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Humorous-memoir-Butch-details-pregnancy-woes

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 ...


Local-entertainment-events-Homestretch-Tret-Fure-Louder-than-a-Bomb-African-American-films

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 ...


MOVIES-Documentary-looks-at-womens-rights-movement

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 ...


PASSAGES-Barbara-Robbie-Smith-services-March-7

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 ...


Entertainment-Wanda-Sykes-Gaga-MoNique-Eddie-Redmayne

Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Wanda Sykes says she was treated like a unicorn after coming out gay, On Top Magazine noted. Sykes, 50, came out as gay in 2008 during a rally to protest passage of California's gay-marriage ban, Proposition 8, which fell in 2013. Appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show, Sykes told Vieira that her coming out was not planned, adding, "Funny ...


Deb-Mell-appears-to-win-tight-race-in-33rd-Ward-some-ballots-left-to-count

Deb Mell appears to win tight race in 33rd Ward, some ballots left to count - ELECTIONS 2015 - Incumbent 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell, the city's only openly lesbian alderman, may have won the race now that absentee votes have been counted from the Feb. 24 election. There are still a few ballots to go, so it may not be clear until March 9 if she has won. As of Friday at 5 p.m., the Chicago Board of ...


Same-sex-married-war-veteran-denied-veterans-benefits-

Same-sex married war veteran denied veterans benefits - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association, the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, strongly condemned a move by the Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ), requiring a female Iraq war veteran, Melissa Perkins-Fercha, to pay back her federal veterans benefits tied to her legal wife and daughter because the state of Texas does not recognize ...


Upcoming-Willa-Taylor-Knuckles-movieLouder-than-a-Bomb-Armatrading-Writers-

Upcoming: Willa Taylor; Knuckles movie;'Louder than a Bomb'; Armatrading; Writers - 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. 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 2015 WREN Award ...


Milwaukee-LGBT-center-names-new-executive-director

Milwaukee LGBT center names new executive director - The board of directors of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Gotzler as the organization's new executive director, effective immediately, according to a press release. Gotzler will take the role after serving as interim executive director since July. Gotzler has been consulting with a wide range of organizations from businesses to government and ...


Her-HRC-event-Feb-15

Her HRC event Feb. 15 - "Chicago Her HRC Presents: 4th Annual Va ~ Va ~ Vaudeville!" took place Feb. 15 at Mayne Stage. The event featured burlesque dancers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, musicians, sword swallowers, painted ladies and belly dancers. Gwen La Roka hosted this year's event, with Lady Gia, Aerin Tedesco, Cruel Valentine and Shana Vaughn-Gabor among the slated performers. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ...


Women-Children-First-celebrates-renovation

Women & Children First celebrates renovation - Andersonville business Women & Children First Books celebrated their recent major renovation of the store, including new wood floors, a new layout of sections, freshly painted walls and overall a more open floor plan. New owners Sarah Hollenbeck ( left ) and Lynn Mooney are pictured in the re-designed space. They featured music and other programming Feb. 21, and plan ...


PASSAGES-Chicago-activist-Barbara-Robbie-Smith-dies

PASSAGES Chicago activist Barbara 'Robbie' Smith dies - Family and friends have announced the passing of beloved Chicago community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Born May 25, 1946, Smith died Feb. 14, 2015. Her gay community activism started in the 1960s. Smith was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a ...


Lesbian-PAC-names-first-ED

Lesbian PAC names first E.D. - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first lesbian political action committee, announced political veteran Beth Shipp has been hired as the organization's first executive director. "As LPAC continues to grow and flourish, we are thrilled to have Beth as our first executive director," said LPAC Board Chair Laura Ricketts. "Her experience, knowledge, relationships, and political acumen are ideally suited for LPAC as we ...


PASSAGES-Leslie-Gore-dies-at-68

PASSAGES Leslie Gore dies at 68 - Leslie Gore—a singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her song "It's My Party" and followed it with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me"—has died at age 68, according to Newstalk1010.com. According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Feb. 16 of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Quincy Jones discovered Gore ...


Lesbian-feminist-Barbara-Smith-remains-focused

Lesbian feminist Barbara Smith remains focused - Steadfast Black lesbian feminist activist Barbara Smith has never colored in the lines, and after 40 years fighting for equal rights, she isn't about to start now. "I see all of my work as being connected. So although some people would say, 'You're a publisher;' 'you're a Black feminist activist;' 'you were involved in the civil-rights movement, but also in ...


Two-Chicago-women-leave-the-LGBTQ-community-historical-treasure-

Two Chicago women leave the LGBTQ community historical treasure - From a press release - Two Chicago women — Norma and Virginia — have left the LGBTQ community an amazing historical treasure. They died when they were in their 80s, leaving behind piles and boxes of snapshots of themselves and their friends that span four decades from the mid 1930s to the 1970s in East Rogers Park. The photos provide a rare look at a ...


National-roundup-Michigan-marriages-mayors-honor-killer-found

National roundup: Michigan marriages; mayor's honor; killer found - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that his administration will recognize 300 same-sex marriages that took place during a 24-hour window when they were legal in Michigan last year, according to Advocate.com. However, that doesn't change the Republican administration's plan to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court later this year. The case out of Michigan ...


Obsessed-man-attacks-lesbian-couples-kills-one

Obsessed man attacks lesbian couples, kills one - Virginia Coast Guardsman Adrian Loya was apprehended after he attacked a lesbian couple in their Massachusetts home, fatally shooting one woman and gravely injuring her wife because he was obsessed with one of the women, according to The New York Daily News. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lisa Trubnikova, 31, died at the scene of the rampage in Cape Cod. Her ...


Indiana-woman-in-first-same-sex-marriage-dies

Indiana woman in first same-sex marriage dies - Niki Quasney—the Munster, Indiana, woman who, along with her wife Amy Sandler—became one of the most prominent figures in the movement last year to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, has died at age 38, the Indy Star reported. She died Feb. 5, more than five years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Last spring, a federal judge granted ...


Tegan-and-Sara-reteam-with-Lonely-Island-for-Oscars

Tegan and Sara reteam with Lonely Island for Oscars - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA - Pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar®-nominated song "Everything Is Awesome" at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. "Tegan and Sara and Lonely Island?.....Everything Is Awesome, ...


National-Womens-Soccer-League-announce-2015-regular-season

National Women's Soccer League announce 2015 regular season - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. — The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced today the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season, which includes numerous highlights for the Red Stars, such as a doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. Fans have additional reason for excitement as the team plays 16 of ...


Rosie-ODonnell-exiting-The-View-again

Rosie O'Donnell exiting 'The View' again - Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View for the second time—this time after just five months—to focus on her family, TheWrap reported. "I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November," O'Donnell's representative told TheWrap in a statement. "Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention. "This has been a very stressful situation. She ...


ELECTIONS-2015-33RD-WARD-Deb-Mell-answers-challenges-to-her-seat

ELECTIONS 2015: 33RD WARD Deb Mell answers challenges to her seat - Deb Mell, alderman of the 33rd Ward, is no stranger to challenges both professional and personal. Mell was appointed to the seat by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2013 after the retirement of her father Richard who spent 38 years in the position. The first out lesbian alderman in the city, Mell has been a fierce proponent of LGBT rights both ...


Charges-brought-in-Atlanta-intimate-partner-homicide-

Charges brought in Atlanta intimate partner homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the alleged intimate partner violence ( IPV ) homicide of Ashley Belle that occurred on Jan. 26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. According to media citing police sources, Ashley Belle's domestic partner, Laura Bozeman, has been charged in connection with her death, which occurred after two days of verbal ...


Denver-queer-Latina-killed-in-police-confrontation

Denver queer Latina killed in police confrontation - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply alarmed by the killing of an unarmed queer Latina youth, Jessie Hernandez, age 17, by police in Denver, Colorado. According to media reports, Jessie Hernandez was allegedly driving a stolen car on Monday, January 26th, when police responded to a call about suspicious activity in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood. ...


International-Womens-Day-Dance-March-7

International Women's Day Dance March 7 - Chicago groups are bringing back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7 p.m.-midnight at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division Street. The event is sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women LGBT Giving Council and Affinity Community Services. The event is open to people of all identities, and ...


Chicago-Sky-starts-season-on-Natl-Girls-and-Women-in-Sports-Day

Chicago Sky starts season on Nat'l Girls and Women in Sports Day - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Sky will begin its 10th season by hosting more than 150 girls from the Chicago-land community for a Sports Expo on February 4 as part of the 29th-annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Some of Chicago's most inspiring and influential female sports leaders including Sky Guard/Forward Elena Delle Donne, Sky Head Coach & General Manager Pokey Chatman, ...


Orange-nabs-SAG-awards-

'Orange' nabs SAG awards - The awards season continued with the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 25. The Netflix series Orange Is the New Black won twice—once for best comedy ensemble and other with Uzo Aduba ( who portrays "Crazy Eyes" ) winning best female actor in a comedy series. In winning, Aduba edged Modern Family's Julie Bowen, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, Veep's ...


Music-events-Artemis-concert-Feb-6-7-OUTMusic-Awards-put-off

Music events: Artemis concert Feb. 6-7; OUTMusic Awards put off - Artemis Singers concert Feb. 6-7 Chicago lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Artemis Singers will perform Adele's "Rumour Has It," ...


Chicago-Women-in-Trades-forges-new-nontraditional-lives

Chicago Women in Trades forges new, nontraditional lives - One of the legacies left when feminist leader Christine Johnson passed way Jan. 23 was an indelible advancement in the attitudes, growth and opportunities for women wishing to follow in her steps and forge a career as a construction machinist or as a plumber, electrician, welder or in any number of trades that had once been viewed as remaining solely ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Lesbian-candidate-vies-to-win-seat-as-46th-Ward-alderman

ELECTIONS 2015: Lesbian candidate vies to win seat as 46th Ward alderman - ELECTIONS 2015 - Business attorney Amy Crawford, an openly gay partner with the Chicago firm Kirkland & Ellis, is mounting a campaign to unseat incumbent Ald. James Cappleman, also openly gay, in the February 24th municipal election. Among the issues Crawford sees as being key to the race are public safety, economic development and sustaining affordable housing in the Ward, where Crawford lives ...


The-fight-of-her-life-Longtime-activist-Healy-battles-cancer

The fight of her life: Longtime activist Healy battles cancer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sheila Healy focuses on today, maybe tomorrow. She finds joy with her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog named Maddie and such simple things as the NFL playoff victory Jan. 11 by her beloved Green Bay Packers. She never looks too far ahead—be it a week, month and certainly not a year. She was, for instance, supposed to go on ...


Quare-Square-a-South-Side-stronghold

Quare Square a South Side stronghold - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Quare Square, a monthly open mic for queer women of color and allies, is a flashback to the now-defunct POWWOW, Inc., the longest-running open mic for Black lesbians in the country and a 2013 inductee into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame. "Everyone wanted POWWOW to continue, but for various reasons, it could not," said M. Shelley Conner, ...


Chris-Johnson-printer-artist-feminist-leader-dies

Chris Johnson, printer, artist, feminist leader, dies - Christine Johnson, a former Chicagoan who played a key role in the early Women-in-Print and women in trades movements locally and nationally, died Jan. 23 of complications from cancer. She was 63. Johnson and Nancy Poore were married in Canada in February 2007, their anniversary. This February would have marked their 34th year together. Johnson, originally from Cincinnati, was a ...


Beck-Kramer-shines-with-sci-fi-Web-comic

Beck Kramer shines with sci-fi Web comic - Beck Kramer created a comic to submit for an anthology from LGBTQ writers and artists, yet her work was not accepted for publication. But Kramer brought the characters to life in another form. Kramer, 32, a lesbian who lives in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood and grew up in Elmwood Park, launched her comic, Relativity ( www.relativitycomic.com ), last May. It is ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-LGBTQ-theater-has-plenty-to-offer

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBTQ theater has plenty to offer - If you're looking for theater that explores LGBTQ issues, then you're in lots of luck this winter. Gender non-conformity, bullying and Broadway diva worship are just a few of the topics explored in the shows listed below. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. LGBTQ shows: A Map of Virtue, Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre, now to Feb. 14. ...


Study-Bisexual-women-face-poorer-mental-health

Study: Bisexual women face poorer mental health - Bisexual women experience poorer mental health than lesbians and both were worse off than heterosexual women in England and Wales, according to a new, large study. "Bisexual women may be more likely to experience social stress due to the 'double discrimination' of homophobia and biphobia. This stress, experienced mainly as internalized and felt stigma, could result in greater risk for ...


Thousand-Waves-Martial-Arts-and-Self-Defense-Center-celebrates-30-years

Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center celebrates 30 years - From a press release - Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center kicks off a year of events marking the 30th anniversary of its founding with a conversation with Nancy Lanoue and Sarah Ludden about the feminist roots of their own martial arts and self-defense practices, and how that blossomed into the founding and evolution of Thousand Waves. The event is February 4, from 7:45 ...


Forum-looks-back-at-a-lesbian-love-triangle

Forum looks back at a lesbian love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anya Jabour, Ph.D. visited University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) to present "A Lesbian Love Triangle at the University of Chicago: Sophonisba Breckinridge, Marion Talbot, and Edith Abbott" The Jan. 14 program was part of CSGS's series Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago. The ...


Christy-Webber-on-landscape-design-and-Chicago-landmarks

Christy Webber on landscape design and Chicago landmarks - Corn, kale, tomatoes and herbs were just some of the edibles that could be found in the display beds that were installed last summer at Millennium Park. The brainchild of lesbian landscape designer Christy Webber, the display beds combine edibles and flowers together in a unique and innovative way. Last February, Webber brought together permaculture expert Annamaria Leon and urban-farming ...


Shimer-College-president-talks-about-worst-college-label

Shimer College president talks about 'worst college' label - "There's no such thing as bad publicity."—P.T. Barnum; author, publisher, philanthropist, politician, and perhaps best known as the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus. Shimer College—a small liberal arts college in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood that was established in 1853 and boasts a unique academic program—has been under an unwanted national spotlight since last September. Shimer was tagged "the worst ...


Fertility-doctor-helps-lesbian-couple-become-mothers

Fertility doctor helps lesbian couple become mothers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For Dr. Laurence Jacobs, helping people become parents has been his life's work. One couple who benefitted from his expertise in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility is Dana and Kira Crosby. The Crosbys met in late 2004 while they were living in Boston and developed a friendship that later turned into a romance. The romance blossomed, and in ...


Affinity-kicks-off-20th-anniv-year-with-Burning-Bowl-event-

Affinity kicks off 20th-anniv. year with Burning Bowl event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Our theme today is soaring forward like a phoenix. A phoenix is never defeated. It may stumble. It may fall. It may experience incredible hardship and just when you think it's done it rises up rejuvenated, renewed and transformed," said Brandee Young-Dyson, Burning Bowl 2015 mistress of ceremonies and committee member. That message permeated Affinity Community Services annual Burning Bowl ...


PASSAGES-Laurie-Benz-57-dies

PASSAGES Laurie Benz, 57, dies - Laurie Benz, an out lesbian and feminist singer-songwriter, among other roles in the music industry, passed away peacefully in the Chicago area on Jan. 4 after a long struggle from a debilitating stroke. She was 57. "Laurie was truly unique, and Lesbian Nation now must say goodbye to one of its sparkliest lights," said activist/publisher Toni Armstrong Jr. "She was ...


Looking-back-Local-passages-

Looking back: Local passages - —Joy Hightower Morris, the celebrated Chicago transgender- and HIV-rights activist; founder of TransActions; and organizing force behind the Legends Lunch All Stars Awards, honoring the lives and resilience of trans* individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS—passed away Dec. 6 after a long battle with cancer. —Carl Occhipinti, 61, the retired artistic director of Village Players, passed away Jan. 3. ...


Alcaraz-steps-down-from-Abortion-Fund

Alcaraz steps down from Abortion Fund - After nearly a decade as the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund ( CAF ), Gaylon Alcaraz is stepping down Dec. 31. Former grantee and current deputy director Brittany Mostiller was slated to take the reigns as the new executive director effective Jan. 1, 2015. In a statement, Alcaraz said, "In September 2015, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary ...


TOP-CHICAGO-SPORTS-STORY-OF-2014-Retiring-quarterback-Grisafe-

TOP CHICAGO SPORTS STORY OF 2014 Retiring quarterback Grisafe - Sami Grisafe showed up for her first practice with the Chicago Force in 2007, at Lane Tech High School. She had contacted the team via the website and completed the online questionnaire, and her bio stated that she played years of youth football and also was the quarterback for the boys' team at her California high school. Force owner Linda ...


Sandra-Bernhard-John-Waters-Taylor-Lautner-parties

Sandra Bernhard; John Waters; Taylor Lautner parties - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In New York City, Sandra Bernhard joined the annual Midtown North Detective Squad holiday party—which had a somber tone this year in light of the killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, according to Page Six. Bernhard joined the festivities to support her friend Detective Kevin Schroeder, who organized the soiree to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ...


Navratilova-marries

Navratilova marries - Tennis icon Martina Navratilova married long-term partner Julia Lemigova in a ceremony in New York, according to The Huffington Post. Navratilova and her Russian partner of eight years tied the knot three months after Martina popped the question during a surprise on-camera proposal at the U.S. Open. Speaking after the ceremony, Martina told the BBC: "I'm 58 years old—I got ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Margaret-Cho-chats-about-sex-Chicago-Bob-Mould

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Margaret Cho chats about sex, Chicago, Bob Mould - Margaret Cho is one of the biggest names in comedy that has led to a multidimensional career that includes acting, singing and songwriting. Along with being a huge LGBT supporter, she is openly bisexual, winning tons of awards for her advocacy work. Cho recently performed in San Francisco with Bob Mould for a homeless crowd raising money for the cause ...


Notes-TransTech-Court-on-inmates-gender-UChicago-Jabour

Notes: TransTech; Court on inmate's gender; UChicago Jabour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TransTech partners with MillerCoors As part of its year-end fundraising efforts, TransTech Social Enterprise ( TTSE ) announced a partnership with MillerCoors to match all donations up to $10,000 from now through Dec. 31. Allied Media Projects fiscally sponsors TransTech, making all donations tax-deductible. The $10,000 matching program will be used to create education and employment opportunities for transgender and ...


Affinity-kicks-off-20-year-celebration-with-Burning-Bowl

Affinity kicks off 20 year celebration with Burning Bowl - From a press release - [UPDATE: As of Jan. 3, 2015, the location of this event is being changed and will be announced soon.] Chicago, IL — Affinity Community Services will kick off its 20th year anniversary celebration with their annual Burning Bowl event on January 10, 2015. For more than a decade, Burning Bowl has been an opportunity for those in the LGBTQ community, ...


COMEDY-Cameron-Esposito-The-lesbian-linguist-of-funny

COMEDY Cameron Esposito: The lesbian linguist of funny - Through BuzzFeed's "Ask a Lesbian" video series, biweekly A.V. Club columns ( "Who in the World is Cameron Esposito?" ), and stand-up routines around the country—including appearances on "Conan" and "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson"—comic Cameron Esposito ( a former Chicago and Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) readily tackles sexism, dating, and coming out, all ...


Santiagos-spouse-among-those-included-in-settlement-

Santiago's spouse among those included in settlement - The surviving partner of a prominent community activist is among those included in a settlement after a 2011 Indiana stage collapse, Indy Star reported Dec. 19. Lawyers representing victims of an August 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair announced Dec. 19 that they had reached a settlement totaling nearly $50 million. Among the people killed in that accident ...


Life-might-be-getting-better-for-LGBT-steelworkers

Life might be getting better for LGBT steelworkers - Anne Balay has become an advocate for LGBT steelworkers, which is interesting since she's never worked in a steel mill. Balay did however work in Gary, Indiana, previously as an instructor at Indiana University Northwest. She said the proximity to the steel mills as well as a background in blue-collar work led to her searching out LGBT steelworkers to find ...


Christine-Bland-named-2014-LGBT-engineer-of-the-year

Christine Bland named 2014 LGBT engineer of the year - Christine Bland was on a business trip earlier this year in Connecticut when she learned she was being nominated for a prestigious award from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals ( NOGLSTP ). She broke down in tears. "It blew my mind away that I was even being considered, especially since there are so many ...


Women-Children-First-to-host-Sarah-Ruhl

Women & Children First to host Sarah Ruhl - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — ON Monday, December 22ND at 7 p.m. Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago's iconic Andersonville neighborhood will be hosting playwright and author Sarah Ruhl for a reading, signing and discussion of her slyly brilliant new collection 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and ...


Rivendells-Women-at-War-talkback-focuses-on-DADT

Rivendell's Women at War talkback focuses on DADT - Video below - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's Women at War depicts the lives of women in the armed forces based on true accounts from veterans. The first of two stagings on the final night, Dec. 6, was followed by a panel discussion focusing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, moderated by Rivendell's Megan Carney and including Willa Taylor, a Navy veteran; Lorry Luscri of the ...


Recording-project-aims-to-amplify-LGBT-musicians

Recording project aims to amplify LGBT musicians - Even with more platforms available than ever to discover new music, it can still be hard for LGBT musicians to garner an audience and for LGBT listeners to find music they relate to. That's why Bianca Russelburg, a recent graduate from Ball State University with a degree in audio production, created Resonate, a mobile recording project aimed at helping LGBT ...


Michelle-Chamuel-On-The-Voice-career-advice

Michelle Chamuel: On 'The Voice,' career advice - Amherst, Massachusetts, native Michelle Chamuel—a top-10 contestant on season four of NBC's The Voice Season 4—is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music ...


Rita-Mae-Brown-on-new-book-coming-out-and-Rubyfruit-Jungle

Rita Mae Brown on new book, coming out and 'Rubyfruit Jungle' - Award-winning author Rita Mae Brown is taking the rails to Chicago to promote her new adventure in the literary world—Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. In a new partnership with Amtrak, Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, will be the railway giant's first writer in residence. The Virginia resident, who tuned 70 years old Nov. 28, was ...


Lesbian-partners-open-art-gallery-cafe-in-Kenwood

Lesbian partners open art gallery/cafe in Kenwood - By Ross Forman Dr. Nancy Jackson has long collected African art, as well as antiques, Black memorabilia and more. In fact, she's saved so much over the years, the relics were overtaking her South Side home, she admitted with a smile. Gwen Pruitt, meanwhile, has been an artist locally for more than 15 years. Jackson and Pruitt have been partners ...


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'Rubyfruit' Author Rita Mae Brown in Chicago Dec. 9 - Award-winning author Rita Mae Brown is taking the rails to Chicago to promote her new adventure in the literary world—Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. In a new partnership with Amtrak, Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, will be the railway giant's first writer in residence. The Virginia resident, who tuned 70 years old Nov. 28, was ...


The-Voices-Michelle-Chamuel-to-play-Lincoln-Hall

The Voice's Michelle Chamuel to play Lincoln Hall - Amherst, Massachusetts Top 10 contestant on NBC's The Voice Season 4, Michelle Chamuel, is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music has always ...


National-Womens-Hall-of-Fame-hosts-forum-on-equality

National Women's Hall of Fame hosts forum on equality - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Equality was the main focus of a National Women's Hall of Fame forum at Roosevelt University Nov. 17. The National Women's Hall of Fame is "the nation's oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women," according to its promotional material. Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, and Susan E. Henking, president of Shimer College, ...


UIC-center-celebrates-two-decades-of-existence

UIC center celebrates two decades of existence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's still injustice happening. That's one reason University of Illinois at Chicago's ( UIC's ) Gender and Sexuality Center ( GSC ) remains a vital resource after two decades, according to graduate student and Gender and Sexuality Center staff member Anna Lepsch. Lepsch, the UIC community and the larger community celebrated the center's 20th anniversary Nov. 20. "While things may ...


Lakeside-Pride-Lea-DeLaria-and-Artemis-celebrate-Women-In-Music

Lakeside Pride, Lea DeLaria and Artemis celebrate Women In Music - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles celebrated Women in Music Nov. 16 with Lea DeLaria as host. DeLaria, currently staring as "Big Boo" in Orange is the New Black, has a long history as a stand-up comic, actor, writer, and jazz musician. DeLaria helped welcome to the stage the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band with special guests, the Artemis Singers. For the occasion ...


PASSAGES-Trans-lesbian-author-Leslie-Feinberg-dies

PASSAGES Trans lesbian author Leslie Feinberg dies - The following obituary was provided by the family, and uses female pronouns per Feinberg's request. Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, NY, ...


-Roosevelt-U-hosts-Equality-vs-Liberation-forum

Roosevelt U. hosts Equality vs. Liberation forum - From a press release - Roosevelt University will host the National Women's Hall of Fame forum, "Does Equality Ask Us to Settle for Less?" at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 17. The event will take place in the Library, on the 10th floor ( 430 South Michigan Ave. ). Please bring photo ID. National Women's Hall of Fame is the nation's oldest membership organization dedicated ...


Artemis-Singers-to-present-Loves-Lost-Loves-Found-in-2015

Artemis Singers to present "Loves Lost, Loves Found" in 2015 - Artemis Singers presents "Loves Lost, Loves Found" concert Feb. 6 & 7, 2015 Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ), Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus, will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln ...


Artemis-Singers-Celebrating-35-years-of-shows

Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows - A community of lesbian feminist women who sing, Artemis Singers has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for 35 years. Artemis Singers holds the distinction of being the first lesbian feminist chorus in the United States and, in 2008, the group was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The group is open to any ...


Eileen-Myles-reads-from-forthcoming-dog-memoir

Eileen Myles reads from forthcoming dog memoir - On Nov. 2, the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival hosted well-renowned New York poet Eileen Myles at the Poetry Foundation. Myles opened with chronicles from poetry new and old, but dedicated much of the time for an extended reading of her forthcoming dog memoir, Afterglow, inspired by her now-late companion Rosie. As the Chicago Humanities Festival honors many artists and intellectuals ...


BUSINESS-Calif-clothiers-for-masculine-identified-opens-pop-up-store

BUSINESS Calif. clothiers for masculine-identified opens pop-up store - Saint Harridan will be popping up in the Andersonville area of Chicago at 1748 W. Balmoral Ave. Nov. 15-23. The pop-up shop will be between two lesbian-owned businesses Joie de Vine and Karma Salon. The businesses will be doing several cross promotions including wine tastings. Humboldt House will be providing furniture from their retail store for the pop-up. Gender-bending Oakland, ...


Queer-musicians-Alber-and-Henderson-in-Chicago-Nov-14

Queer musicians Alber and Henderson in Chicago Nov. 14 - From a press release - San Francisco's Matt Alber and Broadway's newest singer/songwriter Celisse Henderson begin a six-city tour through the Heartland this week with queer thanksgiving in their hearts. The two will be flying from their respective coasts and meeting in Chicago to kick things off—their first concert is Friday, Nov. 14 at Schubas Tavern at Southport and Belmont. "It's kind of incredible that ...


LGBT-races-across-nation-mixed-results-

LGBT races across nation: mixed results - Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, winning election as Massachusetts attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud's chances of becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor of any state fell short. There were mixed results for other LGBT candidates ...







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