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Gay Chicago city council members to form caucus - The five openly gay members of the Chicago City Council will be forming a Gay Caucus once they are sworn in May 18, Chicago Sun-Times reported. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said that the Caucus could potentially address issues such as police profiling, school bullying, HIV/AIDS funding and LGBT-inclusive curriculums in local schools. He also suggested they might revisit the idea ...


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Chicago Children's Museum shows commitment to LGBT families - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 24, 2015 — Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of All Families Matter programming, as part of its ongoing commitment to ensure the museum serves the needs of LGBT-led families and gender non-conforming children, with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) at the museum on Sunday, May 3, 2015. All children ages 15 ...


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Jenner comes out as trans in historic interview - In what ABC persistently touted as "the most anticipated interview of the year" one that "America is glued to", a former Olympic champion and reality television celebrity who asked for the present to be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns described growing up and living as a transgender individual during an April 24 prime-time 20/20 special on ...


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42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards announces 118 nominations - From a press release - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 118 nominations in 24 categories for the 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 133 productions offered by ...


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Prince of Peace UMC joins Reconciling Ministries Network - From a press release - After a year of prayerful study, examining scripture, tradition, reason and experience — the four tools United Methodists use when seeking to be faithful followers of Jesus - congregants of Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, 1400 Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, voted overwhelmingly March 22nd to join a network of 668 United Methodist churches and campus ministries in ...


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Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to make first-ever gay chorus visit to Cuba - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 22, 2015 ) — The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC ( GMCW ) and Youth For Understanding USA ( YFU ) today announced they will partner to conduct a first-ever visit by a gay chorus to Cuba. The nine-day concert tour, to take place July 10-18, 2015, will seek to raise awareness of issues faced ...


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CDPH reopens Austin-area STI clinic - Chicago Department of Public Health has moved its Austin-area STI Specialty Clinic to a new location, which is now open for business three days a week. The new facility is located at 4909 W. Division St., Suite 411. Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone ( 312 ) 746-4871. Among the ...


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Center on Halsted, Northwestern U launch LGBT Health Research Center - Center on Halsted and IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University on April 23 launched a new LGBT health research center located at the Center. It is the first LGBT health research facility in the nation that is housed in an LGBT community center. According to a press release, the health center at Center on Halsted, with a ...


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Chicagoan involved in PETA contest - Gay Chicago resident Shane Devins is in the running to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' ( PETA's ) Sexiest Vegan Next Door, according to LGBT Weekly. Devins, 27, beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the United States to become one of 10 male contestants to advance to the final round. Visitors to PETA.org can ...


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Chakafest 2015 to take place May 27 - Chakafest 2015—a free fundraising party to celebrate the music of Chaka Khan—will take place Wed., May 27, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Among other happenings, Chicago-based DJ Maurice "Ice" Culpepper will be spinning Khan and Khan-inspired tunes; Columbia College Chicago photography students will be creating artwork inspired by her recordings; and a collection of Khan memorabilia and ...


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Option Up! Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest to benefit Howard Brown - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Option Up!, the acclaimed musical theater cabaret and talk-show, celebrates co-host Christopher Pazdernik's birthday with Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a concert to benefit Howard Brown Health Center on Sunday, May 10 at 7:30 in The Cab at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be music directed ...


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Chicago rally planned during court hearing - On Tuesday, April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about striking down bans on same-sex marriage in four states, with a decision expected in June. Chicago LGBTA activists plan to hold a rally that same day at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., at 5 p.m., joining activists from other states. Sponsors include: 8th Day Center for Justice, ...


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Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - [NOTE: Update: Deadline extended to April 24.] CHICAGO—Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, 2015, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, ...


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ACLU honors state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie - More than 900 individuals gathered April 17 at the Hilton Chicago to honor Barbara Flynn Currie as a longtime champion of human rights. Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, received the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition for her contributions throughout nearly three decades in the General ...


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Michelangelo Signorile reminds us why 'It's Not Over' - Sirius XM radio personality and HuffPost Gay Voices vertical editor Michelangelo Signorile begins his book "It's Not Over" with a word of caution: he is not going to please everyone. In fact, he makes this point abundantly clear when he explains that there are trans issues he can't personally speak to, women's issues he can't rightfully construct on his own, ...


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Upcoming: Rita Moreno; Gender Fusions; Film Festival - Moreno speaking at NEIU commencement Award-winning actress Rita Moreno will be the speaker for Northeastern Illinois University's spring commencement ceremony on Monday, May 11. The event will take place at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., at 4 p.m. Moreno belongs to an elite group of performers, having won each of the entertainment industry's most prestigious awards: the Oscar, ...


Night-of-Noise-puts-LGBTQ-youth-issues-on-blast

Night of Noise puts LGBTQ youth issues on blast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Unzipping the lip, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ended the Day of Silence with the 14th annual Night of Noise on April 17 at the Thompson Center. The Day of Silence is a day at school when students, teachers, school administrators and other supporters across the country protest with silence to bring awareness of the effects of LGBTQA bullying. The Alliance ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Opera star Fredericka von Stade previously announced that she had retired from all stage performances. Yet, von Stade has gone back on her word to star in the new 2014 opera A Coffin in Egypt, written specifically for her by gay composer Ricky Ian Gordon with librettist/director Leonard Foglia. The work is based upon a play by the late Pulitzer ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Billy-Elliot

THEATER REVIEW Billy Elliot - Music: Elton John; Book and lyrics: Lee Hall. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylane.com; $45-$60. Runs through June 7 Despite the boatloads of Olivier and Tony Awards won by Billy Elliot, the hit 2005 musical adaptation of the 2000 British film has a disappointing reputation in the Windy City. That's because a sit-down ...


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THEATER REVIEW Between You, Me and the Lampshade - Playwright: Raul Castillo. At: Teatro Vista in the Richard Christensen Theatre at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 10 The premise of Raul Castillo's play—a fugitive seeking sanctuary among strangers encounters unexpected hospitality—has provided laughs since antiquity. Its characters are likewise generic: the feisty widow Jesse and her meek teenage son Woody, handsome-but-dumb ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Grown-Up

THEATER REVIEW The Grown-Up - Playwright: Jordan Harrison. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; $33. Runs through: May 23 A journey through one man's life in a series of fleeting snapshots, The Grown-Up is a frighteningly realistic portrayal of time as much as it is a time-traveling fantasy. Shattered Globe Theater has found a sharp, imaginative and heartfelt ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Carousel

THEATER REVIEW Carousel - Playwright: Richard Rodgers ( music ), Oscar Hammerstein II ( book/lyrics ). At: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera.org/tickets; $29-$199. Runs through: May 3 The orchestra began the slow, haunting "Carousel Waltz"—that evocative Richard Rodgers melody channeling Mozart and Strauss—and the curtain rose ... and there was no carousel! Instead, there was a tawdry little carnival with ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Look'-ing at Laura Jacqmin's production - When Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin got word that Rivendell Theatre Ensemble would produce the world premiere of her drama Look, we are breathing, there was only one person she wanted to helm the production—lesbian director Megan Shuchman. "I just love working with [Shuchman]," Jacqmin said. "I think she's one of the smartest directors in Chicago." Shuchman previously directed Jacqmin's plays ...


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Baconfest: The annual meat-and-greet - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - For two days, throngs of people pigged out at Baconfest Chicago, conveniently located at the UIC Forum. April 17-18 were busy days, with both lunchtime on Saturday and dinner sessions on Friday and Saturday—all with lines down the block. Bacon-loving fans waited to visit more than 170 various chefs at their booths as the place was packed, with 4,500 guests ...


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Documentary drives down memory lane - Greg Salustro fondly remembers road trips with friends in his 1975 Chevrolet Capris Classic to Chicago, when living in the city was only just a dream. His documentary, American Dreaming, which is his first in the works, travels back even further to the cars of the past and the creative minds behind Detroit's automobiles. Salustro grew up in Detroit during ...


The-Baton-becomes-Transformative

The Baton becomes 'Transformative' - Chicago's Baton Show Lounge has entertained crowds for more than 46 years with female impersonators. Now the producers of a new endeavor called Transformative are hoping to capture that success in a unique way. Tibsen Entertainment Productions and 47th Street Studios have collaborated on a new project that aims to not only entertain but inform people on the daily life ...


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LETTERS Issues and answers - To the Editor: The mayoral and aldermanic elections are over. Regardless of the outcome, we must now address the task of building our community. The divisions based on race, gender, gender identity, income and age are so deep that we have forgotten our great awakening ( Stonewall ). Part of that community is dying on Halsted—our cultural/political/spiritual life has forgotten ...


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Political-science panel addresses support of LGBT rights - U.S. viewpoints about LGBT rights are significant to political scientists because they reflect a widespread, and relatively sudden, turnaround in opinion, according to experts. "It's probably as big a shift as we've seen in so short a time, as we've seen on any major issue," said John Poe of University of Kentucky. "The variables that used to explain a particular ...


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Gay activist reflects on Stonewall, music and recovery - In June 1969, Chicagoan Roger Goodman was in New York City, visiting a lover, Michael, with whom he was in a long-distance relationship. The two were walking through the West Village, in Sheridan Square, when they stumbled across an event that changed Goodman—and the entire LGBT community—forever. "We went out and found ourselves in the middle of a rebellion," Goodman ...


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Election dates set for Schock seat; ex-U.S. rep sued - Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued amended writs of election to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The date for the Special Primary Election is July 7, and the date for the Special General Election is Sept. 10. The writs have been modified from their original filing after a federal judge approved a consent ...


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Chicago couple part of Hillary Clinton announcement - A Chicago couple, on April 12, found themselves in the spotlight when their engagement was referenced in the video that officially announced Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who live in Uptown, were among myriad Americans depicted in the video who were preparing to undergo change of some sort, all of which led up to Clinton's ...


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Dining: Dining Out for Life; Joe Fish open for lunch; Graham Elliot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Dining Out for Life will take place Thursday, April 30, in dozens of cities across the nation—including New York City, one of the newest locations to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Chicago will also be among the 60 sites involved, and local restaurants participating include Acre, Bistronomic, Crew Bar & Grill, SpritzBurger, South Water Kitchen, Longman & Eagle, and ...


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Chicagoan loses 225 pounds, needs financial help for surgeries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At rock bottom—which was his heaviest, and just about six years ago—Robert Klein weighed 475 pounds. He wasn't an emotional roller coaster. Rather, he was an emotional roller coaster that had lost control and its railings collapsed. He was distraught, without confidence, happiness or friends. Every day he would just go through the motions and look forward to it ending ...


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Luella's Southern Kitchen; 'Piggly Wiggly' sandwich - DISH: SAVOR Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Run—don't walk—to Luella's Southern Kitchen ( 4609 N. Lincoln Ave.; http://www.luellassouthernkitchen.com/ ). It starts with the vibe, courtesy of Ernie Barnes portraits ( the most famous being in the opening credits of the '70s TV show Good Times ) and the music, which is basically classic soul. Tunes wafting from the speakers when my friend and I visited included "You ...


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Annual fundraiser aims to help Cuba - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After several meaningful, emotional, aid-driven trips to Cuba, one of Art Johnston's most memorable was in 2013—for what he missed in Illinois. Johnston and his longtime partner, Pepe Pena, plus a small group of other aid-workers from Illinois were in Cuba that November while the same-sex marriage bill passed in Springfield, leading to the legalization of gay marriage in Illinois—which ...


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Lakeside Pride salutes 'Mr. Holland's Opus' - On April 18, The Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble presented "Mr. Holland's Opus: A 20th Anniversary Tribute" at Northside College Prep. The concert, which featured The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, touched on the movie Mr. Holland's Opus ( which was a surprise hit when it was released at Christmas of 1995 and featured performances from Oscar winners Richard Dreyfuss and Olympia ...


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LGBT synagogue celebrates 40 years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Congregation Or Chadash ( Congregation of New Light ) began 40 years ago as a social club and support group for gay Jewish men and since then it has grown into a Reform congregation of over 80 LGBT and straight families, not all of whom are Jewish. "The congregation was formed so that LGBT people who were also Jewish could ...


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750 Club donors adopt first apartment - CHICAGO-The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project, a new Chicago effort launched in December to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing, has announced the first apartment adoption. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club is named for the average monthly rental amount utilized ...


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First apartment for youth adopted by 750 Club - From a 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project press release - CHICAGO-The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project, a new Chicago effort launched in December to provide private apartments for youth moving out of transitional housing, has announced the first apartment adoption. The project was initiated at the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit hosted in 2014 by Windy City Times newspaper. The 750 Club is named for the average monthly rental amount utilized ...


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Reports: Pride Parade to stay in place - The Pride Parade will reportedly stay in Boystown, for now. A confidential source confirmed to DNAInfo that the parade would remain in place and not be moved downtown after the Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown blog broke the news, citing multiple confidential city sources. Officials in Ald. Tom Tunney's office and Parade Coordinator Richard Pfeiffer could not be immediately reached ...


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ADA 25 Chicago holds launch event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ), more than 200 people including elected officials, civic leaders, business leaders and members of disability organizations gathered to launch "ADA 25 Chicago: Greater > Together" April 17 at Motorola Mobility's headquarters in Chicago. ADA 25 Chicago is a network of public, private and nonprofit partners who ...


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Chicago Red Dress Party readdresses HIV/AIDS awareness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It wasn't about who wore the dress best, as guests were all wrapped in red at the Chicago Red Dress Party on April 18 at Moonlight Studios. The Chicago Red Dress Party is a fundraiser dedicated to creating and maintaining HIV/AIDS awareness and visibility while building a strong, unified LGBT and allied community. With Equality Project Inc. presenting, men and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Herd

THEATER REVIEW The Herd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Rory Kinnear. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: June 7 The household upheaval inspired by the introduction of a baby therein generally diminishes after three or four years, while that of an elderly baby—a cognitively regressive parent, perhaps—still carries with its obligations an expectation of eventual cessation. The dependency engendered by severe ...


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The Bitchfest Club: A New Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nicolas Reinhart and Kyle Blair. At: Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted St. Tickets: www.midtangent.com; $20. Runs through: May 17 The '80s are an easy target, from the bright neon fashions to the sometimes dramatic songwriting. The Bitchfest Club from MidTangent Productions follows an age-old story of an awkward teen trying to fit in with the popular crowd. Instead of ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Ting Tings; 'The Devil's Cabaret' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those who just wouldn't embrace The Ting Tings' third CD, Super Critical, as fully as the first two, you can't say you didn't know better. The Brit duo's ( Katie White on vocals/guitar/percussion and Jules De Martino on vocals and drums ) band name translates from mandarin as "the sound of innovation on an open mind," so you had ...


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Upcoming: Bon Foster; Wainwright; Fashion; Lean Times dance; more - Bayard Rustin event April 25 at church An event focused on civil-rights icon Bayard Rustin will take place 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Walter Naegle, Rustin's partner, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists Jamie Frazier of The Lighthouse Church of Chicago, Kim L. Hunt of Affinity Community Services and community organizer ...


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Gerber/Hart celebrates Sandfield Exhibition Gallery - Chicago's LGBT Gerber/Hart Library and Archives unveiled the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at a special event April 19, 6500 N. Clark Street. The Norman L. Sandfield Charitable Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation recently donated $100,000 to Gerber/Hart, and Sandfield also gifted 50 boxes of his archival material. Some of those items are now on display in the exhibit ...


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Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members reunite for new season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 20, 2015 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full cast for the first show of its 40th Anniversary Season, the world premiere production of John Steinbeck's sweeping masterpiece East of Eden, adapted by ensemble member Frank Galati and directed by Steppenwolf co-founder and ensemble member Terry Kinney. Galati's 1988 adaptation of Steppenwolf's The Grapes of ...


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AFC: Rauner gets failing grades on HIV/AIDS issues - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), on April 20, issued what officials called a "report card" on Gov. Bruce Rauner's work on HIV/ AIDS issues during first 100 days in office. The document listed six different aspects of HIV/AIDS care for which the Rauner administration must be responsible, and gave F's in all but one. AFC has been aggressively ...


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Bayard Rustin event April 25 - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 15, 2015— Civil rights icon Bayard Rustin is one of the unsung heroes of the movement. A day-long event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue, Chicago, is devoted to singing Rustin's praises and pondering his life and legacy. Walter Naegle, Rustin's partner, will serve as keynote speaker. Panelists ...


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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. ...


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ADA 25 Chicago launches, calls for improved access - From a press release - CHICAGO—April 17, 2015—This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) — a civil rights milestone being celebrated in cities nationwide. On Friday, elected officials, civic leaders, business executives and disability organizations gathered at Motorola Mobility's headquarters for the official launch of ADA 25 Chicago — a network of public and ...


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Hall of Fame GBLT Celebrity Bowl May 9 - On Sat, May 9, 2015, Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( GLHF ) will hold its fourth annual 'Celebrity Bowl', at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Registration is from 10:30 to 11 a.m., bowling from 11 a.m. to noon and wrap-up shortly after noon. If you wish to participate in the Celebrity ...


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ACLU lunch to honor IL House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie - From a press release - CHICAGO — More than 900 supporters of human rights and civil liberties will gather in Chicago on Friday, April 17th to honor a long-time champion of basic rights. Barbara Flynn Currie, the first woman ever to serve as the Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, will be honored at the event with the Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime ...


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New chamber ED comes from career built on inclusion - Gerardo Rodriguez recently took over as executive director of the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce after a three-month search for new leadership of the nearly 20-year-old organization. Rodriguez had only been on the job for a week when he spoke with Windy City Times about his new post. He already looked right at home at his desk ...


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Bennett honored; Chairs named; Roosevelt pres named, Hall of Fame benefit - LAGBAC honors Lambda Legal's Jim Bennett The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago ( LAGBAC ) announced that Jim Bennett, Midwest regional drector for Lambda Legal, was honored at the Vanguard Awards Luncheon on April 2. The Vanguard Awards is an annual luncheon organized by six local bar associations, including LAGBAC. The event is designed to honor individuals and ...


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Talk show on lives of transgender individuals casting April 18 - From a press release - Tibsen Entertainment Productions along with 47th Street Studios is searching to cast for a talk show based onthe lives of Transgender individuals. This show will look into the personal lives of women that are not seen as typical among society standards, giving the audience an inside look into their lives. The goal is to dispel and eventually change the ideas ...


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Soup-kitchen patron: Sermon with anti-gay remarks preceded meal - An Edgewater man who went for dinner at a weekly soup kitchen hosted by an Uptown church said that he came away upset by anti-gay remarks made during the sermon preceding the meal. The man said that diners at the soup kitchen hosted each Monday by Uptown Baptist Church, 1011 W. Wilson Ave., had no choice but to attend the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Bird-Feeder-Doesnt-Know

THEATER REVIEW The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Todd Bauer. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177; www.raventheatre.com; $36. Runs through: May 16 The playbill gives the period as 2006, but in Herman and Ingrid's cozy countryside living room, it might as well still be 1962. This is because the sweethearts who met while serving in the Korean war vowed that their marriage, like the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Cody-Jamison-Strand-plays-it-by-the-Book

NUNN ON ONE Cody Jamison Strand plays it by the 'Book' - Brought to you by the South Park team Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, of Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon as a musical has entertained packed houses since opening in 2011. The story of missionaries in Uganda attempting to convert natives has had people rolling in the aisles with off color humor for years now. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Murder-Ballad

THEATER REVIEW Murder Ballad - Playwright: book and lyrics by Julia Jordon, music and lyrics by Juliana Nash. At: Bailiwick Chicago at the Flat Iron Arts Center, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-969-6201; www.bailiwickchicago.com; $30-$40. Runs through: May 9 We know upon entering the Flat Iron Arts Center's smaller studio—reconfigured into the King's Club on Manhattan's Lower East Side, complete with drinks, tables and a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-An-Issue-of-Blood-An-Historical-Parable

THEATER REVIEW An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable - Playwright: Marcus Gardley. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through May 3 Marcus Gardley's world premiere drama An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable is sure to inspire some heated debate—especially over the final tableau with a button-pushing audio montage. Many will see this coda as heavy-handed and obvious, while others will ...


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Upcoming: Steppenwolf gala; Sculpture exhibit - Steppenwolf annual gala on May 9 Steppenwolf Theatre Company will join more than 600 members of Chicago's corporate, civic and cultural communities for "Gala 2015" on Saturday, May 9, at Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St., at 6:30 p.m. The event will offer guests a unique opportunity to connect with Steppenwolf ensemble members in their artistic home while enjoying a preview ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Eclipse focuses on McNally - Eclipse Theatre Company frames each of its seasons around the work of just one playwright. Throughout the company's 23-year history, award-winning gay playwright Terrence McNally was frequently under consideration, but it wasn't until 2015 that Eclipse finally chose him. "Coming off of a really exciting, successful season with playwright Lynn Nottage, there a sense of wanting to shift gears a ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Scot's Easter bonnet contest has been, for me in the last 10 years or so, the official ushering in of spring. And when I saw the winning entry enter the room, seasons changed. His headpiece was so wide, folks had to back up against the wall as he walked by. Gay men and their unrepentant pageantry ... In keeping with ...


SAVOR-Atwood

SAVOR: Atwood - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - With Windy City Times unveiling its re-designed look in print this week, it seems like the perfect time to discuss a restaurant that's also undergone a renovation: Atwood ( 1 W. Washington St.; http://www.atwoodrestaurant.com/ )—which also has a brand-new look on its website. Atwood has reopened its space in what is now known as Kimpton's Hotel Burnham ( formerly known ...


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Skilling to receive film honor - Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival announced that iconic WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling will be honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony Wed., April 22, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 N. St. Clair St. Skilling joins previously announced post-production house Whitehouse Post, advertising legend Tom Burrell and investigative reporter Jay Levine as distinguished ...


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THEATER Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson talk 'The Good Book' - A gay and a lesbian are holding court this spring and tackling one of the best-selling books of all time. The Bible is explored with the team that originally brought theater audiences the very successful An Iliad in 2012. The people behind the world premiere of The Good Book hopes for another big hit after recently opening on the South ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Upstairs Concierge - Playwright: Kristoffer Diaz. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 1-312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40. Runs through: April 26 With roots going back more than 2,000 years, farce is the most difficult type of drama to write. The most successful farce authors—among them Britain's Alan Ayckbourn and France's Georges Feydeau—make it their specialty, but non-specialists are drawn to farce as moths ...


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LETTERS Corporate interests - To the Editor: Windy City Times touts the presence of five LGBTQ members on the new Chicago City Council. But before we congratulate ourselves with high fives, think a moment about whose class interests a couple of these political operatives promote. Are they serving all members of our community? Or do they promote the interests of the already wealthy elites? ...


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In the Life: Greg Cox - Greg Cox has gone from intern to primary therapist at New Hope Recovery Center, a treatment facility for chemical dependency in Lake View. Clients come five days a week and are in groups for about three hours a day. Cox facilitates the groups in the morning, which are on a variety of topics and in different formats. "There is an ...


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Upcoming: Advocacy Day; MPSA; Bon Foster - LGBT Advocacy Day in Springfield April 15 Equality Illinois' LGBT Advocacy Day will take place Wed., April 15, at the state Capitol in Springfield, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The organization has stated that its "agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, banning conversion therapy and saving important funding for public services in the state budget." In addition to talking with legislators, there ...


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YEPP marks fourth anniversary with 'ALIVE' - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) celebrated its 4th anniversary, "4th YEPPiversary: ALIVE," on April 9 at 835 W. Addison Ave. The night's celebration included performances from past ensemble members and the guest artist, house/dance music recording artist RaShaan Houston. Also, new ensemble members were introduced. La Tony emceed the event. The program, "Proposal for Life," was created through ...


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VIEWS Writing For Justice: The dangerous myth of individualism - A recurring column - On one of the mercifully warm days in March, I ventured out of my apartment and ended up wandering around a North Side beach where I saw the words "One person can change the world" elegantly scrawled on a pier. I smiled to myself, snapped a picture, and threw it up on Instagram. But in the time it took me ...


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Chicago Smelts dominate Illinois Masters Swimming Association meet - In the 26-year history of the Chicago Smelts, a predominantly gay swimming club, the team recorded a first, literally, at the 2015 Illinois Masters Swimming Association ( ILMSA ) meet, held April 10-12 at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, an event co-hosted by the Lake Forest and Libertyville Swim Clubs. There were 36 teams, with about 630 ...







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