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Twenty-years-at-Hull-House

Twenty years at Hull-House - A great Chicago book: A guide to creating civic well-being in troubled times - …that the good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life."1 — Jane Addams Twenty Years at Hull-House, written by Jane Addams and published in 1910, is Addams's account of how to imagine and secure civic good in troubled times. Since I ...


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


PEACH-has-pop-up-party-kickoff

PEACH has pop-up party kickoff - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 21, Black Thread Agency—in partnership with Tito's Handmade Vodka and @LGBT_History—launched PEACH, their first pop-up party event aimed at femmes and queer women. The party, at Wicker Park's The Bedford, served as the debut for what is intended as a national event brand with upcoming gatherings in Chicago and other cities—with this event featuring a 1960s theme. Guests ...


Stud-4-Life-marks-five-years

Stud 4 Life marks five years - The Stud 4 Life Social Club celebrated its fifth anniversary April 22 with a Royal Blue and White Affair at Simeon Alumni Hall on 89th and Halsted. The event—which featured a dinner, dance and award ceremony—was a benefit for Clara's House, a shelter for homeless women and children. The event also celebrated two recently deceased members of the social club, ...


Garden-of-Eve-to-celebrate-womens-health

'Garden of Eve' to celebrate women's health - Howard Brown Health celebrates queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health at "Garden of Eve: Forward" on Friday, April 28, at Venue SIX10. "Garden of Eve is one of our signature events that brings together Chicago's LGBT women and allies to celebrate queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health," said Lia Taylor Stokes, lead research assistant with Special ...


Lambda-Legal-Mourns-the-Passing-of-Former-Board-Member-Joan-Garner

Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Former Board Member Joan Garner - From a press release - ( Atlanta, April 19, 2017 ) Joan Garner, the first openly gay Fulton County Commissioner and former Lambda Legal board member, passed away yesterday, after a long battle with breast cancer. Simone Bell, Lambda Legal Southern Regional Director, issued the following statement: "Lambda Legal is heartbroken at the news of Joan Garner's passing. She was a dedicated member of Lambda ...


Brand-devoted-to-queer-women-femmes-is-launching-events

Brand devoted to queer women, femmes is launching events - A new national event brand for queer women and femmes called PEACH will hold its first series of pop-up gatherings—Peaches Through the Ages—April 21 at The Bedford in Wicker Park. This '60s-themed kickoff event was created and curated by Black Thread Agency in partnership with Tito's Handmade Vodka and @LGBT_History. The event will feature music by DJ Tess and DJ ...


Terra-launches-Art-Design-Chicago

Terra launches 'Art Design Chicago' - The Terra Foundation for American Art announced "Art Design Chicago," a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago's role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. Spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation, with significant support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, "Art Design Chicago" was developed in partnership with more than 40 cultural organizations ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Lesbian-comic-stumbles-upon-good-Fortune

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Lesbian comic stumbles upon good Fortune - Lesbian funnywoman Emily Fortune Feimster ( better known as simply Fortune Feimster ) is on fire these days. Born in Belmont, North Carolina, Feimster left the southeast behind to move to California to pursue comedy. She started with the Groundlings then landed a spot on Last Comic Standing. Chelsea Handler made her a regular roundtable host on Chelsea Lately. Her ...


lllinois-Women-March-on-Springfield-April-25-for-agenda-budget

lllinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for agenda, budget - Women and their allies from across Illinois are expected to join forces to push for a responsible budget and progressive agenda of bills in Springfield Tuesday, April 25. Individuals representing a wide range of issues and more than 50 organizations will march around the state capitol and lobby for legislation. The list of bills people can choose to lobby state ...


Queer-special-ed-teacher-suspended-indefinitely

Queer special-ed teacher suspended indefinitely - On April 6, the day of her middle school's GSA dance, openly queer Saucedo Academy special education teacher Sarah Chambers received an email letter from Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) telling her that she was suspended indefinitely, pending further action. Speaking with Windy City Times, Chambers said the letter gave no reason for the suspension; however, later that day ...


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Darwin receives LAGBAC Vanguard Award - Longtime legal and political advocate Susana Darwin ( left ) received the 2017 LAGBAC Vanguard Award. The Hon. Cecilia Horan ( right ), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago board president, presented the award. Photo courtesy of Darwin ...


Melissa-Etheridge-lends-anthem-Giant-to-the-McGregor-campaign

Melissa Etheridge lends anthem "Giant" to the McGregor campaign - From a press release - SEATTLE — Former Seattle City Commissioner Mac McGregor is one of 11 transgender candidates running for office in the U.S. in 2017. If elected, Mac would become the first transgender person to hold a seat on Seattle City Council and the first transgender person elected to office in Washington state. McGregor is a former women's world martial arts champion and ...


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Cubs open The Park at Wrigley - The Park at Wrigley, Wrigleyville's new town square and year-round gathering place, made its debut April 10 a few hours before the Cubs home opener for 2017. The Ricketts family was joined on stage by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, program partners and members of the Lakeview community at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also on stage was Laura Ricketts, Cubs co-owner ...


SPACE-LGBTQIA-variety-show-in-Hyde-Park-April-14

SPACE, LGBTQIA variety show, in Hyde Park April 14 - SPACE is a queer variety show hosted by stand-up comedians Carly Ballerini and Shannon Noll and featuring performers in Chicago who are LGBTQIA identified. The performance is rooted in stand up, with featured acts including dance, music, drag, storytelling, and more. Space seeks to create a place for performers and audience alike to celebrate their identity and art. This month, ...


National-roundup-Calif-HIV-bill-Lillian-Faderman-Truth-Awards-Gala

National roundup: Calif. HIV bill, Lillian Faderman, Truth Awards Gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A bill that would modernize California's laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV cleared its first major legislative hurdle, an Equality California press release noted, as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 by a vote of five to two. The bill is authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...


Mary-Lambert-to-release-her-first-EP-Bold-May-5-

Mary Lambert to release her first EP, Bold, May 5 - From a press release - March 31, 2017 — ( Los Angeles, CA ) — Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert has struck out on her own as an independent artist and will release her first EP, entitled Bold, on May 5th. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks entirely on her own, and wrote two with hit ...


THEATER-REVIEW-For-the-Love-Of-or-the-Roller-Derby-Play

THEATER REVIEW For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) - Playwright: Gina Femia. At: The Buena Theatre at The Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 800-737-0984 How much will a young woman surrender in order to make her dreams come true? That's the question explored by Gina Femia in her all-female drama, set primarily at a New York roller rink, where the Brooklyn Scallywags regularly practice. New team member ...


Gildas-Club-holds-lecture-on-cancer-and-LGBTQ-community

Gilda's Club holds lecture on cancer and LGBTQ community - Gilda's Club Chicago held a lecture and discussion surrounding the LGBTQIA+ and cancer communities on March 22. "There were a lot of ideas and a lot of great energy around the idea of forming a group that can address the needs of the LGBT communities that are impacted by cancer and one of our goals at Gilda's Club is to ...


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'Women of Courage'exhibit in March - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago, 2249 W. Superior St., is showing "Celebrating Women of Courage," a traveling exhibition that local Vietnam veteran/artist Jerry Kykisz ( U.S. Army ) curated. The exhibition ( running through March 31 ) features photography, paintings, mixed media, poetry and short films of and by more than 15 ...


Gwendolyn-Brooks-events-in-spring

Gwendolyn Brooks events in spring - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The University of Chicago will celebrate the legacy of acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks with events throughout the spring, including a major gathering of scholars, writers and musicians from April 6-8. In honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth, Centennial Brooks will include a scholarly conference and a celebration of the life and poetry of the first African American poet ...


McAleer-Forte-readies-for-Berwyn-election

McAleer-Forte readies for Berwyn election - Julia McAleer-Forte said she is running for a spot on the Berwyn South School District D100 School Board to "be at the table to help plan a vision and a path to better success." When McAleer-Forte and her partner Kerry moved to Berwyn with their two children 12 years ago, school scores were higher than in neighboring Oak Park. "That's ...


Shore-running-for-re-election

Shore running for re-election - Debra Shore—a two-term member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD )—announced her intention to run for re-election in the 2018 elections. In announcing her intention to run again, Shore said, "March 22 is World Water Day, a fitting time to announce that I intend to run for another term on ...


Debra-Shore-of-Metropolitan-Water-Reclamation-District-to-run-for-re-election

Debra Shore of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to run for re-election - From a press release - Debra Shore, a two-term member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD ) today announced her intention to run for re-election in the 2018 elections. In announcing her intention to run again, Commissioner Shore said "March 22 is World Water Day, a fitting time to announce that I intend to run ...


Party-Noire-events-all-about-female-Black-joy

Party Noire events all about female Black joy - Chicagoans can dance it out when Party Noire plays Black joy on repeat. Party Noire is a dance party that began as an idea to bring Black creative millennials together for the celebration of "melanin+women," as the organizers call the concept. Lauren Ash, Nick Alder and DJ Rae Chardonnay co-founded Party Noire and kicked off the series in September 2015 ...


Entertainment-Billie-Jean-King-Outpost-John-Barrowman-RuPaul

Entertainment: Billie Jean King, 'Outpost,' John Barrowman, RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty-two years after co-founding World Team Tennis ( WTT ), Billie Jean King announced she will step away as the majority owner of the organization, ESPN.com reported. King, 73, said she was selling her share to Mark Ein, founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Fred Luddy, owner of the San Diego Aviators. King will continue to serve as ...


Indivisible-event-calls-for-action-on-state-federal-levels

'Indivisible' event calls for action on state, federal levels - Even though it was the second strategy meeting to combat the Trump agenda held in Evanston in as many weeks, an audience packed into the gymnasium of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center March 6. Much like the Feb. 27 Equality Illinois event which filled the Unitarian Church of Evanston, this session hosted by the Chicago-based grassroots organization Indivisible included a panel of ...


SPRING-THEATER-PREVIEW-Classics-revivals-offer-breath-of-fresh-air

SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Classics, revivals offer breath of fresh air - It might not all be jam and sunshine yet, but after the ominous rumblings of 2016, anything not heralding apocalypse is enough to lift the spirit. Classic plays serve to remind us of hard times that we survived, so restore your morale at some of these: Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. A corrupt ...


Cecilia-Horan-talks-about-new-judicial-role

Cecilia Horan talks about new judicial role - Cecilia Horan, who was appointed in January to be an at-large Cook County Circuit Court judge, said she had been trying to "put the pieces in place" for a long time before she found out that she'd been appointed to her new post. Horan, who is lesbian, was appointed by Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court to ...


Womens-Day-march-defies-Trump-agenda-

Women's Day march defies Trump agenda - It wouldn't be Chicago if the only parade on St. Patrick's Day weekend was left to revelers decked out in green hats. At least 300 people braved a bitterly cold afternoon to commemorate International Women's Day with a March 12 rally and demonstration "for Equality, Justice & Power" through downtown Chicago in a passionate expression of defiance against the Trump ...


11th-Circuit-rules-against-employee-forced-out-for-being-a-lesbian

11th Circuit rules against employee forced out for being a lesbian - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta, March 10, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit largely affirmed a lower district court's ruling dismissing the lawsuit of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was targeted for harassment and effectively terminated from her job at Georgia Regional Hospital because she is a lesbian and didn't conform to gender norms in ...


Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-in-2017-getting-poor-news-coverage

Murders of trans women of color in 2017 getting poor news coverage - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Following the collective uprising on International Women's Day, J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice issued a statement drawing attention to the alarming violence taking place against transgender women of color. Within the first two months of 2017 seven transgender women of color have been murdered and yet there continues to ...


Amigas-Unidas-event-March-11-

Amigas Unidas event March 11 - Celebrating International Women's Day, Amigas Unidas: En La Fe will hold "Guiadas For Amor" Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Amigas Unidas En La Fe is "a bilingual group of lesbians and bisexual womyn fostering a spiritual life based on our faith, and focused on our personal, spiritual, emotional and professional growth," according to a press release. For more info, ...


Women-focused-LGBTQIA-Muslim-group-launches

Women-focused LGBTQIA+ Muslim group launches - Founded in late 2016 by Mahdia Lynn, Masjid al-Rabia is a women-centered, LGBTQIA+ community group providing spiritual care for marginalized Muslims. Masjid al-Rabia has no imam or a centralized authority, and is completely community led. Board members act as custodians of the space and include Lynn, Zaynab Shahar ( theologian, writer and co-founder of Third Coast Queer Muslims ) and ...


National-roundup-Genderqueer-baseball-exec-letter-to-Sessions-Ark-bill

National roundup: Genderqueer baseball exec, letter to Sessions, Ark. bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Sonoma Stompers announced that Jen Ramos, a baseball writer and data journalist from Northern California, would be the team's new assistant general manager—making Ramos possibly the first genderqueer executive in professional sports, ThinkProgress noted. Ramos is an experienced data analyst and prospect evaluator with a master's of science in journalism from the University of Southern California and digital media ...


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Entertainment: 'Drag Race,' Whitney Houston, Timberlake, 'Moonlight' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - EW.com revealed that the Emmy-winning reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season will debut to a broader audience Friday, March 24, on VH1. The network is set to broadcast each of the series' subsequent episodes for the remainder of the season, marking the first time Drag Race has shifted networks across its eight-year history, having previously aired more than ...


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CFW LBTQ Giving Council hosts women's day dance - The Chicago Foundation for Women's LBTQ Giving Council hosted its 3rd International Women's Day Dance March 4 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Pictured are CFW and LBTQ Giving Council representatives. The event featured food, beverages and dancing to DJs Tess and OCD. Dollars raised will go back into the LGBTQ community in the form of ...


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MOVIES 'Watermelon Woman' celebrates 20 years with re-release - It's been 20 years since filmmaker Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman debuted to audiences across the country and brought one of the first depictions of Black lesbian identity to movie screens. The Watermelon Woman was Dunye's first feature film, and it was the first feature film that a Black lesbian made. The film tells the story of Cheryl ( Dunye ...


Celebrating-Women-of-Courage-includes-photo-tribute-to-military-women-

Celebrating Women of Courage includes photo tribute to military women - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL - Just added to the Celebrating Women of Courage exhibition at the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago is an important, first-of-its-kind veteran-made memorial, honoring 194 fallen women who served in various branches of the U.S. military under the department defense since September 11, 2001. The display case ( designed to accommodate wheelchair accessibility ) contains 194 dog tags ...


World-news-Queer-Heritage-Croatian-protest-Brazils-Carnival

World news: 'Queer Heritage,' Croatian protest, Brazil's Carnival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Activists planted unofficial "Queer Heritage" plaques on the House of Lords and other landmarks, Evening Standard reported. Four women put up the blue plaque to commemorate lesbian activists who caused an uproar by entering the chamber in 1988 in a protest against Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which banned local authorities from "promoting homosexuality." The plaques are modeled ...


Cris-Williamson-classic-recorded-by-Holly-Miranda-Ani-DiFranco-to-benefit-Standing-Rock

Cris Williamson classic recorded by Holly Miranda, Ani DiFranco to benefit Standing Rock - Wednesday February 22, 2017 New York, NY — Today the Detroit-born Singer and songwriter Holly Miranda announced the release of "Midnight Oil," a single to benefit Standing Rock, which premiered on People.com. Recorded over the course of two months, with her band from Brooklyn, as well as a commanding 28 person choir. Holly explains, "friends from Israel to Mexico sent ...


Joan-Baez-Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-Amy-Ray-and-Emily-Saliers-in-Chicago-June-11

Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in Chicago June 11 - From a press release - Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. These exclusive summer tour dates will include Chicago's Chicago Theatre on June 11 among many others. Tickets go on-sale beginning the week of Feb. 20 ( check individual venues for details ...


TRUST-Collective-Chicago-hosts-retreat

TRUST Collective-Chicago hosts retreat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TRUST Collective-Chicago, Chicago's emerging community and intersectional voice for justice, peace, support, creativity and collaboration, recently hosted a retreat to address its focus on Latinx, Muslim and/or LGBTQ+ community issues in the "Post Orlando" environment. The TRUST Collective's mission is to bridge, respect, support and foster relationships across the Chicago area toward building a unified front and reducing targeted violence ...


National-membership-group-of-LGBT-community-centers-has-new-CEO

National membership group of LGBT community centers has new CEO - From a press release - February 14, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Today, the Board of Directors of CenterLink announced that it has appointed Lora Tucker as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. CenterLink is a national member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. "Lora's extensive experience and passion for leadership development, public relations, and organizational strategy make her ...


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PASSAGES Yvonne Hudson of Sons of Sappho - Yvonne Hudson, 80 when she passed away in early February, was a force in two worlds: as a part of the Black women's group Sons of Sappho, one of the only organizations for gay women on the South Side, and as part of her church, Generation Church of Christ, for decades as a treasurer, trustee, and part of the choir. ...


Signature-Move-to-have-world-premiere-at-2017-SXSW-Film-Festival

Signature Move to have world premiere at 2017 SXSW Film Festival - From a press release - SIGNATURE MOVE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab ( Fawzia Mirza ) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma ( Sari Sanchez ), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab's recently widowed mother Parveen ( Shabana Azmi ...


Nevermind-Its-Nothing-anti-Valentines-lesbian-story-told-in-slam-poetry-

"Nevermind, It's Nothing" anti-Valentine's lesbian story told in slam poetry - From a press release - CHICAGO - Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre proudly announces the World Premiere of "Nevermind, It's Nothing", as a cure for a Valentine's Day hangover running Feb. 17 - March 24 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Using slam poetry as a primary medium, Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre uses elements of movement, drama, music, spoken word, and sketch comedy based ...


Chicago-Force-2017-season-may-be-the-teams-15th-and-final

Chicago Force 2017 season may be the team's 15th and final - It's late in the fourth quarter, so to speak, for the Chicago Force—one of the most successful, storied teams in women's tackle football history and certainly one deeply rooted in the local LGBT community. The 2017 season, an eight-game regular-season that starts in April, will be the last for the Force. Or certainly the last under current owner Linda Bache. ...


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CONCERT OVERVIEW Artemis Singers salutes MichFest - Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers, which formed in 1980, took on the Michigan Women's Music Festival ( MichFest ) with two performances at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium on Jan. 28-29. The music festival was formed in a response to male-centered festivals. Female artists performed at the outdoor festival that ran annually in August; whether in song, storytelling ...


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

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


Movement-Matters-Talking-with-Jenn-Freeman-aka-PoChop

Movement Matters: Talking with Jenn Freeman, a.k.a. Po'Chop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center by writer Michael Workman which investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment features Jenn Freeman, also known ...


Elena-Delle-Donne-traded-from-Chicago-Sky-to-the-Washington-Mystics

Elena Delle Donne traded from Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics - The Elena Delle Donne Era in Chicago is officially over, ending much speculation of late on the superstar's future with the Sky. Chicago traded Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP, to the Washington Mystics, Sky owner Michael Alter confirmed to The New York Times on Jan. 30. Delle Donne, 27, has played her entire four-year career for the Sky, averaging ...


Orthodox-LGBTs-talk-about-coming-out-staying-visible

Orthodox LGBTs talk about coming out, staying visible - When Zehorit Sorek, an Israeli Orthodox Jew, realized some years back that she was a lesbian, she told herself that she was faced with three possible choices. She could be an out lesbian, and become a secular Jew, denying herself the meaning she garners from Orthodox practice. Conversely, she could deny her lesbianism and live as a straight woman might, ...


West-Palm-Beach-to-host-Black-Women-Rise-Conference-in-March

West Palm Beach to host Black Women Rise Conference in March - West Palm Beach, Florida will host the Black Women Rise ( BWR ) Conference March 17—18, 2017. The multigenerational, multicultural gathering of women will address issues of importance and interest to Black women and to antiracist women from all cultural backgrounds. BWR programming will feature Dr. Angela Davis and a multigenerational panel of activists, "Women of the Harlem Renaissance" multimedia ...


Drag-king-workshop-Jan-26-at-Center-

Drag-king workshop Jan. 26 at Center - "Living Dangerously: A Drag King Workshop and Bonus Fancy Tie Tutorial" will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. This event, which Gavin Danger is hosting, is family-friendly and kids are invited to attend with their parents. Attendees are asked to bring make-up, crepe hair, mirrors, spirit gum, binders and performance ...


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


RISE-UP-Womens-March-on-Chicago-draws-more-than-250K

RISE UP! Women's March on Chicago draws more than 250K - Videos below - History was made Jan. 21 at the Women's March on Chicago. It was 8 a.m. in the morning at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago. Through an early, cool mist, the small army of organizers and volunteers for the Women's March on Chicago were completing work on and around the rally stage in preparation for ...


Lambda-Legal-appeals-case-of-lesbian-harassed-in-senior-housing-facility-

Lambda Legal appeals case of lesbian harassed in senior housing facility - From a press release - Lambda Legal announced today that it will appeal its case on behalf of Marsha Wetzel, a lesbian woman harassed at her senior housing facility, after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Glen St. Andrew Living Community's request to dismiss the lawsuit. Lambda Legal, along with its co-counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, filed the lawsuit on ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21

Women's March on Chicago Jan. 21 - Chicago will be among more than 380 cities around the world hosting women's marches Jan. 21, the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration. While the largest march is expected in Washington, D.C., with thousands of people from Illinois attending, one of the largest marches outside of D.C. is expected in Chicago. Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of ...


Lesbian-movie-to-premiere-at-SXSW

Lesbian movie to premiere at SXSW - Jennifer Reeder's coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move, starring Chicago lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza and featuring trans actor Malic White, will have its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The plot is as follows: A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes ...


Oliveto-to-be-at-Winter-Warming-event-Jan-14

Oliveto to be at Winter Warming event Jan. 14 - Bishop Karen Oliveto will be the guest speaker at the Winter Warming Conference. Offered by the Northern Illinois Conference Reconciling Task Force, the event will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at First UMC of Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oliveto is the first consecrated lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church. She began serving ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21-more-details-announced-

Women's March on Chicago Jan 21, more details announced - From a press release - The Women's March on Chicago has obtained a Rally permit and the event is taking final shape with confirmation of Rally speakers and the March route. The event starts with music at 9 a.m., the Rally at 10 a.m., immediately followed by the March through downtown Chicago. The March will begin at Petrillo Bandshell and head west on Jackson, then ...


Affinity-Burning-Bowl-steps-passionately-into-the-future

Affinity Burning Bowl steps passionately into the future - Video below - It was a standing-room-only, enthusiastic audience who joined Affinity Community Services in burning the past for the freedom of a brighter tomorrow at the organization's annual Burning Bowl event Jan. 7 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Chicago's West Side. Celebrated writer and storyteller Niki Gee served as MC for an afternoon that was as much about celebrating the strides ...


Evening-with-Chicago-Filmmaker-Ky-Dickens

Evening with Chicago Filmmaker Ky Dickens - From a Chicago Filmmakers press release - The Chicago Filmmakers will present a conversation with Ky Dickens, Chicago director of the documentary Sole Survivor ( 2013 ) shown on CNN; LGBTQ+ festival favorite Fish Out of Water ( 2009 ) and her upcoming documentaries Zero Weeks ( 2017 ) and The City That Sold America ( 2017 ). Dickens will discuss her journey as a documentary storyteller ...


CPD-seeks-help-in-locating-kidnap-victim

CPD seeks help in locating kidnap victim - Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) detectives are asking for the public's help in locating the victim of a probable kidnapping. According to a case report released by the CPD, Joanna Wright ( 33 ) was last seen on Dec. 18 on 64th street between Talman and Rockwell Avenues in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Around 1:00 am on ...


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Burning Bowl ceremony, Road to Visibility, Jan. 7 - Affinity Community Services will hold its annual Burning Bowl ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1-4 p.m., at 5700 W. Midway Park. The keynote speaker will be Department of Children and Family Services Statewide LGBTQ Coordinator Jane Kelly. Poetry will be provided by e. nina jay, and Jace Smith will give a musical performance. Email maria.glover.wallace@affinity95.org or visit Affinity95.org for more ...


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Red 7 Salon hosts gender-neutral feminism exhibit - Red 7 Salon, 210 W. Kinzie St., has shot and organized photos by Karmen Elaine that focuses on the meaning of feminism. According to the salon, the goal of the gender-neutral/non-gender binary photo shoot is "to reveal the diverse look, experiences, and positions of feminists; [and] to break down the often one-dimensional stigma of the word. "It is a re-imagining ...


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Activist discusses her work, music and hopes for the future - Social-justice activism has been in Jasamine "Tweak" Harris' blood since she was in high school. Since then she's been on the front lines fighting for the now approved trauma center at the University of Chicago and against police brutality across the city. "I became an activist and organizer in 2010," said Harris. "My best friend at the time was telling ...


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CELEBRATIONS Hoagland-Leighton marriage - After being together for 34 years, Sarah Hoagland ( second from left ) and Anne Leighton ( shown here with friends Jackie Anderson, left, and Kathy Munzer, right ) are surprised to find themselves married. Photo courtesy of Kathy Munzer ...


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Lesbian defeats Rousey in UFC match - In an Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ) match held Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defeated well-known fighter Ronda Rousey just 48 seconds into the contest. Nunes, who's Brazilian, is an out lesbian. She has been dating Nina Ansaroff, a fighter who competes in the strawweight division, for four years. It was the second consecutive ...


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Fulton and Chicagoan Altenburg named to Board of Visitors of U.S. Military Academy - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON ) December 29th, 2016 — OutServe-SLDN issued the following statement in response to President Obama's action today reappointing Brenda "Sue" Fulton to another term to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy and appointing Bridget D. Altenburg to her first term. The statement may be attributed to OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn. "OutServe-SLDN applauds and ...


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New president takes the helm at Mills College - Growing up in a middle-class neighborhood in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Hillman's family didn't rub shoulders with academics, lawyers, or college presidents. But her parents constantly emphasized the importance of higher education, a message Hillman took to heart. Armed with four degrees, including an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, a master's degree in history from the University ...


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Women's March on Chicago announces post-inauguration march, rally - From a press release - December 22, 2016 ( CHICAGO, Ill. ) — The First Amendment is alive and well in Chicago, as thousands of women and their allies will brave the cold to rally downtown on Jan. 21 in solidarity with others around the world who defend and further women's rights. The Women's March on Chicago honors women's marches planned for Washington D.C. and ...


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Artemis Singers show on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival in January - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its definition ...


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'Gender Breakdown' Feb. 16-March 19 - Gender Breakdown—Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017, that's a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage—will take place Feb. 16-March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white women in 2015. Only 3.4 percent were written by U.S. women of color. Dani Bryant is ...







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