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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 ...


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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 ...


-Report-on-LGBTQ-singles-released

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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Chicago Force wins home opener in dominant, record-setting fashion - The Chicago Force continued to steamroll over opponents, moving its record to 4-0 after a 68-0 win over the Columbus Comets on April 30 at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech College Prep. Now things get serious for the Force. Chicago will host the defending Women's Football Alliance (WFA) national champions, the DC Divas, on May 7. Kickoff ...


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'Garden of Eve' celebrates women in fiery atmosphere - The glow of the unrelenting flames radiating from the furnaces used by the West Loop's Ignite Glass Studios to create exquisite art was the perfect backdrop for Howard Brown Health ( HBH ) to celebrate all women at their Garden of Eve event April 29. The rest of the studio was transformed by the Chicago-based organization Kehoe Designs into the ...


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1,300+ tradeswomen in Chicago for 2016 Women Build Nations Conference - From a press release - North America's Building Trade Unions ( NABTU ) and Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) will bring together more than 1,300 women, representing multiple crafts in the building and construction trades, for the Women Build Nations ( WBN ) conference in Chicago. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare Conference Center, Rosemont, Illinois. The conference offers attendees ...


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New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon - In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order Love You to Death in advance of its ...


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Loyola's Swoopes under investigation - Chicago's Loyola University is launching an internal investigation into the conduct of women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes after 10 of the team's 12 returning players have transferred or requested releases from their scholarships. Loyola hired Swoopes, a Hall of Famer, in 2013. In 2005, Swoopes came out as lesbian. However, in 2011, Outsports.com revealed that Swoopes was engaged to a ...


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Fire Department pioneer reflects on making history - "I was a tomboy from an early age and knew there was something different about me since I was 7," said longtime Chicago Fire Department ( CFD ) paramedic Pat Ciara. She is the highest-ranking out lesbian in the history of the CFD. "I wanted to do traditionally boy things but my mom, who was concerned with what the neighbors ...


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Upcoming: Lesbian characters in Signature Move, Hannah Free - Chicago actor in film 'Signature Move' Chicago-based actor and comedian Fawzia co-wrote and stars in Signature Move, a feature film co-produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP and Newcity's Chicago Film Project that will be featured at Tribeca's "TFI Network" April 19-20. Signature Move is a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age feature film, centered on a Pakistani-Muslim woman named Zaynab who ...


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Fawzia Mirza plans feature film, Signature Move - From a press release - Signature Move, an upcoming feature film co-produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP and Newcity's Chicago Film Project, will be featured at Tribeca's "TFI Network" April 19-20. TFI Network will host 13 of the most unique cinematic projects from filmmakers worldwide, helping them establish relationships within the industry to secure funding and distribution. Signature Move is a featured project on Indiegogo, ...


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Rapinoe on being a tomboy, women's sports, coming out - Today on The Players' Tribune, Megan Rapinoe along with retired soccer players Carmelina Moscato and Lori Lindsey, and her sister Rachael Rapinoe, opens up about being a tomboy in a hilarious roundtable conversation. Rapinoe and friends discuss feeling out of place growing up, the perception and reality of women's soccer, the USA/Canada rivalry, and coming out. Excerpts below. Read the ...


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Affinity offering free HIV testing - Affinity Community Services will continue offering free HIV/AIDS testing, taking place at its Hyde Park location on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1-3 p.m., in collaboration with Center on Halsted. See Affinity95.org . ...


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Entertainment: British actors, Rosie's divorce, Caitlyn on 'Transparent,' Nate Berkus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out individuals Ben Whishaw, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Sir Ian McKellen were among those receiving nominations for the BAFTA ( British Academy of Film and Television Arts ) TV Awards, according to Deadline. Downton Abbey, despite this being its final eligible year, received no nods; BAFTA did honor it with a special prize last summer, though. The awards will ...


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Lesbian PAC endorses Tammy Duckworth for Senate - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced that its endorsement of Rep. Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ) for U.S. Senate. "This year, as reproductive rights face attack at all levels, and when so much LGBT progress hangs in the balance — from defending marriage equality to passing comprehensive non-discrimination — not only do we need champions ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Dishing with Wanda Sykes - Wanda Sykes works it with new projects all the time. The comedian who began winning Emmys for The Chris Rock Show soon graduated to appearing onscreen for The New Adventures of Old Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In films she stood out with Monster-in-Law, Evan Almighty and My Super Ex-Girlfriend plus voiceover work in Over the Hedge and Ice Age: ...


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Denise Foy talks Human First honor, LGBT advocacy, career - Longtime LGBT activist Denise Foy will be honored at the Center on Halsted's Human First Gala, which will take place Saturday, April 2, at The Geraghty. ( Other honorees include Lori Healey, Michael McRaith and AT&T. ) Foy has a long history with the Center, going back to when it was known as Horizons Community Services, including serving as a ...


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Panel addresses women's issues in LGBT community - Affinity Community Services Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon and producer-promoter Kristen Kaza of No Small Plans Productions headlined a March 21 talk at Center on Halsted focused on how well-represented lesbian, bisexual and queer women's voices are in the LGBT community, and how those representations—or lack thereof—affect the community as a whole. Rupert-Gordon and Kaza began by discussing the implications of ...


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Upcoming: 'Hannah Free'; 'Paris Is Burning'; HUMP! fest; 'Two Fisted' art - 'Hannah Free' screening April 16 A screening of the 2009 lesbian-themed movie Hannah Free will take place Saturday, April 16, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., at 3 p.m. Among those slated to attend are cast members such as Sharon Gless, and screenwriter Claudia Allen. Tickets are $11 each; visit SiskelFilmCenter.org/hannahfree . 'Paris Is Burning' at ...


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Col. Cammermeyer to receive Matlovich Medal - From a press release - Atlanta, GA ( MAR 16, 2016 ) — Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, the highest ranking active officer to challenge the US military's ban on LGBT service members, will be presented the 2016 Leonard Matlovich Medal for Distinguished Service by American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ), the nation's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans Service Organization. The Medal will be ...


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Entertainment: Jillian Michaels; Matthew Morrison; divas; reality star dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jillian Michaels is getting married. According to an E! News item, on the season finale of the reality show Just Jillian, she got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades. During an update, Michaels told Maria Menounos of Rhoades, ""It's not that she's not the one. I have this—I don't want to say fear—but I feel like I'm preparing myself ...


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SHE100 issues grants to 5 agencies - The Chicago-based SHE100, a donor-informed fund for LGBTQ organizations, hosted its annual grants giving event March 13 at Center on Halsted. Grants ranged from about $880 to $5,000: The Legacy Project, She Crew (a multi-disciplinary journaling workshop for 12-14 year old girls), The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project (for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness), Silver Fork at Center on Halsted (a ...


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LBTQ Council hosts Women's Day dance - The LBTQ Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) held its 2nd International Women's Day Dance March 12 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. In addition to dancing to the music of DJ Tess (of Slo 'Mo) and DJ OCD, there were raffles, food and beverages. Funds raised benefit the ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 LGBTs in the mix - The next primary elections, to be held March 15, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have publicly stated that they are members of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of late February. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: RepCassidy.com . The skinny: Cassidy, who defeated ...


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Jillian Michaels engaged to Heidi Rhoades, proposal on video - From a E! News press release - It's official: Jillian Michaels is getting married. On tonight's season finale of Just Jillian, the E! reality star got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades and only E! News has video of the emotional, tear-jerking proposal ( seriously, we dare you not to cry! ). Jill's proposal started out with a video montage telling the story of their journey ...


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Quare Square focuses on queer artists of color - Quare Square Collective, Inc. gives the spotlight to Chicago's queer-identified artists of color. Chicago native M Shelly Conner, Ph.D., is a multidisciplinary, multigenre writer and scholar—and the founder and executive director of Quare Square, which she calls "a labor of love." In addition, she has a novel she is exploring publishing options for, has a comedy Web series in development ...


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BOOK REVIEW Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America - By Rachel Hope Cleves, $29.95; Oxford University Press; 267 pages   Sometimes, you wonder how Grandma coped. For most ( if not all ) of her life, she lived without computer or cell phone. She made meals for her family without a microwave, sewed her own clothing, and enjoyed each of the four channels she got on her small-screen TV. ...


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Upcoming: CHM's 'Standing Up'; International Women's Day Dance - Out at CHM's 'Standing Up' March 10 Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., will host the next program in its Out at CHM series, " Standing Up: From Punch Line to Spotlight," on Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. ( In addition, a reception with refreshments and appetizers will start at 5:30 p.m. ) While views have progressed, LGBTQ ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Kelli Simpkins on gun violence in 'Cocked' - Actress Kelli Simpkins continues to make realistic portrayals of people we know in our lives. She broke out as a creator and performer with The Laramie Project, for which she earned an Emmy nomination for ensemble writing. In Chicago, she has worked with such prestigious theater companies such as Timeline, Goodman, Steppenwolf and About Face. Her film work includes A ...


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Entertainment: Ruby Rose; Eddie Redmayne; Demi Lovato; 'Star Wars' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black may be an Emmy-winning show, but it's the Oscars the acclaimed Netflix series sends up in a new promo for the upcoming fourth season, NewNowNext.com noted. As the clip starts, Taystee bemoans how dull the Academy Awards are, declaring "even when white people TRY to be exciting they still bore me." The trailer also shows ...


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Lisa Rock to do "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" at McAninch Arts - GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" a tribute to the Grammy Award-winning pop music of Karen and Richard Carpenter starring Lisa Rock comes to the McAninch Arts Center's Club MAC Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. For the popular Club MAC performances, MAC's Playhouse Theatre is transformed into an intimate ...


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DePaul staff, students discuss lesbian identity - The Center for Identity, Inclusion & Social Change, LGBTQ Studies and the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network at DePaul University hosted an intergenerational discussion concerning the identity label "lesbian" Feb. 29 at DePaul University's Student Center. Faculty members Lourdes Torres (professor of Latin American and Latino Studies) and Ann Russo (associate professor and graduate program director in women's and gender ...


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Pride Films and Plays 's LezPlay Program plans full year - From a press release - Chicago, IL — PFP's LezPlay Program, led by PFP Artistic Associate Amber Snyder and Company Member Carolyn Reynolds, announces plans for a full year of LezPlay programming in 2016. *For the first time, PFP will sell an L Pass allowing admittance to two world premiere productions: Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood running March 10-April 10, 2016 at Rivendell Theater, ...


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Black lesbian conference planned in New York - New York, New York — February 18, 2016 — Beyond Bold And Brave is proud to present the "The Evolution of Our Community" Black Lesbian Conference 2016 ( BLC 2016 ). This inaugural event will take place on March 25th and 26th in Harlem. BLC 2016 aims to unite transgender and cisgender lesbians of Black/African-descent and their allies of various ...


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Plaintiffs in Supreme Court marriage cases to be honored at LGBT military event - From an AMPA press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) announced that Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor, and Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, will be honored at the 3rd Annual AMPA National Gala, presented by USAA — the nation's biggest LGBT military event of the year. Both LGBT equality advocates ...


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LORDE'S LEGACY New take on notions of Audre Lorde, 'warrior poet' - The postscript to Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde is entitled The Happening. In it, Dr. Gloria I. Joseph, Ph.D.—activist, feminist, professor emerita of Massachusetts' Hampshire College and author of innumerable, internationally published essays—describes the morning of Nov. 17, 2012. It was 20 years to the day that Audre Lorde—Joseph's beloved partner and one of ...


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NOW celebrates 50 years of grassroots feminism in 2016 - From a press release - Washington, DC - The National Organization of Women ( NOW ), the iconic activist organization that promotes equal rights for women, will be celebrating its anniversary at the 50th Anniversary Gala and NOW Conference, June 24-26, 2016. NOW's celebrations will recognize not only its history of cutting-edge activism on behalf of women, which include some of the most significant victories ...


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March Bisexual Health Awareness Month highlights disparities for bisexual, youth - From a press release - Boston, MA — With a focus on the unique needs and experiences of bisexual+ youth, the Bisexual Resource Center ( BRC ) proudly proclaims March as Bisexual Health Awareness Month ( BHAM ) for the third year in a row. Bisexual+ youth, who encompass a diverse spectrum of sexual identities ( e.g. bisexual, fluid, no label, pansexual, queer ), experience ...


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Panel looks at question of being Black and queer - "Black, Queer and Invisible?" was the focus of the first in a monthly series of interviews with local LGBTQ and ally leaders at Center on Halsted Feb. 18. Taking on the topic were Kim Hunt, executive director of the Pride Action Tank, and Zach Stafford, contributing writer for The Guardian. Director of Community and Cultural Programs for the Center Andrew ...


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Writer Harper Lee dies at 89 - Nelle Harper Lee—who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book To Kill a Mockingbird—has died at age 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, according to AL.com. On July 11, 1960, "Mockingbird" was published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. with critical and commercial success. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. Set in ...


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Monica Raymund of Chicago Fire makes directorial debut - From a press release - Monica Raymund ( Chicago Fire, The Good Wife, Lie To Me ) will make her directorial debut with Daddy Issues, written by Sam Forman ( House of Cards, Hand of God ), and featuring Eamonn Walker ( Unbreakable, Chicago Fire, ER ) and Christian Stolte ( Chicago Fire, Road to Perdition ). Daddy Issues tells the story of a young ...


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Lambda Legal: Kentucky Supreme Court affirms lesbian mom's right to custody petition - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Lexington, KY, February 18, 2016 ) — Today, in a unanimous decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Lambda Legal client, Amy H., a lesbian mother, will have her day in court to petition for joint custody of her daughter. "This decision is a victory for the child, above all else," said Christopher Clark, Counsel and LGBT Young Adults, ...


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Lesbian filmmaker recalls parents' flight from Nazis - Filmmaker Sharon Karp describes her upbringing in suburban Evanston as being "more formal" than that of her friends. Her parents, both of them immigrants, were strict, and did not let her spend the night at friends' houses, for example. It was almost always impossible for strangers to win her family's trust. But Karp's parents, George and Gisela, never hid the ...


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Upcoming: Women's Day Dance; Second City bowlers; Poundstone; Hvorostovsky - CFW holding Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together ...


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Levity & Justice for All, top lesbian comics support LPAC - From a press release - Washington, DC ( February 16, 2016 ) — LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ, pro-women's rights and progressive candidates, announced a first-of-its-kind benefit performance featuring top lesbian and queer comics and women's rights champions, including Kate Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell, Billie Jean King, Lea DeLaria, Karen Williams, Cameron Esposito, Judy Gold, Marga Gomez, Jes Tom, Marsha Warfield, ...


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First openly lesbian Chief Justice nominated to Puerto Rican Supreme Court - The Puerto Rico Senate has confirmed a lesbian woman to become the next chief justice of the U.S. commonwealth's highest court, approving Maite Oronoz Rodriguez 14-12, The Washington Blade reported. Rodriguez has been a member of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court since 2014. She will become the first openly LGBT chief justice in the United States. Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro ...


Black-Queer-and-Invisible-A-chat-with-Kim-Hunt-and-Zack-Stafford

Black, Queer and Invisible? A chat with Kim Hunt and Zack Stafford - From a press release - On Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Center on Halsted Chats will feature Kim Hunt ( Executive Director of the Pride Action Tank ) and Zach Stafford ( Contributing Writer for The Guardian ). Center on Halsted Chats is a monthly series that interviews local LGBTQ and Ally leaders as they discuss their lives and some ...


Catching-up-with-Hall-of-Famer-Ellen-Meyers

Catching up with Hall of Famer Ellen Meyers - The Illinois secretary of state's office has the two highest ranking out lesbians in any branch of state government. The newly appointed chief of the Illinois Secretary of State Police is Sydney Thomas, who formerly was the chief deputy chief of police. Meanwhile, Ellen A. Meyers is the deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, ...


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Chicago Foundation for Women's Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 - The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together folks from across the city to celebrate queer ...







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