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Chicago Sky clinches 2015 playoffs berth - From a press release - CHICAGO — With tonight's 98-96 Chicago Sky victory over the Atlanta Dream and the Connecticut Sun's 80-66 loss to the New York Liberty, the Sky has clinched its third consecutive playoffs berth. Amidst a tight race in the Eastern Conference, each remaining game holds implications as teams position themselves for the highest possible seeding and subsequent home court advantage. Tickets ...


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Actor Lily Tomlin talks 'Grandma,' 'Grace' and being grateful - How delightful is it to see Lily Tomlin, one of the heroes of Our Community, having such a good year? First, there has been her reteaming with Jane Fonda ( her onscreen pal from the adored feminist comedy 9 to 5 ) in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, in which Tomlin brings her endearing character, an aging hippie, depth, ...


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Gilded lilies: Lily Tomlin, Laverne Cox unite in 'Grandma' - A pair of LGBT icons from different generations—beloved septuagenarian Lily Tomlin and more recently minted trailblazer Laverne Cox—come together in the acclaimed feature dramedy Grandma. It's certainly an apropos collaboration, since one of the Sundance Film Festival hit's themes is how generations collide and, despite some friction, can potentially join forces in the spirit of support for a mutual cause. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Lily Tomlin; the late, great Laird Cregar - Lily plays a grandma In Grandma, from writer-director Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin plays a character who is a lesbian—a big one. Elle Reid is a loud, proud, majorly out lesbian who is unapologetic in her feminist, humanist views and isn't exactly shy about expressing them to all and sundry. Tomlin has played a lesbian character before—in Tea with Mussolini, co-starring ...


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BOOKS Angela Koenig: Lesbian Chicago novelist on works, influences - Chicago lesbian novelist Angela Koenig grew up in rural Nebraska and lived in Sioux City, Iowa. Then, she lived in Denver and San Francisco for a number of years before returning to the Midwest. She's the author of Rebellion in Ulster, a novel that followed a dashing lesbian scholar's path to becoming a revolutionary. Its sequel, Rendezvous in the Himalaya, ...


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Chicago SlutWalk demands end to rape culture, gender-based oppression - From a press release - CHICAGO — On Saturday, August 22nd, Chicago's largest annual feminist demonstration returns to Water Tower to demand an end to rape culture. Now in its fifth year, SlutWalk Chicago is a vast, diverse array of people who refuse to accept the normalization of sexual and gender-based violence in all of its forms. "Currently, we all live in a world of ...


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Upcoming in local art, music, sports - Sam Kirk art exhibit Sept. 11-12 CHICAGO—Windy City Times and Prairie Avenue Gallery will present artist Sam Kirk's show "Do you see me?" The art show will be Sept. 11-12, 1900 S. Prairie Ave., and will benefit youth homeless projects of the Pride Action Tank. The show represents Kirk's visual study of youth homelessness and the role it plays in ...


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Missouri Court of Appeals allows lesbian mother to seek custody - From a press release - ( Kansas City, MO, August 18, 2015 )—Today, the Western District Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Missouri held that a woman who planned for and raised twin children with her long-term same-sex partner can seek custody of the children. In McGaw v. McGaw, two women in a committed relationship had twins through donor insemination and raised the children together ...


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Chicago Sky playoff tickets now on sale - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets to see the Chicago Sky in the 2015 WNBA Playoffs are on sale now. Amidst a tight race in the Eastern Conference, each remaining game is important as teams position themselves for the highest possible seeding's and subsequently home court advantage. Following a historic 2014 season in which the Sky won the Eastern Conference Championship and advanced ...


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Entertainment news: Ellen; Eddie Redmayne; Dolly Parton; Sam Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will kick off the 13th season of Ellen DeGeneres' The Ellen Show," according to Page Six. "These 3 women are changing the world," The Ellen Show tweeted along with a photo of the trio. The new season of the show premieres Sept. 8 on NBC. Speaking of DeGeneres, she's ...


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PASSAGES Joel B. Carothers dies - Joel B. Carothers, a former Chicago resident known to her friends as Joie, passed away Aug. 7 at a hospice unit in Albuquerque, N.M. after a long battle with several different illnesses and complications arising after heart valve surgery, with her longtime partner Kate Winner by her side. She was 74. Carothers, who had been retired for about 10 years, ...


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Christy Webber subject of CNBC series - Christy Webber, founder of Chicago's Christy Webber Landscapes, is one of several entrepreneurs featured on CNBC's new primetime show, Blue Collar Millionaires. Blue Collar Millionaires, according to CNBC's press release announcing the shows debut, "celebrates the men and women who've gotten rich by getting their hands dirty." The eight-part series premiered July 15; Webber's episode, "Through the Roof," aired July ...


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OUTspoken! marks one year with rousing stories - Appearing before a packed house, emcees Kim Hunt ( outgoing executive director of Affinity Community Services ) and Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack ) kicked off OUTspoken!'s one-year anniversary celebration Aug. 4 at Sidetrack. The event featured stories by Tracy Baim ( Windy City Times publisher ), Bea Cordelia ( playwright, slam poet, essayist, performer and researcher ), LeVan ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Ivy Levan talks 'Biscuit,' bisexuality - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Powerhouse vocalist Ivy Levan released her debut last week and she is poised to take over the music world. Growing up in Arkansas forced the young singer to become a rebel forming her into the artist she is today. The singer has impressed her gay following with the catchy "Biscuit" song that she performed at Roscoe's recently. That strong single ...


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Sam Kirk 'Do You See Me' exhibit Sept. 11-12 - From a press release - CHICAGO—Windy City Times and Prairie Avenue Gallery will present artist Sam Kirk's show "Do you see me?" The art show will be Sept. 11-12, 1900 S. Prairie Ave., and will benefit youth homeless projects of the Pride Action Tank. The show represents Kirk's visual study of youth homelessness and the role it plays in working-class communities, communities of color, and ...


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Asian/Pacific Islander group marks decade of making a difference - I Li Hsiao was born in Taiwan but moved to America in 1980. He didn't come out to himself as queer until college, but even as a member of an LGBT group there, he didn't feel like he was a part of an organization that he could really identify with. Growing up, Joy Messinger's identity caused problems for her as ...


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Lesbian grandmothers cycle across States for a cause - Carrie and Elisia Ross-Stone are lesbian grandmothers who rode their bicycles across the country, twice, to advocate for marriage rights before it was available anywhere in the United States. They first showcased their peddle power in 2003. Yep, about 12 years ago, the duo cycled across the country—with a dual purpose: educating the United States and activating the LGBT community, ...


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Attorney/activist works with marginalized communities - Attorney and activist Nebula Li, who identifies as queer and gender non-conforming, has been a practicing attorney focusing on immigration, criminal defense, public benefits and civil rights law at a variety of entities over the years. Currently, Li is a staff attorney and coordinator of Community Legal Education at Community Activism Law Alliance ( CALA ). Li coordinates the Enlace ...


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Fowles leaves Sky in three-team deal - Sylvia Fowles has left the Chicago Sky to play for the Minnesota Lynx, a U.S. News & World Report item noted. Fowles sat out the first half of the Sky's season for the move—one she really wanted. The center will be reunited with Olympic teammates Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus; the latter played with Fowles at LSU. Minnesota ...


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Wolfe Video donates lesbian DVD library to Mazer Archives - From a press release - Way back in 1985 Kathy Wolfe brought to life what would become the largest exclusive distributor of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender ( LGBT ) movies. As Wolfe Video celebrates its 30th anniversary year the company is cementing its legacy through a donation to the June Mazer Lesbian Archives — depositing a complete DVD library of every lesbian film Wolfe ...


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Jane Lynch at Civic Opera House in December - From a press release - Lyric is delighted to announce that acclaimed actress, singer, comedian, and Chicago native Jane Lynch will bring her hilarious cabaret show, "See Jane Sing," to the Civic Opera House on December 17 and 18 for four performances. In "See Jane Sing," Lynch takes audiences on a musical journey through a world of songs from Broadway to cabaret. Lynch puts her ...


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Lea DeLaria: On acting in 'Orange,' covering Bowie on CD - Lea DeLaria has certainly sung for her supper—literally. Since the '90s, the self-identified Illinois-born butch has established herself as a standup comedienne, actress and jazz singer. June 2015 saw her reprise fan favorite character Big Boo on the third season of Netflix's hit dramedy series Orange Is the New Black ( OITNB ), while July's House of David ( Ghostlight ...


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Reception to thank supporters of monument to LGBT veterans, Aug. 9 - From a press release - Chicago — The public is invited to celebrate and thank all those who made possible the first federally approved monument honoring the service of LGBT veterans which now stands in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. An appreciation reception, beer bust and BBQ will be held on the rooftop deck of the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted ...


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Louisiana comedian Jen Kober coming to The Den Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 28, 2015 ) — Louisiana comedian JEN KOBER will bring her southern brand of down-home comedy to the Windy City for one night only on Sunday, August 9 at 7 pm for an evening benefitting Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. The event will also include live jazz by Louisiana ...


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Diversity focus of Lesbian Who Tech/ LinkedIn event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbians Who Tech Chicago and Linkedin hosted a "Diversity in Tech, More Than Just Buzz Words" event at Linkedin's Chicago offices July 23. Lesbians Who Tech is, according to its website, "a community of queer women in or around tech ( and the people who love them ) who's mission is to be more visible to each other, be more ...


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Indigo Girls, Malone take over The Vic - On July 21, Indigo Girls landed at The Vic Theater for an evening of harmonies, mandolins, guitars and celebration. The celebrations were plentiful as this tour marked the 30th anniversary of the duo—composed of Emily Salier and Amy Ray—coming together as a band while heralding the long-awaited release of their 14th album, One Lost Day ( IG Recordings/Vanguard Records ). ...


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UIC's Hughes named a University Scholar - Tonda Hughes—professor in the Department of Health Systems Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) and associate dean for global health—has been named a 2015-2016 University Scholar. Hughes is a researcher and scholar who has been recognized for significant contributions to understanding the health of sexual minorities. Hughes was among the first researchers to garner major ...


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Affinity celebrates 20 years, director announces departure - As Affinity Community Services ( Affinity ) celebrated 20 years as an organization with its Jazz-n-July event July 18 at Gallery Guichard, Kim Hunt announced that she would be stepping down as executive director this fall. More than 200 people attended the benefit to honor the accomplishments of the organization's founders and celebrate the achievements of current staff and board ...


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Wheaton College official resigns over same-sex marriage stance - Julie Rodgers, a self-proclaimed celibate lesbian, submitted her resignation to Wheaton College July 13, less than a year after taking a position in the college's chaplain's office as an associate for spiritual care. Rodgers, who was the college's first out LGBT staff member, was hired to lead Refuge, the first LGBT student group at Wheaton College. Wheaton College students Justin ...


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Affinity to celebrate 20 years on July 18 - Affinity Community Services will mark its 20th anniversary with the "JazzNJuly" event at Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., on Saturday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. According to a press release, "Affinity's summer benefit will honor the accomplishments of the founders of the organization, celebrate the achievements of the current staff and ...


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Lisa Sherman: Leading the Ad Council into the future - The Ad Council is the largest producer of public-service communications programs in the United States. A nonprofit organization, the Ad Council received more than $1.6 billion in donated media support on behalf of its 40 national public service campaigns in 2013. The nation's leading advertising agencies produce the creative for free, addressing issues including autism awareness, foster care, adoption, bullying, ...


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Amigas Latinas bids farewell - Amigas Latinas' founders, board members, members and allies gathered to bid the organization a fond farewell at its final event, "Siempre Latina Celebrando 20 Años," at Michelle's Ballroom July 10. The organization announced earlier this year that it would be folding after 20 years of support, education and advocacy for Chicago-area LGBTQ Latinas. Speakers included Evette Cardona ( Amigas Latinas' ...


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Catholic school under fire for terminating married lesbian teacher - From a press release - WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, today condemned another Catholic school firing of a valued LGBT employee as evidence of the church's continuing efforts to punish workers who have legalized their unions. Philadelphia-area teacher Margie Winters was fired ...


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Leaders reflect on activism as Amigas Latinas folds - This month, Amigas Latinas will be folding after 20 years of support, advocacy and education for Chicago-area LGBTQ Latinas. Co-founded in 1995 by Evette Cardona, Mona Noriega, Alicia Amador, Aurora Pineda, Karen Rothstein-Pineda, Norma Seledon, Mary Torres and Lydia Vega, Amigas Latinas grew from a monthly discussion group ( platicas ) to a non-profit organization providing services and events for ...


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Cardona, Noriega honored at event - \The Chicago-based organization Latinos Progresando recently held its Tomorrow's Heroes Today event at Loft on Lake. Bringing together 300 diverse professionals, the event recognizes one individual leader and one business through the Progresando Awards and highlights the accomplishments of that year's Dr. Angela Perez Miller Scholarship recipients. Couple Evette Cardona and Mona Noriega were among the awardees, being honored with ...


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Upcoming: Affinity to celebrate 20 years on July 18 - Affinity Community Services will mark its 20th anniversary with the "JazzNJuly" event at Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., on Saturday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. According to a press release, "Affinity's summer benefit will honor the accomplishments of the founders of the organization, celebrate the achievements of the current staff and ...


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Women's World Cup win shines into LGBT community - The United States won its third Women's World Cup on July 5, dominating Japan 5-2 in the championship game, played in front of 53,341 fans in Vancouver—setting off joyful reactions from the White House, to a viewing party in Lincoln Park, to the predominantly gay Lake View neighborhood on Chicago's North Side, where many red, white and blue-wearing fans packed ...


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Local Mensa LGBT group leader on her role and career - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Miriam Redleaf never expected to take on a leadership role when she attended her first meeting of the LGBT and Allies Special Interest Group ( SIG ) of Chicago Area Mensa a few months ago, however, that's just what happened when Jim Cundiff, coordinator of the LGBT and Allies SIG, asked her to co-lead the group with him. She ...


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Katz named to State Bar Assn Sexual Orientation, Gender ID Committee - Judge Nancy J Katz, an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, has been appointed as a member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association ( ISBA ). The appointment was made by Umberto S. Davi, of Western Springs, ISBA President for 2015-2016. The 33,000 member association, with offices in Springfield ...


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Queercast host Matheny looks back at program - Amy Matheny, a pioneer in LGBT broadcasting whose roots are local and yet carrying a voice that now reaches worldwide, is turning off her microphone—at least for the time being. An East Tennessee native who has called Chicago home for the past 20 years, Matheny is the long-standing host of Windy City Queercast ( WCQ ), the weekly podcast of ...


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BackLot Bash: Four days and nights of play - The 12th annual BackLot Bash took place with a June 25 Comedy Kickoff at Mayne Stage and a June 26 Sunset Concert, a June 27 All-Day Bash and a June 28 Pride-Day Bash all at 5238 N. Clark St. ...


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Several thousand turn out for Chicago Dyke March - Video below - Several thousand turned out for the annual Chicago Dyke March, June 27. As is tradition, motorcycle riders kicked off the march, which started this year at the corner of Western and Division and headed west into Humboldt Park. Under beautiful skies, some marchers celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court marriage decision while most focused on a range of social justice issues. ...


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Chicago Force cruise to playoff win over Cleveland, 71-12 - Rachel Gore did it on the ground and by air, leading the host Chicago Force to a 71-12 playoff victory over the Cleveland Fusion on June 27 at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School. The Force quarterback threw for 176 yards and three touchdown passes, including a 62-yard first quarter strike to Jeanette Gray as Chicago ...


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Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer - Her smile was perhaps her biggest asset. Barbara Gittings countered the vitriol of homophobes by using any tactic at her disposal. Sometimes that was verbal debate. Or wearing a flowery dress, smiling, and carrying a protest sign. Or creative activism with a kissing booth. But mainly, Gittings used her persistence and boundless energy to wear down her enemies, winning victory ...


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PASSAGES Samantha Hundley - Samantha Hundley, nicknamed Cha Chi, who had a brief career playing for the Chicago Force, died unexpectedly June 23. She was 25. An Addison native, Hundley was known around Chicago for her infectious smile and charming personality. She had several random jobs, was a territory manager with ADT Security Services and also worked for Zip Sauce. Hundley graduated from Addison ...


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UIC honors out former softball standout Charbonneau - In her first at-bat of her first game for the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) softball team in 1995, Tricia Charbonneau smacked a home run against the University of Maine in a game played in Orlando, Florida. Charbonneau went on to an illustrious, record-setting—mostly on offense—career for the Flames … except for one game against Cleveland State ...


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UK native Sarah Outen on homestretch of four-year adventure - In 2009, Sarah Outen rowed across the Indian Ocean, from Australia to Mauritius. It was an inspiring, empowering adventure that launched her toward her current expedition. Outen, 29, from Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, is traveling from London to London—literally, around the world. She's now on the homestretch of a four-year adventure. "I wanted to extend that experience of the ...


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Final Amigas Latinas event July 10 - The last event for the organization Amigas Latinas, "Siempre Latina—Y se acabo!," will take place Friday, July 10, at 8 p.m. at Michelle's Ballroom, 2800 W. Belmont Ave. Amigas Latinas' founders, former board members, past and current members, friends and families will come together to celebrate the organization's 20-year-long history. Admission is free, and there will be a cash bar. ...


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Force playoff game June 27 at Lane Stadium - The Chicago Force will host its first playoff game in 2015 against the Cleveland Fusion. The game will take place Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at Lane Stadium, 3500 N. Western Ave. Other first-round games in the National Conference are the West Michigan Mayhem at the Boston Renegades ( with the winner playing the Force-Fusion victor ), Miami Fury ...


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Biography of gay pioneer Barbara Gittings out in time for Pride - CHICAGO - Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer, the first full-length biography of the woman who has been called the mother of the gay-rights movement, is available in time for Pride 2015. The book is by journalist Tracy Baim, author of 11 books on LGBT history. Award-winning writer Lillian Faderman wrote the foreword for the book. It is available in both a ...


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Lesbian musicians kick off Pride Month - Gay Pride Month 2015 kicked off with a flood of lesbian artists who played here on consecutive nights while offering fans a wide variety of styles. The parade started June 4, when Canadian LGBTQ ally Jenn Grant opened for Chris Delmhorst at Evanston's SPACE to showcase her latest album, Compostela. Grant, who recently headlined a benefit show for LGBTQ activist ...


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DJ contest held at Center on Halsted - On June 13, Lake View's Center on Halsted hosted "By Women For Women: Everything Old is New Again," which pitted female DJs of the LGBTQ community against each other while promoting an evening of music and dance. DJ Gemini Jones won over a competitive field that included DJ Sandra Suave and DJ All the Way, among others. Event sponsors included ...


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Amigas Latinas kicks off archives project with reception - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amigas Latinas kicked off its archives project with a reception June 11 at the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. The archives, which will be housed at Gerber/Hart, will consist of photos, event fliers, newspaper and magazine articles, meeting agendas and minutes as well as other memorabilia from members of the organization. The organization has announced that it is folding this summer ...


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Local news: Precious Davis in national campaign; Dyke March planned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicagoan part of gender-identity campaign Chicagoan Precious Davis is just one of the individuals in a new social-justice campaign called Happy Hippie Presents #InstaPride, a collaboration between singer Miley Cyrus and Instagram that launched June 15, according to Time.com. Davis—who sat next to her fiance, transgender man Myles Brady, throughout the shoot—posed in a floor-length sequined gown for the campaign. ...


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'Turn It Up' event has casino theme - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The W Hotel and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), in partnership with The Lesbifriends Cartel and Cramer PR & Events, brought the "Turn It Up for Change" event to Chicago on June 13. "Turn It Up For Change: Love Has No Limit" is a campaign to promote equality through the power of music. Led by W Hotels and ...


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Chicago Force coast to final regular-season victory over St. Louis - Jamie Fornal caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Rachel Gore on the third play from scrimmage for the Chicago Force, and the rout was on. The Force finished its regular-season June 13 with a dominant, weather-shorted 57-0 win over the St. Louis Slam ( 6-2 ). The game was called with 5:28 remaining in the fourth quarter due to lightning. ...


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PASSAGES Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers dies - Ronnie Gilbert—who was part of the Weavers, the seminal quartet that helped propel folk music to wide popularity—died June 6 in Mill Valley, California at the age of 88, The New York Times noted. Her partner, Donna Korones, confirmed Gilbert's death. The Weavers—whose other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman—started playing together in the late 1940s. The ...


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Laura Ricketts, Brooke Skinner wed - Chicago-area couple Laura Ricketts ( pictured left ) and Brooke Skinner were married June 6 in a wedding attended by family and friends. Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Skinner, who works for Twitter, wore white dresses for the elegant wedding. It was officiated by Lambda Legal Midwest Director Jim Bennett. ...


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Frankie Knuckles, Melissa Etheridge on CDs; Robin Williams series; Village People; 'Boystown' - Melissa Etheridge show out on CD, DVD Shout! Factory has released the Melissa Etheridge concert "A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A." It's out on CD, Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD as well as a digital edition, and a deluxe digital edition available exclusively on iTunes. The disc chronicles Etheridge's Dec. 12, 2014, show at the Orpheum Theater—the final night of ...


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Former college athlete is now a rising DJ - Sandra Urquiaga started working as a DJ simply because of her lifelong love of music. She was, after all, always buying the new releases once they came out and would make tapes for friends by recording different songs from the music she had. "As a kid, I would always try to record mixes on the radio by Bad Boy Bill, ...


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Upcoming: Takei; Dyke Delicious; Melissa Young at Davenport's; 'Witches' cabaret - 'Witches' cabaret event June 22, 29 No One Here but Us Witches, a witch-themed cabaret that Harmony France has conceived, will take place June 22 and 29 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707N. Broadway. Featuring Chicago actresses Missy Aguilar, Harmony France, Amanda Horvath and Danni Smith, the two-night only cabaret is directed by Geoffrey Bleeker with musical direction by ...


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Amigas Latinas exhibit June 11 at Gerber/Hart - Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St., will host "Amigas Latinas 30-Year Archive Exhibit" Thursday, June 11, 6-8 p.m. Earlier this year, it was announced that Amigas Latinas would fold after two decades of offering a wide range of support, education and advocacy for Chicago-area LGBTQQ Latinas. On July 10, founders, former board members, past and current Amigas Latinas members, friends ...


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Upcoming: Deborah's Place gala June 12, HIV Testing Day, Dyke March June 27 - AFC, Harmony start partnership In advance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has announced a community outreach partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The campaign, "Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV," aims to build awareness of ...


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Upcoming: Music, dance, theater - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BackLot Bash June 25-28 The 12th annual BackLot Bash—advertised as "Where the Girls Come Out and Play"—will take place June 25-28. The activities are as follows: —June 25: Comedy Kickoff: Acts include Bridget McManus and Dana Goldberg. Kelly and Judy Fabjance will host. —June 26: Sunset Concert: Slated acts include Jess Godwin, Natalia Zukerman, Daphne Willis, and Kristy Lee & ...


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Study examines drinking among lesbians and bisexual women - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 1, the American Sociological Association released a study examining hazardous drinking among women who identified as lesbian or bisexual. The study is one of the first to investigate how apparent contradictions between a woman's sexual identity and her sexual behavior and attraction can lead to hazardous alcohol use. Dr. Amelia Talley, co-author of this study and assistant professor ...


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It's home, sweet 'Home' at the Tonys - Fun Home—a production based on lesbian Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir of the same name—won five awards ( including best musical ) at the 69th Tony Awards on June 7. The musical, by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, also won for book, score, direction of a musical and best actor in a musical ( Michael Cerveris ). Kron and Tesori became ...


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Chicago singer Sami Grisafe moves ahead with music career - Sami Grisafe launched her third album earlier this year, and it's her first solo project. "This album is about progress both individually in fulfilling our dreams and collectively in what we can do together to inspire social change," said Grisafe, now retired from her illustrious football career as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Force to fully focus on music. ...


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Chicago native helps make others look great - Alma Izquierdo was attending Columbia College, majoring in photography, when she decided to take a makeup class. The instructor, Sam Mayer, asked Izquierdo during the class if she'd be interested in training to be a substitute makeup artist for the NBC-5 News. She accepted the offer and was trained to do TV news makeup, which led her to the makeup ...


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Honeybird: Bisexual musician on coming out, new album - Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Honeybird aka Monique Mizrahi's journey as an out bisexual has culminated with her new album, "Out Comes Woman." "The title refers to the fact that I came out for the second time about a year ago. The first time was ten years ago and I feel like if you come out and no one listens it's not exactly ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Aging tomboy - VIEWS - My body is telling me to slow down, even while my mind says go, go, go. When was the last time I climbed a tree, a favorite younger pastime? Now I simply admire them and the birds that flit from Shore Pine to Western Hemlock to Ornamental Cherry. It's funny how I thought I missed certain activities and now I'm ...


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'Lesbian Miniature Art Group' forming - A new "Lesbian Miniature Art Group' is being formed by Mary Anne Cataldi, a professional artist and teacher of computer illustration, visual arts, film animation and commercial arts. The group is limited to ten women. Each member will create their own works of art no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches culminating in a Group Miniature Art Show Artists ...


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In the Life: Mack Savage - Photo by Gil Leora - She went to a roller-derby match about four years ago with a friend and was instantly in awe. "I remember watching and thinking, 'Look at these athletes ... they are incredible,'" said Mack Savage, the Windy City Rollers' sensation who skates for the Manic Attackers and the Windy City All Stars. "I talked to someone after [that] game and they ...


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Deborah's Place marks 30 years fighting for homeless women - The Old Testament tells a story of a powerful woman of Israel named Deborah who one day saw the terrible oppression of her people and set out to raise an army of 10,000 to combat it. In her song she says that the "villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose—a mother in Israel." When ...


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Women For Women at Center June 13 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Center on Halsted opens its doors for another By Women For Women ( BWFW ) community event! Hosted by the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted, By Women For Women: Everything Old is New Again is bringing in some of the hottest female DJ's in the LGBTQ community for an evening of music and dance! The ...


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Affinity marks 20 years of grassroots accomplishments - PART TWO OF TWO Video below - When Affinity began work in 1995, at its helm was a group of true idealists determined to do whatever it took to ensure than an under-represented Black LGBTQ community on Chicago's South Side was given a voice and the confidence to express it in a challenging political, social and philanthropic world. For the next 20 years the women who led ...







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