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Exhibit-shows-history-of-UChicago-LGBTQ-life

Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a project directed by the University of Chicago's Center for the Study ...


National-Politics-Panel-with-LGBT-leaders-at-historic-Congress-Hall-Philadelphia-

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


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Top student-historians to compete in Chicago Metro History Fair - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL—Two hundred of the Chicago-area's top student-historians ( grades 9-12 ) will present original historical research projects at the 2015 Chicago Metro History Fair Senior Finals on Tuesday, April 14, 9am-noon, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Chicago Metro History Education Center ( CMHEC ) organizes the annual History Fair, which provides students from more than 100 ...


Survey-seeks-input-on-Chicago-African-American-lesbian-history

Survey seeks input on Chicago African American lesbian history - From a press release - Longtime Chicago lesbian activist and historian Melvyna Gaynor is seeking survey respondents for her new history project. She would like people to answer the questions below to help us compile data essential to producing a video documentary on the Black LGBT community in Chicago from 1970 til today. How many organizations/ social clubs serviced the needs of the black LGBT ...


Former-Chair-Joint-Chiefs-of-Staff-Mullen-to-speak-on-Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell

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


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Upcoming: UChicago LGBTQ; Creating Change; Latin@ week; Trans pres appointee - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life By Jonathan Jones From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a ...


National-Phillys-celebration-guilty-verdict-Utah-bill

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


Out-at-CHM-Secret-Loves-Before-We-Could-Ask-or-Tell

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


Philadelphia-marks-50-years-of-LGBT-activism

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


MARK-MY-WORDS-Loss-of-a-pioneer

MARK MY WORDS Loss of a pioneer - My friend Jerry Hoose died recently. You most likely don't know the name, but he affected your life; he certainly affected mine. In 1969, I was 18 and, knowing I was gay, like many other LGBT people, I didn't want relatives or friends to know. About 99 percent of our community was in the closet at that time. There was ...


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Gerber House granted national landmark status - The Henry Gerber House, 1710 N. Crilly Ct., got a step closer to becoming a National Historic Landmark Feb. 12, according to reports. It would be the second LGBT-related National Historic Landmark, after the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The National Park System Advisory Board National Historic Landmarks Committee approved the recognition in a unanimous vote in Washington D.C. ...


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


Clarence-Darrow-Commemorative-event-March-13

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


Pauli-Murray-A-Great-American-Hero

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


Professor-speaks-at-temples-Holocaust-remembrance-event

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


Fundraising-underway-for-GLBT-veterans-monument

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


MCA-Bowie-exhibition-breaks-records

MCA Bowie exhibition breaks records - From a press release - More than 193,000 people visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ( MCA ) during the 15-week run of the David Bowie Is exhibition ( September 23, 2014—January 4, 2015 ), setting a new attendance record for the museum. As the most successful exhibition in the MCA's 47-year history, David Bowie Is also set new attendance records for all of ...


Temple-Sholom-launches-Holocaust-series-focused-on-LGBT-impact

Temple Sholom launches Holocaust series focused on LGBT impact - After months of planning, Temple Sholom's LGBT group—known as Am Keshet, which translated from Hebrew is, people of the rainbow—launches a series of three stand-alone sessions about the Holocaust and its impact on the LGBT community. Overlapping Triangles: Hidden Stories of the Holocaust kicks off Thursday, Dec. 11, with a viewing of the film Paragraph 175 and an interactive discussion ...


National-Park-Services-focuses-on-LGBT-history

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


Leaving-a-legacy-Danny-Kopelson-reflects-on-Hall-of-Fame-life

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


-TWO-has-Religion-Freedom-Farce-campaign-Plaque-honors-Washington

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


Plans-set-for-50th-anniversary-of-LGBT-rights-movement

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


Chicago-Gay-Lesbian-Hall-of-Fame-to-induct-people-groups

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


Uncovering-alleged-LGBT-connections-in-JFK-assassination

Uncovering alleged LGBT connections in JFK assassination - LGBT HISTORY MONTH - In 1969, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison prosecuted Clay Shaw for allegedly conspiring to kill President John F. Kennedy. Shaw, a gay man, was the only person ever put on trial in connection with JFK's assassination. Garrison initially believed JFK's murder was a sadistic "thrill killing" plotted by Lee Harvey Oswald, Shaw and David Ferrie, who was also gay. ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-A-pre-Stonewall-LGBT-sit-in-

LGBT HISTORY MONTH: A pre-Stonewall LGBT sit-in - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The sit-in at Dewey's, which occurred at a Philadelphia restaurant in the spring of 1965, is not as well known as the Stonewall Riots, but it deserves wider recognition. On the evening of Sunday, April 25, 1965, staff at the diner turned away more than 150 people they believed to be LGBT. According to the August 1965 issue of Drum ...


Legacy-Project-concludes-dedication-at-Sidetrack

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


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Oscar-Wilde-in-Chicago

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Oscar Wilde in Chicago - Part Two - The Chicago that Wilde saw was a traumatized city in recovery from a devastating fire that destroyed 18,000 buildings and killed 300 people. When he remarked to a reporter on the ugliness of the city's external fire escapes, he was reminded of the 1871 inferno and their necessity. A modern city was growing fast; two months before Wilde's arrival 300,000 ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Tenderloins-LGBT-story-survives-

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Tenderloin's LGBT story survives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood has a colorful history and was once the center of gay life in San Francisco. Grittier than the Castro, which in the late 1970s overtook "The Loin," as it's sometimes called, as the city's gay hub, the neighborhood just blocks away from City Hall also has a well-worn reputation for drug dealing, robbery and other crimes. ...


PRIDE-Institute-paved-way-for-LGBT-substance-abuse-treatment-

PRIDE Institute paved way for LGBT substance-abuse treatment - LGBT HISTORY MONTH Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the PRIDE Institute in Minnesota opened up in 1986 it was a novel idea—a substance-abuse treatment center catering to the gay and lesbian community. But within three months of opening, every bed was filled, proving there was a need. "Back then we dealt with a lot of homophobia—internal and external," said co-founder Ellen Ratner of PRIDE. "I think what ...


Legacy-Walk-plaques-unveiled-with-new-inductees

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


Women-Children-First-street-dedication

Women & Children First street dedication - Women & Children First bookstore, marking its 35th year in business—with about 25 of those years in Andersonville—was honored with a street dedication Oct. 11 at Farragut and Clark streets. The co-founders of the store, Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon, recently sold the business to employees Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. All four were at the dedication, which was led ...


Legacy-Walk-plaques-going-up-this-week

Legacy Walk plaques going up this week - The plaques are already going up along Halsted Street for the dedication of the Legacy Project's new Legacy Walk inductees this weekend. The dedication event is Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day. The traveling ceremony, which will begin 3 p.m. at the corner of Buckingham Avenue and Halsted Street, will be conducted by youth participants from the Legacy Project Education ...


Legacy-Project-to-add-seven-plaques-to-outdoor-museum

Legacy Project to add seven plaques to outdoor museum - To commemorate LGBT History Month, Chicago's Legacy Project will dedicate seven new bronze plaques to the Legacy Walk on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day. The traveling ceremony, which will begin 3 p.m. at the corner of Buckingham Avenue and Halsted Street, will be conducted by youth participants from the Legacy Project Education Initiative. Unlike the 2012 and 2013 dedications, ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Oscar-Wilde-in-Chicago-

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Oscar Wilde in Chicago - Part One - Introduction: The original manuscript for "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall" included three chapters that never made it into the final book because of cost concerns. This is one of them. "In every city they start schools of decorative art after my visit, and set on foot public museums, getting my advice about the choice of objects ...


Denmarks-anniversary-Judas-Priests-gay-situation

Denmark's anniversary; Judas Priest's gay situation - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract, according to a press release from pro-LGBT group AllOut. Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the three ...


Victor-Salvo-talks-about-salvaging-history-in-a-Fireside-Chat

Victor Salvo talks about salvaging history in a 'Fireside Chat' - Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project was the main topic of "A Fireside Chat" at Center on Halsted's Hooper-Leppen Theater on October 1. On stage, Douglas O'Keeffe, co-producer and host, interviewed Salvo. Joanne Gaddy and Christina Court also produce the Fireside Chats. "He's worth interviewing," said O'Keeffe. "It's that time. The Legacy Project is so important and with ...


Revisiting-annual-reminders-nearly-50-years-later

Revisiting annual reminders, nearly 50 years later - LGBT HISTORY MONTH - On July 4, 1965, John James traveled to Philadelphia to march among a group of gay and lesbian demonstrators calling for liberty for LGBT people. Nearly 50 years later, James is again surrounded by LGBT people in the City of Brotherly Love—this time in a very changed world. Earlier this year, James, 73, moved into the John C. Anderson Apartments, ...


The-Legacy-Walk-Dedication-Phase-III-Oct-11

The Legacy Walk Dedication Phase III, Oct. 11 - From a press release - In commemoration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Month, The Legacy Project announces the Dedication Phase III of Chicago's Award-Winning "Legacy Walk" Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 3 p.m., 3311 N. Halsted. The Legacy Project announces the dedication of seven bronze plaques commemorating poet Audre Lorde; iconic composer Cole Porter; acclaimed Olympian Mildred "Babe" Didrikson; slain Ugandan activist David Kato; ...


DEmilios-work-honored-at-UIC-symposium

D'Emilio's work honored at UIC symposium - Historian John D'Emilio, who this past August retired from his post at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), was the honoree at a two-day symposium celebrating his research and accomplishments Sept. 11-12. A number of scholars from across the country, among them his longtime friend and co-author, Estelle Freedman, gathered to pay tribute to D'Emilio's work, much ...


DEmilio-symposium-examines-state-and-future-of-his-field

D'Emilio symposium examines state and future of his field - Following the May 2014 retirement of renowned and accomplished LGBTQ educator, historian, author and activist John D'Emilio from a 15-year position as the professor of history and women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), his former department convened a two-day public symposium to study his impact on LGBTQ histories, lives and futures. The ...


German-historian-talks-lesbian-like-German-suffragists

German historian talks 'lesbian-like' German suffragists - "Lesbian-like Women in the Late 1800s to World War II: The Lives of the Suffragists" was the title of a lecture by German historian Ingeborg Boxhammer Aug. 28 at the Center on Halsted, presented with Windy City Times newspaper. For the past 20 years, Boxhammer has researched the history of lesbians and lesbian movies. She is also the co-administrator of ...


A-Fireside-Chat-with-Victor-Salvo-on-Oct-1

'A Fireside Chat' with Victor Salvo on Oct. 1 - "A Fireside Chat" has announced that Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project, will be the next participant in the series. Salvo will discuss his personal history, community history and community involvement at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Fireside Chats are produced by Joanne Gaddy, Christina Court ...


John-DEmilio-Renowned-professor-historian-retires

John D'Emilio: Renowned professor, historian retires - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - In his essay "A Defense of Poetry," Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that history was composed of "the episodes of that cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of men. The past, like an inspired rhapsodist, fills the theatre of everlasting generations with their harmony." John D'Emilio loves history—a story of change passed from one to another and replete with ...


Harvey-Milk-stamp-unveiled-at-COH-legal-forum

Harvey Milk stamp unveiled at COH legal forum - Officials from the U.S. Postal Service ( USPS ) unveiled the Harvey Milk stamp at a legal forum at Center on Halsted June 17. The forum, "State of the LGBT Union," focused primarily on legal issues that have been central to the community for the past year, among them marriage, transgender rights and job discrimination. Mark Reynolds, a USPS Chicago ...


-Street-named-in-honor-of-merchant-activist-Herrington

Street named in honor of merchant-activist Herrington - Community members and politicians were among those who gathered at the corner of Broadway and Aldine as the street was dedicated to the memory of merchant and activist Dewey Herrington, also known as the "Mayor of Broadway." Herrington and his partner, Walter Kogelis, were proprietors of the store Pass the Salt and Pepper, a gift shop at 3337 N. Broadway, ...


LGBT-history-sites-part-of-National-Park-Service-study

LGBT history sites part of National Park Service study - From the Department of the Interior website. - The men and women who serve in the National Park Service joined our organization to be part of something special, and all of us, no matter what our role, help bring America's stories to life for our visitors. One of my priorities as we look toward the Service's centennial year in 2016 has been to ensure that the stories we ...


Harvey-Milk-stamp-dedicated-at-White-House

Harvey Milk stamp dedicated at White House - A stamp honoring slain gay-rights leader Harvey Milk was dedicated May 22 at the White House. The White House Office of Public Engagement, the U.S. Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation hosted the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp. The event featured remarks by Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative John Lewis, other politicians, and the cofounders of ...


Dignity-Chicago-honors-Henning-Salvo

Dignity/Chicago honors Henning, Salvo - About 35 people gathered May 18 at Broadway United Methodist Church for a special anniversary mass and awards presentation to celebrate Dignity/Chicago's 42 years of ministry. The Rev. Barbara Zeman, a Roman Catholic Womenpriest, officiated the mass, which featured gender-neutral and inclusive prayers. In her homily, Zeman spoke about the progress that's been made in the LGBT community as well ...


UChicago-provides-a-look-at-LGBTQ-life-

UChicago provides a look at LGBTQ life - by Jonathan Jones - Imagine coming across the letters of two prominent female scholars from the early 20th century—Sophonisba Breckinridge and Marion Talbot—in which they address each other as "Dear Love" and write things like, "The moon was lonely last night. I sent you my love by it always." Or imagine listening to oral histories that the University of Chicago's LGBTQ alumni and faculty ...


Watch-live-Harvey-Milk-Stamp-unveiling-ceremony

Watch live: Harvey Milk Stamp unveiling ceremony - From the White House, Office of Communications - This Thursday, May 22, the White House Office of Public Engagement, the United States Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation will host a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House. The event will feature remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative ...


Students-delve-into-LGBTQ-history-at-fair-finals

Students delve into LGBTQ history at fair finals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to Chicago Metro History Education Center Executive Director Frank Valadez, between 8,000 and 9,000 students originally entered this year's Chicago High School Metro History Fair. They worked individually or in groups creating research papers, websites, live performances, documentaries and interactive exhibits detailing the moments and people that changed Illinois and the world around it such as the Cherry Mine ...


Dignity-Chicago-to-honor-42nd-anniversary-and-Legacy-Project

Dignity/Chicago to honor 42nd anniversary and Legacy Project - From a press release - Dignity/ Chicago, the inclusive faith and advocacy organization for LGBT Catholics and our allies, will host a special anniversary Mass on Sunday, May 18 to celebrate 42 years of ministry. Dignity has also named an annual award in memory of James Bussen, former DignityUSA President and Chicago LGBT rights advocate who passed away last June. The Mass and award presentation ...


Out-at-CHM-ends-with-a-night-of-Lesbianography

'Out at CHM' ends with a night of 'Lesbianography' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - May 8 saw the conclusion of the 11th season of the Chicago History Museum's "Out at CHM" series with "Lesbianography: Lesbians and Sex"—a presentation and discussion which covered the history of lesbian pornography, lesbian identity, intersections of race and sexuality, and gender borders. After guests enjoyed drinks, a selection of hors d'oeuvres and the music of renowned Chicago DJ Darlene ...


Equality-House-in-Topeka-exhibits-The-Legacy-Project

Equality House in Topeka exhibits The Legacy Project - From a press release - The Grand Opening of "Equality House Presents The Legacy Project" recently drew hundreds of people to the groundbreaking rainbow colored home directly across from anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, KS. Visitors to the new permanent exhibit at Equality House were able to learn more about the many contributions LGBT people have made to world history and culture. The ...


Lesbianography-Lesbians-and-Sex-Out-at-CHM-May-8-

Lesbianography: Lesbians and Sex, Out at CHM May 8 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 17, 2014 ) — The Chicago History Museum will conclude its eleventh season of the LGBT program series Out at CHM withLesbianography: Lesbians and Sex on Thursday, May 8. Scholars Juana María Rodríguez of UC Berkeley and LaMonda Horton-Stallings of IU Bloomington will lead a provocative discussion of lesbian identity, intersections of race and sexuality, and gender ...


Company-pride-groups-join-for-The-Legacy-Project

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 ...


Out-at-CHM-Dangerously-Explicit-Painting-Gay-Male-Experience

Out at CHM: Dangerously Explicit, Painting Gay Male Experience - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 10, 2014 ) — The Chicago History Museum's program series exploring LGBT continues its eleventh season with Dangerously Explicit: Painting the Gay Male Experience. On March 27, discover and discuss local Chicago artists such as Etienne ( Dom Orejudos ) and Roger Brown, who explored the gay male experience through art from the 1970s to 1990s, often ...


Fundraiser-held-for-Mychal-Judge-Legacy-Walk-plaque

Fundraiser held for Mychal Judge Legacy Walk plaque - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dignity/Chicago and The Legacy Project held a small party to kick off a drive to raise $5,000 still needed to install a plaque on Chicago's Legacy Walk in honor of Father Mychal Judge, called "The Saint of 9/11." Judge was an openly gay Catholic priest who was assigned as chaplain to Engine 1-Ladder 24 of the New York Fire Department. ...


Torres-speaks-on-Latina-lesbian-history

Torres speaks on Latina lesbian history - Video links below - Lourdes Torres, professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University, spoke at the March 1 Lavender University, a program of Windy City Times and Center on Halsted. The title of her program was "Making Familia from Scratch: Towards a History of Latina Lesbian Organizing in Chicago." Since the scholarship that exists on lesbian organizing in the Midwest neglects ...


Driehaus-Museum-observes-Womens-History-Month

Driehaus Museum observes Women's History Month - From a press release - CHICAGO, February 24, 2014 — The Driehaus Museum ( 40 East Erie Street ) offers fascinating lectures, concerts, tours, and more. In honor of Women's History Month, the Driehaus Museum proudly presents special programs exploring the world of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios through the eyes of the "designers in the Women's Glass Cutting Department." Author Susan Vreeland will ...


1970-Chicago-Gay-Liberation-Front-rally-pics-released

1970 Chicago Gay Liberation Front rally pics released - Photographer Margaret Olin was at a historic Gay Liberation Front rally in downtown Chicago April 16, 1970, and she shares her photos with Windy City Times in an effort to find some of the individuals photographed here. "I study photography and its uses in activism and community formation," she said. [Photo gallery at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-19&AGALLERY=RallyChosen .] The rally ...


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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 ...


Legacy-Dignity-to-hold-event-for-Mychal-Judge

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 ...


Lavender-Univ-forum-examines-race-gender-and-the-prison-nation

Lavender Univ. forum examines race, gender and the prison nation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - America is a prison nation. Seven million people are now under the control of the criminal legal system in this country. In correctional facilities, the United States houses 25 percent of the world prisoners—the highest percentage in the world. These were some of the sobering statistics presented by Dr. Beth Richie, Ph.D., at a Feb. 1 Lavender University lecture at ...


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'Out at CHM' forum grooves to house music - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The walls of the Chicago History Museum were vibrating to an unmistakable bass line Jan. 30. Jamie Principle's "Your Love" was powerful enough to be heard from the entrance. People found a space on the floor of the packed Chicago Room and began to dance as DJ Alan King, lawyer by day and one of the original members of the ...


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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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With this ring... The year in local news - Windy City Times predicted last year that marriage would be the big story for our community in 2013, but we certainly did not foresee the twists and turns that the story would take. SB10, the legislation that brought marriage equality to Illinois, passed the state Senate on Valentine's Day, then the House Executive Committee 12 days later. Activists and other ...


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The year in local news - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Although marriage equality was surely the hottest topic for many in Chicago's LGBT community in 2013, a number of other achievements, tragedies and changes took place this year. Here are some of the top headlines over the past 12 months. —Passing the torch: Former state Rep. Deb Mell, who is a lesbian, was named by a five-person committee to be ...


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World news of the year - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - —Ooo-la-la: France's first baby of 2013 was born to a lesbian couple. The baby boy, named Sacha, was born on the morning of New Year's Day between midnight and a minute past midnight at the Moulins Hospital Centre. Under current laws the couple was not allowed to get artificial insemination in their own country, so they had to travel to ...


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That's So Gay! trivia game available - CHICAGO—That's So Gay! A Game of LGBTQ Discovery, a new trivia game, is available in time for the holidays. Featuring more than 2,400 questions of LGBTQ history and current events, the game can be played by two or more people and is ideal for parties and social events. The phrase "That's so gay!" has been used mostly in a negative ...


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Stonewall Inn plaque controversy involves trans* community - This past summer, openly gay New York state Sen. Brad Holyman, who represents the district where the Stonewall Inn is located, first proposed creating a commemorative plaque to honor the individuals who fought against continued police harassment at the historic Stonewall Inn over a three day period in 1969. The idea was shelved when the organizers didn't include anyone who ...


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Holocaust museum hosting forums on bias, hate speech - The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is hosting various events in December. One is a Pfeffer Family Forum, "Anti-Semitism and Homophobia in Nazi Germany." It will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m., at the museum, located at 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie. Another forum, "Do Words Kill? Hate Speech, Propaganda and Incitement to Genocide," will take place Thursday, Dec. ...


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Bayard Rustin's partner talks activism, legacy - GAY HISTORY MONTH PROFILE - Fifty years after he helped organize the world-changing National March on Washington, LGBT activist Bayard Rustin will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian award in the United States. Born on March 17, 1912, Bayard was raised in West Chester, Pa., in a family that was heavily involved in activism. Bayard's maternal grandmother, Julia Rustin, was a ...







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