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Attny-Gen-Madigan-sues-Homeland-Security-for-failing-to-open-immigration-files

Attny Gen Madigan sues Homeland Security for failing to open immigration files - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with nine other attorneys general, today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA ) request for information relating to the detention and deportation of immigrants. In June, Madigan joined the same coalition of attorneys general in issuing ...


Annual-Human-Rights-Campaign-Chicago-Gala-to-Honor-Back-Lot-Bash-Founders

Annual Human Rights Campaign Chicago Gala to Honor Back Lot Bash Founders - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( October 16, 2017 ) — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Chicago Steering Committee announced today that Christina Roberts and Amie Klujian will be honored with the Community Leadership Award for their commitment to the LGBTQ community with the founding and continued mission of their Back Lot Bash event. Founded in 2004, Back Lot Bash is ...


Grand-Marshals-named-for-Nov-4-Pink-Hat-Run-Walk-and-Roll

Grand Marshals named for Nov. 4 Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll - CHICAGO—Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton ( D-5 ) and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell ( D-3 ) have been named Grand Marshals for the inaugural Pink Hat Run, Walk and Roll, a 5K and one-mile recreational event. The elected officials will greet participants and launch the start on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. Both women represent the area ...


Freelancers-Anonymous-LGBTQ-comedy-feature-filmed-in-Chicago

Freelancers Anonymous LGBTQ comedy feature filmed in Chicago - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) teams up with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino on Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. Featuring a top-notch cast including Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ), Jennifer Bartels ( American ...


Steppenwolf-to-host-memorial-celebration-for-ensemble-member-Mariann-Mayberry

Steppenwolf to host memorial celebration for ensemble member Mariann Mayberry - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 16, 2017 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host a public memorial celebrating ensemble member of 24 years Mariann Mayberry. The memorial will take place Monday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. To RSVP, email MariannMayberryMemorial@steppenwolf.org or call 312-654-5657. Following the event, all are welcome to gather in Front Bar. ...


Prime-Timers-global-event-Oct-29-Nov-2

Prime Timers global event Oct. 29-Nov. 2 - Chicago Prime Timers will host the Prime Timers Worldwide Convention for its 30-year anniversary on Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton Chicago, 300 E. Ohio St. Events will include four days of workshops ( such as "Event Planning Strategies" and "Gay Men and Prostate Cancer" ) as well as dinner cruise, a Halloween masquerade ball and ...


Legacy-Walk-honors-Harlem-Renaissance-at-dedication

Legacy Walk honors Harlem Renaissance at dedication - The Harlem Renaissance ( 1919-1929 ) was honored with a bronze memorial plaque Oct. 15 at the sixth annual Legacy Walk dedication ceremony. The plaque is located between Melrose Street and Aldine Avenue on Halsted Street in Lake View, and celebrates the first urban LGBTQ community in the United States. This milestone joins 37 other bronze memorial plaques commemorating the ...


Attny-Gen-Madigan-files-brief-opposing-ban-on-transgender-military-service

Attny Gen Madigan files brief opposing ban on transgender military service - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 14 other attorneys general, filed an amicus brief opposing the federal administration's plans to ban military service by transgender individuals. The amicus brief, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that banning transgender individuals from serving in the military is unconstitutional, against the interest of national ...


The-New-Colony-presents-world-premiere-of-PUNK

The New Colony presents world premiere of PUNK - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 9, 2017 ) — The New Colony concludes its 2017 Season with the world premiere of Michael Allen Harris' prison drama PUNK, co-directed by Diana Raiselis and Katrina Dion, playing October 4 — November 5, 2017 at The New Colony's resident home, The Den Theatre's Upstairs Main Stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. ...


Dyke-spaces-exhibit-debuts-on-National-Coming-Out-Day

Dyke spaces exhibit debuts on National Coming Out Day - A rousing night of queer women comedy kicked off Howard Brown Health's "Lost & Found: An exhibit exploring Chicago's dyke spaces of the 70s and 80s" on National Coming Out Day, Oct.11, at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., in Humboldt Park. The exhibit runs through Oct. 28 and features items from Gerber/Hart Library and Archives and the Windy City ...


Splatter-Theater-returns-to-Annoyance-Theatre

Splatter Theater returns to Annoyance Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO - August 30th 2017. The Annoyance Theatre proudly celebrates its 30th anniversary in October with the return of its flagship show; "Splatter Theater". Now in its 30th year, "Splatter Theater" is an annual slasher spoof full of outrageous thrills and chills. Come watch as the Annoyance Theatre's white stage walls get bloodied every Saturday at 10:00 PM, with previews ...


-Parking-meter-art-project-launches-to-benefit-youth-homeless-projects

Parking meter art project launches, to benefit youth homeless projects - Ava's Change4Youth, a program of Pride Action Tank ( PAT ), launched Oct. 11 as part of the Andersonville Arts Week on Chicago's North Side. The first parking meter, designed by artist Sam Kirk, is now on display outside of Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. The bookstore will continue to house the art meter after arts week. ...


Portage-Park-teen-still-missing

Portage Park teen still missing - A transgender boy who went missing from their Portage Park nearly two weeks ago is still missing, according to reports. Kayleigh Green, 15, went missing from their home sometime in the night between the evening of Oct. 2 and the early morning of Oct. 3. Media reports refer to Green as a female, but a missing-persons poster distributed locally by ...


American-Brotherhood-Weekend-names-titleholders-presents-900-to-Vital-Bridges

American Brotherhood Weekend names titleholders, presents $900 to Vital Bridges - From a press release - Chicago, IL - October 8, 2017. The producers of American Brotherhood Weekend pleased to announce the winners of their 2017 contest, held October 6-8 in Chicago, Illinois. The 2017 American Leatherman title was awarded to Rod McCoy, who hails from the great state of Maryland. Rod held the title of Leatherman of Color 2011, and is a Full Brother of ...


UChicago-workshops-to-focus-on-topics-of-interest-to-LGBTQ-community

UChicago workshops to focus on topics of interest to LGBTQ community - From a press release - In October and early November, the Center for Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago will offer three events of interest to the LGBTQ community: Sarrah Schulman, "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair" Monday, October 23, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Center for the Study of Gender ...


PASSAGES-John-Charles-Power-dies

PASSAGES John Charles Power dies - John Charles Power, 74, died suddenly of cardiac arrest Aug. 23, 2017, in Chicago. He was born in Sherman, Texas, raised in Caddo and McAlester, Oklahoma, and came to Chicago in 1968 after college and stints in the U.S. Navy and American Red Cross. He received a master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle ...


Affinity-hosts-Coming-Out-Day-event

Affinity hosts Coming Out Day event - National Coming Out Day, held every year on Oct. 11, was celebrated at "Our Stories, Our Voices," which featured social mingling and a program of speakers sharing their coming out stories at the Near South Side offices of Affinity Community Services. Throughout history, Black LGBTQ and same-gender-loving people have been faced with adversity and many of those stories were never ...


Chicago-trans-woman-alleges-discrimination-at-Indiana-apple-orchard-

Chicago trans woman alleges discrimination at Indiana apple orchard - A transgender Chicago woman is contemplating legal action after she and her friends were ejected by police from a popular Northwest Indiana apple farm. LaSaia Wade and 11 friends were asked to leave County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana, on Oct. 7 after staff objected to Wade's dog, a pit bull, which Wade said she repeatedly explained was a service ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Genius-in-decline

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Genius in decline - Out actor Danne W. Taylor was surprised at how quickly the Chicago premiere of His Greatness came about. It was only about three months ago that Taylor shared a published edition of Daniel MacIvor's Tennessee Williams-inspired script to Pride Films and Plays executive director David Zak. "I figured it might show up a year or two later down the line," ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Heavens are Hung in Black, Shattered Globe at Theater Wit, through Oct. 21. The year 1862 tested Abe Lincoln to his political and personal max. James Still's history pageant makes a few bits up, but brings Abe to life as well as anyone has, especially as played by Lawrence Grimm. JA The Audience, Timeline Theatre Company, through Nov. 12. ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Les-Miserables

Theater Spotlight on Les Miserables - Another national tour of the global hit musical Les Miserables is back for a brief, barricade-busting run in Chicago. Do note that this tour is not based upon the original turntable-dominated production, but rather directors Laurence Connor and James Powell's version featuring projections of Hugo's own Parisian sketches and paintings. Les Miserables plays Oct. 11-29 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, ...


DISH-SAVOR-LA-Burdick-Andersonville-Dessert-Crawl-

DISH: SAVOR L.A. Burdick; Andersonville Dessert Crawl - After three decades of tempting people in the East with its artisanal chocolates, L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates ( 609 N. State St.; https://www.burdickchocolate.com/ ) has finally opened in Chicago. ( There is one issue that should be tackled immediately: Despite its name, L.A. Burdick has nothing to do with Los Angeles; it's named after the founder, Larry A. Burdick. In ...


MIDWEST-LGBTQ-HEALTH-SYMPOSIUM-Professor-talks-bisexual-research-

MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Professor talks bisexual research - Howard Brown's Center for Education, Research and Advocacy hosted the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Oct. 7 at the JW Marriott Chicago. The symposium featured healthcare professionals, educators, researchers and advocates speaking on the theme, "Breaking the Stigma." Dr. Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH ( University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Health Systems Science Department associate professor ) kicked off ...


MIDWEST-LGBTQ-HEALTH-SYMPOSIUM	-Symposium-addresses-HIV-treatment-prevention-and-elimination

MIDWEST LGBTQ HEALTH SYMPOSIUM Symposium addresses HIV treatment, prevention and elimination - Delivering the kickoff speech at Howard Brown Health's 2017 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Oct. 7, Richard Elion, clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, said, "There has never been a time when it's been more important to make progress as a society." Elion—a prominent advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Washington, D.C.—was speaking about ...


Legacy-Walk-dedication-Oct-15

Legacy Walk dedication Oct. 15 - The Phase 6 dedication of the Legacy Walk Outdoor LGBT History Museum will take place Sunday Oct. 15. This year, there will be the addition of a bronze memorial commemorating The Harlem Renaissance, the cultural watershed that established the first urban LGBTQ community in the United States. The public ceremony will start at 2 p.m. at 3247 N. Halsted St., ...


UIC-to-host-second-hate-crimes-summit

UIC to host second hate-crimes summit - Raising awareness and action against hate, the Hate Crime Coalition brings the Hate Crime Summit: Bridging Systems Against Hate to University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) on Wed., Oct. 25. This is the second year that the Hate Crime Coalition is delivering the Hate Crime Summit, with the first in 2014. "I think our environment has changed," said ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Happy-hours

THE AMAZON TRAIL Happy hours - One day, out of the blue, I received an email from well-respected writer Renee Bess. In her thoughtful, elegant style, she asked if I would be interested in working together to produce an anthology about the role gay bars have played in our lives. I was on board before I finished reading. A gay bar anthology, I immediately thought, was ...


LETTERS-Responding-to-the-pope

LETTERS Responding to the pope - The following text is a statement by Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, on Pope Francis' Oct. 5 statement on gender transition: Pope Francis has once again entered the discussion of transgender issues with a statement that reveals the pontiff does not yet comprehend issues of gender identity. In a statement to the Pontifical Academy for Life's general ...


Queer-Brown-filmmakers-collaborate-with-CPS-students

Queer Brown filmmakers collaborate with CPS students - Video below - Vincent Martell didn't find himself inspired by filmmaking until he went to college in Barcelona. There, Martell, who now runs VAM Studios ( which has been around for just two years ), was inspired by the local film scene. "I kind of wanted to find the edginess within my art culture back home in Chicago," Martell remembered. "I looked around ...


WEDDINGS-Yospin-Valentour

WEDDINGS Yospin-Valentour - Marcia Yospin and Erin Valentour were married July 15 in the Crystal ballroom in Evanston. Photo of Yospin ( left ) and Valentour by Rick Aguilar Studios ...


A-Squared-arts-fest-Nov-9-12

A-Squared arts fest Nov. 9-12 - Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., is presenting the second edition of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival—co-produced in partnership with Links Hall Curatorial residents A-Squared Theatre ( Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong )—on Nov. 9-12. Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival will feature contemporary ...


House-music-DJs-launch-Chosen-Few-Management

House-music DJs launch Chosen Few Management - House Music DJ and production collective the Chosen Few DJs announced its formation of Chosen Few Artist Management, Inc. ( CFAM ). Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, and led by Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams, Terry Hunter and Alan King, CFAM will provide comprehensive management and representation to artistic talent in the global house-music space, including live performances, recording ...


Parking-meter-art-to-benefit-youth-homeless-projects

Parking-meter art to benefit youth homeless projects - CHICAGO—Ava's Change4Youth, a program of Pride Action Tank ( PAT ), is launching Oct. 11 as part of the Andersonville Arts Week on Chicago's North Side. The campaign visually raises awareness of youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago while collecting small change in donation stations to make big differences in the lives of youth. This program also promotes community building through ...


GUEST-COLUMN-Welcome

GUEST COLUMN Welcome - My name is Toni Marie Preston. I am a Black, queer, trans femme with sickle cell disease. I'm also currently a senior sociology major and a women's and gender studies minor at Illinois State University. My work centers around intersectionality, abolitionism and radical liberation. I have consulted on projects, moderated panels and presented educational workshops. In 2016 I presented at ...


PASSAGES-Karen-Knudstrup

PASSAGES Karen Knudstrup - Karen Knudstrup passed away Sept. 16 at age 78. She is survived by her widow and partner of 52 years, Diana Haskell of Chicago; brother Paul ( Sue ) Knudstrup and sister Kristine ( Dale ) Taylor, both of Michigan; children Avril ( Joseph ) Rutherford of Florida, Winston ( Karen ) Rysdahl of Chicago, Amiel ( Kris ) Rysdahl ...


PASSAGES-Russell-Pryga

PASSAGES Russell Pryga - Russell "Russ" Pryga, 52, died Sept. 30 in Chicago; he was 52. He was born June 10, 1965, and grew up in Mosinee, Wisconsin, the son of John Jr. and Barbara ( Hollingsworth ) Pryga. Volunteering and giving were a huge part of Russ's life. He spent many hours volunteering at "GroceryLand," a food pantry for those with HIV/AIDS, and ...


IN-THE-LIFE-Erik-Grazetti

IN THE LIFE Erik Grazetti - Talking with Erik Grazetti for a few minutes, one realizes that he is in his element as Loews Chicago Hotel's director of sales and marketing—and that he loves it. Grazetti was in the Washington, D.C., area for 25 years, moving to Chicago in 2011 when he was with a different hotel company. ( He's originally from a small town in ...


NIGHTLIFE-PHOTOS-Roscoes

NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Roscoe's - RPDR's "Final Five" from season 9, Friday, Oct. 6. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


NIGHTLIFE-PHOTOS-Big-Chicks

NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Big Chick's - Big Chick's photos by Jerry Nunn ...


Dining-news-Breast-Cancer-Month-specials-Naha-lunch-cat-cafe

Dining news: Breast Cancer Month specials, Naha lunch, cat cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Several restaurants have specials related to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For example, Bottleneck Management's Chicagoland locations ( such as Howells & Hood and Old Town Pour House ) will donate $1 of every Founders Brewing Rubaeus sold to the Lynn Sage Foundation. Also, $1 from every Grosella cocktail sold at Pearl Brasserie will go to support the Lynn Sage Foundation ...


Social-change-film-festival-Oct-13-15

Social-change film festival Oct. 13-15 - The national nonprofit organizaiton Social Change will host its social-change film festival, #ChangeFest, in three states: Illinois, California and New York. In Illinois, it will take place Oct. 13-15 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr. The festival will feature: —29 films, including 16 world premieres—one of which is from first-time filmmaker Monica Raymund, who ...


Five-Worth-Finding-Monteverde-Chicago-Ideas-Week-and-more

Five Worth Finding: Monteverde, Chicago Ideas Week and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Monteverde: Monteverde Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg won Best Chef Great Lakes at the James Beard Awards this year—and for good reason. Her West Loop restaurant draws people in droves, thanks to a menu that embraces the different ( skate schnitzel ) and displays what turns out to be the flavorful ( gnocchetti con pesto ). —Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher: ...


LGBT-Chamber-of-Commerce-welcomes-new-director

LGBT Chamber of Commerce welcomes new director - The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois hosted a welcome reception for their new director, Jerome' Holston, Oct. 10 at its Lakeview office. Billy Stevenson, board chair, along with other board and chamber members, attended the event. Pictured, from left: Board members John Lashmett and Jeff Kessler with Holston ( third from left ) and Stevenson. See http://lgbtcc.com/aboutus/ . Photo ...


Meet-Juanito-Doe-pays-tribute-to-being-brown-and-down-in-Chi-town

Meet Juan(ito) Doe pays tribute to being "brown and down in Chi-town" - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — From long days working on the Nabisco assembly line to long nights at el baile, from falling in love over pico de gallo and hot dogs to strange occurrences on the Ashland #9 bus, from a young boy sneaking into his mother's high heels to a young girl who feels trapped in her quinceañera dress, Meet Juan( ...


Club-Industry-moves-to-yet-another-venue-

Club Industry moves to yet another venue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The annual fitness event known as Club Industry took place in Chicago on Oct. 4-6—in yet another venue. In a sign that this particular event has been getting smaller over the years, Chicago's Club Industry has moved from McCormick Place to the Hyatt Regency to this year's spot: the Hilton Chicago. While the hotel itself is not small at all, ...


SAG-AFTRA-comments-on-safety-of-women-in-entertainment-and-media

SAG-AFTRA comments on safety of women in entertainment and media - From a press release - SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement on the safety of women in the entertainment and media industry. "We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers. We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bewildered

THEATER REVIEW Bewildered - Book: Ron Weaver Music & Lyrics: Aaron Benham and Ron Weaver. Directed by: Brigitte Ditmars At: Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont. Tickets: handbagproductions.org and Stage773.com: $22-$39. Runs through: Nov. 11 Hell in a Handbag productions celebrates its 15th anniversary with the staging of Bewildered, a parody musical of LGBT favorite Bewitched told from the perspective of nosy neighbor Gladys ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Queerly-Beloved-An-LGBT-Comedy-Revue-

THEATER REVIEW Queerly Beloved: An LGBT+ Comedy Revue - Written by: Katie Lee, Meaghan Morris, Kevin "KJ" Snyder, Evan Starkweather and Nathaniel Strain At: Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: TheAnnoyance.com; $10-$12. Runs through: Nov. 8 This show represents the first LGBTQ revue for Chicago comedy troupe Huggable Riot—perhaps an apt name given the youthful, huggable charm of the performers. The hour-long, mostly scripted production includes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Quixote-On-the-Conquest-of-Self-

THEATER REVIEW Quixote: On the Conquest of Self - Playwright: Monica Hoth & Claudia Valdes Kuri, translated by Georgina Escobar At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: Dec. 17 Quixote: On the Conquest of Self gives theater veteran Henry Godinez a rare opportunity to be a clown, and Godinez—who generally plays serious roles ( when he takes time from directing and teaching )—is ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Making-of-a-Modern-Folk-Hero-

THEATER REVIEW The Making of a Modern Folk Hero - Playwright: Martin Zimmerman At: Other Theater at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Oct. 29 You wonder how cults are born, swelling from small enclaves to encompass tribal sects worldwide. Martin Zimmerman offers a cautionary fable of a massive messianic movement whose origins lie in an actor of pudgy physique and modest talents, a cheap Halloween ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Choir-Boy-

THEATER REVIEW Choir Boy - Playwright: Tarell Alvin McCraney At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: $43-$46. Runs through: Nov. 12 There are probably hundreds of private schools throughout our nation where young men complete their educations with no life-altering incident, but you won't find them in fiction. The premise of culturally unruly and hormone-racked adolescents confined within a unigender environment charged with ...


Music-ensemble-looks-to-tell-Chicago-stories

Music ensemble looks to tell Chicago stories - According to Bach + Beethoven Ensemble ( BBE ) Artistic Director Brandi Berry, her musical organization's mission is all about "tearing down the walls between musicians, [other] performers and the audience." The ensemble is in large part dedicated to presenting music in its historical context, using instruments that are appropriate to the period. But Berry maintained that another important part ...


Broadways-Nick-Adams-to-headline-Pride-Films-and-Playss-Simply-Sensational-

Broadway's Nick Adams to headline Pride Films and Plays's Simply Sensational - From a press release - Chicago - Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, will feature Broadway musical theater star NICK ADAMS, who originated the role of Adam/Felicia in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, in its American premiere on Broadway. Prior to PRISCILLA, Adams had major roles in the hit revivals of A CHORUS LINE, GUYS AND DOLLS, CHICAGO and LA CAGE AUX ...


His-Greatness-on-stage-with-Pride-Films-and-Plays

His Greatness on stage with Pride Films and Plays - From a press release - Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of ...


Author-of-trans-focused-childrens-book-opens-Safe-Schools-Symposium

Author of trans-focused children's book opens Safe Schools Symposium - Giving the morning keynote at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's inaugural Symposium on Oct. 9, author Alex Gino acknowledged, "2017 is complicated as A.F. .... We are seeing our rights as queer people [and others] at risk." But Gino, who described themselves as a "cynic," also acknowledged, "While we're seeing some terrifying stuff this year, there are more rights to protect ...


Sandberg-Awards-Oct-11-at-The-Forum

Sandberg Awards Oct. 11 at The Forum - The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood ( The Handmaid's Tale ) and Dave Eggers ( A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius ) at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wed., Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at The Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Journalist ...


The-Legacy-Project-Phase-6-to-honor-The-Harlem-Renaissance

The Legacy Project Phase 6 to honor The Harlem Renaissance - From a press release - The Legacy Project will celebrate Phase 6 Dedication of Chicago's Award-Winning Legacy Walk Outdoor LGBT History Museum on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Sidetrack, This year The Legacy Project will be adding a bronze memorial commemorating The Harlem Renaissance . the cultural watershed which established one of the first urban LGBTQ communities in the United States. ...


Affinity-to-host-Our-Stories-Our-Voices-on-coming-out-day

Affinity to host "Our Stories, Our Voices" on coming out day - On Coming Out Day, speakers from Chicago's Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer lives community will share the diversity of their lives. Throughout history Black LGBTQ and same gender loving people have been faced with adversity, but continue to live, thrive, and love. The stories show Black excellence at its finest — from revealing same gender desire to discovering ...


Parking-meter-art-project-to-benefit-youth-homeless-projects

Parking meter art project to benefit youth homeless projects - CHICAGO — Ava's Change4Youth, a program of Pride Action Tank ( PAT ), will launch Oct. 11 as part of the Andersonville Arts Week on Chicago's North Side. The campaign visually raises awareness of youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago while collecting small change in donation stations to make big differences in the lives of youth. This program also promotes community ...


Final-Andersonville-Dessert-Crawl-on-Halloween-

Final Andersonville Dessert Crawl on Halloween - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 5, 2017 ): The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) will host the culminating Andersonville Dessert Crawl on the weekend proceeding Halloween, Sunday, October 29 from 2-5PM. Tickets are available for crawlers of all ages online now for two curated routes, GUMDROP MOUNTAINS or PEPPERMINT FOREST, each featuring 11 sweet stops. "While this year's event marks ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Lamont-Robinson-launches-run-for-state-House-seat

ELECTIONS 2018 Lamont Robinson launches run for state House seat - Lamont Robinson—who runs two Chicago Allstate Insurance offices, one in Bronzeville, the other in Humboldt Park—recently announced that he's campaigning to fill the Illinois House's 5th District post currently held by state Rep. Juliana Stratton, who is running for Lieutenant Governor alongside gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker. Should he be elected, Robinson would be the first openly gay African-American state legislator ...


PRO-SPORTS-Wrestler-Anthony-Bowens-Talking-about-sport-coming-out-as-bi

PRO SPORTS Wrestler Anthony Bowens: Talking about sport, coming out as bi - Earlier this year, professional wrestler Anthony Bowens made waves and amassed support when he came out as bisexual. However, he also experienced some negative feedback, including from those within the LGTQ community, who questioned the validity of his orientation—and of bisexuality in general. Bowens ( who said he's "still getting used to everything" ) recently talked with Windy City Times ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Prison-take

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Prison take - Gay playwright Michael Allen Harris' world-premiere drama Punk is set in a prison's separate unit for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. Harris got the idea after a fellow playwright friend forwarded him a short-film documentary exploring the topic. "Queer people in prison are often forgotten about, or they're never considered. There are people who live their life within the prison ...


The-1950s-return-in-living-color-in-Perfect-Arrangement-play

The 1950's return in living color in 'Perfect Arrangement' play - Pride Films and Plays is now presenting Perfect Arrangement, by Topher Payne, through Oct. 22, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and ...


Judge-Nancy-Katz-reflects-on-career

Judge Nancy Katz reflects on career - Judge Nancy Katz—recently retired from the Cook County Circuit Court and the first openly lesbian judge there—said that judges have an important role to play in bringing about social change. "You certainly advance justice on a case-by-case approach, by making good, impartial decisions based on the law, facts and a compassionate approach to people," she explained. "One-by-one-by one, [judges] make ...


LETTERS-Cappleman-support-

LETTERS Cappleman support - Dear Ald. Cappleman, I hope this note finds both you and your partner in good health. In the past we have had our differences, but I never doubted your personal commitment to social justice to the poor of our community. People of goodwill can have differences of opinion and approach, but they can also work together. Some of the personal ...


Hello-Again-and-Signature-Move-screen-at-Music-Box-

'Hello Again' and 'Signature Move' screen at Music Box - Chicago's Music Box Theatre has held several recent red-carpet events to premiere exciting new LGBT films. Opening night for the Reeling Film Festival screened the musical Hello Again on Sept. 21. While guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the lounge nearby, several of the stars and production team stopped to talk with Windy City Times before entering the theater. ...


Exhibit-explores-citys-dyke-nightspots

Exhibit explores city's dyke nightspots - On Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day, Howard Brown Health's "Lost & Found: An exhibit exploring Chicago's dyke spaces of the '70s and '80s" will open for a limited run ( through Oct. 28 ) at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., in Humboldt Park. The exhibit is co-organized by producer Kristen Kaza ( co-founder of Slo 'Mo Party and ...


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City council committee advances resolution opposing trans military ban - The Chicago City Council Committee on Human Relations passed a resolution on Oct. 4 opposing the Trump administration's ban on military service by transgender individuals. The motion, titled "Expression of opposition to decision of President Donald J. Trump to ban members of transgender community from military service," passed unanimously and will be forwarded to the entire City Council Oct. 11. ...


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Suit filed for community group involvement in Chicago Police reform - From a press release - CHICAGO —Seeking to ensure that concerns about interactions between Chicago police and people with disabilities are part of any reform effort, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Equip for Equality filed a federal lawsuit today with Chicago-based organizations Community Renewal Society, Communities United, Next Steps and ONE Northside. The groups seek the participation of impacted community groups in ...


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Horror-film marathon Oct. 7 at Music Box - The 24-hour horror-movie marathon known as "Music Box of Horrors" will return to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 7, at noon. Along the films that will be shown, there will be tributes to horror-film directors George Romero and Tobe Hooper. Some of the movies slated to run include Land of the Dead ( 2005 ...


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Park at Wrigley has Oct. 8 classical show - The Park at Wrigley, 3637 N. Clark St., has announced its first outdoor classical music experience, showcasing Chicago musicians on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. "The Line-Up"—a three-part classical music showcase—is a free live music experience featuring selections for brass, strings and woodwinds. Edwin Outwater ( music director Laureate of Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and director for summer concerts at the ...


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Hell in a Handbag 15th-anniv. event on Oct. 15 - To mark Hell in a Handbag Productions' 15th anniversary, it will hold a quinceañera-style party on Sunday, Oct. 15, 5-10 p.m., at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. The evening will include a Mexican buffet, cocktails, games, a silent and live auction, the world's greatest raffle, and a live performance of Handbag highlights ( and lowlights ) spanning the past ...


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A-Squared arts fest Nov. 9-12 - Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., is presenting the second edition of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival—co-produced in partnership with Links Hall Curatorial residents A-Squared Theatre ( Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong )—on Nov. 9-12. Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival will feature contemporary ...


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'Bad Taste' on first Wednesdays - Hell in a Handbag Productions and Mo Less's revue Bad Taste will play the first Wednesday of every month—beginning Oct. 4—at The Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave. The evening of queer and camp curiosities features what's being called "a rotating cast of Chicago's most daring and disgusting performance artists: burlesque, drag, clowning, sideshow, comedy and cosplay—all with a shocking ...







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