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PERFORMANCE-Sandra-Bernhard-talks-comedy-sexuality-career

PERFORMANCE Sandra Bernhard talks comedy, sexuality, career - By Emagin Tanaschuk - As part of her tour, Sandra Bernhard will be coming to Chicago to perform her latest comedy show, "Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast," at City Winery July 20-21. Since her career began four decades ago, Bernhard has showed no sign of slowing down, especially with her new comedy show tour, appearances on the hit CBS TV sitcom 2 Broke ...


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United State of Women holds Chicago summit - More than 1,000 women from all walks of life convened at McCormick Place to kick off the United State of Women Galvanize Program on July 15. The two-day Galvanize Program is an outgrowth of former President Barack Obama's Council on Women and Girls ( created in March 2009 ) to improve the lives of women and girls in every Obama ...


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NATIONAL ROUNDUP Man's body found, N.C. Pride situation, Cincinnati clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Police in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, recovered the body of Todd McKee after issuing a missing-persons report, DelawareOnline.com reported. McKee ( the partner of travel writer/ Wawa Welcome America CEO Jeff Guaracino ) was last seen on July 8, when he was captured on surveillance footage leaving his apartment building in the 300 block of South Boardwalk. In a Facebook post, ...


Chicago-LGBT-Hall-of-Fame-Announces-2017-Inductees

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees - From a press release - Nine individuals, three organizations, and two friends of the community have been selected for 2017 induction into the Chicago LGBTHall of Fame, the organization which honors and celebrates notablemembers of Chicago's LGBT communities. The Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, ...


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MUSIC Lesbian singer Jennifer Knapp continues to break new ground - By Tarina Hargrays - Lesbian singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp has sold more than 1 million records and crossed over into a completely different genre. Knapp has recently returned to the music industry and will be headlining a show in Michigan on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. Joining her as an opener will be singer/songwriter Natalie Gaza. Knapp who first ...


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'CLLAW XXVII' on July 29 in Chicago - The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will be featured at "CLLAW XXVII: Summer Smackdown" on Saturday, July 29, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 27th benefit match will feature lady-identified arm wrestlers, musical entertainment from Jackass Magnets and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 p.m., with the first match beginning at 9:30 ...


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Force era ends with loss to Boston - The Chicago Force women's football team ended its 15-year existence with a 47-33 loss to the Boston Renegades at Della Russo Field in Revere, Massachusetts, on July 8. The Renegades seized at 21-0 lead in the first quarter en route to the win. Force team owner Linda Bache announced before the 2017 season that it would be the team's last ...


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Sean Wiggins in Chicago July 14 - Singer Sean Wiggins performs Friday, July 14 at The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago, 9-11 p.m. This will be with a full band including two Chicago locals, Chandler Marino and Sheela Reddy and guitar player, Paul Houston. They play a mix of covers and originals from rock to country to blues. $10 cover or $5 if you get there ...


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Comedian provides a 'Fay' ol' time - Beloved comedian Fay Jacobs will grace the Center on Halsted stage for the first time in her career on Sunday, July 9. Her previous stint in Chicago occurred more than 10 years ago for a reading at Women & Children First and was at a completely different time and place. Now she's headed back to the Windy City to present ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Michelle's concert is free of shocks - The most controversial thing artist Michelle Shocked did at City Winery in Chicago on June 27 was to not allow photographs to be taken by anyone. It is a shame because she appeared happy, healthy and ready to perform. While it was nice to see a show where fans were not recording video and snapping shots with their phones every ...


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Nat'l LGBT Media Association names Ad POP honorees - The National LGBT Media Association has announced its second annual Ad POP award winners, including many top corporate brand names. Formerly known as the National Gay Media Association, the National LGBT Media Association brings together the top regional newspapers serving the U.S. LGBT communities. Its recent name change, rebranding and updated website reflects renewed focus on inclusion for all of ...


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JAY-Z's mother comes out as lesbian - Gloria Carter, JAY-Z's mother, came out as lesbian in a new track featured on the rapper's just-released 4:44 album. The song, "Smile," features JAY-Z and Carter discussing her sexuality in a public first for either one. "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian," JAY-Z raps in the song, which ...


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Dyke March: Letters to the editor, statements issued - Letters to the Editor The following letters, statements and Facebook posts were shared with Windy City Times in response to the controversy at the Chicago Dyke March. We would not normally dedicate this much space, but we do so to get as many opinions in as possible. WCT stands by our original story the evening of the Dyke March, ...


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Grauer responds to Dyke March organizers' claims - Dyke March Collective member Alexis Martinez, on June 27, offered her group's perspective on the events of June 24, when three Jewish women became involved in a dispute with other participants at a rally at Piotrowski Park following the 2017 march. Windy City Times also spoke with Laurie Grauer, one of those women. Grauer, who is Midwest director of the ...


National-roundup-Sting-operation-lesbian-police-chief-Advocate-turns-50

National roundup: Sting operation, lesbian police chief, Advocate turns 50 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A four-day sting operation at several parks in Florida's Volusia County resulted in the arrest of 17 men for lewd activity and one for battery—but some, including LGBTQ-rights group Lambda Legal, are raising concerns over how police and local media have handled the arrests, NBC News reported. Lambda Legal Director of Constitutional Litigation Susan Sommer told NBC Out that "entrapment ...


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More than 1,500 at Dyke March in Little Village, Jewish Pride flags banned (UPDATED June 25) - The 2017 Dyke March Chicago demonstrated two opposing personalities as it moved, for the first time, to the Little Village neighborhood. More than 1,500 LGBTQ individuals and allies gathered at Little Village Academy at Lawndale and 26th. With a few representatives from Dykes on Bikes and a contingent of youth leading the way, the marchers shut down half of 26th ...


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Force advance to championship - The Chicago Force added to its final season—and to its legacy—by defeating the Pittsburgh Passion in the playoffs 45-0 on June 17 at Evanston Township High School. The Force will now play Boston in the conference championship on Saturday, July 8. The game will be in Revere, Massachusetts, at Harry Della Russo Field, with the kickoff time TBD. The winner ...


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Billie Jean King delivers speech at NU commencement - Former star tennis player Billie Jean King, known for her advocacy work on behalf of women and the LGBTQ community, addressed Northwestern University's graduating class June 16, saying, "You are by far the best generation ever, so far— ever—to deal with inclusion. "I'm telling you, it's changing, and it's because of people like you," said King, who also received an ...


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Sam Kirk designs ADA-accessible penthouse - Over the past two years, between art exhibitions, public murals and corporate projects, Sam Kirk has been designing a three-story, loft-styled, penthouse in Chicago's River North neighborhood. The penthouse is completely ADA-accessible, with customizations that allow additions to work with the design. According to a press release, "The walls are drenched in vivid color patterns, shimmering tiles blending a rustic ...


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Serbia has first lesbian leader - Serbia leader Aleksandar Vucic has named public administration minister Ana Brnabic as the new prime minister, Deutsche Welle reported. Brnabic is now the first woman—as well as the first openly gay politician—to lead the European country. This is seen as a major step for Serbia, which is considered a pretty conservative nation. She will take over for Vucic, who recently ...


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EY executive urges workplace leaders to value diversity - Beth Brooke-Marciniak's decision to publicly come out as lesbian in 2011 made her one of the most senior out executives in the world at the time. But for Brooke-Marciniak, EY's ( formerly Ernst and Young ) global vice chair of public policy and the company's global sponsor of diversity and inclusiveness efforts, the decision wasn't about getting publicity. For her, ...


2017-Dyke-March-takes-unity-to-the-streets-of-Little-Village

2017 Dyke March takes unity to the streets of Little Village - Since this year's Pride Parade promises extra security through a significantly enhanced police presence, those looking to celebrate and participate in the power of LGBTQ and minority communities in a more exuberant environment need to look no further than the Dyke March, which will take place in a new location this year—in Little Village on Saturday, June 24. The historic ...


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Lesbian cop helps subdue Va. shooter - One of the two members of the U.S. Capitol police credited with preventing a June 13 shooting on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field from turning into a massacre is a member of the LGBTQ community. According to a White House pool report, President and First Lady Melania Trump "met with Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner and her wife, [receiving a] ...


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Chicago Dyke March on June 24 - Organized Communities Against Deportations and the Chicago Dyke March Collective will present the annual Chicago Dyke March on Saturday, June 24. Following its policy of taking place in a different Chicago neighborhood every two years, a gathering will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Little Village Academy, 2620 S. Lawndale Ave. The march will kick off at 2:30 p.m., with ...


Chicago-Force-heads-into-the-playoffs-ending-the-teams-15-year-run

Chicago Force heads into the playoffs, ending the team's 15-year run - After 15 seasons, the Chicago Force football team is coming to an end, as team owner Linda Bache does not intend to sell the team. She announced before the 2017 season that it would be the team's last under her leadership. The team rolled out a 7-1 regular-season record and now has a second-round Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) ...


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Retro Pride kickoff features dating game - The Center on Halsted's Women's Action Committee launched this year's Pride season with a retro party on June 9 at the center. One of the highlights was a throwback rendition of The Dating Game. Three bachelorettes and three contestants played for a night out on the town. There were also retro cocktails sure as well as groovy retro beats. Photos ...


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Lives:Visible lesbian film at Siskel June 23, 28 - The new film by Chicagoan Michelle Citron, Lives:Visible, is an elegy for two cultures—the working-class butch/fem world of pre-Stonewall Chicago, and the once ubiquitous film-based snapshot that recorded everyday 20th Century American life. The film screens twice during Pride month at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. and Wed., June 28, 8:15 p.m. The filmmaker will ...


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World news: Lesbian app, Malta PM, 'Wonder Woman' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - China's leading lesbian app, Rela, was shut down recently following a viral incident at Shanghai's marriage market in People's Park in which a group of mothers of LGBT children were kicked out by police while trying to raise awareness for gay rights, Shanghaiist reported. The app is no longer available on the Apple or Android app stores, where it counted ...


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National: Edie Windsor, U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, iconic gay bar destroyed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Marriage-equality champion Edie Windsor will be honored with The Trevor Project's Icon Award at the 2017 TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala on June 19, a press release noted. The event will also feature performances by Shoshana Bean, Dana Goldberg, Jeremy Jordan, and a special extended performance by Grammy-winning rock band Imagine Dragons. The Trevor Project is the nation's only nonprofit ...


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SPORTS Force stops Slam, heads into the WFA playoffs on June 17 - The Chicago Force ended its regular-season with a 44-20 win over the St. Louis Slam on Saturday, June 3, at Evanston Township High School, anchored by a three-touchdown performance from Force rookie Kristy Moran. Both the Force and the Slam are at 7-1. Moran, who has played football for five years, yet is accustomed to playing in her native Australia, ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL A lesbian elder's warning - A friend of many decades, who currently depends on federal assistance for affordable housing, sent me her concerns about the current direction of our government. As a lesbian, a feminist, a woman, a senior with disabilities and a progressive activist, she feels especially vulnerable right now. She needed anonymity, but gave me permission to share her insight. "As I watch ...


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Marga Gomez in "Latin Standards" June 2-3 - GLAAD Award Winner Marga Gomez will present the Chicago premiere of her 2017 Off Broadway hit and New York Times critics pick "Latin Standards" at Chicago's Urban Theater, 2620 Division St., for two nights only, Friday June 2 and Satuday June 3 at 7:30pm In her 12th solo play "Latin Standards" Marga Gomez performs the loving, funny and true story ...


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Back Lot Bash's 14th year includes top women's pride talent - A whirlwind of fun awaits in Chicago this June as Back Lot Bash, Chicago's most attended women's festival taking place every Pride, is readying to celebrate its 14th Anniversary. Founded in 2004 by Amie Klujian and Christina Wiesmore, the "hottest, most rockin' festival for queer women" will happen this year over two weekends: June 16, and June 23-25. Showcasing local ...


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King to speak atNU on June 16 - Advocate/sports icon Billie Jean King will deliver this year's commencement address at Northwestern University on Friday, June 16. King was ranked six times as the year's number one women's tennis player and won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 championships at Wimbledon. She is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, ...


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Artemis Singers "Family of Friends" concert June 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


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Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate Peanut Butter, Three Cheese, Zebra Chocolate Striped, Pesto Mozzarella, White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Karamel Kiss. In addition, the company has staunchly been behind a cause: Popcornopolis has raised more than $10 million for non-profit groups by ...


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Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles - From a press release - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering abuse in her home, Lambert said she was gang-raped at 16 after sneaking into an Army barracks. "You kind of go into survival mode and are like, 'OK, how do I navigate this situation?'" she said to ...


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Kate Clinton to be honored at Levity & Justice June 22 in New York - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 27, 2017 ) — LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ and pro-women's equality candidates, is hosting its second annual benefit comedy show at Carolines on Broadway on June 22. This year's show will feature some of the top LGBTQ women's comics today including Janine Brito, Erin Foley, Dana Goldberg, Brittani Nichols, Renée ...


Social-media-campaign-launched-supporting-suspended-Saucedo-teacher

Social media campaign launched supporting suspended Saucedo teacher - The groundswell of support for suspended Saucedo special education teacher Sarah Chambers has grown both locally and online since the April 18 rally that called for her reinstatement ( she was suspended April 6 ) at the school. In addition to the 100 people who attended the rally, the #LetSarahTeach hashtag reached over 3.1 million people on Twitter that day. ...


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DNC hires ex-EMILY's List head as first lesbian CEO - by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade - The Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) has, for the first time ever, hired an out lesbian at its chief executive officer, appointing the former head of EMILY's List to the top leadership position. The DNC named Jess O'Connell as CEO after she served four years at EMILY's List, which seeks to elect pro-choice women to public office. Her appointment ...


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Entertainment: Robin Roberts, Frank Ocean, Jim Parsons, Flash co-star - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that award-winning broadcast journalist Robin Roberts of ABC News' Good Morning America will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 HRC Louisiana Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 17, in New Orleans, according to a press release. A two-time cancer survivor, Roberts came out publicly in 2013. Also, in a ...


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Entertainment news: House of Cards, GLAAD Awards, Richard Simmons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new trailer for the upcoming season of Netflix's House of Cards has dropped—and astute viewers can catch a hint of bisexuality in the preview, LGBTQ Nation noted. Kevin Spacey's character, U.S. President Frank Underwood, has been shown having bisexual trysts before—notably with a Secret Service agent; however, the identity of the new lover isn't disclosed in the trailer. Season ...


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'Lives: Visible' film screening May 13 - There will be a screening of the lesbian-themed film Lives: Visible on Saturday, May 13, 7-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Lives: Visible centers on thousands of photographs that a lesbian couple named Norma and Virginia took from 1939 through 1975 and "explores the ephemeral nature of culture and the power of the images we make," ...


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Chicago Force steamroll over Minnesota, move to 5-0 - Motivated by social media trash-talking, the Chicago Force delivered a clear message to the Minnesota Vixen: Yes, the 2017 Force is still a powerhouse in the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ). And that message started, literally, seconds into the game on Saturday night, May 6, which was Chicago's home opener and a battle between two 4-0 teams. Cassey Brick ...


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"Secs and Execs" Reunites Lesbian Actress Bernhard with "Roseanne" writers James Berg and Stan Zimmerman - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - tello films announced the release of the brand new six-episode office comedy "secs & EXECS". Starring lesbian comedian Sandra Bernhard, Olivia D'Abo ( The Wonder years ) and Mindy Sterling ( Austin Powers ), "secs & EXECS" is set at Kathletics, a women's wear comedy owned by Bernhard's character, Kath Fairchild. The series follows four bosses ...


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Windy City Times publisher on list of Chicago's most powerful women in journalism - Media reporter/watchdog Robert Feder has unveiled his annual list of the most powerful women in Chicago journalism—and Windy City Times Publisher/Executive Editor Tracy Baim is on it. Baim made the second group of 10 on Feder's list, alongside such figures as DNAInfo.com Deputy Editor/Social Media Director Jen Sabella and Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich. WGN Television and CLTV News Director ...


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'Lives: Visible' film screening May 13 - There will be a screening of the lesbian-themed film Lives: Visible on Saturday, May 13, 7-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Lives: Visible centers on thousands of photographs that a lesbian couple named Norma and Virginia took from 1939 through 1975 and "explores the ephemeral nature of culture and the power of the images we make," ...


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Artemis lesbian feminist chorus to mark Pride with Family of Friends - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


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MUSIC Melissa Etheridge pours heart and 'Soul' into new CD - Cementing herself once again in music-industry history, rock legend Melissa Etheridge is back with her spirted new release, Memphis Rock and Soul, out now via Stax Records. Memphis Rock And Soul pays tribute to the music of Stax, a significant source of influence and inspiration for the star. Etheridge, 55, kept the recording as authentic as possible by making the ...


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Mary Lambert's 'Bold' out May 5 - Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert is slated to release the EP Bold on Friday, May 5. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks, and wrote two with hit songwriter-producer Toby Gad ( Beyonce; Demi Lovato ) and Tobias Karlsson ( Adam Lambert; Max Martin ). A video for the first single, "Know ...


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National roundup: Lesbian bishop, Equality Act, 'stealthing' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first openly gay bishop for the United Methodist Church could lose her title because of her sexuality, 9News.com reported. The denomination's highest court recently heard arguments, and will soon decide if it will overturn Denver-based Rev. Karen Oliveto's election. While some individual churches and pastors like Strader welcome diversity, in the 1970s the United Methodist Church added a clause ...


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World news: LGBT map, Marine Le Pen, Trump-Duterte - Britain's gay and lesbian community has been mapped for the first time by the Office for National Statistics, according to PinkNews. The results show that mostly rural Devon has a higher proportion of gay and lesbian people than the county containing Brighton and Hove. Inner London tops the chart—with 3.1 percent of its population made up of gays and lesbians—followed ...


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'Garden of Eve' raises funds for LGBTQ women's health - It was a women's world at Howard Brown Health Center's Garden of Eve: Forward fundraiser event on April 28 at Venue SIX10. Garden of Eve is an annual fundraiser that has been running with its current name since 2009. The purpose of the event is to bring together Chicago's LGBT women and allies to celebrate queer and lesbian women's sexual ...


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Twenty years at Hull-House - A great Chicago book: A guide to creating civic well-being in troubled times - …that the good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life."1 — Jane Addams Twenty Years at Hull-House, written by Jane Addams and published in 1910, is Addams's account of how to imagine and secure civic good in troubled times. Since I ...


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Addams in LGBT Hall of Fame - Jane Addams was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2008. When Addams founded Hull-House, her close companion in life and work was Ellen Gates Starr. They built Hull-House together. By the mid-1890s, Starr left full-time residence at Hull-House with Addams, and Mary Rozet Smith, a donor to Hull-House, had become Addams's personal companion. Smith and Addams remained ...


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PEACH has pop-up party kickoff - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 21, Black Thread Agency—in partnership with Tito's Handmade Vodka and @LGBT_History—launched PEACH, their first pop-up party event aimed at femmes and queer women. The party, at Wicker Park's The Bedford, served as the debut for what is intended as a national event brand with upcoming gatherings in Chicago and other cities—with this event featuring a 1960s theme. Guests ...


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Stud 4 Life marks five years - The Stud 4 Life Social Club celebrated its fifth anniversary April 22 with a Royal Blue and White Affair at Simeon Alumni Hall on 89th and Halsted. The event—which featured a dinner, dance and award ceremony—was a benefit for Clara's House, a shelter for homeless women and children. The event also celebrated two recently deceased members of the social club, ...


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'Garden of Eve' to celebrate women's health - Howard Brown Health celebrates queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health at "Garden of Eve: Forward" on Friday, April 28, at Venue SIX10. "Garden of Eve is one of our signature events that brings together Chicago's LGBT women and allies to celebrate queer and lesbian women's sexual and reproductive health," said Lia Taylor Stokes, lead research assistant with Special ...


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Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Former Board Member Joan Garner - From a press release - ( Atlanta, April 19, 2017 ) Joan Garner, the first openly gay Fulton County Commissioner and former Lambda Legal board member, passed away yesterday, after a long battle with breast cancer. Simone Bell, Lambda Legal Southern Regional Director, issued the following statement: "Lambda Legal is heartbroken at the news of Joan Garner's passing. She was a dedicated member of Lambda ...


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Brand devoted to queer women, femmes is launching events - A new national event brand for queer women and femmes called PEACH will hold its first series of pop-up gatherings—Peaches Through the Ages—April 21 at The Bedford in Wicker Park. This '60s-themed kickoff event was created and curated by Black Thread Agency in partnership with Tito's Handmade Vodka and @LGBT_History. The event will feature music by DJ Tess and DJ ...


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Terra launches 'Art Design Chicago' - The Terra Foundation for American Art announced "Art Design Chicago," a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago's role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. Spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation, with significant support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, "Art Design Chicago" was developed in partnership with more than 40 cultural organizations ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Lesbian comic stumbles upon good Fortune - Lesbian funnywoman Emily Fortune Feimster ( better known as simply Fortune Feimster ) is on fire these days. Born in Belmont, North Carolina, Feimster left the southeast behind to move to California to pursue comedy. She started with the Groundlings then landed a spot on Last Comic Standing. Chelsea Handler made her a regular roundtable host on Chelsea Lately. Her ...


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lllinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for agenda, budget - Women and their allies from across Illinois are expected to join forces to push for a responsible budget and progressive agenda of bills in Springfield Tuesday, April 25. Individuals representing a wide range of issues and more than 50 organizations will march around the state capitol and lobby for legislation. The list of bills people can choose to lobby state ...


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Queer special-ed teacher suspended indefinitely - On April 6, the day of her middle school's GSA dance, openly queer Saucedo Academy special education teacher Sarah Chambers received an email letter from Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) telling her that she was suspended indefinitely, pending further action. Speaking with Windy City Times, Chambers said the letter gave no reason for the suspension; however, later that day ...


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Darwin receives LAGBAC Vanguard Award - Longtime legal and political advocate Susana Darwin ( left ) received the 2017 LAGBAC Vanguard Award. The Hon. Cecilia Horan ( right ), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago board president, presented the award. Photo courtesy of Darwin ...


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Melissa Etheridge lends anthem "Giant" to the McGregor campaign - From a press release - SEATTLE — Former Seattle City Commissioner Mac McGregor is one of 11 transgender candidates running for office in the U.S. in 2017. If elected, Mac would become the first transgender person to hold a seat on Seattle City Council and the first transgender person elected to office in Washington state. McGregor is a former women's world martial arts champion and ...


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Cubs open The Park at Wrigley - The Park at Wrigley, Wrigleyville's new town square and year-round gathering place, made its debut April 10 a few hours before the Cubs home opener for 2017. The Ricketts family was joined on stage by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, program partners and members of the Lakeview community at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also on stage was Laura Ricketts, Cubs co-owner ...


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SPACE, LGBTQIA variety show, in Hyde Park April 14 - SPACE is a queer variety show hosted by stand-up comedians Carly Ballerini and Shannon Noll and featuring performers in Chicago who are LGBTQIA identified. The performance is rooted in stand up, with featured acts including dance, music, drag, storytelling, and more. Space seeks to create a place for performers and audience alike to celebrate their identity and art. This month, ...


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National roundup: Calif. HIV bill, Lillian Faderman, Truth Awards Gala - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A bill that would modernize California's laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV cleared its first major legislative hurdle, an Equality California press release noted, as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill ( SB ) 239 by a vote of five to two. The bill is authored by Sen. Scott Wiener ( D-San Francisco ) and ...


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Mary Lambert to release her first EP, Bold, May 5 - From a press release - March 31, 2017 — ( Los Angeles, CA ) — Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert has struck out on her own as an independent artist and will release her first EP, entitled Bold, on May 5th. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks entirely on her own, and wrote two with hit ...


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THEATER REVIEW For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) - Playwright: Gina Femia. At: The Buena Theatre at The Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 800-737-0984 How much will a young woman surrender in order to make her dreams come true? That's the question explored by Gina Femia in her all-female drama, set primarily at a New York roller rink, where the Brooklyn Scallywags regularly practice. New team member ...


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Gilda's Club holds lecture on cancer and LGBTQ community - Gilda's Club Chicago held a lecture and discussion surrounding the LGBTQIA+ and cancer communities on March 22. "There were a lot of ideas and a lot of great energy around the idea of forming a group that can address the needs of the LGBT communities that are impacted by cancer and one of our goals at Gilda's Club is to ...


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'Women of Courage'exhibit in March - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago, 2249 W. Superior St., is showing "Celebrating Women of Courage," a traveling exhibition that local Vietnam veteran/artist Jerry Kykisz ( U.S. Army ) curated. The exhibition ( running through March 31 ) features photography, paintings, mixed media, poetry and short films of and by more than 15 ...


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Gwendolyn Brooks events in spring - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The University of Chicago will celebrate the legacy of acclaimed poet Gwendolyn Brooks with events throughout the spring, including a major gathering of scholars, writers and musicians from April 6-8. In honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth, Centennial Brooks will include a scholarly conference and a celebration of the life and poetry of the first African American poet ...


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McAleer-Forte readies for Berwyn election - Julia McAleer-Forte said she is running for a spot on the Berwyn South School District D100 School Board to "be at the table to help plan a vision and a path to better success." When McAleer-Forte and her partner Kerry moved to Berwyn with their two children 12 years ago, school scores were higher than in neighboring Oak Park. "That's ...







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