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-LGBTQ-candidate-and-campaign-training-in-Chicago-Aug2-4

LGBTQ candidate and campaign training in Chicago Aug.2-4 - From a news release - Victory Institute will train more than 40 LGBTQ people on running for office during its intensive four-day Candidate & Campaign Training in Chicago Aug. 2-5. The training aims to increase LGBTQ political representation across the Midwest and the entire country, which is critical to pushing forward LGBTQ equality at every level of government. Taught by current and former elected officials, ...


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Affinity to hold leadership events during July - Affinity Community Services is hosting a virtual leadership series, "The Blackprint: A Plan for Building the Leadership Capacity of Black LGBTQ+ Women Leaders," each Thursday in July: —July 5: noon-1 p.m.: Building Organizing Power —July 12: noon-1 p.m.: Building Economic Power —July 19: noon-1 p.m.: Building Political Power —July 26: noon-1 p.m.: Building Executive Power "Affinity Community Services is thrilled ...


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MUSIC Marin Alsop, the maestra returns - Extended for the online version of Windy City Times - Who is Marin Alsop? She is an internationally acclaimed conductor of classical orchestras and the first female music director of a major U.S. orchestra, known for instituting innovative programming and increasing the number of successful women conductors. She is also openly lesbian, living with her partner Kristin Jurkscheit, whom she met at Tanglewood in 1990. Alsop was born in New ...


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Hawai'i Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case of B&B That Denied Room to Couple - From a news release - ( Honolulu, HI, July 10, 2018 ) — The Hawai`i Supreme Court today rejected a petition from a Hawai`i bed & breakfast seeking review of a lower court ruling that the business had violated Hawai'i's anti-discrimination statute when it denied a room to a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation. Aloha Bed & Breakfast, whose owner says same-sex relationships ...


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Golden Crown Literary Society Awards Include Dorothy Allison, Elana Dykewomon - From a press release - LAS VEGAS, NV - On Saturday, July 7, 2018, the Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ), the nation's only lesbian literary organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature, announced the winners of the 14th Annual Literary Awards on the final evening of their week-long lesbian literary conference. Pam Stewart, Chair of GLAAD's Board ...


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NUNN ON ONE 'Fashion Star' winner designs LGBT dates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kara Laricks' life changed after being a closeted fourth-grade elementary school teacher for 10 years. She quit to become an out fashion designer and made it big by winning NBC's Fashion Star. Her unique perspective landed her gigs at H&M, Saks Fifth Avenue and on HBO's True Blood ( in which a vampire was killed wearing one of her gowns ...


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SHOWBIZ Sam Smith, Portia de Rossi, Brendon Urie, Beyonce - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Sam Smith brought his "The Thrill of It All" tour to New York recently—and told the audience he's going through a tough time, Page Six reported. Earlier that day, news broke that the "Too Good at Goodbyes" singer, 26, and 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn, 24, had split after nine months of dating, and it appeared that Smith ...


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Women & Children First July events to include annual used book sale - From a press release - July at Women & Children First brings Annual Used Book Sale & Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt! Plus, author events with bestselling authors Ottessa Moshfegh and Porochista Khakpour July 1st through 21st Annual Neighborhood-wide Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt! Our annual month-long, neighborhood- wide scavenger hunt for Waldo is back! Pick up your passports at Women & Children First anytime ...


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PASSAGES Nancy Wynne Crane dies - Nancy Wynne Crane, 74, born January 22, 1944. Nancy left us far too soon in the early morning hours of June 24th in the presence of her beloved partner. She was born in Chicago to Benjamin & Helene Crane and was the older sister to Marsha. They all preceded her in death. Nancy was fortunate and grateful to share nearly ...


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Peach holding 'Water' June 30 - The Chicago-born national LGBTQ+ women's event series Peach will host its Pride event, "Water," on Saturday, June 30, 12-4 p.m., at Whiskey Business ( private rooftop ), 1367 N. Milwaukee Ave. This 21-and-older event is part of the series "The Elements ( Air, Water, Earth and Fire )." Hannah Kate, Morgan Higgins and Bre Berry are hosting the party, which ...


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Back Lot Bash throws Whiskey, Wine, & Women party - Whiskey, Wine, & Women kicked off Back Lot Bash's Pride events at Reza's Restaurant, 5255 N. Clark, Chicago on Friday, June 22. Also ee related coverage of Pride Family Fest Saturday June 23 and and the main Back Lot Bash events Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24. ...


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Pride Family Fest one of Back Lot Bash's many events - Back Lot Bash's 'Pride Family Fest' had family fun, food, crafts, balloon artists and games on Saturday June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind Cheetash's Gym on Clark St. ...


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Back Lot Bash Saturday photos - Back Lot Bash's outdoor music and entertainment fest Saturday and Sunday of Pride Weekend was scheduled to feature Sarah Shahi, KITTENS, Brooke Candy, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia, CATFIGHT, Bridget Lyons, Jade The Ivy, Dance Loud Music, DJ Zel, DJ All The Way Kay and DJ Kristin Sanchez. Photos from Saturday by Kat Fitzgerald ( www.MysticImagesPhotography.com ). ...


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Chicago Dyke March returns to Little Village - Video below - The 22nd annual Chicago Dyke March returned to Little Village on Chicago's Southwest Side this year. Front and center was the message of the event: It was pro-Palestinian, with inclusion up front of Little Village residents and representation from the Queer, Ill and Okay group. Attendance appeared to be similar to last year's, between 1,500 and 2,000 people marching west ...


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Affinity hosts W.O.M.B. pride night - The monthly W.O.M.B. poetry and performance night June 21 at Affinity Community Services in Bronzeville featured special readings written by African American legends including Pat Parker and Audre Lorde, as interpreted by Chicago women, as well as new poetry by both established and new performers. Hosted the third Thursday of every month by e. nina jay and Lucy Shumpert, the ...


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Peach presents the Water Pride Edition celebrating LGBTQ+ women, femmes - From a press release - Peach!, an event series that celebrates all LGBTQ+ women & femme family, presents the 2018 4-event series…'The Elements' ( Air, Water, Earth, & Fire ). Join us as we explore the resilient spirit, beauty, and power of our queer community through our interpretation of the elements. Now it's time to get wet with "Water"! We are swimming over to Whiskey ...


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Chicago women launch LGBTQ travel companies specializing in same-sex weddings in Italy - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( JUNE2018 ) —To Italy lovers, Rome is the most romantic city in Europe — sorry Paris! Amid passionate residents, spectacular natural beauty, great food, and flowing wine, Italy inspires love for all couples. Chicago's Lesley Pritkin and Rosanne Cofoid, owners of two "Italy-only" travel companies, marvel that despite Italy's long-standing popularity among LGBTQ travelers, no travel brand ...


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Jan Dee looks back on 45+ years as custom jeweler - For as far back as Jan Dee can remember she has always been interested in arts and crafts and has parlayed that into her own business, Jan Dee Custom Jewelry, now located at 1425 W. Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park. "When I was a child, I loved creating things with my hands," said Dee. "My art teachers told me I ...


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'Queer the Pier' to take guests on aural journey - Kristen Kaza is a queer event producer extraordinaire, whose "party-with a purpose" productions have been part of the city's entertainment landscape since 2012. The co-director of Reunion Chicago and co-founder of Slo 'Mo Party, Kaza's latest venture is Queer the Pier, part of Navy Pier's pride programming. At 5-12 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, DJs and music artists like Audio ...


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Dyke March back, focuses on pro-Palestinian agenda - Last year's Chicago Dyke March and Rally was marred by an incident between three Jewish women carrying a rainbow flag featuring the Jewish Star of David and pro-Palestinian march organizers and attendees. While the Dyke March itself went off without incident, during the post-march rally there was a confrontation between Dyke March collective members and the three women, who were ...


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Black Lesbian exhibit opens with filmmaker Welbon - 10F0LD Productions and curator Kru is now presenting the Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit, with an opening June 14 at Affinity Community Services in Bronzeville. Special guest was filmmaker and author Yvonne Welbon, in conversation with Kru about Welbon's new book, Sisters in the Life, about Black lesbian filmmakers. Kru is an archivist, DJ and CEO of 10F0LD Productions. "The importance ...


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Emma Gonzalez to be part of June 15 march - Emma Gonzalez and other students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are scheduled to take part in St. Sabina Church's annual End of School Rally and Peace March on Friday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. Chance the Rapper is slated to be the special guest. The rally will take place at 1210 W. 78th Pl. The first 1,000 people ...


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Dual Spirit Style helps all people find their menswear look - Tanisha Hawkins has always taken her image—and her clothes—seriously. "I'm really passionate about being able to express your gender. If you see my closet, you'll be, like, 'Whoa,'" said Hawkins, the proprietor of a new clothing and image-consultant service, Dual Spirit Style, that helps gender nonconforming folks find professional menswear outfits that make them look good. ( The business launches ...


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Trigger warning, mental health, suicide prevention and survivor guilt - by Karen Hawkins - Trigger warning: mental health. Simply put, suicide can kiss my ASS. If you're a fellow family/friend survivor, I'm sending you tons of love this week and a not-so-gentle reminder: It's not your fault. While I deeply appreciate all of the suicide prevention information being spread this week, it can be hard on us who didn't "prevent" it. If you want ...


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Back Lot Bash, fifteen years and still going strong - Despite having full-time jobs, the dynamic duo of Amie Klujian and Christina Wiesmore-Roberts have put on the famed lesbian-focused yet all-inclusive Back Lot Bash for 15 years, and don't plan to quit anytime soon. Held initially in an empty Andersonville lot behind Clark Street, the event has grown from one day to two weekends, and now draws up to 6,000 ...


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Washington Heights artist on her work, studio, future event - Washington Heights resident Hana L. Anderson ( who was born and raised in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park ) has always considered herself an artist but did not call herself one for years because, "I allowed the constructs of what an artist is get in the way. I did not start owning that word until I became free of ...


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Sean Wiggins concerts June 15-17 - Lesbian musician Sean Wiggins will be performing throughout the Midwest in mid-June. On Friday, June 15, in Sheridan Plaza in Whiting, Indiana, she will perform community concert with Paul Houston and Janet Cramer, 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is free. Wiggins will then perform in Sawyer, Michigan, on Saturday, June 16, as part of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest. Wiggins and ...


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Artemisia's Fall Festival in Sept.-Oct. - Artemisia launches its 2018-19 theater season with six all-new feminist plays featured in Fall Festival 2018, which will take place Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 1-3. This year's playwrights were chosen after a search by Artemisia's artistic staff.From this lineup, one play will be chosen by Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot. Artemisia Fall Festival 2018 opens with Scratching the Surface, by Charly ...


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Memorial for musician Paula Walowitz June 16 - A memorial will be held Sat., June 16 for Chicago-based singer/songwriter, therapist and activist Paula A. Walowitz, who died May 23, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by friends and her wife, Jean Durkin. Walowitz was known internationally for her music, and was a regular at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse in Chicago from the 1970s to 1990s. ...


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Black Box Acting hires diversity director - Black Box Acting has announced Alex Dauphin as their new Director of Diversity and Inclusion. This role will help solidify and expand Black Box's commitment to diversity and inclusion as the school celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Black Box co-founder, Laura Hooper, said "Black Box believes deeply in the power of our training, but we also recognize that we are responsible ...


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Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity - 10F0LD Productions is presenting the Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash, #108. The exhibit is being put together by Kru, an archivist, DJ and CEO of 10F0LD Productions. "The importance of exploring and preserving our history is more crucial than ever," said Kru. "During this exhibit we explore Chicago's Black Lesbian history ...


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Back Lot Bash on June 15, 22-24 - Taking place every Pride in Chicago, Back Lot Bash—which a press release called "the Midwest's most-attended women's festival," and which will take place June 15 and 22-24 in Andersonville—has announced its 2018 15th-anniversary entertainment. The headliners are DJ and lesbian icon Kate Moennig ( TV shows The L Word and Ray Donovan ), KITTENS, Brooke Candy, Chicago rapper Jade The ...


-Mirza-part-of-Red-Line-series

Mirza part of 'Red Line' series - Local Pakistani, Muslim, queer actress-activist Fawzia Mirza will be a writer on the CBS show Red Line. Ava Duvernay and Greg Berlanti are the executive producers of this Chicago-set series that looks at the lives of three families. Erica Weiss and Caitlin Montanye Parrish are co-creators. Deadline noted that Noah Wyle ( ER; The Librarians ) has been tapped as ...


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ESSAY, OPEN LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF, You'll be fine, Let go - In November of 2017, I received a text that would fulfill a couple of my dreams. Curator Neysa Page-Lieberman asked "Would I like to go to Morocco to paint a mural?" For a moment it didn't feel real. For years I've flipped through magazines and the internet fascinated with artists that traveled the world to paint multi-story murals in countries ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Icon Joan Armatrading spreads 'Love and Affection' - British singer Joan Armatrading has a career spanning almost 50 years. She has released 19 studio albums along with live albums and compilations. Over the years she has received many accolades, including Grammy nominations and an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection. She took home honorary degrees from the Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Birmingham and ...


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World TeamTennis here July 17 - From a news release - CHICAGO ( June 4, 2018 ) - World TeamTennis ( WTT ) will make its return to Chicago on Friday, July 27, for WTT Chicago presented by Magellan when the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Washington Kastles face off in a regular season match at the XS Tennis Village on the South Side at 7:00 p.m. A special ticket presale to ...


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The Kiki Queens raise funds for Project Fierce - The live-singing, charity drag performance troupe, the Kiki Queens awarded its first beneficiary, Project Fierce Chicago, with a $3,311 check from funds raised at its premier show, The Pansy Parade, which was held recently. "When Kiki Queens researched which local organizations to support, Project Fierce stood out," said Kyle Hadley, a Kiki Queen drag performer who goes by the stage ...


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Anna DeShawn talks E3 Radio's expansion, Affinity activism work - Chicago-born media maven and social entrepreneur Anna DeShawn has been a mover and shaker within Chicago's LGBTQ community her entire adult life. One of the ways DeShawn has made an impact is through her media company E3 Radio—an online radio network curated from a queer point of view. Her show, Anna DeShawn & the QCrew, is co-hosted with Brandee Dyson ...


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History UnErased, Making Gay History, working to bring back LGBTQ people, feats - In 1948, the United States Congress passed an act "for the treatment of sexual psychopaths." That law combined with an executive order from President Eisenhower began a systematic and legal purge of gays and lesbians from government employment. It is events like this that many people have forgotten—and it is also events like this that have been "erased from our ...


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Pride month brings Pride Open Mic, LGBTQIA Storytelling to Feminist Bookstore - From a news release - Pride month brings events at Women & Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, Chicago's only feminist bookstore: Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Katie Watson in conversation with Amy Whitaker, MD Scarlet A: The Ethics, Laws, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion Join a unique conversation between Katie Watson, a Northwestern professor and lawyer, and Amy Whitaker, ...


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Roseanne canceled after star's racist tweets - Roseanne, television's most-watched show, has been canceled in the wake of star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet regarding former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Barr apologized to Jarrett after the comedian made a racially charged joke , and also added that she was "leaving Twitter" over the latest situation. "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," Barr originally tweeted ...


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PASSAGES Connie Kurtz from 'Ruthie & Connie' film dies - Lesbian pioneer Connie ( Constance ) Kurtz died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, the evening of Sunday, May 27 after a long illness. Born July 19, 1936 in Brooklyn, she moved with her husband and two children to Israel in 1970, and lived there for four years. When she returned to the United States, she reconnected with her ...


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PASSAGES Singer, therapist Paula Walowitz dies - Videos below - Chicago-based singer/songwriter, therapist and activist Paula A. Walowitz, born Sept. 16, 1952, died May 23, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by friends and her wife, Jean Durkin. Walowitz was known internationally for her music, and was a regular at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse in Chicago from the 1970s to 1990s. She was a member of the ...


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Cameron Esposito works on personal material - Lesbian comic and Windy City Times 30 Under 30 alum Cameron Esposito returned to Chicago for two weeks at the end of March, performing 14 shows at the Den Theatre. Esposito was here working on new material and said the smaller venue and Chicago audience was the perfect setting to test out the more personal material she's been developing, which ...


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PASSAGES Lesbian scientist Neena Schwartz dies - Northwestern University reproductive biologist Neena Schwartz—who discovered the hormone inhibin and its role in the regulation of reproductive cycles—died April 15, according to The Scientist, a magazine for life-science professionals. She was 91. Among other accomplishments, Schwartz founded the American Women in Science ( AWIS ) in 1971 and was a president of the Endocrine Society in the early 1980s. ...


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Grauer to leave A Wider Bridge - Laurie Grauer announced May 16 that she was leaving her position as Midwest Manager of the LGBT Israel advocacy organization A Wider Bridge ( AWB ). In 2017, Grauer and others were asked to leave the Dyke March when they carried a rainbow flag with a Star of David upon it. A weeks-long controversy subsequently ensued. Grauer had been with ...


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LGBT activist, volunteer Kea "Kookie" Kelly dies - Kea M. ( Kookie ) Kelly, age 74, passed away on May 15, 2018 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, following a short illness. Kookie's sisters, Patti King and Veronica Kaiser, and her dear friend/adopted son Martin Ridge, were at her side. Kookie was born in Chicago Feb. 2, 1944. She lived in Chicago and the near west suburbs all of her ...


-Black-Lesbian-Archives-Exhibit-June-14-July-13-at-Affinity

Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity - 10F0LD Productions presents the Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash, suite #108. The exhibit is being put together by Kru, an archivist, DJ and CEO of 10F0LD Productions. "The importance of exploring and preserving our history is more crucial than ever," said Kru. "During this exhibit we explore Chicago's Black Lesbian history ...


-Ethical-Sluthood-May-24-at-the-Center

'Ethical Sluthood' May 24 at the Center - "Ethical Sluthood"—the second in the COUP/3 GOALS series—will take place Thursday, May 24, 7-9:30 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. During this session, COUP/3 GOALS collaborates with Janet W. Hardy, author of The Ethical Slut, to discuss foundations of non-traditional lifestyles. COUP/3 GOALS celebrates individuals who are single, monogamous, non-monogamous, polyamorous, queer, non-binary, or who care about ...


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Billie Jean King shows pioneering spirit in talk with Kate Kendell - Billie Jean King's lifelong fight for equality began when she was 12, when the junior tennis player was practicing at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. King, 75, recently speaking to a sold-out audience at San Francisco's Brava Theater Center, said she remembers noticing that everyone at the club was white. "Where is everyone else?" King asked her mom. "It was ...


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Lightfoot speaks with local LGBT leaders - Just one day after officially announcing that she was joining the crowded field of candidates who will be challenging incumbent Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, attorney and former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot met with members of the LGBT community at a May 11 presentation at the downtown offices of the Locke Lord. After ...


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ELECTIONS 2019 CHICAGO Mayoral candidate Lightfoot on LGBT issues, police board work - Lori Lightfoot, an attorney and former federal prosecutor who for three years headed up the Chicago Police Board, announced her candidacy challenging incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel on May 10. Should Lightfoot win, she'd be both Chicago's first female Black mayor as well as the city's first openly gay one. Lightfoot faces many challenges should she run. She said at a ...


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Unprecedented 7 LGBT candidates for governor - Only in recent years, the LGBT community has been able to support one or two openly LGBT candidate for governor. In 2014, it was two —Mike Michaud in Maine and Heather Mizeur in Maryland; they lost. In 2016, it was one—Kate Brown in Oregon; she won. There are currently seven competing in primaries around the country, including an actor in ...


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Party promoters speak about lesbian spaces at Center in Halsted - Video below - Center on Halsted introduced the women's faces behind the spaces for the program "Courageous Conversations: What the L" on May 11. While lesbian bars in Chicago have been disappearing over the years, there are still women who create lesbian spaces that encourage women to be themselves and have fun. "Courageous Conversations" featured a panel of these driven women who have ...


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Stephanie Sandberg new Executive Director of LPAC, LGBTQ women's political group - From a news release, video below - WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2018……….LPAC, the country's only political action committee empowering and engaging LGBTQ women politically, today announced that Stephanie Sandberg has taken the helm as Executive Director, as the organization completes its 6thyear of operation, launches its political program for the 2018 midterm election endorsements and prepares for its largest fundraiser, Levity and Justicefor ALL, in New York ...


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MOMBIAN Of marriage and parenting - My spouse, Helen, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary ( though our time as legal spouses is obviously shorter ). Reaching a quarter-century together—just about half of my life—feels significant in a way that previous anniversaries, even milestone ones at the decade marks, have not. Here are a few reflections on the occasion: We've been through a lot together, ...


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'What the L' panel discussion May 11 - Center on Halsted's Courageous Conversations series continues Friday, May 11, 6-9 p.m., with "What the L: Meet the Faces Behind the Spaces." Even with the disappearance of lesbian bars in Chicago, lesbian spaces in Chicago are alive and thriving. This event will be with a panel of those who have and are creating these spaces. Panelists will include Brooke Webster ...


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NATIONAL Trans protections, Dykes on Bikes death, leather district - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New Hampshire state Senate passed a bill that would create legal protections for transgender people in the state, New Hampshire Public Radio reported. The bill—which earlier passed in the House, and in the Senate by a vote of 14-10—would add gender identity to the state's existing anti-discrimination laws. The bill now heads to Gov. Chris Sununu, who is expected ...


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Jeanne Thornton, Mecca J. Sullivan earn Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers - From a Lambda Literary press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit organization promoting LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce that Jeanne Thornton and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan have been named winners of the 2018 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for ...


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Peach Party takes off at Ace Hotel - Peach Party's Elements series launch, "Air," was packed to capacity on the night of April 28. Although primarily geared toward queer women, with bartenders pouring Tito's Vodka—$5 from every drink went to Howard Brown—and people of all genders mingling and dancing, the sixth floor of the Ace Hotel turned into a fun, fluid environment for all. Air was the first ...


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Fired Rockford-area lesbian files EEOC complaint - A Winnebago County resident has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against her former employer on the grounds that she was fired for being a lesbian. Brooke Berentes, who lives in Machesney Park, Illinois, a suburb of Rockford, said in her April 10 complaint that her boss at Choice Furniture, located in Rockford, fired her about ...


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New Armatrading CD out May 18; tour dates announced - Singer Joan Armatrading's new studio album Not Too Far Away, will be out on BMG on Friday, May 18. This is her 21st album. Tracks include "Loving What You Hate," "Still Waters," "Always in My Dreams," "Invisible ( Blue Light )" and others. Not Too Far Away is the studio follow-up to the trilogy of This Charming Life ( 2010 ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL The terlet - When I objected, starting around the age of four or five, to commercials on the radio, I had no idea what the future of marketing would hold for us all. Why, I asked, was "The Lone Ranger" interrupted to sell Silvercup Bread? Was it because of his silver bullets? Well, yes, it was considered a terrific marketing tie-in. I hated ...


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Courageous Conversations: What The L to talk lesbian spaces and leaders - From Center on Halsted - Even with the disappearance of lesbian bars in Chicago, lesbian spaces in Chicago are alive and thriving. Enjoy a candid conversation with those who have and are creating these spaces with Courageous Conversations: What The L, taking place May 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. This Courageous Conversations event will be with ...


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Chicago-based LGBTQ webseries set to launch - Award-winning writer, filmmaker, performer and producer Bea Cordelia and Jeff Award-nominated actor, singer, writer and curator Daniel Kyri's upcoming Chicago-based webseries, "the T," is the culmination of their desire to bring more intersectional LGBTQ-focus stories to the small screen. They co-produced, co-wrote, co-directed and played the lead roles in the series which is set to premiere on June 18. Cordelia ...


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SF Pride, SF Dykes on Bikes Mourn Passing of DOB Founding Member Soni S.H.S. Wolf - From a press release - San Francisco — The San Francisco Dykes on Bikes® Women's Motorcycle Contingent announces the death of Soni S.H.S. Wolf, a founding member of Dykes on Bikes and an inspiring mother of the movement for lesbian pride and dignity. Soni passed peacefully of natural causes the night of Wednesday April 25th. Soni was 69 when she died and is survived by ...


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Hundreds at Howard Brown fundraiser, ChiQ kicks off with sold out event - Howard Brown Health presented ChiQ, a benefit aimed at raising funds for healthcare and wellness in the LGBTQ community, April 28 at the South Shore Cultural Center. The event, which has evolved from the original 1990s and early 2000s Lesbian Community Cancer ( later Care ) Project Coming Out Against Cancer events, then into the Garden of Eve, featured two ...


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Andersonville Wine Walk May 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 27, 2018 ): In its 12th year, the Andersonville Wine Walk will once again invite guests to walk, sip, and shop their way through the commercial district on Sunday, May 20 from 3-6PM, but this year, the event is undergoing a growth spurt. Instead of the two routes of years past, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ...


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About Face Theatre to premiere Bull in a China Shop - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 26, 2018 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to present the Midwest premiere of Bryna Turner's comedy BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, based on the true story of revolutionary academics and lovers Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks. Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm*, BULL IN A CHINA SHOP will play May 24 — June 30, ...


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New Armatrading CD out May 18; tour dates announced - Singer Joan Armatrading's new studio album Not Too Far Away, will be out on BMG on Friday, May 18. This is her 21st album. Tracks include "Loving What You Hate," "Still Waters," "Always in My Dreams," "Invisible ( Blue Light )" and others. Not Too Far Away is the studio follow-up to the trilogy of This Charming Life ( 2010 ...


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'Catechism' marking 25th anniv. on June 3 - A special 25th-anniversary performance of Late Night Catechism will be held Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Chicago actress Rosie Newton will star as "Sister"—a role she has performed since 1997, both in Chicago and on tour. A limited number of 25 tickets will be available for purchase at the original ...


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Chicago Filmmakers to cut ribbon on new home - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - While it's been up a flight of stairs on Clark Street in Andersonville for years, Chicago Filmmakers always dreamed of having a different space for themselves. "If you needed to get to the classrooms you had to walk through the theater," said Executive Director Brenda Webb of the old location. "You couldn't do both things at the same time. It ...


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Matchmaking event for older lesbians, bi women coming to Chicago - Little Gay Book comes to Chicago to help those who are ready to mingle at its Fast Flirting event at Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse Ave., on April 28. Little Gay Book is a boutique lesbian and bisexual matchmaking firm. Started in the Bay area in 2009, Little Gay Book reaches to women across the nation, offering services including matchmaking, ...


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Indigo Girls to headline "Out of Space" at Canal Shores July 28 - From a SPACE press release - SPACE welcomes Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls to perform a very special "Out of Space" concert at Canal Shores on July 28. The group, comprised of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, recently released their 14th studio album, One Lost Day, which The Independent ( UK ) called "a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville ...


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LGBT Senate hopefuls, five in the running - An historic number of openly LGBT people are running for the U.S. Senate this year: five. Two of those candidates are running in elections that are seen as the most competitive this year: Arizona and Wisconsin. And that competition is both good and troubling for LGBT candidates. It's troubling news for the best known of the four candidates —incumbent U.S. ...







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