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Chicagoan D'Emilio among Woodhull honorees - From a press release - The Woodhull organization announces the recipients of the 2015 Vicki Sexual Freedom Award—John D'Emilio, Monica Raye Simpson, and Diego Miguel Sanchez. "These are outstanding leaders and courageous activists," said Ricci Levy, executive director of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. "We are inspired by their work, by the lives they lead and look, with hope, toward a future they helped to ...


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OFA hosts LGBTQ history event - Organizing for Action ( OFA ) held a special event on LGBTQ Pride: Past, Present and Future July 23 at Center on Halsted. Attendees were treated to a personal tour of The Legacy Walk markers by The Legacy Project founder Victor Salvo before a panel discussed LGBTQ historical and current events. Panelists were ESPN journalist Christina Kahrl, Salvo, and Windy ...


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Cover story: National gathering honors Philadelphia's 1965 protests - Article, photos and videos at the link - The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration was held in Philadelphia over the July 4 weekend. Among the many events and exhibits was a somber march in front of Independence Hall, with 40 people reenacting Reminder Day 1965, carrying signs and wearing traditional male and female clothing as did the original protestors. Full report, photos and videos at the link http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Philadelphias-1965-protests-remembered/52115.html ...


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Philadelphia's 1965 protests remembered - Videos below - Several major events, including an historic reenactment, marked the 50th anniversary of the first Reminder Days in Philadelphia July 4th weekend. The Reminder Days were held annually 1965-1969, and were among the most critical precursors to the 1969 Stonewall rebellion sparking the modern LGBT-rights movement. The centerpiece of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration was July 4, in front of ...


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Upcoming: Legacy Project events July 11-12 - On Saturday, July 11, at 1-3 p.m., The Legacy Project will host a rooftop reception/fundraiser at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. The following day, there will be a special program at 2-5 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., featuring an address by Pepe-Julian Onziema. Onziema will reflect on the life of slain Ugandan activist David Kato, ...


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50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminders pickets celebrated at Independence Hall - Video below - On July 4, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminders was celebrated at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Reminders were critical gay equality demonstrations held each July 4th from 1965-69. During those years, activists from Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and other places across the U.S. held pickets for gay equality at Independence Hall each July 4th. ...


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National politics debated during Philadelphia celebrations - There was a discussion of LGBT politics July 2, 2015 in Philadelphia as part of the 50th Anniversary of the city's Reminder Day events, 1965-1969. The discussion was held in the historic Congress Hall, where the U.S. House of Representatives met from 1790 to 1800. On the panel were Kirk Fordham, executive director, Gill Action Fund; Kate Kendell, executive director, ...


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Wreath laying honors gay pioneers in Philadelphia, begins 50th Anniversary weekend - Video below - Supreme Court marriage plaintiff James Obergefell and three of the original picketers at Philadelphia's Reminder Day annual gay protests from 1965-1969 were at a special wreath-laying ceremony at the Gay Pioneers plaque across from Independence Hall July 2. Paul Kunstler, Ada Bello and John James joined the special occasion, reminding people of the dozens of courageous gay pioneers who gathered ...


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Forty years ago: Chicago's 1975 marriage protest - The following is excerpted from the book Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln, by Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim, published in 2014: On October 20, 1975, two women, Toby Schneiter and Nancy Davis, staged a sit-in at a Cook County Marriage License Bureau facility and were arrested. Many activists believed this event would hurt more mainstream efforts to pass ...


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National LGBT 50th-anniv. event in Philly July 2-5 - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 2-5 in Philadelphia, have announced the events to honor 50 years of LGBT activism and progress. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration is being promoted as the first national event after the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The organized LGBT civil-rights movement was galvanized when activists from New ...


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Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer - Her smile was perhaps her biggest asset. Barbara Gittings countered the vitriol of homophobes by using any tactic at her disposal. Sometimes that was verbal debate. Or wearing a flowery dress, smiling, and carrying a protest sign. Or creative activism with a kissing booth. But mainly, Gittings used her persistence and boundless energy to wear down her enemies, winning victory ...


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Kameny to be inducted into Department of Labor Hall of Honor - From a press release - WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will induct civil rights leader and worker rights equality pioneer Frank Kameny into the Department of Labor's Hall of Honor on Tuesday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at its national headquarters. A World War II veteran and Harvard-educated doctor of astronomy with the U.S. Army Map Service, Kameny was discharged, and ...


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VIEWS Why celebrate LGBT 50th anniversary at Independence Hall? - Despite popular misconception, the LGBT civil rights movement did not start with Stonewall. Like the Boston Tea Party, it was an important event. In the early 1960s, there were about 200 gay activists in the U.S. Most were located in New York, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The largest umbrella organization was the Eastern Conference of Homophile ...


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Chicago's Henry Gerber House designated National Historic Landmark - From a National Park Service press release - WASHINGTON, DC — In recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LBGT ) Pride month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Henry Gerber House in Chicago, Illinois, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming the nation's second LGBT related property to achieve such recognition. Once the residence of noted gay rights activist Henry ...


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PEW Center makes $300,000 grant for LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary - From a press release - JUNE 16, 2015, Philadelphia, PA- Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, from July 2 to 5, announced that Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded Independence Visitor Center Corporation ( IVCC ) a $300,000 grant to produce a one hour LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary, titled Gay Pioneers at 50. The documentary will be produced in collaboration with ...


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National LGBT 50th-anniv. event in Philly July 2-5 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 2-5 in Philadelphia, have announced the events to honor 50 years of LGBT activism and progress. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration is being promoted as the first national event after the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The organized LGBT civil-rights movement was galvanized when activists from New ...


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Engineer Jill Tietjen on recording women's history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - National Women's Hall of Fame CEO Jill Tietjen co-authored the enduring register Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America ( HarperCollins ) with Charlotte Waisman in January 2013. Since then, the two-pound tome has systematically altered the course of feminism through the sheer force of its existence. "I was introduced to my co-author Charlotte Waisman in 2003, ...


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National LGBT 50th Celebration in Philly - Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, July 2 to 5 in Philadelphia, announced four days of events to honor 50 years of LGBT activism and progress. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration will be the first national event after the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. "The Annual Reminders at Independence Hall each July 4th from ...


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'Pink Triangle' event remembers queer Holocaust victims - LGBT community members who faced an unimaginable collective tragedy gathered at Center on Halsted June 3 to remember queer victims of the Holocaust. Survivor Magda Brown of Skokie headlined "Remembering The Pink Triangle: Commemorating the Homosexual Victims of Nazism." "I share my story on a daily basis for many reasons," Brown, an 87-year-old Hungarian Jewish woman, said before her speech. ...


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Event raises funds for Legacy Project - The Legacy Walk Follies fundraiser, held May 31 at the Andersonville nightspot @mosphere, was a rousing success. Angelique Munro hosted the event, which featured performances from Munro as well as Bianca Xtravaganza Chablis, CeeCee LaRouge, Natasha Douglas, Miss Sassy Trade, Angel LeBare and the @mosphere male dancers. Raffles of numerous goodies and gift cards were held between acts. For more ...


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'Pink Triangle' event at Center on June 3 - "Remembering the Pink Triangle"—a public event to commemorate the gay victims of Nazi Germany—will take place Wed., June 3, at 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Center, Equality Illinois and the Unsilence Project are hosting the event in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, The Legacy Project, ...


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US Postal Service called to honor Bayard Rustin with stamp - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2015—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ activists and allies across the country in celebrating Harvey Milk Day. In 2009, California established the birthday of Milk—the nation's first openly gay elected official—as a day of special significance. "Today we join millions of LGBTQ advocates and allies in celebrating the life and legacy of Harvey ...


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Longtime gay activist William B. Kelley dies - This week, William B. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away peacefully in his sleep. There were very few LGBT Chicago activists who stayed as consistently engaged in community activism as Kelley, from early work with the Mattachine Midwest chapter, the earliest marches for gay rights and the first White House gay-rights ...


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LGBT veterans to be honored with monument in national cemetery - The first federally approved monument honoring LGBT veterans will be dedicated Monday, May 25—Memorial Day—at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, one hour south of Chicago. The monument, which was spearheaded by Stanley J. Jenczyk, junior board member of the Chicago chapter of the American Veteran's for Equal Rights ( AVER ), was approved late last year by ...


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MARK MY WORDS Most important LGBT history column you'll ever read - There is a national spotlight on the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT demonstrations in front of Independence Hall that took place every July 4 from 1965-69. While it was a pivotal change in the struggle for equality, some are revising our history out of context by stating it is the 50th anniversary of the LGBT movement. That simply is ...


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Gay Vietnam hero tells his tale - On April 3, 1975, Vietnam War hero John Riordan single-handedly took on a secret mission to rescue the Vietnamese from Saigon as the war was drawing to a close. Saving a total of 105 people—including bank employees, spouses and children—the Citibank assistant manager risked his own life so that others might continue living theirs. "I think we all have these ...


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SENIOR MOMENTS The Great Jimmy-Jam Rebellion of 2015 - - On July 4, 1965, homophile groups picketed Independence Hall in Philadelphia to celebrate the first annual reminder to demand equality for lesbians and gays. Forty brave souls attended that day, wearing jackets and ties for men, dresses for women, required garb of the homosexual protestor in the mid '60s. The conventional clothes said: "Look at us, we're just as boring ...


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UIC preserves queer Asian-American archives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) Queer Asian-American Archives ( QAAA ) Project celebrated Asian-American Awareness Month with "Preserving Community: Celebrating the Queer Asian-American Archive Project" on April 28. The event, held at UIC's Daley Library, presented QAAA's collection, which includes documents and digital images from Invisible to Invincible ( i2i ), an Asian and Pacific Islander ...


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Walter Naegle keynotes Bayard Rustin event - "Wed., Nov. 20, 2013, was a milestone in the building of the legacy of Bayard Rustin. On that day a Black man, a great-grandson of slaves, an illegitimate child raised in a monetarily poor household, born gay, a minority within a minority and an activist under government surveillance for almost half of his life received the nation's highest civilian honor—the ...


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Panel addresses Bayard Rustin's life and legacy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay Pastor Jamie Frazier of the Lighthouse Church of Chicago; Kim Hunt, Affinity Community Services executive director and Timuel Black, Chicago historian and one of Rustin's mentors discussed "Bayard Rustin: Celebrating His Time on Two Crosses" April 25 at University Church Chicago. Jason Carson Wilson, founder of the Bayard Rustin Society, provided words of welcome and served as the ...


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StoryCorps founder to lead LGBTQ discussion at the CHM May 7 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. ( April 27, 2015 ) — The Chicago History Museum is proud to welcome acclaimed story-teller and StoryCorps founder, David Isay, who will lead an evening of insightful conversations at the final 2015 Out at CHM event, StoryCorps OutLoud on Thursday, May 7 at the Museum. "David Isay is an important voice in the oral history tradition, and ...


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World news: Turing notebook; South African runner; Malawi law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A notebook belonging to late British gay codebreaker and computer genius Alan Turing has sold at auction for more than $1 million, according to Pink News. The notebook, which included handwritten notes about computer science and maths, sold at Bonhams in New York in around three minutes. Turing, often hailed as the grandfather of modern computing, was convicted of "gross ...


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Bayard Rustin event April 25 - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 15, 2015— Civil rights icon Bayard Rustin is one of the unsung heroes of the movement. A day-long event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue, Chicago, is devoted to singing Rustin's praises and pondering his life and legacy. Walter Naegle, Rustin's partner, will serve as keynote speaker. Panelists ...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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