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WCTs-Baim-named-to-NLGJAs-Hall-of-Fame

WCT's Baim named to NLGJA's Hall of Fame - Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim is one of three individuals named as inductees to this year's National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's ( NLGJA's ) LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame. Baim co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. Lambda Publications, the parent company of Outlines, bought Windy City Times in 2000 and merged it with ...


MUSIC-Lakeside-Pride-Freedom-Band-director-Zurcher-resigns-on-a-high-note

MUSIC Lakeside Pride Freedom Band director Zurcher resigns on a high note - Christy Zurcher loves music with a passion that has been nurtured since she was a child. It has been an unparalleled force of empowerment, community and expression for her. She also believes 10 is a nice round number ( her number of years in her capacity as a director ) and respects the concept of time as a precious commodity. ...


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Chicago Bar Foundation honors Jill M. Metz - At its 16th annual awards luncheon, The Chicago Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Chicago Bar Association, honored Chicago attorney Jill M. Metz with the Edward J. Lewis Pro Bono Award. This award distinguishes attorneys displaying a deep commitment to equal justice through outstanding pro bono service. Metz has devoted her 35-year law career to litigating, advocating and educating ...


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Equality Michigan takes on MichFest trans ban - From a press release - DETROIT — In 1991, Nancy Burkholder was first thrown out of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival for being transgender. Since that time, several more transgender people have been asked to leave the event out of respect for its "womyn-born-womyn intention" which discourages transgender women from participating in the music festival held annually in Michigan and attended by women from across ...


National-Lesbian-Gay-Journalists-to-meet-in-Chicago

National Lesbian, Gay Journalists to meet in Chicago - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) will hold its national convention and 10th LGBT Media Summit at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., on Aug. 21-24. The four-day assembly will begin with the LGBT Media Summit on Aug. 21 and three boot camps, followed by two full days of programming with more than 30 ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Nancy Garden: Lesbian hero - People all over the world were heartbroken to hear of Nancy Garden's death in June. The Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ) was only weeks from presenting her an award for her beloved 1982 novel Annie On My Mind. Thousands upon thousands of kids worldwide found understanding of themselves or others by reading the classic young adult romance between ...


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NLGJA names LGBT Journalist Hall of Famers, Excellence honorees - From press releases - Washington, D.C. — The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) announced today the 2014 inductees into the LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame: Tracy Baim, Windy City Media publisher, editor, author, historian and filmmaker; Lisa Keen, often considered the dean of America's gay political reporting; and Donna Cartwright, veteran copy editor at The New York Times and longtime ...


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Theater Spotlight: LezFest: A One Night Fling - Pride Films and Plays' upcoming Women's Words Week fundraising revue, LezFest: A One Night Fling, produced by Libby Lane and Chrystle Morman, features performances by Christy Hasselson ( 2006 winner of Windy City Gay Idol ), storyteller Lauren Sivak, slam poet and playwright Shannon Matesky, vocalist Liz Pazik, comedian Shanna Brown and more. LezFest: A One Night Fling is at ...


Chicago-lesbian-activist-Joanne-Marie-Bristol-dies

Chicago lesbian activist Joanne Marie Bristol dies - PASSAGES - Joanne Marie Bristol, 59, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2014 at her home in Logan Square. "She chose to go at sunrise with a songbird in her heart," her friend Kathy Munzer said. The service will take place on Saturday Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 S Euclid Avenue, Oak Park. Bristol suffered ...


Billie-Jean-King-to-speak-at-CFW-annual-luncheon

Billie Jean King to speak at CFW annual luncheon - Activist/tennis icon Billie Jean King will be the keynote speaker at The Chicago Foundation for Women's ( CFW's ) 29th Annual Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. A networking reception will take place 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The luncheon and keynote address will take place 12-1:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $150, available online at ...


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Women & Children bookstore sold - A cornerstone in Chicago's feminist and LGBT communities dating back to 1979 is transitioning and preparing for a new, modern look. Women & Children First Bookstore, based on Clark Street in Andersonville, has been sold by longtime owners/founders Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen to two of their current employees, Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck, the Windy City Times has learned ...


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Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


LETTERS-Women-Children-First-Gun-and-done

LETTERS Women & Children First; Gun and done - Moving on The following brief letters from Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon extend their thanks to the community, as they begin their next chapters both in the bookstore and beyond. Dear Friends of Women & Children First: In the months following the news that Linda and I were selling Women & Children First, many of you said ...


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Gay in the Life: Heidi J. Onion - About 18 years ago, Heidi J. Onion was approached by her police chief, who told her that their local park district was looking for someone to teach a self-defense class for women—and Onion was asked if she'd be interested in putting together such a program. "I was the only female patrol officer at the time and already a DT ( ...


Program-to-look-at-fertility-options-for-lesbians

Program to look at fertility options for lesbians - From a press release - The American Fertility Association ( The AFA ) is hosting a free, educational event about pregnancy and family-building options for lesbians in Chicago. Gay Women's Gathering will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6::30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago. Faculty for the event include Dr. Laurence Jacobs of Fertility Centers of Illinois, Scott Brown of ...


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Marriage advocate Jordan needs kidney donor - Chicago community activist and designer Elvie "LV" Jordan is seeking a kidney donor. She is in a medical crisis situation. A few months ago, she and her partner Challis Gibbs were among the first same-sex couples in Illinois to receive a marriage license, due to Gibbs' own health situation. Gibbs died a few weeks later, and soon after, Jordan became ...


Book-features-50-prominent-Chicagoans

Book features 50 prominent Chicagoans - From a press release - Any one can leverage life's lessons to achieve greater personal success; find and refine their passions; and achieve goals. The 50 inspirational Chicagoans profiled in Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose provide a powerful catalyst for jump starting or advancing one's own personal odyssey. The new book Bright Lights of the ...


2014-Gay-Lesbian-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-inductees-honored

2014 Gay/Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame inductees honored - The atmosphere at the Second Annual Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Center on Halsted on July 11 seemed to exemplify the courage, victory and raw emotion to be found in the arenas where each of the evening's honorees battled—often gagged by rampant homophobia—simply for the love of the game. Additional photos at the ...


Chicago-lesbian-26-loses-battle-with-cancer

Chicago lesbian, 26, loses battle with cancer - They met on OkCupid, a free online dating site, and went on their first date on Sept. 17, 2010. But Wil Abtahi didn't really know that was a date, or just two friends getting together. They had gotten tea, went to a comic book store and were at Lenya Friesner's home to watch a movie. Friesner turned to Abtahi and ...


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Laverne Cox makes Emmy history - Orange gets 12 nods - The 2014 Emmy Awards nominations were announced July 10, and there was a lot of love for various TV series. The overall leader was HBO's Game of Thrones, with 19 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey. The new FX show Fargo (based on the movie) scored 18 nods, American Horror Story: Coven got 17 ...


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NLGJA to hold national convention, LGBT summit in Chicago - From a press release - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) will hold its National Convention and 10th LGBT Media Summit at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago August 21through August 24 with a full lineup. This annual event marks the 22nd year the organization has brought together journalists, news executives and communications professionals to build skills, network and engage in ...


Love-grows-as-lesbians-fight-HIV-AIDS-stigma

Love grows as lesbians fight HIV/AIDS, stigma - The first time they met was at the International Conference on AIDS two summers ago in Washington, D.C., and Kathryn Mercado was convinced she would not get along with Kimberly Ramirez, based on what she now admits was "a school yard crush in the making." They met again last September at the United States Conference on AIDS, held in New ...


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Chicago takes Miami, heads to conference championship - The Chicago Force took another step toward repeating as Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) National Champions, and again did it in dominant fashion. The Force mauled the over-matched Miami Fury 66-8 on July 5 at Evanston Township High School, moving to 8-1 and ending the Fury's season at 6-3. Chicago will now travel to face the Boston Militia in ...


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Ald. Deb Mell announces marriage ending on Twitter - Chicago Ald. Deb Mell, who has passionately fought for marriage equality as a state representative and activist, announced that her marriage to Christin Mell is ending. The announcement came via Twitter and Facebook: "Dear Friends, It is with great sadness I tell you my marriage with Christin has ended. As you know divorce is painful, therefore we ask for privacy ...


Trish-Keporos-One-singing-sensation

Trish Keporos: One singing sensation - Trish Keporos, the ultimate underdog to win the 12th annual Windy City Gay Idol contest, is a Chicago native who has been singing longer than many of the other finalists have even been alive. And June 25 at Mayne Stage on Chicago's north side, it was the 62-year-old Keporos, a retired college counselor/teacher, who shined brightest … even though she ...


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Pride Films/Plays: LezFest: A One Night Fling July 28 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present LezFest: A One Night Fling, a celebration in words, songs, music and theater on July 28 at 7 pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 North Clark. Join PFP for an evening all about ladies who love ladies who are artists, showcasing a vast mix of Chicago's best and brightest women ...


Hollywood-luminary-talks-lesbians-drag-and-Uma-Thurman

Hollywood luminary talks lesbians, drag and Uma Thurman - Long before dishing lesbian wisdom to Melissa McCarthy's mess of a character in this summer's road-trip comedy Tammy, Kathy Bates had the gay community in shackles. It didn't take a sledgehammer to maintain our obsession with her—it just took the Hollywood icon's every turn on television ( Six Feet Under; American Horror Story ), Broadway ( 'night, Mother ) and ...


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HBHC's HEALE program: Educating nurses about LGBTQ elders - - "When a person's getting older and they're faced with the prospect of going into long-term care, they're being taken out of their home environment. Gay or straight: no one wants to do that," said Cecilia Hardacker, geriatric trainer at the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ). Hardacker is one of the trainers of the HEALE ( Health Education about ...


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CLLAW at Logan Square on July 25 - The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will hold CLLAW XIX on Friday, July 25, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. Sideshow Theatre Company is presenting the event, which will feature live musical entertainment from The Cell Phones. Tickets for CLLAW XIX are $10, with a cash bar available. Doors open at 10 p.m., with ...


Indigo-Girls-joining-Nettles-Aug-29-in-Aurora

Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


Lesbian-musician-talks-Etheridge-Kate-Clinton-Amy-Ray-

Lesbian musician talks Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray - BOOKS - Out lesbian Jamie Anderson knows enough about women's-music festivals to be considered armed and dangerous. She's toured with the best of them—Melissa Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray, Holly Near, and Meg Christian—and has the stories to prove it. After nearly 30 years of braving the entertainment industry as only she knows best, Anderson presents her take on the wild and ...


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Lecture: lesbian-like women of 1800s-WWII Aug. 28 - German historian Ingeborg Boxhammer will be in Chicago this August to lecture on her research into the lives of suffragists Margarete Herz ( 1872-1947 ) and Helene Wolff ( 1871-1917 ). She will be at the Center on Halksted Thursday, Aug. 28, 6 pm, 3656 N. Halsted. There is a $5 suggested donation. During the German Empire the dentists Margarete ...


Back-Lot-Bash-filled-with-fun

Back Lot Bash filled with fun - The ladies rocked the Cheetah Gym parking lot on Clark St., Fri., June 27 through Sun., June 29. Special guests included The L Word's Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey, Crystal Bowersox, and Hunter Valentine. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ( www.MysticImagesPhotography.com ) . Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-30&AGALLERY=BLBKat . ...


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Thousands join Dyke March, Latino/a Pride in Humboldt Park - Video links below - Additional photos by Tracy Baim at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-28&AGALLERY=DykeMchTB . Additional photos by Vern Hester at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-28&AGALLERY=DykeMchVH . Additional photos by Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-28&AGALLERY=DykeMarchbyGB . There were no barriers between the more than 1,000 people (according to organizers) who represented each of the multifaceted elements of the LGBTQ community and its allies at ...


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Temple Sholom hosts Pride event and honors - Temple Sholom/Am Keshet honored 10 groups and individuals June 27 in a special pride service. The Chaverah Keshet honors ( Friend of the Rainbow ) were for their "outstanding work on marriage equality." Edwards Buice and Andrew Simmons were co-chairs of the event. Pictured from left: Andrew Simmons; Pastor Kim Beckmann of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Lynda Delaforgue, ...


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tello Films documents hip-hop/soul duo God Des & She - By Janean L. Watkins - What do you get when you blend hip-hop, pop and soul with a queer dynamic duo? You get the Midwest-bred God Des & She. The eclectic pair bridged the gap between these three genres to bring a new sound and relevant message to the masses. Not many artists make music that speaks for multitudes of people who find themselves without ...


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Back Lot Bash June 26-29, to feature Bowersox - The 11th annual Back Lot Bash will take place in Andersonville and Rogers Park June 26-29. The line-up for the women's festival includes acclaimed singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox ( Friday, June 27 ), Erin McKeown ( Friday, June 27 ), popular bands Hunter Valentine and Your Villain My Here ( both Saturday, June 28 ) and host Lauren Russell ( The ...


-Dyke-March-June-28-in-Humboldt-Park

Dyke March June 28 in Humboldt Park - Orgullo en AcciÃ"n ( OEA ) and the Chicago Dyke March Collective ( CDMC ) will bring the Dyke March to the Humboldt Park community for the first of two years. The march will take place Saturday, June 28. It will kick off at Roberto Clemente High School ( on the southeast corner of Western Avenue and Division Street ) ...


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Humble Hearts provides limitless charity to Chicago - Walking down into Carol Boyd Yee's basement on Chicago's West Side, one will find a wide assortment of things from fashion, to home furnishings, to medical accessories and more. However, it's not a case of hoarding for her and her family: Her basement is the where she and her wife, Mae, run the non-profit organization Humble Hearts. "We're not a ...


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'Brave Bilbuggies' launches; review of Artificial Cherry - To celebrate the publication of her first children's book The Brave Bilbuggies, lesbian author Genevieve Sipperley and illustrator Alex Martin held a book launch party at Simon's Bar and Tavern June 19. About 45 people attended the event featuring raffles, giveaways and book-signing. The book centers around Tulipwood, a rogue flower who has been stealing from the forest creatures and ...


National-Womens-Music-Festival-June-26-29

National Women's Music Festival June 26-29 - The 39th National Women's Music Festival ( NWMF ) will take place June 26-29 at the Marriott Madison West in Middleton, Wis. Headliners include Cheryl Wheeler, Catie Curtis, Lucie Blue Tremblay, Dos Fallopia, Sandra Valls and Beth Kille, among others. In addition to a total of 18 musical and comedy acts comprising almost 40 individuals, the festival includes workshops. Visit ...


-Moorehead-among-Radio-Hall-of-Fame-inductees

Moorehead among Radio Hall of Fame inductees - The late actress Agnes Moorehead ( probably best known as Endora on the classic TV series Bewitched ) will be among those who will be honored at the Chicago-based National Radio Hall of Fame's ceremony Nov. 9 in Los Angeles. It will mark the first time the induction ceremony has taken place outside of Chicago. Among the inductees is Moorehead, ...


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Lyric's 60th-anniv. concert has Jane Lynch as emcee - Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced that Jane Lynch—the Emmy-winning actress acclaimed for portraying coach Sue Sylvester on the hit television series Glee—will serve as master of ceremonies for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Opera House. The Dolton, Illinois, native "cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf ...


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Puerto Rico court has first openly gay person - Lesbian attorney Maite Oronoz Rodriguez has become the first openly gay person on Puerto Rico's Supreme Court. In a statement, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla congratulated Rodriguez on her Senate confirmation by the Senate as the new associate judge of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Padilla said, "During her confirmation process in the Senate, attorney Oronoz Rodriguez ...


PASSAGES-Author-Nancy-Garden-dies

PASSAGES Author Nancy Garden dies - Nancy Garden, a lesbian award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults, has died at age 76. Her books included the lesbian teen novel Annie on My Mind. According to Amazon.com, the "book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten ...


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26th Indy Pride marks diversity - by Kim Flowers. Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A diverse group of people is always expected to show up at Circle City Indy Pride, from families with children to the members of Indiana Youth Group to the Indy Pride Bag Ladies, an HIV/AIDS fundraising organization founded in 1981. Each year breaks records in the amount of people and vendors who attend, and this year was no exception. Festivities ...


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Ricky Martin's change; Cooper's new home; 'Orange' wins - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay musical artist Ricky Martin surprised fans during a live concert in Morocco when he changed the lyrics to a song from "she" to "he," according to On Top Magazine. While performing at the Mawazine Festival ( Rhythms ), an annual music festival which takes place in Rabat, Morocco's second largest city, Martin altered the lyrics to his 1999 ...


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From the field to the press box and loving it - Laura Flynn started playing soccer at age 5 and played competitively until college—and she long dreamed of one day being a pro soccer player. The problem was, while growing up and improving as a player, there was no league for women in the United States. Flash-forward to 2014 and the National Women's Soccer League—the NWSL, as it is known—is a ...


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Chicagoan leading Proud To Run race in Kuwait - Maggie Murphy has completed the annual Proud To Run lakefront race twice, yet missed the last two due to military duties. She's doing something different for 2014 Pride. The 25-year-old Chicago resident, who is a systems integration consultant and is openly gay, is now stationed in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with the Illinois National Guard as a military intelligence analyst. She's ...


-Bristol-honored-by-Euclid-United-Methodist-Church

Bristol honored by Euclid United Methodist Church - Lesbian activist and healthcare worker Joanne Bristol received the Bruce Scott Award from Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park June 22. The award was given to Biristol and her partner, Mary Morse, who died in 2006. The award is named for the late Bruce Scott, one of the gay men who fought against the Cold War witch hunts ...


Not-even-lightning-could-stop-the-Chicago-Force

Not even lightning could stop the Chicago Force - The biggest obstacle that the Chicago Force encountered June 21 in its playoff game was Mother Nature, not the opposing West Michigan Mayhem. After a two-hour lightning delay, the Force crushed the Mayhem 66-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami, which defeated Atlanta on Saturday night. "We came back just as strong, or stronger, after the [weather-related] ...


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Joey Mogul honored by criminology group - Chicago attorney Joey Mogul, a long-time advocate of social justice, criminal justice and LGBT rights causes, received the prestigious Anne O'Brien Stevens Award from the Illinois Academy of Criminology at their Spring Institute June 18 at the Union League Club. The award was presented by longtime social justice pioneer Mary Powers. Mogul's uncle, Ed Mogul, also a longtime justice advocate, ...


Lesbian-judge-approved-to-federal-bench-in-Illinois

Lesbian judge approved to federal bench in Illinois - From a press release - ( New York, June 17, 2014 ) - Today, the U.S. Senate made judicial history by confirming Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, marking the first time that two openly gay judicial nominees have been confirmed to the federal ...


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Windy City Gay Idol finals June 25 at Mayne Stage - In a tough competition June 14 at Sidetrack, 22 singers competed for the 12 slots at the 12th annual Windy City Gay Final Finals, to be held Wed., June 25 Mayne Stage. The Idol judges—Mitchel Fain, Heather Schmucker and Richard Knight, Jr.—also selected one wild card to advance. More photos here: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-15&AGALLERY=IdolSemi2014HalBaim . For VIP and regular show tickets ...


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Back Lot Bash includes Crystal Bowersox, Hunter Valentine - From a press release - June 15, 2014 — Chicago, IL —The 2014 line up for Chicago Pride Weekend's 'Back Lot Bash' includes headline performances by acclaimed singer/songwriter Cystal Bowersox ( Fri ), renown international musician Erin McKeown ( Fri ), popular powerhouse bands Hunter Valentine ( Sat ) and Your Villain My Here ( Sat ), Host Lauren Russell ( The Real L Word ...


By-Women-For-Women-dance-at-the-Center

By Women For Women dance at the Center - By Women for Women: Spinning Through the Decades, a dance at the Center on Halsted Saturday, June 14, featured a DJ spinning contest that lit up the dance floor. DJ Feen won in the finals against DJ Raboo, but all four DJs worked hard for the crowd's attuning. Photos by Tracy Baim ...


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Leaders to strategize at LGBT sports summit - From a LGBT Sports Coalition press release - PORTLAND, Ore. ( June 13 ) — The LGBT Sports Summit kicked off yesterday in Portland, Ore. The event is the third annual meeting of the LGBT Sports Coalition, which aims to end anti-LGBT bias in sports. Hosted by Nike under its #BETRUE banner, the Summit brings together leaders in the LGBT sports movement for three days, June 12-14, to ...


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Windy City Times books: Marriage equality, Vernita Gray, LGBT cinema - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is the focus of a new book from Windy City Times writers Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim. The book looks at the financial and political pressure from the LGBT community and its allies to pass the marriage-equality law in 2013, including heated internal battles and intense heat put ...


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Joey Mogul, author of Queer Injustice, to be honored - From a press release - On Wednesday, June 18, at a luncheon at the Union League Club, Joey Mogul of the People's Law office and co-author of Queer Injustice will receive the prestigious Ann O'Brien Stevens Award from the Illinois Academy of Criminology. Mary Powers, a Board Member of the Academy of Criminology and Founder of Citizen's Alert—the police watchdog group—will present the Award to ...


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Karen Mason bringing 'Divas' to Chicago - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - Acclaimed singer Karen Mason is waving the flag for Pride month in Chicago this June. Her concert, titled "The Secrets of the Ancient Divas," weaves cover songs from Barbra Streisand, Eydie Gorme, Bette Midler and Doris Day all together, then includes her new song "It's About Time," an anthem for marriage equality. Mason brings her Broadway background to the Windy ...


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WCT books: Marriage equality, Vernita Gray, LGBT cinema - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is the focus of a new book from Windy City Times writers Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim. The book looks at the financial and political pressure from the LGBT community and its allies to pass the marriage-equality law in 2013, including heated internal battles and intense heat put on elected ...


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PERFORMANCE Genderqueer playwright talks Southern work - "River See," the newest work from genderqueer playwright Sharon Bridgforth, will debut June 19-29 at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. "River See" is set on a juking boat in the Mississippi Delta and tells the story of See, a young woman about to embark on the Great Migration. See is played by actress Sonja Parks, recently named "one of ...


Lynch-to-emcee-Lyrics-60th-anniv-concert

Lynch to emcee Lyric's 60th-anniv. concert - Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced that Jane Lynch—the Emmy-winning actress acclaimed for portraying coach Sue Sylvester on the hit television series Glee—will serve as master of ceremonies for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Opera House. The Dolton, Illinois, native "cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf ...


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Women's dance at Center June 14 - Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host "By Women For Women: Spinning through the Decades" on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m. The event will bring together female DJs from the LGBTQ community for an evening of music and dance. Tickets are $40; visit community.centeronhalsted.org/ByWomenForWomen. ...


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WCT books: Marriage equality, Vernita Gray, LGBT cinema - CHICAGO—The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is the focus of a new book from Windy City Times writers Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim. The book looks at the financial and political pressure from the LGBT community and its allies to pass the marriage-equality law in 2013, including heated internal battles and intense heat put on elected ...


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Etheridge marries; R. Kelly's trans* child; Whitney movie news - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Melissa Etheridge, 53, married Linda Wallem, her fiancee of nearly a year and the creator of the show Nurse Jackie, on May 31 at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, People.com reported. All four of Etheridge's children participated in the wedding: Bailey Jean, 17; Beckett, 15; and twins Miller Steven and Johnnie Rose, 7. Among those also looking on ...


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MUSIC Out singer Amy Andrews talks activism, Bette Midler - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Born in Baltimore, Maryland—with a musical theater and classical background—singer/songwriter Amy Andrews now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Andrews is not following the hip-hop train that has helped to put Atlanta on the map. Instead, the out folk singer has taken her independent spirit—she has released an EP and a live record—and has a career where success and fame don't necessarily ...


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National Women's Music Festival returns to Madison - The 39th National Women's Music Festival ( NWMF ) kicks off Thursday evening, June 26, at the Marriott Madison West, Middleton, with some of the most popular and enduring performers in the women's music genre, as well as a variety of new talents. Headliners include: Cheryl Wheeler: primarily a folk singer/songwriter, whose songs have been covered by a number ...


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Baldwin, Pocan on federal decision on marriage in Wisconsin - From a press release - Washington D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the below statement regarding the Federal Court Decision on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin. "Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone's love, against anyone's family, is just plain wrong. Wisconsin can proudly say that discrimination doesn't just violate our values — it violates our Constitution. And now we can proudly ...


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Tig Notaro coming to Comedy festival - From a press release - The Onion and The A.V. Club's 'The First Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival,' is taking place in Chicago June 12-14, 2014, with headliners Comedy Bang! Bang!, Tig Notaro, Kyle Kinane, and Marc Maron. Notaro is also openly gay. Tickets available at 26comedy.com. Over three nights in June at Chicago's historic Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., The Onion and The ...


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Chicago Force dominate Columbus in regular-season finale - The Chicago Force ran roughshod over the Columbus Comets on June 7 to finish the regular-season 6-1—and now it's on to the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) playoffs, which the Force will host at Evanston Township High School on June 21. Brandy Hatcher and Kelsey Casey led the Comet crushing, each scoring three rushing touchdowns as the Force led ...


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Jane Lynch to emcee Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary - From a press release - CHICAGO — Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud today announced that Jane Lynch, the Emmy-winning actress acclaimed for portraying coach Sue Sylvester on the hit television series Glee, will serve as master of ceremonies for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, November 1, 2014, at 6:30 pm at the Civic Opera House. The Dolton, Illinois, native "cut her theatrical ...


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Collins' new gig; Broadway news; Kelly McGillis dishes - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins will be a part of Marriott Hotel's newest ad campaign that targets LGBT individuals, known as "#LoveTravels," according to NetsDaily.com. Collins, who was the first openly gay NBA player, spending some of this past season with the Nets, will be featured in ads for Marriott to help promote the campaign. On the campaign, Collins called ...


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Bechdel, Bornstein honored, Lambda Literary winners named - The winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the "Lammys") were announced June 2 in a gala ceremony that comedienne Kate Clinton hosted in New York City. Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein received special honors. Cartoonist Justin Hall, award-winning creator of the series True Travel Tales, presented the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Literature to Bechdel (the ...


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CFW Fair Shot luncheon; Billie Jean King on theme - From a press release - Chicago Foundation for Women 29th Annual Luncheon is coming up June 18. In preparation, CFW interviewed tennis legend and keynote speaker, Billie Jean King. This year's theme is "A Fair Shot" which celebrates how Chicago Foundation for Women's mission of advancing true equality for all of Chicago's women and girls. CFW gives women and girls the tools, knowledge and power ...







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