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Table-to-Action-event-April-25-in-Chicago

Table to Action event April 25 in Chicago - From a press release - A community of local activists, organizers, faith leaders and scholars will gather April in Chicago for a day-long participatory workshop rooted in art, relationship building, food, story and song. The goal? Organizers state: "To imagine and plan, from the longing for love and justice that resides at the core of all our being, what it takes for one city to ...


VIEWS-Sexual-harassment-in-the-queer-community

VIEWS Sexual harassment in the queer community - A few days ago I was standing at a bus stop in Andersonville when a group of men passed on the sidewalk behind me. My back was turned to them and I honestly did not even notice their presence until one man slapped me painfully on the butt. I turned to them and he yelled, "Yeah, girl!" I felt completely ...


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Chicago's Half Way to Michfest Party April 26 - From a press release - Join 400 hundred women "on the land" at the Abbey, for dancing, live performances, and mingling in the Twilight Zone, Bush Garden Lounge, Triangle Fire, and Night Stage. And, you never know what might happen on Lois Lane. Dance all night, feel the Michfest love, and help raise money to send women to Festival! Last year we gave away 10 ...


Chicago-Red-Stars-eyeing-playoffs

Chicago Red Stars eyeing playoffs - Rory Dames, head coach of the Chicago Red Stars women's professional soccer team, is excited about the team's offense for the 2014 campaign, which kicks off April 19 when the Western New York Flash come to town for the season and home opener. Dames said the team's offense looks dynamic, athletic and exciting in one-on-one drills. The offense also is ...


Brahman-i-ne-Hijra-Stand-Up-Comedy-Show-extended

Brahman/i ne-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show extended - CHICAGO ( April 16, 2014 ) Due to popular demand, About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising's hit Chicago premiere of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show is adding one additional week of performances, extending through Sunday, May 4, 2014. Written by Aditi Brennan Kapil and directed by AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, this bold, comic exploration of cultural ...


Chicago-Force-takes-second-step-toward-repeating

Chicago Force takes second step toward repeating - It wasn't pretty, and it certainly was painful for at least one member of the Chicago Force, but the 2013 National Champions took their first step at home toward repeating as the top team in the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) on Saturday night, April 12. The Force defeated the Indy Crash 48-6 at Evanston Township High School, improving ...


Statue-stolen-from-HBHC-Peace-Garden-again

Statue stolen from HBHC Peace Garden again - A statue commemorating the late Mary York, the lesbian attorney and community activist who died of cancer in 2008, has been stolen from the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) Peace Garden. York, who had been the president of the Board of Directors for the Lesbian Community Care Project, died the same year as Lisa Tonna. Both women had ...


Astraea-Lesbian-Foundation-to-celebrate-Vernita-Gray

Astraea Lesbian Foundation to celebrate Vernita Gray - From a press release - The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and its supporters will celebrate the life of the late Vernita Gray and also will honor Chicago-area LGBTQI activists Tracy Baim and Julio Rodriguez at the 2014 Fueling the Frontlines Awards May 16 at the Mayne Stage ( 1328 W. Morse Avenue, Chicago ). Special musical guest Toshi Reagon will perform. Tickets to the ...


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Kate Ekman's labor of love - Kate Ekman was officially elected president for Pride at Work Chicago in January, though she had been the acting president since last summer when Levi Pine transferred to Seattle. Ekman, 36, lives in the Old Irving Park neighborhood and has called Chicago home since 2005. She is originally from Delavan, Wisc., and also has lived in Madison and Southern California. ...


Etheridge-to-perform-with-Chicago-Symphony-Orchestra

Etheridge to perform with Chicago Symphony Orchestra - From a press release - CHICAGO—The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association ( CSOA ) will celebrate its 25th annual Corporate Night on Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Melissa Etheridge performing with members of the CSO, led by conductor Sean O'Loughlin. Over the course of more than two decades as a performer and songwriter, Melissa Etheridge has earned her post ...


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Vicci Martinez performs in Chicago - Lesbian musician Vicci Martinez performed some her new songs, mixed with covers and her older work in a rockin' set with a full band and special guest artist April 9 at Schuba's in Chicago. See http://viccimartinez.com/ for her Drum in a Box tour dates. Photos by Hal Baim ...


MOMBIAN-Classic-film-about-lesbian-mothers-now-on-DVD

MOMBIAN Classic film about lesbian mothers now on DVD - MOMBIAN - The Fosters, ABC Family's drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season this week. But The Fosters—and many real-life two-mom families—owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents ...


Brahman-i-A-One-Hijra-Stand-Up-Comedy-Show

Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Aditi Brennan Kapil. At: About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Tickets: 312-857-1234; www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.silkroadrising.org; $20-$35. Runs through: April 27 New About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff is certainly making a bold statement for his Chicago directorial debut with the local premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil's Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand ...


Sapna-Kumar-chases-dreams-to-Hollywood

Sapna Kumar chases dreams to Hollywood - Stand-up comic, actor and longtime Chicago resident Sapna Kumar ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) has chased her dreams to Hollywood. The out performer, who has appeared on LOGO TV's One Night Stand-Up and NBC's Last Comic Standing 4, as well as in indie films Promise Land and Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, moved ...


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Artemis Singers concert May 31 at Broadway United - Artemis Singers concert May 31 at Broadway United Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, kicks off Pride Month a day early on Saturday, May 31, with "A Feminist Mosaic" Pride concert and dance at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway. Open to the public, "A Feminist Mosaic" begins at 7:30 p.m. The dance with live DJ immediately follows the ...


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Gray, Baim, Rodriguez to be honored by Astraea May 16 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice will honor the legacy of Vernita Gray at an event in Chicago Friday, May 16 at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. In addition to Gray, LGBT-rights activist Julio Rodriguez and Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim will also be honored. Musician Toshi Reagon will perform. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and ...


Lavender-U-Balay-on-sexuality-gender-in-steel-mills

Lavender U: Balay on sexuality, gender in steel mills - Video links below - If you're like many gay urbanites in Chicago, living "out and proud" feels second nature, given the many gains of the mainstream LGBT-rights movement. But, for gay and trans steelworkers in northwest Indiana, it's a different world: one where masculinity and homophobia dominate workplace culture. Being open could cost them their dignity, their safety and even their jobs. Understanding that ...


-Kurtis-Baim-and-Meyer-to-get-Lifetime-Achievement-Awards

Kurtis, Baim and Meyer to get Lifetime Achievement Awards - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, has announced the three winners of its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Master of Ceremonies for the 37th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism will be Andy Shaw, the president and chief operating officer of the Better Government Association. To purchase tickets go to: ...


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Artemis Singers plans Feminist Mosaic Pride concert - CHICAGO - Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, kicks off Pride Month a day early, Saturday, May 31, with "A Feminist Mosaic" Pride concert and dance at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, Chicago. Open to the public, "A Feminist Mosaic" begins at 7:30 p.m. The dance with live DJ immediately follows the concert. Both concert and dance ...


Northern-Trust-hosts-lesbians-in-business-panel

Northern Trust hosts lesbians in business panel - Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts, The Chopping Block owner Shelley Young, and Windy City Times co-owner Tracy Baim were the featured speakers for an April 2 Northern Trust Company panel on lesbians in business. Marguerite Griffin of Northern Trust moderated the discussion, which covered a wide range of issues about the LGBT community, philanthropy, activism, and the challenges of being openly ...


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Judy Gold among City Winery's upcoming acts - Lesbian comedian Judy Gold will be part of Downtown Seder on Tuesday, April 8, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. There will also be Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza, Sean Altman as Jewmongous, Paris-based singer-songwriter Keren Ann and the Chicago cast of Old Jews Telling Jokes, among others. Prices are $70-$145. See www.CityWinery.com. ...


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Astraea benefit May 16, to honor Gray, Baim, Rodriguez - The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice will honor the legacy of Vernita Gray at an event in Chicago Friday, May 16 at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. In addition to Gray, Julio Rodriguez and Tracy Baim will also be honored. Musician Toshi Reagon will perform. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and its supporters mourn the loss of ...


Community-gathers-to-remember-Vernita-Gray

Community gathers to remember Vernita Gray - Hundreds of friends, family and acquaintances of activist Vernita Gray gathered at the Goodman Theatre March 31 to remember her legacy and pay tribute to her. The gathering was officiated by Mary Morten and Paul Fairchild. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-03-31&AGALLERY=VernitaHal . Morten said that Gray was "a person who led a life of activism, a life of ...


Center-on-Halsteds-Human-First-gala-honors-leaders

Center on Halsted's Human First gala honors leaders - Video links below - About 750 supporters of Center on Halsted gathered in the Great Hall of Union Station March 29 for A Momentous Occasion, the Center's 2014 Human First gala celebration. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-03-30&AGALLERY=MomentousOccFitzgerald . Mayor Rahm Emanuel, an honorary co-chair of the event, spoke and paid tribute to the progress made by the city's LGBT community. "It's ...


Vernita-Gray-A-community-remembers

Vernita Gray: A community remembers - "Today we mourn the passing of a fearless woman who spent her life fighting for equality and civil rights. Vernita Gray was an inspiration to all who crossed her path, from President Obama who knew her by name to the victims of violence she comforted and the young people for whom she was a fierce advocate. Her legacy can be ...


Hannah-Thomas-Out-singer-showcases-voice-in-various-genres

Hannah Thomas: Out singer showcases voice in various genres - SPRING MOVIES/MUSIC SPECIAL NUNN ON ONE - Hannah Thomas is breaking down barriers with genre-defying music that is anywhere from country to rock. Her last CD, Goodbye on Wasted Time, contained seven songs. She now she moves in a new direction with a Kickstarter campaign for a follow-up. The out and proud singer performed on tour with the Indigo Girls, appearing on song choices with the duo's ...


Astraea-starts-20-million-world-push-for-LGBTQI-equality

Astraea starts $20 million world push for LGBTQI equality - From a press release - NEW YORK — Today, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announces "Fueling the Frontlines," a comprehensive three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTQI rights. The campaign will continue Astraea's long tradition of funding cutting-edge LGBTQI-focused organizations through supporting activism, education and philanthropy. A significant component in Astraea Foundation's efforts is the Global LGBTI Human Rights Partnership, a partnership between Astraea ...


Billie-Jean-King-to-speak-at-CFW-annual-luncheon-

Billie Jean King to speak at CFW annual luncheon - Activist/tennis icon Billie Jean King will be the keynote speaker at th Chicago Foundation for Women's ( CFW's ) 29th Annual Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. The luncheon will celebrate the achievements of women and girls by bringing together a diverse audience that includes business, philanthropy, government, nonprofit, media and community members. ...


Game-On-Chicago-Force-drive-to-retain-national-championship

Game On: Chicago Force drive to retain national championship - The word of the day for the Chicago Force, from now through early August, is: repeat. Nothing else will please the defending Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) national championships, who open the 2014 season on April 5, on the road against the Detroit Dark Angels. The Force home opener is a week later—April 12, when the Indy Crash come ...


Rachel-Hoge-works-to-BUILD-for-the-future

Rachel Hoge works to BUILD for the future - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After four years working at the United Way of Metro Chicago, Rachel Hoge joined BUILD Inc., as the director of development & marketing. A Chicago-based nonprofit, BUILD ( Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development ) strives to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets to realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety ...


Ferrand-sues-law-firm-over-botched-election-filing

Ferrand sues law firm over botched election filing - Melanie "Mel" Ferrand, who was thrown off the primary ballot because of a paperwork error, is suing the attorneys that were in charge of her filing. Ferrand, who is a lesbian, intended to run as state representative for the 40th District, a post vacated in 2013 by Deb Mell. Jaime Andrade, Jr., was appointed to fill Mell's spot, and successfully ...


UN-Women-of-diverse-gender-identities-central-to-development

UN: Women of diverse gender identities central to development - From a press release - ( 21 March 2014, New York )—Governments at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ) ignored evidence of and regional support for key elements of sustainable development in its declaration adopted today, said a coalition of lesbian, bisexual women, trans* ( LBT ) and allied activists and organizations present at the United Nations in a ...


Mary-Lambert-to-tour-appear-at-Milwaukee-Pride-Fest-

Mary Lambert to tour, appear at Milwaukee Pride Fest - From a Capitol Records press release - March 19, 2014 — Hollywood, CA — Capitol Records' artist Mary Lambert has announced that she will hit the road as a special guest ( along with Andrew McMahon ) on Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson's North American summer tour. Tickets for most shows go on-sale Friday, March 21st. Please see below for Mary's upcoming tour dates, which also include ...


DOWS-dance-sells-out-for-suburban-lesbians

DOWS dance sells out for suburban lesbians - The women behind the Dance of the Western Suburbs saved the day not once, but twice. First, they resurrected the dance itself, which had been a very successful annual event of Women of the Western Suburbs. But when WOWS closed after decades of support last year, some of the women who loved the dance event resurrected it. Then, two weeks ...


PASSAGES-Vernita-Gray-longtime-activist-dies

PASSAGES Vernita Gray, longtime activist, dies - Vernita Gray, one of Chicago's longest and most prolific activists for LGBT rights, has died. She was 65. A memorial will be held Monday, March 31, 1 p.m. at the Goodman Theatre. Gray and wife Pat Ewert were the first same-sex couple married legally in Illinois, Nov. 27, 2013, after winning a court victory because of Gray's critical health situation. ...


World-news-Etheridge-at-WorldPride-2014-raid-in-China

World news: Etheridge at WorldPride 2014; raid in China - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out legend Melissa Etheridge will perform at the opening ceremonies for WorldPride 2014, happening June 20 in Toronto, according to OUT Traveler. Etheridge will sing her anthem "Uprising of Love," a song she wrote for LGBT Russians suffering through state-sanctioned discrimination and abuse. The rocker will be up front and center at Nathan Philips Square in central Toronto to perform ...


Chicago-Force-QB-out-with-music-video

Chicago Force QB out with music video - Chicago Force quarterback Sami Grisafe has released a video for her song "Carousel." Grisafe is an out award-winning singer-songwriter and all-star athlete whose music embodies a folk-rock style. This past fall, Grisafe, an equality advocate, headlined the Rock the March concert with her new song, "Brand New Fairy Tale," at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. Grisafe is on ...


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NCAVP mourns death of lesbian couple in Texas - From a press release - NCAVP mourns the death of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson in Galveston County, Texas; Calls for National Awareness About Domestic and Hate Violence Against LGBTQ People The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply concerned about the homicides of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson in Galveston County, Texas. Their bodies were discovered on March 7th, behind a ...


Lesbian-film-Hannah-Free-showing-March-21

Lesbian film 'Hannah Free' showing March 21 - The Rainbow Alliance of the Unitarian Church of Evanston ( UCE ), 1330 Ridge Ave., will present Hannah Free on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a dessert and coffee salon. Following the film will be a panel discussion. Admission is a $10 donation. Members of the panel are editor/producer Sharon Zurek, actors Taylor ...


Near-Ferrick-Honey-at-Old-Town-School-of-Music

Near, Ferrick, Honey at Old Town School of Music - Singers Holly Near and Melissa Ferrick are among the upcoming acts at Old Town School of Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Near will be in concert with pianist John Buccino and Emma's Revolution on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ( Tickets are $24-$26. ) Her newest CD is Peace Becomes You. Sweet Honey in the Rock, ...


Poppy-and-Queer-Queens-of-Qomedy

Poppy and Queer Queens of Qomedy - Poppy and Queer Queens of Qomedy, an all lesbian comedy revue, has been on the road for eight years. Always returning to Chicago for more, the mistress of ceremonies is the indomitable Poppy Champlin, with Showtime and HBO specials in her quiver, she brings her bag of tricks and her hilarious Queer Queens of Qomedy to Mayne Stage Theatre. Three ...


Billie-Jean-King-to-speak-at-CFW-annual-luncheon

Billie Jean King to speak at CFW annual luncheon - Billie Jean King will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Billie Jean King is one of the most famous athletes and social icons in American history. She has long been a champion for social change and equality. King created new inroads for men and ...


Father-of-one-victim-arrested-in-Texas-double-murder-case

Father of one victim arrested in Texas double murder case - The Houston Chronicle reports that police have arrested the father of Britney Cosby, one half of the lesbian couple found murdered in Galveston County, Texas last week. The body of Cosby's partner of two years, Crystal Jackson, was found with her by a dumpster. James Cosby is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence, the Chronicle reported. He is ...


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ELECTIONS 2014: Ferrand suspends House campaign - Out lesbian candidate for state representative Mel Ferrand, who this winter was removed from the ballot after a filing error, said March 9 that she is officially suspending her campaign. Ferrand was one of several candidates running to unseat incumbent Jaime Andrade as representative to the 40th district. That post was previously occupied by lesbian Deb Mell, who replaced her ...


Grand-Lambert-Vilanch-Macy-Gray-at-Milwaukee-PrideFest

Grand, Lambert, Vilanch, Macy Gray at Milwaukee PrideFest - From a press release - Milwaukee, WI - Lisa Lampanelli. Sandra Bernhard. Macy Gray. Chad Michaels. Steve Grand. Mary Lambert. Bruce Vilanch. Big Freedia. And many, many more! PrideFest Milwaukee is proud to welcome these talented entertainers to Henry W. Maier Festival Park June 6, 7 and 8 for the nation's largest showcase of LGBT talent. Over the three-day weekend, these headliners will be joined ...


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Celebrations: Rescigno and DeBello wed - Dawn Rescigno and Angela DeBello were married on March 8 after 19 years together. The couple had previously had a commitment ceremony in 2005 to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Guests joined the couple for a celebratory brunch after the ceremony. The couple resides in Chicago with their 6 year old daughter, Miuccia. ...


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Report: Black lesbian couple killed in Texas - The bodies of a Houston lesbian couple were found in Port Bolivar, in Galveston County, according to that town's police. KTRK News said police believe they were murdered. Please see March 13 update to this story at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Father-of-one-victim-arrested-in-Texas-double-murder-case/46614.html . Crystal Jackson, 24, had a 5-year-old daughter, Zaniah. Her girlfriend Brittany Cosby was also 24, and they were ...


It-Gets-Better-with-Tamale-at-Guild-Complex

'It Gets Better' with Tamale at Guild Complex - Chicago: Guild Literary Complex ( the Guild ) continues its mission of bringing diverse voices to the fore in its upcoming event, "Applied Words: It Gets Better." Taking place on Tuesday, March 11, It Gets Better is the first of four comedy-based Applied Words series, and will take place at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Addressing ...


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tellofilms' #Hashtag explores lesbian love online - From a tellofilms press release - tellofilms presents "#Hashtag", a new web series about the online lives and loves of a pair of lesbian twenty-somethings. #Hashtag stars/writers Caitlin Bergh and Laura Zak, both formerly of Chicago and presently of the West Coast, agree that having their first series produced by tello is "a dream come true": "We can't believe that Liv and Skylar, who've been living ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Lesbian-playwright-on-Mammoths-task

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lesbian playwright on 'Mammoths' task - When New York-based lesbian playwright Madeleine George found out that the old Pratt Museum of Natural History was going to be closed down in her hometown of Amherst, Mass., she wanted to go back so she could chain herself to the door to stop it from happening. And that was despite her opinion that "it was a terrible museum and ...


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Cassidy introduces gun-registration measure - State Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( D-Chicago ) has introduced a bill requiring the registration of firearms in the State of Illinois. "We've dealt for too long with gun violence in our neighborhoods, most often perpetrated by individuals who acquired the firearm through illicit means," Cassidy said in a press release. "According to a University of Chicago Crime Lab Report, 45 ...


Hannah-Free-showing-March-21

'Hannah Free' showing March 21 - The Rainbow Alliance of the Unitarian Church of Evanston ( UCE ), 1330 Ridge Ave., will present Hannah Free on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a dessert and coffee salon. Following the film will be a panel discussion. Admission is a $10 donation. Members of the panel are editor/producer Sharon Zurek, actors Taylor ...


-Sami-Grisafes-Carousel-video-out

Sami Grisafe's 'Carousel' video out - "Carousel" is a new music video release by Chicago's Sami Grisafe. Grisafe is an out award winning singer-songwriter and all-star athlete, whose original music combines a folk rock style with authentic and provocative lyrics. Grisafe is on tour promoting her second album, ATLANTIS, and the new feature documentary, THE TACKLE GIRLS: One Team, One Mission, which stars Grisafe and features ...


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CELEBRATIONS Sholl-Burkhart wed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Longtime couple and LGBT community activists Starla Sholl and Deborah Burkhart were wed March 1, 2014, one week after same-sex marriages were started in Cook County, Ill. Given the ever-changing state of ceremonies and laws for LGBT couples, they have held celebrations through various traditions over the years. Their first date was June 11, 1997, and their commitment ceremony was ...


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Torres speaks on Latina lesbian history - Video links below - Lourdes Torres, professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University, spoke at the March 1 Lavender University, a program of Windy City Times and Center on Halsted. The title of her program was "Making Familia from Scratch: Towards a History of Latina Lesbian Organizing in Chicago." Since the scholarship that exists on lesbian organizing in the Midwest neglects ...


GayCo-holds-Fives-of-March-5-themed-fundraiser

GayCo holds Fives of March, $5-themed fundraiser - From a press release - CHICAGO—-Beware the ides of March, and be generous in the FIVES OF MARCH. That's what Chicago sketch comedy mainstay GayCo Productions will be telling its supporters as it launches its biggest annual fundraising extravaganza, held throughout the month of March. GayCo ( www.gayco.com )'-now in its 18th year of creating subversive, thought-provoking LGBTQ comedy—has held the FIVES OF MARCH fundraiser ...


Queer-Chicago-Rabbi-Benay-Lappe-does-TEDx

Queer Chicago Rabbi Benay Lappe does TEDx - Rabbi Benay Lappe delivered a TEDx Talk entitled "CRASH! 1-2-3: How to Navigate Inevitable Change" Jan. 28, 2014 at TEDx Spence in New York City. The talk is now available on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTdeIFK7VSc&feature=youtu.be ) and on the SVARA website ( www.svara.org ). "CRASH" offers a simple framework for how every story—every idea—is born, crashes, and is able to be ...


Chicago-Police-Torture-Reparations-Ordinance-debated

Chicago Police Torture Reparations Ordinance debated - From a news release - More than 110 African American men and women were reportedly tortured by Chicago police officers and forced into giving confessions under former Commander Jon Burge, according to supporters of a measure to provide reparations to the victims. On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 10 a.m.-Noon, the Finance Committee will be having a hearing on a reparations ordinance. Chicago Torture Justice ...


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Brahman/i: One-Hijra Stand Up comedy show features Mirza - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 26, 2014 ) About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising are pleased to present the Chicago premiere of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show, by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. This bold, comic exploration of cultural and gender identity plays March 27 — April 27, 2014 at Silk Road Rising, Pierce ...


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Black lesbian couple hosts series on TheGrio.com - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C.— Married Politicos Danielle and Aisha Moodie-Mills of the weekly politics and pop culture talk show, Politini, are expanding their popular podcast from the airwaves to video with the production of a new series for theGrio.com. The eight-week mini-series will feature Politini's "Poliwood Round-Up," and "Is THIS the New Normal?" segments, staples of their weekly podcast, which covers the ...


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PASSAGES Challis Gibbs, marriage plaintiff, dies - Challis Gibbs, 61, one of the plaintiffs in the case that won emergency marriage licenses in Illinois, died Feb. 24. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 9, 1-4 p.m. at 1900 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago. Gibbs and her partner of 21 years, Elvie Jordan, were among the first few couples married after a judge ruled Dec. 9, ...


Mary-Lambert-to-appear-at-Girl-Pride-in-Indianapolis

Mary Lambert to appear at Girl Pride in Indianapolis - From a press release - 2/25/14, Indianapolis — Following a sold out 2013 event, Indy Pride, Inc., is pleased to announce that the 2014 installment of Girl Pride will take place at Talbott Street Nightclub, on Thursday, June 12, with very special guests. The night will feature a Queen of Electro, Luciana, and a rising star, the Grammy-nominated singer/author Mary Lambert. "I wanted to provide ...


Women-battle-for-Big-East-basketball-championship-in-Chicago-

Women battle for Big East basketball championship in Chicago - The DePaul University women's basketball team would like nothing than to win the Big East Conference tournament—because it is the Lady Blue Demons who play host to the annual event, March 8-11, at the Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont. DePaul is 21-6 overall, among the "Others receiving votes" in both major polls of the top 25 women's basketball teams in ...


Report-Two-mom-homes-score-better-for-kids-than-opp-sex-

Report: Two-mom homes score better for kids than opp-sex - From a news release - LOS ANGELES — February 24, 2014 — Adolescents with continuously-coupled lesbian mothers had higher self-esteem and fewer conduct problems ( such as rule-breaking, vandalism, or getting into fights ) than adolescents with continuously-coupled heterosexual parents, according to a new study announced today by the Williams Institute. Across other indicators of psychological adjustment, substance usage, and relationships with their parents, the ...


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Court gives immediate marriage equality in Cook County - View videos below - Forty-six LGBT couples rushed to Cook County Clerk David Orr's office Feb. 21 to get the first marriage licenses after a federal judge ruled earlier that day that same-sex couples would not have to wait until June 1 to be married. Judge Sharon Coleman's ruling said the state's ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional, and that marriages for gay couples ...


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'Chicago Fire' cast on LGBT issues on show and off - TELEVISION - The cast and producers of locally shot Chicago Fire and Chicago PD joined Executive Producer Dick Wolf at the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications Feb. 19 for a panel discussion in front of a sold out audience of enthusiastic fans. [Photo spread at the link www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-20&AGALLERY=FIREchosen .] Now in its second season on NBC, Chicago Fire includes an openly lesbian ...


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Julianne Moore, Ellen Page in movie; Out.com's top bachelors - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will co-star in lesbian roles in the indie drama Freeheld, and Zach Galifianakis is poised to tackle a supporting role in indie drama, a press release stated. Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning documentary short of the same name, the film chronicles the true story of the late Laurel Hester ( Moore ), a New ...


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Sky-high support for Michael Sam - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pokey Chatman smiled when she heard about Michael Sam coming out in early February and, thus, possibly becoming the first openly gay player in one of the big four (baseball, basketball, football and hockey) male team sports. Chatman also admitted she was surprised that, in 2014, there have been no others. "I smiled, just in terms of him getting out ...


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'Hannah Free' March 21 at Unitarian Church of Evanston - From a news release - The Rainbow Alliance of the Unitarian Church of Evanston presents Hannah Free Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a dessert and coffee salon. Following the film will be a panel discussion. Admission is $10 Donation. Members of the panel are editor/producer Sharon Zurek, actors Taylor Miller and Maureen Gallagher and producer Tracy Baim. The ...


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Chicago to host women's football championship game in August - The motivation to repeat as national champions of the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) just became a little stronger for the 2013 champion Chicago Force. Chicago, it was just announced, will play host to the 2014 championship game: Aug. 2, at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School ( 2601 W. Addison St. ). "We're excited ...


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Marriage Equality video out featuring Jen Foster song - Video link below - Writer/Director Nicole Conn —known for her lesbian films Claire Of The Moon ( 1992 ), Elena Undone ( 2010 ) and A Perfect Ending ( 2012 ), has directed a music video about marriage equality called SHE4ME. Marriage Equality USA ( MEUSA ) partnered with Melke Pty Ltd and Fosterchild Records to executive produce SHE4ME. SHE4ME centers on the production ...


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Lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye courting Chicago on V-Day - Cheryl Dunye has mastered the art of storytelling in a multitude of viewpoints pertaining to the Queer spectrum as it pertains to the African-American lifestyle within the rainbow. Dunye received her BA from Temple University and her MFA from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, but it was the school of life that most impacted the Liberia native. ...


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Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion - BOOK REVIEW Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - by Anne Somerset $24.63; Alfred A. Knopf; 621 pages Was she or wasn't she a lesbian? This is the publicist's hook to the gay media for this hefty biography of Queen Anne of England ( 17th century ), last of the Stuarts to reign and the first married queen to rule. The author has penned many scholarly works, including ...


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Chicago Sky May 16 Home Opener at Allstate Arena - From a news release - CHICAGO, February 6, 2014 — The Chicago Sky announced their 2014 regular season schedule Thursday. Led by fourth-year Head Coach Pokey Chatman, fourth-year Assistant Coach Christie Sides and second-year Assistant Coach Wayne "Tree" Rollins, the Sky enters their ninth WNBA season after a successful 2013 season, where they finished atop the Eastern Conference with a 24-10 record. Armed with All-Stars ...


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MOVIES Pratibah Parmar discusses Alice Walker's 'Truth' - Pratibha Parmar is an acclaimed filmmaker, among the first of a generation of queer British filmmakers who were also people of color. Among her many noteworthy films are Reframing AIDS ( 1987 ) and Khush ( 1991 ). In 1993, she made Warrior Marks, a film about female genital mutilation, based on a book by Alice Walker and Parmar. Warrior ...







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