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1,300+ tradeswomen in Chicago for 2016 Women Build Nations Conference - From a press release - North America's Building Trade Unions ( NABTU ) and Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) will bring together more than 1,300 women, representing multiple crafts in the building and construction trades, for the Women Build Nations ( WBN ) conference in Chicago. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare Conference Center, Rosemont, Illinois. The conference offers attendees ...


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New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon - In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order Love You to Death in advance of its ...


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Loyola's Swoopes under investigation - Chicago's Loyola University is launching an internal investigation into the conduct of women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes after 10 of the team's 12 returning players have transferred or requested releases from their scholarships. Loyola hired Swoopes, a Hall of Famer, in 2013. In 2005, Swoopes came out as lesbian. However, in 2011, Outsports.com revealed that Swoopes was engaged to a ...


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Fire Department pioneer reflects on making history - "I was a tomboy from an early age and knew there was something different about me since I was 7," said longtime Chicago Fire Department ( CFD ) paramedic Pat Ciara. She is the highest-ranking out lesbian in the history of the CFD. "I wanted to do traditionally boy things but my mom, who was concerned with what the neighbors ...


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Upcoming: Lesbian characters in Signature Move, Hannah Free - Chicago actor in film 'Signature Move' Chicago-based actor and comedian Fawzia co-wrote and stars in Signature Move, a feature film co-produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP and Newcity's Chicago Film Project that will be featured at Tribeca's "TFI Network" April 19-20. Signature Move is a romantic comedy and a coming-of-age feature film, centered on a Pakistani-Muslim woman named Zaynab who ...


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Fawzia Mirza plans feature film, Signature Move - From a press release - Signature Move, an upcoming feature film co-produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP and Newcity's Chicago Film Project, will be featured at Tribeca's "TFI Network" April 19-20. TFI Network will host 13 of the most unique cinematic projects from filmmakers worldwide, helping them establish relationships within the industry to secure funding and distribution. Signature Move is a featured project on Indiegogo, ...


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Rapinoe on being a tomboy, women's sports, coming out - Today on The Players' Tribune, Megan Rapinoe along with retired soccer players Carmelina Moscato and Lori Lindsey, and her sister Rachael Rapinoe, opens up about being a tomboy in a hilarious roundtable conversation. Rapinoe and friends discuss feeling out of place growing up, the perception and reality of women's soccer, the USA/Canada rivalry, and coming out. Excerpts below. Read the ...


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Affinity offering free HIV testing - Affinity Community Services will continue offering free HIV/AIDS testing, taking place at its Hyde Park location on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1-3 p.m., in collaboration with Center on Halsted. See Affinity95.org . ...


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Entertainment: British actors, Rosie's divorce, Caitlyn on 'Transparent,' Nate Berkus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out individuals Ben Whishaw, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Sir Ian McKellen were among those receiving nominations for the BAFTA ( British Academy of Film and Television Arts ) TV Awards, according to Deadline. Downton Abbey, despite this being its final eligible year, received no nods; BAFTA did honor it with a special prize last summer, though. The awards will ...


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Lesbian PAC endorses Tammy Duckworth for Senate - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced that its endorsement of Rep. Tammy Duckworth ( D-IL ) for U.S. Senate. "This year, as reproductive rights face attack at all levels, and when so much LGBT progress hangs in the balance — from defending marriage equality to passing comprehensive non-discrimination — not only do we need champions ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Dishing with Wanda Sykes - Wanda Sykes works it with new projects all the time. The comedian who began winning Emmys for The Chris Rock Show soon graduated to appearing onscreen for The New Adventures of Old Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In films she stood out with Monster-in-Law, Evan Almighty and My Super Ex-Girlfriend plus voiceover work in Over the Hedge and Ice Age: ...


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Denise Foy talks Human First honor, LGBT advocacy, career - Longtime LGBT activist Denise Foy will be honored at the Center on Halsted's Human First Gala, which will take place Saturday, April 2, at The Geraghty. ( Other honorees include Lori Healey, Michael McRaith and AT&T. ) Foy has a long history with the Center, going back to when it was known as Horizons Community Services, including serving as a ...


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Panel addresses women's issues in LGBT community - Affinity Community Services Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon and producer-promoter Kristen Kaza of No Small Plans Productions headlined a March 21 talk at Center on Halsted focused on how well-represented lesbian, bisexual and queer women's voices are in the LGBT community, and how those representations—or lack thereof—affect the community as a whole. Rupert-Gordon and Kaza began by discussing the implications of ...


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Upcoming: 'Hannah Free'; 'Paris Is Burning'; HUMP! fest; 'Two Fisted' art - 'Hannah Free' screening April 16 A screening of the 2009 lesbian-themed movie Hannah Free will take place Saturday, April 16, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., at 3 p.m. Among those slated to attend are cast members such as Sharon Gless, and screenwriter Claudia Allen. Tickets are $11 each; visit SiskelFilmCenter.org/hannahfree . 'Paris Is Burning' at ...


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Col. Cammermeyer to receive Matlovich Medal - From a press release - Atlanta, GA ( MAR 16, 2016 ) — Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, the highest ranking active officer to challenge the US military's ban on LGBT service members, will be presented the 2016 Leonard Matlovich Medal for Distinguished Service by American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ), the nation's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans Service Organization. The Medal will be ...


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Entertainment: Jillian Michaels; Matthew Morrison; divas; reality star dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jillian Michaels is getting married. According to an E! News item, on the season finale of the reality show Just Jillian, she got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades. During an update, Michaels told Maria Menounos of Rhoades, ""It's not that she's not the one. I have this—I don't want to say fear—but I feel like I'm preparing myself ...


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SHE100 issues grants to 5 agencies - The Chicago-based SHE100, a donor-informed fund for LGBTQ organizations, hosted its annual grants giving event March 13 at Center on Halsted. Grants ranged from about $880 to $5,000: The Legacy Project, She Crew (a multi-disciplinary journaling workshop for 12-14 year old girls), The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project (for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness), Silver Fork at Center on Halsted (a ...


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LBTQ Council hosts Women's Day dance - The LBTQ Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) held its 2nd International Women's Day Dance March 12 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. In addition to dancing to the music of DJ Tess (of Slo 'Mo) and DJ OCD, there were raffles, food and beverages. Funds raised benefit the ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 LGBTs in the mix - The next primary elections, to be held March 15, feature a number of openly gay and lesbian candidates. The following individuals have publicly stated that they are members of the LGBT community and were on the ballot as of late February. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) Website: RepCassidy.com . The skinny: Cassidy, who defeated ...


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Jillian Michaels engaged to Heidi Rhoades, proposal on video - From a E! News press release - It's official: Jillian Michaels is getting married. On tonight's season finale of Just Jillian, the E! reality star got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades and only E! News has video of the emotional, tear-jerking proposal ( seriously, we dare you not to cry! ). Jill's proposal started out with a video montage telling the story of their journey ...


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Quare Square focuses on queer artists of color - Quare Square Collective, Inc. gives the spotlight to Chicago's queer-identified artists of color. Chicago native M Shelly Conner, Ph.D., is a multidisciplinary, multigenre writer and scholar—and the founder and executive director of Quare Square, which she calls "a labor of love." In addition, she has a novel she is exploring publishing options for, has a comedy Web series in development ...


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BOOK REVIEW Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America - By Rachel Hope Cleves, $29.95; Oxford University Press; 267 pages   Sometimes, you wonder how Grandma coped. For most ( if not all ) of her life, she lived without computer or cell phone. She made meals for her family without a microwave, sewed her own clothing, and enjoyed each of the four channels she got on her small-screen TV. ...


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Upcoming: CHM's 'Standing Up'; International Women's Day Dance - Out at CHM's 'Standing Up' March 10 Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., will host the next program in its Out at CHM series, " Standing Up: From Punch Line to Spotlight," on Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. ( In addition, a reception with refreshments and appetizers will start at 5:30 p.m. ) While views have progressed, LGBTQ ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Kelli Simpkins on gun violence in 'Cocked' - Actress Kelli Simpkins continues to make realistic portrayals of people we know in our lives. She broke out as a creator and performer with The Laramie Project, for which she earned an Emmy nomination for ensemble writing. In Chicago, she has worked with such prestigious theater companies such as Timeline, Goodman, Steppenwolf and About Face. Her film work includes A ...


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Entertainment: Ruby Rose; Eddie Redmayne; Demi Lovato; 'Star Wars' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black may be an Emmy-winning show, but it's the Oscars the acclaimed Netflix series sends up in a new promo for the upcoming fourth season, NewNowNext.com noted. As the clip starts, Taystee bemoans how dull the Academy Awards are, declaring "even when white people TRY to be exciting they still bore me." The trailer also shows ...


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Lisa Rock to do "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" at McAninch Arts - GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" a tribute to the Grammy Award-winning pop music of Karen and Richard Carpenter starring Lisa Rock comes to the McAninch Arts Center's Club MAC Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. For the popular Club MAC performances, MAC's Playhouse Theatre is transformed into an intimate ...


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DePaul staff, students discuss lesbian identity - The Center for Identity, Inclusion & Social Change, LGBTQ Studies and the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network at DePaul University hosted an intergenerational discussion concerning the identity label "lesbian" Feb. 29 at DePaul University's Student Center. Faculty members Lourdes Torres (professor of Latin American and Latino Studies) and Ann Russo (associate professor and graduate program director in women's and gender ...


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Pride Films and Plays 's LezPlay Program plans full year - From a press release - Chicago, IL — PFP's LezPlay Program, led by PFP Artistic Associate Amber Snyder and Company Member Carolyn Reynolds, announces plans for a full year of LezPlay programming in 2016. *For the first time, PFP will sell an L Pass allowing admittance to two world premiere productions: Raggedy And by David Valdes Greenwood running March 10-April 10, 2016 at Rivendell Theater, ...


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Black lesbian conference planned in New York - New York, New York — February 18, 2016 — Beyond Bold And Brave is proud to present the "The Evolution of Our Community" Black Lesbian Conference 2016 ( BLC 2016 ). This inaugural event will take place on March 25th and 26th in Harlem. BLC 2016 aims to unite transgender and cisgender lesbians of Black/African-descent and their allies of various ...


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Plaintiffs in Supreme Court marriage cases to be honored at LGBT military event - From an AMPA press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) announced that Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor, and Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, will be honored at the 3rd Annual AMPA National Gala, presented by USAA — the nation's biggest LGBT military event of the year. Both LGBT equality advocates ...


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LORDE'S LEGACY New take on notions of Audre Lorde, 'warrior poet' - The postscript to Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde is entitled The Happening. In it, Dr. Gloria I. Joseph, Ph.D.—activist, feminist, professor emerita of Massachusetts' Hampshire College and author of innumerable, internationally published essays—describes the morning of Nov. 17, 2012. It was 20 years to the day that Audre Lorde—Joseph's beloved partner and one of ...


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NOW celebrates 50 years of grassroots feminism in 2016 - From a press release - Washington, DC - The National Organization of Women ( NOW ), the iconic activist organization that promotes equal rights for women, will be celebrating its anniversary at the 50th Anniversary Gala and NOW Conference, June 24-26, 2016. NOW's celebrations will recognize not only its history of cutting-edge activism on behalf of women, which include some of the most significant victories ...


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March Bisexual Health Awareness Month highlights disparities for bisexual, youth - From a press release - Boston, MA — With a focus on the unique needs and experiences of bisexual+ youth, the Bisexual Resource Center ( BRC ) proudly proclaims March as Bisexual Health Awareness Month ( BHAM ) for the third year in a row. Bisexual+ youth, who encompass a diverse spectrum of sexual identities ( e.g. bisexual, fluid, no label, pansexual, queer ), experience ...


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Panel looks at question of being Black and queer - "Black, Queer and Invisible?" was the focus of the first in a monthly series of interviews with local LGBTQ and ally leaders at Center on Halsted Feb. 18. Taking on the topic were Kim Hunt, executive director of the Pride Action Tank, and Zach Stafford, contributing writer for The Guardian. Director of Community and Cultural Programs for the Center Andrew ...


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Writer Harper Lee dies at 89 - Nelle Harper Lee—who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book To Kill a Mockingbird—has died at age 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, according to AL.com. On July 11, 1960, "Mockingbird" was published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. with critical and commercial success. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. Set in ...


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Monica Raymund of Chicago Fire makes directorial debut - From a press release - Monica Raymund ( Chicago Fire, The Good Wife, Lie To Me ) will make her directorial debut with Daddy Issues, written by Sam Forman ( House of Cards, Hand of God ), and featuring Eamonn Walker ( Unbreakable, Chicago Fire, ER ) and Christian Stolte ( Chicago Fire, Road to Perdition ). Daddy Issues tells the story of a young ...


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Lambda Legal: Kentucky Supreme Court affirms lesbian mom's right to custody petition - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( Lexington, KY, February 18, 2016 ) — Today, in a unanimous decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Lambda Legal client, Amy H., a lesbian mother, will have her day in court to petition for joint custody of her daughter. "This decision is a victory for the child, above all else," said Christopher Clark, Counsel and LGBT Young Adults, ...


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Lesbian filmmaker recalls parents' flight from Nazis - Filmmaker Sharon Karp describes her upbringing in suburban Evanston as being "more formal" than that of her friends. Her parents, both of them immigrants, were strict, and did not let her spend the night at friends' houses, for example. It was almost always impossible for strangers to win her family's trust. But Karp's parents, George and Gisela, never hid the ...


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Upcoming: Women's Day Dance; Second City bowlers; Poundstone; Hvorostovsky - CFW holding Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together ...


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Levity & Justice for All, top lesbian comics support LPAC - From a press release - Washington, DC ( February 16, 2016 ) — LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ, pro-women's rights and progressive candidates, announced a first-of-its-kind benefit performance featuring top lesbian and queer comics and women's rights champions, including Kate Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell, Billie Jean King, Lea DeLaria, Karen Williams, Cameron Esposito, Judy Gold, Marga Gomez, Jes Tom, Marsha Warfield, ...


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First openly lesbian Chief Justice nominated to Puerto Rican Supreme Court - The Puerto Rico Senate has confirmed a lesbian woman to become the next chief justice of the U.S. commonwealth's highest court, approving Maite Oronoz Rodriguez 14-12, The Washington Blade reported. Rodriguez has been a member of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court since 2014. She will become the first openly LGBT chief justice in the United States. Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro ...


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Black, Queer and Invisible? A chat with Kim Hunt and Zack Stafford - From a press release - On Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Center on Halsted Chats will feature Kim Hunt ( Executive Director of the Pride Action Tank ) and Zach Stafford ( Contributing Writer for The Guardian ). Center on Halsted Chats is a monthly series that interviews local LGBTQ and Ally leaders as they discuss their lives and some ...


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Catching up with Hall of Famer Ellen Meyers - The Illinois secretary of state's office has the two highest ranking out lesbians in any branch of state government. The newly appointed chief of the Illinois Secretary of State Police is Sydney Thomas, who formerly was the chief deputy chief of police. Meanwhile, Ellen A. Meyers is the deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, ...


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Chicago Foundation for Women's Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 - The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together folks from across the city to celebrate queer ...


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Affinity Community Services presents voter registration talk - From a press release - Affinity Community Services will be partnering with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee to hold a voter registration talk Saturday, Feb. 20. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in a discussion with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee about the history of voting rights, and the importance of voting. In addition, attendees will learn best practices on how to work with organizations and ...


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MUSIC Married lesbian couple make music as Whatismu - Musician Lorrie Kountz and wife Laura Jansons make up the instrumental guitar fusion duo Whatismu. The two musicians released their self-titled debut CD in 2015 and have embraced a sound that is a hybrid of Indian percussion, rock guitars and EBM synthesizers—think Anoushka Shankar meets Led Zeppelin. Kountz talked with Windy City Times about her musical history, what inspired the ...


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Sports: CLLAW-entine; Proud to Run; Chicago Sky; Billie Jean King; LGBTQ bowlers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'CLLAW-entine' Feb. 13 at Logan The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will host "My Bloody Cllaw-Entine" on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 24th benefit match will feature the arm wrestlers; live musical entertainment from all-female Beastie Boys tribute band She's Crafty; and a cash bar. Attendees can enter the ...


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Curious Wine named 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award recipient - From a Golden Crown Literary Society press release - Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest has been named the 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award Recipient. The book is the seminal lesbian romance, breaking all sales records, going on to sell more than 250,000 copies and setting the standard for lesbian emotional and sexual expression. Hundreds of thousands of lesbians were moved and validated by the story, and the storytelling ...


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Lesbian filmmakers earn Oscar nomination; film at Music Box Feb. 5-11 - by Sari Staver - When San Francisco filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman were nominated for an Oscar for their film Last Day of Freedom, friends started asking one question: "What are you wearing?" to the Academy Awards gala. "That was the last thing on our minds," said Hibbert-Jones, 53, an associate professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "I thought ...


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'Queer Brown Voices' discussed at WC&F - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At Women and Children First on Jan. 21, activist Letitia Gomez, American University Associate Professor of Sociology Salvador Vidal-Ortiz and Chicago Commission on Human Relations Chairman/Commissioner Mona Noriega welcomed a packed crowd to engage in a discussion and readings from the book Queer Brown Voices—a first-of-its-kind volume that, according to a Women and Children First press release, counters a trend ...


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Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago names Cecilia Horan President - From a press release - Chicago, Illinois — February 2, 2016 — LAGBAC names new president. The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ( "LAGBAC" ) named Cecilia Horan as its new president on January 1, 2016. Horan is LAGBAC's first woman president. Horan is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in tort litigation and insurance coverage disputes. ...


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Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body at Woman Made Gallery - From a press release - CHICAGO - Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ) is pleased to announce Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, a group show that challenges the supremacist systems under which black female bodies are marginalized. Juried by Chicago-based curator Janice Bond, the works in Abandoned Margins "explore how representations of black women in US popular culture and public discourse frequently depict ...


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Series with Riva Lehrer to examine intersections of disability, art, and culture - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, January 29, 2016 — Presented by Bodies of Work, 3Arts, UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development, and the Disability Resource Center at UIC, EXPOSURE features the work of the 2015 - 2016 3Arts UIC Fellows, Riva Lehrer, Arlene Malinowski, and Barak adé Soleil. This new series offers insight into the practices of artists exploring the intersectionality between ...


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'Clandestina' offers difference -- and a cause - In 2015, three powerful and transformative Chicago women from entirely different but successful backgrounds found each other and decided to do something about the dearth of safe spaces for lesbian and queer women in the city. Monica Raymund is an accomplished, award-winning actress who has shared her craft with students at The Broadway Theatre Project and Heifetz International Music Institute. ...


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Report reflects increasing bisexuality - A Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) report on sexual behavior, attraction and identity among adults in the United States reveals that men and women younger than 45 are more likely to identify as bisexual today than they were earlier this decade. More than 9,000 adults ages 18 to 44 were interviewed for the CDC's 2011-2013 National Survey of ...


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Monica Raymund of Chicago Fire presents Clandestina Queer Women's Dance - From a press release - Chicago, IL - January 20, 2015 - Monica Raymund's newest project isn't one that's on screen or stage. The Chicago Fire star has lived and worked in Chicago now for 4 years and took this chance to contribute to the community. She joined forces with New York transplant Brooke Webster, who famously owned and operated Meow Mix in the East ...


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Publishing company launches with book on Audre Lorde - From a press release - New York, NY, January 26, 2016…..Villarosa Media, founded by a family with over 50 years of combined journalism and literary experience, is poised to become a new player in the publishing business, a boutique publishing company of quality fiction and nonfiction books primarily by and about African Americans and the African diaspora. Their inaugural book, The Wind is Spirit, was ...


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First Comes Love author at Women & Children First Feb. 11 - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA, PA- Photographer B. Proud, author of First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships, will discuss her book with Scott Duff of OUT CHICAGO radio on February 11th, 2016 at 7pm at Women & Children First Bookstore. Released in the fall of 2014, First Comes Love, according to Philadelphia photographer B. Proud, includes a glimpse into the real lives ...


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Victory Gardens presents world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. Cocked runs February 12 — March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. The cast of Cocked includes ...


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Creating Change panel addresses Black Feminism - Video below article - Activists Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett and Charlene Carruthers reflected on the impact of the Black Feminist movement in contemporary racial justice movements in the opening plenary session for the 2016 Creating Change conference Jan. 21. Stacey Long Simmons, a former Chicagoan who is now on staff at the National LGBTQ Task Force, moderated the discussion. Smith defined Black Feminism as ...


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Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival, lesbian shorts by women. - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films from four different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during LezPlay Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on February 22nd, 2016. Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival includes a couple's existential barrage of delusion, a teenage girls search for courage in revealing her double ...


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PASSAGES Sheila Healy - Sheila Healy—of Wheeling, Illinois, and formerly of McHenry, Lake Villa, Chicago and Elm Grove, Wisconsin—died Jan. 10. She was 56. She is survived by her dog, Maddie, Fran Glowinski, O.S.F., Patrick Larvie, Colleen Beck, Priscilla Mazur, Martha Zuehlke, Larry Lundberg, Judy Gilliland, Ann Rendall, Kim Hunt, Mary DeBacker, Barbara Marian and Jerry Powers, Mary and Jay Fox, Susie Kallies, Jetta ...


Lesbian-duo-Whatismu-to-perform-in-Chicago-area

Lesbian duo Whatismu to perform in Chicago area - Whatismu—a performance duo coming to the Chicago area in February—is the vision of guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lorrie Kountz. The members are couple Lorrie Kountz and Laura Jansons. The couple, who own a home in Elgin, Illinois, were married in 2008 in Toronto. Whatismu's demo attracted attention from industry heavy-hitters, producers Lee and Jolee Popa, who proceeded to produce and engineer the project ...


Billie-Jean-King-to-speak-Feb-11

Billie Jean King to speak Feb. 11 - Former top-ranked professional tennis player and current World TeamTennis co-founder Billie Jean King will speak at The Executives' Club of Chicago's Women's Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr. Registration and networking will take place at 7:15-8 a.m., with the breakfast program at 8-9:15 a.m. King will discuss how she garnered ...


VA-revises-policies-on-same-sex-spouses-Lambda-AMPA-conclude-litigation

VA revises policies on same-sex spouses; Lambda, AMPA conclude litigation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs ( VA ) following the VA's changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses. The new policies are consistent with the June 2015 US Supreme Court decision ...


Protestors-drown-out-anti-choice-rally

Protestors drown out anti-choice rally - Neither the subzero wind chills nor a steadily gathering crowd of anti-abortion demonstrators deterred an impassioned group of nearly 400 counter-protestors from taking to the opposite side of the street from a March for Life rally held at the Federal Court house in downtown Chicago Jan. 17. Although March for Life organizers boasted a considerable set-up of loudspeakers, it was ...


Feminist-group-to-host-pro-choice-rally

Feminist group to host pro-choice rally - From a press release - CHICAGO: Chicago-based feminist organization FURIE is hosting a pro-choice rally in downtown Chicago on January 17th. The event counters March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally near the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. FURIE members plan to counter-protest the anti-abortion event, in addition to drawing attention to growing clinic violence and efforts to defund reproductive healthcare. The FURIE event comes ...


Mirza-protests-Trump-lesbian-actress-makes-statement

Mirza protests Trump, lesbian actress makes statement - Lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza recently made a statement in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. In response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments about Muslims, Mirza posted, " Hey @realdonaldtrump WE ARE ALL MUSLIM #WeAreAllMuslim #MichaelMoore #wetrumpdonaldtrump #nohatespeech #chicago." ...


WXRTs-Hemmert-to-have-cancer-surgery

WXRT's Hemmert to have cancer surgery - WXRT-FM/93XRT personality Terri Hemmert—a strong supporter of the LGBT community—will be off the air and away from the radio station for at least a month to have cancer removed. Hemmert had previously missed many weeks in the summer of 2014, with that absence caused by her having knee-replacement surgery. On her midday show, Hemmert said after having polyps removed last ...


Upcoming-Cabaret-Travel-show-Artemis-show-Le-Switch-Dancemakers-Out-at-CHM

Upcoming: 'Cabaret'; Travel show; Artemis show; 'Le Switch'; Dancemakers; Out at CHM - Artemis Singers shows Jan. 23-24 The nonprofit Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ) will present "Wildest Dreams," a concert where lesbian feminists musically share their visions, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Among other things, the group will present the liberty piece, "Universal ...


Victory-Gardens-to-present-world-premiere-of-Cocked-by-Sarah-Gubbins

Victory Gardens to present world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the World Premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. Cocked runs February 12 — March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. The cast of Cocked includes ...


PASSAGES-Feminist-writer-activist-Jeanne-Cordova-dies

PASSAGES Feminist writer, activist Jeanne Cordova dies - Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne Cordova passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 67. According to Frontiers Media, Cordova died peacefully at her Los Angeles home in the early hours of the morning. Her spouse Lynn Ballen and friends were at her side. "I have always been fascinated by how a noisy swelling called ...


Affinity-lights-the-way-forward-with-Burning-Bowl-new-ED

Affinity lights the way forward with Burning Bowl, new ED - Affinity Community Service's annual Burning Bowl has traditionally dispensed with the old by setting it to flame while the ashes of lessons learned during the past year provide the fuel for determination to improve and so be empowered to create and celebrate the new. However, the 2016 event offered something starkly different from previous years. The enthusiastic Jan 9. audience ...


Affinity-announces-new-executive-director

Affinity announces new executive director - Affinity announced the appointment of Imani Rupert-Gordon as the new Executive Director of the over 20-year-old non profit at the organization's Burning Bowl event on Jan. 8. Rupert-Gordon takes over from former Executive Director Kim Hunt who left Affinity in 2015. "The history of Affinity really resonates with me," Rupert-Gordon told Windy City Times. "I'm so excited to be a ...


Lambda-to-11th-Circuit-Law-prohibits-discrimination-against-lesbian-employee-

Lambda to 11th Circuit: Law prohibits discrimination against lesbian employee - From a press release - "Georgia Regional Hospital targeted Jameka Evans for termination because she is a lesbian. It is time for employers to recognize that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination, and is unlawful." ( Atlanta, January 7, 2016 ) — Today, Lambda Legal urged the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ...







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