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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 ...


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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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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'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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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"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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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 ...


Out-at-CHM-forum-grooves-to-house-music

'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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GAY HISTORY MONTH Cruising in parks still common - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Decades ago, men in San Francisco who wanted to hook up with other men had limited options. There were bars or places like city parks, but wherever they went to find each other, there was often a risk of police harassment and arrest. Now, with more acceptance of gays, and the ease of hooking up via mobile apps like Grindr ...


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Volunteer helps preserve LGBT footage for posterity - GAY HISTORY MONTH Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Five days a week for nearly four years, Oakland, Calif., resident John Raines has watched more than 1,000 hours of old home movies, television-station news reports and other audio-visual archival materials of LGBT historical significance. Each weekday, Raines sits down at a desk in a converted bedroom in his apartment, boots up his computer and AV equipment and sets about ...


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E. Patrick Johnson at Lavender University - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Northwestern University professor E. Patrick Johnson delivered the second lecture as part of the Lavender University series Oct. 12 at Center on Halsted. A group of nearly 30 attendees heard Johnson perform excerpts of select narratives of Black same gender loving women in the South, collected for an upcoming book tentatively entitled Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women—An Oral ...


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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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Katz, D'Emilio reorganize OutHistory website - In 2005 Jonathan Ned Katz, author and historian of human sexuality, imagined a place on the web where LGBT history could reach a larger audience. That site, OutHistory, was launched in Oct. 2008 and just last month, the site relaunched with a new look and interface. In the fall of 2011, Katz enlisted the help of John D'Emilio, author and ...


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Forty years after APA decision, letter continues to educate - With a stroke of a pen 40 years ago, LGBT people were "cured." In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association ( APA ) made the groundbreaking move of declassifying homosexuality as a mental disorder, after a lengthy campaign by such activists as Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings and Kay Lahusen. But, one of the key factors thought to have spurred the policy ...


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Marge Summit discusses her gay bar legacy - Longtime Chicago gay bar owner Marge Summit was the subject of Douglas OKeeffe's Oct. 2 Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat, at Center on Halsted. Summit, who owned Chicago's legendary His 'n Hers bars for 20 years, discussed her personal history, including surviving a violent attack; owning Ms bar downtown; the music and food of His 'n Hers; raising an ...


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Henry Gerber: Ahead of his time - GAY HISTORY MONTH PROFILE - On May 15, 1871, the German Criminal Code was revised to include Paragraph 175, a law making sexual acts between males illegal. The first challenge to the law came in 1897 when Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld founded the gay organization Wissenschaftlich-humanitäres Komitee ( Scientific-Humanitarian Committee ). Its first action was to draft a petition against Paragraph 175 with 6,000 signatures of ...


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Baron von Steuben, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Franklin to Washington - After years of studying almost anything available on Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, the material suggesting that von Steuben was gay is so overwhelming that the only thing that can be asked of anyone who doubts it is, "Prove to me he's not." There literally is not room in this article to list all the facts that point to a ...


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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 ...


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Legacy Project's Phase 2 inductions Oct. 11-12 - The Legacy Project will hold a dedication and celebration of Phase 2 of their Legacy Walk Friday, Oct. 11, 5:50 p.m., with a free event at 3343 N. Halsted. A second event, a benefit, is Sat, Oct. 12, from 3-6 p.m. at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, tickets $50-$100. This year's inductees are Walt Whitman, Lorraine Hansberry, Dr. Tom Waddell, Ruth ...


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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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Chicago GL Hall of Fame announces inductees - From a press release - Fourteen 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 public. The ...


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NAACP Pres. Benjamin Jealous changed the lives of LGBT Americans - Groups respond - Statement from Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — With today's news that Benjamin Jealous will be stepping down from his position as NAACP president later this year, the Human Rights Campaign reflected on the legacy of a man who not merely led his organization to embrace LGBT equality, but who transformed the national conversation around civil rights for all Americans. "Because ...


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IOC president says he's powerless; gay party raided in India - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) outgoing president, has admitted he is powerless to stop the anti-gay laws during the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to Gay Star News. Speaking in Buenos Aires, he said, "One should not forget that we are staging the games in a sovereign state and the IOC cannot be expected to have an ...


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Bayard Rustin fellowship; Najimy, Mock to speak at summit - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National Black Justice Coalition, an LGBT advocacy organization, and the Albert Shanker Institute are joining forces to create an educational fellowship named after the late gay civil-rights leader Bayard Rustin, the Washington Blade noted. The two groups announced the launching of the new fellowship during a tribute to Rustin held at D.C.'s Lincoln Theater during the week of the ...


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D'Emilio discusses little-known part of gay labor history - John D'Emilio, professor of History and Gender and Women's Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago, spoke Sept. 7 at Center on Halsted about a significant overlap in both the histories of the LGBT community and the American labor movement. It was the featured launch program for Lavender University in Chicago, presented by Windy City Times and Center on Halsted. ...


-Angela-Davis-on-Guns-Violence-and-History

Angela Davis on Guns, Violence, and History - Prison abolitionist and activist Angela Davis was in Chicago Sept. 7, as the keynote speaker at "Bending the Arc," a new symposium series in honor of late civil-rights attorney and activist Robert Howard. The event took place at St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Beth Richie, professor of Criminal Justice and Gender and Women's Studies at University of Illinois at ...


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Remembering Danny Sotomayor - Daniel Sotomayor—renegade ACT UP activist and America's first nationally syndicated, openly gay political cartoonist—would have turned 55 Aug. 30. Before we lost him to AIDS 21 years ago, he captured LGBT life in more than 200 clever—and often infuriating—cartoons, many of which skewered the latest trends sweeping our culture. In 1989 he addressed the then-cutting-edge controversy of domestic partnerships. Today, ...


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VIEWSPOINTS Bayard Rustin: American hero no longer forgotten - ]When I taught a civil-rights class at the University of Maryland Law School, I would do an exercise with my students. I'd write "civil rights" on the board and ask them to tell me what immediately came to mind. Some of the most common answers were "Martin Luther King" or "Brown v. Board of Education;" or sometimes "glass ceiling" or ...


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Thousands commemorate D.C. march; GLSEN head among speakers - Links for earlier coverage below - Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his memorable "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., several individuals—including President Obama—spoke about racial progress from the same spot Aug. 28. In part, Obama said, "Because they marched, America became more free and more fair—not just for African-Americans, but for women ...


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Let Freedom Ring: President Obama on fairness for gays and for all - From a White House press release - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE "LET FREEDOM RING" CEREMONY COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON Lincoln Memorial 3:07 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much; to President Clinton; President Carter; Vice President Biden and Jill; fellow Americans. Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to ...


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Gay, lesbian leaders speak at March on Washington event - Video link below - WASHINGTON, DC—Joining presidents and giants of the Civil Rights movement as part of the national commemoration of the March on Washington, Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, spoke today from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging his fellow American Jews and all Americans to continue the struggle for civil rights. Capelle is ...


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Tens of thousands commemorate March on Washington - Tens of thousands of people gathered at the National Mall Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington, according to CBS News. The event—which ponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Martin Luther King III and the NAACP sponsored—featured speakers such as King, Sharpton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Newark ...


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GLSEN's Dr. Eliza Byard at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Aug. 21, 2013 — GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, today announced Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard will join Presidents Obama, Clinton and Carter and King family members on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver a speech during the 50th Anniversary Let Freedom Ring Commencement and Call to Action on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Dr. ...


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Historian Kevin Mumford talks gay rights, civil rights - by Craig Chamberlain, Univ. of illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Note: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions at the end of June favoring gay marriage. One ruling struck down federal restrictions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996, the other cleared the way for gay marriages in California. With the rapid recent progress of the gay-rights movement, including changes in public attitudes, some see parallels ...


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Event looks at Trayvon Martin case through queer, feminist eyes - In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, Chicago has seen several public events and workshops exploring its aftermath. On Aug. 15, queer and feminist scholars gathered at the famous Hull House for a panel titled, "Transformative Justice and The Trayvon Martin Case: A Consideration." There have been many cries for justice and calls for the prosecution and incarceration of ...


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Rustin focus of library series in August - The newly opened Chicago Public Library's Edgewater Branch, 6000 N. Broadway, has launched an ongoing series called "Modern Lives & Movements." Focusing on a different topic every two months, Modern Lives & Movements is an interrelated series of film screenings, book discussions and author talks. Through July and August, the series will focus on civil-rights activist and organizer Bayard Rustin. ...


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Panel reflects on progress since Stonewall - by Sandi Woods - The Foundation for a United Front held its second annual Stonewall riot panel at the First Unitarian Church in Hyde Park July 10. The panel, presented by the foundation's Public Sphere program considered questions not generally discussed in mainstream LGBT politics. Just eight attended the talk, held in the church's large sanctuary. Speakers included Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay ...


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Legacy Walk benefit features drag revue - About 50 people attended a benefit for Chicago's Legacy Project/Walk at @mosphere on July 14. The event featured performances by DIVA: All Drag Revue (Angelique Munro, Miss Sassy Trade, Marilyn Black, Monique Moyet, Tiger Sky, Terri Michaels and Wendy Sity), with Munro hosting. Munro is @mosphere's host/show director. Following words of welcome by Munro, Legacy Project/Walk Executive Director Victor Salvo ...


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Stonewall Riot panel July 10 at First Unitarian - The Foundation for a United Front is holding its 2nd Annual Stonewall Riot Panel event Wed., July 10, at the First Unitarian Society of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave, starting at 7 p.m. Activists and organizers in the community from around Illinois will be panelists at this event. The Foundation for a United Front is a community building organization that ...


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Fireside Chat with Marge Summit - From a press release - Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat with Marge Summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N. Halsted. Marge Summit, owner of Chicago's gay bar His 'n Hers, will discuss her personal history, her involvement in Chicago's legendary gay scene, and her community work with Fireside Chat co-producer and host Leatherman ...


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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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Bayard Rustin focus of Edgewater Library series - From a press release - The Chicago Public Library's Edgewater Branch, 6000 N. Broadway, launched an ongoing series called Modern Lives & Movements. Focusing on a different topic every two months, Modern Lives & Movements is an interrelated series of film screenings, book discussions and author talks exploring the lives and works of individuals whom have made significant contributions to cultural, economic, intellectual, political 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 ...


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Lachs, first openly gay judge, visits Chicago - Stephen Lachs, believed to be the first openly gay judge in the United States, visited Chicago to lecture at the Chicago Bar Association and to attend an honorary gathering June 13. California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Lachs, now retired from the bench, to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1979. The following year, Lachs ran unopposed to retain his seat. ...


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Artist visits Center for Legacy Walk event - "I believe history is a weapon. It can be wielded as a sword of wisdom and a shield of memory. It is also fleeting and if we are not careful, bits and pieces of it can be lost, destroyed, and even stolen if we are not vigilant."—Steven Reigns from an interview in The Examiner from 2011. As the first part ...


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Jerry Pritikin's Spirit of 76, images with history of their own - A GLBT photography Exhibit for Pride Month debuts at Bridgeport Art Center's HumanThread Gallery, 1200 W. 35th St. June 21st; 6-10 p.m. A collection of 50+ photographs by Jerry Pritikin aka "Bleacher Preacher", who turned 76 in January, covers two historic eras; San Francisco's volatile 1970s gay rights movement and a rare collection of photos showing Wrigley Field in the ...


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Gay veteran pleased with play based on his life - Sam Button-Harrison, a 25-year-old straight actor who lives in Edgewater, was admittedly nervous at the world premiere earlier this year of the musical Under A Rainbow Flag, based on the life of gay World War II veteran Jon Phillips, a 91-year-old Chicago-area resident. UPDATE: "Under A Rainbow Flag" has been honored with a Non-Equity Jeff Award. See www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/-Pride-Films-Plays-wins-two-Non-Equity-Jeff-Awards/43085.html . ...


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LGBT stoles on display in Rockford June 2-23 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fifty decorated stoles that nod to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be on display June 2-23 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford, according to RRStar.com. The long strips of fabric pastors typically wear over the shoulders are among 1,000 in the Shower of Stoles Project. Each stole contains the story of a LGBT person who is ...


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Holocaust Memorial Museum 20th anniversary tour here June 9 - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC—Marking two decades of honoring the memory of the Holocaust and inspiring citizens and leaders worldwide, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will bring its 20th anniversary National Tour to Chicago on June 9. Chicago marks the fourth and final stop of the National Tour, which, together with the Museum's National Tribute to Holocaust Survivors and World War II ...







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