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'Orange' nabs SAG awards - The awards season continued with the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 25. The Netflix series Orange Is the New Black won twice—once for best comedy ensemble and other with Uzo Aduba ( who portrays "Crazy Eyes" ) winning best female actor in a comedy series. In winning, Aduba edged Modern Family's Julie Bowen, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, Veep's ...


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Music events: Artemis concert Feb. 6-7; OUTMusic Awards put off - Artemis Singers concert Feb. 6-7 Chicago lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Artemis Singers will perform Adele's "Rumour Has It," ...


Chicago-Women-in-Trades-forges-new-nontraditional-lives

Chicago Women in Trades forges new, nontraditional lives - One of the legacies left when feminist leader Christine Johnson passed way Jan. 23 was an indelible advancement in the attitudes, growth and opportunities for women wishing to follow in her steps and forge a career as a construction machinist or as a plumber, electrician, welder or in any number of trades that had once been viewed as remaining solely ...


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Lesbian candidate vies to win seat as 46th Ward alderman - ELECTIONS 2015 - Business attorney Amy Crawford, an openly gay partner with the Chicago firm Kirkland & Ellis, is mounting a campaign to unseat incumbent Ald. James Cappleman, also openly gay, in the February 24th municipal election. Among the issues Crawford sees as being key to the race are public safety, economic development and sustaining affordable housing in the Ward, where Crawford lives ...


The-fight-of-her-life-Longtime-activist-Healy-battles-cancer

The fight of her life: Longtime activist Healy battles cancer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sheila Healy focuses on today, maybe tomorrow. She finds joy with her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog named Maddie and such simple things as the NFL playoff victory Jan. 11 by her beloved Green Bay Packers. She never looks too far ahead—be it a week, month and certainly not a year. She was, for instance, supposed to go on ...


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Quare Square a South Side stronghold - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Quare Square, a monthly open mic for queer women of color and allies, is a flashback to the now-defunct POWWOW, Inc., the longest-running open mic for Black lesbians in the country and a 2013 inductee into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame. "Everyone wanted POWWOW to continue, but for various reasons, it could not," said M. Shelley Conner, ...


Chris-Johnson-printer-artist-feminist-leader-dies

Chris Johnson, printer, artist, feminist leader, dies - Christine Johnson, a former Chicagoan who played a key role in the early Women-in-Print and women in trades movements locally and nationally, died Jan. 23 of complications from cancer. She was 63. Johnson and Nancy Poore were married in Canada in February 2007, their anniversary. This February would have marked their 34th year together. Johnson, originally from Cincinnati, was a ...


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Beck Kramer shines with sci-fi Web comic - Beck Kramer created a comic to submit for an anthology from LGBTQ writers and artists, yet her work was not accepted for publication. But Kramer brought the characters to life in another form. Kramer, 32, a lesbian who lives in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood and grew up in Elmwood Park, launched her comic, Relativity ( www.relativitycomic.com ), last May. It is ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-LGBTQ-theater-has-plenty-to-offer

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBTQ theater has plenty to offer - If you're looking for theater that explores LGBTQ issues, then you're in lots of luck this winter. Gender non-conformity, bullying and Broadway diva worship are just a few of the topics explored in the shows listed below. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. LGBTQ shows: A Map of Virtue, Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre, now to Feb. 14. ...


Study-Bisexual-women-face-poorer-mental-health

Study: Bisexual women face poorer mental health - Bisexual women experience poorer mental health than lesbians and both were worse off than heterosexual women in England and Wales, according to a new, large study. "Bisexual women may be more likely to experience social stress due to the 'double discrimination' of homophobia and biphobia. This stress, experienced mainly as internalized and felt stigma, could result in greater risk for ...


Thousand-Waves-Martial-Arts-and-Self-Defense-Center-celebrates-30-years

Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center celebrates 30 years - From a press release - Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center kicks off a year of events marking the 30th anniversary of its founding with a conversation with Nancy Lanoue and Sarah Ludden about the feminist roots of their own martial arts and self-defense practices, and how that blossomed into the founding and evolution of Thousand Waves. The event is February 4, from 7:45 ...


Forum-looks-back-at-a-lesbian-love-triangle

Forum looks back at a lesbian love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anya Jabour, Ph.D. visited University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) to present "A Lesbian Love Triangle at the University of Chicago: Sophonisba Breckinridge, Marion Talbot, and Edith Abbott" The Jan. 14 program was part of CSGS's series Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago. The ...


Christy-Webber-on-landscape-design-and-Chicago-landmarks

Christy Webber on landscape design and Chicago landmarks - Corn, kale, tomatoes and herbs were just some of the edibles that could be found in the display beds that were installed last summer at Millennium Park. The brainchild of lesbian landscape designer Christy Webber, the display beds combine edibles and flowers together in a unique and innovative way. Last February, Webber brought together permaculture expert Annamaria Leon and urban-farming ...


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Shimer College president talks about 'worst college' label - "There's no such thing as bad publicity."—P.T. Barnum; author, publisher, philanthropist, politician, and perhaps best known as the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus. Shimer College—a small liberal arts college in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood that was established in 1853 and boasts a unique academic program—has been under an unwanted national spotlight since last September. Shimer was tagged "the worst ...


Fertility-doctor-helps-lesbian-couple-become-mothers

Fertility doctor helps lesbian couple become mothers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For Dr. Laurence Jacobs, helping people become parents has been his life's work. One couple who benefitted from his expertise in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility is Dana and Kira Crosby. The Crosbys met in late 2004 while they were living in Boston and developed a friendship that later turned into a romance. The romance blossomed, and in ...


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Affinity kicks off 20th-anniv. year with Burning Bowl event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Our theme today is soaring forward like a phoenix. A phoenix is never defeated. It may stumble. It may fall. It may experience incredible hardship and just when you think it's done it rises up rejuvenated, renewed and transformed," said Brandee Young-Dyson, Burning Bowl 2015 mistress of ceremonies and committee member. That message permeated Affinity Community Services annual Burning Bowl ...


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PASSAGES Laurie Benz, 57, dies - Laurie Benz, an out lesbian and feminist singer-songwriter, among other roles in the music industry, passed away peacefully in the Chicago area on Jan. 4 after a long struggle from a debilitating stroke. She was 57. "Laurie was truly unique, and Lesbian Nation now must say goodbye to one of its sparkliest lights," said activist/publisher Toni Armstrong Jr. "She was ...


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Looking back: Local passages - —Joy Hightower Morris, the celebrated Chicago transgender- and HIV-rights activist; founder of TransActions; and organizing force behind the Legends Lunch All Stars Awards, honoring the lives and resilience of trans* individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS—passed away Dec. 6 after a long battle with cancer. —Carl Occhipinti, 61, the retired artistic director of Village Players, passed away Jan. 3. ...


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Alcaraz steps down from Abortion Fund - After nearly a decade as the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund ( CAF ), Gaylon Alcaraz is stepping down Dec. 31. Former grantee and current deputy director Brittany Mostiller was slated to take the reigns as the new executive director effective Jan. 1, 2015. In a statement, Alcaraz said, "In September 2015, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary ...


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TOP CHICAGO SPORTS STORY OF 2014 Retiring quarterback Grisafe - Sami Grisafe showed up for her first practice with the Chicago Force in 2007, at Lane Tech High School. She had contacted the team via the website and completed the online questionnaire, and her bio stated that she played years of youth football and also was the quarterback for the boys' team at her California high school. Force owner Linda ...


Sandra-Bernhard-John-Waters-Taylor-Lautner-parties

Sandra Bernhard; John Waters; Taylor Lautner parties - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In New York City, Sandra Bernhard joined the annual Midtown North Detective Squad holiday party—which had a somber tone this year in light of the killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, according to Page Six. Bernhard joined the festivities to support her friend Detective Kevin Schroeder, who organized the soiree to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ...


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Navratilova marries - Tennis icon Martina Navratilova married long-term partner Julia Lemigova in a ceremony in New York, according to The Huffington Post. Navratilova and her Russian partner of eight years tied the knot three months after Martina popped the question during a surprise on-camera proposal at the U.S. Open. Speaking after the ceremony, Martina told the BBC: "I'm 58 years old—I got ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Margaret-Cho-chats-about-sex-Chicago-Bob-Mould

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Margaret Cho chats about sex, Chicago, Bob Mould - Margaret Cho is one of the biggest names in comedy that has led to a multidimensional career that includes acting, singing and songwriting. Along with being a huge LGBT supporter, she is openly bisexual, winning tons of awards for her advocacy work. Cho recently performed in San Francisco with Bob Mould for a homeless crowd raising money for the cause ...


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Notes: TransTech; Court on inmate's gender; UChicago Jabour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TransTech partners with MillerCoors As part of its year-end fundraising efforts, TransTech Social Enterprise ( TTSE ) announced a partnership with MillerCoors to match all donations up to $10,000 from now through Dec. 31. Allied Media Projects fiscally sponsors TransTech, making all donations tax-deductible. The $10,000 matching program will be used to create education and employment opportunities for transgender and ...


Affinity-kicks-off-20-year-celebration-with-Burning-Bowl

Affinity kicks off 20 year celebration with Burning Bowl - From a press release - [UPDATE: As of Jan. 3, 2015, the location of this event is being changed and will be announced soon.] Chicago, IL — Affinity Community Services will kick off its 20th year anniversary celebration with their annual Burning Bowl event on January 10, 2015. For more than a decade, Burning Bowl has been an opportunity for those in the LGBTQ community, ...


COMEDY-Cameron-Esposito-The-lesbian-linguist-of-funny

COMEDY Cameron Esposito: The lesbian linguist of funny - Through BuzzFeed's "Ask a Lesbian" video series, biweekly A.V. Club columns ( "Who in the World is Cameron Esposito?" ), and stand-up routines around the country—including appearances on "Conan" and "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson"—comic Cameron Esposito ( a former Chicago and Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) readily tackles sexism, dating, and coming out, all ...


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Santiago's spouse among those included in settlement - The surviving partner of a prominent community activist is among those included in a settlement after a 2011 Indiana stage collapse, Indy Star reported Dec. 19. Lawyers representing victims of an August 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair announced Dec. 19 that they had reached a settlement totaling nearly $50 million. Among the people killed in that accident ...


Life-might-be-getting-better-for-LGBT-steelworkers

Life might be getting better for LGBT steelworkers - Anne Balay has become an advocate for LGBT steelworkers, which is interesting since she's never worked in a steel mill. Balay did however work in Gary, Indiana, previously as an instructor at Indiana University Northwest. She said the proximity to the steel mills as well as a background in blue-collar work led to her searching out LGBT steelworkers to find ...


Christine-Bland-named-2014-LGBT-engineer-of-the-year

Christine Bland named 2014 LGBT engineer of the year - Christine Bland was on a business trip earlier this year in Connecticut when she learned she was being nominated for a prestigious award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals ( NOGLSTP ). She broke down in tears. "It blew my mind away that I was even being considered, especially since there are so many ...


Women-Children-First-to-host-Sarah-Ruhl

Women & Children First to host Sarah Ruhl - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — ON Monday, December 22ND at 7 p.m. Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago's iconic Andersonville neighborhood will be hosting playwright and author Sarah Ruhl for a reading, signing and discussion of her slyly brilliant new collection 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and ...


Rivendells-Women-at-War-talkback-focuses-on-DADT

Rivendell's Women at War talkback focuses on DADT - Video below - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's Women at War depicts the lives of women in the armed forces based on true accounts from veterans. The first of two stagings on the final night, Dec. 6, was followed by a panel discussion focusing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, moderated by Rivendell's Megan Carney and including Willa Taylor, a Navy veteran; Lorry Luscri of the ...


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Recording project aims to amplify LGBT musicians - Even with more platforms available than ever to discover new music, it can still be hard for LGBT musicians to garner an audience and for LGBT listeners to find music they relate to. That's why Bianca Russelburg, a recent graduate from Ball State University with a degree in audio production, created Resonate, a mobile recording project aimed at helping LGBT ...


Michelle-Chamuel-On-The-Voice-career-advice

Michelle Chamuel: On 'The Voice,' career advice - Amherst, Massachusetts, native Michelle Chamuel—a top-10 contestant on season four of NBC's The Voice Season 4—is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music ...


Rita-Mae-Brown-on-new-book-coming-out-and-Rubyfruit-Jungle

Rita Mae Brown on new book, coming out and 'Rubyfruit Jungle' - Award-winning author Rita Mae Brown is taking the rails to Chicago to promote her new adventure in the literary world—Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. In a new partnership with Amtrak, Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, will be the railway giant's first writer in residence. The Virginia resident, who tuned 70 years old Nov. 28, was ...


Lesbian-partners-open-art-gallery-cafe-in-Kenwood

Lesbian partners open art gallery/cafe in Kenwood - By Ross Forman Dr. Nancy Jackson has long collected African art, as well as antiques, Black memorabilia and more. In fact, she's saved so much over the years, the relics were overtaking her South Side home, she admitted with a smile. Gwen Pruitt, meanwhile, has been an artist locally for more than 15 years. Jackson and Pruitt have been partners ...


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'Rubyfruit' Author Rita Mae Brown in Chicago Dec. 9 - Award-winning author Rita Mae Brown is taking the rails to Chicago to promote her new adventure in the literary world—Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. In a new partnership with Amtrak, Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, will be the railway giant's first writer in residence. The Virginia resident, who tuned 70 years old Nov. 28, was ...


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The Voice's Michelle Chamuel to play Lincoln Hall - Amherst, Massachusetts Top 10 contestant on NBC's The Voice Season 4, Michelle Chamuel, is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music has always ...


National-Womens-Hall-of-Fame-hosts-forum-on-equality

National Women's Hall of Fame hosts forum on equality - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality was the main focus of a National Women's Hall of Fame forum at Roosevelt University Nov. 17. The National Women's Hall of Fame is "the nation's oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women," according to its promotional material. Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, and Susan E. Henking, president of Shimer College, ...


UIC-center-celebrates-two-decades-of-existence

UIC center celebrates two decades of existence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's still injustice happening. That's one reason University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) remains a vital resource after two decades, according to graduate student and Gender and Sexuality Center staff member Anna Lepsch. Lepsch, the UIC community and the larger community celebrated the center's 20th anniversary Nov. 20. "While things may ...


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Lakeside Pride, Lea DeLaria and Artemis celebrate Women In Music - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles celebrated Women in Music Nov. 16 with Lea DeLaria as host. DeLaria, currently staring as "Big Boo" in Orange is the New Black, has a long history as a stand-up comic, actor, writer, and jazz musician. DeLaria helped welcome to the stage the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band with special guests, the Artemis Singers. For the occasion ...


PASSAGES-Trans-lesbian-author-Leslie-Feinberg-dies

PASSAGES Trans lesbian author Leslie Feinberg dies - The following obituary was provided by the family, and uses female pronouns per Feinberg's request. Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, NY, ...


-Roosevelt-U-hosts-Equality-vs-Liberation-forum

Roosevelt U. hosts Equality vs. Liberation forum - From a press release - Roosevelt University will host the National Women's Hall of Fame forum, "Does Equality Ask Us to Settle for Less?" at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 17. The event will take place in the Library, on the 10th floor ( 430 South Michigan Ave. ). Please bring photo ID. National Women's Hall of Fame is the nation's oldest membership organization dedicated ...


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Artemis Singers to present "Loves Lost, Loves Found" in 2015 - Artemis Singers presents "Loves Lost, Loves Found" concert Feb. 6 & 7, 2015 Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ), Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus, will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln ...


Artemis-Singers-Celebrating-35-years-of-shows

Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows - A community of lesbian feminist women who sing, Artemis Singers has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for 35 years. Artemis Singers holds the distinction of being the first lesbian feminist chorus in the United States and, in 2008, the group was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The group is open to any ...


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Eileen Myles reads from forthcoming dog memoir - On Nov. 2, the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival hosted well-renowned New York poet Eileen Myles at the Poetry Foundation. Myles opened with chronicles from poetry new and old, but dedicated much of the time for an extended reading of her forthcoming dog memoir, Afterglow, inspired by her now-late companion Rosie. As the Chicago Humanities Festival honors many artists and intellectuals ...


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BUSINESS Calif. clothiers for masculine-identified opens pop-up store - Saint Harridan will be popping up in the Andersonville area of Chicago at 1748 W. Balmoral Ave. Nov. 15-23. The pop-up shop will be between two lesbian-owned businesses Joie de Vine and Karma Salon. The businesses will be doing several cross promotions including wine tastings. Humboldt House will be providing furniture from their retail store for the pop-up. Gender-bending Oakland, ...


Queer-musicians-Alber-and-Henderson-in-Chicago-Nov-14

Queer musicians Alber and Henderson in Chicago Nov. 14 - From a press release - San Francisco's Matt Alber and Broadway's newest singer/songwriter Celisse Henderson begin a six-city tour through the Heartland this week with queer thanksgiving in their hearts. The two will be flying from their respective coasts and meeting in Chicago to kick things off—their first concert is Friday, Nov. 14 at Schubas Tavern at Southport and Belmont. "It's kind of incredible that ...


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LGBT races across nation: mixed results - Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, winning election as Massachusetts attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud's chances of becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor of any state fell short. There were mixed results for other LGBT candidates ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Lea-Delaria-talks-Orange-Is-the-New-Black-trans-backlash

NUNN ON ONE Lea Delaria talks 'Orange Is the New Black,' trans backlash - Lea DeLaria is a lady of many talents. She is a comedienne, jazz musician, and actress. She has appeared in movies like The First Wives Club along with television shows like Comedy Central's all-gay special Out There. It was Orange Is the New Black's role as Carrie "Big Boo" Black that has put her on the map and now moves ...


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Armatrading on final tour, at City Winery April 23-24 - Over her 42 years of touring, West Indies-born British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour, which kicked off in Britain in September, the three-time Grammy nominee will perform her first ever full-scale solo concerts. Her U.S. performances will include songs that span her entire career so far, with songs like "Love ...


-Rita-Mae-Brown-at-Chicago-Public-Library-Dec-9

Rita Mae Brown at Chicago Public Library Dec. 9 - Longtime author Rita Mae Brown will speak about her newest book, Let Sleeping Dogs lie, at an appearance at the Chicago Public Library, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., 400 S. State Street. The event, which also features a booksigning, will be in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, is the bestselling ...


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Melissa Etheridge: On marriage, performing - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - Everything is coming up roses for Melissa Etheridge these days. She wed Linda Wallem in May, just two days after they both turned 53, where she sang a song written especially for her with wedding attendees including Jane Lynch, Rosie O'Donnell and Sia. She also recently was one of the performers for WorldPride's opening ceremonies, alongside singers Deborah Cox and ...


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LBTQ Giving Council creates video for fundraising campaign - The LBTQ Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) was founded, according to former co-chair Laura Stempel, "for queer women to bring issues that plague our community to the attention of the rest of CFW." Back then, in the larger CFW, "people didn't say the word 'lesbian' at board meetings," she recalled. "What we do is ...


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Sports notes: Visits, honors, bullying - Event with New Zealand rugby team Oct. 31 In advance of its match against a U.S. team, the public is invited to a free event featuring the rugby team the New Zealand All Blacks. The event will be Friday, Oct. 31, at Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Attendees will enjoy New Zealand-inspired food and drink, ...


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BETTY returns for holiday show - [UPDATE: Show postponed.] BETTY, New York City's iconic pop/performance band, returns to City Winery Chicago for their legendary annual "Holiday Show" Monday, Dec. 15, showtime 8 p.m. Friends since childhood and artistic co-conspirators, Amy Ziff ( Vocals, Cello, Piano ), Elizabeth Ziff ( Vocals, Guitar, Programming ) and Alyson Palmer ( Vocals, Bass, Percussion, Programming ) have been recording, touring, ...


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Women honored at Center on Halsted event - The floor-to-ceiling windows and ballet bars lining the Melk Studio in the Joffrey Tower provided the perfect setting for the Center on Halsted's "By Women for Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" awards Oct. 25. The event was part of the continuing work of the Women's Action Committee at the Center, which has hosted fundraisers and emphasized the exceptional achievements of LGBTQ women in ...


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Alison Bechdel: Artist, genius and instigator of change - - In September, Alison Bechdel became the second cartoonist to receive a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, and received acclaim for its witty depiction of lesbian life and the challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community for acceptance. Bechdel's graphic memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic ...


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Lesbian veteran to be buried with late wife in Idaho cemetery - ( Boise, ID, October 22, 2014 )—A 74-year-old Navy veteran who challenged Idaho's marriage equality ban so she could be buried with her late wife in Idaho's state-run veterans cemetery will have her wishes respected after Idaho state officials agreed to allow the couple to be interred together. Today, Madelynn "Lee" Taylor went to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to ...


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Upcoming events in film, music, poetry - The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival will feature a talk by lesbian New York poet Eileen Myles at the foundation, 61 W. Superior St., on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. In this talk ( "Poetry off the Shelf: Eileen Myles" ), she discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir about her longtime companion, Rosie. The cost ...


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OPALGA's 25th- anniv. gala Oct. 25 - OPALGA, the Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association, will hold its 25th-anniversary gala Saturday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park. This year's OPAL Awards go to Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris ( 13th District ), Illinois state Sen. Don Harmen ( 39th District ) and the publisher and executive editor of Windy ...


-By-Women-for-Women-Oct-25-at-Joffrey-Tower

'By Women for Women' Oct. 25 at Joffrey Tower - With the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted hosting, "By Women For Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Washington and McCombs, both of whom have been inducted into the ...


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Jennifer Knapp: Lesbian releases album, book with sense of self - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Christian music star Jennifer Knapp released her latest album, Set Me Free, Oct. 14 under Ani DiFranco's Righteous record label. Directly prior to her album's debut, Knapp released a full-length memoir, Facing the Music, on Oct. 7. Knapp found a home for herself under this new label after an eight-year hiatus from her musical career. For Knapp, joining Righteous ...


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Sami Grisafe inducted into school's hall of fame - Chicagoan Sami Grisafe was inducted into the Redlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Redlands, Calif., Oct. 2 Grisafe will go down in history as the first female in the state of California to play the quarterback position in a varsity Division I football game and the first female to throw a touchdown pass in a world championship tournament. ...


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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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Eileen Myles: Queer, funny, feminist stand-up and poetry - From a press release - Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles Poet Eileen Myles discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival are pleased to feature a talk by New York poet Eileen Myles. Myles' gift for chronicling the life of the writer in a queer, funny, feminist, and ultimately provocative way makes her readings ...


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Vives Q features Norma Seledon - Vives Q launched its fall First Tuesdays series Oct. 7, 2014 at Blanco y Negro Restaurant, 4043 W 26th Street, Chicago. The featured interview was lesbian leader Norma Seledon, on the fourth anniversary of the death of her longtime partner Alicia Amador. Norma's two daughters, Queli and Eva Tellez participated in the discussion, which was led by Emmanuel Garcia. American ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Mary Lambert tells her 'Secrets' - The bipolar lesbian who rocks mom jeans is at it again with a new album. Lyrics from the latest single "Secrets" tell all with a description of the personal things that make her unique—including the characteristics mentioned in the opening sentence. The massive hit "Same Love" took over the airwaves with her guest vocals on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ...


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LGBT athletes: making an impact on and off the field - Esera Tuaolo walked onto the fabled grass at Wisconsin's Lambeau Field Sept. 14 to sing the national anthem before the Green Bay Packers' home opener against the New York Jets. He wore a green Packers jersey with No. 98 on it and admittedly was both excited and nervous. In addition to his performance, the team's pregame ceremony included a video ...


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National Center for Lesbian Rights benefit in Chicago Oct. 18 - The National Center for Lesbian Rights will benefit from an event hosted by Chicago-area lesbian philanthropist Sarah Schmidt Saturday, Oct. 18, 5-7 p.m. in Wilmette. Schmidt, a National Leadership Council member of NCLR, is also a co-founder of LPAC, the national lesbian political action committee. Kate Kendell, Esq., NCLR executive director, said the program will update guests on NCLR's work: ...


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Foster-to-adoption success story spans two generations - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty-year-old Chicago native Ella Thomas has always believed in paying it forward and she credits her success to the case workers at the Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) who gave her a chance at a better life. Thomas is not only a product of DCFS she also works for them and became a foster/adoptive mother herself. ...


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Focused Media launches with celebration of The Gay Agenda - Activist Mary Morten and Jim Bennett's newly launched production company, Focused Media LLC, was created to "produce socially relevant content … for underrepresented voices and to challenge preconceived notions," according to Bennett. And on Oct. 1 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, attendees gathered to celebrate the upcoming second season of one of its projects, The Gay Agenda. The Gay Agenda is ...


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She100 gives back to the queer community through grants - A little over a year ago, four Chicago-based queer women—Brooke Skinner, Angela Barnes, Maia Benson and Amy Bloom—were engaged in a dinner conversation regarding the presence of LGBTQ women when it comes to giving back to their Chicago community in terms of advocacy work and charitable donations. "It really started with a conversation about engagement and why the majority of ...


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Jane Saks expands social-justice brand with Project& - The word "and" comes after everything Jane M. Saks does. A cultural alchemist, arts advocate, creative collaborator and producer, educator, published writer and poet, Saks has now introduced her newest work, Project&. "Social justice is the rent you pay for the space you take up on earth," Saks said in quoting her great grandmother, who instilled that strong belief through ...


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Forward-toward male volunteer Lenny Earl: fests, transition - Robin Tyler was the first woman to marry her same-sex partner, Diane Olson, in Los Angeles in 2008. She has been coined a "lesbian feminist" by the media throughout the years; a visionary breaking new ground to aid in the LGBT community's expansive pursuit of equality. Tyler also produced of the West Coast Women's Music and Comedy Festival—a trans-inclusive women's ...


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Dr. Hughes honored with UIC research award - Dr. Tonda L. Hughes received the inaugural Distinguished Research Award, one of the most prestigious honors presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Sept. 26. Hughes is a professor in the Department of Health Systems Science ( HSS ). She is an international expert in the area of alcohol use among lesbians. She is also the ...







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