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Lea DeLaria: On acting in 'Orange,' covering Bowie on CD - Lea DeLaria has certainly sung for her supper—literally. Since the '90s, the self-identified Illinois-born butch has established herself as a standup comedienne, actress and jazz singer. June 2015 saw her reprise fan favorite character Big Boo on the third season of Netflix's hit dramedy series Orange Is the New Black ( OITNB ), while July's House of David ( Ghostlight ...


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Reception to thank supporters of monument to LGBT veterans, Aug. 9 - From a press release - Chicago — The public is invited to celebrate and thank all those who made possible the first federally approved monument honoring the service of LGBT veterans which now stands in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. An appreciation reception, beer bust and BBQ will be held on the rooftop deck of the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted ...


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Louisiana comedian Jen Kober coming to The Den Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 28, 2015 ) — Louisiana comedian JEN KOBER will bring her southern brand of down-home comedy to the Windy City for one night only on Sunday, August 9 at 7 pm for an evening benefitting Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. The event will also include live jazz by Louisiana ...


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Diversity focus of Lesbian Who Tech/ LinkedIn event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbians Who Tech Chicago and Linkedin hosted a "Diversity in Tech, More Than Just Buzz Words" event at Linkedin's Chicago offices July 23. Lesbians Who Tech is, according to its website, "a community of queer women in or around tech ( and the people who love them ) who's mission is to be more visible to each other, be more ...


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Indigo Girls, Malone take over The Vic - On July 21, Indigo Girls landed at The Vic Theater for an evening of harmonies, mandolins, guitars and celebration. The celebrations were plentiful as this tour marked the 30th anniversary of the duo—composed of Emily Salier and Amy Ray—coming together as a band while heralding the long-awaited release of their 14th album, One Lost Day ( IG Recordings/Vanguard Records ). ...


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UIC's Hughes named a University Scholar - Tonda Hughes—professor in the Department of Health Systems Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) and associate dean for global health—has been named a 2015-2016 University Scholar. Hughes is a researcher and scholar who has been recognized for significant contributions to understanding the health of sexual minorities. Hughes was among the first researchers to garner major ...


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Affinity celebrates 20 years, director announces departure - As Affinity Community Services ( Affinity ) celebrated 20 years as an organization with its Jazz-n-July event July 18 at Gallery Guichard, Kim Hunt announced that she would be stepping down as executive director this fall. More than 200 people attended the benefit to honor the accomplishments of the organization's founders and celebrate the achievements of current staff and board ...


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Wheaton College official resigns over same-sex marriage stance - Julie Rodgers, a self-proclaimed celibate lesbian, submitted her resignation to Wheaton College July 13, less than a year after taking a position in the college's chaplain's office as an associate for spiritual care. Rodgers, who was the college's first out LGBT staff member, was hired to lead Refuge, the first LGBT student group at Wheaton College. Wheaton College students Justin ...


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Affinity to celebrate 20 years on July 18 - Affinity Community Services will mark its 20th anniversary with the "JazzNJuly" event at Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., on Saturday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. According to a press release, "Affinity's summer benefit will honor the accomplishments of the founders of the organization, celebrate the achievements of the current staff and ...


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Lisa Sherman: Leading the Ad Council into the future - The Ad Council is the largest producer of public-service communications programs in the United States. A nonprofit organization, the Ad Council received more than $1.6 billion in donated media support on behalf of its 40 national public service campaigns in 2013. The nation's leading advertising agencies produce the creative for free, addressing issues including autism awareness, foster care, adoption, bullying, ...


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Amigas Latinas bids farewell - Amigas Latinas' founders, board members, members and allies gathered to bid the organization a fond farewell at its final event, "Siempre Latina Celebrando 20 Años," at Michelle's Ballroom July 10. The organization announced earlier this year that it would be folding after 20 years of support, education and advocacy for Chicago-area LGBTQ Latinas. Speakers included Evette Cardona ( Amigas Latinas' ...


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Catholic school under fire for terminating married lesbian teacher - From a press release - WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, today condemned another Catholic school firing of a valued LGBT employee as evidence of the church's continuing efforts to punish workers who have legalized their unions. Philadelphia-area teacher Margie Winters was fired ...


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Leaders reflect on activism as Amigas Latinas folds - This month, Amigas Latinas will be folding after 20 years of support, advocacy and education for Chicago-area LGBTQ Latinas. Co-founded in 1995 by Evette Cardona, Mona Noriega, Alicia Amador, Aurora Pineda, Karen Rothstein-Pineda, Norma Seledon, Mary Torres and Lydia Vega, Amigas Latinas grew from a monthly discussion group ( platicas ) to a non-profit organization providing services and events for ...


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Cardona, Noriega honored at event - \The Chicago-based organization Latinos Progresando recently held its Tomorrow's Heroes Today event at Loft on Lake. Bringing together 300 diverse professionals, the event recognizes one individual leader and one business through the Progresando Awards and highlights the accomplishments of that year's Dr. Angela Perez Miller Scholarship recipients. Couple Evette Cardona and Mona Noriega were among the awardees, being honored with ...


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Upcoming: Affinity to celebrate 20 years on July 18 - Affinity Community Services will mark its 20th anniversary with the "JazzNJuly" event at Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., on Saturday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m., with a VIP reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. According to a press release, "Affinity's summer benefit will honor the accomplishments of the founders of the organization, celebrate the achievements of the current staff and ...


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Women's World Cup win shines into LGBT community - The United States won its third Women's World Cup on July 5, dominating Japan 5-2 in the championship game, played in front of 53,341 fans in Vancouver—setting off joyful reactions from the White House, to a viewing party in Lincoln Park, to the predominantly gay Lake View neighborhood on Chicago's North Side, where many red, white and blue-wearing fans packed ...


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Local Mensa LGBT group leader on her role and career - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Miriam Redleaf never expected to take on a leadership role when she attended her first meeting of the LGBT and Allies Special Interest Group ( SIG ) of Chicago Area Mensa a few months ago, however, that's just what happened when Jim Cundiff, coordinator of the LGBT and Allies SIG, asked her to co-lead the group with him. She ...


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Katz named to State Bar Assn Sexual Orientation, Gender ID Committee - Judge Nancy J Katz, an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, has been appointed as a member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association ( ISBA ). The appointment was made by Umberto S. Davi, of Western Springs, ISBA President for 2015-2016. The 33,000 member association, with offices in Springfield ...


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Queercast host Matheny looks back at program - Amy Matheny, a pioneer in LGBT broadcasting whose roots are local and yet carrying a voice that now reaches worldwide, is turning off her microphone—at least for the time being. An East Tennessee native who has called Chicago home for the past 20 years, Matheny is the long-standing host of Windy City Queercast ( WCQ ), the weekly podcast of ...


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BackLot Bash: Four days and nights of play - The 12th annual BackLot Bash took place with a June 25 Comedy Kickoff at Mayne Stage and a June 26 Sunset Concert, a June 27 All-Day Bash and a June 28 Pride-Day Bash all at 5238 N. Clark St. ...


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Several thousand turn out for Chicago Dyke March - Video below - Several thousand turned out for the annual Chicago Dyke March, June 27. As is tradition, motorcycle riders kicked off the march, which started this year at the corner of Western and Division and headed west into Humboldt Park. Under beautiful skies, some marchers celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court marriage decision while most focused on a range of social justice issues. ...


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Chicago Force cruise to playoff win over Cleveland, 71-12 - Rachel Gore did it on the ground and by air, leading the host Chicago Force to a 71-12 playoff victory over the Cleveland Fusion on June 27 at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School. The Force quarterback threw for 176 yards and three touchdown passes, including a 62-yard first quarter strike to Jeanette Gray as Chicago ...


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Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer - Her smile was perhaps her biggest asset. Barbara Gittings countered the vitriol of homophobes by using any tactic at her disposal. Sometimes that was verbal debate. Or wearing a flowery dress, smiling, and carrying a protest sign. Or creative activism with a kissing booth. But mainly, Gittings used her persistence and boundless energy to wear down her enemies, winning victory ...


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PASSAGES Samantha Hundley - Samantha Hundley, nicknamed Cha Chi, who had a brief career playing for the Chicago Force, died unexpectedly June 23. She was 25. An Addison native, Hundley was known around Chicago for her infectious smile and charming personality. She had several random jobs, was a territory manager with ADT Security Services and also worked for Zip Sauce. Hundley graduated from Addison ...


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UIC honors out former softball standout Charbonneau - In her first at-bat of her first game for the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) softball team in 1995, Tricia Charbonneau smacked a home run against the University of Maine in a game played in Orlando, Florida. Charbonneau went on to an illustrious, record-setting—mostly on offense—career for the Flames … except for one game against Cleveland State ...


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UK native Sarah Outen on homestretch of four-year adventure - In 2009, Sarah Outen rowed across the Indian Ocean, from Australia to Mauritius. It was an inspiring, empowering adventure that launched her toward her current expedition. Outen, 29, from Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, is traveling from London to London—literally, around the world. She's now on the homestretch of a four-year adventure. "I wanted to extend that experience of the ...


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Final Amigas Latinas event July 10 - The last event for the organization Amigas Latinas, "Siempre Latina—Y se acabo!," will take place Friday, July 10, at 8 p.m. at Michelle's Ballroom, 2800 W. Belmont Ave. Amigas Latinas' founders, former board members, past and current members, friends and families will come together to celebrate the organization's 20-year-long history. Admission is free, and there will be a cash bar. ...


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Force playoff game June 27 at Lane Stadium - The Chicago Force will host its first playoff game in 2015 against the Cleveland Fusion. The game will take place Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at Lane Stadium, 3500 N. Western Ave. Other first-round games in the National Conference are the West Michigan Mayhem at the Boston Renegades ( with the winner playing the Force-Fusion victor ), Miami Fury ...


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Biography of gay pioneer Barbara Gittings out in time for Pride - CHICAGO - Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer, the first full-length biography of the woman who has been called the mother of the gay-rights movement, is available in time for Pride 2015. The book is by journalist Tracy Baim, author of 11 books on LGBT history. Award-winning writer Lillian Faderman wrote the foreword for the book. It is available in both a ...


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Lesbian musicians kick off Pride Month - Gay Pride Month 2015 kicked off with a flood of lesbian artists who played here on consecutive nights while offering fans a wide variety of styles. The parade started June 4, when Canadian LGBTQ ally Jenn Grant opened for Chris Delmhorst at Evanston's SPACE to showcase her latest album, Compostela. Grant, who recently headlined a benefit show for LGBTQ activist ...


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DJ contest held at Center on Halsted - On June 13, Lake View's Center on Halsted hosted "By Women For Women: Everything Old is New Again," which pitted female DJs of the LGBTQ community against each other while promoting an evening of music and dance. DJ Gemini Jones won over a competitive field that included DJ Sandra Suave and DJ All the Way, among others. Event sponsors included ...


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Amigas Latinas kicks off archives project with reception - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amigas Latinas kicked off its archives project with a reception June 11 at the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. The archives, which will be housed at Gerber/Hart, will consist of photos, event fliers, newspaper and magazine articles, meeting agendas and minutes as well as other memorabilia from members of the organization. The organization has announced that it is folding this summer ...


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Local news: Precious Davis in national campaign; Dyke March planned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicagoan part of gender-identity campaign Chicagoan Precious Davis is just one of the individuals in a new social-justice campaign called Happy Hippie Presents #InstaPride, a collaboration between singer Miley Cyrus and Instagram that launched June 15, according to Time.com. Davis—who sat next to her fiance, transgender man Myles Brady, throughout the shoot—posed in a floor-length sequined gown for the campaign. ...


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'Turn It Up' event has casino theme - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The W Hotel and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), in partnership with The Lesbifriends Cartel and Cramer PR & Events, brought the "Turn It Up for Change" event to Chicago on June 13. "Turn It Up For Change: Love Has No Limit" is a campaign to promote equality through the power of music. Led by W Hotels and ...


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Chicago Force coast to final regular-season victory over St. Louis - Jamie Fornal caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Rachel Gore on the third play from scrimmage for the Chicago Force, and the rout was on. The Force finished its regular-season June 13 with a dominant, weather-shorted 57-0 win over the St. Louis Slam ( 6-2 ). The game was called with 5:28 remaining in the fourth quarter due to lightning. ...


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PASSAGES Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers dies - Ronnie Gilbert—who was part of the Weavers, the seminal quartet that helped propel folk music to wide popularity—died June 6 in Mill Valley, California at the age of 88, The New York Times noted. Her partner, Donna Korones, confirmed Gilbert's death. The Weavers—whose other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman—started playing together in the late 1940s. The ...


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Laura Ricketts, Brooke Skinner wed - Chicago-area couple Laura Ricketts ( pictured left ) and Brooke Skinner were married June 6 in a wedding attended by family and friends. Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Skinner, who works for Twitter, wore white dresses for the elegant wedding. It was officiated by Lambda Legal Midwest Director Jim Bennett. ...


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Frankie Knuckles, Melissa Etheridge on CDs; Robin Williams series; Village People; 'Boystown' - Melissa Etheridge show out on CD, DVD Shout! Factory has released the Melissa Etheridge concert "A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A." It's out on CD, Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD as well as a digital edition, and a deluxe digital edition available exclusively on iTunes. The disc chronicles Etheridge's Dec. 12, 2014, show at the Orpheum Theater—the final night of ...


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Former college athlete is now a rising DJ - Sandra Urquiaga started working as a DJ simply because of her lifelong love of music. She was, after all, always buying the new releases once they came out and would make tapes for friends by recording different songs from the music she had. "As a kid, I would always try to record mixes on the radio by Bad Boy Bill, ...


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Upcoming: Takei; Dyke Delicious; Melissa Young at Davenport's; 'Witches' cabaret - 'Witches' cabaret event June 22, 29 No One Here but Us Witches, a witch-themed cabaret that Harmony France has conceived, will take place June 22 and 29 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707N. Broadway. Featuring Chicago actresses Missy Aguilar, Harmony France, Amanda Horvath and Danni Smith, the two-night only cabaret is directed by Geoffrey Bleeker with musical direction by ...


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Amigas Latinas exhibit June 11 at Gerber/Hart - Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St., will host "Amigas Latinas 30-Year Archive Exhibit" Thursday, June 11, 6-8 p.m. Earlier this year, it was announced that Amigas Latinas would fold after two decades of offering a wide range of support, education and advocacy for Chicago-area LGBTQQ Latinas. On July 10, founders, former board members, past and current Amigas Latinas members, friends ...


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Upcoming: Deborah's Place gala June 12, HIV Testing Day, Dyke March June 27 - AFC, Harmony start partnership In advance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has announced a community outreach partnership with Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. The campaign, "Together Continuing 30 Years of Action to Change the Story of HIV," aims to build awareness of ...


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Upcoming: Music, dance, theater - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BackLot Bash June 25-28 The 12th annual BackLot Bash—advertised as "Where the Girls Come Out and Play"—will take place June 25-28. The activities are as follows: —June 25: Comedy Kickoff: Acts include Bridget McManus and Dana Goldberg. Kelly and Judy Fabjance will host. —June 26: Sunset Concert: Slated acts include Jess Godwin, Natalia Zukerman, Daphne Willis, and Kristy Lee & ...


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Study examines drinking among lesbians and bisexual women - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 1, the American Sociological Association released a study examining hazardous drinking among women who identified as lesbian or bisexual. The study is one of the first to investigate how apparent contradictions between a woman's sexual identity and her sexual behavior and attraction can lead to hazardous alcohol use. Dr. Amelia Talley, co-author of this study and assistant professor ...


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It's home, sweet 'Home' at the Tonys - Fun Home—a production based on lesbian Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir of the same name—won five awards ( including best musical ) at the 69th Tony Awards on June 7. The musical, by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, also won for book, score, direction of a musical and best actor in a musical ( Michael Cerveris ). Kron and Tesori became ...


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Chicago singer Sami Grisafe moves ahead with music career - Sami Grisafe launched her third album earlier this year, and it's her first solo project. "This album is about progress both individually in fulfilling our dreams and collectively in what we can do together to inspire social change," said Grisafe, now retired from her illustrious football career as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Force to fully focus on music. ...


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Chicago native helps make others look great - Alma Izquierdo was attending Columbia College, majoring in photography, when she decided to take a makeup class. The instructor, Sam Mayer, asked Izquierdo during the class if she'd be interested in training to be a substitute makeup artist for the NBC-5 News. She accepted the offer and was trained to do TV news makeup, which led her to the makeup ...


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Honeybird: Bisexual musician on coming out, new album - Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Honeybird aka Monique Mizrahi's journey as an out bisexual has culminated with her new album, "Out Comes Woman." "The title refers to the fact that I came out for the second time about a year ago. The first time was ten years ago and I feel like if you come out and no one listens it's not exactly ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Aging tomboy - VIEWS - My body is telling me to slow down, even while my mind says go, go, go. When was the last time I climbed a tree, a favorite younger pastime? Now I simply admire them and the birds that flit from Shore Pine to Western Hemlock to Ornamental Cherry. It's funny how I thought I missed certain activities and now I'm ...


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'Lesbian Miniature Art Group' forming - A new "Lesbian Miniature Art Group' is being formed by Mary Anne Cataldi, a professional artist and teacher of computer illustration, visual arts, film animation and commercial arts. The group is limited to ten women. Each member will create their own works of art no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches culminating in a Group Miniature Art Show Artists ...


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In the Life: Mack Savage - Photo by Gil Leora - She went to a roller-derby match about four years ago with a friend and was instantly in awe. "I remember watching and thinking, 'Look at these athletes ... they are incredible,'" said Mack Savage, the Windy City Rollers' sensation who skates for the Manic Attackers and the Windy City All Stars. "I talked to someone after [that] game and they ...


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Deborah's Place marks 30 years fighting for homeless women - The Old Testament tells a story of a powerful woman of Israel named Deborah who one day saw the terrible oppression of her people and set out to raise an army of 10,000 to combat it. In her song she says that the "villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose—a mother in Israel." When ...


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Women For Women at Center June 13 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Center on Halsted opens its doors for another By Women For Women ( BWFW ) community event! Hosted by the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted, By Women For Women: Everything Old is New Again is bringing in some of the hottest female DJ's in the LGBTQ community for an evening of music and dance! The ...


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Affinity marks 20 years of grassroots accomplishments - PART TWO OF TWO Video below - When Affinity began work in 1995, at its helm was a group of true idealists determined to do whatever it took to ensure than an under-represented Black LGBTQ community on Chicago's South Side was given a voice and the confidence to express it in a challenging political, social and philanthropic world. For the next 20 years the women who led ...


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Chicago Force receiver featured in new football cards - Thanks to her productivity on the field, Jeanette Gray has landed her a pretty cool perk off the field: she is one of the select Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) players to be featured in the inaugural 2015 trading card series. Gray appears on card No. 4 in the 18-card base set and one of four WFA players to ...


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Chicago couple builds arts-enpowerment program for girls - Meredith Montgomery has been working as a teaching artist for almost five years—first in Austin, Texas, and now in Chicago—which is both incredible and challenging, she said. "I created my own method of devised theater as a junior in college; I call it a 'journaling to performance method.' It values the art of journal writing and original self-expression, while honoring ...


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Chicago Sky looks to continue 2014 WNBA Finals momentum - They got hot last season at just the right time—during the playoff—leading to shocking series victories over the top-seeded Atlanta Dream and then the Indiana Fever. But the fire burning for the 2014 Chicago Sky was quickly extinguishing—in a dominant, best-of-five series sweep of the WNBA Finals by the Phoenix Mercury. The ouster is motivation for 2015, as the Sky ...


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Upcoming: Midler; Skrebneski; Taste; NYT columnist; Queer Qomedy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bisexual NYT columnist at library May 26 The Chicago Public Library and Chicago Urban League are partnering to present a lecture in commemoration of the life and legacy of Mayor Harold Washington. The lecture will be delivered by best-selling author Charles M. Blow, who is also widely known as a New York Times columnist and CNN commentator. In his ...


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Griner, Johnson under seven-game suspension - The WNBA has suspended All-Stars and married couple Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson for seven games each after their domestic violence arrests in April. The two were arrested on suspicion of assault after a fight in the home they recently bought. They were married recently in Phoenix. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie said in a statement issued May 15, "The ...


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Griner, Johnson suspended by WNBA after DV incident - From the WNBA - As a result of the domestic violence incident between Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock, the WNBA has suspended the players for seven regular-season games, without pay. The couple, who were married two weeks after the incident, were arrested at their home in Goodyear, Ariz., April 22, 2015, on identical misdemeanor charges of ...


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Affinity at 20: Marking two decades of grassroots accomplishments - PART ONE OF TWO. Video below - It is late on a Wednesday evening. While the darkening streets of Chicago have long since emptied of commuters on their way home, at the Affinity Community Services offices located just off a modest Hyde Park shopping center, the small cadre of staff and volunteers are still at their desks. Just as there was 20 years ago when a group ...


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PASSAGES Author Nikki Rashan dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian author Nikki Rashan Jenkins, 42, died May 4 of complications from breast cancer. She wrote four novels; Double Pleasure Double Pain, You Make Me Wanna, Cyber Case and The EXchange. She also wrote Sugar on the Side, which was included in Carl Weber's Full Figure series and Crossing Layne which was featured in the anthology Les Tales: Tempted to ...


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Griner, Johnson tie the knot - Just two weeks after WNBA star Brittney Griner and fiancee/fellow basketball player Glory Johnson were arrested on assault and disorderly-conduct allegations, the couple tied the knot in a ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona, USA Today reported. Griner and Johnson have been engaged since last August. Following her arrest, Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and will attend domestic violence counseling. People.com ...


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Windy City Times reporter wins Lisagor Award - Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a senior staff reporter for Windy City Times, won a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club for her four-part series on violence against transgender women on Chicago's West Side. The category was in-depth reporting in community media. The first part of the series looked at the case of Eisha Love, a transgender woman sitting in ...


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Local attorney Bashor new Nat'l LGBT Bar Association boardmember - The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation has announced the appointment of eight new board members. One of the members is Nicole Bashor ( now an affiliate representative ), who is an attorney in Quarles & Brady LLP's Intellectual Property Group. Bashor provides counseling on patent, trademark, copyright and social-media issues. She has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising ...


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Queen Latifah starring in 'Bessie' May 16 - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Bessie, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. CT. Starring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ( Chicago ) in the title role, Bessie focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues." The film also stars Michael ...


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Amigas Latinas to fold after 20 years, last event July 10 - From a press release - After 20 years of offering a wide range of support, education and advocacy for Chicago-area LGBTQQ Latinas, Amigas Latinas is announcing plans to fold the organization. "We did not take this decision lightly, it was over a year-long process," said board president Alma Izquierdo. "But we have to recognize that despite a vibrant legacy, we no longer have the resources ...


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Fifth Third Bank presents community awards - Fifth Third Bank held a community leader awards at the Chicago Cultural Center May 1. Bank President & CEO Robert A. Sullivan and Nicole Johnson-Scales, Fifth Third's senior vice president of community development, presented the awards to eight individuals and one community organization, A Better Chicago. The individual honorees were: Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, as representing the ...


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Children's museum to host equality event - To commemorate International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) the Chicago Children's Museum will be holding an all day event for LGBT families and their allies on Sunday, May 3, at the Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier. "In 2011, a group of eight staff at Chicago Children's Museum founded an initiative called 'All Families Matter' to ensure the museum ...


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Sports: Women's soccer league; Pride 5K; Proud to Run - Women's soccer league announces season The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season. The Chicago Red Stars has highlights such as a May 9 doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. All but one fixture at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex ...


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Anne Balay, Daisy Hernandez Lambda Literary's Emerging Writer Award Winners - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit arts organization promoting LGBTQ literature and writers, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. This year the Emerging Writer Award recognizes Anne Balay and Daisy Hernandez. The judges for the Dr. Betty Berzon prize were award-winning writers/poets Achy Obejas and Eduardo ...


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Tamale Rocks exposes 2-way mirror in club restroom - A comedian who is well-known in the local LGBT community made the news after a bizarre discovery—a two-way mirror in the women's washroom—at a bar in suburban Berwyn. Tamale Rocks, on April 25, was using the washroom after performing at Cigars and Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., and was unsettled by the mirror, which was attached to a door with ...


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Equality Illinois holds 'Spring Fling' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality Illinois held its annual womyn's event, "Spring Fling," at the National Hellenic Museum on April 25. The night will filled with wine and craft cocktails as well as dancing—the latter happening as DJ Gloria was "kickin' it old skool." She even threw in some salsa music that really got the crowd going. Attendees were also treated to exclusive entry ...


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


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







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