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Belmont-Rocks-lecture-at-Columbia-April-19

Belmont Rocks lecture at Columbia April 19 - Local scholar/historian Owen Keehnen will join Carmelo Esterrich, an associate professor at Columbia College, to discuss LGBTQ life at the Belmont Rocks. The lecture will take place at Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan Ave., room 301, on Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7 p.m. The Rocks is the famed stretch of land along Chicago's lakefront that was once the only safe place ...


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MLK's assassination reminds nation of gun violence - The 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination is, sadly, a searing reminder of unaddressed gun violence in the United States. And, because gun violence has gone unaddressed for half a century, future generations of children residing in a safer and healthier America MLK spoke about so dreamingly in his speeches now in 2018 live in ...


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$2.5 million raised at Holocaust museum dinner - The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center recently hosted its signature event: the annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner. More than $2.5 million was raised to support the educational mission of the Museum. Former Great Britain/Northern Ireland Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner provided remarks. The museum honored Chicagoans Mitchell Feiger and Pamela L. Netzky ...


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Lambda Legal's Bon Foster on April 19 - Lambda Legal will hold its annual Bon Foster event on Thursday, April 19, 6-10 p.m., at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. The Bon Foster Celebration is named in honor of the man whose legacy was the founding of Lambda Legal's Midwest regional office and the subsequent civil-rights victories fought and won in that area. Judge Patricia M. Logue will ...


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Addie Wyatt to mark 50th anniv. of MLK assassination - The Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training ( AWC ) will host "Songs of the Chicago Freedom Movement: A Concert Remix" on Wed., April 4, at 7 p.m. at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West. The event will mark 50 years since the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and be a call to action. In the ...


-Illinois-Holocaust-Museum-plans-spring-events-

Illinois Holocaust Museum plans spring events - From a press release - Following are a range of the events happening at the Illinois Holocaust Museum this spring. See www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/event for more info or to purchase tickets. WHAT CAN A HOLOGRAM TELL YOU ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST? Experience the first interactive 3D exhibit of its kind. Get real responses to real questions from the holograms of real Holocaust Survivors in the new Take ...


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Seeking out history: Jeans shorts mystery - The following curious email request made its way to Windy City Times, so we said we'd share it with our readers, in case anyone can uncover the true tale of these shorts: "I'm researching a story for the podcast Nancy from WNYC. I found these shorts mounted in a shadow box at the Halsted Brown Elephant at the end of ...


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Human First Gala to honor leaders advancing LGBTQ community, Jody Watley to perform - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( April 03, 2018 ) — Center on Halsted is proud to announce that Grammy-Winning music legend Jody Watley is scheduled to perform live at the Center's gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018. IT TAKES OUR VILLAGE marks the 11thannual Human First Gala, and symbolizes the Center's deep commitment to bringing diverse individuals together as we build and ...


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Studs Terkel Radio Archive of 5,600 programs opens to public May 16 - From a press release - Chicago ( March 7, 2018 ) — The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, one of the world's great spoken-word collections, consisting of more than 5,600 programs in various genres created at Terkel's hometown fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago between 1952 and 1997, will become available to the general public on what would have been Terkel's 106thbirthday, May 16, 2018. ...


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Gary Chichester receives Damski Award - The 21st annual Jon-Henri Damski Award was presented to longtime gay activist Gary Chichester March 31 at Sidetrack bar, on what would have been Damski's 81st birthday. Damski was a longtime columnist in gay newspapers, including for Windy City Times and Outlines. Wearing his signature Cubs baseball cap, Damski was a regular at many Lakeview and Boystown bars and events, ...


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Legacy LIVE event focuses on Haifa's LGBTQs, met with protest - The Legacy Project and the Center on Halsted ( the Center ) kicked off the 2018 season of their joint Legacy LIVE series with "When They Go Low, We Go Haifa," an exploration of Haifa Communities' House ( HCH ) Muslim, Christian and Jewish LGBTQ History Project, March 26 at the Center. A Wider Bridge ( AWB ), the presenting ...


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Gay Is Good Exhibit Opening at Gerber/Hart - From a press release - "Gay is Good: Homophile Activism before Stonewall" will open on Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m.. Tickets start at $10. Introductory Remarks will be made by John D'Emilio. The opening will feature a brief discussion by exhibit curators, remarks by LGBTQ historian John D'Emilio, and wine/softdrinks and desserts. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a ...


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Driehaus appoints new executive director - Chicago's Richard H. Driehaus Museum has announced the selection of its new executive director, Richard P. Townsend. The appointment came after an extensive national search by the museum's board of trustees. Townsend, who will be responsible for the leadership and overall vision of the museum, will take over Monday, April 2. Townsend's most recent directorship was at New York City's ...


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Japanese American Organizations Launch Oral History Project - From a press release - The Japanese American Service Committee ( JASC ) and the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society ( CJAHS ) have announced the launch of Untold Stories, an oral history project that documents experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II and resettlement in Chicago. This joint project will continue the collection of oral histories initiated during the recent exhibition, Then They ...


-Legacy-Live-Series-March-26-with-Haifa-House

Legacy Live Series March 26 with Haifa House - The Legacy Project and Center on Halsted present another in its Legacy LIVE Series of programs exploring how history is a living part of our daily lives. The program is Monday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Together with their presenting partner, A Wider Bridge, Legacy Project will welcome representatives from Haifa Communities' House in Israel, ...


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ART New Chicago exhibit celebrates the magic of Keith Haring - The buoyant work of Keith Haring—with his "radiant" babies and barking dogs, highlighter-bright palette, and recurring themes of social injustice—is the subject of a new exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center celebrating one of the largest collaborative public art projects in Chicago's history. "Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural Exhibition" features 36 original panels from the 488-foot mural created by Haring ...


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Black history program examines activism through storytelling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Center on Halsted, in partnership with Equality Illinois and Pride Action Tank, hosted a Black History Month event, "Activism Then & Now," Feb. 21 at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Several panelists spoke about their own experience as LGBTQ people. The panel was moderated by Dr. Kevin Mumford, professor of history at the University of Illinois at ...


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Journalist explains history of LGBTQ acronym at event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'd like to apologize on behalf of my entire generation," longtime journalist E.J. Graff told the audience who attended her lecture "LGBTQ: How the Amazingly Awkward Acronym Got Foisted On You" at Northwestern's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minorities in Health ( ISGMH ). The Feb. 21 talk was part of ISGMH's Current Issues in LGBTQ Health Series. Before beginning, ...


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Point notes community college program to hold event - Point Foundation ( Point ) encourages LGBTQ community-college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year degree program to apply for its Community College Scholarship Program. Students accepted into the program receive a financial award, transfer coaching, and academic planning guidance at the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles, as well as access to the Point Foundation ...


Clarence-Darrow-Symposium-to-mark-80-years-since-Darrows-death-March-13

Clarence Darrow Symposium to mark 80 years since Darrow's death March 13 - From a press release - Tuesday, March 13, the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee marks two contributions by famed "attorney for the damned" Clarence Darrow: marking the 80th anniversary of the death of Darrow—the question "How does Darrow's work and legacy influence you?" will be answered by three Chicago attorneys active in progressive causes: Catharine O'Daniel, Nabeela Rasheed and Scott A. Schoettes. Then, Darrow's contribution to ...


-Clarence-Darrow-Symposium-Marks-80-Years-Since-Darrows-Death-March-13

Clarence Darrow Symposium Marks 80 Years Since Darrow's Death March 13 - Tuesday, March 13, the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee marks two contributions by famed "attorney for the damned" Clarence Darrow: marking the 80th anniversary of the death of Darrow—the question "How does Darrow's work and legacy influence you?" will be answered by three Chicago attorneys active in progressive causes: Catharine O'Daniel, Nabeela Rasheed and Scott A. Schoettes. Then, Darrow's contribution to ...


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Bill introduced for school curriculum including LGBTQ history - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD—Students in Illinois would learn about the significant historical events and contributions by LGBTQ people under the Inclusive Curriculum Bill introduced in the Illinois Senate, according to Equality Illinois and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. The Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, was introduced late Thursday and is sponsored by state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago and state Rep. Anna Moeller ...


Point-Foundation-helps-LGBTQ-community-college-students-applications-open-soon

Point Foundation helps LGBTQ community college students, applications open soon - From a press release - Students accepted into the program receive a financial award, transfer coaching, and academic planning guidance at the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles, as well as access to the Point Foundation network of LGBTQ scholars and alumni. Profiles of Point's current Community College Scholarship recipients and application information are online: www.pointfoundation.org/communitycollege "Due to lack of familial and community ...


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Holocaust museum official on making a difference - For Matthew Sackel, who manages the education team at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, the most important aspect of his job is that young visitors come away with the message that one person can make a difference in the world. "I think a lot of people might have the idea that the Holocaust Museum might be ...


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Woodward/Bernstein event Feb. 8 at NEIU - Journalism icons and authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will participate in a conversation about current events as Northeastern Illinois University presents the third installment of the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series at 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ( book-signing at 8:45 p.m. ). It will be the first time the two ...


Courageous-Conversations-Activism-Then-Now-at-DuSable-Museum-Feb-21-2018

Courageous Conversations, Activism Then & Now, at DuSable Museum Feb. 21, 2018 - From a press release - Courageous Conversations: Activism Then & Now, an intergenerational panel discussion about the history of Black LGBTQ activism, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. tp 8p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago. The program will be in the Ames Auditorium at the DuSable Museum of African-American History. Participants are: 1 ) ...


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Sue the T. rex goes nonbinary - The Field Museum announced its iconic T. rex, Sue will use preferred gender pronouns they/them/their in an effort to honor Sue's identity and remain true to the lack of scientific data about the sex of the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered. When asked what's motivating this announcement, museum spokesperson Kate Golembiewski said, "It's a simple scientific fact. ...


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Artists mark start of Black History Month at Center on Halsted - Black artists gathered at the Center on Halsted on Feb. 1 to commemorate Black History Month with "Quiet Storm: The Art & Times of Black LGBTQ Life." Chicago-based poet e. nina jay read from her book Body of Rooms, conveying how her various identities are like separate rooms in a house. "Lesbian here, Black over here, woman over here. Every ...


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Sally Ride's widow forges new frontiers at San Diego school - Sally Ride Science contemplated for years whether or not they should remain a company or become a nonprofit. The decision was made in October 2015 when Sally Ride Science was acquired by University of California at San Diego. "It's been a match made in heaven," Tam O'Shaughnessy, Sally Ride's widow, said. "I became the CEO in 2014 and I immediately ...


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Black Lives Matter Global Network dedicates Black Futures month to Erica Garner - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Black Lives Matter Global Network will dedicate 2018 Black Futures Month to the legacy of activist Erica Garner in the wake of her untimely death late last year, and the future of Black life. The announcement comes as the organization launched their fourth installment of Black Futures Month, which was created to help the world celebrate Black ...


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NATIONAL Pro-LGBT groups' lawsuit, LPAC's search, iconic gay bar closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN asked a federal district court to permanently block enforcement of the Trump Administration's plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services, per a press release. The motion for summary judgment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington follows four U.S. district court rulings and two federal ...


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Chichester receives Damski award - Local LGBT-rights activist Gary Chichester has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Jon-Henri Damski Award. Damski was an weekly columnist, poet and community activist who died in 1997 at age 60. Among other things, he was considered among those who were critical in the passage of Chicago's Human Rights Ordinance in 1988 and the local hate-crimes bill in ...


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Center on Halsted to host Black History Month Series, At the Intersections - CHICAGO ( January 11, 2018 ) — Center on Halsted is proud to announce the Center will be hosting a series of Black History Month events in February. The At the Intersections series will kick-off on Thursday, February 1 with Quiet Storm: The Art & Times of Black LGBTQ Life. The event is a showcase of Black LGBTQ life through ...


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PODCASTS 'Mattachine' podcast creator brings the past back to life - Columbia College writing and production graduate Devlyn Camp is producing and hosting a 10-episode, serialized podcast, called Mattachine, that is currently available free on iTunes. The series illustrates the importance of LGBT history by spotlighting a crucial point in the modern gay-rights movement, the formation of the Mattachine Society in 1950 by Harry Hay. Using voice actors as well as ...


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Chicago cultural scene opens gates for Museum Week 2018 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Dec. 21, 2017 — Chicago's world-famous winters can make it difficult to comfortably discover the city, but that doesn't mean the fun has to go into hibernation. In fact, January is an ideal time to experience Chicago's renowned cultural institutions. Museum Week returns Jan. 18-26, 2018 with discounted admission, exclusive offers and special programs. During the nine-day celebration, ...


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Podcast to detail Mattachine history - Mattachine, a 10-episode serialized show available free on iTunes Jan. 4, will follow the true story of the secret Mattachine organization that catalyzed the U.S. LGBTQ-rights movement in 1950. From a spark of inspiration in 1920s Chicago, through secret speakeasy-style meetings that brought together anonymous gay individuals, the program will open FBI case files to journey through the McCarthy-era paranoia ...


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Leather Archives & Museum welcomes new executive director - Starting 2018 with a fresh start, Gary Wasdin steps in as executive director for the Leather Archives and Museum ( LA&M ) this month. Wasdin was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where he developed a love for the beach. His love for travel shows through his life's experience. After earning a bachelor's degree in theater from Augusta College, Wasdin ...


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Chicago Icon: The Marge Summit Story, Part One of a two-part feature - Marge Summit is a Chicago icon. The former bar owner, community organizer, and longtime activist has been a very visible member of Chicago's LGBT community for more than 65 years. Marge began hitting the bars in the 1950s and managed several of them before opening her own. She was the longtime owner of His 'n' Hers, a favorite community bar ...


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LGBTQ figures part of new Marshall mural - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand for the dedication of a mural recognizing 20 women notable for contributions to the Chicago Arts. Designed by internationally renowned artist and MacArthur Fellow Kerry James Marshall, the 132-foot by 100-foot mural spans the back of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., along its Garland Court side. It is the largest ...


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Change Over Time Journal calls for LGBTQ papers - From a Change Over Time press release - Change Over Time, a semiannual journal publishing original articles on the history, theory, and praxis of conservation and the built environment, is calling for submissions for a special issue, to be published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In spite of the immense historic and cultural contributions of LGBTQ Americans, the LGBTQ community at large is ...


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ALMA recognizes recent award winners - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Association for Latino/a Motivating Action, or shortened as ALMA, honored LatinX inductees of the LGBT Hall of Fame and 30 Under 30 award winners from this past June at Zebraz 18, the newly renovated restaurant by Roberto Castillo, in Pilsen on the evening of Nov. 9. This demographic's new Hall of Fame members for this year include Betty Teanga, ...


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Hall of Fame induction strikes joyous notes - Video by CAN TV below - The overall mood of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame's Nov. 8 ceremony honoring its 2017 inductees was markedly different from the tone at the 2016 ceremony, noted Chicago Commission on Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega. "Last year we were heartbroken, tonight you guys are raucous and yelling," Noriega said. While the much of the raucousness did likely stem from ...


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Professor/writer Danny Cohen featured at Holocaust museum event - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ( USHMM ) Midwest regional office hosted a talk featuring Northwestern University and Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies professor, Unsilence founder, human rights artist and novelist Danny M. Cohen Nov. 2 at Sidetrack. Cohen's historical fiction novel, "Train," focuses on the voices of unheard victims of Nazism including homosexuals, Roma and ...


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ALMA honorary event Nov. 9 - The Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) will celebrate this year's Latinx LGBTQ Hall of Fame inductees and 30 Under 30 honorees Thursday, Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m., at Zebraz 18, 1104 W. 18th St. This year's group represents the largest number of Latinx LGBTQ leaders recognized for there contributions to the LGBTQ community. See ALMA Chicago's page on ...


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LGBT Hall of Fame inductees to be honored Nov. 8 - Nine individuals, three organizations and two friends of the community have been selected for 2017 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 Wed., Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. ...


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Cleve Jones speaks on preserving LGBT-neighborhoods, politics - Longtime LGBT-rights advocate Cleve Jones was asked during a Nov. 6 appearance at Sidetrack bar what set him on his course to be an activist. Jones replied that two events had the most profound impacts on him. "Meeting Harvey Milk and losing Harvey Milk," he said. Jones, who was promoting the recent paperback release of his 2016 memoir, When We ...


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Looking back: LGBTQ History Month's canon - Winston Churchill once said, "History is written by the winners." When the Stonewall Riots occurred in 1969, the history of more than a century-long oppressed people finally got national attention. And, since that historical moment, the suppressed and closeted oral histories of our fierce and courageous LGBTQ brothers and sisters began to be documented—openly and uncensored. In less than half ...


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Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inductees to be honored Nov. 8 - Nine individuals, three organizations and two friends of the community have been selected for 2017 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 Wed., Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. ...


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Leather spot Touche marking 40th year - North Side leather bar Touché marks its 40th anniversary in November, and is kicking off the month with a five-day long celebration starting Nov. 1. "It was 40 years to the day that [owner Chuck Rodocker] welcomed everybody to the bar," said the bar's longtime manager, David Boyer. "We'll have food of course, but the big thing is, we'll be ...


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Cleve Jones event Nov. 6 at Sidetrack - Legendary AIDS and LGBT-rights activist Cleve Jones will be at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Monday, Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m. He will be promoting his book, When We Rise. Jones joined the gay-rights movement in the early 1970s. LGBT activist Harvey Milk was Jones' mentor, and he worked in Milk's City Hall office as a student intern until Milk's ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Behind the lens: Photojournalist Kay Lahusen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kay Tobin Lahusen was the first photojournalist of the LGBTQ movement, a pre- and post-Stonewall activist who helped to document the earliest protests for homosexual rights. Lahusen, born Jan. 5, 1930, in Cincinnati, is perhaps best known as the life partner of activist Barbara Gittings, but she was an equal partner in their 46-year relationship, begun in 1961, and lasting ...


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John D'Emilio lectures on LGBTQ history - In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, the Center on Halsted presented a lecture and forum Oct. 18 on the history of LGBTQ activism and the rapid development of the national LGBTQ community in the second half of the 20th Century. The lecture, presented by author, educator and historian John D'Emilio, also included a Q&A segment with Kathy Munzer, a longtime ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Cong. John Lewis on LGBT equality, social justice - by Jen Colletta - When President Barack Obama linked Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall in his second inaugural address, it was a connection that hit home for Congressman John Lewis. For more than six decades, Lewis has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice—whether it's racial equality, the women's movement or LGBT rights. Lewis began his work in the civil-rights ...


National-Park-Service-withdraws-sponsorship-of-Stonewall-rainbow-flag-dedication-

National Park Service withdraws sponsorship of Stonewall rainbow flag dedication - From a press release - ( NEW YORK CITY — October 10, 2017 ) — The National Park Service ( NPS ), which had originally approved and sponsored a ceremony to be held tomorrow at 12:00 Noon at Stonewall National Monument to dedicate the Rainbow flag, has suddenly withdrawn. The event, however, will go on. LGBT activists planning the event with NPS officials cite bureaucratic ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin paved way for lesbians - By Alex Madison - In a time when President Donald Trump has directed a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military, his administration has rescinded protections for trans students in public schools and the advancement of LGBTQ national historic landmarks are in question, the stories of those who fought for equal rights in an earlier era seem to be more important than ...


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Legacy Walk dedication Oct. 15 - The Phase 6 dedication of the Legacy Walk Outdoor LGBT History Museum will take place Sunday Oct. 15. This year, there will be the addition of a bronze memorial commemorating The Harlem Renaissance, the cultural watershed that established the first urban LGBTQ community in the United States. The public ceremony will start at 2 p.m. at 3247 N. Halsted St., ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Happy hours - One day, out of the blue, I received an email from well-respected writer Renee Bess. In her thoughtful, elegant style, she asked if I would be interested in working together to produce an anthology about the role gay bars have played in our lives. I was on board before I finished reading. A gay bar anthology, I immediately thought, was ...


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Rainbow flag to fly permanently at Stonewall National Monument - From a press release - ( New York, NY— October 5, 2017 ) — The Rainbow Flag, the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, will be unveiled in a special ceremony on Wednesday, October 11 at noon at the historic Stonewall National Monument, where, thanks to the efforts of activists, it will claim a permanent home. This historic event marks the first time that ...


Affinity-to-host-Our-Stories-Our-Voices-on-coming-out-day

Affinity to host "Our Stories, Our Voices" on coming out day - On Coming Out Day, speakers from Chicago's Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer lives community will share the diversity of their lives. Throughout history Black LGBTQ and same gender loving people have been faced with adversity, but continue to live, thrive, and love. The stories show Black excellence at its finest — from revealing same gender desire to discovering ...


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Exhibit explores city's dyke nightspots - On Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day, Howard Brown Health's "Lost & Found: An exhibit exploring Chicago's dyke spaces of the '70s and '80s" will open for a limited run ( through Oct. 28 ) at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., in Humboldt Park. The exhibit is co-organized by producer Kristen Kaza ( co-founder of Slo 'Mo Party and ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Stonewall strong - Below is an excerpt from Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health and a Strong Community, by John-Manuel Andriote. The book will publish Oct. 8 by Rowman & Littlefield; www.stonewallstrong.com. In 1961, Frank Kameny and Washington, D.C., native Jack Nichols organized the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., an affiliate of Harry Hay's original group in Los Angeles ...


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GBT HISTORY MONTH Stonewall rebellion: It wasn't Judy! - Many things have been said and written about "Stonewall," the historic confrontation in June 1969 after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City's Greenwich Village that ignited the Gay Revolution—and an incredible change in attitudes and feelings about queer people throughout the world. Among them, it happened on the ...


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Initiative launched to chronicle LGBTQ+ community, history - From a press release - New York, New York - September 28, 2017 - Chronicle, the new collaborative visual storytelling platform, has launched an initiative to crowdsource stories from LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations, creating a chronicle to tell the bigger story and visual history of the community. People and organizations add photographs with descriptive details directly to the LGBTQ+ chronicle ( currently 1948 - present ...


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Legacy Walk Outdoor LGBT History Museum to dedicate Harlem Renaissance memorial - From a press release - On Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 The Legacy Project will celebrate the Phase 6 Dedication of Chicago's award-winning Legacy Walk Outdoor LGBT History Museum. This year The Legacy Project will be adding a bronze memorial commemorating "The Harlem Renaissance" — the cultural watershed which established the first urban LGBTQ Community in the United States. The public ceremonial reveal will begin at ...


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Women's Park & Gardens celebrates Chicago women - A years-long project to celebrate accomplished Chicago women as part of the Chicago Women's Park & Gardens in the South Loop was finally unveiled for the public Sept. 14. The Women's Park & Gardens, with a field house on the corner of 18th and Indiana, and a manicured park out back, was created in the 1990s by the late Chicago ...


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39th anniversary of Peace Day on Sept. 22 - The 39th anniversary of Peace Day in Chicago will be Friday, Sept. 22, in cooperation with United Nations International Day of Peace, with speakers, live music, nearly 200 world flags, cultural performances and the interactive Call to Peace. This is part of the 21 Days of Peace initiative, taking place Sept. 7-27. The event will be at Daley Plaza, 50 ...


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LGBT exhibit in Indianapolis center - In Indianapolis, the Indiana Historical Society will host a fall exhibit featuring stories from Indiana's past and present LGBT community with the opening of a new exhibit, "Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana," the South Bend Tribune reported. The exhibit will be shown Sept. 16-Nov. 4 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center's Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery. More ...


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The Illinois Holocaust Museum to unveil Take A Stand Center - ( September 6, 2017 — CHICAGO, IL ) The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will unveil its new multi-million-dollar Take A Stand Center, an immersive permanent exhibition with a forward-looking emphasis on multiple areas of social justice, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Furthering the Museum's mission of empowering and enabling people to stand up for humanity, the Take A ...


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Group honors Danny Sotomayor - A group of people, on Aug. 30, honored the life and legacy of AIDS activist/political cartoonist Danny Sotomayor on what would have been his 59th birthday. Sotomayor was born on Aug. 30, 1958, and died of AIDS at age 33 on Feb. 5, 1992. He grew up in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago, and obtained a degree in graphic ...


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Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers to be honored with Carl Sandburg awards Oct. 11 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annualCarl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood ( "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Blind Assassin," "Hag-Seed," "MaddAddam" trilogy, ) and Dave Eggers ( "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "Zeitoun," "A Hologram for the King," "Heroes of the Frontier," "The Circle" ) at the Carl ...


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Evening with George Takei Sept. 7, in conjunction with Then They Came for Me - From a press release - ( CHICAGO ) July 31, 2017— In conjunction with its first original exhibition - Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties - Alphawood Gallery proudly presents An Evening with George Takei at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. In a one-night-only presentation, ...


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Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees - From a press release - Nine individuals, three organizations, and two friends of the community have been selected for 2017 induction into the Chicago LGBTHall of Fame, the organization which honors and celebrates notablemembers of Chicago's LGBT communities. The Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, ...


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Alphawood Gallery debuts internment exhibition - Seventy-five years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order set in motion the forced removal and internment, without due process, of over 120,000 citizens and legal residents of Japanese ancestry living on or near the west coast during World War II. For its first original exhibition Alphawood Gallery, in partnership with the Japanese-American Service Committee ( ...


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Gov. Cuomo to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 2019 - From a press release - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 2019. In June 1969, LGBT community members held spontaneous demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, considered by many as the catalyst for the modern LGBT rights movement. As part of the state's commemorative efforts, cultural events will be promoted statewide ...


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Pushing buttons - Recently, local activist Robert Castillo donated his admirable collection of political buttons—a collection that encapsulates the fight for LGBT rights in Chicago and nationwide—to Gerber-Hart Library. Before he donated them, Windy City Times asked Robert to share 10 of his favorite buttons, along with a brief recollection about their significance, both to the community and to him personally. I ...







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