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MUSIC-Lesbian-fronts-band-Fit-for-Rivals

MUSIC Lesbian fronts band Fit for Rivals - Sounding like a mix of Tegan and Sara, Joan Jett and Finland's heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch—and more than a pinch of androgyny—while the first singles and videos from upcoming 2015 album Freak Machine, "Hit Me" ( www.youtube.com/watch ) and "Freak ...


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Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Andrew Rannells ( Girls ) is set to write and star in a new Judd Apatow movie with his real-life boyfriend, Mike Doyle ( Law and Order: SVU; the film Jersey Boys ), according to NewNowNext.com. Apatow is branching out; for example, although he has produced female-driven projects, he recently branched out by directing his very own female-centric film ...


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Michfest to close doors after 40 Years, community responds - Lisa Vogel, creator of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ( Michfest ), announced April 21 that the festival would close after this August. In a message directed to Michfest fans via Facebook, Vogel wrote: "… the 40th Festival will be the last Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. The spirit of this community will live on forever, the friends and family we ...


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Former Baldwin staffer lodges ethics complaint - A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) has filed an ethics complaint against the senator, who is openly gay, alleging that Baldwin and her chief of staff wrongfully terminated her employment to cover up their own culpability in mishandling complaints at a Wisconsin VA hospital. The complaint was filed April 20 by Marquette Baylor— previously Baldwin's ...


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Vogel: This will be last year of MichFest - Lisa Vogel, the founder of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, told the fest's followers on Facebook that this year's 40th anniversary festival will be its last. See https://www.facebook.com/michfest/posts/10153186431364831 . There have been rumors that a different, smaller festival would replace MichFest if it were to close, but there have been no public statements about such a plan. See later coverage ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Old Deep and Dark - By Ellen Hart, $25.99; Minotaur Press; 296 pages Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines—again. By now, it shouldn't surprise you. He's in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news: that's the way stardom works. Then again, as you'll see in the new mystery The ...


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Activists look back on George's legacy - Cardinal Francis George, the former archbishop of Chicago, died April 17 at his home, after a long battle with cancer. He was 78. His death was announced by his successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich, in a press conference at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago Tribune reported. "A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord," Cupich said. ...


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Longtime lesbian-feminist activist Sidney Abbott dies - Sidney Abbott, 77, a longtime New York City-based lesbian-feminist activist, died April 15 in a house fire in Southold, Suffolk County New York. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. She co-authored a ground-breaking book with Barbara Love in 1971, Sappho Was a Right-on Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism. Abbott was born July 11, 1937 in Washington, ...


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Vicci Martinez releases new EP "I Am" - From a press release - Known for her powerful vocals, unique style, and magnetic charisma, Vicci Martinez is releasing her first new music since Vicci was released in 2012. The internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer was highlighted by a Billboard Top 20single in "Come Along" featuring Cee Lo Green. Vicci marked Martinez's evolution from a Pacific Northwest music mainstay and a fan favorite on the ...


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VIEWS: MOMBIAN New edition enlivens 'Two Mommies' for families today - A 25th-anniversary edition of Leslea Newman's children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, with brand-new illustrations and updated text, has given the classic new life for families today. And Newman is amazed that some of the children who read Heather when it first came out could now be reading it to their own children, she told me in an interview. The ...


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Becky Kanis: Champion of change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There are certain people in the world that are placed into situations to thrive, and U.S. Army veteran Becky Kanis is one of them. In 2008, Kanis became the founding board chair of Knights Out, a non-profit group of West Point alumni coming out as LGBT in opposition to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. She led a team in ...


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Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a project directed by the University of Chicago's Center for the Study ...


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Robin Roberts on cover of AARP Magazine - From an AARP press release - ASHINGTON, DC—Robin Roberts, who at 54 enjoys so much personal and professional success, has also overcome a great deal of adversity along the way. The first to admit that she never dreamed she'd go so far, so fast, Roberts opens up in an emotional interview with AARP the Magazine, in which she reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences. ...


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Lesbian political action committee endorses Clinton - LPAC press release - April 12, 2015 — LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its board voted to endorse Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign for president. With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, LPAC becomes the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton's campaign for the presidency. To support the campaign, LPAC is launching Lesbians 4 Hillary, ...


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Survey seeks input on Chicago African American lesbian history - From a press release - Longtime Chicago lesbian activist and historian Melvyna Gaynor is seeking survey respondents for her new history project. She would like people to answer the questions below to help us compile data essential to producing a video documentary on the Black LGBT community in Chicago from 1970 til today. How many organizations/ social clubs serviced the needs of the black LGBT ...


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Force wins over West Michigan Mayhem - The new-look Chicago Force was just like the old time team on April 11 in the season opener against the West Michigan Mayhem at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School. The Force dominated the Mayhem, building a 38-0 lead after the first quarter en route to a 63-0 mauling and the 100th win in team history. ...


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NCLR and Task Force remove names from Michfest petition - [Updated April 11, 8:11 p.m.] Just days after Kate Kendell and the organization she leads, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), removed their signature from Equality Michigan's Michfest petition, another big league LGBT organization followed suit. National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey has withdrawn her support for the petition. Kendell and Carey's original letters were met with ...


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Rabbinical group gets first-ever lesbian president - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Denise L. Eger was active as a youth in her family's temple while growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, thus encouraged by family and rabbis to pursue a career in the rabbinical world. "I felt a call to make the world more just and to heal society of racism and classism, poverty and many other modern day plagues," she said. Eger ...


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Louisiana school to allow lesbian student to wear tux to prom - ( Monroe, Louisiana, April 7, 2015 )—Today, Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor and Monroe City School Board President Bishop Rodney McFarland Sr. contacted Claudetteia Love, who is being represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), to inform her that she will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom on April 24. Last ...


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Nationally known comics to celebrate progressive comedians - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 7, 2015 ) — In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Catharsis Productions will host a one-night comedy event, Social Justice Stand Up: Comedy with a Conscience on Tuesday, April 28th at 9pm. at ComedySportz Chicago, 929 W. Belmont Ave. The evening's performers include headliner Hari Kondabolu, Micia Mosely and Fawzia Mirza. Tickets are $15, with discounts ...


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PASSAGES "Ninure" Dawn Saunders - "Ninure" Dawn Saunders, a deeply religious Chicagoan who had friends around the world through the church, passed away March 31 after a long illness. She was 61. Saunders, born in Great Lakes and raised in Chicago, was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard, in Chicago. She had been a longtime member and deacon at ...


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MUSIC Joan Armatrading on touring, inspiration - Out British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and her partner, Maggie Butler, may have not-so-secretly had their union legalized as a civil partnership May 2, 2011 in Shetland, United Kingdom, but their "Love and Affection" appears to have taken a back seat as of late. Armatrading is in the middle of a year-long tour spanning the globe. How is the gender-neutral storytelling ...


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BOOKS: Dying to Play; Ndegeocello; authors Sullivan, Conner - BOOK REVIEW Dying to Play by Mark Zubro $13.49; MLR Press; 229 pages Review by Lauren E. Childers Dying to Play is the first book in a new series by Mark Zubro that features a big-league private investigator based out of Chicago. When players on a minor-league baseball team start to receive personal threats, Mike King is initially hired to ...


Filmmaker-Michelle-Citron-looks-at-pre-Stonewall-lesbians-

Filmmaker Michelle Citron looks at pre-Stonewall lesbians - Imagine inheriting a house and finding a treasure trove of more than 2,000 photos depicting lesbian life in Chicago during the pre-Stonewall era. That's just what happened to case worker Patrick Gourley. Gourley first met Norma Roos ( Aug. 1919-Dec. 1, 1999 ) and Virginia Kaitchuck ( Nov. 1919-Oct. 18, 2001 ) a little more than 20 years ago. They ...


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Chicago gay filmmakers Fawzia Mirza, Robert-Carnilius in film series - From a press release - Chicago-based film production company Full Spectrum Features today announced the films included in volume one of Chicagoland Shorts, a new, specially curated collection of short films by Chicago filmmakers. The series highlights the incredible diversity of The Windy City and its surrounding communities, celebrating the vastness of the Chicagoland experience, and providing an outlet for cinematic voices that sometimes go ...


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DeGeneres show to air to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC has ordered eight episodes of First Dates, an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air. Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of ...


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Veterans speak on love and secrets in military - Video below - Out at CHM, the LGBTQ series of discussions at the Chicago History Museum, focused on "Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or Tell" March 26. Megan Carney opened the program by sharing what she'd learned while interviewing military women for her theater production Women At War with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. She set the stage for stories of the human heart ...


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Thousand Waves marks 30 years of mission-driven work - Thousand Waves to host spring trainings - Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, located in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, kicked off a year of celebratory events in February, marking the 30th anniversary of its founding. The milestone brings up feelings of "pride, happiness, joy," said Nancy Lanoue, the lesbian founder and current co-executive director of the non-profit, which sprang from feminist roots and now serves a ...


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DOWS hosts women's dance - Dance of the Western Suburbs. a project that started many years ago as a project of Women of the Western Suburbs, was held March 21 in Kildeer, Illinois, in the Northwest suburbs. More than 560 tickets were sold to the event, which is now an annual dance for all women. Photos by Tracy Baim ...


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Chicago-made Huntington's doc 'Quicksand' screens April 9 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 18, 2014 ) — Black Cat Productions will be screening the documentary A Mind in Quicksand—Life with Huntington's to promote its May broadcast release to public television stations nationwide. The film will be hosted by Columbia College Chicago at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, April 9 at 6 p.m. Q&A with Huntington's community members will immediately ...


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Rivendell Theatre honors Willa Taylor, marks 20 years - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's sold-out 2015 Salon fundraiser at Level Office marked the group's 20th anniversary of advancing women's lives "through the power of theater." Rivendell cultivates the talents of women artists—writers, actors, directors, designers and technicians—"by seeking out innovative plays that explore unique female experiences and producing them in intimate, salon environments." The event also honored Chicago's Willa Taylor for ...


VIEWS-Discrimination-is-not-religious-freedom

VIEWS Discrimination is not religious freedom - A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans. There is a surprising number of bills being introduced in state legislative session that outrightly sanction and enforce LGBTQ discrimination. These bills are called religious freedom restoration acts ( RFRA ), but don't be fooled. These lawmakers are looking to codify LGBTQ discrimination. Last week the ...


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Chicago LGBT-rights advocate now with Human Rights Watch - The Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) has become the unequivocal defender of the oppressed, marginalized and exploited world-wide. Operating with complete impartiality, the organization has called attention to some of the most shameful acts against humanity in recent history from the genocide in Rwanda to the assaults, imprisonment and murder of LGBT populations in countries such as Russia, Jamaica, ...


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MUSIC Anne Steele shows listeners 'What's Mine' - Anne Steele's new album, What's Mine, paints a picture of a seasoned songstress in the throes of overcoming life's little treasures—such as heartbreak, loss and finding the courage to try again. The award-winning songwriter met her wife of five years, Kelli Carpenter, while performing on a cruise with R Family Vacations in 2010 and it's been smooth sailing ever since. ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor honors; GayCo event; Sculpture exhibit - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St., at 6 p.m. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the ...


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National: Philly's celebration; guilty verdict; Utah bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Philadelphia, the organizers of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the LGBT-rights movement announced that they will present Edie Windsor ( plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court marriage-equality decision in 2013 ) and Judy Shepard ( mother of Matthew Shepard, and international activist for LGBT and human rights ) with the International Role Model Awards at the Independence Visitor Center, a ...


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World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis.com noted. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She was No. 1 for 39 weeks in her career, becoming the first Frenchwoman to reach the top of the computer rankings since they were introduced in the 1970s. Mauresmo is also an out ...


Longtime-political-activist-Jean-Hardisty-dies

Longtime political activist Jean Hardisty dies - Jean V. Hardisty, 69, has passed away March 16 at her Somerville, Massachusetts home after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to her colleagues at Political Research Associates (PRA), a social justice, right-wing watch group she founded in 1981 in Chicago under the name Midwest Research. PRA has been a critical voice in fighting the American right wing. Hardisty wrote dozens ...


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New-look Chicago Force eyes return to national championship form - Let's start with the new, and there's plenty of that for the 2015 Chicago Force: home stadium, quarterback and coaches. But still, the women's tackle football team which was the 2013 Woman's Football Alliance ( WFA ) national champion, the goal is the same: just win. "I'm feeling energized and excited about this year's team," said team owner/general manager Linda ...


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Coalition report: LGBT women among most economically vulnerable - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — According to a new report released today by a broad coalition of research and advocacy organizations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) women are among the most at risk of poverty in America. Due to discriminatory laws, America's 5.1 million LGBT women face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence. ...


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Election board decides in favor of Mell - The Chicago Board of Election Commisioners, on March 12, decided in favor of 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell in her bid to keep her post for another term. But Mell's challenger, Tim Meegan, has said that he will continue to press ahead with a lawsuit accusing Mell's organization of unscrupulous election-day tactics, DNAinfo reported. The decision affirmed tallies released March ...


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Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD will honor Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 21, according to a press release. Washington will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, ...


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Upcoming: Homestretch screening; honors to Taylor, Mirza; Human First gala; voting - Wed., March 11 Navigating Your Senior Rights Learn about powers of attorney and living wills, as well as how to access Social Security benefits and health care. Free. Questions to Jane Merrill, jmerrill@centeronhalsted.org 6:00pm - 7:00pm Center on Halsted 3656 N Halsted Chicago http://www.centeronhalsted.com . Living For Madonna: Album Release Party Official album release party for Madonna's Rebel Heart. Videos ...


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VIEWS Boston's forgotten role in the women's movement - March is Women's History Month and Mary Dore's documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry helps us celebrate, remember and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century—the women's movement. Zooming in on the years 1966 to 1971, Dore excavated the archival images of the birth of the movement. Dore captures the spirit, soul and fire of these ...


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United States Artists: Illuminating value of artists for a decade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2003, a study by the Urban Institute found that while "96 percent of Americans appreciate the arts, paradoxically, only 27 percent believe that artists contribute to the good of society," according to the United States Artists website. Seeing a critical need "to close the gap between the love of art and the ambivalence toward those who create it," United ...


Exhibition-History-of-LGBTQ-Life-at-the-University-of-Chicago

Exhibition: History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago - From a press release - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago's history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition. Drawing ...


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International Women's Day Dance returns - The Chicago Foundation for Women LBTQ Giving Council and key community allies brought back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago March 7 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. DJs were OCD ( Wanda Rodriguez ) and DJ Ang. Chair of the event Eli Marsh, along with her Giving Council co-chair ...


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Windy City Gay Idol 2015 announcement - After a dozen years of hosting Windy City Gay Idol, Windy City Times newspaper and Nightspots magazine are announcing they will not be programming the annual event in 2015. Started in 2003 as a takeoff on the popular American Idol TV show, the contests have been held throughout the city and suburbs, crowning winners based on the votes of a ...


Humorous-memoir-Butch-details-pregnancy-woes

Humorous memoir 'Butch' details pregnancy woes - In her graphic memoir, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, A.K. Summers chronicles her difficult journey as a butch lesbian navigating her way through pregnancy. Summers—who also illustrated the novel—started writing it in 2005 after giving birth to her son Franklin. Despite being taken out of her comfort zone, Summers injects humor into her memoir even during some ...


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Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films - 'The Homestretch' screening March 14 Community Cinema, WTTW, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Polk Bros Foundation are presenting an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The screening will take place Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. ( A ...


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MOVIES Documentary looks at women's-rights movement - As the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage wiggles its way into the mainstream at an ever-hungry pace, there is another movement doing quite the same, albeit with far less fanfare. The women's-rights movement took off in the '60s and yet, nearly 50 years later, female workers still do not get paid the same wage as their male counterparts, their childbearing ...


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PASSAGES Barbara "Robbie" Smith, services March 7 - From Affinity - Affinity announces with sadness the services of a beloved community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Robbie was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a founding member of the Affinity Trailblazers. Robbie was an amazing human being who was also wife and mother ...


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Deb Mell appears to win tight race in 33rd Ward, some ballots left to count - ELECTIONS 2015 - Incumbent 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell, the city's only openly lesbian alderman, may have won the race now that absentee votes have been counted from the Feb. 24 election. There are still a few ballots to go, so it may not be clear until March 9 if she has won. As of Friday at 5 p.m., the Chicago Board of ...


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Same-sex married war veteran denied veterans benefits - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, strongly condemned a move by the Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ), requiring a female Iraq war veteran, Melissa Perkins-Fercha, to pay back her federal veterans benefits tied to her legal wife and daughter because the state of Texas does not recognize ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor; Knuckles movie;'Louder than a Bomb'; Armatrading; Writers - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the 2015 WREN Award ...


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Milwaukee LGBT center names new executive director - The board of directors of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Gotzler as the organization's new executive director, effective immediately, according to a press release. Gotzler will take the role after serving as interim executive director since July. Gotzler has been consulting with a wide range of organizations from businesses to government and ...


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Her HRC event Feb. 15 - "Chicago Her HRC Presents: 4th Annual Va ~ Va ~ Vaudeville!" took place Feb. 15 at Mayne Stage. The event featured burlesque dancers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, musicians, sword swallowers, painted ladies and belly dancers. Gwen La Roka hosted this year's event, with Lady Gia, Aerin Tedesco, Cruel Valentine and Shana Vaughn-Gabor among the slated performers. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ...


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Women & Children First celebrates renovation - Andersonville business Women & Children First Books celebrated their recent major renovation of the store, including new wood floors, a new layout of sections, freshly painted walls and overall a more open floor plan. New owners Sarah Hollenbeck ( left ) and Lynn Mooney are pictured in the re-designed space. They featured music and other programming Feb. 21, and plan ...


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PASSAGES Chicago activist Barbara 'Robbie' Smith dies - Family and friends have announced the passing of beloved Chicago community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Born May 25, 1946, Smith died Feb. 14, 2015. Her gay community activism started in the 1960s. Smith was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a ...


Lesbian-PAC-names-first-ED

Lesbian PAC names first E.D. - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first lesbian political action committee, announced political veteran Beth Shipp has been hired as the organization's first executive director. "As LPAC continues to grow and flourish, we are thrilled to have Beth as our first executive director," said LPAC Board Chair Laura Ricketts. "Her experience, knowledge, relationships, and political acumen are ideally suited for LPAC as we ...


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PASSAGES Leslie Gore dies at 68 - Leslie Gore—a singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her song "It's My Party" and followed it with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me"—has died at age 68, according to Newstalk1010.com. According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Feb. 16 of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Quincy Jones discovered Gore ...


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Lesbian feminist Barbara Smith remains focused - Steadfast Black lesbian feminist activist Barbara Smith has never colored in the lines, and after 40 years fighting for equal rights, she isn't about to start now. "I see all of my work as being connected. So although some people would say, 'You're a publisher;' 'you're a Black feminist activist;' 'you were involved in the civil-rights movement, but also in ...


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Two Chicago women leave the LGBTQ community historical treasure - From a press release - Two Chicago women — Norma and Virginia — have left the LGBTQ community an amazing historical treasure. They died when they were in their 80s, leaving behind piles and boxes of snapshots of themselves and their friends that span four decades from the mid 1930s to the 1970s in East Rogers Park. The photos provide a rare look at a ...


National-roundup-Michigan-marriages-mayors-honor-killer-found

National roundup: Michigan marriages; mayor's honor; killer found - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that his administration will recognize 300 same-sex marriages that took place during a 24-hour window when they were legal in Michigan last year, according to Advocate.com. However, that doesn't change the Republican administration's plan to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court later this year. The case out of Michigan ...


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Obsessed man attacks lesbian couples, kills one - Virginia Coast Guardsman Adrian Loya was apprehended after he attacked a lesbian couple in their Massachusetts home, fatally shooting one woman and gravely injuring her wife because he was obsessed with one of the women, according to The New York Daily News. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lisa Trubnikova, 31, died at the scene of the rampage in Cape Cod. Her ...


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Indiana woman in first same-sex marriage dies - Niki Quasney—the Munster, Indiana, woman who, along with her wife Amy Sandler—became one of the most prominent figures in the movement last year to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, has died at age 38, the Indy Star reported. She died Feb. 5, more than five years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Last spring, a federal judge granted ...


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Tegan and Sara reteam with Lonely Island for Oscars - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA - Pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar®-nominated song "Everything Is Awesome" at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. "Tegan and Sara and Lonely Island?.....Everything Is Awesome, ...


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National Women's Soccer League announce 2015 regular season - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. — The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced today the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season, which includes numerous highlights for the Red Stars, such as a doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. Fans have additional reason for excitement as the team plays 16 of ...


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Rosie O'Donnell exiting 'The View' again - Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View for the second time—this time after just five months—to focus on her family, TheWrap reported. "I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November," O'Donnell's representative told TheWrap in a statement. "Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention. "This has been a very stressful situation. She ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 33RD WARD Deb Mell answers challenges to her seat - Deb Mell, alderman of the 33rd Ward, is no stranger to challenges both professional and personal. Mell was appointed to the seat by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2013 after the retirement of her father Richard who spent 38 years in the position. The first out lesbian alderman in the city, Mell has been a fierce proponent of LGBT rights both ...


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Charges brought in Atlanta intimate partner homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the alleged intimate partner violence ( IPV ) homicide of Ashley Belle that occurred on Jan. 26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to media citing police sources, Ashley Belle's domestic partner, Laura Bozeman, has been charged in connection with her death, which occurred after two days of verbal ...


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Denver queer Latina killed in police confrontation - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply alarmed by the killing of an unarmed queer Latina youth, Jessie Hernandez, age 17, by police in Denver, Colorado. According to media reports, Jessie Hernandez was allegedly driving a stolen car on Monday, January 26th, when police responded to a call about suspicious activity in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood. ...


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International Women's Day Dance March 7 - Chicago groups are bringing back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7 p.m.-midnight at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division Street. The event is sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women LGBT Giving Council and Affinity Community Services. The event is open to people of all identities, and ...


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Chicago Sky starts season on Nat'l Girls and Women in Sports Day - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Sky will begin its 10th season by hosting more than 150 girls from the Chicago-land community for a Sports Expo on February 4 as part of the 29th-annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Some of Chicago's most inspiring and influential female sports leaders including Sky Guard/Forward Elena Delle Donne, Sky Head Coach & General Manager Pokey Chatman, ...


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'Orange' nabs SAG awards - The awards season continued with the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 25. The Netflix series Orange Is the New Black won twice—once for best comedy ensemble and other with Uzo Aduba ( who portrays "Crazy Eyes" ) winning best female actor in a comedy series. In winning, Aduba edged Modern Family's Julie Bowen, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, Veep's ...







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