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In-the-Life-Mack-Savage

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 ...


Affinity-marks-20-years-of-grassroots-accomplishments

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 ...


Affinity-at-20-Marking-two-decades-of-grassroots-accomplishments

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 ...


PASSAGES-Author-Nikki-Rashan-dies

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 ...


-Griner-Johnson-tie-the-knot

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 ...


-Windy-City-Times-reporter-wins-Lisagor-Award

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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Michfest to close doors after 40 Years, community responds - Lisa Vogel, creator of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ( Michfest ), announced April 21 that the festival would close after this August. In a message directed to Michfest fans via Facebook, Vogel wrote: "… the 40th Festival will be the last Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. The spirit of this community will live on forever, the friends and family we ...


Former-Baldwin-staffer-lodges-ethics-complaint

Former Baldwin staffer lodges ethics complaint - A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ( D-WI ) has filed an ethics complaint against the senator, who is openly gay, alleging that Baldwin and her chief of staff wrongfully terminated her employment to cover up their own culpability in mishandling complaints at a Wisconsin VA hospital. The complaint was filed April 20 by Marquette Baylor— previously Baldwin's ...


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Vogel: This will be last year of MichFest - Lisa Vogel, the founder of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, told the fest's followers on Facebook that this year's 40th anniversary festival will be its last. See https://www.facebook.com/michfest/posts/10153186431364831 . There have been rumors that a different, smaller festival would replace MichFest if it were to close, but there have been no public statements about such a plan. See later coverage ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Old Deep and Dark - By Ellen Hart, $25.99; Minotaur Press; 296 pages Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines—again. By now, it shouldn't surprise you. He's in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news: that's the way stardom works. Then again, as you'll see in the new mystery The ...


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Activists look back on George's legacy - Cardinal Francis George, the former archbishop of Chicago, died April 17 at his home, after a long battle with cancer. He was 78. His death was announced by his successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich, in a press conference at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago Tribune reported. "A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord," Cupich said. ...


Longtime-lesbian-feminist-activist-Sidney-Abbott-dies

Longtime lesbian-feminist activist Sidney Abbott dies - Sidney Abbott, 77, a longtime New York City-based lesbian-feminist activist, died April 15 in a house fire in Southold, Suffolk County New York. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. She co-authored a ground-breaking book with Barbara Love in 1971, Sappho Was a Right-on Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism. Abbott was born July 11, 1937 in Washington, ...


Vicci-Martinez-releases-new-EP-I-Am

Vicci Martinez releases new EP "I Am" - From a press release - Known for her powerful vocals, unique style, and magnetic charisma, Vicci Martinez is releasing her first new music since Vicci was released in 2012. The internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer was highlighted by a Billboard Top 20single in "Come Along" featuring Cee Lo Green. Vicci marked Martinez's evolution from a Pacific Northwest music mainstay and a fan favorite on the ...


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VIEWS: MOMBIAN New edition enlivens 'Two Mommies' for families today - A 25th-anniversary edition of Leslea Newman's children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, with brand-new illustrations and updated text, has given the classic new life for families today. And Newman is amazed that some of the children who read Heather when it first came out could now be reading it to their own children, she told me in an interview. The ...


Becky-Kanis-Champion-of-change

Becky Kanis: Champion of change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There are certain people in the world that are placed into situations to thrive, and U.S. Army veteran Becky Kanis is one of them. In 2008, Kanis became the founding board chair of Knights Out, a non-profit group of West Point alumni coming out as LGBT in opposition to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. She led a team in ...


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Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a project directed by the University of Chicago's Center for the Study ...


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Robin Roberts on cover of AARP Magazine - From an AARP press release - ASHINGTON, DC—Robin Roberts, who at 54 enjoys so much personal and professional success, has also overcome a great deal of adversity along the way. The first to admit that she never dreamed she'd go so far, so fast, Roberts opens up in an emotional interview with AARP the Magazine, in which she reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences. ...


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Lesbian political action committee endorses Clinton - LPAC press release - April 12, 2015 — LPAC, the country's first and only lesbian political action committee, announced its board voted to endorse Hillary Clinton and her historic campaign for president. With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, LPAC becomes the first national LGBT organization to endorse Clinton's campaign for the presidency. To support the campaign, LPAC is launching Lesbians 4 Hillary, ...


Survey-seeks-input-on-Chicago-African-American-lesbian-history

Survey seeks input on Chicago African American lesbian history - From a press release - Longtime Chicago lesbian activist and historian Melvyna Gaynor is seeking survey respondents for her new history project. She would like people to answer the questions below to help us compile data essential to producing a video documentary on the Black LGBT community in Chicago from 1970 til today. How many organizations/ social clubs serviced the needs of the black LGBT ...


Force-wins-over-West-Michigan-Mayhem

Force wins over West Michigan Mayhem - The new-look Chicago Force was just like the old time team on April 11 in the season opener against the West Michigan Mayhem at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School. The Force dominated the Mayhem, building a 38-0 lead after the first quarter en route to a 63-0 mauling and the 100th win in team history. ...


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NCLR and Task Force remove names from Michfest petition - [Updated April 11, 8:11 p.m.] Just days after Kate Kendell and the organization she leads, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), removed their signature from Equality Michigan's Michfest petition, another big league LGBT organization followed suit. National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey has withdrawn her support for the petition. Kendell and Carey's original letters were met with ...


Rabbinical-group-gets-first-ever-lesbian-president

Rabbinical group gets first-ever lesbian president - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Denise L. Eger was active as a youth in her family's temple while growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, thus encouraged by family and rabbis to pursue a career in the rabbinical world. "I felt a call to make the world more just and to heal society of racism and classism, poverty and many other modern day plagues," she said. Eger ...


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Louisiana school to allow lesbian student to wear tux to prom - ( Monroe, Louisiana, April 7, 2015 )—Today, Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor and Monroe City School Board President Bishop Rodney McFarland Sr. contacted Claudetteia Love, who is being represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ), to inform her that she will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom on April 24. Last ...


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Nationally known comics to celebrate progressive comedians - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 7, 2015 ) — In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Catharsis Productions will host a one-night comedy event, Social Justice Stand Up: Comedy with a Conscience on Tuesday, April 28th at 9pm. at ComedySportz Chicago, 929 W. Belmont Ave. The evening's performers include headliner Hari Kondabolu, Micia Mosely and Fawzia Mirza. Tickets are $15, with discounts ...


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PASSAGES "Ninure" Dawn Saunders - "Ninure" Dawn Saunders, a deeply religious Chicagoan who had friends around the world through the church, passed away March 31 after a long illness. She was 61. Saunders, born in Great Lakes and raised in Chicago, was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard, in Chicago. She had been a longtime member and deacon at ...


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MUSIC Joan Armatrading on touring, inspiration - Out British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and her partner, Maggie Butler, may have not-so-secretly had their union legalized as a civil partnership May 2, 2011 in Shetland, United Kingdom, but their "Love and Affection" appears to have taken a back seat as of late. Armatrading is in the middle of a year-long tour spanning the globe. How is the gender-neutral storytelling ...


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BOOKS: Dying to Play; Ndegeocello; authors Sullivan, Conner - BOOK REVIEW Dying to Play by Mark Zubro $13.49; MLR Press; 229 pages Review by Lauren E. Childers Dying to Play is the first book in a new series by Mark Zubro that features a big-league private investigator based out of Chicago. When players on a minor-league baseball team start to receive personal threats, Mike King is initially hired to ...


Filmmaker-Michelle-Citron-looks-at-pre-Stonewall-lesbians-

Filmmaker Michelle Citron looks at pre-Stonewall lesbians - Imagine inheriting a house and finding a treasure trove of more than 2,000 photos depicting lesbian life in Chicago during the pre-Stonewall era. That's just what happened to case worker Patrick Gourley. Gourley first met Norma Roos ( Aug. 1919-Dec. 1, 1999 ) and Virginia Kaitchuck ( Nov. 1919-Oct. 18, 2001 ) a little more than 20 years ago. They ...


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Chicago gay filmmakers Fawzia Mirza, Robert-Carnilius in film series - From a press release - Chicago-based film production company Full Spectrum Features today announced the films included in volume one of Chicagoland Shorts, a new, specially curated collection of short films by Chicago filmmakers. The series highlights the incredible diversity of The Windy City and its surrounding communities, celebrating the vastness of the Chicagoland experience, and providing an outlet for cinematic voices that sometimes go ...


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DeGeneres show to air to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC has ordered eight episodes of First Dates, an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air. Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of ...


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Veterans speak on love and secrets in military - Video below - Out at CHM, the LGBTQ series of discussions at the Chicago History Museum, focused on "Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or Tell" March 26. Megan Carney opened the program by sharing what she'd learned while interviewing military women for her theater production Women At War with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. She set the stage for stories of the human heart ...


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Thousand Waves marks 30 years of mission-driven work - Thousand Waves to host spring trainings - Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, located in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, kicked off a year of celebratory events in February, marking the 30th anniversary of its founding. The milestone brings up feelings of "pride, happiness, joy," said Nancy Lanoue, the lesbian founder and current co-executive director of the non-profit, which sprang from feminist roots and now serves a ...


DOWS-hosts-womens-dance

DOWS hosts women's dance - Dance of the Western Suburbs. a project that started many years ago as a project of Women of the Western Suburbs, was held March 21 in Kildeer, Illinois, in the Northwest suburbs. More than 560 tickets were sold to the event, which is now an annual dance for all women. Photos by Tracy Baim ...


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Chicago-made Huntington's doc 'Quicksand' screens April 9 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 18, 2014 ) — Black Cat Productions will be screening the documentary A Mind in Quicksand—Life with Huntington's to promote its May broadcast release to public television stations nationwide. The film will be hosted by Columbia College Chicago at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, April 9 at 6 p.m. Q&A with Huntington's community members will immediately ...


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Rivendell Theatre honors Willa Taylor, marks 20 years - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's sold-out 2015 Salon fundraiser at Level Office marked the group's 20th anniversary of advancing women's lives "through the power of theater." Rivendell cultivates the talents of women artists—writers, actors, directors, designers and technicians—"by seeking out innovative plays that explore unique female experiences and producing them in intimate, salon environments." The event also honored Chicago's Willa Taylor for ...


VIEWS-Discrimination-is-not-religious-freedom

VIEWS Discrimination is not religious freedom - A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans. There is a surprising number of bills being introduced in state legislative session that outrightly sanction and enforce LGBTQ discrimination. These bills are called religious freedom restoration acts ( RFRA ), but don't be fooled. These lawmakers are looking to codify LGBTQ discrimination. Last week the ...


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Chicago LGBT-rights advocate now with Human Rights Watch - The Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) has become the unequivocal defender of the oppressed, marginalized and exploited world-wide. Operating with complete impartiality, the organization has called attention to some of the most shameful acts against humanity in recent history from the genocide in Rwanda to the assaults, imprisonment and murder of LGBT populations in countries such as Russia, Jamaica, ...


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MUSIC Anne Steele shows listeners 'What's Mine' - Anne Steele's new album, What's Mine, paints a picture of a seasoned songstress in the throes of overcoming life's little treasures—such as heartbreak, loss and finding the courage to try again. The award-winning songwriter met her wife of five years, Kelli Carpenter, while performing on a cruise with R Family Vacations in 2010 and it's been smooth sailing ever since. ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor honors; GayCo event; Sculpture exhibit - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St., at 6 p.m. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the ...


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National: Philly's celebration; guilty verdict; Utah bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Philadelphia, the organizers of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the LGBT-rights movement announced that they will present Edie Windsor ( plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court marriage-equality decision in 2013 ) and Judy Shepard ( mother of Matthew Shepard, and international activist for LGBT and human rights ) with the International Role Model Awards at the Independence Visitor Center, a ...


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World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis.com noted. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She was No. 1 for 39 weeks in her career, becoming the first Frenchwoman to reach the top of the computer rankings since they were introduced in the 1970s. Mauresmo is also an out ...


Longtime-political-activist-Jean-Hardisty-dies

Longtime political activist Jean Hardisty dies - Jean V. Hardisty, 69, has passed away March 16 at her Somerville, Massachusetts home after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to her colleagues at Political Research Associates (PRA), a social justice, right-wing watch group she founded in 1981 in Chicago under the name Midwest Research. PRA has been a critical voice in fighting the American right wing. Hardisty wrote dozens ...


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New-look Chicago Force eyes return to national championship form - Let's start with the new, and there's plenty of that for the 2015 Chicago Force: home stadium, quarterback and coaches. But still, the women's tackle football team which was the 2013 Woman's Football Alliance ( WFA ) national champion, the goal is the same: just win. "I'm feeling energized and excited about this year's team," said team owner/general manager Linda ...


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Coalition report: LGBT women among most economically vulnerable - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — According to a new report released today by a broad coalition of research and advocacy organizations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) women are among the most at risk of poverty in America. Due to discriminatory laws, America's 5.1 million LGBT women face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence. ...


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Election board decides in favor of Mell - The Chicago Board of Election Commisioners, on March 12, decided in favor of 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell in her bid to keep her post for another term. But Mell's challenger, Tim Meegan, has said that he will continue to press ahead with a lawsuit accusing Mell's organization of unscrupulous election-day tactics, DNAinfo reported. The decision affirmed tallies released March ...


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Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD will honor Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 21, according to a press release. Washington will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, ...


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Upcoming: Homestretch screening; honors to Taylor, Mirza; Human First gala; voting - Wed., March 11 Navigating Your Senior Rights Learn about powers of attorney and living wills, as well as how to access Social Security benefits and health care. Free. Questions to Jane Merrill, jmerrill@centeronhalsted.org 6:00pm - 7:00pm Center on Halsted 3656 N Halsted Chicago http://www.centeronhalsted.com . Living For Madonna: Album Release Party Official album release party for Madonna's Rebel Heart. Videos ...


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VIEWS Boston's forgotten role in the women's movement - March is Women's History Month and Mary Dore's documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry helps us celebrate, remember and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century—the women's movement. Zooming in on the years 1966 to 1971, Dore excavated the archival images of the birth of the movement. Dore captures the spirit, soul and fire of these ...


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United States Artists: Illuminating value of artists for a decade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2003, a study by the Urban Institute found that while "96 percent of Americans appreciate the arts, paradoxically, only 27 percent believe that artists contribute to the good of society," according to the United States Artists website. Seeing a critical need "to close the gap between the love of art and the ambivalence toward those who create it," United ...


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Exhibition: History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago - From a press release - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago's history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition. Drawing ...


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International Women's Day Dance returns - The Chicago Foundation for Women LBTQ Giving Council and key community allies brought back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago March 7 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. DJs were OCD ( Wanda Rodriguez ) and DJ Ang. Chair of the event Eli Marsh, along with her Giving Council co-chair ...


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Windy City Gay Idol 2015 announcement - After a dozen years of hosting Windy City Gay Idol, Windy City Times newspaper and Nightspots magazine are announcing they will not be programming the annual event in 2015. Started in 2003 as a takeoff on the popular American Idol TV show, the contests have been held throughout the city and suburbs, crowning winners based on the votes of a ...


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Humorous memoir 'Butch' details pregnancy woes - In her graphic memoir, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, A.K. Summers chronicles her difficult journey as a butch lesbian navigating her way through pregnancy. Summers—who also illustrated the novel—started writing it in 2005 after giving birth to her son Franklin. Despite being taken out of her comfort zone, Summers injects humor into her memoir even during some ...


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Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films - 'The Homestretch' screening March 14 Community Cinema, WTTW, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Polk Bros Foundation are presenting an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The screening will take place Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. ( A ...


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MOVIES Documentary looks at women's-rights movement - As the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage wiggles its way into the mainstream at an ever-hungry pace, there is another movement doing quite the same, albeit with far less fanfare. The women's-rights movement took off in the '60s and yet, nearly 50 years later, female workers still do not get paid the same wage as their male counterparts, their childbearing ...


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PASSAGES Barbara "Robbie" Smith, services March 7 - From Affinity - Affinity announces with sadness the services of a beloved community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Robbie was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a founding member of the Affinity Trailblazers. Robbie was an amazing human being who was also wife and mother ...







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