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  Gaylon Alcaraz on new job, activism and campaign lessons

Longtime activist and marathon runner Gaylon Alcaraz has been speaking out on LGBTQ equality, anti-violence initiatives, housing rights, gender equality, health prevention and reproductive rights for nearly 25 years. Alcaraz began this journey by writing letters ...


  Affinity Community Services plans Burning Bowl 2018, will honor Kim Hunt

Chicago, Illinois- December 3, 2018—Affinity Community Services, is hosting their annual kick-off event, Burning Bowl 2019. The theme this year is: Ever ours: Resisting with Purpose to Thrive in the New Year. As always, the event ...


  Women & Children First Books plans holiday season events

The holidays have arrived at Chicago's Only Feminist Bookstore. Care for Real Toy Drive Nov. 30 to Dec. 14 Come support Care for Real, a wonderful local organization making a difference for families in our community. ...


  Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery make the yuletide swing

Actresses Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery are teaming up this holiday season and hitting the road. The album—A Swingin' Little Christmas! Jane Lynch—features Lynch, Flannery and singer Tim Davis. It was recorded in 2016 and has ...


  Kahlo works at Glen Ellyn campus in 2020

College of DuPage, in partnership with the McAninch Arts Center and Cleve Carney Art Gallery, expanded upon the plans to host the largest private collection of works by Frida Kahlo at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery ...


  Nia & Ness use dance, poetry to tell story, analyze identity

Brooklyn-based dancer-poet duo Nia & Ness will bring their unique storytelling experience, run., to Chicago in four shows during the first week of December. The intersections of identity play a key element in run., as Nia ...


  Alyson Stoner, actress/singer/dancer talks Ms. Jackson, acting, coming out

Being in the glare of the spotlight—especially for those who have been in the public eye since childhood—can be harsh. However, Alyson Stoner, 25—who many may remember as the dancing girl in Missy Elliott's videos such ...


  Forum focuses on LGBT seniors' housing and legal rights

The renewed attacks on the LGBT community by right-wing elements in recent years, just as many LGBT persons who are aging will rely ever more on robust and equitable public-accommodations policy, was the subject of discussion ...


  Amy Ray, opener rock Old Town School

Indigo Girl Amy Ray made at stop in Chicago on her tour for her new album, Holler, at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Nov. 15. The sold-out show was opened with an acoustic ...


  Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Esposito and more at storytelling event

A diverse line-up of women-identified speakers took to the stage at the Hello Sunshine X Together Live storytelling tour Nov. 12 at the Auditorium Theater. This is Together Live's third year on tour and the first ...


  Christmas Bingo, It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night

Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night returns to the Royal George Theatre for 2018 for the holiday season. Did Santa babysit the baby Jesus? Why were the Three Wise Men so lost? Do you know what ...


  Tom Volf talks Maria by Callas

Maria by Callas filmmaker Tom Volf recently chatted with the Windy City Times ahead of the film's Chicago release. Featuring footage from the Chicago Lyric Opera, the documentary focuses on legendary opera singer Maria Callas. Sony ...


  THE AMAZON TRAIL Going to the doctor

"Visiting the doctor doesn't have to be all gloom and doom," said my sweetheart. "We can make it fun." Remember the all-powerful, usually white male doctors of childhood? From the waiting room you could hear kids ...


  Author Miriam Frank headlines CTU LGBTQIA+ event

Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America author and Pride at Work founding member Miriam Frank was the featured speaker at a Chicago Teachers Union ( CTU ) LGBTQIA+ event, co-hosted alongside Pride ...


  Competition aims to bring starter homes to working-class families

As gentrification seeps into various Chicago communities, affordable housing sits on the opposite side of the table, especially in the design and architectural communities. The American Institute of Architects' ( AIA ) Chicago chapter is launching ...


  Tig Notaro adopts a new role in 'Instant Family'

Out comic, actress and writer Tig Notaro has a new movie this November called Instant Family. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer, telling the story—based on director Sean Anders' real-life experiences—of ...


  Amy Ray on new album, acceptance and rock 'n' roll

Indigo Girl Amy Ray's September release, Holler, is a rich mixture of folk, Southern rock, mountain music, bluegrass and gospel, with her characteristic thoughtful and layered lyricism. Windy City Times talked with Amy about the album, ...


  Frida Kahlo works at Glen Ellyn campus in summer 2020

Glen Ellyn, Ill. — College of DuPage ( COD ), in partnership with the McAninch Arts Center ( MAC ) and Cleve Carney Art Gallery, today expanded upon the plans to host the largest private collection ...


  Affinity event good as 'Gold'

Affinity Community Services held its second annual "Black Gold: A Casino Night" at The Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center on Nov. 3. The event featured an open bar, a DJ and dance floor, a raffle, ...


  First LGBTQ U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Defeats Anti-LGBTQ Opponent

Wisconsin voters also reelect U.S. Representative Mark Pocan

Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly LGBTQ person ever elected to the U.S. Senate, was tonight reelected by Wisconsin voters in a race closely watched by both political parties and the LGBTQ ...


  Sharice Davids Becomes First LGBTQ Member of Congress from Kansas

Washington, DC — Openly LGBTQ Congressional candidate Sharice Davids defeated U.S. Representative David Yoder tonight, a four-term incumbent and ally of Donald Trump in a seat considered critical to Democratic efforts to take back the U.S. ...


  Jenna Laurenzo talks 'Lez Bomb'

Lez Bomb writer-director-actress Jenna Laurenzo recently spoke with the Windy City Times ahead of the release of her new film. If you're looking for a dysfunctional family comedy set during Thanksgiving with an LGBTQ twist, Lez ...


  Marge Summit honored with award named for Jon-Henri Damski

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Longtime LGBT activist and lesbian businesswoman Marge Summit received the Jon-Henri Damski award Nov. 4 at The Call, in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. LGBT-rights advocate Lori Cannon established the award in 1998 to honor Damski because of ...


  ELECTIONS 2018 Guide to the LGBTs

This year's primary elections featured a record number of openly LGBT candidates thorughout Illinois. From those races, several of those individuals are vying for various political offices in November: Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state representative ( ...


  Marge Summit to receive Jon-Henri Damski Award Nov. 4

Businesswoman Marge Summit will receive the 22nd Annual Jon-Henri Damski Award Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m., at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. There will be videos, guest speakers and former honorees at this free ...


  ELECTIONS 2018 LGBT candidate Maggie Trevor takes on conservative incumbent

Having received endorsements from the LGBTQ Victory Fund and the Equality Illinois PAC, Maggie Trevor is an out lesbian running as a Democratic candidate for the 54th District of the Illinois House of Representatives. The district ...


  pronoun talks about name, breakups

Out singer Alyse Vellturo ( aka pronoun ) is attempting to outdo her counterparts—and going by the name pronoun is just the start. The songwriter grew up in Boston and graduated from the Berklee School of ...


  CELEBRATIONS Wanda B, Stephanie Green renew vows after 25 years

On Oct. 12, Wanda B—found of the social club Stud ( "Solidarity, Trustworthiness, Understanding and Dependability" ) 4 Life—and wife/First Lady Stephanie Green renewed their vows after being together for 25 years. The event took place ...


  The Dinah accepting artist applications

The Dinah—advertised as "the largest queer girl party music festival in the world"—will take place April 3-7, 2019, in Palm Springs, California. What is new is that event organizers are offering a chance for an unsigned ...


  Queer singer Mary Lambert on her poetry collection

Mary Lambert first experienced what she calls "radical vulnerability" at age seven, when she started a group therapy session at a friend's sleepover. "I've been in therapy since I was 5," said the queer performer and ...


  Jill Soloway reads from 'She Wants It' at local appearance

With a line of people wrapped around the block in increasingly chilly weather, it was easy to catch snippets of why fans were there to see the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of Transparent, Jill ...


  ELECTIONS 2018 Debra Shore talks water, climate issues

Debra Shore is running for a third six-year term on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District ( MWRD ) board. She was the first out LGBT candidate to win this office when she joined the board in ...


  Illinois scholar receives MacArthur Fellowship

A prominent Illinois sociologist and legal scholar has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation for her work researching issues around accessibility of legal resources. Rebecca Sandefur, who is a lesbian, was one ...


  Treasurer's office observes LGBT History Month

Illinois state Treasurer Mike Frerichs and his office paid tribute to LGBT History Month on Oct. 18 by honoring a number of longtime community activists. In a ceremony held in the main concourse of the James ...


  Joan Jones on creating LGBTQ workers center, other endeavors

Labor and social-justice movement advocacy has been Joan Jones' focus throughout her entire adult life; it's the lens through which she started the National LGBTQ Workers Center this past spring. The National LGBTQ Workers Center is, ...


  'LGBTQ Movement, Then and Now' Oct. 18

Out@COMCAST and Out@NBCUNIVERSAL, in conjunction with Out & Equal Chicagoland, will present "The LGBTQ Movement: Then and Now" Thursday, Oct. 18, at NBC Studios, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. NBC5's Chris Hush will moderate the panel, ...


  ELECTIONS 2018 Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveils LGBTQ policy framework

On Oct. 11, which was National Coming Out Day, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveiled her LGBTQ policy framework at a roundtable discussion at Center on Halsted ( the Center ). Lightfoot, who identifies as a ...


  Tamale Sepp starts a new chapter

Internationally renowned comedian and interdisciplinary performer Tamale Sepp has relocated to the East Coast after serving up 16 years of comedy, performance art, burlesque and much more in Chicago. For more than a decade and a ...


  Lesbian Erasure, Defining Lesbianism Part One

[Author's note: for the purposes of space, except for brief references, this article focuses on lesbian couplings in the U.S.] Lesbians exist. Lesbians, like gay men, have always existed. If there is a singular lesson to ...


  Center on Halsted, BWFW celebrate Harlem Renaissance

On Oct. 13, The Women's Action Council in partnership with Center On Halsted presented "Harlem Renaissance"—a night of celebration, award-giving and socializing at the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center. The By Women For Women ...


  Legacy Project to induct Johnson, Tchaikovsky Oct. 13

The Legacy Project has announced the fall inductions of transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky onto Chicago's award-winning outdoor LGBT History Museum "The Legacy Walk." The inductions will take place on ...


  LGBT HISTORY MONTH Willyce Kim wrote her own story

Willyce Kim is the first Asian-American lesbian writer to be published in the United States. She spent her childhood years in Hawaii and California, and graduated from San Francisco College for Women in 1968. Kim was ...


  Bishop Phyllis V. Pennese on leadership, 15-year anniversary

Bishop Phyllis V. Pennese, 61, recently celebrated her 15th anniversary as a minister at the church she founded in 2003, Pillar of Love Fellowship United Church of Christ ( UCC ). "This has been a difficult ...


  Alsop leading CSO in concerts Oct. 18-20

Marin Alsop—the openly lesbian music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor designate of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony—will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) in subscription ...


  Former Chicago Force star gets taste of NFL

Darcy Leslie spent eight years playing for the now-defunct Chicago Force, establishing herself as one of the best women to ever put on the pads. She was a national champion, and was decorated with many individual ...


  Bowersox, Mizrahi at City Winery

Former American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox and actor/fashion designer/singer Isaac Mizrahi will be performing at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Oct. 8. Bowersox will perform songs her latest album, ALIVE—which incorporates musical genres such as ...


  Lesbian makeup artist on business, planning own wedding

Growing up gay usually means that family and friends are convinced it's just a phase. For 30-year-old Chicagoan Casseita Sutton, better known as Missy, that phase has turned slowly into her upcoming holy matrimony. Missy said ...


  Queer Boystown mural unveiled

On Sept. 29, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward), Howard Brown Health, Northalsted Business Alliance and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events unveiled a mural featuring queer interdisciplinary artist and holistic healer Kiam Marcelo Junio ...


  Paula Vogel talks newest work, hope, political exorcisms

Second in a two-part feature on playwright Paula Vogel

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel is angry. "We're in a terrible place in this country," she said. "I'm really happy that I get to make at least a little contribution, and spend my nights and days ...


  Author launches 'Semi Queer' book with reading

On Sept. 28, author Anne Balay presented a reading and discussion of her new book Semi Queer at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., as part of its nationwide launch. The reading also featured ...


  Women and Children First hosts book launch for activist Charlene Carruthers

Women & Children First bookstore hosted a book launch celebration for Southwest Side Chicago native and social justice activist Charlene Carruthers, the founding national director of Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ), Sept. 25 at ...


  Same-Sex Romance in a New Nation, New Adaptation of Patience and Sarah

The legacy of self-taught artist Mary Ann Willson is founded on a portfolio of watercolors executed in tints fashioned from brick dust, berry juices and vegetable dyes—materials plentiful in the rural regions of Greene County, New ...


  NATIONAL Benefits suit, Matthew Shepard, homeless act, Nigerian migrant

Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Social Security Administration ( SSA ) on behalf of a 63-year-old lesbian seeking spousal survivor's benefits based on her relationship with her partner of 27 years, who died ...


  Reader names Anne Elizabeth Moore editor-in-chief, Karen Hawkins digital ME

Award-winning cultural critic and comics journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore has been hired by the new publishers of the Chicago Reader newspaper as editor-in-chief. Moore has worked in independent media since the age of 11, more recently ...


  Boystown club's owner fights bias claims

The owner of popular Boystown nightclub Scarlet responded to recent claims that the club discriminates against its female patrons. The bar has received five Yelp reviews since March alleging that its staff discriminated against women, or ...


  Year and far, Holly Near talks '2018'

Singer-songwriter/longtime feminist/anti-war activist Holly Near's new album, 2018, is a thoughtful mirror on the craziness, worry and fear that defines the year of its namesake. Windy City Times: The album is titled 2018, which is an ...


  THE AMAZON TRAIL There is no place like home

I was recently contemplating my shoes, which, along with clothes and boxes of books, are the only closeted things in our home. That morning I'd noticed my sweetheart had attached a magnet depicting Dorothy's ruby shoes ...


  Women & Children First Bookstore hosts Chelsea Clinton, Jill Soloway, Sarah Schulman

Tickets are selling fast for our in-store book signing with Chelsea Clinton! Ticket-holders receive one signing-line ticket with the purchase of START NOW! One ticket admits up to four family members. Get more info and your ...



The one-year anniversary of the last game in Chicago Force history on July 8 brought mixed emotions—and certainly a tear or two. After 15 seasons, the highly successful women's football team ended its run with a ...


  'Indecent' in Chicago: Paula Vogel talks art, policies and haunting play

Talking with Paula Vogel is the easiest thing in the world. Her friendly, open demeanor makes it feel like a long, warm conversation with your grandmother—if your grandmother happened to be a prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright ...


  Joyner-Kersee speaks at NEIU

Olympic champion track-and-field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee participated in a talk titled "An Evening With Jackie Joyner-Kersee," as Northeastern Illinois University ( NEIU ) presented the fourth installment of the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series on ...


  Off the beaten path: From steelworks to truckers, Anne Balay writes about LGBTQI lives

Anne Balay was working as an assistant professor in 2014 when her book on queer Indiana steel mill workers Steel Closets was published. When she wasn't offered tenure, Balay decided to use the opportunity to do ...


  Sykes, Rippon speak at Chicago House event

Being one's "authentic self" was the theme as comedian Wanda Sykes and athlete Adam Rippon headlined Chicago House's 2018 Speaker Series and Luncheon entry on Sept. 14 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan ...


  Lise Weil reading Sept. 29 at Barbara's

Lise Weil will be reading from and discussing her new memoir, In Search of Pure Lust, on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. at Barbara's Bookstore, 111 N. State St. In Search of Pure Lust is ...


  BYP100's Charlene Carruthers on being Black, feminist and queer

Despite the fact that, in Chicago, Charlene Carruthers and I are neighbors, the only time we can find to have this conversation is with 800 miles between us, which perfectly sums up Carruthers' schedule recently. As ...


  Holly Near in Chicago Sept. 28

Musician Holly Near will perform Friday, Sept. 28, at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8 p.m. Near is celebrating her first album in three years, Peace Becomes You, and she's ...


  Jean Leigh runs Boystown gallery for everyone

Jean Leigh always had a clear vision for what she wanted her Halsted Street gallery to be: "I wanted a gallery where you could walk in and get something, rather than walking out brokenhearted." Since 2005, ...


  FALL OPERA PREVIEW Operas cover love, lust and lesbians

Replete with princes in crowns, queens in leather, women in love and womanizers in lust, the start to this year's opera season is rich with traditional blockbuster, off-Loop revolutionaries and superstar voices. Don't know where to ...


  FALL THEATER PREVIEW Artemisia Fest fights for femme presentation

Google Artemisia Gentileschi's 17th-century oil painting Judith Beheading Holofernes. Seriously. Do it. I'll wait. The image is emblematic of Gentileschi's art: Magnificent, lush and thematically violent. It was also revolutionary: In 1600s art and life, the ...


  2018 MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Jessica Halem keynote LGBTQ health symposium

Jessica Halem, a former Chicagoan and Harvard Medical School's first-ever LGBT program director, gave the keynote address, "Honor the Dead and Fight for the Living," at the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Sept. 15 at Malcolm X ...


  Women's March Chicago announces event expansion

On Sept. 12, at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive in Grant Park, board members from Women's March Chicago ( WMC ) and representatives from partnership organizations announced expansions and new features to its ...


  MUSIC Cris Williamson talks music, love and the industry

Cris Williamson—the legendary singer-songwriter, feminist, activist and trailblazer for women in the music industry—received the Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 12 from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, alongside longtime friend and Olivia Records ...


  Massachusetts AG Maura Healey at LPAC event

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey attended a small gathering for the national LGBTQ political action committee LPAC Sept. 12 at an event hosted by attorney Gail Morse at the law offices of Jenner & Block in ...


  Chicago Reader sold to investment group, Tracy Baim to be publisher

An agreement has been reached between the Chicago Sun-Times, owner of the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper, and a private investment group which has formed an L3C to purchase the Reader to ensure it remains a vital ...


  Tracy Baim to become publisher of the Chicago Reader

An agreement has been reached between the Chicago Sun-Times, owner of the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper, and a private investment group which has formed an L3C to purchase the Reader to ensure it remains a vital ...

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