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Quigley-announces-Jonathan-Yoni-Pizer-as-LGBT-liaison

Quigley announces Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer as LGBT liaison - From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) named Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer as his new LGBT Liaison following the departure of former LGBT Liaison Brandon Neese. "The people of Illinois' Fifth District will benefit from Yoni's history of public service and his unwavering dedication to equality for all people," said Rep. Quigley. "Yoni will be an invaluable asset ...


Thousands-run-walk-to-fight-HIV-AIDS-

Thousands run, walk to fight HIV/AIDS - by Jonathan Jones - With barely a cloud in the blue sky overhead, 3,500 participants gathered for the 13th Annual AIDS Run and Walk Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 14, as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn gave the countdown for runners/walkers to take off. The runners sprinted south from Grant Park's Avery Field and past scenic Northerly Island, while the walkers headed north toward DuSable Harbor. ...


Reeling-Film-Festival-overview

Reeling Film Festival overview - One of Chicago's most valued cultural institutions, Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, returns from Thursday, Sept. 18 to Thursday, Sept. 25. This 32nd edition of the festival—the second oldest of its kind in the world—offers more than 100 feature and short films from 19 countries. Programming Director Alexandra Ensign ( ably stepping into the shoes of yours truly ...


Faderman-Lazin-in-Chicago-for-Legacy-Project-benefit

Faderman, Lazin in Chicago for Legacy Project benefit - Prominent lesbian historian and author Lillian Faderman and Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, were the special guest speakers at a benefit for Chicago's Legacy Project Sept. 14 at the home of Legacy board member Christopher Barrett Politan. The event featured a Q&A with Faderman and Lazin conducted by WGN-TV's Sean Lewis. They discussed the importance of ...


Gay-Liberation-Network-among-protesters-at-Federal-Building

Gay Liberation Network among protesters at Federal Building - Members of Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) were among the groups joined in a protest in front of Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn St., Sept. 10 in anticipation of President Obama's address about the escalating tensions in the Middle East. GLN's Andy Thayer spoke at the gathering, saying that U.S. interventions in the region have only exacerbated problems ...


Activists-cry-foul-on-Rauner-no-social-agenda-ad-

Activists cry foul on Rauner "no social agenda" ad - Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released a new commercial Sept. 11 wherein he denies having a social agenda, but activists are pointing to past comments on same-sex marriage to rebut that claim. The television ad is playing in the Chicago market, and was posted to YouTube by the conservative website Illinois Review. It features a woman identified in other Rauner ...


Roosevelt-doc-sidesteps-Eleanors-sexuality

Roosevelt doc sidesteps Eleanor's sexuality - Filmmaker Ken Burns unveiled his latest documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" to a crowd of about 900 people at the Francis W. Parker School Sept. 9. The 14-hour PBS documentary ( which began Sept. 14 on WTTW ) chronicles the lives of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt over the course of about 100 years—from Theodore's birth ...


Sky-lose-to-Phoenix-in-WNBA-finals

Sky lose to Phoenix in WNBA finals - From a press release - CHICAGO — With their season on the line, the Chicago Sky returned to their old stomping grounds, the UIC Pavilion, on Friday night for Game 3 of the 2014 WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile. Despite 23 points from Elena Delle Donne, the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Chicago Sky 87-82 to win their third WNBA Championship. With Mercury center Brittney ...


-GLTB-book-discussion-group-forms-in-Evanston

GLTB book discussion group forms in Evanston - Former Evanston Arts Commissioner Greg Salustro leads a monthly discussion of books and plays by or about members of the GLBT community. The inaugural title is Oscar Wilde's classic farce, The Importance of Being Earnest. The program is Tuesday Oct 14, 7 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston. Copies are available at the Ra desk on ...


Words-or-Music-Renee-Fleming-Mark-Strand

Words or Music? Renee Fleming & Mark Strand - From a press release - \CHICAGO — Join the Poetry Foundation on October 7 at 7 pm as superstar soprano Renée Fleming and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand, two of the greatest living practitioners of their respective art forms, contemplate the central theme of Strauss's final opera, Capriccio: which is more expressive, music or poetry? This event takes place at the Poetry Foundation building located ...


October-Mourning-A-Song-for-Matthew-Shepard-on-stage-Oct-9

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard on stage Oct. 9 - From a press release - Flint, MI — Non-profit theatre company, Trust Theatre Ensemble, will premiere their stage adaptation of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard at Theatre Wit in Chicago this October. Written by Lesléa Newman, who was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed, October Mourning is a poetic ...


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Screenings: Bjork film, Ugandan LGBT film - Bjork film screening in U.S. starting Sept. 26 Björk: Biophilia Live—the documentary film capturing the concert centered on Björk's eighth studio album—has begun a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide. Furthermore, screenings in the United States begin at the IFC Center in New York Sept. 26, with further screenings in cities such as ...


Reeling-Film-Festival-at-Century-Centre-Sept-20

Reeling Film Festival at Century Centre Sept. 20 - From a press release - Saturday, Sept. 20 Reeling Film Festival: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival will take over Landmark's Century Centre Cinema ( 2828 N. Clark Street ) with screenings of multiple LGBT oriented films. These film screenings include LOVE SQUARED, QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO, ANATOMY OF A LOVE SEEN, CLUB KING, and THE 10 YEAR PLAN. ...


Writing-the-Disability-Experience-Local-to-authors-read-

Writing the Disability Experience: Local to authors read - From a press release - Riva Lehrer will be sharing excerpts from her memoir-in-progress ?Golem Girl Gets Lucky.? Riva is best known as a portrait artist, curator, and educator. Her work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. Sarah Michael Hollenbeck will be reading from her essay ?A Goldmine,? which compares and contrasts her experience of disability with that of local ...


-Rep-Harris-honored-by-Almost-Home-Kids-group

Rep. Harris honored by Almost Home Kids group - From a press release - Almost Home Kids ( AHK ) announces its 2014 Share the Care Ball Awardees for their Oct. 24 Chicago gala at The Drake: Distinguished Donor: Karen Atwood, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Volunteer Extraordinaire: Joseph T. Monahan, ESQ, Monahan Law Group, LLC Share the Care Champion: Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, 13th District Each Awardee shares a common trait ...


Skrebneski-unveils-Chicago-International-Film-Fest-poster

Skrebneski unveils Chicago International Film Fest poster - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( September 11, 2014 ) — Bold, symbolic and undeniably unlike anything seen before from the world-renowned photographer Victor Skrebneski, The Chicago International Film Festival unveiled its 50th anniversary reimagining of the iconic 1974 Festival T-shirt poster on Wednesday, September 10 at Expo 72 ( 72 E. Randolph St., Chicago ). Famed Chicago photographer Skrebneski attended the unveiling ...


Over-the-Rainbow-Gildas-benefit-at-Sidetrack-Nov-12

Over the Rainbow Gilda's benefit at Sidetrack Nov. 12 - The 4th Annual Over the Rainbow, a benefit to raise money and awareness for those who struggle with cancer in the LGBT community, will be held Nov. 12 at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, 7-10 p.m. Performers appearing in Over the Rainbow include Matt Alber, Amy Armstrong, Molly Callinan, Circuit Mom, Get On The Floor Dance Company, Sharriese Hamilton, Kelly Lauren, ...


Agencies-push-state-to-release-HIV-AIDS-funds-

Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds - A number of HIV/AIDS agencies, all serving persons of color, are preparing to lobby the Illinois government to release funds that had been awarded to them for fiscal year ( FY ) 2015, but were never allocated. In July, the Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) informed 20 service providers that money awarded to those agencies for FY ...


Operation-Do-Ask-Do-Tell-Symposium-on-health-for-military-GLBTs

Operation Do Ask, Do Tell: Symposium on health for military GLBTs - From a press release - A symposium on health needs and resources for LGBT veterans, active duty service members, families, friends and health care providers will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Auditorium ( Bld. 9 ), 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines, Illinois. The keynote speaker will be Kristin Beck, the first openly ...


CDPHs-Project-CHAT-surveys-gay-bi-men

CDPH's Project CHAT surveys gay, bi men - According to Nikhil Prachand, director of the Surveillance Epidemiology and Research Section at Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), the agency's Project CHAT initiative strives to get "everywhere" in the community. "We go out to bars, clubs, beaches, bathhouses, parks, hobby groups, volleyball leagues—you name it, we're there," said Prachand. "We work to find everything from hidden spots ...


Illinois-Humanities-Council-event-focuses-on-drag

Illinois Humanities Council event focuses on drag - The Illinois Humanities Council's 2014 "Now What?" series has played host to spirited discussions in venues across the city with headliners and experts weighing in on array of topics that are shaping U.S. business, culture and politics from the rise and proliferation of social media to equality and the role of democracy in public education. On Sept. 3, the fourth ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Openly-gay-candidate-challenges-35th-Wards-Colon-

ELECTIONS 2015 Openly gay candidate challenges 35th Ward's Colon - By Matt Simonette and Lauren Childers - Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has said that, if he's elected to represent the city's 35th Ward, he would be an "organizing alderman." Ramirez-Rosa, who would be the city's first openly gay Latino candidate to run for alderman, said, "I am tired of the direction our city is going in. I see our public dollars handed out to private pockets while our potholes ...


George-meets-with-Inverness-gay-man-after-firing

George meets with Inverness gay man after firing - A gay man fired from his job as worship director at Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness met Sept. 9 with Cardinal Francis George about the matter. Colin Collette was let go from his position in late July after he announced on social media that he and his partner, William Nifong, were engaged. Though many in the community rallied behind ...


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Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black and Jason Collins at Chicago House event - Chicago's House's 6th annual speaker series will offer a triple-threat of LGBT stars: Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black and Jason Collins are the featured speakers at the event Wed., Oct. 15, at the Hilton Chicago. The program will be "a needed and thoughtful discussion of inclusivity and equality beyond marriage," according to Chicago House. Laverne Cox is the Emmy-nominated co-star ...


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Harris Theater, Lyric Opera partner for Beyond the Aria series - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 3, 2014 ) Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, today unveiled Beyond the Aria, a new performance series produced by Harris Theater in a unique first-time association with Lyric Unlimited, on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park. Four performances—October 21, November 10, January 14, and March 10 ( ...


Current-Florentine

Current; Florentine - I wasn't quite sure what to expect from W Lakeshore's Current ( 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.; http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/current-chicago-restaurant ) in light of the substantial renovation the hotel has undergone—but what I encountered was one of the best brunches I've had in quite some time. One server called the decor "Great Gatsby," and that description seems to fit. The look is ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Singer Rachael Sage featured on 'Dance Moms' - Singer/songwriter Rachael Sage tours to Chicago next month, and might be best recognized as the lady behind MPress Records, a well-known independent record label under which acclaimed artists such as Seth Glier and Melissa Ferrick produce their albums. More recently, Sage is increasingly noticed for role in the hit Lifetime series Dance Moms, the network's top reality show. Big, boisterous ...


LETTERS

LETTERS - Leaving a legacy For all things, there is a season. All business relationships come to an end, and the only thing that is permanent is change. As a regular, longtime reader of Windy City Times, how could I miss the poignant, bittersweet news about the selling of Andersonville's iconic independent bookstore highlighting the population for which it is named, "Women ...


Chicago-LGBTQ-Youth-Job-Fair-Oct-22

Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair Oct. 22 - From a press release - Work! Chicago, an LGBTQ youth job fair, will be hosted Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, noon-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech, Affinity Community Services and the Center on Halsted. All members of the community can attend, with a special focus on LGBTQ youth and the transgender community. This ...


Chicago-LGBTQ-Youth-Job-Fair-Oct-22

Chicago LGBTQ Youth Job Fair Oct. 22 - Work! Chicago, an LGBTQ youth job fair, will be hosted Wed., Oct. 22, 2014, noon-4 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech, Affinity Community Services and the Center on Halsted. All members of the community can attend, with a special focus on LGBTQ youth and the transgender community. This ...


About-Face-Theatre-presents-Black-and-Tan-Supper-Club

About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


Local-news-Gay-Indian-prince-HBHC-raises-wages

Local news: Gay Indian prince, HBHC raises wages - Gay Indian prince visits Michigan India's Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil was recently in Saugatuck, Michigan, to discuss his new public awareness campaign, "Free Gay India," during a royal brunch and Q&A session. Chicago human-rights attorney Jay Paul Deratany hosted the event, which took place at The Kirby. The Hindu Prince is the 39th heir to a 650-year-old Indian dynasty, and ...


Indiana-AG-seeks-high-court-review-of-Lambda-marriage-case

Indiana AG seeks high court review of Lambda marriage case - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, September 9, 2014 ) — Today, Indiana Attorney General Zoeller asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review Baskin v. Bogan, the Lambda Legal lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Indiana. Within hours, Lambda Legal will file papers supporting the request for review. "The Indiana Attorney General intends to ask for a stay ...


Inspiration-for-Scandal-at-Chicago-womens-confab

Inspiration for 'Scandal' at Chicago women's confab - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, July 7, 2014 — Judy Smith, the crisis management expert portrayed by actress Kerry Washington on ABC's hit series "Scandal," will deliver the keynote address at the Women's Empowerment Luncheon during the 28th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference presented by the Women's Business Development Center ( WBDC ), on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ...


ACLU-asks-high-court-to-hear-Indiana-Wisconsin-marriage-cases

ACLU asks high court to hear Indiana, Wisconsin marriage cases - From a press release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union is filing responses today to petitions from Indiana and Wisconsin seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of a federal appellate court ruling last week striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples in both states. The ACLU, which represents plaintiffs in both cases, has asked the Court to grant review in order to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Coward-

THEATER REVIEW The Coward - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nick Jones. At: Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$30. Runs through: Oct. 5 In a tribal culture. family is everything. In a pre-literate culture, what is said about one's family is everything. In a warrior culture, the willingness to die in the defense of these values is everything. Long after English ...


Music-news-Barbra-Blige-and-more

Music news: Barbra, Blige and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Blige's collaborations with UK singers out Dec. 2 Mary J. Blige has crossed the Atlantic to collaborate with some of this decade's most celebrated UK musical talent—including Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith—and recorded a new studio album, The London Sessions. This new collection will be released Dec. 2 on Capitol Records. ...


-THEATER-REVIEW-The-Whaleship-Essex

THEATER REVIEW The Whaleship Essex - Playwright: Joe Forbrich. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $30. Runs through: Oct. 11 The Whaleship Essex isn't a great play, but it's riveting theater that tells a harrowing tale. Similar to other real-life adventures from the Age of Sail—Mutiny on the Bounty, Two Years Before the Mast, Moby Dick ( inspired ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ecstasy

THEATER REVIEW Ecstasy - Playwright: Mike Leigh. At: Cole Theatre at Red Orchid, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.coletheatre.org; $15-$25. Runs through: Sept. 28 In 1979 England, 19 pounds ( about $31 U.S. ) a week rents a petrol-station cashier an SRO with a calico curtain hanging below the sink, a folding tray doubling as a liquor table, a kitchen chair for seating ...


ID-laws-could-disenfranchise-trans-voters-in-ten-states

ID laws could disenfranchise trans* voters in ten states - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Ten states' strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, "The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election," authored by the Williams Institute's Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., Peter J. Cooper Public ...


Pride-Films-Plays-Womens-Words-Film-Fest-premieres-shorts

Pride Films, Plays' Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces seven short films and two episodes from "Lesbian HBO" inspired website — Tello Films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on September 15th, 2014. Films chosen for the fest include an innocent teenage story of breaking ...


Dining-news-Shaws-block-party-Frontiers-brunch

Dining news: Shaw's block party; Frontier's brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26, 3-10 p.m., at 560 W. Grand St. More than 3,000 guests are expected to come down to Oyster Fest and slurp up nearly 15,000 oysters from the East and West Coast, signature bites from Shaw's Crab House, Goose Island beer, and live music from singer/songwriter Brett Dennen. ...


Poetry-Foundation-event-focuses-on-queer-poets-of-color

Poetry Foundation event focuses on queer poets of color - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 40 people attended the launch of "Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color Event" at the Poetry Foundation Sept. 4. The event featured readings from queer poets Francisco Aragon, Ruben Quesada, Ching-In Chen and Duriel E. Harris. According to the foundation's website, "Nepantla is a new poetry e-journal being curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with the ...


MUSIC-Billy-Braggs-a-real-riot-talks-Sexuality

MUSIC Billy Bragg's a real riot, talks 'Sexuality' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English singer Billy Bragg has always been a bit of a rebel. Tackling hot topics in his music have included the military, gay issues, and politics. He was influenced by groups such as The Rolling Stones and The Clash to make music. On his sixth studio album, Don't Try This At Home, he sang, "Just because you are gay I ...


BOOKS-Hiram-Crespo-tends-an-Epicurean-Garden

BOOKS Hiram Crespo tends an 'Epicurean Garden' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "The smart people of the world don't want to study philosophy anymore," said Hiram Crespo, author of the new book Tending the Epicurean Garden and founder of the Society of Friends of Epicureanism. "People think philosophy is abstract, irrelevant and ancient; I'm very against this." Crespo, 38, identifies as gay and as a modern Epicurean, writing Tending the Epicurean Garden ...


Theater-spotlight-and-Critics-Picks-

Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most opera fans know of Verdi's 19th century adaptation of Shakespeare's "Scottish Play," but few know of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch's adaptation of Macbeth. Chicago Opera Theater steps into the fray by introducing the Windy City premiere of Bloch's 1906 opera about a murderous Scottish thane and his wife who will stop at nothing for royal power. Chicago Opera Theater ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Games-Afoot

THEATER REVIEW The Game's Afoot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Ken Ludwig. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylane.com; $20-$22. Runs through Oct. 19 It's thriller time in Chicago's suburbs. Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest is reviving the 1978 classic Deathtrap, while the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights is going even more vintage by producing Dial "M" for Murder from 1952. ...


Trans-activist-Jones-headlines-release-party

Trans* activist Jones headlines release party - The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois ( TJLP ) celebrated the publication of Hidden Expressions, vol. 2 with a release party featuring trans* activist Monica Jones at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Sept. 6. The Hidden Expressions zine is, according to the TJLP's website, "a publication created exclusively with the contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming ...


Womens-Film-Martina-proposes-Sky-finals-AIDS-Run-Walk-

Women's Film; Martina proposes; Sky finals; AIDS Run, Walk - Women's Words Film Festival on Sept. 15 Pride Films and Plays has announced seven short films and two episodes from tello films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., on Monday, Sept. 15. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by ...


Judy-Garland-on-Judy-Garland-Interviews-and-Encounters

Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters - BOOK REVIEW by Angelique Smith - Edited by Randy L. Schmidt, $29.95; Chicago Review. Press; 456 pages   If you're told exactly who you are in the beginning of your life, do you start to believe it yourself? Judy Garland was truly born at the age of 12, when Frances Ethel Gumm ceased to exist and the newly named studio creation burst onto the Hollywood scene. ...


Heartland-President-Mohn-to-step-down-in-2015

Heartland President Mohn to step down in 2015 - Rev. Dr. Sid Mohn, the openly gay president of Heartland Alliance, today announced his plan to retire after 35 years of service to the organization. Since joining Heartland Alliance in 1980, Rev. Dr. Mohn has grown the organization to serve over one million people each year, creating the Midwest's leading anti-poverty organization, with a reputation for quality programming, innovation and ...


TPAN-launches-2014s-A-Day-with-HIV-

TPAN launches 2014's 'A Day with HIV' - by Jason Carson Wilson - Photos say or shout a thousand words. Images featured in Chicago-based Test Positive Aware Network's fifth annual one-day photo exhibit Sept. 5, "A Day with HIV," at the Chicago Cultural Center sent a powerful message through photography: HIV and happiness aren't mutually exclusive. "Together, we can start to overcome the stigma and shame," TPAN Publications Director and Positively Aware Editor ...


Trans-activist-Miss-Major-celebrates-Jane-Addams-birthday-

Trans* activist Miss Major celebrates Jane Addams birthday - Students, advocacy group representatives and activists covering a broad spectrum of age, race, gender and gender identity crammed into the Resident's Dining Hall of the 125-year-old Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at UIC's campus Sept. 4 for a conversation with Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Co-sponsored by UIC's Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality Center, Institute for Research of Race ...


-Alan-Cumming-in-Conversation-Oct-13-at-Music-Box

Alan Cumming in Conversation Oct. 13 at Music Box - From a press release - Unabridged Bookstore will host Alan Cumming in conversation with former Chicago Magazine editor-in-chief Dick Babcock at The Music Box Theatre, Oct. 13 at 7p.m, Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto ...


Houston-Mayor-Parker-at-Victory-Fund-Chicago-benefit

Houston Mayor Parker at Victory Fund Chicago benefit - Openly lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker was among those who spoke at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's annual Champagne Brunch Sept. 7 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago. Among the politicians attending were U.S. Rep Mike Quigley, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, State Sen. Heather Steans, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and alderpersons Tom Tunney, Deb Mell ...


Agencies-push-state-to-release-HIV-AIDS-funds

Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds - A number of HIV/AIDS agencies, all serving persons of color, are preparing to lobby the Illinois government to release funds that had been awarded to them for Fiscal Year 2015, but were never allocated. In July, the Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) informed 20 service providers that money awarded to those agencies for Fiscal Year 2015 through ...


Malinowski-new-director-of-Lakesides-shhhOUT-

Malinowski new director of Lakeside's shhh...OUT! - From a press release - CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 — Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is thrilled to announce the appointment of Scott Malinowski as Director of shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble. Scott brings a wealth of experience, dedication, and vision to the ensemble. In his previous position as Assistant Director he conducted performances, arranged music for the group, and brought creativity and energy to the ...


HBHC-raises-minimum-wage-for-Brown-Elephant-employees-

HBHC raises minimum wage for Brown Elephant employees - From a press release - Effective immediately, Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) is raising the minimum wage for Brown Elephant employees to $10.10/hour. The increase, in concert with President Obama's recent executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, represents HBHC's investment in the members its hard working staff. Since the late 1980s, Brown Elephant has been supporting HBHC's health programs and ...


Chita-Rivera-Moraine-Valley-Community-College-Sept-27

Chita Rivera Moraine Valley Community College Sept. 27 - From a press release - Come celebrate the one and only Broadway legend Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating her 80th birthday at Moraine Valley Community College's Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for seniors and students. Direct from her sold-out smash concert ...


Man-fired-from-church-job-prepares-to-meet-with-George-

Man fired from church job prepares to meet with George - A gay man who was fired in late July from his position as Director of Worship at Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness is scheduled to meet with Cardinal Francis George Sept. 9. Colin Collette was fired from his job after announcing through social media that he and his partner, William Nifong, were engaged. Collette said that he didn't know ...


Cartoon-on-DOMA-wins-Fischetti-award-from-Columbia-College

Cartoon on DOMA wins Fischetti award from Columbia College - CHICAGO ( Sept. 3, 2014 ) — Nate Beeler has been selected as the 2014 winner of the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, for his image in The Columbus Dispatch depicting Lady Justice and Lady Liberty embracing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ). The editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch, Beeler ...


Chicago-Surrogacy-Seminar-Gay-Parenting-Expo-Sept-13

Chicago Surrogacy Seminar, Gay Parenting Expo Sept. 13 - From a press release - The first Chicago Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo on September 13 will feature community resources and more than a dozen service providers from the USA and Mexico, as well as information about a new financial assistance program for prospective gay parents. The international organization Men Having Babies is partnering with the Chicago based Center on Halsted and Howard Brown ...


ENTERTAINMENT-EVENTS-Womens-Words-Fest-Queer-poetry-Reeling

ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS Women's Words Fest; Queer poetry; Reeling - Women's Words Film Festival on Sept. 15 Pride Films and Plays has announced seven short films and two episodes from tello films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., on Monday, Sept. 15. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by ...


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AFC policy show; W&CHF street; lesbian mayor; Transformative Law - Community Event Highlights - Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian ...


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THEATER REVIEW My Name Is Asher Lev - Playwright: adapted by Aaron Posner from the novel by Chaim Potok. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.timelinetheatre.com; $37-$50. Runs through: Oct. 18 To be a member of Brooklyn's Ladover Hassidic Jewish settlement in the 1940s and '50s was to occupy—take a deep breath, now—a subsect of a subsect of yet another ...


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Gay Chicagoan launching 'gender-liberated' undergarments - Kempe Scanlan is looking to turn his graduate-school thesis project into his profession. While at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Scanlan focused on making gender-liberated undergarments, inspired by the transgender community. The start-up company will be known as Kempe, a Viking name that means "champion" or "warrior." The company name came from a focus group of mixed ...


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Mariano's employee claims he was fired for being gay - At the end of January 2014, James Beck —a 44-year-old resident of Edgewater—was laid off from his job at Macy's. The very same day, he walked into a recruitment center for Mariano's Fresh Market. Beck said he was hired within four weeks. By the middle of April, he was the supervisor to eight Mariano's employees and the team lead for ...


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Open To Thinking: It's Your Money, Illinois - A recurring column - The Tea Party would have one believe that fiscal responsibility in government can be understood in the same ways we understand our own personal budgets. Unfortunately, this is not the case. W.C. Fields, in a famous comedy skit, tries to teach his loutish, spendthrift nephews the basics of economics: more money coming in than going out = happiness; more money ...


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Connor leads new veteran-focused business incubator - His military world dates back about 15 years, when Todd Connor signed up for ROTC at Northwestern University—and upon graduating in 2000, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Connor spent four years on active duty, stationed during that time on board the guided missile cruiser the USS Bunker Hill as a navigator. And Connor went to ...


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LGBT-friendly housing to open by mid-Sept. - Officials for Town Hall Apartments, 3600 N. Halsted St., say that they are aiming for a mid-September opening date for the residences, which are intended to be an LGBT-friendly housing option for seniors. "We're hoping to have 79 people moved into Town Hall by Sept. 15," said Kandyse McCoy Cunningham, director of property management for Heartland Housing. "I'm saying that ...


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Chicago Fire stars Grand Marshals of Great Chicago Fire Fest - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 3, 2014 ) — Television and film actors Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney, both stars of the hit NBC drama "Chicago Fire," will lend their heat to the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, the free spectacle of fire on the Chicago River set to take place Saturday, October 4. The Great Chicago Fire Festival, celebrating Chicago's grit, ...


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Openly gay Latino runs for 35th Ward alderman - Chicago — Community organizer Carlos Ramirez-Rosa will formally announce his candidacy for 35th Ward Alderman against incumbent Alderman Rey Colon Sept. 6 at noon at Fireman's Park, corner of Diversey, Kimball and Milwaukee. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a former Congressional aide in the office of U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, and current deportation defense organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant ...


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Chicago Sky to face the Phoenix Mercury in 2014 WNBA finals - CHICAGO —With an 75-62 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile for the first time in franchise history. The Sky, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, upset the top-seeded Atlanta Dream in the Semifinals and then the number two seed Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference ...


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CRITICS' PICKS and THEATER SPOTLIGHT: Miracles in the Fall - THEATER SPOTLIGHT A nun in 1968 Detroit uncovers all sorts of unsettling secrets about her family in Chuck O'Connor's drama Miracles in the Fall, a winner of Polarity Ensemble Theatre's Dionysos Cup Award for play writing. Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Miracles in the Fall now through Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Methtacular! - Playwright: Steven Strafford. At: About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: Sept. 28 One-person shows always begin in peculiar, artificial fashion. With no second actor to kick-start the action, the solo performer must directly acknowledge the audience, or pretend the audience isn't there, or pretend the audience is another character. ( ...







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