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Sports-CLLAW-entine-Proud-to-Run-Chicago-Sky-Billie-Jean-King-LGBTQ-bowlers

Sports: CLLAW-entine; Proud to Run; Chicago Sky; Billie Jean King; LGBTQ bowlers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'CLLAW-entine' Feb. 13 at Logan The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will host "My Bloody Cllaw-Entine" on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 24th benefit match will feature the arm wrestlers; live musical entertainment from all-female Beastie Boys tribute band She's Crafty; and a cash bar. Attendees can enter the ...


Curious-Wine-named-2016-Lee-Lynch-Classic-Award-recipient

Curious Wine named 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award recipient - From a Golden Crown Literary Society press release - Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest has been named the 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award Recipient. The book is the seminal lesbian romance, breaking all sales records, going on to sell more than 250,000 copies and setting the standard for lesbian emotional and sexual expression. Hundreds of thousands of lesbians were moved and validated by the story, and the storytelling ...


Lesbian-filmmakers-earn-Oscar-nomination-film-at-Music-Box-Feb-5-11

Lesbian filmmakers earn Oscar nomination; film at Music Box Feb. 5-11 - by Sari Staver - When San Francisco filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman were nominated for an Oscar for their film Last Day of Freedom, friends started asking one question: "What are you wearing?" to the Academy Awards gala. "That was the last thing on our minds," said Hibbert-Jones, 53, an associate professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "I thought ...


Queer-Brown-Voices-discussed-at-WCF-

'Queer Brown Voices' discussed at WC&F - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At Women and Children First on Jan. 21, activist Letitia Gomez, American University Associate Professor of Sociology Salvador Vidal-Ortiz and Chicago Commission on Human Relations Chairman/Commissioner Mona Noriega welcomed a packed crowd to engage in a discussion and readings from the book Queer Brown Voices—a first-of-its-kind volume that, according to a Women and Children First press release, counters a trend ...


Lesbian-and-Gay-Bar-Association-of-Chicago-names-Cecilia-Horan-President

Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago names Cecilia Horan President - From a press release - Chicago, Illinois — February 2, 2016 — LAGBAC names new president. The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ( "LAGBAC" ) named Cecilia Horan as its new president on January 1, 2016. Horan is LAGBAC's first woman president. Horan is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in tort litigation and insurance coverage disputes. ...


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Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body at Woman Made Gallery - From a press release - CHICAGO - Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ) is pleased to announce Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, a group show that challenges the supremacist systems under which black female bodies are marginalized. Juried by Chicago-based curator Janice Bond, the works in Abandoned Margins "explore how representations of black women in US popular culture and public discourse frequently depict ...


Series-with-Riva-Lehrer-to-examine-intersections-of-disability-art-and-culture

Series with Riva Lehrer to examine intersections of disability, art, and culture - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, January 29, 2016 — Presented by Bodies of Work, 3Arts, UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development, and the Disability Resource Center at UIC, EXPOSURE features the work of the 2015 - 2016 3Arts UIC Fellows, Riva Lehrer, Arlene Malinowski, and Barak adé Soleil. This new series offers insight into the practices of artists exploring the intersectionality between ...


Clandestina-offers-difference--and-a-cause

'Clandestina' offers difference -- and a cause - In 2015, three powerful and transformative Chicago women from entirely different but successful backgrounds found each other and decided to do something about the dearth of safe spaces for lesbian and queer women in the city. Monica Raymund is an accomplished, award-winning actress who has shared her craft with students at The Broadway Theatre Project and Heifetz International Music Institute. ...


Report-reflects-increasing-bisexuality

Report reflects increasing bisexuality - A Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) report on sexual behavior, attraction and identity among adults in the United States reveals that men and women younger than 45 are more likely to identify as bisexual today than they were earlier this decade. More than 9,000 adults ages 18 to 44 were interviewed for the CDC's 2011-2013 National Survey of ...


Monica-Raymund-of-Chicago-Fire-presents-Clandestina-Queer-Womens-Dance

Monica Raymund of Chicago Fire presents Clandestina Queer Women's Dance - From a press release - Chicago, IL - January 20, 2015 - Monica Raymund's newest project isn't one that's on screen or stage. The Chicago Fire star has lived and worked in Chicago now for 4 years and took this chance to contribute to the community. She joined forces with New York transplant Brooke Webster, who famously owned and operated Meow Mix in the East ...


Publishing-company-launches-with-book-on-Audre-Lorde

Publishing company launches with book on Audre Lorde - From a press release - New York, NY, January 26, 2016…..Villarosa Media, founded by a family with over 50 years of combined journalism and literary experience, is poised to become a new player in the publishing business, a boutique publishing company of quality fiction and nonfiction books primarily by and about African Americans and the African diaspora. Their inaugural book, The Wind is Spirit, was ...


First-Comes-Love-author-at-Women-Children-First-Feb-11

First Comes Love author at Women & Children First Feb. 11 - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA, PA- Photographer B. Proud, author of First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships, will discuss her book with Scott Duff of OUT CHICAGO radio on February 11th, 2016 at 7pm at Women & Children First Bookstore. Released in the fall of 2014, First Comes Love, according to Philadelphia photographer B. Proud, includes a glimpse into the real lives ...


Victory-Gardens-presents-world-premiere-of-Cocked-by-Sarah-Gubbins

Victory Gardens presents world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. Cocked runs February 12 — March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. The cast of Cocked includes ...


Creating-Change-panel-addresses-Black-Feminism

Creating Change panel addresses Black Feminism - Video below article - Activists Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett and Charlene Carruthers reflected on the impact of the Black Feminist movement in contemporary racial justice movements in the opening plenary session for the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 21. Stacey Long Simmons, a former Chicagoan who is now on staff at the National LGBTQ Task Force, moderated the discussion. Smith defined Black Feminism as ...


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Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival, lesbian shorts by women. - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films from four different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during LezPlay Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on February 22nd, 2016. Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival includes a couple's existential barrage of delusion, a teenage girls search for courage in revealing her double ...


PASSAGES-Sheila-Healy

PASSAGES Sheila Healy - Sheila Healy—of Wheeling, Illinois, and formerly of McHenry, Lake Villa, Chicago and Elm Grove, Wisconsin—died Jan. 10. She was 56. She is survived by her dog, Maddie, Fran Glowinski, O.S.F., Patrick Larvie, Colleen Beck, Priscilla Mazur, Martha Zuehlke, Larry Lundberg, Judy Gilliland, Ann Rendall, Kim Hunt, Mary DeBacker, Barbara Marian and Jerry Powers, Mary and Jay Fox, Susie Kallies, Jetta ...


Lesbian-duo-Whatismu-to-perform-in-Chicago-area

Lesbian duo Whatismu to perform in Chicago area - Whatismu—a performance duo coming to the Chicago area in February—is the vision of guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lorrie Kountz. The members are couple Lorrie Kountz and Laura Jansons. The couple, who own a home in Elgin, Illinois, were married in 2008 in Toronto. Whatismu's demo attracted attention from industry heavy-hitters, producers Lee and Jolee Popa, who proceeded to produce and engineer the project ...


Billie-Jean-King-to-speak-Feb-11

Billie Jean King to speak Feb. 11 - Former top-ranked professional tennis player and current World TeamTennis co-founder Billie Jean King will speak at The Executives' Club of Chicago's Women's Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr. Registration and networking will take place at 7:15-8 a.m., with the breakfast program at 8-9:15 a.m. King will discuss how she garnered ...


VA-revises-policies-on-same-sex-spouses-Lambda-AMPA-conclude-litigation

VA revises policies on same-sex spouses; Lambda, AMPA conclude litigation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs ( VA ) following the VA's changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses. The new policies are consistent with the June 2015 US Supreme Court decision ...


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Protestors drown out anti-choice rally - Neither the subzero wind chills nor a steadily gathering crowd of anti-abortion demonstrators deterred an impassioned group of nearly 400 counter-protestors from taking to the opposite side of the street from a March for Life rally held at the Federal Court house in downtown Chicago Jan. 17. Although March for Life organizers boasted a considerable set-up of loudspeakers, it was ...


Feminist-group-to-host-pro-choice-rally

Feminist group to host pro-choice rally - From a press release - CHICAGO: Chicago-based feminist organization FURIE is hosting a pro-choice rally in downtown Chicago on January 17th. The event counters March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally near the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. FURIE members plan to counter-protest the anti-abortion event, in addition to drawing attention to growing clinic violence and efforts to defund reproductive healthcare. The FURIE event comes ...


Mirza-protests-Trump-lesbian-actress-makes-statement

Mirza protests Trump, lesbian actress makes statement - Lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza recently made a statement in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. In response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Muslims, Mirza posted, " Hey @realdonaldtrump WE ARE ALL MUSLIM #WeAreAllMuslim #MichaelMoore #wetrumpdonaldtrump #nohatespeech #chicago." ...


WXRTs-Hemmert-to-have-cancer-surgery

WXRT's Hemmert to have cancer surgery - WXRT-FM/93XRT personality Terri Hemmert—a strong supporter of the LGBT community—will be off the air and away from the radio station for at least a month to have cancer removed. Hemmert had previously missed many weeks in the summer of 2014, with that absence caused by her having knee-replacement surgery. On her midday show, Hemmert said after having polyps removed last ...


Upcoming-Cabaret-Travel-show-Artemis-show-Le-Switch-Dancemakers-Out-at-CHM

Upcoming: 'Cabaret'; Travel show; Artemis show; 'Le Switch'; Dancemakers; Out at CHM - Artemis Singers shows Jan. 23-24 The nonprofit Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ) will present "Wildest Dreams," a concert where lesbian feminists musically share their visions, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Among other things, the group will present the liberty piece, "Universal ...


Victory-Gardens-to-present-world-premiere-of-Cocked-by-Sarah-Gubbins

Victory Gardens to present world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the World Premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. Cocked runs February 12 — March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. The cast of Cocked includes ...


PASSAGES-Feminist-writer-activist-Jeanne-Cordova-dies

PASSAGES Feminist writer, activist Jeanne Cordova dies - Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne Cordova passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 67. According to Frontiers Media, Cordova died peacefully at her Los Angeles home in the early hours of the morning. Her spouse Lynn Ballen and friends were at her side. "I have always been fascinated by how a noisy swelling called ...


Affinity-lights-the-way-forward-with-Burning-Bowl-new-ED

Affinity lights the way forward with Burning Bowl, new ED - Affinity Community Service's annual Burning Bowl has traditionally dispensed with the old by setting it to flame while the ashes of lessons learned during the past year provide the fuel for determination to improve and so be empowered to create and celebrate the new. However, the 2016 event offered something starkly different from previous years. The enthusiastic Jan 9. audience ...


Affinity-announces-new-executive-director

Affinity announces new executive director - Affinity announced the appointment of Imani Rupert-Gordon as the new Executive Director of the over 20-year-old non profit at the organization's Burning Bowl event on Jan. 8. Rupert-Gordon takes over from former Executive Director Kim Hunt who left Affinity in 2015. "The history of Affinity really resonates with me," Rupert-Gordon told Windy City Times. "I'm so excited to be a ...


Lambda-to-11th-Circuit-Law-prohibits-discrimination-against-lesbian-employee-

Lambda to 11th Circuit: Law prohibits discrimination against lesbian employee - From a press release - "Georgia Regional Hospital targeted Jameka Evans for termination because she is a lesbian. It is time for employers to recognize that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination, and is unlawful." ( Atlanta, January 7, 2016 ) — Today, Lambda Legal urged the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ...


Upcoming-Burning-Bowl-Sam-Kirk-show-Travel-show-Cabaret-APIs-group-Dancemakers-Autos

Upcoming: Burning Bowl; Sam Kirk show; Travel show; 'Cabaret'; APIs group; Dancemakers; Autos - Burning Bowl 2016 Theme: Passing the Torch For over a decade, Chicago social-justice and human-rights nonprofit Affinity's Burning Bowl event has kicked off a new year with attendees bringing past and future together in empowering affirmation on a deeply individual level. This year's event sees a move toward a new focus. former Executive Director Kim Hunt will speak. A reception ...


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Lesbian couple in Amtrak film - Amtrak has created a two part mini-documentary on LGBT couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills. Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills made a huge splash a few years ago when they became the first same-sex couple marriage to be featured on Essence.com. Since then, the two have joined forces to fight for LGBT marriage rights all over the United States, including their home ...


Lesbian-SLC-mayor-takes-oath-Tutus-daughter-marries-partner

Lesbian SLC mayor takes oath; Tutu's daughter marries partner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian SLC mayor Biskupski takes oath Jackie Biskupski was sworn in Jan. 4 as Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor. Biskupski, 49, noted the historic moment as well as the great strides the LGBT movement has made, according to a Daily Journal article. "I know that we have work to do still. And it is work that I take ...


Lesbian-feminist-Artemis-Singers-to-present-Wildest-Dreams-concert-

Lesbian feminist Artemis Singers to present "Wildest Dreams" concert - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wildest Dreams," Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and Sunday, Jan. 24, a concert reflecting chorus members' collective dreaming about the environment, social justice, feminism, empowerment, love and passion. "The lyrics to 'Ella's Song' are as arresting and vital today as they were when civil rights unsung hero Ella Baker spoke ...


Ask-a-Feminist-Cathy-Cohen-on-Black-Lives-Matter-feminism

Ask a Feminist: Cathy Cohen on Black Lives Matter, feminism - A conversation with Sarah J. Jackson - Introduction. I had the pleasure of having this conversation with Cathy Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and chair of political science at the University of Chicago, in late 2015. Cohen's work, both academically and as an activist, has inspired my own, particularly in terms of making connections between black feminist theory, social movements, and ...


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Cosby criminal case involves lesbian - In Pennsylvania, the Montgomery County district attorney's office charged Bill Cosby, 78, with alleged aggravated indecent assault of lesbian Andrea Constand. Cosby's attorneys said in a statement that the charge was "filed 12 years after the alleged incident and coming on the heels of a hotly contested election for this county's DA during which this case was made the focal ...


BOOK-REVIEW-You-Dont-Own-Me-The-Life-and-Times-of-Lesley-Gore

BOOK REVIEW You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore - Your closet is packed with mistakes. Odd-colored shirts, patchwork jeans, alligators, prairie wear, weird ties, you wore it all once. But will those things ever be in style again, even if you wait long enough? No, Nehru jackets, leisure suits, and knitted knickers are best left in the rag bag. As you'll see in the new book You Don't Own ...


Burning-Bowl-passes-torch-to-community

Burning Bowl passes torch to community - For over a decade, Chicago social-justice and human-rights nonprofit Affinity's Burning Bowl event has kicked off a new year with attendees bringing past and future together in empowering affirmation on a deeply individual level. However, Burning Bowl 2016 promises something different both for those who attend and the organization itself. It is the start of a new era for Affinity. ...


LV-Jordan-still-seeks-kidney-donor

LV Jordan still seeks kidney donor - Chicagoan Elvie "LV" Jordan, a fashion designer and longtime lesbian activist, is continuing her search for a kidney donor. Jordan and her partner Challis Gibbs were among the first same-sex couples to marry legally in Illinois, due to Gibbs' own health situation. Gibbs died a few weeks later, and soon after, Jordan became ill and now is in a search ...


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Daughters of Bilitis turns 60 - The GLBT Historical Society marked the 60th anniversary of the Daughters of Bilitis—the first lesbian organization in the United States—with a reception at the GLBT History Museum on Dec. 13. The guest of honor was Phyllis Lyon, 91—the one surviving co-founder. The complete papers of Lyon and her late partner, Del Martin ( 1921—2008 ), are preserved in the GLBT ...


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Abby Wambach plays last match - Abby Wambach has played her last professional soccer match. Wambach played in the United States' friendly against China Dec. 16 in New Orleans—and was honored with a pre-game ceremony, Sports Illustrated reported. Fans chanted Wambach's name throughout, and she was subbed off for Christen Press in the 72nd minute to a standing ovation. The 35-year-old Wambach, an out lesbian, finished ...


Lesbian-Air-Force-Major-killed-in-Afghanistan

Lesbian Air Force Major killed in Afghanistan - Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen was one of six service members killed Dec. 21 while serving in Afghanistan. Vorderbruggen leaves behind a wife, Heather, and son, Jacob. NBC News reported that she was one of the first U.S. service members to be wed in a same-sex ceremony following the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, Minnesota, ...


Sandra-Lawson-Set-to-break-ground-as-a-lesbian-rabbi

Sandra Lawson: Set to break ground as a lesbian rabbi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - She wakes up bright and early almost every day, and is at the gym by 5 a.m., for her hour-long workout. Sandra Lawson is admittedly a "crazy weightlifter" who's been at it for more than 20 years and used to compete as a bodybuilder and powerlifter. During the summer, she also runs on trails near her home and enjoys biking ...


National-Stonewall-Empire-State-folding-Alabama-lesbians-case

National Stonewall; Empire State folding; Alabama lesbian's case - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler ( D-NY ) as well as U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-NY ) and Charles Schumer ( D-NY ) introduced legislation on Dec. 10 to create the Stonewall National Historic Site, according to a press release. This site would be the nation's first national park site dedicated to LGBT history. The Stonewall National Historic Site will ...


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Clinton issues LGBT policy platform, NCLR responds - From a press release - (San Francisco, CA, December 17, 2015 )—Today Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a landmark policy paper addressing issues that affect the LGBT community. Clinton's policy proposal is the first and most specific issued by any presidential candidate currently in the 2016 race. Statement from National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Executive Director Kate Kendell: "The ...


Civil-rights-attorney-vies-for-post-on-citys-Board-of-Elections

Civil-rights attorney vies for post on city's Board of Elections - On Dec. 13, 1943, soldiers of the 117th Jager Division of the German army surrounded and then descended upon on the town of Kalavryta, which was quietly nestled amidst the mountains of central Greece. They rang the church bell and pulled people from their homes, dragging them to the local schoolhouse. Men and boys as young as 13 were separated ...


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Director Todd Haynes on 'Carol' - By Nick Davis - Todd Haynes's Carol is more than just a triumph for LGBT cinema. It's at least two triumphs—maybe more. The predicaments of same-sex desire in an anti-LGBT culture—one that antagonizes lesbians and gay men while also pretending we do not exist—have rarely unfolded on screen with such sensitivity and dramatic layering. The two lovers—an upscale suburban housewife named Carol ( Cate ...


IN-lesbian-couples-challenge-birth-certificate-rules-AL-adoption-upheld

IN lesbian couples challenge birth certificate rules; AL adoption upheld - Two lesbian couples are challenging Indiana's birth-certificate regulations, saying that the policies are discriminatory and prevent all parents from being listed on their children's birth certificates, according to Courthouse News. Jackie and Lisa Phillips-Stackman claim that state and county officials have refused to list Jackie on their child's birth certificate. Their child was born via in vitro fertilization, as Jackie's ...


Court-grants-moms-request-for-stay-of-AL-order-denying-recognition-of-adoption-

Court grants mom's request for stay of AL order denying recognition of adoption - From a press release - ( Washington, D.C., December 14, 2015 )—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an Alabama lesbian mother's request for an emergency stay of an Alabama Supreme Court order refusing to recognize her adoption of her three children. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today suspends the Alabama Supreme Court decision so that she will be able to have visitation pending the Court's ...


Renee-Fleming-Patricia-Barber-concert-broadcast-on-WFMT-Dec-21-

Renee Fleming, Patricia Barber concert broadcast on WFMT, Dec. 21 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The world premiere of "Higher: Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber Perform the Music of Patricia Barber" on December 14at 7:30PM is nearly sold out. A top holiday pick from the likes of Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Crain's Chicago Business, and many others, this one-night-only engagement can be heard a second time exclusively on WFMT at 8PM on Monday, ...


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LETTER Affinity on city, national challenges - FROM THE DESK OF AFFINITY BOARD PRESIDENT EBONIE S. DAVIS There are a lot of challenges in the City of Chicago and nationally that face us as a community which means there is a lot of work to be done! Through an intersectional lens, civic engagement is the vehicle that drives Affinity's social justice work on behalf of Black LGBTQ ...


Sarah-Paulson-On-defying-labels-pressure-to-be-an-LGBT-activist

Sarah Paulson: On defying labels, pressure to be an LGBT activist - What does Sarah Paulson remember about the first time she kissed a girl? "Nothing that I'm going to tell you!" she teased, laughing as if to say "nice try." Not that the actress' entire life is a secret. It hasn't been. In 2005, when then-girlfriend Cherry Jones was named a winner at the Tony Awards, Paulson planted a sweet kiss ...


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PASSAGES Barbara J.'BeeJay' Hollowell - Barbara J. "BeeJay" Hollowell, 72, passed away Nov. 24 at her home in Franklin Park—with her life partner of 34 years, Kea M. "Kookie" Kelly, and dear friend Patti King at her side—after a three-and-a-half year battle with cancer. A celebration of her life will be held in the coming weeks. BeeJay was born April 17, 1943. She came to ...


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Lesbian feminist Artemis Singers to present "Wildest Dreams" concert - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wildest Dreams," Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and Sunday, Jan. 24, a concert reflecting chorus members' collective dreaming about the environment, social justice, feminism, empowerment, love and passion. "The lyrics to 'Ella's Song' are as arresting and vital today as they were when civil rights unsung hero Ella Baker spoke ...


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AN AMERICAN STORY Writer/consultant Kerry Eleveld on new book, LGBT issues - In Kerry Eleveld's new book, Don't Tell Me To Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama's Presidency, she examines the ways in which grassroots LGBT activists, mainstream LGBT organizations, President Obama and his administration and Capitol Hill lawmakers advanced LGBT equality since Obama took office in 2009. Eleveld ( author, Daily Kos columnist and former ...


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Faderman's "The Gay Revolution" one of NYT Book Review's top 100 - The New York Times Book Review for 2015 has chosen Lillian Faderman's ""The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle," published by Simon & Schuster, as one of it's 100 most notable books of 2015. Faderman is the author of "Surpassing the Love of Men" ( 1981 ) and "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers" ( 1991 ). The new comprehensive ...


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Actress Holland Taylor comes out - Actress Holland Taylor—who played Alan and Charlie Harper's ( Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer's ) bisexual mother on the TV show Two and a Half Men—revealed in a recent radio interview that she is in a relationship with a woman, and has been dating women for quite some time, according to US Weekly. Asked if she was enticed by the ...


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Affinity Community Services: Thanksgiving in times of turmoil - A Letter from Affinity Community Services Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since a presidential proclamation in 1863. Traditionally, Thanksgiving has been a day to acknowledge and celebrate the blessings of the year'a joyous occasion when families and friends come together [sometimes in prayer], partake in an elaborate ...


In-the-Life-Jamie-Fornal

In the Life: Jamie Fornal - Jamie Fornal—who saw action on offense and defense for the Chicago Force this season, her first on the team—was named the Team MVP, it was announced in late October at the annual Force awards banquet, held at Seven Dance Club in Lake View. "I was very honored to receive this award because we have so many great athletes on the ...


Determination-and-skill-Two-Chicago-women-in-trades

Determination and skill: Two Chicago women in trades - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the 34-year-old non-profit Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) held a January orientation for entry into its two training programs in welding and technical opportunities, a line of working tradeswomen stood in front of an audience of well over 350 women hoping to travel along the same road. The work of those tradeswomen—and many like them—to level and ...


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Biskupski officially mayor of Salt Lake City - The capital of Utah has officially elected its first openly LGBT mayor. A final vote count done Nov. 17 showed that lesbian Jackie Biskupski defeated incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker. She will take over the post in January. The official canvass showed Biskupski receiving 19,896 votes to Becker's 18,702—or 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent, The Salt Lake Tribune noted. The unofficial ...


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Affinity Trailblazers celebrate love--and a grant - The mood at the Affinity Annual Senior Trailblazers Luncheon held at the Chicago Theological Seminary Nov. 7 was one of cautious celebration. Affinity Board President Ebonie Davis announced a $25,000 grant that the 20-year-old advocacy organization received from the Chicago Community Trust. The Trailblazers will benefit from the award. Davis said this will mean expansion of the services and events ...


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SHE100: Providing empowerment through giving - SHE100, a growing philanthropic circle formed in Chicago two years ago, is making strides in supporting the work of local community organizations. The group was founded by Angela Barnes, Maia Lis Benson, Amy Bloom and Brooke Skinner Ricketts, four Chicago activist women who were trying to develop a way to collectively empower queer women in the LGBTQ community. In spring ...


Lesbian-author-recalls-time-among-the-Hasidim

Lesbian author recalls time among the Hasidim - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Leah Lax, a lesbian author who spent three decades living in a Hasidic Jewish community, often refers to herself as a "cultural immigrant." "When I was living in that community, it was like living in a moveable glass box," said Lax, who lives in Houston. "I could see everyone but it wasn't like they were three-dimensional people. … When I ...


Salt-Lake-City-may-have-lesbian-mayor

Salt Lake City may have lesbian mayor - Jackie Biskupski is on the edge of making history, with the out lesbian leading incumbent Ralph Becker in a race to become the new mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, according to KSL.com. At last mention ( Nov. 3 ), Biskupski was leading 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent. According to Advocate.com, no further results will be released until after a ...


Entertainment-news-Sam-Smith-Chaz-Bono-Jane-Lynch-Cyndi-Lauper

Entertainment news: Sam Smith; Chaz Bono; Jane Lynch; Cyndi Lauper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York Daily News reported that Sam Smith will take a hiatus from performing to return home, work on his follow-up to In the Lonely Hour and finally have a personal life again, he recently told Entertainment Tonight. "I am sad, but also it feels right," he said. "I've been going now for three years nonstop and it feels ...


MOVIES-Out-model-actress-director-weigh-in-on-Liz-in-September

MOVIES Out model/actress, director weigh in on 'Liz in September' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sebastian Saenz - Liz in September is the story a womanizer ( Patricia Velasquez ) who celebrates her birthday and life with her friends. However, a beautiful, yet hurt, object of desire ( Eloisa Maturen ) changes her plans, with unexpected results. Velasquez ( The Mummy franchise, The L Word ), an openly lesbian supermodel and the protagonist of this romantic drama, is ...


Womens-National-Soccer-Team-honored-at-White-House-Abby-Wambach-retires

Women's National Soccer Team honored at White House; Abby Wambach retires - Abby Wambach, the leading career scorer—male or female—in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer after the U.S. national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House, Newser noted. Wambach, 35, said before the World Cup this past summer in Canada that she wanted to cap her 15-year career with the game's most prestigious championship. She will ...


Roxane-Gay-dishes-on-Cyrus-Dunham-Watson-and-Clinton

Roxane Gay dishes on Cyrus, Dunham, Watson and Clinton - Roxane Gay is a multifaceted columnist for Salon, essays editor for Rumpus and co-editor of PANK, and her work has been featured in Glamour, Best American Short Stories and the New York Times Book Review. In her 2014 essay collection Bad Feminist, Gay delivers upbeat cultural observations about her generation and community at-large, including references to Sweet Valley High, The ...


BOOKS-Eileen-Myles-Still-brazen-after-all-these-years

BOOKS Eileen Myles: Still brazen after all these years - Eileen Myles will read, discuss and sign copies of her new book I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems at Women & Children First on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. "It's nice to put together what you think are your best poems in one book," Myles said. "It's ...


CELEBRATIONS-Wedding-Shayna-X-Kramer-and-Larissa-Sims-

CELEBRATIONS Wedding: Shayna X Kramer and Larissa Sims - Shayna X Kramer and Larissa Sims ( now Shayna X Sims and Larissa X Sims ) met at Berlin more than 15 years ago, and they recently held a fabulous wedding for family and friends. "Larissa and I fought for marriage equality for Illinois," Shayna said. "We never thought we would get married but certainly thought everyone should! And then, ...


By-Women-for-Women-honors-leadership

'By Women, for Women' honors leadership - The Center on Halsted ( COH ) honored three community leaders during the 2015 By Women for Women: Masquerade-Music-Entertainment event held at Chicago's Greenhouse Loft on Oct. 16. The evening was organized by the Center's Women's Action Committee, whose events spanning the year are designed to benefit women's organizations in Chicago. In a perfect illustration of women's abilities to empower ...


Latina-LGBT-CEO-chosen-for-The-Limiteds-fall-ad-campaign

Latina LGBT CEO chosen for The Limited's fall ad campaign - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Clothing retailer The Limited has selected a Latina LGBTQ CEO as one of the faces of its new advertising campaign, "The New Look of Leadership." Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, will appear in The Limited's direct marketing, digital and social media campaign, which is scheduled to run through the holiday season. The Limited said the campaign ...


Bridge-Called-My-Back-spans-new-activist-generation

'Bridge Called My Back' spans new activist generation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In her foreword to the second edition of the anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Woman of Color, the book's co-editor Cherrie Moraga noted that, two years after she and Gloria E. Anzaldua first published the collection of poetry, essays, interviews and illustrations which were the marrow of some of the most influential women of color and ...


Pride-Action-Tank-launches-to-foster-collaborative-LGBTQ-work

Pride Action Tank launches to foster collaborative LGBTQ work - CHICAGO—The Pride Action Tank ( PAT )—a new, results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups within LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy and action—is launching this month as a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ). Kim L. Hunt, former executive director of Affinity Community Services, will be PAT's executive director. Tracy ...


A-letter-about-dying-to-my-lesbian-communities-

A letter about dying, to my lesbian communities - Guest column - This letter is meant as a notification and thank you to the thousands of members of the national lesbian community whose activism, lives, and loves have touched my own. Especially those dykes who have become family and siblings of choice over the last 40 years. Yes, the rumors are true, I have metastasized-to-the-brain cancer. I am dying from it in ...







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