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Before-Stonewall-series-Oct-11-18

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


Remembering-Edward-Albee-

Remembering Edward Albee - He wouldn't correct you if you said it wrong, but if you wanted to earn his respect you needed to pronounce his name the way he preferred: Edward All-bee and not Al-bee. Widely regarded as "America's Greatest Living Playwright" following the death of Arthur Miller, Edward Albee died Sept. 16 after a short illness. He was 88. Albee's partner of ...


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


Legacy-LIVE-event-remembers-gay-9-11-hero

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


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

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


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Project& updates the vision of Studs Terkel's 'Working' - Introducing his groundbreaking 1974 best-seller Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do, iconic Chicago author, radio personality, performer, historian and activist Louis "Studs" Terkel wrote, "To earn one's bread by the sweat of one's brow has always been the lot of mankind. No matter how demeaning the task, no matter ...


Book-reveals-LGBT-activism-in-Germany

Book reveals LGBT activism in Germany - In the new book Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945, from Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press, author Clayton J. Whisnant recounts the emergence of various "queer identities" in Germany from 1880 to 1945 as well as the political strategies that early gay and lesbian activists pursued. Germany in the late nineteenth and early ...


Event-to-mark-15th-anniv-of-9-11

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


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


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


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


Leather-Archives-Museum-celebrates-25-years-with-free-weekend

Leather Archives & Museum celebrates 25 years with free weekend - From a press release - CHICAGO, August 26th, 2016 — Nestled amid a residential/business corridor of Rogers Park in Chicago, the Leather Archives & Museum—an arguably unique, off-the-beaten-path museum—is preparing to celebrate its work of preserving leather/fetish/BDSM/kink history this fall, when the museum will host its 25th Anniversary Weekend, September 16th to 18th. Admission for all programs/events will be free and open to the public. ...


Fight-escalates-over-Langston-Hughes-home

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


Legacy-Live-looks-at-LGBT-history

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


Remembering-Bayard-Rustin-the-civil-rights-movements-Brother-Outsider

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


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Leather Fireside Chat travels to Amsterdam - From a press release - Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat, in cooperation with Leatherhistory.eu Foundation, is joining Amsterdam Leather Pride this year with a live-on-stage interview with Amsterdam's own Martijn Bakker Saturday, Oct. 29 at Club Church. Martijn will discuss his leather history, contributions, knowledge and observations. "Truly this is an interview not to be missed," said chat host leatherman Douglas O'Keeffe. "Martijn's leather ...


The-1000-Mile-March-Chicago-Freedom-Summer-remembered

The 1,000 Mile March: Chicago Freedom Summer remembered - From a press release - Dr. King referred to the August 1966 march into Marquette Park and the other efforts of the Chicago Freedom Movement that summer as the "first step in a one thousand mile journey." In many ways, that march, as well as the series of organizing efforts associated with the Movement, was about challenging a divided city and reclaiming the notion of ...


National-Archives-event-features-LGBTQ-rights-discussion-and-YEPP-

National Archives event features LGBTQ rights discussion and YEPP - The National Archives and Records Administration ( NARA ) hosted an event focused on LGBTQ human and civil rights July 15 at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). This was part of a two-day series of events under the banner—Amending America: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights. Modesto "Tico" Valle ( CEO of the Center ), Jane Markham ( ...


Poet-Richard-Blanco-keynotes-National-Archives-LGBTQ-Human-and-Civil-Rights-discussion-

Poet Richard Blanco keynotes National Archives LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights discussion - Speaking at the Chicago History Museum July 16, poet Richard Blanco said that his work has long been dominated by a search for and a remembrance of "home," adding that he frequently evoked "a universal longing to 'belong' to someone or someplace." Growing up as part of a Cuban family in Miami, Blanco said there were two representations of 'home' ...


National-Archives-event-spotlights-LGBT-civil-rights-

National Archives event spotlights LGBT civil rights - The National Archives and Records Administration ( NARA ) hosted a series of discussion panels July 16 with local and national speakers highlighting current concerns in the LGBTQ community. The discussions, which took place at the Chicago History Museum, came as part of NARA's yearlong National Conversation on Rights and Justice series, which address civil and human rights in a ...


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


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National Archives LGBTQ event in Chicago July 15-16 - On July 15-16, the National Archives and Records Administration ( NARA ) will host the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights at the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum. This program is part of a nationwide initiative to facilitate discussion of rights in the 21st century. On Friday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m. ...


Legacy-Project-program-examines-pivotal-LGBT-Supreme-Court-cases-

Legacy Project program examines pivotal LGBT Supreme Court cases - As part of its Legacy LIVE series, the LGBT educational organization The Legacy Project brought its groundbreaking digitally interactive Legacy Wall to the Center on Halsted the last week of June. Coinciding with the display was a June 29 program with five speakers discussing six significant LGBT-related U.S. Supreme Court cases. The Legacy LIVE series is presented by Legacy Project, ...


LGBTQ-history-Love-finds-its-way

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


LAM-to-exhibit-Excavating-Experience-in-July

LA&M to exhibit 'Excavating Experience' in July - "Excavating Experience: The Presence of LGBTQ People of Color in Cook County, IL" is a multimedia exhibit that will open Saturday, July 2, at the Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ), 6418 N. Greenview Ave. An opening reception will be held in the museum's gallery at 5-7:30 p.m. on July 2. "Excavating Experience" draws upon materials from the museum's ...


Obama-designates-Stonewall-monument

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


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

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


The-Legacy-Live-series-explores-LGBT-history

The Legacy Live series explores LGBT history - June 21, 2016—A new series of LGBTQ programming from The Legacy Project, the Northalsted Business Alliance and the Center on Halsted aims to entertain as much as educate. The Legacy LIVE Series, uses art, film, music, discussion and more to explore LGBTQ history with an insightful series of programs The series debuted to a sold out crowd on May 31 ...


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


Girls-in-Boystown-walking-tour-July-10-

Girls in Boystown walking tour July 10 - From a press release - Tour company Chicago for Chicagoans announces their second monthly event: Boystown Walking Tour—an information-packed 2-hour walking tour of the Boystown neighborhood, set to take place July 10 from 6-8 p.m. The tour will feature special guest collaborator Andie Mckenzie Meadows, a queer femme activist, Boystown historian and photographer who will contribute her femme-focused and queer-inclusive perspective on the history of ...


National-Archives-LGBTQ-Human-Civil-Rights-event-in-Chicago-

National Archives 'LGBTQ Human & Civil Rights' event in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — The National Archives and the National Archives Foundation today opened registration for the "National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning ( LGBTQ ) Human Rights & Civil Rights," in Chicago, July 15-16. Held from spring 2016 to early 2017, the National Conversation series explores topics related to the continuing and often ...


LGBTQ-Legacy-Wall-coming-to-Center-on-Halsted-June-27-July-3-

LGBTQ Legacy Wall coming to Center on Halsted June 27-July 3 - From a press release - The Legacy Project has announced that its acclaimed "Legacy Wall" will make its debut on Chicago's iconic North Halsted Street with a week-long engagement at Center on Halsted, June 27-July 3. The display will occupy the upper level "Library" space adjacent to the John Baran Hall, off the second floor Walgreens Reception Area. Overlooking Halsted Street, the Legacy Wall will ...


Leather-Archives-Museum-turns-25

Leather Archives & Museum turns 25 - Formed in 1991 by Chuck Renslow and Tony DeBlase and incorporated by the state of Illinois the same year, the Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) has been serving and protecting the history of the fetish community for 25 years. To this day it remains the only institution in the United States dedicated to the compilation, preservation, maintenance and ...


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


Chicago-History-Museum-OUT-event-looks-at-history-of-hooking-up-

Chicago History Museum OUT event looks at history of hooking up - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 11, 2016 ) — New technology has introduced innovative and unexpected ways of bringing LGBTQ people together. Explore this fascinating history at "Looking? The History of Hooking Up" on Thursday, May 19 at the Chicago History Museum. Brian Mustanski, director of the new Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, moderates a talk about ...


Rep-Nadler-wants-National-Monument-for-Stonewall-

Rep. Nadler wants National Monument for Stonewall - From a press release - NEW YORK, NY —Today, New York federal, state and city elected officials called on President Obama and federal administration officials to designate a new national monument at Christopher Park commemorating the Stonewall Uprising, which launched the modern LGBT civil rights movement in 1969. Immediately ahead of a public listening session hosted by Congressman Jerrold Nadler in Greenwich Village, where Secretary ...


Kitty-Genoveses-murderer-dies-in-prison

Kitty Genovese's murderer dies in prison - By Carrie Maxwell Although not known to the wider world, Catherine Susan "Kitty" Genovese was a lesbian and in a relationship with Mary Ann Zielonko at the time of her rape and murder in 1964. Genovese's murderer, Winston Moseley—who confessed to the killings of Genovese and two other young women in a handwritten statement—died at 81 on March 28, 2016, ...


Boystown-welcomes-student-groups-on-Legacy-Walk

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


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


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Holocaust museum's dinner raises $3M - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center's 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner was held March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, where the museum raised a record $3 million. The dinner welcomed more than 1,700 business, civic and community leaders, and paid tribute to Holocaust survivors. The evening's keynote speaker was former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in conversation with J. ...


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


Boystown-welcomes-student-groups

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


Obama-names-US-Supreme-Court-nominee

Obama names U.S. Supreme Court nominee - President Obama announced on March 16 that he is nominating Merrick Garland—a 63-year-old white male chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.—to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. In making his announcement, Obama said Garland is a "thoughtful, fair-minded judge who follows the law." "People respect Merrick's deep and abiding passion for ...


Activist-scholar-Richie-keynotes-International-Womens-Day-event

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


Darrow-symposium-to-explore-racism-poverty

Darrow symposium to explore racism, poverty - The annual Clarence Darrow symposium—marking the 78th anniversary of Darrow's passing, and taking place Sunday, March 13—will examine the issues of racism and poverty. Speaking on the topic "Cook County Jail: Then and Now, The Impact of Poverty and Racism," Hanke Gratteau, who is director of the Cook County Sheriff's Justice Institute, will describe today's jail population and the efforts ...


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Leon Panetta at awards dinner March 17 - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will host its 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. The evening's keynote speaker will be former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in conversation with J. B. Pritzker regarding current events, anti-Semitism, genocide and global politics. In addition, The museum will honor Harvey ...


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


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LORDE'S LEGACY New take on notions of Audre Lorde, 'warrior poet' - The postscript to Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde is entitled The Happening. In it, Dr. Gloria I. Joseph, Ph.D.—activist, feminist, professor emerita of Massachusetts' Hampshire College and author of innumerable, internationally published essays—describes the morning of Nov. 17, 2012. It was 20 years to the day that Audre Lorde—Joseph's beloved partner and one of ...


Studs-Terkel-King-Angelou-Cunningham-Cage-and-more-from-the-archives

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


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


Legacy-Wall-on-display-thru-Jan-29

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


Hall-of-Fame-seeks-board-members-

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


Saturday-BYP100-to-march-to-reclaim-MLK-and-build-Black-futures

Saturday: BYP100 to march to reclaim MLK and build Black futures - From a press release - CHICAGO- On Saturday, January 16th The Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ) Chicago Chapter in coordination with Assata's Daughters and Black Lives Matter Chicago, will lead a march and rally in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s movement work in Chicago and to continue the fight against police brutality, economic inequality, and city corruption. "A march on the ...


Community-meeting-planned-on-Natl-Park-Service-LGBTQ-Heritage-Initiative-

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


Local-passages-in-2015

Local passages in 2015 - Laurie Benz, an out lesbian and feminist singer-songwriter, among other roles in the music industry, passed away peacefully in the Chicago area on Jan. 4 after a long struggle from a debilitating stroke. She was 57. Richard Johnson, 69, a retired City of Chicago employee and pharmacist, died Jan. 6 after a long struggle with emphysema. Christine Johnson, a former ...


National-Gay-Media-Association-expands-national-reach

National Gay Media Association expands national reach - From a press release - The National Gay Media Association ( NGMA ), which brings together the top regional newspapers serving the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) communities, announce the addition of three new papers to its membership. As of November 2015,Watermark in Orlando, The Pride in Los Angeles and Philadelphia Gay News have joined NGMA. NGMA is an alliance of ...


Minneapolis-gay-publisher-Tim-Campbell-dies

Minneapolis gay publisher Tim Campbell dies - Gay rights activist Tim Campbell died Dec. 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, from esophageal cancer. Campbell was perhaps best known as the publisher of the GLC Voice newspaper in Minneapolis, which came out from 1979 through 1992. During that period he was the go to person in Minneapolis for the media whenever they needed a ...


BOOK-REVIEW-You-Dont-Own-Me-The-Life-and-Times-of-Lesley-Gore

BOOK REVIEW You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore - Your closet is packed with mistakes. Odd-colored shirts, patchwork jeans, alligators, prairie wear, weird ties, you wore it all once. But will those things ever be in style again, even if you wait long enough? No, Nehru jackets, leisure suits, and knitted knickers are best left in the rag bag. As you'll see in the new book You Don't Own ...


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CHICAGO 2015 IN REVIEW From elections to closures - —Meeks nomination: Former state Sen. the Rev. James Meeks was, in January, nominated by Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner to become chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. Meeks, who heads the Salem Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side, has a long history of challenging goals sought by the LGBT community. The state Senate nevertheless approved Meeks in March, with only ...


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


Stonewall-to-be-National-Park-System-Historic-Site

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


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

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


World-news-Trans-initiative-Venezuelan-pol-gay-imam-Czech-adoption

World news: Trans initiative; Venezuelan pol; gay imam; Czech adoption - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Arcus Foundation and the Novo Foundation announced a five-year philanthropic initiative focused on improving the lives of transgender people worldwide, according to a press release. With lead funding from Arcus, the Global Trans Initiative will deploy grants and philanthropic resources totaling at least $20 million to transgender activists and organizations as well as work intended to ensure that all ...


Legacy-Wall-Traveling-LGBT-History-Exhibit-part-of-Youth-Summit

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


Chicago-Gay-and-Lesbian-Hall-of-Fame-induction-held

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


National-roundup-Kameny-honored-military-rape-anti-gay-attacks

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


Hall-of-Fame-looks-to-its-future

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


Hall-of-Fame-display-at-library-includes-new-name

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


Attorney-who-helped-defeat-DOMA-talks-about-Edie-Windsor

Attorney who helped defeat DOMA talks about Edie Windsor - LGBT HISTORY PROJECT by Paige Cooperstein - Edie Windsor, charismatic, stylish and articulate, found herself widowed just shy of her 80th birthday. She hadn't yet been married two years to her spouse, Thea Spyer, who died of complications from a heart condition on Feb. 5, 2009. Windsor and Spyer had been together more than 40 years by the time they made the treacherous journey to Canada, soon ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Dick-Leitsch-History-is-unavoidable

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Dick Leitsch: History is unavoidable - by Perry Brass, LGBT HISTORY PROJECT - For my friend Dick Leitsch—the last president of the Mattachine Society of New York, and who turned 80 last May—history was unavoidable. I met Dick in two different periods of my life. At 20, I attended my first and only meeting of the New York Mattachine Society, at the old Wendell Wilkie House near Bryant Park in New York City. ...


Legacy-Project-concludes-Phase-IV-celebration

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


Chicago-monument-to-honor-Ida-B-Wells-wins-fundraising-support

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


BOOKS-Gloria-Steinem-recounts-Life-on-the-Road-legacy

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


Legacy-Walk-unveils-five-new-bronze-memorial-plaques

Legacy Walk unveils five new bronze memorial plaques - Chicago's Legacy Walk gained five new bronze memorial plaques that were unveiled in the Phase IV dedication ceremony on Oct. 10 in Boystown. There are 35 plaques mounted on the rainbow pylons standing on Halsted Street. The five new inductees include The Pink Triangle, Billy Strayhorn, Rudolf Nureyev, Leonard Bernstein and Josephine Baker. By coincidence, Legacy Project Executive Director and ...


LGBT-HISTORY-MONTH-Transgender-forward

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Transgender forward - By San Diego LGBT Weekly, LGBT History Project - As the gay and lesbian community celebrates marriage equality across the United States, the transgender members of the LGBT community continue to work diligently to place their civil rights front and center, as we move into the next chapter of LGBT equality. To many, it seems as if the transgender movement has come from nowhere in the last decade, but ...







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