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LGBT-Veterans-Monument-dedicated

LGBT Veterans Monument dedicated - Video below - The first federally approved monument on federal land honoring LGBT veterans was unveiled and dedicated in a grove at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (ALNC) in Elwood, Illinois on Memorial Day. The monument was made possible by the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER). Lee Reinhart—who was discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," re-enlisted after repeal ...


International-Mr-Leather-chosen

International Mr. Leather chosen - Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015, was ultimately chosen from a field of 52 contestants as International Mr. Leather 2015, Sun., May 24, at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave. Smith was joined on the winners' platform by first runner-up Kevin Murphy ( Mr. Leather Ireland 2015 ), second runner-up Brian Donner ( Mr. TriState Leather 2014 ...


Amendment-to-hate-crimes-law-clears-General-Assembly

Amendment to hate crimes law clears General Assembly - The Illinois State Senate, on May 20, unanimously passed an amendment to the state's hate crimes statutes that advocates say—if the legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner—will help protect LGBT institutions from vandalism as well as ensure that transgender Illinoisans are better protected under those statutes. The bill, HB 3930, unanimously passed the House on April 16. It was ...


LGBT-veterans-remember-murdered-gay-sailor

LGBT veterans remember murdered gay sailor - Members of the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights gathered Sunday, May 24 in Steger, Illinois to remember Seaman Allen Schindler, a gay sailor who was killed in 1992 at the age of 22 by two shipmates. Dorothy Clausen ( mother of Allen ) and her husband Spencer Clausen attended. "We first came to here in 1993, ...


AFTAH-stages-Leather-Archives-demonstration

AFTAH stages Leather Archives demonstration - More counter-protestors than protestors showed up for a planned demonstration against the Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., on May 22. The demonstration was planned by the anti-gay organization Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) and its founder, Peter LaBarbera. Only LaBarbera and three others showed up to speak out against the museum, while about 20 supporters, many ...


Clinton-responds-to-Chicago-couple

Clinton responds to Chicago couple - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during the week of May 13, reached out to the Chicago couple whose upcoming marriage was among the "life-changing" events that culminated with Clinton's presidential run announcement in an April online video. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who will be wed in a ceremony in Chicago this summer, appeared in the video, not knowing it was ...


Marijuana-possession-bill-passes-Illinois-Senate

Marijuana possession bill passes Illinois Senate - A bill that removes the criminal penalties for marijuana possession—replacing the prospect of jail-time for a small amount with a $125 ticket—was, on May 21, passed through the state Senate and will go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature or veto. HB 218 provides a statewide standard for cannabis possession, with a maximum $125 fine for possession of 15 ...


ML-2015-Leather-museum-formally-welcomes-Hellfire-Club-history

ML 2015 Leather museum formally welcomes Hellfire Club history - A gentleman's agreement that dates back to 1998 became a formal agreement between the Chicago Hellfire Club ( CHC ) and the Leather Archives & Museum of Chicago. The announcement was made May 23 during a private cocktail party at International Mr. Leather ( IML ), held at the Congress Plaza Hotel and attended by about 300 club members and/or ...


LGBT-veterans-Lakeside-Pride-Freedom-Marching-Band-join-Memorial-Day-Parade

LGBT veterans, Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band join Memorial Day Parade - Video below - Two LGBT contingents participated in the City of Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 23, 2015. The Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights carried the American flag, the rainbow flag and the flags of each branch of the armed services. Behind the LGBT veterans banner and color guard, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band fired up the crowd ...


Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-party-is-community-event

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame party is community event - From a press release - In Demand Entertainment present the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Viewing Party and 5th annual Memories of a Mini-Ball Saturday, May 30, 2015, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. at Grub Chicago, 1230 W. Taylor, with head Chef Emanuel Washington. Organizers are inviting LGBTQIAGNC ( lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allies, and gender non-conforming ) youth and adults for ...


Illinois-Senate-bill-would-removes-criminal-penalties-for-marijuana-possession-

Illinois Senate bill would removes criminal penalties for marijuana possession - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate approved a bill 37-19 Thursday to remove criminal penalties for possession of a small amount of marijuana. The measure, which was approved by the House of Representatives in April, will now be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner ( R ) for his signature. HB 218, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Michael Noland ( D-Elgin ...


PRIDE-MONTH-CALENDAR-

PRIDE MONTH CALENDAR - Compiled by PRIDEChicago - MAY 30 ( pre-Pride Month )- CONCERT & CD RELEASE PARTY - w/ Namoli Brennet, one of the first 100 Trans People to Know in America at Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South Blvd . in Evanston, IL . Benefits Triumph Hall ( senior housing for LGBTQA ) 7:30 p .m . $10 . www .graceevanston .org JUNE ( various dates ...


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Community briefs: Theater, film, Pride - Goodman expands on education The group at Goodman Theatre had a stellar week in May with Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes opening, a new education center announcement and a "Puttin' on the Glitz" fundraiser. After turning 90 this year the Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. A $15-million project was announced on May 12 with the Alice B. Rapoport ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Twisted-Melodies

THEATER REVIEW Twisted Melodies - Playwright: Kelvin Roston, Jr. At: Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Studio 2, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.congosquaretheatre.org; $19.50-$37. Runs through: June 14 The reel-to-reel tape recorders, the old radio and the hero wearing modified Superfly clothes were sufficient evidence that Twisted Melodies was set in the '70s. Then the hero began to sing and it was clear that it ...


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 ...


Longtime-gay-activist-William-B-Kelley-dies

Longtime gay activist William B. Kelley dies - This week, William B. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away peacefully in his sleep. There were very few LGBT Chicago activists who stayed as consistently engaged in community activism as Kelley, from early work with the Mattachine Midwest chapter, the earliest marches for gay rights and the first White House gay-rights ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Inana

THEATER REVIEW Inana - Playwright: Michele Lowe. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Baird Hall, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: July 26 Technically, the McGuffin driving our plot is a graven idol, but this is no Maltese falcon, coveted by its pursuers solely for its material value. Instead, Michele Lowe's play opens in 2003, in a London hotel room where ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Coming-soon-More-Sweet-Tea

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Coming soon: More 'Sweet Tea' - A lot of Southerners will argue about the perfect recipe or the proper method for making sweet tea. In a similar vein, professor/playwright/performer Dr. E. Patrick Johnson has made many adjustments in his pursuit of finding the right formula for his stage play based upon his award-winning 2008 scholarly book titled Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. "We've ...


Safe-by-Donna-Hoke-wins-2015-Great-Gay-Play-Contest

Safe by Donna Hoke wins 2015 Great Gay Play Contest - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays has for the last five years celebrated unique voices in the annual Great Gay Play And Musical Contest with a festival of staged readings in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted. This year, four new plays and one new musical were performed as enhanced staged readings to enthusiastic audiences. And as the ...


SAVOR-Brunch-at-Wood

SAVOR: Brunch at Wood - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The website for Boystown restaurant Wood ( 3335 N. Halsted St.; http://woodchicago.com/ ) boasts that the site has noted for three consecutive years as a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, which identifies eateries that offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for a maximum of $40, not including tax or gratuity. ( A few of the other local ...


The-wild-life-of-Joe-Putignano-Olympic-dreams-drug-addiction

The wild life of Joe Putignano Olympic dreams, drug addiction - Joe Putignano is a talented performing artist and contortionist who has toured with Cirque du Soleil. He was, in fact, the main character ( Crystal Man ) in the touring Cirque show Totem and has performed in more than 1,000 shows. Putignano also has performed in a number of stage productions with the Metropolitan Opera, and his gymnastics resume is ...


Gay-HIV-positive-singer-lives-life-out-loud

Gay HIV-positive singer lives life out loud - As a back-up vocalist, out singer/songwriter Billy Newton-Davis has worked with Gloria Gaynor. As a Broadway performer, he has appeared in shows such as Eubie! and Bubbling Brown Sugar. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the Canadian resident is a four-time Juno Award-winning—Canada's version of the Grammys—R&B and house music artist. Diagnosed with HIV in 1986, Newton-Davis lives his life on his ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The company that launched the acclaimed Stonewall Riots drama Hit the Wall is getting experimental with their latest world premiere called The Salts. The Inconvenience debuts an experimental contemporary dance project by collaborators Erin Kilmurray and Molly Brennan that also features pre- and post-show entertainment by a roster of local bands. The Inconvenience's The Salts continues through Sunday, May 24, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Little-Foxes

THEATER REVIEW The Little Foxes - Playwright: Lillian Hellman. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$81. Runs through: June 7 Lillian Hellman never pulled her punches, instead calling out advocates of injustice and inhumanity with a ferocity that made producers nervous, hence the frequent bowdlerization of her more candid dramatic themes ( e.g., lesbianism in The Children's Hour ). The standard formula ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Our-New-Girl

THEATER REVIEW Our New Girl - Playwright: Nancy Harris. At: Profiles Theatre's The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: June 28 Irish playwright Nancy Harris knows how to grasp an audience's attention in her 2012 play Our New Girl, now making a powerful Midwest debut courtesy of Profiles Theatre. Harris' modern-day drama opens with an unsettling sequence of an 8-year-old boy ...


Harris-Theatre-unveils-2015-16-dance-season

Harris Theatre unveils 2015-16 dance season - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance President and Managing Director Michael Tiknis announced the dance performances for the 2015—16 "Harris Theater Presents" season. The 2015—2016 season at the Harris will begin with the Harris debut of AXIS Dance Company on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. AXIS Dance Company has become one ...


In-the-LIFE-Luis-Tipantasig

In the LIFE Luis Tipantasig - Being named Mr. Chicago Leather this past January 24 at The Leather Archives & Museum was extra special for Luis Tipantasig—that also was his birthday. "I went into the competition ready to open up and be myself, [which] sometimes can be scary," Tipantasig said. "It means a lot to be selected to serve a community that embraced me with open ...


Mr-Leather64TEN-also-to-compete-for-IML

Mr. Leather64TEN also to compete for IML - Michael Pacas has been chosen as the first Mr. Leather64TEN. Pacas will represent Leather 64TEN, Chicago's custom-made leather shop. He will be entered into International Mr. Leather 2015, to be held Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, 2015 ( Memorial Day weekend ), in Chicago. A resident of Chicago, Pacas is a founding member of BLUFChicago, Chicago's premiere social ...


Upcoming-International-Mr-Leather-2015-weekend-events-

Upcoming: International Mr. Leather 2015 weekend events - Wed., May 20 IML Best of Chicago Welcome Party Hosted by Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis Tipantasig. Berghoff beer tastings, free Chicago Red Hots ( those are hot dogs ). 9 pm, Touche, 6412 N. Clark St., www.touchechicago.com Friday, May 22 MACHO Dance Party Come out and dance the night away with the hottest men in Chicago! DJs, go-go ...


Chicago-couple-builds-arts-enpowerment-program-for-girls

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 ...


Homeless-youth-and-reproductive-justice

Homeless youth and reproductive justice - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In the early '90s a group of women of color came together to caucus at a primarily white pro-choice conference here in Chicago. Obviously abortion was the theme and primary agenda. Abortion legalized in 1973 ensured that a woman had the right to determine whether she wanted to parent or not. Yet, in the '90s most women impacted by the ...


Illinois-Legislative-Black-Caucus-Remember-youth-when-drafting-budget

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus: Remember youth when drafting budget - From a press release - Springfield — A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab revealed that summer youth employment initiatives supported by members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus resulted in a decreased amount violent crime during summer months. Violence prevention programs provided jobs for thousands of at-risk youth during the summer months. Participants held a variety of jobs, ranging from ...


Chicago-Public-Library-observes-LGBT-Pride-Month

Chicago Public Library observes LGBT Pride Month - From a press release - The Chicago Public Library continues its "Celebrating Diversity" series in June with the observance of LGBT Pride Month, an annual celebration of the culture, contributions and traditions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) Americans. As part of this year's observance, the Library presents an informative series of films and events on selective LGBT topics. Cosponsored by the ...


Impact-of-state-cuts-dire-private-philanthropy-will-not-fill-hole

Impact of state cuts dire; private philanthropy will not fill hole - From a press release - ( Chicago, Illinois ) — Foundation executives held a press conference today to draw a firm boundary around the extent to which Illinois government can expect private philanthropy to fill the large state budget hole, by now projected to be $6.6 billion. Foundation leaders said those looking to philanthropy for a magic bullet to make the budget hole go away ...


Chicago-Youth-Storage-Initiative-issues-report-recommendations

Chicago Youth Storage Initiative issues report, recommendations - From a press release - CHICAGO — Health outcomes, safety, the ability to access needed services, and social well-being are all influenced by the inability to safely store belongings, according to the final report of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. The report was released May 19 to Chicago-area youth agencies and funders. The needs assessment and recommendations ...


Conversion-therapy-ban-passes-House

Conversion therapy ban passes House - The Illinois House, on May 19, passed legislation 68-43 that protects minors from anti-gay "conversion therapy." The bill, HB 217, or the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, was sponsored in the House by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and now moves to the state Senate, where it is sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Biss. Sixty-one Democrats and seven Republicans voted in ...


Rita-Moreno-speaks-at-NEIU-graduation-holds-press-conference

Rita Moreno speaks at NEIU graduation, holds press conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Legendary Rita Moreno known for Broadway's West Side Story and TV's The Electric Company was the official commencement speaker for Northeastern Illinois University on May 11. Moreno, 83, is one of the few to have earned an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy ( those four awards making for an "EGOT" ) and a Golden Globe. She was awarded ...


DIVERSIONS-Chicagos-Andersonville-A-shoppers-paradise

DIVERSIONS Chicago's Andersonville: A shopper's paradise - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I recently took part in a media event that involved visiting various Andersonville businesses. Considering that I profile restaurants for Windy City Times in addition to being managing editor, I thought I'd be selected for the "foodie" route. However, I was surprised to discover I'd be going on the self-conducted "shopping" tour. ( Just an FYI: The third option was ...


Monument-to-honor-LGBT-veterans-in-national-cemetery-in-Illinois

Monument to honor LGBT veterans in national cemetery in Illinois - For immediate release Media contact James Darby, AVER, jamesdarby@aol.com 773-752-0058 AVER, Chicago, IL — The first federally approved monument honoring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) veterans will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, one hour southwest of Chicago. The monument was made possible by ...


Chicago-Sky-looks-to-continue-2014-WNBA-Finals-momentum-

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 ...


Chicago-Youth-Storage-Initiative-issues-report-recommendations

Chicago Youth Storage Initiative issues report, recommendations - From a press release - CHICAGO — Health outcomes, safety, the ability to access needed services, and social well-being are all influenced by the inability to safely store belongings, according to the final report of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative for youth experiencing homelessness in the Chicago area. The report was released May 19 to Chicago-area youth agencies and funders. The needs assessment and recommendations ...


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DIVERSIONS Shedd opens exhibit on amphibians - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an exhibit it calls "toadally ribbiting," Shedd Aquarium has opened "Amphibians." The exhibit, which runs through 2017 and which Walgreens is sponsoring, features 40 species of salamanders, frogs, toads and wormlike caecilians. Some parts of the exhibit are interactive, while other areas showcase animals such as tadpoles, sirens, an African bullfrog, the cane toad ( which weighs up to ...


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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 ...


Fairy-gardener

Fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Let's start this glorious May Day with a seemingly gloomy item from the New York Times: A woman, Katrina Spade, is trying to start a composting business—for human bodies. She has titled her enterprise the Urban Death Project & estimates the whole process would cost about $2,500, much less than any burial. Think about this a bit: I've kidded for ...


Dining-news-Chicago-qs-new-menu-lobster-festival

Dining news: Chicago q's new menu; lobster festival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., has unveiled its new menu featuring creative appetizers and entrees alongside barbecue favorites from Chef/Partner and Pitmaster Lee Ann Whippen. Guests can enjoy appetizers like pork-belly corn dogs, q bacon and grilled elote; New entrees include shrimp brochettes, bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with Monterey Jack Cheese and poblano; the quesadilla, with a choice of brisket, ...


Fifth-Third-helps-grocery-center

Fifth Third helps grocery center - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bankers at Fifth Third Bank recently collected hundreds of jars of peanut butter and $1,700 to benefit North Side Grocery Center of Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care. The grocery center helps provide food and nutrition for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Chicagoland metropolitan area. ...


Hinshaw-Culbertson-hosts-marriage-debrief-event

Hinshaw & Culbertson hosts marriage debrief event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn; Kate Kendell, Esq., executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ); John Knight, director of the LGBT & AIDS Project at the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ); and Susan Sommer, Esq., national director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal were the featured speakers at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's three ...


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Cappleman celebrates, announces appointment - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 18, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman hosted a gathering at the Gold Coast restaurant Connie's Pizza to celebrate his re-election. In making a short statement to attendees to thank them for their support, Cappleman announced that about a half-hour before the event, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called him to let him know he has been named vice chair ...


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Dignity Chicago presents awards at Mass - At Dignity/Chicago's weekly service, held at Broadway Methodist Church, the congregation celebrated its 43rd anniversary and gave out awards to the community. Rev. Bryan Cones, who delivered the service, called his return to the space "a gift." Cones, who currently ministers at St. Augustine's Episcopal in Wilmette, said joining Dignity 15 years ago helped him learn both about himself and ...


Matt-and-Kim-shine-with-a-new-Glow

Matt and Kim shine with a new 'Glow' - Straight out of Brooklyn, duo Matt and Kim are heading to the Windy City. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino grew out of the indie-music scene years ago but still are creating homemade tunes. Their fifth album, New Glow, was released this year with single "Get It." They have supported tours for My Chemical Romance, Blink-182 and Passion Pit. They now ...


MUSIC-X-Factor-winners-Alex-and-Sierra-feel-the-LGBT-love

MUSIC:'X Factor' winners Alex and Sierra feel the LGBT love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton won the third and final season of X Factor USA. In the process, they wowed mentor Simon Cowell as well as American audiences with covers of Britney Spears' "Toxic" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Their debut album, It's About Us, was released last year, teaming them with artists such as Jason Mraz and John Legend. ...


Local-singer-wins-grant-from-Chicago-to-further-career-

Local singer wins grant from Chicago to further career - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Chicago native, Marisol Velez—known professionally as Pinqy Ring—released her first album ( Herstory: The Lost Chapters ) in mid-May … with a little help from the City of Chicago. Make that, a lot of help from the city. She won a grant from the City of Chicago to further pursue her music career. "I'm very excited about," the 17-song ...


CONCERT-REVIEW-Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-camps-it-up

CONCERT REVIEW Chicago Gay Men's Chorus camps it up - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - So gay. Dear God, that was so gay. I've seen Liberace descend from a Lucite trapeze dressed in an ermine robe, covered in glitter and that was less gay than this show. But that's precisely what the new artistic director, Jimmy Morehead, was going for and, luckily for the audience, he pokes fun at himself and all the glorious camp ...


-BENT-NIGHTS-Leon-Bridges-Passion-Pit

BENT NIGHTS Leon Bridges; Passion Pit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the wake of all the hype surrounding Sam Smith snatching up a horde of Grammy gold, it was obvious that the emergence of one Leon Bridges would go unnoticed. Like Smith, fellow Brits Adele and George Ezra, and the homegrown Alabama Shakes, Bridges ( who hails from Fort Worth, Texas ) brings something new and refreshing to current music ...


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'Taste for the Arts' gala draws hundreds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 12, The Chicago Academy for the Arts ( The Academy ) brought a night of food and entertainment to the Millennium Park Terrace and Harris Theater with the "Taste for the Arts" gala. Beginning with a VIP tasting courtesy of Chef Cardel Reid of The Signature Room, guests were moved from the reception to the theater for a ...


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TRAVEL French Lick: LGBT hospitality in Indiana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Pamela Dittmer McKuen - Despite the passage of Indiana's potentially discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), the historic and luxurious French Lick Resort continues to extend a warm welcome to its LGBT guests. "We, as a company, have always been inclusive," said Joseph Vezzoso Jr., vice president of resort operations. "We want everyone to feel welcome, regardless of gender, race, age, sexual ...


Queer-Prom-marks-10th-anniversary

Queer Prom marks 10th anniversary - On May 15, The National Museum of Mexican Art hosted "Queer Prom 2015," a celebratory 10th-anniversary event aimed at LGBTQ youth of color. The event featured a buffet dinner, live performances, a tabling section for organizations that serve and support LGBTQ youth, onsite HIV testing and a dance party. The dry event played host to LGBTQ youth who are currently ...


PASSAGES-Longtime-gay-activist-William-B-Kelley-dies

PASSAGES Longtime gay activist William B. Kelley dies - [Updated May 18, 2015 with memorial service information.] William B. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of May 17, according to Chen K. Ooi, his partner since 1979. There were very few LGBT Chicago activists who stayed as consistently engaged in community activism as Kelley. ...


AFC-marks-thirty-years-of-action

AFC marks thirty years of action - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) transformed the ballrooms of the Chicago Hilton into a crimson Arcadia on May 16 as the organization's gala celebrated thirty years of relentless action which has led to once believed as impossible dreams realized and the ability to look ahead to the most coveted goal of all—the eradication of the spread of ...


Force-wins-74-8-over-Kansas-City

Force wins 74-8 over Kansas City - The Chicago Force improved its record to 5-0 on May 16 with a dominant 74-8 win over the Kansas City Titans at Lane Stadium. Kelsey Casey led the Force with 4 touchdowns, while Brandy Hatcher had 109 yards rushing, 39 yards receiving and one touchdown—and was named the Game Day Offensive MVP. Sarah Rogers ( six tackles, four sacks ) ...


Missing-Chicago-trans-woman-located

Missing Chicago trans woman located - A 28-year-old Chicago transgender woman named Sherry Berry who had been missing since May 6, 2015 has been located according to her father Jerry Nicholas, Sr. However Nicholas believes she remains in an extremely dangerous situation both medically and in terms of her surroundings. Nicholas and family friend Derek Banks said that Berry had undergone brain surgery at Rush University ...


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Great Lakes command reduces religious services, stokes outrage - Religious freedom is in question as Recruit Training Command ( RTC ) at Naval Station Great Lakes has announced that it is canceling volunteer-led religious services. The policy officially went into full effect April 19. According to Recruit Training Command Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Adam Demeter, the change in policy was made to align with Navy policy regarding how worship ...


-Feigenholtz-commends-scout-for-courageous-stance-on-equality-

Feigenholtz commends scout for courageous stance on equality - From a press release - Statement from State Representative Sara Feigenholtz Chicago, Ill. — State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, expressed her admiration for David Fite, the soon-to-be decorated Eagle Scout, on the completion of his Eagle rank assignment. Fite tied the last fabric strip onto the colorful fence outside of Nettelhorst Elementary School, located in the 12th district that Feigenholtz represents. "David chose this ...


Transgender-woman-reported-missing-following-brain-surgery-

Transgender woman reported missing following brain surgery - A 28-year-old Chicago transgender woman named Sherry Berry been missing now for nine days following May 6, 2015 reports filed by her family and the Chicago Police Department (CPD). See May 17 update, Missing Chicago trans woman located, at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Missing-Chicago-trans-woman-located/51483.html . According to her father Jerry Nicholas and family friend Derek Banks she had undergone brain surgery ...


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 ...


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LGBT veterans to be honored with monument in national cemetery - The first federally approved monument honoring LGBT veterans will be dedicated Monday, May 25—Memorial Day—at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, one hour south of Chicago. The monument, which was spearheaded by Stanley J. Jenczyk, junior board member of the Chicago chapter of the American Veteran's for Equal Rights ( AVER ), was approved late last year by ...


Conference-shows-consequences-of-gender-norms

Conference shows consequences of gender norms - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The consequences of society's inflexible adherence to its perceptions and expectations of gender were the focus of Why Gender Matters—a day-long conference held May 4 at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Public Schools and the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, True Child, the Jewish Women's Foundation and ...


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2015 'Out at CHM' series ends with story of StoryCorps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago History Museum closed its 2015 Out at CHM season on May 7 with an audience riveted to every fascinating moment of sadness, laughter, shock, understanding and endearment that is inherent in the stories belonging to and told by everyday people without suppression or limits. For 12 years, the national nonprofit StoryCorps has invited the country into the intimate ...


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TELEVISION Out director Dee Rees talks 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah - Knight at the Movies extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The film world is littered with also-ran second efforts from directors whose debut features took the world by storm but whose follow-ups missed the mark. There are simply too many to count. But with Bessie—the biopic of renowned 1920s-era blues singer Bessie Smith that premieres on HBO this Sunday, May 16—out writer-director Dee Rees can set that worry aside. Rees's ...


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Cinema Q V Film Series through May - The free film series Cinema Q returns ( and celebrates five years ) with four film screenings Thursdays throughout May at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The movies slated to be shown are Violette ( May 14 ), about the personal life and work of bisexual French feminist writer Violette Leduc; Beautiful Boxer ( ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Chicago dance is super-gay - I feel really fortunate to be a small part of Dancin' Feats' nearly 10-year legacy profiling dancers and topics of interest from the LGBTQ community, and we are still finding plenty of "gay dance things" to cover. [Editor's note: Windy City Times is 30 years old this year, and has covered dance all of that time. The column Dancin' Feats ...


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Teen Eagle Scout's projects focuses on LGBT community - To achieve Eagle Scout status, 15-year-old David Fite decided to do a project consisting of two events focusing on the LGBTQ community. They will take place at two locations, Nettlehorst Elementary School on Friday, May 15, and the Center on Halsted a month later on Wed., June 17. According to Fite, Eagle Scout projects are designed to give back to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Melancholy Play: a chamber musical - Book and Lyrics: Sarah Ruhl; Music: Todd Almond. At: Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-866-8049 or www.piventheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through June 7 Former Chicago-area playwright Sarah Ruhl is famous ( some would say infamous ) for the large amount of whimsy infused throughout her writing. It's certainly the case with Piven Theatre Workshop's Midwest premiere of Melancholy ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - If you somehow missed Jersey Boys during its previous runs in Chicago between 2007 to 2010 and for two months in 2012, it is back again as part of a national tour. Bop along to tunes like "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and more as you learn about the unlikely rise to pop stardom fame of Frankie Valli and The ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bad Jews - Playwright: Joshua Harmon. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$36. Runs through: June 7 A chai is a kind of Jewish medallion, belonging, in this case, to a recently deceased clan patriarch and thus, coveted by two of his grandchildren, not for its material value, but for what it symbolizes—and therein lies the source of the ...







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