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Affinity has new board president, members - Anna DeShawn has been named the new board president of the group Affinity Community Services, succeeding Imani Rupert-Gordon. New board members include Aisha N. Davis, Esq., a fellow at Loevy & Loevy; and Jessica Peters, a nonprofit and political development consultant; Affinity Community Services is a social-justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth ...


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WNBA player marries in 'Dream Wedding' - The online wedding brand The Knot hosted a wedding for Olympic gold medalist and 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and fiancee Amanda Clifton. The Knot Dream Wedding brought together wedding professionals to create a personalized, elegant affair at The Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve in Long Island, New York, with 200 guests. Delle Donne and Clifton were The ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Dorky dykes - I suppose I'm at my dorkiest about my stuffed animals. I have my first teddy bear, Buzz. I have the two cats Carol from Connecticut sent: Elga Wasserman ( after my first attorney ) and the appealingly homely Samo. Of course, I've kept the last one my mother gave me, a high femme rabbit in an extraordinary Easter bonnet who ...


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PASSAGES Local lesbian businesswoman Donalou Hendon dies - Donalou Hendon, 46, died Nov. 10 and at the time of this publication, the cause of death is unknown. Hendon was the co-owner of Forest View Lounge Bar and Grill in Forest View, Illinois with her life partner of 16 years, Marge Bellisario. Hendon was born May 2, 1971 in Berwyn, Illinois and spent her childhood in Winfield, Illinois. She ...


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NCLR Fellow Alex Chen Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 for Trans Youth Work - From a press release - National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Equal Justice Works Fellow, Alexander Chen, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 today for his groundbreaking legal work to expand the rights of transgender youth. At NCLR, Chen works with legal director Shannon Minter, one of the transgender attorneys leading the fight against Trump's transgender military ban. Before his work ...


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Astraea Foundation Celebrates 40 Years of Activism at Gala - From a press release - On Monday evening, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice hosted a gala to celebrate the Foundation's 40th anniversary. The annual event brought together more than 385 individuals from around the world to honor the activists who have since Astraea's founding in 1977, led the fight for LGBTQI civil rights. During the celebration, Astraea raised more than $100,000 in on-the-spot donations, ...


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PASSAGES Longtime gossip writer Liz Smith dies - Longtime gossip columnist Liz Smith, who started her column at the New York Daily News more than four decades ago, has died at age 94. Known as the "the Grand Dame of Dish," Smith's work included a chronicle of Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, which made front-page news. Her column began with the Daily News in 1976, and continued with ...


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NBA referee Violet Palmer to be honored by Truth Awards - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — The Better Brothers Los Angeles ( BBLA ) in association with award-winning actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph and her non-profit organization, the DIVA Foundation, are happy to announce that NBA referee Violet Palmer will receive the Lifetime Achievement at the Fourth Annual Truth Awards. The Truth Awards will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Taglyan ...


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Affinity Community Services Black Gold casino night fundraiser, Dec. 2 - Affinity Community Services is hosting Black Gold, their first casino night fundraiser, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. "Affinity is excited to host Black Gold, our casino night fundraiser. It will be a fun night, with casino games and dancing," said Affinity Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon. "2017 has been a challenging year, and Black Gold will offer an opportunity to celebrate the ...


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PASSAGES: Documentary filmmaker, activist Debra Chasnoff dies - Academy Award—winning documentary filmmaker and activist Debra Chasnoff, 60, died Nov. 7 of metastatic breast cancer at her home in San Francisco. Known as "Chas" by almost everyone, she was nationally known as a visionary filmmaker and an LGBTQ rights champion as well as a social justice educator. Chasnoff made history at the 64th annual Academy Awards in 1992 when ...


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O.School aims to teach women about pleasure - Backed with $800,000 in Silicon Valley venture capital, a queer woman from Oakland is launching a national online platform focused on pleasure education for women and gender diverse people. On Nov. 3, technology entrepreneur Andrea Barrica, 27, launched her latest startup, O.School ( https://www.o.school/ ), with five daily livestreams of sex education for college-aged and older adults. The programming will ...


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Jenny Durkan to become first out lesbian mayor of Seattle - Washington, DC —Victory Fund endorsed candidate Jenny Durkan is victorious tonight and will become the first out lesbian mayor of Seattle. Currently there is just one openly lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city ( Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski ). Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement about the win: "We are thrilled ...


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PASSAGES: Author and editor Darlene R. Stille dies - Darlene R. Stille, 75, died Oct. 28 of colon cancer. At the time of her death, Stille was living in New Buffalo, Michigan with her partner of 40 years Cynthia Marquard. The couple lived together in Chicago for many years and were instrumental parts of the LGBTQ business, philanthropic and advocacy communities. Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt University ...


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Chicago GLBT veteran group elects new officers, plans Veterans Day events - Heather Yang, a U.S. Army veteran, has been elected to the board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights, replacing long-time president and chapter founder Jim Darby, a U.S. Navy veteran. Yang, who served with the 105th Military Police Company as a U.S. Army police officer, has served in Bosnia and Iraq and provided security and ...


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Sue Hyde to leave National LGBTQ Task in 2018 - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, November 3, 2017 ) — The National LGBTQ Task Force announces the Spring 2018 departure of longtime Director of the organization's Creating Change Conference, Sue Hyde. Hyde has served the Task Force since 1986, overseeing a range of initiatives in addition to the Creating Change Conference. She is taking a new position as Executive Director of the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lesbian opera singer Racette seeks asylum in 'The Consul' - Lesbian opera soprano Patricia Racette considers herself to be very lucky. In her three-decade performing career of tackling both classics ( Madama Butterfly, Salome ) and world premieres ( Emmeline, Dolores Claiborne ), Racette has been able to check off most of the dream roles on her operatic wish list. Racette shares one of her more elusive wish-list roles when ...


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ELECTIONS 2018 Gaylon Alcaraz steps into race for county commissioner - Longtime activist and community organizer Gaylon Alcaraz has announced that she'll be running for the Cook County Board of Commissioners' 4th District post, which is currently held by Comm. Stanley Moore. Alcaraz, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( now the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame ) in 2013, is a lifelong Chicagoan who ...


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BOOKS Rewriting Vivian Maier: Book uncovers more on mystery photographer - Vivian Maier's photographs elevated a woman thought merely to be a reclusive former suburban nanny into an international phenomenon. Her life was presented as a mystery; her work, miraculous. None of this impressed Northwestern University photography professor Pamela Bannos when she took her class to see the first show of Maier's work at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2011. "It ...


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DISH: SAVOR Grounds for success: New coffee shop opens in Uptown - Sarah Riddle and Katy Weseman have been partners in life for 12 years—and now they are partners in business with the launch of Ridman's Coffee, a cozy, independent shop at the southwestern corner of Clark and Lawrence that brews up Dark Matter Coffee with a side of Southern hospitality. Originally from Tennessee, Riddle brings 15 years of experience working in ...


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Smith, Ewing at W&CF on Nov. 4 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., will host poets Danez Smith and Eve Ewing on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. The two authors will be reading from their recently released collections—Don't Call Us Dead ( Smith ) and Electric Arches ( Ewing ). Smith, who lives in Minneapolis, is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the ...


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Firebrand Theatre to present Lizzie - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 13, 2017 ) — Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to present its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 — December ...


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Tegan and Sara in Chicago Nov. 4 - Tegan and Sara will perform at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 4, during their The Con X: Tour in support of the original album's 10-year anniversary. Tegan and Sara also will release The Con X: Covers on Friday, Oct. 20. It is a new album featuring 14 of their favorite artists—including Bleachers, Ryan Adams and ...


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OH, THE HORROR Melissa Carbone and her scary empire. - Melissa Carbone didn't plan to become the queen of horror. For years, she and her now ex-wife Alyson Richards created elaborate Halloween displays in their front yard. Their home became a huge neighborhood attraction, and finally in 2008, Carbone began to think that maybe she could turn her passion for Halloween into something more. So began the creation of Ten ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Behind the lens: Photojournalist Kay Lahusen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kay Tobin Lahusen was the first photojournalist of the LGBTQ movement, a pre- and post-Stonewall activist who helped to document the earliest protests for homosexual rights. Lahusen, born Jan. 5, 1930, in Cincinnati, is perhaps best known as the life partner of activist Barbara Gittings, but she was an equal partner in their 46-year relationship, begun in 1961, and lasting ...


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BOOKS Maj. Margaret Witt finds strength to 'TELL' all - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I just don't feel right calling you 'Margie,'" this writer to Maj. Margaret Witt said before taking the stage with her at Seattle's Museum of Flight to discuss her memoir, TELL: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights. She replied, "You can call me by my full name then—once." And just like that, Margie ...


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CFW luncheon has Dolores Huerta, Alicia Garza - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Activate" was the theme of the Oct. 19 Chicago Foundation for Women's ( CFW ) 32nd annual luncheon and morning symposium at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. CFW founding board member and author Rebecca Sive moderated a conversation with featured guests Dolores Huerta ( United Farm Workers—UFW co-founder, American labor leader and civil rights activist ) and Alicia Garza ( #Black ...


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Chicago-made Signature Move returns to theaters this weekend - Chicago-made Signature Move will be back in theaters this weekend The made-in-Chicago-by-Chicagoans movie Signature Move returns for a limited engagement starting Friday, October 20 at the Regal Webster Place 11 and at the Wilmette Theatre. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative Feature at Outfest. 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes! "Very compelling…poignant…a gem" says Bill Zwecker in ...


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ELECTIONS 2018 Ebonie Davis running for vacated state rep position - By Matt Simonette Ebonie Davis simply says that the reason she is deciding to run for the post of 25th District state representative—a post being vacated by longtime state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie—is "now is the time." Davis—a longtime advocate who has worked as an instructor and facilitator for Illinois Department Human Rights' Institute for Training and Development—has also been ...


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Women's March on Chicago to return as 'March to the Polls' - Women's March on Chicago, the coalition behind the historic gathering of 250,000 women and their allies this past January, is setting Jan. 20, 2018, for a new rally and Get Out the Vote ( GOTV ) effort. Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza and Ald. Michele Smith joined representatives of a wide group of champions at an Oct. 11 press conference to ...


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Grand marshals named for Nov. 4 Pink Hat Run - CHICAGO—Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton ( D-5 ) and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell ( D-3 ) have been named Grand Marshals for the inaugural Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll, a 5K and one-mile recreational event. The elected officials will greet participants and launch the start on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Chicago's South Loop. Both women represent the area in ...


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Annual Human Rights Campaign Chicago Gala to Honor Back Lot Bash Founders - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( October 16, 2017 ) — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Chicago Steering Committee announced today that Christina Roberts and Amie Klujian will be honored with the Community Leadership Award for their commitment to the LGBTQ community with the founding and continued mission of their Back Lot Bash event. Founded in 2004, Back Lot Bash is ...


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Grand Marshals named for Nov. 4 Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll - CHICAGO—Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton ( D-5 ) and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell ( D-3 ) have been named Grand Marshals for the inaugural Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll, a 5K and one-mile recreational event. The elected officials will greet participants and launch the start on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. Both women represent the area ...


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Freelancers Anonymous LGBTQ comedy feature filmed in Chicago - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) teams up with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino on Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. Featuring a top-notch cast including Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ), Jennifer Bartels ( American ...


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Dyke spaces exhibit debuts on National Coming Out Day - A rousing night of queer women comedy kicked off Howard Brown Health's "Lost & Found: An exhibit exploring Chicago's dyke spaces of the 70s and 80s" on National Coming Out Day, Oct.11, at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., in Humboldt Park. The exhibit runs through Oct. 28 and features items from Gerber/Hart Library and Archives and the Windy City ...


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LPAC names Vaid interim executive director - Washington, DC: October 13, 2017…….LPAC, founded in 2012 as the first lesbian Political Action Committee, announced today that Urvashi Vaid, longtime attorney and organizer in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) and social justice movements, will serve as the organization's Interim Executive Director as the search for a permanent Executive Director begins. Vaid has held senior executive positions ...


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76 major companies join HRC friend of court brief on lesbian fired by Georgia hospital - From HRC website - Today, HRC announced a "friend of the court" brief signed by 76 major U.S. companies supporting Jameka Evans, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, in her efforts to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear her case. Evans was was harassed in the workplace and fired from her job as a hospital security officer because of her sexual ...


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Affinity hosts Coming Out Day event - National Coming Out Day, held every year on Oct. 11, was celebrated at "Our Stories, Our Voices," which featured social mingling and a program of speakers sharing their coming out stories at the Near South Side offices of Affinity Community Services. Throughout history, Black LGBTQ and same-gender-loving people have been faced with adversity and many of those stories were never ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin paved way for lesbians - By Alex Madison - In a time when President Donald Trump has directed a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military, his administration has rescinded protections for trans students in public schools and the advancement of LGBTQ national historic landmarks are in question, the stories of those who fought for equal rights in an earlier era seem to be more important than ...


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TRANSPARENT Jill Soloway discusses the future of the Pfeffermans - Transparent won't be winding down anytime soon. A fifth season of the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series ( about a transgender female who began a gender transition late in life and her family's subsequent self-revelations ) began pre-production even before season four's recent premiere on Amazon Prime Video. This season, the Jewish-American Pfefferman clan ends up in Israel, where ...


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CHAVELA Film looks at chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas - by Sari Staver - There is a stunning new documentary about the life and times of iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas. Vargas, who died in 2014 at age 93, was a darling of Mexico City's bohemian club scene in the 1950s, when she challenged mainstream Mexican morals by dressing in men's clothing while she sang songs intended for men to woo women, ...


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WEDDINGS Yospin-Valentour - Marcia Yospin and Erin Valentour were married July 15 in the Crystal ballroom in Evanston. Photo of Yospin ( left ) and Valentour by Rick Aguilar Studios ...


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PASSAGES Karen Knudstrup - Karen Knudstrup passed away Sept. 16 at age 78. She is survived by her widow and partner of 52 years, Diana Haskell of Chicago; brother Paul ( Sue ) Knudstrup and sister Kristine ( Dale ) Taylor, both of Michigan; children Avril ( Joseph ) Rutherford of Florida, Winston ( Karen ) Rysdahl of Chicago, Amiel ( Kris ) Rysdahl ...


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Judge Nancy Katz reflects on career - Judge Nancy Katz—recently retired from the Cook County Circuit Court and the first openly lesbian judge there—said that judges have an important role to play in bringing about social change. "You certainly advance justice on a case-by-case approach, by making good, impartial decisions based on the law, facts and a compassionate approach to people," she explained. "One-by-one-by one, [judges] make ...


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'Hello Again' and 'Signature Move' screen at Music Box - Chicago's Music Box Theatre has held several recent red-carpet events to premiere exciting new LGBT films. Opening night for the Reeling Film Festival screened the musical Hello Again on Sept. 21. While guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the lounge nearby, several of the stars and production team stopped to talk with Windy City Times before entering the theater. ...


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Signature Move to debut this week at Music Box - Mirza movie to debut Sept. 28 at Music Box - The lesbian-themed movie Signature Move—starring local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza—will have a special screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., starting Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ( Co-star Shabana Azmi is slated to appear. ) The official Chicago premiere is Friday, Sept. 29. Signature Move won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature ...


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MOVIES Gender politics focus of 'Battle' royale - There's a scene toward the end of 1970s-set Battle of the Sexes in which gay fashion designer Cuthbert Collingwood "Ted" Tinling tells closeted tennis champ Billie Jean King that the times will change and, eventually, queer people shall live and love openly: After all, she was one of the people changing them. How prescient Tinling was. Directed by Little Miss ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Elisabeth Shue talks 'Battle of the Sexes, career, 'Babysitting' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elisabeth Shue began acting in commercials at an early age then landed major movie roles in The Karate Kid and Adventures in Babysitting. She graduated to grown up material in Cocktail, Soapdish, and The Marrying Man. The movie Leaving Las Vegas brought her many awards and nominations leading to parts in Deconstructing Harry, The Saint, and Hollow Man. Her latest ...


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COMEDY Rose & Rosie bring the funny to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - YouTube sensations Rose & Rosie are bringing the comedy to Chicago for the first time from London. Their videos range from hot topics to their own wedding together. Dark-haired Rose Ellen Dix joined YouTube in school in attempt to go viral on the channel. Blonde Rosie Spaughton started her own channel called TheRoxetera in 2011. This eventually led to collaborating. ...


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Center on Halsted hosts 'Courageous' talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Center on Halsted's ( the Center ) held the first in a series of conversations, "Courageous Conversations: United/Divided—Divisions Among Our Communities," Sept. 21 at the Center. Jackie Rosa ( For Colored Girls Collective founder ) moderated the event, which featured a diverse group of panelists—Channyn Lynne Parker ( Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Center youth drop-in manager ), First Nations ...


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Women & Children First Books to host October ticketed events, author talks - From a Women & Children First press release - Women & Children First will host events in October for some of the biggest books of the season: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, the paperback release of The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco, and Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. Details below and in at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Nicole-Krauss—Jennifer-Egan—NASTY-WOMEN—Brit-Bennett—-Isabel-Allende-at-Women—-Children-First-.html?soid=1101357241095&aid=bC85MPUkKYk . Tickets for ...


-Pink-Hat-Run-to-benefit-womens-organizations-Nov-4

Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


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Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 - CHICAGO—The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 mile run, walk or roll will take place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront and museum campus downtown, with a starting point on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop neighborhood, next to the Women's Park & Gardens. The Pink Hat Run ...


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Two projects of lesbian-owned tello Films nominated for honors - From a press release - Nashville, TN ( September 20, 2017 ) — Lesbian-owned filmed production company, tello Films recently received news that two of their projects have been nominated for International Academy of Web Television ( IAWTV ) Awards. Maybelle received a nomination for Best Writing ( Bridget McManus ) for a drama and Best Original Song ( Karman Kregloe ). After the death ...


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CME trader McGathey to host sales training - Virginia McGathey, President of McGathey Commodities, Corp., Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group Trader, Commentator and Certified B.A.N.K. Trainer will lead the launch and workshop of B.A.N.K. Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Ridgemoor Country Club, 6601 W Gunnison St., Chicago, where she is currently the 12-time golf champ. McGathey, an openly LGBT business owner, will be ...


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NUNN ON ONE: FILM Fawzia Mirza shows viewers 'Signature Move' - Signature Move—a new film directed by Jennifer Reeder and written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato—is a much-anticipated Chicago-made lesbian feature film that has been garnering praise this year as it tours the festival circuit around the world. The film tells the story of a thirtysomething lesbian lawyer named Zaynab ( played by Mirza ) living in Chicago who starts ...


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South Africa celebrates PrideTV's first anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - South Africa became the first African country to launch an LGBT network when PrideTV made it debut in August 2016. Since that time, subscription has increased and LGBT people now have a platform where they can watch programs catering to their community. In an email interview, PrideTV's spokesperson, Joanna Raphael Katz discussed the need for the network, the evolution of ...


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Freelancers Anonymous, new LGBTQ comedy feature shooting in September - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) teams up with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino to bring you Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. Featuring a top notch cast including Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ), Jennifer ...


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Women's Park & Gardens celebrates Chicago women - A years-long project to celebrate accomplished Chicago women as part of the Chicago Women's Park & Gardens in the South Loop was finally unveiled for the public Sept. 14. The Women's Park & Gardens, with a field house on the corner of 18th and Indiana, and a manicured park out back, was created in the 1990s by the late Chicago ...


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Edith Windsor, lesbian activist who took down DOMA, dead at 88 - Edith Windsor, a lesbian activist who was a pioneer for LGBT rights and brought down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, died Sept. 12 at age 88. Widow Judith Kasen-Windsor issued a statement Sept. 12 confirming Windsor's death, but didn't disclose a cause. The two were married in 2016. "I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a ...


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Mirza movie to debut Sept. 28 at Music Box - The lesbian-themed movie Signature Move—starring local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza—will have a special screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., starting Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ( Co-star Shabana Azmi is slated to appear. ) The official Chicago premiere is Friday, Sept. 29. Signature Move won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature ...


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'Fun Home' part of Victory's season - Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announced the lineup for its 2017-2018 season. Among the productions is Fun Home ( Sept. 19-Nov. 12 ). Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and winner of five Tony Awards, Fun Home is inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Other upcoming ...


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Showbiz news: Todrick Hall, Ellen Page, Jake Gyllenhaal, immigration projects - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dancer/YouTube personality Todrick Hall—who appeared in Taylor Swift's "Look What Your Made Me Do" video—has spoken out after he was criticized for taking part, The Independent reported. Hall was featured as one of the dancers in the clip, and found that he was instantly trolled as a "sellout." Hall, who is openly gay, claims he was accused of betraying both ...


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National roundup: Lesbian ex-mayor, Spelman College, DJ fatally shot - Lesbian ex-Houston Mayor Annise Parker responded when conservative political pundit Ann Coulter tweeted, "I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than 'climate change," LGBTQ Nation noted. Parker responded, "Darn it, I thought no one knew I had a super power over weather." Users showed their support of Parker, ...


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Megan Carney is new artistic director of About Face Theatre - From a press release - The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Carney as AFT's new Artistic Director. Carney, who currently serves as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will join the company this fall. She succeeds Andrew Volkoff, who stepped down earlier this summer. "After ...


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Lesbian filmmaker readies final episodes of Riley Parra web series - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA ( September 13, 2017 ) — Christin Baker, owner of tello Films will release the final two episodes of her hit web-series Riley Parra on Sunday, September 17 and the finale on September 24. Riley Parra, which was modeled after a series of books is about a detective struggling to do the right thing in a corrupt ...


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PASSAGES LGBTQ Heroine Edith Windsor passes away, organizations react - From press releases - Civil and Human Rights Coalition Mourns Passing of Edith Windsor WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the passing of Edith Windsor, who was the named plaintiff in a successful legal challenge to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as applying ...


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Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher in Back to Back Tour here Oct. 14 - Chicago native Cameron Esposito returns to her hometown with her wife and fellow comedian Rhea Butcher for a show at the Vic Theater on Saturday, Oct. 14 on their multi-city "Back To Back" stand-up tour. Cameron and Rhea are the stars and creators of the hit TV comedy series "Take My Wife" which ran for two seasons and was critically ...


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Artemis Singers: Deep roots in Chicago's lesbian community - In June 1979, a group of lesbian-feminist women in Chicago came together to form Artemis Singers in order to find fellowship and share their musical talents with a wider audience. The group, credited as the first U.S. lesbian-feminist chorus to label itself as lesbian, is set to begin its 38th season. Currently, the chorus has 35 members. Artemis Singers is ...


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Artemis Singers members reflect on their many years with the chorus - Artemis Singers has had many members over the years, with some going back to the chorus's beginnings while others have joined the chorus more recently. Below, members reflect on their years with the chorus in the order in which they joined. "When I moved to Chicago in 1982, I wanted to make friends whose politics might match mine," said Copia ...


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Mirza movie to debut Sept. 28 at Music Box - The lesbian-themed movie Signature Move—starring local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza—will have a special screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., starting Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ( Co-star Shabana Azmi is slated to appear. ) The official Chicago premiere is Friday, Sept. 29. Signature Move won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature ...


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Women & Children First Books hosts authors, book groups in September - From a press release - Women & Children First is an independant bookstore with focus on the interests of feminists and children and offering regular author appearances and events since 1979. The store is at 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago. Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 Infinite Genders Poetry Reading Infinite Genders is a compilation of poems written by the mentors, mentees, and facilitators from ...


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Activist, award-winning LGBTQ filmmaker JD Disalvatore lost to cancer - From a press release - JD Disalvatore, a prolific LGBT film and television producer and director and gay rights activist, died on Thursday, Aug. 24 after a long battle with cancer. She was 51. A proud marching band trumpet player in Miami Palmetto Senior High, JD went on to study communications at Boston University, absorbing as much as she could from her creative writing and ...


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LGBT-elder advocate Terri Worman shares her story - Terri Worman is a Jane of all trades. She's a classically trained violinist and performs in musicals, but she also can be found working diligently to ensure that LGBT elders live their best possible lives. Worman's advocacy career began with pro-choice work and soon morphed into LGBT rights, and now she works at AARP as the associate state director of ...


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New event space opened in Edgewater for celebrations - The Lytle House in Edgewater is ready for big celebrations. Robyn and Michelle Lytle ( not pronounced as "little" ) have been married since 2014. Shortly after getting engaged, Robyn began working with her wife at Michelle Lytle Photography, established in 2004. Robyn, originally from Hinsdale, and Michelle a Downer's Grove native, moved to Edgewater in January 2017 with their ...


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Messinger to give ISGMH talk Sept. 7 - Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing ( ISGMH ) will present its next "Current Issues in LGBTQ Health" lecture event on Thursday, Sept. 7, 12-1:30 p.m., in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan St., Suite 1400. Joy Messinger will present "Our Survival Depends on Each Other: The Urgency of Intersectionality to Support the ...







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