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Alison-Bechdel-Artist-genius-and-instigator-of-change

Alison Bechdel: Artist, genius and instigator of change - - In September, Alison Bechdel became the second cartoonist to receive a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, and received acclaim for its witty depiction of lesbian life and the challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community for acceptance. Bechdel's graphic memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic ...


Lesbian-veteran-to-be-buried-with-late-wife-in-Idaho-cemetery

Lesbian veteran to be buried with late wife in Idaho cemetery - ( Boise, ID, October 22, 2014 )—A 74-year-old Navy veteran who challenged Idaho's marriage equality ban so she could be buried with her late wife in Idaho's state-run veterans cemetery will have her wishes respected after Idaho state officials agreed to allow the couple to be interred together. Today, Madelynn "Lee" Taylor went to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to ...


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Upcoming events in film, music, poetry - The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival will feature a talk by lesbian New York poet Eileen Myles at the foundation, 61 W. Superior St., on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. In this talk ( "Poetry off the Shelf: Eileen Myles" ), she discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir about her longtime companion, Rosie. The cost ...


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OPALGA's 25th- anniv. gala Oct. 25 - OPALGA, the Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association, will hold its 25th-anniversary gala Saturday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park. This year's OPAL Awards go to Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris ( 13th District ), Illinois state Sen. Don Harmen ( 39th District ) and the publisher and executive editor of Windy ...


-By-Women-for-Women-Oct-25-at-Joffrey-Tower

'By Women for Women' Oct. 25 at Joffrey Tower - With the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted hosting, "By Women For Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Washington and McCombs, both of whom have been inducted into the ...


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Jennifer Knapp: Lesbian releases album, book with sense of self - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Christian music star Jennifer Knapp released her latest album, Set Me Free, Oct. 14 under Ani DiFranco's Righteous record label. Directly prior to her album's debut, Knapp released a full-length memoir, Facing the Music, on Oct. 7. Knapp found a home for herself under this new label after an eight-year hiatus from her musical career. For Knapp, joining Righteous ...


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Sami Grisafe inducted into school's hall of fame - Chicagoan Sami Grisafe was inducted into the Redlands High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Redlands, Calif., Oct. 2 Grisafe will go down in history as the first female in the state of California to play the quarterback position in a varsity Division I football game and the first female to throw a touchdown pass in a world championship tournament. ...


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Legacy Walk plaques unveiled with new inductees - Community members gathered Oct. 11 for the unveiling of seven new plaques along Halsted Street's Legacy Walk. Legacy Project officials and volunteers, local activists and students from Lincoln Park High School were on hand to pay tribute to the new inductees: Cole Porter, Sally Ride, "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, Father Mychal Judge, David Kato, Audre Lorde and the Stonewall Riots. The ...


Eileen-Myles-Queer-funny-feminist-stand-up-and-poetry

Eileen Myles: Queer, funny, feminist stand-up and poetry - From a press release - Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles Poet Eileen Myles discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival are pleased to feature a talk by New York poet Eileen Myles. Myles' gift for chronicling the life of the writer in a queer, funny, feminist, and ultimately provocative way makes her readings ...


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Vives Q features Norma Seledon - Vives Q launched its fall First Tuesdays series Oct. 7, 2014 at Blanco y Negro Restaurant, 4043 W 26th Street, Chicago. The featured interview was lesbian leader Norma Seledon, on the fourth anniversary of the death of her longtime partner Alicia Amador. Norma's two daughters, Queli and Eva Tellez participated in the discussion, which was led by Emmanuel Garcia. American ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Mary Lambert tells her 'Secrets' - The bipolar lesbian who rocks mom jeans is at it again with a new album. Lyrics from the latest single "Secrets" tell all with a description of the personal things that make her unique—including the characteristics mentioned in the opening sentence. The massive hit "Same Love" took over the airwaves with her guest vocals on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ...


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LGBT athletes: making an impact on and off the field - Esera Tuaolo walked onto the fabled grass at Wisconsin's Lambeau Field Sept. 14 to sing the national anthem before the Green Bay Packers' home opener against the New York Jets. He wore a green Packers jersey with No. 98 on it and admittedly was both excited and nervous. In addition to his performance, the team's pregame ceremony included a video ...


National-Center-for-Lesbian-Rights-benefit-in-Chicago-Oct-18

National Center for Lesbian Rights benefit in Chicago Oct. 18 - The National Center for Lesbian Rights will benefit from an event hosted by Chicago-area lesbian philanthropist Sarah Schmidt Saturday, Oct. 18, 5-7 p.m. in Wilmette. Schmidt, a National Leadership Council member of NCLR, is also a co-founder of LPAC, the national lesbian political action committee. Kate Kendell, Esq., NCLR executive director, said the program will update guests on NCLR's work: ...


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Foster-to-adoption success story spans two generations - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty-year-old Chicago native Ella Thomas has always believed in paying it forward and she credits her success to the case workers at the Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) who gave her a chance at a better life. Thomas is not only a product of DCFS she also works for them and became a foster/adoptive mother herself. ...


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Focused Media launches with celebration of The Gay Agenda - Activist Mary Morten and Jim Bennett's newly launched production company, Focused Media LLC, was created to "produce socially relevant content … for underrepresented voices and to challenge preconceived notions," according to Bennett. And on Oct. 1 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, attendees gathered to celebrate the upcoming second season of one of its projects, The Gay Agenda. The Gay Agenda is ...


-She100-gives-back-to-the-queer-community-through-grants

She100 gives back to the queer community through grants - A little over a year ago, four Chicago-based queer women—Brooke Skinner, Angela Barnes, Maia Benson and Amy Bloom—were engaged in a dinner conversation regarding the presence of LGBTQ women when it comes to giving back to their Chicago community in terms of advocacy work and charitable donations. "It really started with a conversation about engagement and why the majority of ...


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Jane Saks expands social-justice brand with Project& - The word "and" comes after everything Jane M. Saks does. A cultural alchemist, arts advocate, creative collaborator and producer, educator, published writer and poet, Saks has now introduced her newest work, Project&. "Social justice is the rent you pay for the space you take up on earth," Saks said in quoting her great grandmother, who instilled that strong belief through ...


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Forward-toward male volunteer Lenny Earl: fests, transition - Robin Tyler was the first woman to marry her same-sex partner, Diane Olson, in Los Angeles in 2008. She has been coined a "lesbian feminist" by the media throughout the years; a visionary breaking new ground to aid in the LGBT community's expansive pursuit of equality. Tyler also produced of the West Coast Women's Music and Comedy Festival—a trans-inclusive women's ...


-Dr-Hughes-honored-with-UIC-research-award

Dr. Hughes honored with UIC research award - Dr. Tonda L. Hughes received the inaugural Distinguished Research Award, one of the most prestigious honors presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Sept. 26. Hughes is a professor in the Department of Health Systems Science ( HSS ). She is an international expert in the area of alcohol use among lesbians. She is also the ...


Billie-Jean-King-takes-fair-shot-at-equality-at-CFW-luncheon

Billie Jean King takes fair shot at equality at CFW luncheon - The life of legendary tennis champion and hall of famer Billie Jean King is one that has triumphed over each of the challenge rounds she has faced both personally and throughout a professional career that garnered her 20 Wimbledon titles and 39 Grand Slam singles. Her ardent work towards equality for women and in the LGBTQ community garnered her recognition ...


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Lesbian-feminist Mab Segrest on Ferguson, race, civil rights - Lambda Literary Award-winning author ( Memoir of a Race Traitor, 1994 ) and professor Mab Segrest was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, ( Macon County ) during the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. Segrest's firsthand experience on the topics of white supremacy, homophobia, desegregation and patriarchy began under her own roof as a child. In fact, her great-grandfather was a segregationist ...


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Bjork film screening; Chely Wright campaigns on Kickstarter - Bjork film screening in U.S. starting Sept. 26 Bjork: Biophilia Live—the documentary film capturing the concert centered on Bjork's eighth studio album—has begun a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide. Furthermore, screenings in the United States begin at the IFC Center in New York Sept. 26, with further screenings in cities such as ...


Ben-Jerrys-stand-Mary-Cheneys-case-Chelsea-Manning

Ben & Jerry's stand; Mary Cheney's case; Chelsea Manning - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ben & Jerry's has made a stand in defense of same-sex marriage, The Huffington Post reported. The Vermont-based ice cream giant has signed an employers' amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review pending marriage equality ban cases in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia. Other corporations to sign the brief reportedly include Amazon, Target and Viacom. Ben & Jerry's has ...


Melissa-Etheridge-This-Is-ME-at-Cadillac-Palace-Theatre-Nov-15

Melissa Etheridge This Is M.E. at Cadillac Palace Theatre Nov. 15 - From a press release - Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take the stage for the "Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E." U.S. tour to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., which is being released by ME Records on September 30th. She will also be singing some of her greatest hits like "Come to My Window", "I'm The Only One" ...


TALK-TO-THE-DOC-Lesbian-and-pap-smears

TALK TO THE DOC Lesbian and pap smears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Brown: I'm a lesbian and only sleep with other women. Why should I get pap smears? Like you, a lot of lesbians think that pelvic exams and pap smears are only for heterosexual women. It's a real mistake, and it can lead to cancer that could have been prevented. A pap smear is a test doctors use to ...


Two-Chicago-teams-set-for-ASANA-World-Series-in-Las-Vegas

Two Chicago teams set for ASANA World Series in Las Vegas - Raw Energy Majors has won the B-Division of the women's summer softball league of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) for the past two years—and the core of that team is now ready to shine under the national spotlight. Raw Energy—a mix of 19 players, plus some spouses, cheerleaders and family members of players—is heading to Las Vegas ...


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Gay music legend dies; O'Donnell on Boomer List; Staples honored - Mavis Staples to receive Sandburg Award Oct. 22 Grammy Award-winning singer and civil-rights activist Mavis Staples will receive the inaugural Carl Sandburg Award in the Arts from the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Library Foundation at the upcoming 14th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wed., Oct. 22, at The Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Two Carl Sandburg ...


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Tomlin honor; lesbian situation on 'Orange'; Whitney CD/DVD - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lily Tomlin will be one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors this year—the first out lesbian to be chosen, according to Advocate.com. Numerous gay or bisexual men have received the Kennedy Center Honors, including Tennessee Williams, Stephen Sondheim, Aaron Copland, Edward Albee, Elton John and Merce Cunningham. The rest of this year's honorees are singer Al Green, actor ...


Morten-Bennett-launch-production-company-Focused-Media

Morten, Bennett launch production company, Focused Media - From a press release - Chicago, IL—Mary Morten and Jim Bennett launch their new Chicago-based production company, Focused Media, LLC, by celebrating the second season of their most popular project, The Gay Agenda, with a party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 6pm — 8pm. The Gay Agenda is an online talk show in which a panel of lesbian, ...


Lea-Delaria-Artemis-at-Lakeside-Pride-Women-in-Music-Nov-16

Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride Women in Music Nov. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 — Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents Women in Music, a festive celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers, at Preston Bradley Center ( 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago ) on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...


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Faderman, Lazin in Chicago for Legacy Project benefit - Prominent lesbian historian and author Lillian Faderman and Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, were the special guest speakers at a benefit for Chicago's Legacy Project Sept. 14 at the home of Legacy board member Christopher Barrett Politan. The event featured a Q&A with Faderman and Lazin conducted by WGN-TV's Sean Lewis. They discussed the importance of ...


Sky-lose-to-Phoenix-in-WNBA-finals

Sky lose to Phoenix in WNBA finals - From a press release - CHICAGO — With their season on the line, the Chicago Sky returned to their old stomping grounds, the UIC Pavilion, on Friday night for Game 3 of the 2014 WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile. Despite 23 points from Elena Delle Donne, the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Chicago Sky 87-82 to win their third WNBA Championship. With Mercury center Brittney ...


Writing-the-Disability-Experience-Local-to-authors-read-

Writing the Disability Experience: Local to authors read - From a press release - Riva Lehrer will be sharing excerpts from her memoir-in-progress ?Golem Girl Gets Lucky.? Riva is best known as a portrait artist, curator, and educator. Her work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. Sarah Michael Hollenbeck will be reading from her essay ?A Goldmine,? which compares and contrasts her experience of disability with that of local ...


Lesbian-wins-historic-AG-primary-in-Massachusetts-

Lesbian wins historic A.G. primary in Massachusetts - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund congratulated Maura Healey on her victory in the Democratic primary election for Massachusetts Attorney General. If elected in November, Healey will become the first openly LGBT attorney general in the United States. "All of us at Victory are thrilled about Maura's inspiring win tonight," said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of ...


By-Women-For-Women-to-honor-Fitzgerald-Washington-McCombs-

By Women For Women to honor Fitzgerald, Washington, McCombs - From a press release - Center on Halsted announces another By Women For Women community event! Hosted by the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted, By Women For Women: Art — Performance — Engagement will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. By Women For Women, hosted at Joffrey Tower — 10 E. Randolph — will ...


Streisand-Channel-Neil-Patrick-weds-Sam-Smith-does-Fast-Car

Streisand Channel, Neil Patrick weds, Sam Smith does 'Fast Car' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand, according to The Hollywood Reporter. From Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Channel on Sirius channel 69, XM channel 73 and the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. The channel will feature live and studio recordings spanning Streisand's career, from her 1963 debut ...


Pres-Obama-names-lesbian-Google-exec-as-top-tech-official

Pres. Obama names lesbian Google exec as top tech official - From the White House blog - On his first full day in office, President Obama created the U.S. Chief Technology Officer ( CTO ) position within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation's goals and the needs of our citizens. Today, President Obama announced that Megan ...


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ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS Women's Words Fest; Queer poetry; Reeling - Women's Words Film Festival on Sept. 15 Pride Films and Plays has announced seven short films and two episodes from tello films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., on Monday, Sept. 15. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by ...


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AFC policy show; W&CHF street; lesbian mayor; Transformative Law - Community Event Highlights - Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian ...


Chicago-Sky-to-face-the-Phoenix-Mercury-in-2014-WNBA-finals

Chicago Sky to face the Phoenix Mercury in 2014 WNBA finals - CHICAGO —With an 75-62 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile for the first time in franchise history. The Sky, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, upset the top-seeded Atlanta Dream in the Semifinals and then the number two seed Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference ...


Rosie-in-baby-boomer-doc

Rosie in baby-boomer doc - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary American Masters: The Boomer List will premiere nationwide Tuesday, Sept. 23, on PBS in honor of the last baby boomers turning 50 this year, according to a press release. The film explores the story of the influential baby boomer generation ( 1946-1964 ) through the lives of 19 iconic boomers—one born each year of the baby ...


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BOOKS Starting from Here; Further Adventures Sissy Van Dyke - BOOK REVIEWS - Two books about lesbians finding their way in the world, complete with road trips, lots of drama, and insights into growing up and finding oneself.. Starting from Here chronicles the adventures of Colby, a 16-year-old lesbian, broken up over a girl who has dumped her for a boy. Colby lives alone in a trailer park, as her mom is dead ...


Michelle-Chamuel-in-Chicago-Dec-15

Michelle Chamuel in Chicago Dec. 15 - From a press release - New York, NY ( September 2, 2014 ) - Michelle Chamuel, the bespectacled songstress who won American's hearts in season 4 of The Voice, will perform in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 15 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15. Chamuel will release of her debut LP, Face The Fire, set to hit via The End Records / ADA this ...


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PASSAGES: Healthcare advocate Caryn Berman dies - Longtime healthcare advocate Caryn Berman, 62, died Sept. 1 of cancer. Berman told the story of her fight against cancer for an Aug. 6 Windy City Times article. She spoke of her wife of 36 years, Laura Cuzzillo, and of saying goodbye to friends and family. The memorial will be Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge ...


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Chicago Sky wins double OT thriller; deciding game Wednesday - ROSEMONT - The two diehard Indiana Fever fans, each wearing Fever-emblazed t-shirts, weren't going to miss game two of the WNBA's best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals on Sept. 1 at the Allstate Arena. The Fever was one win away from advancing to the WNBA Finals in hopes of reclaiming the title that the team won in 2012, marking the first pro ...


German-historian-talks-lesbian-like-German-suffragists

German historian talks 'lesbian-like' German suffragists - "Lesbian-like Women in the Late 1800s to World War II: The Lives of the Suffragists" was the title of a lecture by German historian Ingeborg Boxhammer Aug. 28 at the Center on Halsted, presented with Windy City Times newspaper. For the past 20 years, Boxhammer has researched the history of lesbians and lesbian movies. She is also the co-administrator of ...


Womens-Words-Film-Fest-premieres-shorts

Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces seven short films and two episodes from Tello Films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on September 15th, 2014. Films chosen for the fest include an innocent teenage story of breaking boundaries, a sexy 30 year ...


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Street being named for Women & Children First Bookstore - A street on Chicago's North Side will be dedicated to Women & Children First Bookstore, by the office of Ald. Harry Osterman. Women & Children First Way will be in honor of store founders Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen. The dedication will begin near the store, at the northeast corner of Farragut and Clark, at 10 a.m. Oct. 11, during ...


Wanda-Sykes-talks-kids-family-and-hitting-the-road

Wanda Sykes talks kids, family and hitting the road - A punctual Wanda Sykes called 15 minutes early for her interview and was on the ball immediately. "Was she funny?" "Did she make you laugh?" "Was she as hilarious as she seems?" All of these questions were posed to me by readers after said interview. The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy for a living and loves ...


-Indigo-Girls-joining-Nettles-Aug-29-in-Aurora

Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


Sky-to-Face-the-Indiana-in-WNBA-Eastern-Finals

Sky to Face the Indiana in WNBA Eastern Finals - CHICAGO —With an 81-80 win over the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. The Sky, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, upset the top-seeded Atlanta Dream in the first round, winning the series 2-1,and will face the Indiana Fever in the Conference Finals. ...


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NLGJA 2014: Panel maps the future of lesbian media - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A panel on lesbian media was part of the 10th LGBT Media Summit, which kicked off the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention in Chicago Aug. 21-24. This year's convention title was "Breaking Barriers." According to NLGJA President Jen Christensen, the title reflects the daily work of NLGJA members. The annual event brings together journalists, news executives and communications ...


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NLJGA 2014: Diversity coverage hits and misses discussed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Diversity hits and misses, how media outlets cover diversity within the LGBT community was the topic of one of the plenary sessions at the annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association conference Aug. 22 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Cathy Renna, senior vice-president at Target Cue, served as the moderator. Panelists were Wade Davis II ( executive director ...


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Honors roll in for UIC researcher - Dr. Tonda L. Hughes will receive the inaugural Distinguished Research Award, one of the most prestigious honors presented by the UIC ( University of Illinois at Chicago ) College of Nursing Sept. 26, marking the third career award she's received this year. And those go alongside her 2003 induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame—and countless other ...


Sept-7-Victory-Fund-event-to-feature-Houstons-mayor

Sept. 7 Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Chair Debra Shore; Gay & ...


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Streisand's new CD; Bourdain's support; Latifah's kiss - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Columbia Records has announced the release of Barbra Streisand's Partners album as Sept. 16, according to a press release. The album features 12 new Streisand duets with a variety of male vocalists. Among the duet partners on this CD are Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, her openly gay son Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend, ...


Out-Chicago-rabbi-heads-to-Israel-for-advanced-studying

Out Chicago rabbi heads to Israel for advanced studying - Rabbi Carla Cenker was, fittingly, born in 1948—the same year Israel officially became a Jewish state. She was raised in an orthodox synagogue in the U.S., though her family was not a practicing Orthodox Jewish one. Still, she loves the Hebrew language and is fluent in it, too—reading, writing and talking. Back when she was in first-grade, some 50-plus years ...


Three-couples-tie-the-knot-in-festive-fashion

Three couples tie the knot in festive fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - Diana Moreno heard about the 103.5 KISS-FM's wedding sweepstakes one morning and told her partner, Emma Rodriguez, that they should enter. The sweepstakes invited couples to submit their love stories and explain they should receive a free wedding. Moreno and Rodriguez submitted their 100-word story and a photo of them with their two dogs, a Yorkie and a Pit Bull. ...


The-loss-of-queer-space-Parlour-on-Clark

The loss of queer space: Parlour on Clark - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by H. Melt - "Nikki and I took a run down tavern in an area of the city that we loved and turned it into a space that would provide a home for artists, musicians, comedians, drag queens, and many amazing dance parties."—Jennifer Murphy, co-owner of Parlour on Clark The first time I went to Parlour on Clark was after my first Dyke March ...


Jane-Lynch-to-announce-Jeff-Award-nominations

Jane Lynch to announce Jeff Award nominations - Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will announce the Joseph Jefferson Awards ( "Jeff Awards" ) Thursday, Aug. 21, in Chicago. Lynch—best known as Coach Sue Sylvester on TV's Glee—started her acting career in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City. The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in Chicago theatre which will be held on Monday, ...


Orange-wins-Creative-Emmys

'Orange' wins Creative Emmys - On Aug. 16, the Television Academy presented the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch, Tony Hale, Amy Schumer, Allison Janney, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Joe Manganiello were among the presenters. HBO won the most awards, with 15. NBC was second with 10. Netflix won seven honors, ...


WNBA-players-Griner-Johnson-engaged-

WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged - WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged, USA Today reported. Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner posted, "Last Night was a Night to Remember( , ) I became ...


Tales-of-a-Stage-4-Cancer-One-woman-plus-one-woman-comedy-show-

Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer: One woman plus one woman comedy show - From a press release - Chicago, IL —A lot has happened since Judy Fabjance's original one woman show "Are You There, Judy. Its Me Cancer." She got married, she wrote a new show, and oh ya, the cancer is back! This new show, also staring her newlywed wife Kelly Beeman, explores what modern western medicine really thinks of the food you put in your mouth. ...


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Former bookstore owners reflect on local legacy - Linda Bubon will be playing more golf, a lot more golf. Sure, golf has been prescribed by her physical therapist as she rehabilitates from a spinal cord injury, but golf is just yet another sporting passion for the Chicagoan who played volleyball for the predominantly gay Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ), including beach volleyball for the past 10 ...


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Affinity conference takes on post-marriage equality issues - With same-sex marriage legal in 19 states and the issue on track for a Supreme Court hearing, activists, advocacy organizations and leaders have been turning their attention to the multitude of other issues intersecting with and so affecting the LGBTQ community. On Aug. 8, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago was the ...


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Lesbian drama 'Anatomy' on Vimeo - Writer/director Marina Rice Bader ( executive producer of Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending ) has released her feature-length directorial debut Anatomy of a Love Seen as a $5 digital rental on Vimeo via the film's website, http://www.AnatomyOfALoveSeen.com/. Following the July 18 premiere of the lesbian-themed drama at the 32nd Annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Bader immediately gave the ...


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Lesbians Who Tech network at The Brixton - The Lesbians Who Tech Chicago Happy Hour—a free event for women in the queer community who work in and around the technology sector ( and the women who love them )—took place on the second-floor patio and bar of The Brixton, 5420 N. Clark St., on Aug. 7. In a friendly business-casual setting, amidst vintage high-backed sofas in a cozy ...


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Houston Mayor Parker at Sept. 7 Victory Fund Chicago event - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Chair Debra Shore; Gay & ...


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Fertility group talks options for lesbians - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The America Fertility Association ( AFA ) hosted a Gay Women's Gathering to discuss fertility options for lesbians at Women and Children First Bookstore Aug. 6. Scott Brown, director of client experience and communications at California Cryobank, Dr. Laurence Jacobs of Fertility Centers of Illinois and Julie Tavoso of the Law Offices of Julie M. Tavoso, LLC addressed a crowd ...


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PASSAGES: Veronica "Ro" Gazzillo (nee Soper), Force assistant coach - Veronica "Ro" Gazzillo (nee Soper), who was an All-Star player and then an assistant coach for the Chicago Force, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 10, at her home in Evanston. She was 39. Gazzillo played for the Force in 2010 and was named an Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) All-Star and the 2010 Force Offensive MVP. She was unable to play ...


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Willa Taylor showcases Goodman Theatre's original behind the script talents - Goodman Theatre's Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor is a woman with a wide variety of projects. Whatever the project, social justice and education is always intertwined. On Aug. 11 and 12 at Goodman Theatre, Taylor leads the 8th annual General Theater Studies ( GTS ) showcase. Taylor is well-known in the Chicago LGBT community, and is married ...


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Nat'l justice groups criticize Michfest policy - Several national social-justice organizations have criticized the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ( also known as Michfest ) for its unofficial policy excluding trans* women. The Human Rights Campaign has thrown its weight behind those taking issue with the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's "intention" to exclude transgender women, according to Advocate.com. This happened just days after Equality Michigan called on the ...


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Caryn Berman reflects on her life of activism - Caryn Berman, 62, has always been a fighter. She was among the first people working on the front lines against HIV and AIDS in 1980s Chicago. Now Berman is in the final battle of her life—the cancer she has lived with off and on for several years has returned, and it is terminal. Berman is spending her last days with ...


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Expose could lead to protections for LGBT steelworkers - For LGBT workers at steel mills, it hasn't gotten better. But there's hope. Even with the waves of progress in America on issues such as same-sex marriage and employment non-discrimination laws from state-to-state, progress seems to have missed steelworkers at plants across the country, including in Chicago's backyard. They endure on-the-job harassment, sexual assault, physical threats, violent attacks and can ...


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HIV/AIDS, stigma fight brings lesbian couple together - The first time they met was at the International Conference on AIDS two summers ago in Washington, D.C., and Kathryn Mercado was convinced she would not get along with Kimberly Ramirez, based on what she now admits was "a schoolyard crush in the making." They met again last September at the United States Conference on AIDS, held in New Orleans, ...







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