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GUEST COLUMN On I Am Not Your Negro - "People invent categories in order to feel safe. White people invented black people to give white people identity...Straight cats invented faggots so they can sleep with them without becoming faggots themselves." — James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni, A Dialogue ( 1973 ) To understand what is missing from Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro, and how James Baldwin ...


Center-on-Halsted-museum-host-Boystown-event

Center on Halsted, museum host 'Boystown' event - By Molly Sprayregen - On May 18, the Chicago History Museum held an event at the Center on Halsted ( "The Center" ) that both explored the development of Boystown and debated the positive and negative ramifications of the changes the neighborhood has undergone throughout the gay rights movement. This particular event, the first ever held outside the museum, featured speaker Jason Orne, author ...


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Dignity/Chicago marks 45 years with dinner, awards ceremony - DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke was the keynote speaker at Dignity/Chicago's ( the advocacy organization for LGBTQI Catholics and their allies ) 45th anniversary celebration May 20 at Francesca's on Taylor. Ramon Rodriguez, president of Dignity/Chicago's board of directors, spoke about what it must have felt like to be one of the founders of Dignity. "Just a few years earlier, ...


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9/11 friar to be honored June 10 - Father Mychal Judge—an openly gay Franciscan friar who was one of the first responders who showed up to the twin towers once disaster struck on Sept. 11, 2001—will be among those honored at this year's Irish-American Hall of Fame Awards Gala on Saturday, June 10, 6:30-10 p.m., at The Erin Room at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox ...


Out-at-CHM-event-to-explore-Boystown

'Out at CHM' event to explore Boystown - Chicago History Museum ( CHM ) will continue its Out at CHM series with the program "From New Town to Boystown to Lakeview" that will be held Thursday, May 18, at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The panel discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. and includes a reception at 5:30 p.m. Panelists Andie Meadows ( a queer femme ...


Internment-exhibition-to-run-in-June

Internment exhibition to run in June - Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., is showing "Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties" in June. Then They Came for Me will be unveiled in multiple phases in 2017. It will open with a major installation of photographs by several noted U.S. photographers, including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. ...


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Activists at ACT UP movie screening - Owen Keehnen ( from left ), Tim Miller, Victor Salvo and Richard Knight Jr. posed at the Chicago Cultural Center on May 12, following the screening and Q&A session for How to Survive a Plague, the Oscar-nominated documentary about the history of the AIDS activist group ACT UP. This was part of the Cinema Q film series line-up that will ...


From-New-Town-to-Boystown-to-Lakeview-program-May-18-at-Center-on-Halsted

From New Town to Boystown to Lakeview program May 18 at Center on Halsted - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 8, 2017 ) — Explore the triumphs of the nation's first officially recognized gay village and examine the neighborhood's underlying social tensions at the Chicago History Museum's Out at CHM program, "From New Town to Boystown to Lakeview." The final program in the Out at CHM 2017 series takes place Thursday, May 18 at the Center on ...


Puerto-Rican-Cultural-Center-leads-LGBTQ-Education-Delegation-to-Cuba

Puerto Rican Cultural Center leads LGBTQ Education Delegation to Cuba - Mariela Castro—daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and president of the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX)—invited the Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago (PRCC) to lead a delegation to Havana. The delegation will be in Cuba through May 15. The goal is to create an ongoing transnational dialogue around HIV/AIDS transmission; the relationship between transmission rates and homophobia and ...


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BOOKS Emily Hobson talks 'Gay and Lesbian Left' at Newberry - Author Emily Hobson joined the University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Women's Studies Director Jennie Brier in conversation at the Newberry Library April 28. Hobson is the author of Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left, and is an assistant professor of history and gender, race and identity at the University ...


Harlem-Renaissance-comes-to-Center-on-Halsted

Harlem Renaissance comes to Center on Halsted - Live music, Bloody Marys, mimosas, great food, amazing art up for auction and LGBTQ history—these were hallmarks of a recent Legacy Project event. On April 24, The Legacy Project hosted an event at the Center on Halsted that took its attendees back to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. The brunch celebrated the first urban queer subculture in the United ...


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Council on Global Affairs holds LGBT-rights conversation - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosted a conversation-based event titled "The Global LGBTQ Rights Movement" on April 27. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight on global issues and is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues beyond borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world. ...


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Addams in LGBT Hall of Fame - Jane Addams was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2008. When Addams founded Hull-House, her close companion in life and work was Ellen Gates Starr. They built Hull-House together. By the mid-1890s, Starr left full-time residence at Hull-House with Addams, and Mary Rozet Smith, a donor to Hull-House, had become Addams's personal companion. Smith and Addams remained ...


Chicago-Architecture-Biennial-adding-Community-Anchor-sites

Chicago Architecture Biennial adding Community Anchor sites - From a press release - April 11, 2017 — Today the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced an expansion into Chicago's neighborhoods by adding six museums and institutions that will serve as Community Anchor sites for 2017. They include The Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of ...


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'Wright Plus 150' housewalk May 20, Robie House tours in April - 'Wright Plus 150' The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is kicking off a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright with special features for the annual housewalk Wright Plus 150, on Saturday, May 20, in Oak Park. Wright Plus 150 includes: —Four private Wright homes: The Laura Gale House ( 1909 ), the Arthur B. ...


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Allyn Mansion mixes B&B charm, hotel luxuries - Located about two hours from Chicago, the Allyn Mansion in Delavan, Wisconsin, promises bed and breakfast-style hospitality with the attention and amenities of a boutique hotel. The mansion was built in 1885 as the principal residence of the Alexander Allyn family, wealthy local farmers; it was designed by noted Milwaukee architect E. Townsend Mix. Alexander Allyn died in 1913, and, ...


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Center to mark 10 years at annual gala - Center on Halsted will mark its 10th anniversary with its annual "Human First" gala on Saturday, May 20, at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave. Cocktails and the reception will take place at 5:30 p.m., with the awards, dinner and dancing starting at 7 p.m. This year, Center on Halsted is honoring Fred Eychaner, chairman of Newsweb Corporation and president ...


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Nominations saught for Hall of Fame - Nominations are now being taken for the 2017 class of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are recognized for their contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. Names can be submitted in one of three categories: Individual, Organization, or Friend of the Community. Through the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world ...


Crossroads-Funds-awards-March-31

Crossroads Fund's awards March 31 - Crossroads Fund's annual Seeds of Change awards event is Friday, March 31, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Awards will be given to Mariame Kaba and Project NIA ( the Ron Sable Award for Activism ), the Arab American Action Network ( the Donald F. Erickson Synapses Award ) and Organized Communities Against Deportations ( ...


Internment-exhibition-to-run-in-June

Internment exhibition to run in June - Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., will show "Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties" in June. Then They Came for Me will be unveiled in multiple phases in 2017. It will open with a major installation of photographs by several noted U.S. photographers, including Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. ...


Anniversary-of-Kings-assassination-marked-with-citywide-teach-in-April-4

Anniversary of King's assassination marked with citywide teach-in April 4 - From a press release - Under the rubric, "Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild," a new Chicago coalition will host a citywide teach-in Tuesday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. The event marks a new level of unity forming among labor, Black ...


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Anniversary of King's assassination marked with citywide teach-in April 4 - Under the rubric, "Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild," a new Chicago coalition will host a citywide teach-in Tuesday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Lither King, Jr. The event marks a new level of unity forming among labor, Black ...


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Explore Wright's Robie House during April After Hours - The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will host its semiannual After Hours gathering at Wright's Prairie-style masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House in April. Robie House will be open 5-8 p.m. every Friday in April, beginning April 7, and continuing on April 14, 21 and 28. Robie House is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Drinks ...


LGBTQ-military-and-veteran-monument-backers-gather-at-Sidetrack

LGBTQ military and veteran monument backers gather at Sidetrack - Supporters of a new monument to honor the service of LGBTQ military members and veterans gathered at Lake View spot Sidetrack on March 18. The Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) has spearheaded the design, construction and approval of the installation of a stone monument near the former police station at the northwest corner ...


San-Franciscos-Harvey-Milk-Plaza-may-become-LGBT-civil-rights-memorial

San Francisco's Harvey Milk Plaza may become LGBT, civil rights memorial - From a press release - ( SAN FRANCISCO, CA ) MARCH 22, 2017 - When San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk took his bullhorn and rallied crowds at the intersection of Market and Castro Streets in San Francisco, he inspired a generation and helped forge the LGBT civil rights movement, and now steps are underway to make this hallowed ground a fitting tribute to both Milk ...


Nominations-open-for-2017-class-of-the-Chicago-LGBT-Hall-of-Fame

Nominations open for 2017 class of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame - Nominations are now being taken for the 2017 class of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are recognized for their contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. Names can be submitted in one of three categories: Individual, Organization, or Friend of the Community. Through the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world ...


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LGBTQ veterans plan Halsted St. monument honoring LGBTQ military service, seek support - The Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) is inviting donations in support of a new monument to honor the service of LGBTQ military members and veterans. The stone monument is to stand at the northwest corner of Halsted and Addison Streets and is to be dedicated in a ceremony on Memorial Day 2017. On Saturday, March ...


Annual-commemoration-of-Clarence-Darrow-to-take-place-Monday-March-13

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


Out-at-the-CHM-event-examines-art-AIDS-and-activism

'Out at the CHM' event examines art, AIDS and activism - Art, AIDS and activism in Chicago were the foci of the second of three talks during this year's OUT at the CHM March 3 at the Chicago History Museum ( CHM ). Joseph Varisco ( founder of "Queer, Ill, and Okay" and program coordinator at the Alphawood Foundation ) moderated a panel featuring John Neff ( consulting curator of the ...


History-project-seeks-stories-

History project seeks stories - Chicago writer Owen Keehnen is currently working on a Chicago LGBT history project on the lives of Wanda Lust, Roby Landers, Tillie the Dirty Old Lady and The Bearded Lady. Those who have stories, anecdotes, information or photos can contact him at OwenKeehnen@yahoo.com, with "History Project" in the subject line. ...


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VIEWS Black History Month is every month - "How do we aim to reverse these alarming trends and support the Black community? By uplifting Black liberation through my team's policy and advocacy work. By defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from destruction." The nation spent last month honoring the accomplishments and courage of Black people throughout American history. We celebrated Martin and Malcolm and Maya and, on ...


Chicagoan-looks-back-on-concentration-camps-for-Japanese-Americans

Chicagoan looks back on concentration camps for Japanese-Americans - "Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, 'This is not enough.'" —Yamamoto Tsunemoto, Hagakure Kikigaki: The Book of the Samurai. Roy Wesley is on a quest. On the day he was born in 1942, his parents and grandparents had been ordered to relinquish all their property and report immediately to a ...


Art-AIDS-and-Activism-March-3

'Art, AIDS and Activism' March 3 - The Out at CHM program "Art, AIDS, and Activism in Chicago" will take place Friday, March 3, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a reception at 5:30 p.m. The panel will draw on two exhibitions on view in Chicago—"ArtAIDSAmerica," at the Alphawood Gallery and "One day this kid ...


Dustin-Lance-Black-on-latest-ABC-project-When-We-Rise

Dustin Lance Black on latest ABC project, When We Rise - Dustin Lance Black not only juggles three names but usually at least three jobs with screenwriting, directing, and producing. Activism is now part of the list and author is soon to be as well. This Mormon-raised talent started in fictional gay centered short films, then moved into a documentary called On the Bus. He wrote for HBO's Big Love and ...


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AIDS film kicks off Legacy LIVE series - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 kicked off on Feb. 5 at the Alphawood Gallery with a screening of the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist. The hour-long documentary, which originally aired on PBS, explores the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. ...


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

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


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

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


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The Laramie Project in Glen Ellyn March 24 through April 15 - From a press release - Village Theatre Guild will be presenting Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project's "The Laramie Project" March 24 through April 15, 2017 at Village Theatre in Glen Ellyn, IL. "The Laramie Project" is a thought-provoking theatre piece that chronicles a community's reaction to the events following the savage death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student. It ...


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FILM REVIEW I Am Not Your Negro - "To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time."—James Baldwin I Am Not Your Negro—nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and opening at the AMC River East Theater, 322 E. Illinois St., on Friday, Feb. 3—is based on 30 pages of the unfinished work ...


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


Legacy-LIVE-to-present-Short-Fuse-Story-of-an-AIDS-Activist-Sotomayors-story

Legacy LIVE to present Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist, Sotomayor's story - From a press release - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 opens with the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist about the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. Follow his struggle to balance life, death, and protest cast against some of the most explosive footage of AIDS ...


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

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


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

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


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

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


Deaths-in-2016

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


LGBT-Hall-of-Fame-to-host-panel-on-how-Chicago-art-culture-impacted-LGBTQ-history

LGBT Hall of Fame to host panel on how Chicago art, culture impacted LGBTQ history - From a press release - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame will host a panel at Harold Washington Library's Video Theater ( Lower Level ) on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at 6 p.m. While celebrating the second annual exhibit of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame at the Harold Washington Library Center ( located at 400 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60605 ), this panel ...


Half-the-Sky-exhibit-at-Illinois-Holocaust-Museum

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


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

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


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

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


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


Legacy-LIVEs-Word-Up-Nov-17

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


AVERs-Veterans-Day-dinner-Nov-11

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


Election-tributes-at-Ida-B-Wells-grave-in-Chicago

Election tributes at Ida B. Wells grave in Chicago - While hundreds are putting stickers and tributes on the grave of Susan B. Anthony, rightfully so, here in Chicago, there is one of the most significant women in U.S. history, Ida B. Wells, buried at Oak Wood Cemetery, 1035 East 67th Street. Windy City Times staffers Jean Albright and Tracy Baim Jean went to the grave of Wells on election ...


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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BOOK REVIEW Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Jim Downs. $27.99; Basic Books; 262 pages You had no idea. How could you know? No one ever told you, nobody sat you down to explain what was what. You were blissfully unaware, kept in the dark for far too long, but read Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, by Jim Downs, and you may ...


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


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


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Lesbian historian's home up for sale - A house that was once the home of lesbian historian/librarian Jeannette Howard Foster ( 1895-1981 ) is being sold in the Chicago neighborhood of Beverly for $740,000. Among other achievements, Foster wrote the book Sex Variant Women in Literature: A Historical and Quantitative Study ( 1956 ). Gerard Koskovich, a founding member of the GLBT Historical Society, noted on Facebook ...


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Puerto Rican scholar on queer culture, racism and sexism - By Susy Schultz - Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is a man of many titles and talents: An actor, an academic, a writer, a thinker, an activist, the drag queen Lola von Miramar and a groundbreaking scholar on Puerto Rican Queer culture. He will be reading from his works and discussing his studies, as well as teaching storytelling during a free program from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ...


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Former French justice minister on equality, division - Throughout one of the most unusual election campaigns in U.S. history, politicians and the media are singled out as chief among the causes of the country's woes both real and manufactured and Donald Trump, the political outsider, has been elevated by surrogates, supporters and his own ego. It was during the penultimate month of nearly two years' worth of palpable ...


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







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