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Maria-Hadden-aiming-to-be-first-Black-queer-Chicago-alderman-in-2019

Maria Hadden aiming to be first Black queer Chicago alderman, in 2019 - Maria Hadden has lived in Rogers Park for 10 years. It was her first neighborhood in Chicago, and after brief forays west, she came back to stay for good. "Rogers Park definitely left a lasting impression," Hadden said. "There's a particular mix of people and a history. Having access to the lake and so much parkland and public space that's ...


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Creating Change co-founder Sue Hyde preps her last conference - LGBTQ activist and community organizer Sue Hyde has been an esteemed co-founder of the Creating Change conference for the past 30 years. Her commitment to the political leadership conference, sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force, has never been taken to task. Well, except for that one time her daughter was born on Oct. 25, 1992. "My girlfriend told me ...


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TELEVISION TV special, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart, tells Lorraine Hansberry's story - In high school, Tracy Heather Strain's grandmother took her to see a production of Young, Gifted and Black, a play drawn from the writings of Lorraine Hansberry. The young playwright's powerful interior monologue riveted Strain, who would grow up to become a celebrated filmmaker, and who hopes her new documentary about Hansberry—Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart—will spark the same wonder for ...


Kelly-McGillis-flag-football-event-Jan-22-29

Kelly McGillis flag-football event Jan. 22-29 - Teams of women and girls from around the world are to meet for adrenaline-packed sporting events and activities Jan. 22-29 during the 27th annual Kelly McGillis Classic International Women's & Girls' Flag Football Championship. The event will take place in Key West, Florida. Named for and endorsed by the critically acclaimed actress and former Key West resident who starred in ...


Center-on-Halsted-to-host-Black-History-Month-Series-At-the-Intersections-

Center on Halsted to host Black History Month Series, At the Intersections - CHICAGO ( January 11, 2018 ) — Center on Halsted is proud to announce the Center will be hosting a series of Black History Month events in February. The At the Intersections series will kick-off on Thursday, February 1 with Quiet Storm: The Art & Times of Black LGBTQ Life. The event is a showcase of Black LGBTQ life through ...


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LGBT Aging Network holds winter social - The Chicago LGBT Aging Network held its winter social Jan. 10 at the Boystown restaurant Wood, 3335 N. Halsted St. For more information about the organization, email jacqueline@the-care-plan.com or visit http://the-care-plan.com . ...


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PASSAGES Therese Curran dies - Therese Curran passed away Jan. 8 unexpectedly from a tragic fall. She was born in Newry, Northern Ireland on July 4, 1966 to Dan and Nuala. Curran is survived by her beloved wife, Sharon Mylrea, together 14 years and married in 2014; her loving siblings Maeve (Eugene) Gallagher, the late Danny (Barbara) Curran, Michael (Roberta) Curran, Rosemary (Frank) Mooney, John ...


Chicago-based-E3-radio-goes-live-24-7

Chicago-based E3 radio goes live 24/7 - After eight years of shows, E3 Radio is going live 24/7/365 from http://e3radio.fm . "This is a very exciting time for us and we hope you are excited too," said founder Anna DeShawn, who is also president of the board of Affinity Community Services. "To launch on MLK Day is as perfect as it gets. We are playing Dr. King's ...


Tret-Fure-to-perform-folk-concert-Jan-22-at-Oak-Park-Public-Library

Tret Fure to perform folk concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library - From a press release - Tret Fure Performs Folk Concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library Folk musician Tret Fure will perform a free Folk Concert on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. The concert is free and open to the public. CDs will be for sale and signing. Tret Fure began her career at ...


Black-Lives-Matter-co-founder-Cullors-in-Chicago-Jan-23

Black Lives Matter co-founder Cullors in Chicago Jan. 23 - Patrisse Khan-Cullors brings her book tour to Chicago Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., at the Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago, hosted with Women & Children First Books. Cullors is co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her book is When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, written with Asha Bandele, with a foreword by Angela ...


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Hundreds attend annual Affinity Burning Bowl - Founding National Director of the Black Youth Project ( BYP100 ) Charlene Carruthers gave the keynote address at Affinity Community Services' annual kick-off event, Burning Bowl: Re-Imagining Tomorrow: Serving Our Communities Future, Jan. 13 at Morgan Park United Methodist Church. This event celebrates the work completed during the previous year and allows individuals to burn the things, written on specially ...


Rep-Kelly-hosts-LGBT-roundtable

Rep. Kelly hosts LGBT roundtable - U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly—a progressive Democrat who represents part of Chicago's South Side, south suburbs and rural areas—hosted an LGBT roundtable Jan. 12 at Matter's space in the Merchandise Mart. Guests included leaders and advocates from the LGBT community. Kelley's special guest was Erin O'Flaherty. O'Flaherty, Miss Missouri 2016, was the country's first open lesbian to compete in the Miss ...


Resistance-songs-highlight-Artemis-Singers-Rise-Up-Concert-Jan-13

Resistance songs highlight Artemis Singers "Rise Up" Concert Jan. 13 - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Rise Up," a call-to-action concert of progressive, energizing music, with guest artist Melanie DeMore and students from Evanston Township High School ( ETHS ) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Ill. DeMore, an Oakland, California vocal activist and choral conductor, will also lead ...


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ELECTIONS 2018 Record number of LGBTs running in March Illinois primary election - This year's elections feature a record number of openly LGBT candidates throughout Illinois. The following individuals have publicly stated that they are LGBT and were on the March 2018 primary election ballot as early January. Gaylon Alcaraz Race: Cook County Board of Commissioners ( 4th District ) Website: Gaylon2018.com The skinny: Alcaraz, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Water-Reclamation-Debra-Shore-discusses-plans-during-a-third-term

ELECTIONS 2018 Water Reclamation, Debra Shore discusses plans during a third term - Debra Shore has served on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District MWRD board since 2006. She is a member of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership and served on the board ( and was past chair ) of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. She is running for her third six-year term in the 2018 election. Windy City Times: What changes ...


Comic-Emma-Willman-at-Zanies-Jan-20-22

Comic Emma Willman at Zanies Jan. 20-22 - Emma Willmann will perform stand-up at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St., Friday-Sunday, January 20-22. The event is an 21+ show. Willmann has appeared on The Late Show with Steven Colbert and @midnight; and will appear on the upcoming seasons of HBO's Crashing and the CW's Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Also, she was featured in Time Out New York ...


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Annual 'Burning Bowl' Jan. 13 in Morgan Park - The Affinity Community Services annual event known as "Burning Bowl" will take place Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-4 p.m., at Morgan Park UMC, 11030 S. Longwood Dr. The event will highlight a community "burn" as a symbolic way of leaving things that are no longer serving us so that we can move confidently into the future. This year, Affinity will celebrate ...


Sarah-Paulson-to-be-honored-at-the-Steppenwolf-Women-in-Arts-Luncheon-Jan-22

Sarah Paulson to be honored at the Steppenwolf Women in Arts Luncheon Jan. 22 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 9, 2018 ) — On Monday, January 22, 2018, Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly hosts Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Sarah Paulson as the 2018 Honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon. The 9th annual luncheon takes place at 12noon at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel ( 221 N Columbus Dr ). VIP ...


Chicagoans-set-to-appear-at-upcoming-Black-Women-Rise-conference-in-Florida

Chicagoans set to appear at upcoming Black Women Rise conference in Florida - Black Women Rise ( BWR ) will hold its second annual conference March 16-17 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The multigenerational, multicultural event centers the expertise, issues and leadership of Black women. Last year's conference—with Dr. Angela Davis as keynote speaker—had more than 200 participants from 20 cities, Washington, D.C. and Canada. They ranged in age from 14-83. Chicago is ...


PASSAGES-Activist-professor-Jackie-Anderson-dies

PASSAGES Activist, professor Jackie Anderson dies - Chicago lesbian pioneer and civil-rights activist Jackie Anderson died after a short illness on Jan. 7, surrounded by family and friends. She was 75. Anderson is survived by her daughter Tracey Anderson and her grandson Torrence "Doc" Gardner. The family requests privacy at this time. Born in Chicago, Anderson graduated from Roosevelt University and retired from a long career as ...


In-tune-with-Marsha-Malamet-From-Peter-Allen-to-Streisand-and-son

In tune with Marsha Malamet: From Peter Allen to Streisand and son - She has written for some of the best musicians and singers of the past 30 years. From the pride parades to the top of the charts, this songwriter is hitting all the right notes. Windy City Times spoke with Marsha Malamet about her new work. Windy City Times: Your composition, "Love Don't Need a Reason," became an iconic anthem in ...


Steppenwolf-to-honor-Sarah-Paulson

Steppenwolf to honor Sarah Paulson - Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress Sarah Paulson as the 2018 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, Jan. 22, at 12 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. ( The VIP reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. ) Paulson will join Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. ...


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Affinity annual Burning Bowl set for Jan. 13 - Affinity Community Services is hosting their annual kick-off event, Burning Bowl 2018, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-4 p.m. The event will highlight a community "burn" as a "symbolic way of leaving things that are no longer serving us so that we can move confidently into the future." This year, Affinity will celebrate the work completed in 2017, as well as ...


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Arrests made in N.Y. quadruple homicide - Two men have been arrested on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children in their upstate Troy, New York, apartment, according to Time magazine. Justin Mann and James White—both from Schenectady, New York—pled not guilty to murder charges Dec. 30 in Troy. A property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers and 22-year-old Brandi Mells ( who were ...


Chicago-Icon-The-Marge-Summit-Story-Part-Two-of-a-two-part-feature

Chicago Icon: The Marge Summit Story, Part Two of a two-part feature - We return to our interview with Chicago LGBT Hall of Famer Marge Summit. WCT: So how did you go from MS to His 'n' Hers? MS: When I had MS, on the day after New Year's, I had a good crowd, but I was running out of vodka. So I looked all over the neighborhood down there, because vodka was ...


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National: Trump setback, Rosie O'Donnell, Zach Wahls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new ruling ( issued Dec. 22 ) dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to bar transgender people from joining the military starting Jan. 1, The Hill reported. The new D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals order came a day after the Virginia-based 4th Circuit similarly rejected the Trump administration's request to block a ruling by U.S. District Judge ...


Womens-March-Chicago-to-rally-Jan-20-in-Grant-Park-to-reprise-historic-event

Women's March Chicago to rally Jan. 20 in Grant Park to reprise historic event - From a press release - Chicago, Dec. 21, 2017 — Women's March Chicago calls on women and their allies to join "March To the Polls" on January 20, 2018 at Columbus Parkway and Congress Drive, the same location where a broad-based coalition of more than 250,000 turned out for the group's inaugural march. The inaugural event was part of a coordinated global action. Organizers are ...


National-roundup-Sally-Ride-Doug-Jones-gay-son-drag-queen-murder

National roundup: Sally Ride, Doug Jones' gay son, drag-queen murder - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Postal Service announced that Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will be honored with a postage stamp next year, according to NewNowNext.com. The commemorative Forever stamp joins a four-stamp step paying tribute to advancement in science, technology, engineering and math ( a.k.a. STEM ). Other stamps launching in 2018 includes ones celebrating Lena Horne, Illinois, bioluminescent ...


Affinity-Care-Plan-hold-second-annual-LGBTQ-Care-Fair

Affinity, Care Plan hold second annual LGBTQ Care Fair - LGBTQ older adults were the focus of Affinity Community Services ( Affinity ) and The Care Plan, LLC's second annual LGBTQ Care Fair Dec. 16 at Affinity's headquarters. The event featured resources and education centered around Medicare and Medicaid coverage, advanced directives, care planning and aging as an LGBTQ person. Affinity Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon spoke about the history of ...


Grammy-nominated-out-musician-Marsha-Malamet-featured-on-new-Jason-Gould-CD

Grammy-nominated out musician Marsha Malamet featured on new Jason Gould CD - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum songwriter and openly gay musician Marsha Malamet is featured on the new Jason Gould CD "Dangerous Man" released Dec. 15, 2017. Malamet is a composer, songwriter, singer and coach, whose music has reached all corners of the globe. Malamet met Jason Gould at a lecture, where he asked her to coach him on songwriting. From there the ...


A-MeToo-moment-African-American-lesbian-poet-e-nina-jay-releases-DVD

A #MeToo moment: African American lesbian poet e. nina jay releases DVD - CHICAGO— The work of Chicago-based African American lesbian poet and spoken word artist e. nina jay is featured in the new film Body of Rooms, based on her book of the same name. This is a powerful, dramatic exhibition of an artist, a camera and the raw words and emotions of a Black woman navigating the U.S. during a time ...


African-American-lesbian-poet-e-nina-jay-releases-DVD

African American lesbian poet e. nina jay releases DVD - The work of e. nina jay, Chicago-based African American lesbian poet and spoken word artist, is featured in the new film Body of Rooms, based on her book of the same name. This is a powerful, dramatic exhibition of an artist, a camera and the raw words and emotions of a Black woman navigating the U.S. during a time of ...


Inaugural-gender-justice-symposium-focuses-on-women-of-color

Inaugural gender/justice symposium focuses on women of color - Calls for trauma-informed intervention were heard throughout the first ever Gender and Justice Symposium at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital on Dec. 7, led by the state's attorney herself. "What we know far too often when we look into the history of the perpetrator they too have been victimized," said Kim Foxx. Foxx touched on her own history ...


US-Supreme-Court-Denies-Lambda-Legal-Appeal-of-LGBT-Employment-Discrimination-Case-

US Supreme Court Denies Lambda Legal Appeal of LGBT Employment Discrimination Case - From a Lambda Legal press release - WASHINGTON ( December 11, 2017 ) — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will not review the Lambda Legal case on behalf of Jameka Evans, a Savannah security guard who was harassed at work and forced from her job because she is a lesbian. "By declining to hear this case, the Supreme Court is delaying the inevitable and leaving ...


Moodie-Mills-to-leave-Victory-Fund-former-Houston-Parker-named

Moodie-Mills to leave Victory Fund, former Houston Parker named - Victory Fund and Victory Institute announced the resignation of President/CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, with former Houston Mayor Annise Parker becoming the leader of the organizations. The transition comes as both organizations prepare for the enormous opportunities in the 2018 election cycle, with more LGBTQ candidates running for elected office than ever before. According to a press release, "Parker's experience as ...


BOOKS-The-random-history-of-Judy-Wieder-

BOOKS The random history of Judy Wieder - Anyone reading Judy Wieder's memoir, Random Events Tend to Cluster, would conclude that the former editor-in-chief of the Advocate has lived an incredible, unpredictable life. Wieder got her start in media by faking her way into a copywriting position at a third-rate musical instrument company in '60s New York, and making a career transition into gossip magazines. A white lesbian ...


First-Anniversary-march-rally-in-Seneca-Falls-Jan-20-2018-

First Anniversary march, rally in Seneca Falls Jan. 20, 2018 - From a press release - Seneca Falls, NY ( e-release ). Women March in Seneca Falls2018 ( WMinSF ) is hosting an opportunity to gather in solidarity on Jan. 20, 2018, 10am, at Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, birthplace of women's rights in America. Plans are well-underway for a public celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the 700 historic women's marches of ...


SAGE-Renames-LGBT-Senior-Center-to-Honor-Edie-Windsor

SAGE Renames LGBT Senior Center to Honor Edie Windsor - From a press release - [NEW YORK] SAGE, the nation's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, will celebrate the renaming of its SAGE Midtown SAGE Center — the first LGBT senior center in the country. SAGE Center Midtown will become The Edie Windsor SAGE Center, in honor of its beloved friend, hero, and supporter. What? Join friends and supporters ...


Womens-March-Chicago-to-join-national-organization-for-Jan-20-march-to-polls-

Women's March Chicago to join national organization for Jan. 20 march to polls - From a press release - November 30, 2017 ( CHICAGO, Ill. ) — Women's March Chicago's January 20, 2018 "March to the Polls" today announced its affiliation with March On, a national organization of womens' marches and progressive organizations. The move is intended to amplify the group's local actions in its focus on motivating women and their allies to get to the polls for the ...


Symposium-to-address-criminalization-of-girls-LGBTQ-NIA-youth-in-Cook-County

Symposium to address criminalization of girls, LGBTQ/NIA youth in Cook County - From a press release - CHICAGO 11/28/17- Gender & Justice is a groundbreaking and timely symposium that will address advocacy and community solutions centering the experiences of justice-involved girls & LGBTQI/GNC youth. It will be the first of its kind in Chicago. The Keynote Speaker is Shakira Washington, Vice President at The National Crittenton Foundation ( TNCF ). Shakira has spent the past twenty years ...


Affinity-Community-Services-Black-Gold-casino-night-fundraiser-Dec-2

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 ...


WBEZs-Podcast-Passport-goes-queer-with-Nancy

WBEZ's Podcast Passport goes queer with 'Nancy' - Nancy, the LGBTQ-focused podcast from WNYC that debuted earlier this year, isn't just operating with only one community in mind. Co-hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, both Asian-American, wanted to create space for voices that don't always get heard. "I really wanted to signal to the world that we weren't just going to be a stereotypical public radio show, where ...


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Riva Lehrer among grant recipients - The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced its 2017 Painters & Sculptors grant recipients, a group of 25 artists who will each receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds—and Chicago artist Riva Lehrer is among said recipients, according to ArtNews. Established by the foundation's namesake in 1993, the grants are awarded annually to under-recognized artists working in the United States through a nomination ...


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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 Ebonie Davis. 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 ...


Oncofertility-confab-features-gender-sex-diversity-workshop-

Oncofertility confab features gender-, sex-diversity workshop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Oncofertility Consortium hosted its annual conference, "Research and Translational Medicine: Meeting the Needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors," Nov. 14-16 at Prentice Women's Hospital. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Dr. Teresa Woodruff coined the term "oncofertility" in 2006. In 2006, the Oncofertility Consortium was founded and is, according to its website, "a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore ...


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pregnantish magazine hosts 'Vegas Baby' screening, talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The magazine pregnantish hosted a screening of Amanda Micheli's film, Vegas Baby, and discussion on infertility Nov. 14 at theWit Chicago. Vegas Baby is an award-winning documentary following the lives of aspiring parents of all orientations who are struggling with infertility issues and the costs associated with those treatments. The documentary follows a single lesbian woman ( Athena Reich—a Lady ...


WNBA-player-marries-in-Dream-Wedding

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 ...


PASSAGES-Local-lesbian-businesswoman-Donalou-Hendon-dies

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 ...


NCLR-Fellow-Alex-Chen-Makes-Forbes-30-Under-30-for-Trans-Youth-Work

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 ...


Astraea-Foundation-Celebrates-40-Years-of-Activism-at-Gala

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, ...


PASSAGES-Longtime-gossip-writer-Liz-Smith-dies-

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 ...


NBA-referee-Violet-Palmer-to-be-honored-by-Truth-Awards

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 ...


PASSAGES-Documentary-filmmaker-activist-Debra-Chasnoff-dies

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 ...


OSchool-aims-to-teach-women-about-pleasure

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 ...


Jenny-Durkan-to-become-first-out-lesbian-mayor-of-Seattle-

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 ...


PASSAGES-Author-and-editor-Darlene-R-Stille-dies

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 ...


Chicago-GLBT-veteran-group-elects-new-officers-plans-Veterans-Day-events

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 ...


Sue-Hyde-to-leave-National-LGBTQ-Task-in-2018

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 ...


DISH-SAVOR-Grounds-for-success-New-coffee-shop-opens-in-Uptown

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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Howard Brown Health to conduct women's health survey - Howard Brown Health will launch a community survey focusing on women's health needs among LGBT Chicagoans, officials said. The survey is scheduled to go live Oct. 23. The survey, which will be available both online at Howard Brown Health website as well as in paper formats at various community events, assesses both healthcare priorities for women and factors that may ...


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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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