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Boys-Just-Frockin-Around-Drag-Cabaret-May-2

Boys Just Frockin' Around Drag Cabaret May 2 - From a press release - Pride Films and Plays presents Boys Just Frocking Around, A Gay Burlesque. Legendary Honey West will host the evening, accompanied by Robert Ollis on the piano. The show begins at 7:30 pm on May 2nd, 2017 in The Broadway at The Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Many outstanding Chicago drag artists will be performing at the event including Edie ...


OUT-of-the-Office-Celebrates-Sweet-16-Pride-networking-party-June-1

OUT of the Office Celebrates Sweet 16, Pride networking party June 1 - From a press release - Chicago - April 26, 2017 — This all-volunteer annual event will celebrate its 16th year of kicking off Pride Month on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at The Godrey Rooftop I/O located at 127 W. Huron ( at LaSalle ) in Chicago. VIP reception opens at 5 p.m., and general party begins at 6 p.m. Kinley Preston and Andrew Arden Hayes ...


Chicago-Childrens-Museum-to-host-Family-Equality-Day-celebrating-LGBTQ-families

Chicago Children's Museum to host Family Equality Day celebrating LGBTQ families - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, April 27, 2017— Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of playful programming dedicated to celebrating Chicago's LGBTQ community with International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) on Sunday, May 7, 2017. As a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to create an inclusive environment for all, LGBTQ families and more will enjoy a day ...


Proposal-would-roll-back-existing-net-neutrality-rules-Madigan-responds

Proposal would roll back existing net neutrality rules, Madigan responds - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned the FCC Chairman's proposal to roll back existing net neutrality rules that would allow internet service providers to charge customers for accessing certain types of content over others. Eliminating net neutrality rules could result in: Consumers being unable or forced to pay to access certain websites; Decreased competition as start-ups fight for ...


Board-takes-away-Hasterts-pension

Board takes away Hastert's pension - On April 26, Illinois' General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted to discontinue pension payments to former U.S. House Speaker Hastert. Hastert—who was being paid for his three terms as a state representative—was receiving $755 monthly payments. He currently is serving 15 months in federal prison for bank fraud related to an attempt to conceal hush-money payments. Hastert, 75, ...


EDITORIAL-Changing-course-on-child-welfare

EDITORIAL Changing course on child welfare - Windy City Times ( WCT ) just concluded a lengthy three-part series on troubles at child welfare agencies in Illinois and across the U.S. when it comes to supporting parents of children who present as transgender or gender nonconforming. As the series unfolded, WCT was contacted by multiple additional families who were terrified of agents from the government, including the ...


United-Church-of-Christ-installs-gay-minister

United Church of Christ installs gay minister - More than 100 people gathered April 15 at the Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois, to celebrate the pastoral installation of the Rev. Anthony W. Sullivan Jr. to lead, as senior pastor, God Can Ministries United Church of Christ at 1100 Greenwood Ave. in Ford Heights, Illinois. God Can Ministries has a vision to make known the ...


Our-Christian-Nation-through-April-29

'Our Christian Nation' through April 29 - Our Christian Nation—a satirical two-act play written by Emmy-winning writer/Second City instructor Joe Janes, with Andrea J. Dymond directing—will run at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays through April 29. The production tackles several subjects, including the founding fathers, religion and homosexuality. All shows are BYOB. Tickets are $20 each; visit Eventbrite.com or purchase them at ...


Dance-for-Life-Chicago-Aug-19-Chicago-Dancers-United-changes-leaders

Dance for Life Chicago Aug. 19, Chicago Dancers United changes leaders - Chicago Dancers United ( CDU )—which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance—announced changes to its administrative and board leadership and the date for its 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago benefit performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Dance for Life will take place Saturday, Aug. 19. Prior to the performance, CDU hosts a gala celebration ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hookman-

THEATER REVIEW Hookman - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 773-649-3186; SteepTheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: May 27 Playwright Lauren Yee unquestionably creates energetic and imaginative fantasy theater. With two plays currently onstage in Chicago ( Goodman Theatre's King of the Yees is the other ), it's clear that she's a master of meta-theatrical devices and show biz razzle-dazzle. Folks tired ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Visiting

THEATER REVIEW Visiting - Playwright: Ed Proudfoot. At: Artemisia at the Edge, 5154 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25. Runs through: May 7 Bipolar disorder—the psychological infirmity once known as manic-depression, characterized by bouts of intense emotional obsession—is hereditary. Its symptoms are manifested through behavior, rather than through any measurable pathogen. It is often found in large, quarrelsome, stress-riddled groups, the propensity of the afflicted to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-La-Havana-Madrid

THEATER REVIEW La Havana Madrid - Playwright: Sandra Delgado. At: Teatro Vista at Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $15-$50. Runs through: May 28 Chicago has been described as a "city of neighborhoods"—a sobriquet suggesting a tour of the world encapsulated in a few square miles—but also hearkening to feudal ages, making its legacy a chronicle of multicultural displacement as well as assimilation. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Aladdin-

THEATER REVIEW Aladdin - Book: Chad Beguelin; Score: Alan Menken with Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Beguelin. At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayInChicago.com; $44-$153. Runs through: Sept. 10 There's no disguising the fact that the national tour of Aladdin is anything but a corporate Disney product. But if audiences want to shell out the big bucks for a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hookman-

THEATER REVIEW Hookman - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 773-649-3186; SteepTheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: May 27 Playwright Lauren Yee unquestionably creates energetic and imaginative fantasy theater. With two plays currently onstage in Chicago ( Goodman Theatre's King of the Yees is the other ), it's clear that she's a master of meta-theatrical devices and show biz razzle-dazzle. Folks tired ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Camp-comebacks

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Camp comebacks - Hell in a Handbag Productions' notorious Lady X is once again plying her trade at Mary's Attic. But unlike in 2010, the mob-battling Lady X and her "hostess" cohorts are singing and dancing in a world-premiere musical adaptation. "When we originally did it seven years ago, we all thought this would be a great musical," said David Cerda, the artistic ...


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Nominees Announced For the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - Monday, April 24, 2017 — Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards announced, via a special video presentation, a total of 127 nominations in 26 categories for the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. Hosting the video presentation were Alexis Roston and Lillian Castillo, who will be this year's Mistresses of ...


Chicago-theatres-to-honor-Martha-Lavey

Chicago theatres to honor Martha Lavey - Marquee lights will be dimmed and a moment of silence will be observed at theatres across Chicago and the suburbs on Friday, April 28, 2017, 30 minutes before curtain time. WHAT: Chicago theatres in the city and suburbs will honor former Steppenwolf Artistic Director and ensemble member Martha Lavey by dimming the marquee lights and observing a moment of silence ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-David-Merino-pays-the-Rent

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER David Merino pays the 'Rent' - The globally known musical Rent continues on with a 20th-anniversary tour that began last year. The story—based on Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme—was transformed by Jonathan Larson into a tale about HIV/AIDS set in New York. On Broadway it resonated with audiences running for more than 5,000 performances and earned a Tony for Best Musical. Newcomer David Merino is coming out ...


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Lambda Legal's Bon Foster event honors advocate - The Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal held its annual Bon Foster celebration April 20 at Morgan MFG. The annual event honors Robert Bonvouloir "Bon" Foster, a Chicago advocate in the early days of the HIV epidemic, opposing injustice and resisting discrimination. This year's speakers included Joe Olszewski, Theresa Santos-Volpe, Christopher Clark, Jim Bennett and Rachel Tiven. ...


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Jenner, Sidibe, Gay, Waters part of CHF's sessions - Caitlyn Jenner, actress Gabourey Sidibe and author Roxane Gay are among those who will be part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's ( CHF's ) spring and summer sessions. "Caitlyn Jenner: Secrets" will take place Sunday, April 30, 12-1 p.m., at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr. Also on April 30, film director John Waters will ...


Filmmakers-fundraiser-April-30

Filmmakers' fundraiser April 30 - Chicago Filmmakers will host a firehouse preview event and fundraiser Sunday, April 30, 3-5 p.m., at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The cinema-oriented organization is attempting to finish renovate the historic-landmark firehouse, located in Edgewater. That site will be the new location and the headquarters for Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival as well as the ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Eugenio-Derbez-speeds-into-Chicago

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Eugenio Derbez speeds into Chicago - Eugenio Derbez has risen to be one of the most influential forces in Latin America as an actor, writer, producer and director. Now he is ready to take the rest of the world by storm. In the Latin market, his Spanish TV shows were incredibly popular and, in 1992, he hosted a variety show called Al Derecho y al Derbez. ...


Queer-Contra-restarts-April-29

Queer Contra restarts April 29 - After a hiatus, Queer Contra will restart on Saturday, April 29. The dance is 7-9:30 p.m., with an introduction for beginners at 6:30-7 p.m. at Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry Ave. To help pay for the band, caller and dance hall, attendees are requested to donate $10, payable at the door. No advance planning or experience is needed, and ...


Musical-theater-fest-submissions-wanted

Musical-theater fest submissions wanted - Underscore Theatre Company is accepting submissions for its 4th annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, set for February 2018. CMFT 4 will include a number of new development opportunities for participants, including feedback from a panel of local playwrights, composers and judges, as well as networking events with theater professionals from across the country. Applications can be submitted through May 15 ...


Driehaus-fashion-awards-April-28

Driehaus' fashion awards April 28 - Driehaus Design Initiative will celebrate the future of fashion at The 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence on Friday, April 28. at 6:30 p.m. at Vintage Studios, 700 S. Desplaines St. Fox 32 reporter/anchor Sylvia Perez will emcee the event. The first place designer will win $7,500, including photography & make-up for the production of a lookbook, a garment ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Global-Visionaries-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight on Global Visionaries, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Joffrey Ballet affirms its international reputation as a top-flight contemporary dance company with the repertory concert Global Visionaries. On the bill is the world premiere of Episode 47, by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman; the Chicago premiere of The Miraculous Mandarin, by San Francisco Ballet resident choreographer Yuri Possokov; and a revival of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's LED light-filled ...


May-1-Workers-Day-actions-in-Chicago

May 1 Workers' Day actions in Chicago - May 1—International Workers' Day—will be a national day of action with large marches expected around the country. In Chicago, a coalition of organizations are planning to march to resist the rising racism and call on city residents to rebuild community. The "Resist Racism, Rebuild Community" march, starting 1 p.m. at Union Park, on Lake Street and Ashland Avenue, will be ...


ManKind-group-invites-GBTQQ-men-to-training

ManKind group invites GBTQQ men to training - Chicago-area men who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning ( GBTQQ ) have the opportunity to experience The ManKind Project's ( MKP's ) New Warrior Training Adventure ( NWTA ) this summer. The GBTQQ-specific version of the three-decade-old men's training, based on the narrative of the "hero's journey"—in which the hero separates himself from the outside world and ...


LGBT-Catholic-confab-April-28-30-

LGBT Catholic confab April 28-30 - The conference "Justice & Mercy Shall Kiss: LGBT Catholics in the Age of Pope Francis" will take place April 28-30 at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O'Hare Hotel. New Ways Ministry is sponsoring the event. Some of the plenary and focus session leaders will include Sexual Minorities Uganda Executive Director Frank Mugisha; Leslie C. Griffin, the William S. Boyd Professor of ...


Addams-in-LGBT-Hall-of-Fame

Addams in LGBT Hall of Fame - Jane Addams was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2008. When Addams founded Hull-House, her close companion in life and work was Ellen Gates Starr. They built Hull-House together. By the mid-1890s, Starr left full-time residence at Hull-House with Addams, and Mary Rozet Smith, a donor to Hull-House, had become Addams's personal companion. Smith and Addams remained ...


GUEST-COLUMN-City-Year-Chicago-brings-diversity-inclusion

GUEST COLUMN City Year Chicago brings diversity, inclusion - "Thank you. No one has ever told me that before." Hearing a third-grade student say those words after I told him he was smart is something that will always stick with me. At the time, I was serving as an AmeriCorps Member for City Year Chicago, an education non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk students by putting young adults into classrooms ...


Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-to-present-B-Town-From-Barbershop-to-Boybands

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 25, 2017 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus is about to awaken your inner teenage girl with our upcoming show *B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands. With songs from Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and more, this show is not to be missed. But we're also taking you back through musical history to Motown ...


Undocumented-and-unafraid-Chicagoan-speaks-out-against-ICE-raids

Undocumented and unafraid: Chicagoan speaks out against ICE raids - On April 19, the Chicago City Council overwhelmingly passed a measure that would allow the city's undocumented community the opportunity to obtain municipal IDs. Chicago has followed New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. in a measure which, Chicago Commission on Human Relations Commissioner Mona Noriega noted, keeps the city "at the forefront of creating solutions, in this case recognizing ...


PEACH-has-pop-up-party-kickoff

PEACH has pop-up party kickoff - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 21, Black Thread Agency—in partnership with Tito's Handmade Vodka and @LGBT_History—launched PEACH, their first pop-up party event aimed at femmes and queer women. The party, at Wicker Park's The Bedford, served as the debut for what is intended as a national event brand with upcoming gatherings in Chicago and other cities—with this event featuring a 1960s theme. Guests ...


Center-hosts-Red-Dress-Party

Center hosts Red Dress Party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Presented by the Equality Project, Inc., the Chicago Red Dress Party is an event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the HIV/AIDS movement. The annual party was held April 22 at Center on Halsted. Guests dressed in red enjoyed apps, drinks and a show throughout the evening. Among the performers were Jade Sotomayer, a former Windy City Timess 30 ...


BENT-NIGHTS-The-Magnetic-Fields

BENT NIGHTS The Magnetic Fields - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I can think of only one musician foolhardy enough to try a 50-song, autobiographical, five-CD opus like Stephin Merritt's new 50 Song Memoir ( on Nonesuch Records )—and that would be Ezra Furman. Nutty as he is ( in a nice way ), Furman would likely shy away from writing a song dedicated to each year of his life, listing ...


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2,000 women, allies march on Springfield - About 2,000 women and allies were in Springfield April 25 for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a wide range of progressive legislation and a responsible budget. The event pushed bills including women's rights, labor rights, immigration, LGBTQ, youth homeless, healthcare, gun safety and much more. Soon after the event was over, the house passed one of the big ...


HB40-clears-its-first-hurdle-with-House-passage

HB40 clears its first hurdle with House passage - House Bill 40, legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz ( D-Chicago ) that would, among other components, eliminate a 42-year-old "trigger law" that would go into effect should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the United State Supreme Court, was passed by the House on April 25 with a vote of 62-55-0. The bill now goes to the state ...


Gay-Ugandan-Leader-to-Address-Catholic-Leaders-on-LGBT-Criminalization

Gay Ugandan Leader to Address Catholic Leaders on LGBT Criminalization - From a press release - CHICAGO—A Nobel Peace Prize nominee who is leading the struggle against laws which criminalize LGBT people in his home country of Uganda will address Catholic leaders assembled for a conference in Chicago, April 28-30, 2017. Frank Mugisha, the Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, will be a plenary speaker at New Ways Ministry's Eighth National Symposium entitled "Justice and Mercy ...


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Steppenwolf's Lavey dies at 60 - Martha Lavey—the artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre from 1995 to 2014—has died in hospice care at Illinois Masonic Hospital. She was 60. Born into a family in Lawrence, Kansas, Lavey earned her doctorate degree in performance studies from Northwestern University. She eventually became a Steppenwolf ensemble member in 1993, and performed in more than 30 of its productions, including Good ...


Madigan-lauds-hate-crimes-legislation-after-House-passage

Madigan lauds hate-crimes legislation after House passage - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, on April 25, lauded the House passage of HB 3711, a measure significantly expanding the state's hate crimes legislation by addressing the use of technology in harassment and expanding the possibility for civil action on behalf of victims. The bill passed in the House, where it was sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace ( D-Rockford ...


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Reports: GOP urges Trump to reverse Obama-era protections - Republican congressmen, on April 5, urged President Donald Trump to rethink advancing his administration's February executive order that would have enshrined a number of so-called religious freedoms, many of them anti-LGBT, into law. The letter, originally reported on April 24 by USA Today, reminded Trump of a number of campaign promises he made in support of the anti-LGBT First Amendment ...


Dining-news-Cocktail-competition-Chef-Bowl-Common-Threads-event

Dining news: Cocktail competition, 'Chef Bowl,' Common Threads event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., will host The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic—the world's largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition—on Wed., April 26, 8-11 p.m. Admission to the event is free and guests who RSVP at Out.com/keywestcocktailclassic will be eligible for complimentary Stoli cocktails and a chance to win a trip to Key West Pride for two. The winner from Chicago ...


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SAVOR Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show; Broken English - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Attendees were definitely living the sweet life at the Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show that took place April 22-23 at Plumbers Hall. Several dozen vendors exhibited everything from classic treats to tasty trends in the world of chocolate. ( Unlike some festivals, most vendors offered samples and sold larger items. ) A few of the standouts were as follows: —Sweet P's ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: May's featured storytellers - The May edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, May 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Lihy Epstein has been performing in various media for years. It all started with theater camp as child, speech team in high school, college drag performances as "Dick Then Dyke," and numerous ...


Wonka-Ball-shows-cosmic-delights

Wonka Ball shows cosmic delights - "It's a great gateway drug, as it were, for coming to the theater," said Andrew Volkoff, referring to Friday's Wonka Ball, an annual gala to raise money for the About Face Theatre. Volkoff—one of the event's organizers and the outgoing artistic director for the community-focused LGBTQIA arts organization ( who is stepping down at the end of the 2016-17 season ...


Leather-Eye-contest-at-Touche

'Leather Eye' contest at Touche - Leather Eye For the Preppy Guy, the annual preppy-to-leather makeover contest, returns this Friday, April 28, to Touche, 6412 N. Clark St. Sign up begins at 10, contest at 11. Winner receives a $500 leather makeover from Leather 64TEN. A benefit for Vital Bridges Groceryland Pantry. ...


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Little Village community members hold rally for suspended teacher - About 100 people attended a rally outside of Saucedo Academy to support suspended special education teacher Sarah Chambers April 18. The rally was spearheaded by Chambers' students as well as former students, Saucedo parents, fellow teachers and community leaders. Chambers told Windy City Times that she was unable to attend the rally because she is barred from being on any ...


Federal-judge-rules-against-church-music-director

Federal judge rules against church music director - A federal judge, on April 18, ruled that the Archdiocese of Chicago was within its legal rights to fire a suburban music director after he announced his impending same-sex marriage over social media. Judge Charles P. Kocuras of the Northern District of Illinois ruled that Colin Collette's duties indicated that he was amongst religious personnel not subject to certain employment ...


PASSAGES-Longtime-LGBTQ-activist-Mel-Wilson-dies

PASSAGES Longtime LGBTQ activist Mel Wilson dies - Mel Wilson, 74, one of the co-founders of the Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association, has died after a years-long battle with severe pulmonary disease. He was among the most important LGBTQ activists in Oak Park history, having helped make that west suburban village among the most progressive in the state. Wilson, his partner Nathan Linsk and Bryan Findlay formed ...


OUT-Chicago-and-Illinois-LGBTQ-Visitors-Guide-available

OUT! Chicago and Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide available - Visitors to Chicago and Illinois have a guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The 2017 OUT! Chicago and Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available. The 124-page guide, published by weekly LGBTQ newspaper Windy City Times, includes sections on things to do outside of the city, from Oak Park and the total eclipse downstate ...


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OUT! Chicago, Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide available - From a press release - Visitors to Chicago and Illinois have a guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The 2017 OUT! Chicago and Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available. The 124-page guide, published by weekly LGBTQ newspaper Windy City Times, includes sections on things to do outside of the city, from Oak Park and the total eclipse downstate ...


Stud-4-Life-marks-five-years

Stud 4 Life marks five years - The Stud 4 Life Social Club celebrated its fifth anniversary April 22 with a Royal Blue and White Affair at Simeon Alumni Hall on 89th and Halsted. The event—which featured a dinner, dance and award ceremony—was a benefit for Clara's House, a shelter for homeless women and children. The event also celebrated two recently deceased members of the social club, ...


Personal-PAC-poll-shows-Rauner-out-of-step-with-voters

Personal PAC poll shows Rauner 'out of step' with voters - From a press release - Personal PAC has released the results of a statewide poll it recently conducted showing that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is completely out of step with the vast majority of Illinois voters on the issue of abortion. The poll shows that 73% percent of Illinois voters believe abortion should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor versus 20% ...


Champions-for-transgender-equity-honored-at-Natl-Trans-HIV-Testing-Day-event

Champions for transgender equity honored at Nat'l Trans HIV Testing Day event - From a press release - Chicago, IL — April 21, 2017 —. : South Side Help Center, Affinity Community Services and Coalition for Justice & Respect collaborated to host an event to commemorate April 18, National Transgender HIV Testing Day, by honoring individuals who have advocated for the well-being of those in the transgender community. The program included presenting them with customized awards and an ...


PFLAG-Northern-Illinois-ready-with-Kisses-from-Mom

PFLAG Northern Illinois ready with Kisses from Mom - From a press release - . . . and hugs, back slapping, and good feelings too at the PFLAG "Kisses from Mom" event on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14 from 3-9 p.m. in front of Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago. About two dozen PFLAG moms will give back this Mother's Day by rotating shifts throughout the event. John Hickey, PFLAG Northern Illinois Council President ...


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Chicago House and Social Service Agency Spring Brunch & Fashion Show May 7 - CHICAGO, IL — Chicago House, the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing and support for people living with HIV and AIDS, is excited to celebrate its 31st Annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library! On Sunday, May 7th, from 12 — 3:30 p.m., join Chicago House for "Unity on the Runway," presented and hosted ...


Criminal-HIV-transmission-charges-dropped-against-suburban-man

Criminal HIV-transmission charges dropped against suburban man - Criminal charges have been dropped against a Wilmette personal trainer who last year was accused of criminal transmission of HIV. Prosecutors for the Cook County State's Attorney Office, on April 20, said they would be dropping charges against Jimmy Amutavi, who was last year charged with three counts of criminal HIV-transmission, which is a class-2 felony. Three women accused Amutavi ...


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'Bending Toward Justice' April 26 - Bexley Seabury seminary will present "Bending Toward Justice" on Wed., April 26, 2-7 p.m., at St. James Commons, 65 E. Huron St. This is an annual convocation that primarily gathers alums and friends of the seminary, but is open to the entire community. The event will feature The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, The Rev. Canon John Floberg and Kenji Kuramitsu—church ...


Bookstores-create-MyChicagoBookstore-Challenge-for-Independent-Bookstore-Day

Bookstores create #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge for Independent Bookstore Day - From a press release - Chicago, April 20, 2017 — Two dozen independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Winnetka to Hyde Park, from Naperville to Northbrook—are collaborating to make this year's Independent Bookstore Day an event that celebrates the incredible diversity of vibrant stores defining Chicagoland as a dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages. Independent Bookstore Day ( IBD ) ...


Driehaus-Awards-for-Fashion-Excellence-April-28

Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence April 28 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 2017 ) — Driehaus Design Initiative will celebrate the future of fashion at The 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence on Friday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The event features a runway show highlighting the talents of top emerging Chicago fashion design students. Hosted by Inese and Richard H. Driehaus, The 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for ...


City-pledges-new-resources-to-include-help-for-doubled-Up-homeless-families

City pledges new resources to include help for "doubled-Up" homeless families - From a press release - CHICAGO- A new analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ( CCH ) shows that 82% of homeless people in Chicago in 2015 sought shelter with relatives and friends, also known as being "doubled-up." CCH's report was released Thursday as its HomeWorks campaign joined the city of Chicago in announcing the city's new school-based housing initiative. The Housing Homeless Families ...


Can-the-child-welfare-system-handle-trans-children

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? - Transgender youth being removed from homes by child welfare agencies - Final Part of a 3-Part Series LGBTQ activist Dee McCord has spent her adult life engaged in ensuring equality for all while building her four Chicago businesses with a comparable pride for the history of the city. In the summer of 2015, McCord leased and renovated the 102-year-old Alvin Theatre on Chicago's West Side, transforming it into The Shapiro Ballroom. ...


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Renee Wsol: From Planned Parenthood patient to advocate - It's uncertain what the future holds for Planned Parenthood, but Renee Wsol isn't waiting to find out. A single mother and a Medicaid beneficiary since 2012, Wsol, 34, of unincorporated Central Stickney in Stickney Township, feared the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress might cut Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding. So, on Inauguration Day, she made an appointment to visit the ...


Trans-advocacy-groups-demand-DCFS-stop-stealing-trans-kids

Trans-advocacy groups demand DCFS stop stealing trans kids - Motivated by the case of a transgender child that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) seized from an affirming home, members of the Chicago-based Trans Liberation Collective, the Chicago BTGNC Collective and the Chicago Two Spirit Society have organized themselves under the hashtag #StopStealingTransKids. A press conference held in front of the DCFS Thompson Center ...


Madigan-16-attorneys-general-file-amicus-brief-in-International-Refugee-case

Madigan, 16 attorneys general file amicus brief in International Refugee case - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with 16 other state attorneys general in continuing to challenge the unconstitutional federal travel ban by filing an amicus brief in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, urging the court to uphold a district court ruling that struck the ban down as ...


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Otis Mack: Heavy Diva's show goes on - Otis Mack, also known as "Chicago's Heavy Diva," does not take entertainment lightly. CEO and founder of HeavyDiva Productions and creator of The Chicago Warriors, Mack celebrates milestones on the stage. Born in Houston, and then moving to Chicago at the age of 3, Mack was brought up in a religious Christian home with accepting parents. At Prairie View A&M ...


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'Lady X' at Mary's Attic in April-June - Hell in a Handbag Productions will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X—A Musical on April 21-June 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Based on Handbag's 2010 play of the same name, Lady X—A Musical takes on the black-and-white crime melodrama films of the '30s and '40s. The production will feature Chazie Bly, David ...


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THEATER REVIEW For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or ShatteredGlobe.org; $35. Runs through: May 20 With the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl's 2016 play For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Shattered Globe Theatre has already laid claim to the casting coup of the season. Ruhl wrote this play in honor of ...


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THEATER REVIEW King of the Yees - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-$40. Runs through: April 30 Lauren Yee's play is a chronicle of San Francisco's Chinatown that refuses to turn a blind eye to its corrupt politicians and gangster warlords. It's also a tour of the district, with exotic xenophile-pleasing sights cited by names and addresses, in addition to cute ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Mystery of Love & Sex - Playwright: Bathsheba Doran. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 2 Despite its title and a provocative program photo, this contemporary comedy-of-manners concerns sexuality rather than sex. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends and next-door neighbors since they were nine, in an affluent Southern city. As college roommates they seem destined to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Linda Vista - Playwright: Tracy Letts. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$94. Runs through: May 21 It's been said of the United States that everything not fastened down eventually rolls westward to California, so it's unsurprising that we meet our AARP-aged protagonist adrift in San Diego, where cheap bachelor apartments come with two bedrooms, a swimming pool, cactus-fruit margaritas and ...


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Queer Harlem event at Center on April 23 - The Legacy Project's "Harlem Comes to Halsted"—a jazz-and-blues tribute to The Harlem Renaissance—will take place Sunday, April 23, 12-3 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be live music, a gourmet brunch, a silent-art auction and period costumes. The event will also honor the first bronze memorial under contract for the fall induction to Chicago's Legacy ...


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lllinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for agenda, budget - Comptroller Mendoza, Rev. Jesse Jackson, candidates for governor among speakers - Almost 100 organizations and dozens of politicians have endorsed the Illinois Women March on Springfield event Tuesday, April 25. Coming the first day that legislators are back to work for the final weeks of the Spring session, the march is focused on dozens of progressive bills, and the passing of a responsible budget in Illinois. The day begins at Noon ...


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Chicago Zine Fest May 5-6 - The Chicago Zine Fest—an annual celebration of independent self-publishing—will take place May 5-6, and will feature free workshops, discussions, readings and access to one of largest exhibition markets of zines in the country. On Friday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St., a panel will take place with librarian/zinester JC, manga artist Rinko Endo and ...







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