-wide campaign to raise the funds needed ...


Death-of-the-American-Trial-to-mark-Darrow-death-anniversary

"Death of the American Trial" to mark Darrow death anniversary - CHICAGO — On the seventy-sixth anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow's death, this year's annual Darrow commemoration on Thursday, March 13, looks at the "The Death of the American Trial" with professor Robert P. Burns, author of a 2009 book by the same title. A special unique aspect of this year's event will be several dozen Darrow-related items from the ...


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LGBT bar association to honor Allstate lawyer - The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) Bar Association announced it has selected Elliot Stultz—senior vice president, assistant secretary and deputy general counsel of Allstate Insurance Company—to receive its Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award during a Feb. 6 reception at Chicago's Metropolitan Club, according to a press release. Stultz is the executive sponsor of Allstate's LGBT ...


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Celebrations: Citizenship - Sam Abeysekera, LGBT community activist and co-chair of the recent Human Rights Campaign Chicago gala, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen Jan. 27, 2014 in Chicago. Abeysekera, a senior attorney and senior vice president with The Northern Trust Company, is a native of the United Kingdom with parentage from Sri Lanka. She is pictured here with her mother Padmini ...


-Jason-Collins-to-sit-with-First-Lady-for-State-of-Union

Jason Collins to sit with First Lady for State of Union - From a news release - WASHINGTON, DC — The following individuals will be seated in the box with the First Lady, Dr. Biden and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, at the State of the Union Address. More guests will be announced in the lead-up to the President's State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Information about these guests and news about the State ...


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Legacy Project receives honorable mention - The Committee on LGBT History of the American Historical Association announced that Chicago's Legacy Project received an honorable mention for the 2014 Allan Berube Prize, which awards "outstanding work in public or community-based LGBT and/or queer history," according to a press release. The Legacy Project is the world's only outdoor museum walk and youth education program dedicated to combating anti-gay ...


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Looking back: Local passages in 2013 - —Prince Edwards, a popular young gay dancer who was active in National Youth Pride Services ( NYPS ), died Jan. 16 after an illness. He was 25. The Chicago native was well known for his dance talents, performing at more than 100 events throughout the city. —Bobby Glaze passed away suddenly on Jan. 8. He was 58. He was a ...


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GLAAD honors Kevin Boyer - The Chicago Leadership Council of GLAAD hosted a holiday party at Downtown Bar & Lounge Dec. 18, celebrating a year of LGBT victories and honoring former Leadership Council co-chair Kevin Boyer. New GLAAD board member Christina Kahrl introduced Boyer at the event, pointing to his decades of service at various organizations as a leader, including with Gerber/Hart Library, Gay and ...


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Powers, Drahos honored by criminology group - The Illinois Academy of Criminology honored Mary Powers, founding member of Citizens Alert, and Dennis Drahos, former chief, Cook County Department of Corrections, at their annual Past Presidents' Night Dec. 11. Ed Mogul, longtime attorney and activist, including in support of LGBT organizations, is a former president who helped organize the event. Creasie Finney Hairston and Elvis Slaughter introduced the ...


Legends-Lunch-honors-trans-HIV-heroes

'Legends Lunch' honors trans, HIV heroes - This year's Legends Lunch All Stars Awards celebrated and honored the lives and resilience of trans-people and survivors of HIV. It saw an array of talented performers and honors distributed to transgender and HIV activists and supporters from across the city. The event, hosted by TransActions, the Chicago Department of Public Health and EASE ( Educate, Advocate, Support, Empower ) ...


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Equality Illinois honors Chicago Urban League - From a press release - CHICAGO — Equality Illinois will present one of their annual Freedom Awards to the Chicago Urban League for spreading the message of fairness and equality. The awards are given at their annual gala earlt next year. "We deeply appreciate all public figures and organizations who support LGBT issues. It is still another thing to be a torchbearer of freedom on ...


Hall-of-Fame-honors-LGBT-trailblazers

Hall of Fame honors LGBT trailblazers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 23rd annual Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame welcomed 16 new inductees Nov. 12 at the Chicago History Museum. Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not make the annual event, which has usually featured the mayor giving out the awards. According to the Friends of the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame planning committee co-chair Gary G. Chichester, Chicago is unique ...


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Henson family applauds Tillstrom on Chicago G/L Hall of Fame - From a press release - In celebration of the upcoming induction of Burr Tillstrom into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, Lisa Henson — daughter of Jim Henson and CEO of The Henson Company — has issued the following statement: "Burr Tillstrom was already an established successful puppeteer when my father Jim Henson first met him at the 1960 Puppeteers of America convention ...


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Scott Free nominated for RightOutTV Music, Video awards - From a press release - Chicago's own Scott Free has been nominated for three RightOutTV Music & Video Awards. His song 'Happy Pride Day Moscow' is nominated for Best Rock Song, and his duet with Lester Greene, entitled 'He's My Shortie' is up for both Best Hip Hop/ R&B Song and Best Hip Hop/R&B Video. Winners will be announced on a video broadcast at RightOutTV.com ...


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Legacy Project LGBT history plaques dedicated - The second year of Halsted Street's Legacy Project—the only outdoor LGBT museum walk in the world—kicked off Oct. 11 with a dedication to five more individuals who have made a lasting contribution to LGBT history. Plaques this year were added commemorating poet Walt Whitman; playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry; physician and athlete—and Gay Games founder—Dr. Tom Waddell; businesswoman and activist ...


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Center on Halsted hosts women's event - The Center on Hasted By Women For Women program hosted a benefit fashion show featuring the creations of True Blessyn, designed by Shani Brown ( www.trueblessyn.com ) and Sara Jane Boutique ( www.shopsarajane.com ); the music of the energetic Covergirls women's violinists; great DJ music; art and food. The benefitt took place Oct. 11 at the Crystal Gardens at Navy ...


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Coming Out Still Matters, HRC celebrates National Coming Out Day Oct. 11 - From a press release - WASHINGTON —The Human Rights Campaign — is underscoring that, even in light of recent victories, there is more work to do on National Coming Out Day 2013 with the theme "Coming Out Still Matters." NCOD — a globally celebrated event that encourages LGBT people and their supporters to be visible by living open and honest lives — is celebrated each ...


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Group to honor Gray, Ewert, Izquierdo - The organization By Women For Women, in connection with Center on Halsted, will honor couple Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert as well as Alma Izquierdo Friday, Oct. 11, at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. The women will receive Community Leader Awards for their "countless efforts in advancing the LGBTQ community," according to a statement. Other highlights will include ...


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Stonewall Award honors three for LGBT gains in legal profession - From an ABA press release - CHICAGO, Oct. 8, 2013 — The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity will honor three lawyers with its second annual Stonewall Award during a ceremony on Feb. 8 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago. Named after the New York City Stonewall Inn police raid and riot of June 28, 1969, which was a turning point ...


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Legacy Walk Phase 2 dedication Oct. 11-12 - The Legacy Project announces the Two-Part Dedication of Phase II of Chicago's "Legacy Walk"—the only outdoor LGBT museum walk in the world, Friday, Oct.11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. The new bronze plaques commemorate Walt Whitman, iconic U.S. poet; Lorraine Hansberry, acclaimed playwright; Dr. Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games; Ruth Ellis, youth advocate; and Frank Kameny, one of the ...


-Celebrations-Burick-and-Young-marry

Celebrations: Burick and Young marry - Eli Burick, a former office manager for WIndy City Times, wed his longtime partner Rodney Young in a ceremony in Iowa Sept. 13. The couple met Dec. 7, 1985. "Later Eli would say he loved me from the moment he saw me," Young said. "I on the other hand was a little more difficult. We began dating one another exclusively ...


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Legacy Walk dedication ceremony Oct. 11, reception Oct. 12 - The dedication celebration of phase II of Chicago's Legacy Walk—which honors late LGBT icons along the Boystown section of Halsted Street—will take start at Pylon #13, 3343 N. Halsted St., on Friday, Oct. 11. The dedication ceremony (free to the public) will take place at 5:50 p.m. A celebration reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. ...


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CELEBRATIONS: The Hansen/Schneider marriage - Bob Hansen (in the purple vest) and Steve Schneider (in the lime/yellow vest) recently wed in Iowa. They described it as being such an amazing and emotional moment, surrounded by family, 23 years (and four months) after meeting as next-door neighbors. They also expressed gratitude for the judges that brought this equality to Iowa and sadness for the judges' ousters ...


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Navratilova, Baldwin, Peirce, Bill T. Jones at Humanities Fest - From a press release - The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) revealed today the complete schedule for the 24th Annual Fall Festival, 88 events which will explore the theme of Animal: What Makes Us Human, Oct. 13 on the Northwestern University campus, Oct. 20 on the University of Chicago campus, and Nov. 1-10 at venues across Chicago. This year's presenters include political consultant and former Senior ...


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Chicago law partner to receive LGBT award - McDermott Will & Emery LLP employee benefits partner Todd Solomon will receive the National LGBT Bar Association's prestigious Allies for Justice Award Friday, Aug. 9. According to a press release, "the award honors legal professionals who, in their positions of leadership, have supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and made extraordinary contributions to the broader LGBT Community and ...


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CLC event features civil-rights activist Dr. Mary Frances Berry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (CLC) hosted its 44th annual meeting in the Grand Ballroom of The Palmer House Hotel July 11. Legendary civil-rights icon Dr. Mary Frances Berry was the keynote speaker. The meeting is held annually to celebrate the work of CLC and its partners, discuss the region's high priority civil-rights issues, and ...


G-L-Hall-of-Fame-nomination-deadline-extended-to-Aug-12

G/L Hall of Fame nomination deadline extended to Aug. 12 - From a press release - The 2013 deadline to nominate individuals, friends of the community and organizations for induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has been extended to Monday, Aug. 12. Nomination forms can be downloaded or printed from the Hall of Fame's website ( www.GLHallofFame.org ) or requested by calling 312-401-8893 and leaving a mailing address. Completed nominations should be ...


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Legacy Walk Follies to support the only outdoor LGBT museum - The "Legacy Walk Follies", @mosphere, Sunday, July 14 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., will be in support of the dedication of the Phase II installation of world's only outdoor LGBT museum. A $20 donation for the event includes Ketel One® vodka drinks (sponsored by WIRTZ Beverages), Bud Light®, and Miller® Lite drafts from 7-8pm. @MOSPHERE is located at 5355 ...


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ENGAGEMENT DeMonte/Kuehnau - CELEBRATIONS - Leslie DeMonte (left) and Deborah Kuehnau happily announced their engagement. Both reside in Chicago and are eagerly awaiting marriage equality to pass in Illinois to become one of the first (of many) same-sex couples to be legally married. Photo courtesy of the couple. ...


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Nat'l GL Sports Hall of Fame names first honorees - From a press release - (Chicago, July 3rd , 2013) The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Board is proud to announce the inaugural induction class, which will be the largest induction class of the NGLSHOF. The inductees range from organizations, straight allies, former pro sports officials, activists, journalists, retired athletes and current athletes. The inductees are Gay Games, Outsports.com, Chicago Cubs, International ...


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Judges group honors gay and lesbian legal pioneers - The Alliance of Illinois Judges held their annual awards June 26 at the Chicago Bar Association. Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Patricia M. Logue, attorneys William B. Kelley and Jill M. Metz, and Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Nancy J. Katz were presented with "Legal Legends from Stonewall to Lawrence" awards. Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans swore in ...


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Legacy Project bridges historical gaps with education initiative - Legacy Project Founder and Executive Director Victor Salvo will admit that history isn't sexy, and that what most people know about the past is what they learned from high school. For him, that is why it is so important to give people pause to think about history, especially the history of the LGBT people. "It's particularly hard for gay and ...


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Neil Steinberg honored with Jon-Henri Damski Award - This year, the Jon-Henri Damski award was given early. Generally the award is given it is Nov. 1, the date of Damski's passing; however, longtime activist and friend of Damski Lori Cannon felt otherwise. "I'm confident that Jon-Henri would be tickled with this year's recipient," remarked Cannon. The award which is given to individuals with a "life's work that is ...


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Legacy Project announces Legacy Walk Follies benefit - From a press release - Help us celebrate the Legacy Walk — the world's only outdoor LGBT museum — as we prepare for the dedication of Phase II of the North Halsted Street installation. The "Legacy Walk Follies" will take place at @MOSPHERE on Sunday, July 14 from 7pm-9pm. A $20 donation for the event includes Ketel One® vodka drinks (sponsored by WIRTZ Beverages), Bud ...


Tonys-get-Kinky

Tonys get 'Kinky' - Kinky Boots—a musical about a drag queen who helps a man save his father's shoe factory—dominated this year's Tony Awards, shown on CBS June 9. The musical Kinky Boots (which started with a pre-Broadway run in Chicago) led with six awards, including wins for best musical, leading actor Billy Porter and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (both whom are openly gay), and ...


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LGBT Artists Collective "Gay Rub" coming to Legacy Walk - From a press release - The Legacy Project is pleased to announce that artist and activist Steven Reigns, of the artist's collective known as "The Gay Rub" is coming to Chicago to take impressions/rubbings of the eighteen (18) bronze plaques that currently comprise the Legacy Walk installation on North Halsted Street in Chicago. According to its website, THE GAY RUB "…is a project devoted to ...


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White House highlights "Harvey Milk Champions of Change" - From a White House press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, May 22nd, the White House will honor ten openly LGBT elected or appointed officials as "Harvey Milk Champions of Change." The event falls on Harvey Milk's birthday and will recognize these individuals for their commitment to equality and public service. "When President Obama posthumously awarded Harvey Milk the Medal of Freedom in 2009, he praised ...


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Obama to honor Sally Ride with Presidential Medal of Freedom - From a White House press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Barack Obama announced he will award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut to travel to space. The 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 ...


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Neil Steinberg Is 2013 Jon-Henri Damski Award winner - From a press release - Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author Neil Steinberg has been named winner of the 2013 Jon-Henri Damski Award, which honors individuals whose efforts and accomplishments uphold the principles for which Damski stood during his long career as both an activist and a writer for the LGBT press, announced long-time Damski friend and fellow activist Lori Cannon today. Steinberg will receive the ...


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Legacy Project hosts luncheon - Video link below - The Legacy Project held its Spring Gala Luncheon in the Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton May 10. This year's luncheon theme, "The Legacy Project: Making a Difference in the Lives of LGBT Youth," was an introduction to the candidates nominated for the Legacy Walk's 2013 Phase II on the rainbow pylons of Halsted Street, and a promotion of ...


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Changing Worlds honors Jane Saks - Changing Worlds, a nonprofit which fosters inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding, held their annual benefit May 8. Among their honorees this year was cultural advocate and lesbian activist Jane M. Saks. Saks has worked to challenge and champion issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, race and ...


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Equality House ally at Legacy benefit - Aaron Jackson has made quite a statement without even saying a word, just with a little paint. Jackson, 31, had been hearing about the Westboro Baptist Church and its staunch anti-gay ways for some time, so last year he went online to research the group, starting with where it is based. He found it in Topeka, Kan., and then just ...


Happy-Mothers-Day

Happy Mother's Day! - Pictured on this page are images from a photo essay book from Windy City Times, Mom: A Tribute to Mothers of LGBTs. Kat Fitzgerald was the primary photographer for the book, which was edited by Tracy Baim. Mom: A Tribute to Mothers of LGBTs is available on Amazon.com and at Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago. See tinyurl.com/MomLGBTBK . ...


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D'Emilio receives Rosenzweig Award - John D'Emilio, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was been selected by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to receive the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award. The award "is given annually to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history," according to a press release. OAH President Albert ...


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Attorney wins ABA diversity leadership award, first openly gay recipient - From a press release - CHICAGO — At the American Bar Association's annual litigation conference today, Orlando attorney Larry Smith became the first openly gay recipient of the diversity leadership award for advocating diversity in the legal profession. The ABA established the award in 2008 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession. Diversity awards ...


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Gay composer to be honored April 22 - Gay composer to be honored April 22 Composer John Corigliano will be recognized for his 75th birthday during a panel discussion and tribute concert featuring the Gaudete Brass Quintet and Roosevelt University's student brass ensemble. The free event will take place 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in Roosevelt's seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave. In 1991 Corigliano, who is ...


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Historian John D'Emilio to be honored by historians - From a press release - Bloomington, IN—John D'Emilio, University of Illinois at Chicago, has been selected by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to receive the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award, which is given annually to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history. On Saturday, April 13, OAH President Albert M. Camarillo and OAH President-Elect ...


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WCT seeks nominations for 30 Under 30 - 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, 2013, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas. The deadline ...


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Trans 100 list released - From a press release - We Happy Trans, a website that celebrates the positive experiences of transgender people, and This is H.O.W., a Phoenix-based non profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the lives of trans people, announced the full published Trans 100 list, an inaugural overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by, and for the transgender community across the ...


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Barangay Los Angeles honors Filipino LGBTQ community - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA - Barangay Los Angeles, the longest running Filipino LGBTQ organization in the United States, proudly announces the Kapwa Awards honoring every day LGBTQ heroes who have made significant contributions to the Filipino LGBTQ community. The Kapwa Awards celebrates the organization's 23rd year of community advocacy - providing safe, progressive spaces for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning individuals, ...


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Harvey Milk Champions of Change announced - From the White House blog - In August 2009, President Obama honored Harvey Milk posthumously with America's highest civilian medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with the following citation: Harvey Bernard Milk dedicated his life to shattering boundaries and challenging assumptions. As one of the first openly gay elected officials in this country, he changed the landscape of opportunity for the nation's gay community. Throughout his ...


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Pioneer in LGBT health, mental health honored by APA - From a press release - San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2013….Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, a pioneer in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health and mental health will receive the John E. Fryer Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at their annual meeting on May 18, 2013 for major contributions to the mental health and well-being of LGBT people. The award is presented by ...


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Rudy de la Mor tribute April 7 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A tribute to the late cabaret entertainer Rudy de la Mor will take place Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at 3160, 3160 N. Clark St. Rudy de la Mor, a cabaret entertainer who performed in Chicago for decades before working on boat cruises and in venues in California, died at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif. He ...


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'Out at CHM' looks at global LGBTQ issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago History Museum (CHM) presented "From Chicago Out to the World: Advancing International LGBTQ Human Rights" as part of its Out at CHM program on March 21. This year marks Out at CHM's 10th year; however, this event is the first highlighting LGBTQ issues and how they link people on a global scale. The panel leading the presentation (which had ...


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Windy City Times a finalist for 4 Lisagor Awards - The annual Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Award finalists have been announced. Chicago's LGBT weekly newspaper Windy City Times has been nominated for four of the prestigious honors. The winners of the 36th annual awards will be announced this Spring. A wide range of Chicago-area online, print and broadcast media are finalists this year. The Windy City Times' 8-week Generation ...







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