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PASSAGES-Nancy-Reiff-former-Daley-staffer-dies

PASSAGES Nancy Reiff, former Daley staffer, dies - By Gretchen Rachel Hammond and Tracy Baim - In writing of the warrior, Morihei Ueshiba observed "when life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for peace." Nancy Reiff passed away Nov. 30 after a lifetime of victories as an activist as, in her own words "a warrior doing battle one moment at a ...


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NUNN ON ONE Swingin' with Jane Lynch - Actress Jane Lynch returned to her roots in Illinois to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to comedy. She appeared at Second City to discuss her accomplishments at the opening reception for the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. What a career the Evergreen Park native has had. After graduating from Illinois State University, she spent 15 years at the ...


SheFest-Dec-12

'SheFest' Dec. 12 - Pride Films and Plays will host SheFest at The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. SheFest is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert, with Tess Guilfoile directing. Tickets are $10-$15; call ...


Federal-court-rehears-gay-discrimination-case

Federal court rehears gay discrimination case - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on Nov. 30, reheard oral arguments in the case of Kimberly Hively, an Indiana math instructor who was allegedly denied promotion and ultimately fired for being a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, tests whether the sex discrimination protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply ...


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Gaylon Alcaraz's radical journey - Gaylon Alcaraz is a self-described radical. An activist in different capacities, she is passionate about certain topics, most of which she has what she has experienced herself. What they all have in common is social justice. "I'm not the type of person that can sit back and watch stuff happen and not do anything about it," said Alcaraz. "I don't ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-PODCASTS-Kirsten-Vangsness-talks-Criminal-Minds-being-queer

NUNN ON ONE: TV/PODCASTS Kirsten Vangsness talks 'Criminal Minds,' being queer - Actress Kirsten Vangsness currently portrays Penelope Garcia in the CBS series Criminal Minds. She has also play the role in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The California native is appearing in new movies like Kill Me, Deadly and Axis, along with heading to Chicago for a live podcast reading. Windy City Times: So you began your ...


Ellen-DeGeneres-among-Presidential-Medal-of-Freedom-winners

Ellen DeGeneres among Presidential Medal of Freedom winners - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The ...


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Chicago PD's Sophia Bush, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund host Election Eve Bash - From a press release - Clandestina Chicago, a monthly pop-up for queer women, allies, and friends, along with celeb hosts, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund and Chicago P.D's Sophia Bush will present Election Eve Bash, a pre-election dance party Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Alport St., Chicago, IL 60608 Whether you voted early, or are waiting for election day, pump ...


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Marie J. Kuda's life remembered at Oct. 29 tribute - Tribute and 1990 TV interview video below - A memorial was held Oct. 29 at Touche bar for Chicago lesbian pioneer Marie J. Kuda. Friends gathered to remember her more than 50 years of community activism, writing, editing, and historical work. Read more about Kuda's life at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/PASSAGES-Marie-J-Kuda-Chicago-gay-pioneer-dies/56682.html . Videos from the memorial and an archival interview with Kuda from The 10% Show, circa 1990 are ...


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Illinois treasurer hosts LGBTQ history month event - Illinois state Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs hosted an LGBTQ history month event Oct. 22 at the State of Illinois building in downtown Chicago. GayCo, Lakeside Pride singer Brandon Strawn and Richard Streetman were among the performers. Victor Salvo, founder of The Legacy Project, gave a presentation on his agency's work preserving LGBTQ history. Newscaster Brad Edwards was MC for the ...


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Election Eve Bash, Dance for Democracy - Clandestina Chicago, Alma Izquierdo, Brooke Webster, Monica Raymund and Sophia Bush present an Election Eve Bash Dance for Democracy, Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. to midnight at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, Chicago. Featuring DJ Samantha Ronson, Sophia Bush, Monica Raymund, The Fly Honeys, DJ Sandra Suave and $3 drink specials 7-8 p.m. General admission $25/$20 with voter registration card, ...


Lesbian-historians-home-up-for-sale

Lesbian historian's home up for sale - A house that was once the home of lesbian historian/librarian Jeannette Howard Foster ( 1895-1981 ) is being sold in the Chicago neighborhood of Beverly for $740,000. Among other achievements, Foster wrote the book Sex Variant Women in Literature: A Historical and Quantitative Study ( 1956 ). Gerard Koskovich, a founding member of the GLBT Historical Society, noted on Facebook ...


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Delle Donne on All-Star First Team - Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne was selected to the All-WNBA First Team. Delle Donne makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-WNBA First Team after finishing second in the WNBA in scoring ( 21.46 ppg ) and free throw percentage ( 93.5 ). She also averaged 7.0 rebounds, the second best mark of her career, to go with a ...


-CWIT-marks-35-years-on-Nov-7

CWIT marks 35 years on Nov. 7 - Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) will mark its 35th anniversary with an event Monday, Nov. 7, 5:30-8 p.m., at Lagunitas Brewing Company, 2607 W. 17th St. Tickets are $35-$70, and the cost covers light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages. All beer sales and raffle-ticket proceeds will benefit CWIT. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-your-hardhats-a-benefit-for-chicago-women-in-trades-tickets-28156276180. ...


Southwest-of-Salem-follows-fight-of-four-Latina-lesbians-for-exoneration

Southwest of Salem follows fight of four Latina lesbians for exoneration - INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY ANNOUNCES WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE DATE FOR DOCUMENTARY SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR — Crime and Justice Network Activates Viewers to #FreeTheSA4 as they Battle for Exoneration — ( Silver Spring, Md. ) — In 1994, four Latina lesbians were wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault and indecency against two young girls in San ...


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Chicago Sky host #GETPINK game - On Sept. 13, the Chicago Sky hosted its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital when the team welcomed the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. As part of the Sky's #GETPINK campaign, players hosted a bake sale at the #GETPINK Game with homemade goods as part of fundraising efforts that benefited Gilda's Club Chicago. The game between Chicago and ...


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BREAST CANCER MONTH Cathy Seabaugh: Offering hope in the fight against breast cancer - In June 2016, Cathy Seabaugh's sister, Shelia Hager, passed away after spending many years battling breast cancer. Hager was first diagnosed in 1999. She inspired her sister to form her own organization, A Sister's Hope, to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness through events such as walks, runs and golf tournaments. "Friends who worked for other charities asked ...


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Affinity hosts open house for new space - Affinity Community Services celebrated its move into a new space with an Oct. 11 open house and a redetermination to serve the LGBTQ community. The new space, located at 2850 S. Wabash, served as the location of the gathering of board members, Affinity participants and supporters. The mission statement for the organization states that, "Affinity Community Services is a social ...


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Israeli navy intercepts all-female activist boat - Israel's navy intercepted a boat full of female activists who were seeking to break the country's decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip. In an Oct. 5 statement, the navy said it "redirected" the sailboat in order to prevent a "breach of the lawful maritime blockade" of the Palestinian enclave. The action was completed "in accordance with government directives and after ...


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PASSAGES Marie J. Kuda, Chicago gay pioneer, dies - One of Chicago's pioneering lesbian activists, Marie J. Kuda, has died at age 76 after complications from multiples illnesses, including heart disease. Kuda, born Dec. 8, 1939, was inducted into the first class of Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame in 1991. She began her activism on gay rights in the mid-1960s and continued to work on LGBT rights in the ...


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LGBT candidates, a preview - Republican supporters of a Congressional candidate dubbed a "mini-Trump" in Minnesota used a family photo of his Democratic lesbian opponent to draw attention to "her female marriage partner and their 4 teenage sons." Democratic opponents of a gay Republican candidate for sheriff in Arizona ran an ad that claimed "we can't trust him with our kids." In Oregon, threats and ...


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Feldblum reflects on being first out EEOC commissioner - Chai Feldblum, the first openly lesbian commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), has admitted that, since she doesn't have biological children, there are certain laws that have become her "kids." Among those are the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ( ENDA ), both of which she had a hand ...


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Sky semifinal tickets sales begin - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets for the semifinal round of the 2016 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon are on sale now. The winning teams in the second round single-elimination games advance to the semifinals which will feature a five-game series beginning on Wednesday, September 28 at the home court of either top-seeded Minnesota or second-seeded Los Angeles, who previously earned a bye ...


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AfterEllen fires editor, future in question - Former AfterEllen editor-in-chief Trish Bendix was fired from her post Monday night after 10 years with the lesbian/queer-focused website. She spent the last two years in her current role managing content and editorial functions daily to keep the site relevant. The website's owners say they will keep the site online and use freelancers at some point for new content. "I ...


Pride-Films-and-Plays-announces-five-finalists-in-the-2016-LezPlay-Contest

Pride Films and Plays announces five finalists in the 2016 LezPlay Contest - From a press release - Formal readings of all five plays to be presented October 7 through 9 Chicago, IL - Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre ...


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Sky playoff game on Sept. 25 - The Chicago Sky will play its first WNBA playoff game of the 2016 season in the second round at noon, Sunday, Sept. 25 at All State Arena. Each of the first-round games ( Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm; Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream ) are single-elimination games. The number of playoff rounds increases from three to four. The top two ...


Musician-ex-pro-athlete-Sami-Grisafe-talks-Etheridge-Trump-Clinton

Musician/ex-pro athlete Sami Grisafe talks Etheridge, Trump, Clinton - Lesbian former professional athlete Sami Grisafe is aware of the fact that she sounds like another familiar voice when she sings—and she's fine with it. "I am honored to be compared to Melissa Etheridge," Grisafe said. "She has such a strong voice, both as a singer and songwriter. I am inspired by her choice to use her platform to bring ...


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'Transparent,' Paulson among Emmy winners - The LGBT community was well-represented Sept. 18 at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. First, Amazon series Transparent ( which had 10 nominations going into the ceremony ) had a couple winners, including Jeffrey Tambor ( Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy Series ) and newly out lesbian Jill Soloway ( Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series ). Tambor took time to urge producers to ...


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Chicago Sky clinch playoff berth - The Chicago Sky women's basketball team is again in the playoffs. With a 96-86 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sept. 11, the Sky clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth, joining Minnesota, Los Angeles and New York. Tickets are available for the first, second, semifinal and final rounds of the playoffs. The final seeding, pairings, dates and times will not ...


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Diana Nyad makes waves at Union League Club - Before openly lesbian long-distance swimmer, author and journalist Diana Nyad took the stage to address a Sept. 7 lunchtime audience at the Union League Club of Chicago's Authors Program, the podium that had been used for routine housekeeping announcements and to introduce her was removed. As Nyad candidly invited the diners to dive into her life and the seemingly impossible ...


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PASSAGES Karen B. Teplitzky dies at 47 - Memorial Visitation for Karen Beth Teplitzky, 47, of Lake Zurich since 2009, formerly of New Jersey, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 from 3 p.m. until the time of the family and friend remembrances, 7 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. Karen was born Dec. 8, 1968 in Brooklyn, NY and passed ...


Chicago-Ideas-Week-includes-Wambach-Vargas-and-more

Chicago Ideas Week includes Wambach, Vargas and more - From a press release - CHICAGO — September 8, 2016 — The lineup for the sixth annual Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ), one of the largest, most affordable ideas festivals in the world from October 17-23, has officially been released with member tickets on sale now at ChicagoIdeas.com . The program will feature more than 150 events on topics ranging from refugees to comedy ...


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Chicago Sky to host #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky will host its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September 13 when the Sky welcomes the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. "We are pleased to partner with Weiss Memorial Hospital in our annual #GETPINK Game," ...


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Rapinoe makes own anti-anthem move - In a statement that echoed the recent controversial move by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, lesbian soccer player Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before her team, the Seattle Reign, played the Chicago Red Stars on Sept. 4. After the game, Rapinoe told John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now that her action ...


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Chicago's Fawzia Mirza on her 'Signature Move' - For audiences of her critically hailed appearances on stages throughout Chicago, the United States and South Asia as well as globally via a burgeoning and award-winning television and film career, Chicago-based actor, writer and producer Fawzia Mirza has already beaten down linear preconceptions of identity, delivered a series of mercilessly enlightened haymakers to cultural and racial stereotypes and provided five ...


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RR productions presents Brunch Remixed event - From a press release - RR presents Brunch Remixed. RR is an event company offering a crafted experience, for life enthusiasts. RR is dedicated to the community they serve and gives a portion of each event proceeds to a non-profit organization. The event will take place at Ada Street, 1664 N. Ada, Sunday, Sept. 18. Brunch Remixed will be a mix of creative art, hot ...


New-Mural-Celebrating-Underrepresented-Women-to-be-Unveiled-in-Pilsen-Community-

New Mural Celebrating Underrepresented Women to be Unveiled in Pilsen Community - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( August 30, 2016 ) — "Weaving Cultures", a new mural celebrating underrepresented women of diverse backgrounds, including a transgender Latina, will be unveiled by local Chicago artists Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi on September 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. at 16th Street and Blue Island in the Pilsen community. A meet and greet celebration will follow the ...


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Golden girl Elena Delle Donne returns to the Sky, reflects on Rio 2016 - Elena Delle Donne returned to the Chicago Sky on Thursday morning at the team's practice facility in north suburban Deerfield, sans Olympic gold medal. Her gold from the recently-completed Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is locked away. No way was she bringing it, to flaunt the sixth consecutive Olympic gold won by the U.S., her first. So, her Sky ...


-Lesbian-palimony-decision-calls-on-common-law-marriage-rules

Lesbian palimony decision calls on common-law marriage rules - The Illinois Supreme Court, on Aug. 18, ruled that a lesbian was not entitled to a share of her longtime-partner's medical practice, though the couple were together nearly three decades. Eileen Brewer, a Cook County judge, and Dr. Jane Blumenthal split in 2008, long before marriage equality was signed into law in 2013. Brewer and Blumenthal had also raised three ...


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Meet lesbian sports icon Diana Nyad - From a press release - On Wednesday, Sept 7th at 11:30 AM, meet long distance swimming star and journalist Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream, at a luncheon hosted by The Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Illinois. The cost of this luncheon includes a copy of Find a Way: ...


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Lifetime partners share their bliss with a sunflower - The image of the sunflower has always been equated with happiness. For kids, its popularity is the botanical answer to a dinosaur. Sunflowers regularly dominate childhood drawings hung on kindergarten classroom walls or proudly displayed on household refrigerators. Between the Crayola-colored bright yellow petals atop of a towering green plant, an equally dazzling smile is often included. However, for two ...


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World: Olympics items, gay juvenile executed, lesbian Serbian official - USA Today reported that South African runner Caster Semenya could be one of the most intriguing people in this year's Olympics. Semenya has never said she is intersex, but speculation follows her around the globe. Track observers believe Semenya is hyperandrogenous, meaning her body naturally produces high amounts of testosterone, the hormone that helps build muscle, endurance and speed. The ...


Lily-Tomlin-to-be-honored-with-2016-SAG-Life-Achievement-Award

Lily Tomlin to be honored with 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award - From a press release - LOS ANGELES ( Aug. 4, 2016 ) — Lily Tomlin — an entertainment maverick whose talents put her at the pinnacle of comedy, acting, writing and producing — has been named the 53rd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Tomlin will be presented the performers union's most prestigious distinction at ...


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Highest ranking openly LGBT service member to be honored by AMPA - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, announced that Maj. Gen. Patricia "Trish" A. Rose, the highest ranking openly LGBT service member in the U.S. military, will be honored at the inaugural AMPA West Coast Gala on Saturday, September 17, ...


Lesbian-couple-find-second-lives-as-artists-shop-owners

Lesbian couple find second lives as artists, shop owners - In 2006, Chicago couple Shirley Guay and Rosalie "Rosie" Koldan embarked on a new adventure as shop owners in Amboy, Illinois—100 miles west of Chicago. Their shop—Amboy Arts & Antiques—sells a hodge-podge of antiques, collectibles and works of art including Guay and Koldan's pieces. Ahead of their grand opening on Memorial Day weekend in May 2007, they did a soft ...


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Tammy Baldwin speaks on her legacy - The following interview with openly lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin was conducted by Philadelphia Gay News Publisher Mark Segal. Mark Segal: So, 1990 as you come into this city, fundraising to run for congress— Tammy Baldwin: Well, 1990 would have been state assembly. 1996 would have been getting ready to run for congress. MS: First out state assemblywoman, first out congresswoman, ...


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PROFILE Rita Adair talks activism, upcoming book, social work - When Rita Adair moved to Chicago five years ago, she'd already made a name for herself as an activist and social worker in her hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. Adair currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood; however, she'll be leaving the city at the end of the month to travel and write a book. Born in 1955 to a white Norweigan mom ...


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Rita Adair on her activism, upcoming book, social work career - When Rita Adair moved to Chicago five years ago she'd already made a name for herself as an activist and social worker in her hometown—Madison, Wisconsin. Adair currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood, however, she'll be leaving the city at the end of the month to travel and write a book. Born in 1955 to a Norweigan white mom who ...


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Transparent, Her Story, RuPaul among Emmy nominations - The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 14, with a diverse list of nods that included Transparent, RuPaul's Drag Race and Modern Family—as well as Her Story, a web series that looks at the lives of trans women. The trans series Her Story received a nomination for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Her Story is ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Erin-Murphy-Actress-talks-Bewitched-new-lesbian-role

NUNN ON ONE Erin Murphy: Actress talks 'Bewitched,' new lesbian role - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Erin Murphy will always be remembered as Tabitha Stephens on the hit television show Bewitched. For all eight seasons, Murphy played the daughter of a witch, although she shared the role with her twin sister at the beginning. Murphy has appeared in more than 100 commercials including a detergent commercial with President Ronald Reagan before he was in office. ...


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Chicago Women's Health Center 4th Revolutionary Healthcare Fundraiser - Chicago Women's Health Center ( CWHC ) is celebrating its 4th Annual Revolutionary Health Care fundraiser on Monday, July 18th from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. at Revolution Brewing Brewpub. This year's annual fundraising event features music from DJ Black Gold and raffle prizes from local favorites such as Ravinia, The Second City, Lillstreet Art Center, The Logan Theater, and more. ...


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Open lesbian attorney runs for Florida legislature - Running in the Aug. 30 primary election for the Democratic stronghold of District 92 ( Broward County ) in Florida's House of Representatives, Paulette V. Armstead describes herself as having "diverse experience for diverse challenges." As an openly LGBT candidate, should she prevail against her four challengers for the seat vacated by the popular Gwyndolen "Gwyn" Clarke-Reed, Armstead will be ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Singing the praises of GALA - All eyes and ears of the worldwide LGBTQ choral movement will be focused on Denver for the 2016 GALA Festival starting Saturday, July 2. More than 125 choruses and 45 ensembles from around the world converge in the Mile High City, and GALA organizers are hoping that the third time will be another charm because the Denver Center for the ...


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Backlot Bash kicks off Pride celebrations - The 2016 list of events & line ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available atBackLotBashChicago.com . Pictured here: Friday, June 24 Sunset ...


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Clandestina celebrates Pride in Pilsen - Monica Raymund of the Chicago Fire TV show, Brooke Webster and Alma Izquierdo presented Clandestina Chicago throws down on the South Side and North Side, Pride Edition. Thursday, June 23, Clandestina Chicago's Punch House Takeover was at 1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen, Chicago, featuring DJs Audio Jack, Sandra Suave, Monica Raymund and Bk Web. Sunday, June 26, 2-10 p.m.: Clandestina ...


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Thousands at Chicago's 20th annual Dyke March - They numbered in the thousands. So many people showed up to the 20th Annual Dyke March June 25 that they spanned most of the Humboldt Park route from Western and Division to the park entrance. Comprised of the entire spectrum of race, gender and gender identity, they marched with defiance. They marched with love. Much like the first Dyke March ...


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Illinois woman charged with attack on actress Kelly McGillis - Henderson County authorities say actress Kelly McGillis ( Top Gun; Witness; The Accused; The Innkeepers ), 58, was the victim of stalking and assault in her western North Carolina home—and the alleged perpetrator is a woman from Illinois. Laurence Marie Dorn, 38, has been charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Life is a parade for Monica Raymund - Monica Raymund is setting Chicago on fire these days with her many performances and appearances. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida, the talented actress graduated then headed to Juilliard in New York City. Concentrating on the theater this led her to working on television beginning with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She moved to Lie to Me where she starred ...


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Upcoming: Clandestina, CRUSH for alternative women, Toni Shelton house-music, Girls in Boystown - Clandestina Pride on June 23, 26 Monica Raymund of the Chicago Fire TV show, Brooke Webster and Alma Izquierdo will present the Pride edition of Clandestina Chicago on the North and South sides on June 23 and 26. In a statement, the organizers said, "It's two parties, each with no cover, that are committed, as always, to creating safe spaces ...


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Clandestina Pride Parties June 23, June 26 - From a press release - Monica Raymund of the Chicago Fire TV show, Brooke Webster and Alma Izquierdo present Clandestina Chicago throws down on the South Side and North Side, Pride Edition. They state: "It's two parties, each with no cover, that are committed, as always, to creating safe spaces for our queer community. Every step has been taken to ensure this at all of ...


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Lesbian parties and special events for Pride Month - There are a lot of lesbian parties coming up the next 10 days. Some of them are in the below links, for the Back Lot Bash, Clandestina and Crush. Add in the Artemis Singers, Dyke March June 25, and all sorts of Pride Fest, Parade and runs, etc., and there is no excuse to stay home. We urge you to ...


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CRUSH Chicago hosts Pride Weekend for the 'alternative woman' - From a press release - CRUSH Chicago Inc. will present CRUSH Chicago 2016, taking place at various venues throughout the Chicago area including: Chinatown/South Loop, Wicker Park, West Loop and Andersonville/Wrigleyville/Lakeview from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26, Sunday, 6/26/16], and featuring performers, special guests, showcases, yacht party, etc. CRUSH Chicago is presents a full weekend of events that especially cater to alternative women ...


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Foster-care seminar on July 9 has special LGBTQ focus - In conjunction with the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency, Pride Action Tank and Windy City Times, Let It Be Us is hosting a free event entitled "Call to Action—Foster and Adopt Our Children" with the specific goal of finding foster and adoptive families within Chicago's LGBTQ community on Saturday, ...


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13th 'Back lot Bash' fest expands, events June 16-26 - From a press release - The 2016 list of events & line ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available at BackLotBashChicago.com . Thursday, June 16—Comedy Kickoff ( ...


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Staceyann Chin brings 'Motherstruck!' to Chicago - Poet Staceyann Chin's newest one-woman show, MotherStruck!, chronicles her journey to motherhood as a single, lesbian, immigrant woman of color, showing how pregnancy in modern society is at once unique and deeply personal as well as a universal and public experience. The production—which debuted at New York City's Culture Project at the end of last year and received critical acclaim—was ...


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Report on LGBTQ singles released - Relationship company Match has debuted "LGBTQ in America," the largest nationally representative study of U.S. singles who identify as LGBTQ. Conducted by Research Now in association with evolutionary biologist and gender-studies professor Dr. Justin R. Garcia ( of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University ), the data reveals facets of the attitudes, behaviors and challenges of the LGBTQ single population. ...


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SUMMER MUSIC Tegan and Sara show us the 'Love' - Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assured that the answer is no, and that the song and its title was inspired by her sister's epiphany during ...


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Northwestern hosts Black Feminist Futures Symposium - Questions surrounding Black feminist futurity within the academy framed the conversation had at the Black Feminist Futures Symposium at Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art on May 20-21. "I think the specificity of thinking about the futurity of Black feminism and thinking about its precarious positionality within institutions of higher education or its institutionalization whatsoever, is something ...


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Midwest women's weekend rebrands - A new annual women's weekend is coming to the Midwest in June. Go Girl Saugatuck will take place June 3-5 at The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, Mich., which is a gay-owned resort catering to the LGBT community and located in one of Michigan's most LGBT-friendly beach towns. Go Girl Saugatuck will feature DJ All the Way Kay from Chicago and ...


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Artemis Singers concerts in June - Drawing its inspiration from today's headlines, lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will devote a whole concert to songs about social justice, freedom and peace June 11 and June 18 in its Pride concert/dance, "Voices of Joyful Rebellion." The June 11 show will take place at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, at 7 p.m. The June 18 event will ...


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Artemis Singers to present "Voices of Joyful Rebellion" Pride Concert - From a press release - Breaking the bounds of the status quo, Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will perform songs about rebellion June 11 and June 18 in its Pride concert/dance, "Voices of Joyful Rebellion." "Music that denounces racism, the objectification of women and religious fundamentalism will be featured," said Artemis Singers concert artistic director Tina Beacock. "Songs that decry war and senseless ...


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Comedian Tig Notaro at BookCon in Chicago May 14 - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at BookCon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


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ART Riva Lehrer and the evolution of 'Risk' - Riva Lehrer's career in portraiture has been long, and over time her discomfort with it grew. "It was really clear to me from the beginning that the people I was working with shared a really formative experience in my own life, which is that we'd almost all been stared at and screamed at and insulted and abused on a regular, ...


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Force drops thriller against DC Divas - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The DC Divas grabbed victory from the host Chicago Force on May 7 on the last play of the game, literally. The Force was driving, with the ball spotted at the Divas' 10 with 10 seconds remaining to play. Force quarterback Rasan Gore faded back, looking for a receiver in the end zone, as Chicago needed a last-ditch touchdown and ...


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Mary Lambert talks music, emotions at NU event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 26, the Northwestern University Arts Circle hosted a live interview featuring out singer-songwriter/Grammy nominee Mary Lambert and celebrated music journalists Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis at Lutkin Hall on the school's Evanston campus. Kot, who is the popular music critic for the Chicago Tribune, and DeRogatis, a noted author and former music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, are ...







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