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RISE-UP-Womens-March-on-Chicago-draws-more-than-250K

RISE UP! Women's March on Chicago draws more than 250K - Videos below - History was made Jan. 21 at the Women's March on Chicago. It was 8 a.m. in the morning at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago. Through an early, cool mist, the small army of organizers and volunteers for the Women's March on Chicago were completing work on and around the rally stage in preparation for ...


Lambda-Legal-appeals-case-of-lesbian-harassed-in-senior-housing-facility-

Lambda Legal appeals case of lesbian harassed in senior housing facility - From a press release - Lambda Legal announced today that it will appeal its case on behalf of Marsha Wetzel, a lesbian woman harassed at her senior housing facility, after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Glen St. Andrew Living Community's request to dismiss the lawsuit. Lambda Legal, along with its co-counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, filed the lawsuit on ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21

Women's March on Chicago Jan. 21 - Chicago will be among more than 380 cities around the world hosting women's marches Jan. 21, the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration. While the largest march is expected in Washington, D.C., with thousands of people from Illinois attending, one of the largest marches outside of D.C. is expected in Chicago. Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of ...


Lesbian-movie-to-premiere-at-SXSW

Lesbian movie to premiere at SXSW - Jennifer Reeder's coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move, starring Chicago lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza and featuring trans actor Malic White, will have its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The plot is as follows: A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes ...


Oliveto-to-be-at-Winter-Warming-event-Jan-14

Oliveto to be at Winter Warming event Jan. 14 - Bishop Karen Oliveto will be the guest speaker at the Winter Warming Conference. Offered by the Northern Illinois Conference Reconciling Task Force, the event will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at First UMC of Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oliveto is the first consecrated lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church. She began serving ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21-more-details-announced-

Women's March on Chicago Jan 21, more details announced - From a press release - The Women's March on Chicago has obtained a Rally permit and the event is taking final shape with confirmation of Rally speakers and the March route. The event starts with music at 9 a.m., the Rally at 10 a.m., immediately followed by the March through downtown Chicago. The March will begin at Petrillo Bandshell and head west on Jackson, then ...


Affinity-Burning-Bowl-steps-passionately-into-the-future

Affinity Burning Bowl steps passionately into the future - Video below - It was a standing-room-only, enthusiastic audience who joined Affinity Community Services in burning the past for the freedom of a brighter tomorrow at the organization's annual Burning Bowl event Jan. 7 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Chicago's West Side. Celebrated writer and storyteller Niki Gee served as MC for an afternoon that was as much about celebrating the strides ...


Evening-with-Chicago-Filmmaker-Ky-Dickens

Evening with Chicago Filmmaker Ky Dickens - From a Chicago Filmmakers press release - The Chicago Filmmakers will present a conversation with Ky Dickens, Chicago director of the documentary Sole Survivor ( 2013 ) shown on CNN; LGBTQ+ festival favorite Fish Out of Water ( 2009 ) and her upcoming documentaries Zero Weeks ( 2017 ) and The City That Sold America ( 2017 ). Dickens will discuss her journey as a documentary storyteller ...


CPD-seeks-help-in-locating-kidnap-victim

CPD seeks help in locating kidnap victim - Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) detectives are asking for the public's help in locating the victim of a probable kidnapping. According to a case report released by the CPD, Joanna Wright ( 33 ) was last seen on Dec. 18 on 64th street between Talman and Rockwell Avenues in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Around 1:00 am on ...


Burning-Bowl-ceremony-Road-to-Visibility-Jan-7-

Burning Bowl ceremony, Road to Visibility, Jan. 7 - Affinity Community Services will hold its annual Burning Bowl ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1-4 p.m., at 5700 W. Midway Park. The keynote speaker will be Department of Children and Family Services Statewide LGBTQ Coordinator Jane Kelly. Poetry will be provided by e. nina jay, and Jace Smith will give a musical performance. Email maria.glover.wallace@affinity95.org or visit Affinity95.org for more ...


Red-7-Salon-hosts-gender-neutral-feminism-exhibit-

Red 7 Salon hosts gender-neutral feminism exhibit - Red 7 Salon, 210 W. Kinzie St., has shot and organized photos by Karmen Elaine that focuses on the meaning of feminism. According to the salon, the goal of the gender-neutral/non-gender binary photo shoot is "to reveal the diverse look, experiences, and positions of feminists; [and] to break down the often one-dimensional stigma of the word. "It is a re-imagining ...


Activist-discusses-her-work-music-and-hopes-for-the-future

Activist discusses her work, music and hopes for the future - Social-justice activism has been in Jasamine "Tweak" Harris' blood since she was in high school. Since then she's been on the front lines fighting for the now approved trauma center at the University of Chicago and against police brutality across the city. "I became an activist and organizer in 2010," said Harris. "My best friend at the time was telling ...


CELEBRATIONS-Hoagland-Leighton-marriage

CELEBRATIONS Hoagland-Leighton marriage - After being together for 34 years, Sarah Hoagland ( second from left ) and Anne Leighton ( shown here with friends Jackie Anderson, left, and Kathy Munzer, right ) are surprised to find themselves married. Photo courtesy of Kathy Munzer ...


Lesbian-defeats-Rousey-in-UFC-match

Lesbian defeats Rousey in UFC match - In an Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ) match held Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defeated well-known fighter Ronda Rousey just 48 seconds into the contest. Nunes, who's Brazilian, is an out lesbian. She has been dating Nina Ansaroff, a fighter who competes in the strawweight division, for four years. It was the second consecutive ...


Fulton-and-Chicagoan-Altenburg-named-to-Board-of-Visitors-of-US-Military-Academy-

Fulton and Chicagoan Altenburg named to Board of Visitors of U.S. Military Academy - From a press release - ( WASHINGTON ) December 29th, 2016 — OutServe-SLDN issued the following statement in response to President Obama's action today reappointing Brenda "Sue" Fulton to another term to the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy and appointing Bridget D. Altenburg to her first term. The statement may be attributed to OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn. "OutServe-SLDN applauds and ...


New-president-takes-the-helm-at-Mills-College

New president takes the helm at Mills College - by Sari Staver - Growing up in a middle-class neighborhood in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Hillman's family didn't rub shoulders with academics, lawyers, or college presidents. But her parents constantly emphasized the importance of higher education, a message Hillman took to heart. Armed with four degrees, including an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Duke University, a master's degree in history from the University ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-announces-post-inauguration-march-rally

Women's March on Chicago announces post-inauguration march, rally - From a press release - December 22, 2016 ( CHICAGO, Ill. ) — The First Amendment is alive and well in Chicago, as thousands of women and their allies will brave the cold to rally downtown on Jan. 21 in solidarity with others around the world who defend and further women's rights. The Women's March on Chicago honors women's marches planned for Washington D.C. and ...


Artemis-Singers-show-on-Michigan-Womyns-Music-Festival-in-January

Artemis Singers show on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival in January - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its definition ...


Gender-Breakdown-Feb-16-March-19

'Gender Breakdown' Feb. 16-March 19 - Gender Breakdown—Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017, that's a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage—will take place Feb. 16-March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white women in 2015. Only 3.4 percent were written by U.S. women of color. Dani Bryant is ...


Weiss-officially-installed-as-JRC-rabbi

Weiss officially installed as JRC rabbi - Hundreds attended the installation service of Rachel Weiss in her post as rabbi at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston on Dec. 16. Weiss, who is a lesbian, was previously associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York City but is an Evanston native. Among those in attendance at the event were Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Evanston ...


Center-holds-Glitter-Glam-gala

Center holds 'Glitter Glam' gala - Center on Halsted's Women's Action Committee hosted "By Women for Women: Glitter Glam Comedy Jam" Dec. 17 at the Center. Tamale Sepp hosted the event, which featured comedian Mimi Gonzalez, with tunes from DJ Gemini Jones and jazz with Lakeside Pride. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ...


Artemis-Singers-concert-on-Michigan-Womyns-Music-Festival-Jan-28-and-29

Artemis Singers concert on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Jan. 28 and 29 - In part from an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its ...


Burning-Bowl-Jan-7-

'Burning Bowl' Jan. 7 - Affinity Community Services will hold its annual Burning Bowl ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 7, 1-4 p.m., at 5700 W. Midway Park. The keynote speaker will be Department of Children and Family Services Statewide LGBTQ Coordinator Jane Kelly. Poetry will be provided by e. nina jay, and Jace Smith will give a musical performance. Email maria.glover.wallace@affinity95.org or visit Affinity95.org for more ...


Lambda-Legal-goes-to-11th-Circuit-for-security-guard-forced-out-for-being-a-lesbian-

Lambda Legal goes to 11th Circuit for security guard forced out for being a lesbian - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Atlanta, December 15, 2016 ) — Today the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Lambda Legal's case on behalf of Jameka Evans, a security guard who was harassed, punished and eventually forced to leave her job because she is a lesbian. This case, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, has the potential to change the landscape for ...


Glitter-Glam-Comedy-Jam-Dec-17

'Glitter Glam Comedy Jam' Dec. 17 - Center on Halsted's Women's Action Committee will host "By Women for Women: Glitter Glam Comedy Jam" on Saturday, Dec. 17, 6-10 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Tamale Sepp will host the event, which will feature comedian Mimi Gonzalez, with tunes from DJ Gemini Jones and jazz with Lakeside Pride. Admission is $50 each ( $75 VIP ...


Chicago-Sky-names-Amber-Stocks-head-coach-and-general-manager

Chicago Sky names Amber Stocks head coach and general manager - From a press release - CHICAGO— After an extensive six-week process in which the organization interviewed over a dozen strong candidates, the Chicago Sky has selected Amber Stocks as its Head Coach and General Manager. "We are extremely excited to hand over the leadership of the team to Amber. Amber brings a youthful, positive energy along with a wealth of basketball knowledge. Her passion for ...


Equality-Illinois-to-honor-Mona-Noriega-Terry-Cosgrove-with-Freedom-Awards

Equality Illinois to honor Mona Noriega, Terry Cosgrove with Freedom Awards - From a press release - CHICAGO - Chicago Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega and Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove will be the 2017 recipients of the Equality Illinois Freedom Award for their lifelong commitment to fighting for the civil rights and personal freedoms of all Illinoisans, the organization announced Monday. The recognition will be made at the Equality Illinois 2017 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ ...


SheFest-Dec-12

'SheFest' Dec. 12 - Pride Films and Plays will host SheFest at The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. SheFest is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert, with Tess Guilfoile directing. Tickets are $10-$15; call ...


VIEWS-Standing-up-at-Standing-Rock

VIEWS Standing up at Standing Rock - I've struggled to find words to describe Standing Rock. I've sat before a blank white page and blinking cursor hoping that I could capture the thoughts, prayers, hope, and sense of heartache my journey to the Oceti Sakowin Camp gave birth to. Because what can you say about the place, the people, the movement that make you call into question ...


No-bones-about-love-A-surprise-engagement

No bones about love: A surprise engagement - On March 13, 2015, Bethany Minor proposed marriage to Alissa Pagels and she said "yes." On March 13, 2016, Pagels asked Minor the same question at the Chicago Field Museum. The twist in this re-proposal? The "yes" was shortly followed by an "I do" in a surprise wedding ceremony. Minor, originally from Mississippi, works in product development for a media ...


Lavender-Voices-fundraiser-Dec-16

Lavender Voices fundraiser Dec. 16 - "All the Works," a fundraiser for Lavender Voices, will take place Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Open Books, 651 W. Lake St. Lavender Voices is a monthly storytelling series featuring queer women and femme writers. Anthologies of writers' shared works over the year will be available for purchase at $10/book. See "Lavender Voices" on Facebook. ...


Tig-Notaro-Profile-of-a-survivor

Tig Notaro: Profile of a survivor - Comedian Tig Notaro has been spending much of the last six months at home thanks to two new additions to her family. Notaro and her wife, Stephanie Allynne, welcomed twin sons in June. Her career has not slowed down, however, and 2017 will likely be another busy year for the comedian. Notaro, who has been performing standup and acting since ...


Skinner-Ricketts-named-CMO-of-Carscom-

Skinner Ricketts named CMO of Cars.com - Cars.com announced the appointment of Brooke Skinner Ricketts as the company's chief marketing officer ( CMO ), effective immediately. Skinner Ricketts most recently served as vice president of brand and design at Avant. Previously she was head of brand strategy at Twitter, where she delivered revenue-driving creative ideas for Fortune 200 clients. Prior to her time at Avant and Twitter, ...


Big-Chicks-turns-the-big-3-0

Big Chicks turns the big 3-0 - There was a flurry of activity the morning Windy City Times arrived at the Uptown bar Big Chicks. The cozy, adjoining restaurant Tweet was filled with people enjoying brunch while taking in the insulated relaxation of bygone eras that, like the smell of freshly brewed coffee, saturate the walls and can be relived in selections of old magazines or the ...


PASSAGES-Nancy-Reiff-former-Daley-staffer-dies

PASSAGES Nancy Reiff, former Daley staffer, dies - By Gretchen Rachel Hammond and Tracy Baim - In writing of the warrior, Morihei Ueshiba observed "when life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for peace." Nancy Reiff passed away Nov. 30 after a lifetime of victories as an activist as, in her own words "a warrior doing battle one moment at a ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Swingin-with-Jane-Lynch

NUNN ON ONE Swingin' with Jane Lynch - Actress Jane Lynch returned to her roots in Illinois to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to comedy. She appeared at Second City to discuss her accomplishments at the opening reception for the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. What a career the Evergreen Park native has had. After graduating from Illinois State University, she spent 15 years at the ...


SheFest-Dec-12

'SheFest' Dec. 12 - Pride Films and Plays will host SheFest at The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. SheFest is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert, with Tess Guilfoile directing. Tickets are $10-$15; call ...


Federal-court-rehears-gay-discrimination-case

Federal court rehears gay discrimination case - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on Nov. 30, reheard oral arguments in the case of Kimberly Hively, an Indiana math instructor who was allegedly denied promotion and ultimately fired for being a lesbian. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, tests whether the sex discrimination protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 apply ...


Gaylon-Alcarazs-radical-journey

Gaylon Alcaraz's radical journey - Gaylon Alcaraz is a self-described radical. An activist in different capacities, she is passionate about certain topics, most of which she has what she has experienced herself. What they all have in common is social justice. "I'm not the type of person that can sit back and watch stuff happen and not do anything about it," said Alcaraz. "I don't ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-PODCASTS-Kirsten-Vangsness-talks-Criminal-Minds-being-queer

NUNN ON ONE: TV/PODCASTS Kirsten Vangsness talks 'Criminal Minds,' being queer - Actress Kirsten Vangsness currently portrays Penelope Garcia in the CBS series Criminal Minds. She has also play the role in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The California native is appearing in new movies like Kill Me, Deadly and Axis, along with heading to Chicago for a live podcast reading. Windy City Times: So you began your ...


Ellen-DeGeneres-among-Presidential-Medal-of-Freedom-winners

Ellen DeGeneres among Presidential Medal of Freedom winners - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The ...


Chicago-PDs-Sophia-Bush-Chicago-Fires-Monica-Raymund-host-Election-Eve-Bash-

Chicago PD's Sophia Bush, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund host Election Eve Bash - From a press release - Clandestina Chicago, a monthly pop-up for queer women, allies, and friends, along with celeb hosts, Chicago Fire's Monica Raymund and Chicago P.D's Sophia Bush will present Election Eve Bash, a pre-election dance party Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Alport St., Chicago, IL 60608 Whether you voted early, or are waiting for election day, pump ...


Marie-J-Kudas-life-remembered-at-Oct-29-tribute

Marie J. Kuda's life remembered at Oct. 29 tribute - Tribute and 1990 TV interview video below - A memorial was held Oct. 29 at Touche bar for Chicago lesbian pioneer Marie J. Kuda. Friends gathered to remember her more than 50 years of community activism, writing, editing, and historical work. Read more about Kuda's life at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/PASSAGES-Marie-J-Kuda-Chicago-gay-pioneer-dies/56682.html . Videos from the memorial and an archival interview with Kuda from The 10% Show, circa 1990 are ...


Illinois-treasurer-hosts-LGBTQ-history-month-event

Illinois treasurer hosts LGBTQ history month event - Illinois state Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs hosted an LGBTQ history month event Oct. 22 at the State of Illinois building in downtown Chicago. GayCo, Lakeside Pride singer Brandon Strawn and Richard Streetman were among the performers. Victor Salvo, founder of The Legacy Project, gave a presentation on his agency's work preserving LGBTQ history. Newscaster Brad Edwards was MC for the ...


Election-Eve-Bash-Dance-for-Democracy

Election Eve Bash, Dance for Democracy - Clandestina Chicago, Alma Izquierdo, Brooke Webster, Monica Raymund and Sophia Bush present an Election Eve Bash Dance for Democracy, Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. to midnight at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, Chicago. Featuring DJ Samantha Ronson, Sophia Bush, Monica Raymund, The Fly Honeys, DJ Sandra Suave and $3 drink specials 7-8 p.m. General admission $25/$20 with voter registration card, ...


Lesbian-historians-home-up-for-sale

Lesbian historian's home up for sale - A house that was once the home of lesbian historian/librarian Jeannette Howard Foster ( 1895-1981 ) is being sold in the Chicago neighborhood of Beverly for $740,000. Among other achievements, Foster wrote the book Sex Variant Women in Literature: A Historical and Quantitative Study ( 1956 ). Gerard Koskovich, a founding member of the GLBT Historical Society, noted on Facebook ...


Delle-Donne-on-All-Star-First-Team

Delle Donne on All-Star First Team - Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne was selected to the All-WNBA First Team. Delle Donne makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-WNBA First Team after finishing second in the WNBA in scoring ( 21.46 ppg ) and free throw percentage ( 93.5 ). She also averaged 7.0 rebounds, the second best mark of her career, to go with a ...


-CWIT-marks-35-years-on-Nov-7

CWIT marks 35 years on Nov. 7 - Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) will mark its 35th anniversary with an event Monday, Nov. 7, 5:30-8 p.m., at Lagunitas Brewing Company, 2607 W. 17th St. Tickets are $35-$70, and the cost covers light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages. All beer sales and raffle-ticket proceeds will benefit CWIT. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-your-hardhats-a-benefit-for-chicago-women-in-trades-tickets-28156276180. ...


Southwest-of-Salem-follows-fight-of-four-Latina-lesbians-for-exoneration

Southwest of Salem follows fight of four Latina lesbians for exoneration - INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY ANNOUNCES WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE DATE FOR DOCUMENTARY SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR — Crime and Justice Network Activates Viewers to #FreeTheSA4 as they Battle for Exoneration — ( Silver Spring, Md. ) — In 1994, four Latina lesbians were wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault and indecency against two young girls in San ...


Chicago-Sky-host-GETPINK-game

Chicago Sky host #GETPINK game - On Sept. 13, the Chicago Sky hosted its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital when the team welcomed the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. As part of the Sky's #GETPINK campaign, players hosted a bake sale at the #GETPINK Game with homemade goods as part of fundraising efforts that benefited Gilda's Club Chicago. The game between Chicago and ...


BREAST-CANCER-MONTH-Cathy-Seabaugh-Offering-hope-in-the-fight-against-breast-cancer

BREAST CANCER MONTH Cathy Seabaugh: Offering hope in the fight against breast cancer - In June 2016, Cathy Seabaugh's sister, Shelia Hager, passed away after spending many years battling breast cancer. Hager was first diagnosed in 1999. She inspired her sister to form her own organization, A Sister's Hope, to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness through events such as walks, runs and golf tournaments. "Friends who worked for other charities asked ...


Affinity-hosts-open-house-for-new-space

Affinity hosts open house for new space - Affinity Community Services celebrated its move into a new space with an Oct. 11 open house and a redetermination to serve the LGBTQ community. The new space, located at 2850 S. Wabash, served as the location of the gathering of board members, Affinity participants and supporters. The mission statement for the organization states that, "Affinity Community Services is a social ...


Israeli-navy-intercepts-all-female-activist-boat-

Israeli navy intercepts all-female activist boat - Israel's navy intercepted a boat full of female activists who were seeking to break the country's decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip. In an Oct. 5 statement, the navy said it "redirected" the sailboat in order to prevent a "breach of the lawful maritime blockade" of the Palestinian enclave. The action was completed "in accordance with government directives and after ...


PASSAGES-Marie-J-Kuda-Chicago-gay-pioneer-dies

PASSAGES Marie J. Kuda, Chicago gay pioneer, dies - One of Chicago's pioneering lesbian activists, Marie J. Kuda, has died at age 76 after complications from multiples illnesses, including heart disease. Kuda, born Dec. 8, 1939, was inducted into the first class of Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame in 1991. She began her activism on gay rights in the mid-1960s and continued to work on LGBT rights in the ...


LGBT-candidates-a-preview

LGBT candidates, a preview - Republican supporters of a Congressional candidate dubbed a "mini-Trump" in Minnesota used a family photo of his Democratic lesbian opponent to draw attention to "her female marriage partner and their 4 teenage sons." Democratic opponents of a gay Republican candidate for sheriff in Arizona ran an ad that claimed "we can't trust him with our kids." In Oregon, threats and ...


Feldblum-reflects-on-being-first-out-EEOC-commissioner

Feldblum reflects on being first out EEOC commissioner - Chai Feldblum, the first openly lesbian commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ), has admitted that, since she doesn't have biological children, there are certain laws that have become her "kids." Among those are the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ( ENDA ), both of which she had a hand ...


Sky-semifinal-tickets-sales-begin

Sky semifinal tickets sales begin - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets for the semifinal round of the 2016 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon are on sale now. The winning teams in the second round single-elimination games advance to the semifinals which will feature a five-game series beginning on Wednesday, September 28 at the home court of either top-seeded Minnesota or second-seeded Los Angeles, who previously earned a bye ...


AfterEllen-fires-editor-future-in-question-

AfterEllen fires editor, future in question - Former AfterEllen editor-in-chief Trish Bendix was fired from her post Monday night after 10 years with the lesbian/queer-focused website. She spent the last two years in her current role managing content and editorial functions daily to keep the site relevant. The website's owners say they will keep the site online and use freelancers at some point for new content. "I ...


Pride-Films-and-Plays-announces-five-finalists-in-the-2016-LezPlay-Contest

Pride Films and Plays announces five finalists in the 2016 LezPlay Contest - From a press release - Formal readings of all five plays to be presented October 7 through 9 Chicago, IL - Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre ...


Sky-playoff-game-on-Sept-25

Sky playoff game on Sept. 25 - The Chicago Sky will play its first WNBA playoff game of the 2016 season in the second round at noon, Sunday, Sept. 25 at All State Arena. Each of the first-round games ( Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm; Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream ) are single-elimination games. The number of playoff rounds increases from three to four. The top two ...


Musician-ex-pro-athlete-Sami-Grisafe-talks-Etheridge-Trump-Clinton

Musician/ex-pro athlete Sami Grisafe talks Etheridge, Trump, Clinton - Lesbian former professional athlete Sami Grisafe is aware of the fact that she sounds like another familiar voice when she sings—and she's fine with it. "I am honored to be compared to Melissa Etheridge," Grisafe said. "She has such a strong voice, both as a singer and songwriter. I am inspired by her choice to use her platform to bring ...


Transparent-Paulson-among-Emmy-winners

'Transparent,' Paulson among Emmy winners - The LGBT community was well-represented Sept. 18 at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. First, Amazon series Transparent ( which had 10 nominations going into the ceremony ) had a couple winners, including Jeffrey Tambor ( Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy Series ) and newly out lesbian Jill Soloway ( Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series ). Tambor took time to urge producers to ...


Chicago-Sky-clinch-playoff-berth

Chicago Sky clinch playoff berth - The Chicago Sky women's basketball team is again in the playoffs. With a 96-86 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sept. 11, the Sky clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth, joining Minnesota, Los Angeles and New York. Tickets are available for the first, second, semifinal and final rounds of the playoffs. The final seeding, pairings, dates and times will not ...


Diana-Nyad-makes-waves-at-Union-League-Club

Diana Nyad makes waves at Union League Club - Before openly lesbian long-distance swimmer, author and journalist Diana Nyad took the stage to address a Sept. 7 lunchtime audience at the Union League Club of Chicago's Authors Program, the podium that had been used for routine housekeeping announcements and to introduce her was removed. As Nyad candidly invited the diners to dive into her life and the seemingly impossible ...


PASSAGES-Karen-B-Teplitzky-dies-at-47

PASSAGES Karen B. Teplitzky dies at 47 - Memorial Visitation for Karen Beth Teplitzky, 47, of Lake Zurich since 2009, formerly of New Jersey, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 from 3 p.m. until the time of the family and friend remembrances, 7 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. Karen was born Dec. 8, 1968 in Brooklyn, NY and passed ...


Chicago-Ideas-Week-includes-Wambach-Vargas-and-more

Chicago Ideas Week includes Wambach, Vargas and more - From a press release - CHICAGO — September 8, 2016 — The lineup for the sixth annual Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ), one of the largest, most affordable ideas festivals in the world from October 17-23, has officially been released with member tickets on sale now at ChicagoIdeas.com . The program will feature more than 150 events on topics ranging from refugees to comedy ...


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Chicago Sky to host #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky will host its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September 13 when the Sky welcomes the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. "We are pleased to partner with Weiss Memorial Hospital in our annual #GETPINK Game," ...


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Rapinoe makes own anti-anthem move - In a statement that echoed the recent controversial move by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, lesbian soccer player Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before her team, the Seattle Reign, played the Chicago Red Stars on Sept. 4. After the game, Rapinoe told John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now that her action ...


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Chicago's Fawzia Mirza on her 'Signature Move' - For audiences of her critically hailed appearances on stages throughout Chicago, the United States and South Asia as well as globally via a burgeoning and award-winning television and film career, Chicago-based actor, writer and producer Fawzia Mirza has already beaten down linear preconceptions of identity, delivered a series of mercilessly enlightened haymakers to cultural and racial stereotypes and provided five ...


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RR productions presents Brunch Remixed event - From a press release - RR presents Brunch Remixed. RR is an event company offering a crafted experience, for life enthusiasts. RR is dedicated to the community they serve and gives a portion of each event proceeds to a non-profit organization. The event will take place at Ada Street, 1664 N. Ada, Sunday, Sept. 18. Brunch Remixed will be a mix of creative art, hot ...


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New Mural Celebrating Underrepresented Women to be Unveiled in Pilsen Community - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( August 30, 2016 ) — "Weaving Cultures", a new mural celebrating underrepresented women of diverse backgrounds, including a transgender Latina, will be unveiled by local Chicago artists Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi on September 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. at 16th Street and Blue Island in the Pilsen community. A meet and greet celebration will follow the ...


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Golden girl Elena Delle Donne returns to the Sky, reflects on Rio 2016 - Elena Delle Donne returned to the Chicago Sky on Thursday morning at the team's practice facility in north suburban Deerfield, sans Olympic gold medal. Her gold from the recently-completed Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is locked away. No way was she bringing it, to flaunt the sixth consecutive Olympic gold won by the U.S., her first. So, her Sky ...


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Lesbian palimony decision calls on common-law marriage rules - The Illinois Supreme Court, on Aug. 18, ruled that a lesbian was not entitled to a share of her longtime-partner's medical practice, though the couple were together nearly three decades. Eileen Brewer, a Cook County judge, and Dr. Jane Blumenthal split in 2008, long before marriage equality was signed into law in 2013. Brewer and Blumenthal had also raised three ...


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Meet lesbian sports icon Diana Nyad - From a press release - On Wednesday, Sept 7th at 11:30 AM, meet long distance swimming star and journalist Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream, at a luncheon hosted by The Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Illinois. The cost of this luncheon includes a copy of Find a Way: ...


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Lifetime partners share their bliss with a sunflower - The image of the sunflower has always been equated with happiness. For kids, its popularity is the botanical answer to a dinosaur. Sunflowers regularly dominate childhood drawings hung on kindergarten classroom walls or proudly displayed on household refrigerators. Between the Crayola-colored bright yellow petals atop of a towering green plant, an equally dazzling smile is often included. However, for two ...







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