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Debra-Shore-of-Metropolitan-Water-Reclamation-District-to-run-for-re-election

Debra Shore of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to run for re-election - From a press release - Debra Shore, a two-term member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD ) today announced her intention to run for re-election in the 2018 elections. In announcing her intention to run again, Commissioner Shore said "March 22 is World Water Day, a fitting time to announce that I intend to run ...


Party-Noire-events-all-about-female-Black-joy

Party Noire events all about female Black joy - Chicagoans can dance it out when Party Noire plays Black joy on repeat. Party Noire is a dance party that began as an idea to bring Black creative millennials together for the celebration of "melanin+women," as the organizers call the concept. Lauren Ash, Nick Alder and DJ Rae Chardonnay co-founded Party Noire and kicked off the series in September 2015 ...


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Entertainment: Billie Jean King, 'Outpost,' John Barrowman, RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty-two years after co-founding World Team Tennis ( WTT ), Billie Jean King announced she will step away as the majority owner of the organization, ESPN.com reported. King, 73, said she was selling her share to Mark Ein, founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Fred Luddy, owner of the San Diego Aviators. King will continue to serve as ...


Indivisible-event-calls-for-action-on-state-federal-levels

'Indivisible' event calls for action on state, federal levels - Even though it was the second strategy meeting to combat the Trump agenda held in Evanston in as many weeks, an audience packed into the gymnasium of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center March 6. Much like the Feb. 27 Equality Illinois event which filled the Unitarian Church of Evanston, this session hosted by the Chicago-based grassroots organization Indivisible included a panel of ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Classics, revivals offer breath of fresh air - It might not all be jam and sunshine yet, but after the ominous rumblings of 2016, anything not heralding apocalypse is enough to lift the spirit. Classic plays serve to remind us of hard times that we survived, so restore your morale at some of these: Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. A corrupt ...


Cecilia-Horan-talks-about-new-judicial-role

Cecilia Horan talks about new judicial role - Cecilia Horan, who was appointed in January to be an at-large Cook County Circuit Court judge, said she had been trying to "put the pieces in place" for a long time before she found out that she'd been appointed to her new post. Horan, who is lesbian, was appointed by Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court to ...


Womens-Day-march-defies-Trump-agenda-

Women's Day march defies Trump agenda - It wouldn't be Chicago if the only parade on St. Patrick's Day weekend was left to revelers decked out in green hats. At least 300 people braved a bitterly cold afternoon to commemorate International Women's Day with a March 12 rally and demonstration "for Equality, Justice & Power" through downtown Chicago in a passionate expression of defiance against the Trump ...


11th-Circuit-rules-against-employee-forced-out-for-being-a-lesbian

11th Circuit rules against employee forced out for being a lesbian - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta, March 10, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit largely affirmed a lower district court's ruling dismissing the lawsuit of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was targeted for harassment and effectively terminated from her job at Georgia Regional Hospital because she is a lesbian and didn't conform to gender norms in ...


Murders-of-trans-women-of-color-in-2017-getting-poor-news-coverage

Murders of trans women of color in 2017 getting poor news coverage - From an Astraea press release - New York, NY — Following the collective uprising on International Women's Day, J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice issued a statement drawing attention to the alarming violence taking place against transgender women of color. Within the first two months of 2017 seven transgender women of color have been murdered and yet there continues to ...


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Amigas Unidas event March 11 - Celebrating International Women's Day, Amigas Unidas: En La Fe will hold "Guiadas For Amor" Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Amigas Unidas En La Fe is "a bilingual group of lesbians and bisexual womyn fostering a spiritual life based on our faith, and focused on our personal, spiritual, emotional and professional growth," according to a press release. For more info, ...


Women-focused-LGBTQIA-Muslim-group-launches

Women-focused LGBTQIA+ Muslim group launches - Founded in late 2016 by Mahdia Lynn, Masjid al-Rabia is a women-centered, LGBTQIA+ community group providing spiritual care for marginalized Muslims. Masjid al-Rabia has no imam or a centralized authority, and is completely community led. Board members act as custodians of the space and include Lynn, Zaynab Shahar ( theologian, writer and co-founder of Third Coast Queer Muslims ) and ...


National-roundup-Genderqueer-baseball-exec-letter-to-Sessions-Ark-bill

National roundup: Genderqueer baseball exec, letter to Sessions, Ark. bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Sonoma Stompers announced that Jen Ramos, a baseball writer and data journalist from Northern California, would be the team's new assistant general manager—making Ramos possibly the first genderqueer executive in professional sports, ThinkProgress noted. Ramos is an experienced data analyst and prospect evaluator with a master's of science in journalism from the University of Southern California and digital media ...


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Entertainment: 'Drag Race,' Whitney Houston, Timberlake, 'Moonlight' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - EW.com revealed that the Emmy-winning reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season will debut to a broader audience Friday, March 24, on VH1. The network is set to broadcast each of the series' subsequent episodes for the remainder of the season, marking the first time Drag Race has shifted networks across its eight-year history, having previously aired more than ...


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CFW LBTQ Giving Council hosts women's day dance - The Chicago Foundation for Women's LBTQ Giving Council hosted its 3rd International Women's Day Dance March 4 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Pictured are CFW and LBTQ Giving Council representatives. The event featured food, beverages and dancing to DJs Tess and OCD. Dollars raised will go back into the LGBTQ community in the form of ...


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MOVIES 'Watermelon Woman' celebrates 20 years with re-release - It's been 20 years since filmmaker Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman debuted to audiences across the country and brought one of the first depictions of Black lesbian identity to movie screens. The Watermelon Woman was Dunye's first feature film, and it was the first feature film that a Black lesbian made. The film tells the story of Cheryl ( Dunye ...


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Celebrating Women of Courage includes photo tribute to military women - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL - Just added to the Celebrating Women of Courage exhibition at the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago is an important, first-of-its-kind veteran-made memorial, honoring 194 fallen women who served in various branches of the U.S. military under the department defense since September 11, 2001. The display case ( designed to accommodate wheelchair accessibility ) contains 194 dog tags ...


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World news: 'Queer Heritage,' Croatian protest, Brazil's Carnival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Activists planted unofficial "Queer Heritage" plaques on the House of Lords and other landmarks, Evening Standard reported. Four women put up the blue plaque to commemorate lesbian activists who caused an uproar by entering the chamber in 1988 in a protest against Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which banned local authorities from "promoting homosexuality." The plaques are modeled ...


Cris-Williamson-classic-recorded-by-Holly-Miranda-Ani-DiFranco-to-benefit-Standing-Rock

Cris Williamson classic recorded by Holly Miranda, Ani DiFranco to benefit Standing Rock - Wednesday February 22, 2017 New York, NY — Today the Detroit-born Singer and songwriter Holly Miranda announced the release of "Midnight Oil," a single to benefit Standing Rock, which premiered on People.com. Recorded over the course of two months, with her band from Brooklyn, as well as a commanding 28 person choir. Holly explains, "friends from Israel to Mexico sent ...


Joan-Baez-Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-Amy-Ray-and-Emily-Saliers-in-Chicago-June-11

Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in Chicago June 11 - From a press release - Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. These exclusive summer tour dates will include Chicago's Chicago Theatre on June 11 among many others. Tickets go on-sale beginning the week of Feb. 20 ( check individual venues for details ...


TRUST-Collective-Chicago-hosts-retreat

TRUST Collective-Chicago hosts retreat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TRUST Collective-Chicago, Chicago's emerging community and intersectional voice for justice, peace, support, creativity and collaboration, recently hosted a retreat to address its focus on Latinx, Muslim and/or LGBTQ+ community issues in the "Post Orlando" environment. The TRUST Collective's mission is to bridge, respect, support and foster relationships across the Chicago area toward building a unified front and reducing targeted violence ...


National-membership-group-of-LGBT-community-centers-has-new-CEO

National membership group of LGBT community centers has new CEO - From a press release - February 14, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Today, the Board of Directors of CenterLink announced that it has appointed Lora Tucker as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. CenterLink is a national member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. "Lora's extensive experience and passion for leadership development, public relations, and organizational strategy make her ...


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PASSAGES Yvonne Hudson of Sons of Sappho - Yvonne Hudson, 80 when she passed away in early February, was a force in two worlds: as a part of the Black women's group Sons of Sappho, one of the only organizations for gay women on the South Side, and as part of her church, Generation Church of Christ, for decades as a treasurer, trustee, and part of the choir. ...


Signature-Move-to-have-world-premiere-at-2017-SXSW-Film-Festival

Signature Move to have world premiere at 2017 SXSW Film Festival - From a press release - SIGNATURE MOVE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab ( Fawzia Mirza ) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma ( Sari Sanchez ), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab's recently widowed mother Parveen ( Shabana Azmi ...


Nevermind-Its-Nothing-anti-Valentines-lesbian-story-told-in-slam-poetry-

"Nevermind, It's Nothing" anti-Valentine's lesbian story told in slam poetry - From a press release - CHICAGO - Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre proudly announces the World Premiere of "Nevermind, It's Nothing", as a cure for a Valentine's Day hangover running Feb. 17 - March 24 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Using slam poetry as a primary medium, Chicago Slam Works Ensemble Theatre uses elements of movement, drama, music, spoken word, and sketch comedy based ...


Chicago-Force-2017-season-may-be-the-teams-15th-and-final

Chicago Force 2017 season may be the team's 15th and final - It's late in the fourth quarter, so to speak, for the Chicago Force—one of the most successful, storied teams in women's tackle football history and certainly one deeply rooted in the local LGBT community. The 2017 season, an eight-game regular-season that starts in April, will be the last for the Force. Or certainly the last under current owner Linda Bache. ...


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CONCERT OVERVIEW Artemis Singers salutes MichFest - Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers, which formed in 1980, took on the Michigan Women's Music Festival ( MichFest ) with two performances at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium on Jan. 28-29. The music festival was formed in a response to male-centered festivals. Female artists performed at the outdoor festival that ran annually in August; whether in song, storytelling ...


Out-at-CHM-looks-back-on-Chicagos-LGBT-bar-history

Out at CHM looks back on Chicago's LGBT bar history - Opening the first talk of 2017 in Chicago History Museum's Out at CHM series, writer-historian Owen Keehnen said, "There has never been a more important time for LGBT history to be chronicled." Keehnen added that the community's bars are a good focus when learning about that history. Those bars, he said, "were about more than drinking—they were about building community." ...


Movement-Matters-Talking-with-Jenn-Freeman-aka-PoChop

Movement Matters: Talking with Jenn Freeman, a.k.a. Po'Chop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center by writer Michael Workman which investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment features Jenn Freeman, also known ...


Elena-Delle-Donne-traded-from-Chicago-Sky-to-the-Washington-Mystics

Elena Delle Donne traded from Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics - The Elena Delle Donne Era in Chicago is officially over, ending much speculation of late on the superstar's future with the Sky. Chicago traded Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP, to the Washington Mystics, Sky owner Michael Alter confirmed to The New York Times on Jan. 30. Delle Donne, 27, has played her entire four-year career for the Sky, averaging ...


Orthodox-LGBTs-talk-about-coming-out-staying-visible

Orthodox LGBTs talk about coming out, staying visible - When Zehorit Sorek, an Israeli Orthodox Jew, realized some years back that she was a lesbian, she told herself that she was faced with three possible choices. She could be an out lesbian, and become a secular Jew, denying herself the meaning she garners from Orthodox practice. Conversely, she could deny her lesbianism and live as a straight woman might, ...


West-Palm-Beach-to-host-Black-Women-Rise-Conference-in-March

West Palm Beach to host Black Women Rise Conference in March - West Palm Beach, Florida will host the Black Women Rise ( BWR ) Conference March 17—18, 2017. The multigenerational, multicultural gathering of women will address issues of importance and interest to Black women and to antiracist women from all cultural backgrounds. BWR programming will feature Dr. Angela Davis and a multigenerational panel of activists, "Women of the Harlem Renaissance" multimedia ...


Drag-king-workshop-Jan-26-at-Center-

Drag-king workshop Jan. 26 at Center - "Living Dangerously: A Drag King Workshop and Bonus Fancy Tie Tutorial" will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. This event, which Gavin Danger is hosting, is family-friendly and kids are invited to attend with their parents. Attendees are asked to bring make-up, crepe hair, mirrors, spirit gum, binders and performance ...


Chicago-Foundation-for-Women-names-2017-Impact-Awards-honorees-

Chicago Foundation for Women names 2017 Impact Awards honorees - From a press release - ( January 24, 2017 ) — Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is proud to announce the 2017 Impact Awards honorees — local leaders who have worked across generations to increase resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area. The awards will be presented on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the beautiful Venue SIX10 at Spertus ...


RISE-UP-Womens-March-on-Chicago-draws-more-than-250K

RISE UP! Women's March on Chicago draws more than 250K - Videos below - History was made Jan. 21 at the Women's March on Chicago. It was 8 a.m. in the morning at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago. Through an early, cool mist, the small army of organizers and volunteers for the Women's March on Chicago were completing work on and around the rally stage in preparation for ...


Lambda-Legal-appeals-case-of-lesbian-harassed-in-senior-housing-facility-

Lambda Legal appeals case of lesbian harassed in senior housing facility - From a press release - Lambda Legal announced today that it will appeal its case on behalf of Marsha Wetzel, a lesbian woman harassed at her senior housing facility, after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Glen St. Andrew Living Community's request to dismiss the lawsuit. Lambda Legal, along with its co-counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, filed the lawsuit on ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21

Women's March on Chicago Jan. 21 - Chicago will be among more than 380 cities around the world hosting women's marches Jan. 21, the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration. While the largest march is expected in Washington, D.C., with thousands of people from Illinois attending, one of the largest marches outside of D.C. is expected in Chicago. Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of ...


Lesbian-movie-to-premiere-at-SXSW

Lesbian movie to premiere at SXSW - Jennifer Reeder's coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move, starring Chicago lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza and featuring trans actor Malic White, will have its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The plot is as follows: A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes ...


Oliveto-to-be-at-Winter-Warming-event-Jan-14

Oliveto to be at Winter Warming event Jan. 14 - Bishop Karen Oliveto will be the guest speaker at the Winter Warming Conference. Offered by the Northern Illinois Conference Reconciling Task Force, the event will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at First UMC of Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oliveto is the first consecrated lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church. She began serving ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21-more-details-announced-

Women's March on Chicago Jan 21, more details announced - From a press release - The Women's March on Chicago has obtained a Rally permit and the event is taking final shape with confirmation of Rally speakers and the March route. The event starts with music at 9 a.m., the Rally at 10 a.m., immediately followed by the March through downtown Chicago. The March will begin at Petrillo Bandshell and head west on Jackson, then ...


Affinity-Burning-Bowl-steps-passionately-into-the-future

Affinity Burning Bowl steps passionately into the future - Video below - It was a standing-room-only, enthusiastic audience who joined Affinity Community Services in burning the past for the freedom of a brighter tomorrow at the organization's annual Burning Bowl event Jan. 7 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Chicago's West Side. Celebrated writer and storyteller Niki Gee served as MC for an afternoon that was as much about celebrating the strides ...


Evening-with-Chicago-Filmmaker-Ky-Dickens

Evening with Chicago Filmmaker Ky Dickens - From a Chicago Filmmakers press release - The Chicago Filmmakers will present a conversation with Ky Dickens, Chicago director of the documentary Sole Survivor ( 2013 ) shown on CNN; LGBTQ+ festival favorite Fish Out of Water ( 2009 ) and her upcoming documentaries Zero Weeks ( 2017 ) and The City That Sold America ( 2017 ). Dickens will discuss her journey as a documentary storyteller ...


CPD-seeks-help-in-locating-kidnap-victim

CPD seeks help in locating kidnap victim - Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) detectives are asking for the public's help in locating the victim of a probable kidnapping. According to a case report released by the CPD, Joanna Wright ( 33 ) was last seen on Dec. 18 on 64th street between Talman and Rockwell Avenues in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Around 1:00 am on ...


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Burning Bowl ceremony, Road to Visibility, Jan. 7 - Affinity Community Services will hold its annual Burning Bowl ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1-4 p.m., at 5700 W. Midway Park. The keynote speaker will be Department of Children and Family Services Statewide LGBTQ Coordinator Jane Kelly. Poetry will be provided by e. nina jay, and Jace Smith will give a musical performance. Email maria.glover.wallace@affinity95.org or visit Affinity95.org for more ...


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Red 7 Salon hosts gender-neutral feminism exhibit - Red 7 Salon, 210 W. Kinzie St., has shot and organized photos by Karmen Elaine that focuses on the meaning of feminism. According to the salon, the goal of the gender-neutral/non-gender binary photo shoot is "to reveal the diverse look, experiences, and positions of feminists; [and] to break down the often one-dimensional stigma of the word. "It is a re-imagining ...


Activist-discusses-her-work-music-and-hopes-for-the-future

Activist discusses her work, music and hopes for the future - Social-justice activism has been in Jasamine "Tweak" Harris' blood since she was in high school. Since then she's been on the front lines fighting for the now approved trauma center at the University of Chicago and against police brutality across the city. "I became an activist and organizer in 2010," said Harris. "My best friend at the time was telling ...


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CELEBRATIONS Hoagland-Leighton marriage - After being together for 34 years, Sarah Hoagland ( second from left ) and Anne Leighton ( shown here with friends Jackie Anderson, left, and Kathy Munzer, right ) are surprised to find themselves married. Photo courtesy of Kathy Munzer ...


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Lesbian defeats Rousey in UFC match - In an Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ) match held Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defeated well-known fighter Ronda Rousey just 48 seconds into the contest. Nunes, who's Brazilian, is an out lesbian. She has been dating Nina Ansaroff, a fighter who competes in the strawweight division, for four years. It was the second consecutive ...


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Fulton and Chicagoan Altenburg named to Board of Visitors of U.S. Military Academy - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON ) December 29th, 2016 — OutServe-SLDN issued the following statement in response to President Obama's action today reappointing Brenda "Sue" Fulton to another term to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy and appointing Bridget D. Altenburg to her first term. The statement may be attributed to OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn. "OutServe-SLDN applauds and ...


New-president-takes-the-helm-at-Mills-College

New president takes the helm at Mills College - Growing up in a middle-class neighborhood in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Hillman's family didn't rub shoulders with academics, lawyers, or college presidents. But her parents constantly emphasized the importance of higher education, a message Hillman took to heart. Armed with four degrees, including an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, a master's degree in history from the University ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-announces-post-inauguration-march-rally

Women's March on Chicago announces post-inauguration march, rally - From a press release - December 22, 2016 ( CHICAGO, Ill. ) — The First Amendment is alive and well in Chicago, as thousands of women and their allies will brave the cold to rally downtown on Jan. 21 in solidarity with others around the world who defend and further women's rights. The Women's March on Chicago honors women's marches planned for Washington D.C. and ...


Artemis-Singers-show-on-Michigan-Womyns-Music-Festival-in-January

Artemis Singers show on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival in January - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its definition ...


Gender-Breakdown-Feb-16-March-19

'Gender Breakdown' Feb. 16-March 19 - Gender Breakdown—Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017, that's a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage—will take place Feb. 16-March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white women in 2015. Only 3.4 percent were written by U.S. women of color. Dani Bryant is ...


Weiss-officially-installed-as-JRC-rabbi

Weiss officially installed as JRC rabbi - Hundreds attended the installation service of Rachel Weiss in her post as rabbi at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston on Dec. 16. Weiss, who is a lesbian, was previously associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York City but is an Evanston native. Among those in attendance at the event were Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Evanston ...


Center-holds-Glitter-Glam-gala

Center holds 'Glitter Glam' gala - Center on Halsted's Women's Action Committee hosted "By Women for Women: Glitter Glam Comedy Jam" Dec. 17 at the Center. Tamale Sepp hosted the event, which featured comedian Mimi Gonzalez, with tunes from DJ Gemini Jones and jazz with Lakeside Pride. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ...


Artemis-Singers-concert-on-Michigan-Womyns-Music-Festival-Jan-28-and-29

Artemis Singers concert on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Jan. 28 and 29 - In part from an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its ...


Burning-Bowl-Jan-7-

'Burning Bowl' Jan. 7 - Affinity Community Services will hold its annual Burning Bowl ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1-4 p.m., at 5700 W. Midway Park. The keynote speaker will be Department of Children and Family Services Statewide LGBTQ Coordinator Jane Kelly. Poetry will be provided by e. nina jay, and Jace Smith will give a musical performance. Email maria.glover.wallace@affinity95.org or visit Affinity95.org for more ...


Lambda-Legal-goes-to-11th-Circuit-for-security-guard-forced-out-for-being-a-lesbian-

Lambda Legal goes to 11th Circuit for security guard forced out for being a lesbian - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta, December 15, 2016 ) — Today the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Lambda Legal's case on behalf of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was harassed, punished and eventually forced to leave her job because she is a lesbian. This case, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, has the potential to change the landscape for ...


Glitter-Glam-Comedy-Jam-Dec-17

'Glitter Glam Comedy Jam' Dec. 17 - Center on Halsted's Women's Action Committee will host "By Women for Women: Glitter Glam Comedy Jam" on Saturday, Dec. 17, 6-10 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Tamale Sepp will host the event, which will feature comedian Mimi Gonzalez, with tunes from DJ Gemini Jones and jazz with Lakeside Pride. Admission is $50 each ( $75 VIP ...


Chicago-Sky-names-Amber-Stocks-head-coach-and-general-manager

Chicago Sky names Amber Stocks head coach and general manager - From a press release - CHICAGO— After an extensive six-week process in which the organization interviewed over a dozen strong candidates, the Chicago Sky has selected Amber Stocks as its Head Coach and General Manager. "We are extremely excited to hand over the leadership of the team to Amber. Amber brings a youthful, positive energy along with a wealth of basketball knowledge. Her passion for ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Mona-Noriega-Terry-Cosgrove-with-Freedom-Awards

Equality Illinois to honor Mona Noriega, Terry Cosgrove with Freedom Awards - From a press release - CHICAGO - Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove will be the 2017 recipients of the Equality Illinois Freedom Award for their lifelong commitment to fighting for the civil rights and personal freedoms of all Illinoisans, the organization announced Monday. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ ...


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


VIEWS-Standing-up-at-Standing-Rock

VIEWS Standing up at Standing Rock - I've struggled to find words to describe Standing Rock. I've sat before a blank white page and blinking cursor hoping that I could capture the thoughts, prayers, hope, and sense of heartache my journey to the Oceti Sakowin Camp gave birth to. Because what can you say about the place, the people, the movement that make you call into question ...


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No bones about love: A surprise engagement - On March 13, 2015, Bethany Minor proposed marriage to Alissa Pagels and she said "yes." On March 13, 2016, Pagels asked Minor the same question at the Chicago Field Museum. The twist in this re-proposal? The "yes" was shortly followed by an "I do" in a surprise wedding ceremony. Minor, originally from Mississippi, works in product development for a media ...


Lavender-Voices-fundraiser-Dec-16

Lavender Voices fundraiser Dec. 16 - "All the Works," a fundraiser for Lavender Voices, will take place Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Open Books, 651 W. Lake St. Lavender Voices is a monthly storytelling series featuring queer women and femme writers. Anthologies of writers' shared works over the year will be available for purchase at $10/book. See "Lavender Voices" on Facebook. ...


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Tig Notaro: Profile of a survivor - Comedian Tig Notaro has been spending much of the last six months at home thanks to two new additions to her family. Notaro and her wife, Stephanie Allynne, welcomed twin sons in June. Her career has not slowed down, however, and 2017 will likely be another busy year for the comedian. Notaro, who has been performing standup and acting since ...


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Skinner Ricketts named CMO of Cars.com - Cars.com announced the appointment of Brooke Skinner Ricketts as the company's chief marketing officer ( CMO ), effective immediately. Skinner Ricketts most recently served as vice president of brand and design at Avant. Previously she was head of brand strategy at Twitter, where she delivered revenue-driving creative ideas for Fortune 200 clients. Prior to her time at Avant and Twitter, ...


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Big Chicks turns the big 3-0 - There was a flurry of activity the morning Windy City Times arrived at the Uptown bar Big Chicks. The cozy, adjoining restaurant Tweet was filled with people enjoying brunch while taking in the insulated relaxation of bygone eras that, like the smell of freshly brewed coffee, saturate the walls and can be relived in selections of old magazines or the ...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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