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PASSAGES Punk rocker Meghan Galbraith dies - Meghan Galbraith, 35, front woman for the queer Chicago-based rock/pop/punk trio band 8 Inch Betsy, died Jan. 22 after a year-long illness. Brooke Benjamin relayed Galbraith's death to Windy City Times. Galbraith was born Aug. 13, 1979, in Waukegan, Illinois, and graduated from Waukegan High School. Shortly after moving to Chicago in 1997, Galbraith began working at Beans and Bagel ...


Center-on-Halsteds-2015-Human-First-Gala-to-convene-as-Kinfolk

Center on Halsted's 2015 Human First Gala to convene as Kinfolk - From a press release - Center on Halsted will host the annual Human First Performance & Gala on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union station; located at 500 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL. Human First recognizes the contributions of individuals, businesses and other organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) community ...


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Chris Johnson, printer, artist, feminist leader, dies - Christine Johnson, a former Chicagoan who played a key role in the early Women-in-Print and women in trades movements locally and nationally, died Jan. 23 of complications from cancer. She was 63. Johnson and Nancy Poore were married in Canada in February 2007, their anniversary. This February would have marked their 34th year together. Johnson, originally from Cincinnati, was a ...


CGHA-to-skate-at-Soldier-Field-after-Hockey-City-Classic

CGHA to skate at Soldier Field after Hockey City Classic - When members of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association ( CGHA ) took the ice at Soldier Field in Chicago for an intra-squad game during the winter of 2013, the temperature was in the low 20s and the wind was brisk. "That's part of playing outdoor hockey," said Andrew Sobotka, 29, CGHA's president. "The [2013] game was amazing. There is nothing ...


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Claps continues as IDHR director under Rauner - Illinois Department of Human Rights ( IDHR ) Director Rocco Claps has been re-appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to continue in the position that he has held for the past 12 years, Capitol Fax reported Jan. 23. Claps, the first openly gay cabinet member in Illinois history, was first appointed to the post by Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2003 and ...


Lambda-Legal-on-nomination-of-Rev-Meeks-as-Chair-IL-State-Board-of-Education-

Lambda Legal on nomination of Rev. Meeks as Chair, IL State Board of Education - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, January 23, 2015 ) — In response to Governor Rauner's nomination of Reverend James Meeks as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education, Christopher Clark, Counsel and Youth and Schools Program Strategist for Lambda Legal, released the following statement: "Keeping LGBTQ students safe in school and protecting their right to a fair and equal education is ...


Jobe-to-become-Illinois-tourism-chief

Jobe to become Illinois tourism chief - Springfield city council member and Illinois comptroller official Cory Jobe has been picked to be the state's new director of tourism, the ( Springfield ) State Journal-Register reported Jan. 21. Jobe, who is openly gay, was deputy chief of staff under the late Judy Baar Topinka and has continued in that capacity under the state's new comptroller, Leslie Munger. He ...


Out-at-CHM-opens-series-with-transgender-resilience-

Out at CHM opens series with transgender resilience - The Chicago History Museum began its 12th annual Out at CHM series on January 22 with Transmopolitan: Transgender Resilience. Trans activist and evangelist Precious Davis led and moderated a panel which represented an ongoing dynasty of transgender history, advocacy and achievement. Speakers included beloved activist and Center on Halsted charm school principal "Mama Gloria" Allen, celebrated and former Miss Continental ...


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Lamia Beard, transgender woman of color, killed in Norfolk - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Lamia Beard a transgender woman of color, in Norfolk, Virginia. According to local media reports, including the one linked here, which have been consistently misgendering and misnaming Lamia, indicate that she was found suffering from a gunshot wound early Saturday morning, January 17th. She was ...


Moxie-networks-LGBTs-in-urban-planning-areas

Moxie networks LGBTs in urban planning areas - Steven Vance, a transportation blogger for Streetsblog, made a simple suggestion last January: that there be a group for queer transportation professionals. At the time, Daniel Ronan was in the midst of a six-month job search, having moved to Chicago from Portland, Oregon, without a job and had spoken with more than 90 people in three months from three different ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The percussive dance revue STOMP has been playing off-Broadway since 1994 and wowing the world through a series of international tours. If you haven't seen the show, which features drummers making noise out of everyday objects, catch the current tour of STOMP now playing in Chicago. STOMP continues through Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Edith-Can-Shoot-Things-and-Hit-Them

THEATER REVIEW Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them - Playwright: A. Rey Pamatmat. At: First Floor Theater at the Flatiron Arts Center, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-857-6406; www.firstfloortheater.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 31 The Tolentino family is not what is usually defined by that term. Doctor Mom died of cancer after divorcing Doctor Dad, who now lives with his girl friend, periodically depositing money in a bank account ...


Chamber-of-commerce-looks-to-year-ahead

Chamber of commerce looks to year ahead - Members of the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce ( CAGLCC ) gathered for their first 2015 meeting Jan. 13, as organization officials outlined what Board Chair Billy Stephenson called new "visions" for the year ahead. Among the initiatives were an emphasis on committee-building, public events and invigorated engagement with outside organizations. Stephenson said that in 2015 the ...


Equality-Illinois-introduces-Growing-Your-Family-series

Equality Illinois introduces 'Growing Your Family' series - Equality Illinois ( EQIL ) introduced a new talk series, Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents, on Jan. 13 with co-host Cradle; local adoption agency. Rosemary Mulryan of EQIL and Dori Fujii of Cradle teamed together to inform the group of approximately 50 prospective parents about the adoption process. In addition to the launch of Growing ...


Upcoming-Mr-Chicago-Leather-Cornel-West-Her-HRC-event

Upcoming: Mr. Chicago Leather; Cornel West; Her HRC event - Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 this weekend The official competition to choose Mr. Chicago Leather ( MCL ) 2015 will take place on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., at 8 p.m. A victory dance party at MCL home bar Touche, 6412 N. Clark St., will immediately follow the contest. The weekend will also ...


In-the-Life-Charles-Bonanno

In the Life: Charles Bonanno - Charles Bonanno, known to most as simply Charlie, formerly was the part-owner of a chain salon here in Chicago. "I was noticing that my staff and I were working in an environment that was unhappy and unproductive, and the salon had so much negativity," Bonanno said. "No matter what steps I took to change it as part owner, I was ...


Chicago-City-Council-prohibits-police-profiling-of-trans-people

Chicago City Council prohibits police profiling of trans* people - By a unanimous vote January 21, the Chicago City Council approved the expansion of an existing city ordinance prohibiting police profiling based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability, military discharge, marital, financial or parental status to include gender identity and national origin. 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney was co-sponsor of the ordinance. "It came to the attention of council ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Map-of-Virtue

THEATER REVIEW A Map of Virtue - Playwright: Erin Courtney. At: Cor Theatre at Rivendell, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.CorTheatre.org; $25. Runs through: Feb. 14 Are birds happy harbingers of pleasant days and flights of fancy? Or are they figures of foreboding a la Poe's raven and Hitchcock's flocks? Mark, an adult gay man, carries a tiny wood statuette of a meadowlark, which he stole ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Keys-of-the-Kingdom

THEATER REVIEW Keys of the Kingdom - Playwright: Penny Penniston. At: Stage Left at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$32. Runs through: Feb. 15 What we know for sure is that while in New York City for a book-signing, high-profile preacher Ed Newell was shown a painting that the common citizens of Lower Manhattan worshipped as a shrine. Upon returning to his 400-member ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Risk-and-resurrection-Theater-classics-revivals-

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Risk and resurrection: Theater classics, revivals - Plays drawn from the repertoire of Western drama are usually dismissed as "safe options" for theaters—what could be more reliable, after all, than a script arriving with a decades-long track record of pleasing audiences? This popular impression renders all the more astonishing the degree of daring reflected in this winter's selection of ( at least ) twice-told tales. Big ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Book-of-Merman

THEATER REVIEW The Book of Merman - Book and Score: Leo Schwartz. At: Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com; $20-$30. Runs through Feb. 15 Ever wondered what shenanigans might ensue if a couple of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happened to ring the doorbell of a woman who may or may not be ...


Briefs-Entertainment-and-news

Briefs: Entertainment and news - 'Imitation Game' gets multiple Oscar nods The Imitation Game—a movie about the life of the late gay British codebreaker Alan Turing—received eight Academy Award nominations when they were announced Jan. 15. The film was nominated for actor ( Benedict Cumberbatch ), supporting actress ( Keira Knightley ), director, film editing, original score, production design, adapted screenplay and picture. Birdman and ...


Beck-Kramer-shines-with-sci-fi-Web-comic

Beck Kramer shines with sci-fi Web comic - Beck Kramer created a comic to submit for an anthology from LGBTQ writers and artists, yet her work was not accepted for publication. But Kramer brought the characters to life in another form. Kramer, 32, a lesbian who lives in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood and grew up in Elmwood Park, launched her comic, Relativity ( www.relativitycomic.com ), last May. It is ...


WINTER-DANCE-SPECIAL-Plenty-of-dance-to-heat-up-the-winter

WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Plenty of dance to heat up the winter - Winter took a while to officially land in Chicago; the dance scene, on the other hand, has yet to take a break. The winter season for dance audiences is notoriously slow—not so in 2015! —The Cambrians is a brand new company with Benjamin Wardell at the helm ... sort of. Wardell has a surrounded himself with a strong team of ...


Theater-news-Upcoming-events

Theater news: Upcoming events - Dead Writers mark 'A Wilde Affair' Dead Writers Theatre Collective announces its 2015 season "A Wilde Affair," focusing on the theme of forbidden love with works by Oscar Wilde and Moliere. All works take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. This season marks the company's fifth anniversary and the first time the company is offering its plays for ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-LGBTQ-theater-has-plenty-to-offer

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBTQ theater has plenty to offer - If you're looking for theater that explores LGBTQ issues, then you're in lots of luck this winter. Gender non-conformity, bullying and Broadway diva worship are just a few of the topics explored in the shows listed below. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. LGBTQ shows: A Map of Virtue, Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre, now to Feb. 14. ...


That-Guy

That Guy - I lived through the '90s. I was there in the trenches with Color Me Badds and the Hansons and the flannels and the Rachel haircuts. I know what the definition of "is" is. So when I walked into Progress Bar this past Friday and Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" came on, my first memory of it was that it was a mid-grade, ...


EI-to-honor-TransLife-Out-at-CHM-presents-Transmopolitan

EI to honor TransLife; Out at CHM presents Transmopolitan - Equality Illinois to honor TransLife Project The TransLife Center of Chicago House is the recipient of the 2015 Equality Illinois Freedom Award for providing critical services to transgender Illinoisans. Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said, "The TransLife Center demonstrates remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality for transgender people in Illinois. For transgender individuals ...


Aon-devotes-various-resources-to-diversity

Aon devotes various resources to diversity - This profile is part of a series about some local businesses that have scored perfectly on HRC'S Corporate Equality Index For the past eight years, Aon Corp. has received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ). Aon is among 366 major businesses to achieve that score and earn the ...


Longtime-banker-hooked-on-triathlons

Longtime banker hooked on triathlons - Bernard T. Bartilad has participated in the Chicago Triathlon every year since 2006, including this past summer, when he competed in the triathlon at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland. "I enjoy swimming in [Lake Michigan] during summer and indoors the rest of the year," said Bartilad, who admittedly did not know how to swim when he started in the sport ...


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DINING 'Dinner Party' kicks off fourth year - "The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano," held at City Winery, kicked off its fourth year Jan. 12 with a pre-event wine-tasting featuring famed sommelier Robert Houde that benefitted The Trotter Project. After sipping wine, chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn cooked for Bill Kurtis, SNL alumna Julia Sweeney, musician Nicholas Barron, host Elysabeth Alfano and the audience of 170 ...


Performance-series-highlights-youth-seniors-LGBTQ-isolation-

Performance series highlights youth, seniors, LGBTQ isolation - From a press release - Many in the LGBTQ community are or have at one point experienced loneliness or isolation because of how they identify. As a community-based organization, Center on Halsted tackles this need through providing programs, services, and space for individuals to commune and live powerfully in supportive inclusive environments. In a new collaboration with About Face Theatre, Center on Halsted is hosting ...


Legislation-banning-conversion-therapy-in-Illinois-is-reintroduced

Legislation banning conversion therapy in Illinois is reintroduced - Equality Illinois announced Jan. 20 that it was launching an initiative to promote passage of a bill banning anti-gay conversion therapy in Illinois. The legislation, HB 217, or the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act, was filed Jan. 16 by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy and prohibits mental health care providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with patients under the age ...


Community-responds-to-Rauners-nomination-of-Meeks-as-ISBE-Chair-

Community responds to Rauner's nomination of Meeks as ISBE Chair - From a press release - The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance has joined with other groups in opposing the nomination of Reverend James Meeks to lead the Illinois State Board of Education. What follows is the press release from the organizations opposed to the nomination. Gov. Bruce Rauner, in his inaugural address, said that schools were his priority, that he wants Illinois to be a state ...


Jennifer-Hudson-Turns-It-Up-at-Chicago-event

Jennifer Hudson 'Turns It Up' at Chicago event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Partnering with singer Jennifer Hudson and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., hosted a house party Jan. 14. "Turn It Up for Change" brought drag and high fashion straight from Boystown with local favs Trannika Rex and Shea Coulee. Promoter Legendary Damon sparkled down the runway while DJ White ...


Thousand-Waves-Martial-Arts-and-Self-Defense-Center-celebrates-30-years

Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center celebrates 30 years - From a press release - Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center kicks off a year of events marking the 30th anniversary of its founding with a conversation with Nancy Lanoue and Sarah Ludden about the feminist roots of their own martial arts and self-defense practices, and how that blossomed into the founding and evolution of Thousand Waves. The event is February 4, from 7:45 ...


Sugar-Spice-Osteria-Langhe

Sugar & Spice: Osteria Langhe - An Italian newcomer in an easy-to-miss Armitage Avenue space in Logan Square has made quite a splash on the Chicago dining scene in a few short months. Osteria Langhe serves cuisine from Italy's Piedmont region, a hilly area bordering France and Switzerland. The traditional dishes feature the region's famous white truffles, fragrant herbs and rich, eggy pastas, with hardly a ...


Upcoming-events-Art-and-performance

Upcoming events: Art and performance - Sosa exhibit at Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art UNICEF, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art will be the beneficiaries of proceeds from Erik Sosa's new art show, "ap[ART]," at the museum, 1852 W. 19th St.,on Saturday, Jan. 24, 6-10 p.m. The museum's galleries will stay open after hours for this special event. This new ...


Dining-news-Red-Dress-Party-funder-American-Junkie-sold

Dining news: Red Dress Party funder; American Junkie sold - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Several restaurants will take part Thursday, Jan. 29, 6-10 p.m., in a fundraising project for the Chicago Red Dress Party. ( The party will take place April 18. ) Ten spots will be involved, including both mEAT restaurants, DS Tequila, Dive Bar, Hamburger Mary's, Bountiful Eatery, Nookies in Edgewater, Jack's on Halsted and two Giordano's sites ( 815 W. Van ...


Area-church-reaffirms-commitment-to-LGBT-leadership-

Area church reaffirms commitment to LGBT leadership - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Patrick Erwin - When Rev. Scott Talbot Lewis began his ministry recently at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation ( UTUUC ) in Oak Park, his arrival reaffirmed the congregation's commitment to LGBT leaders. Lewis is stepping in for the Rev. Emily Gage during a sabbatical. Both Gage and Lewis are members of the LGBT community who have found a spiritual home in Unitarian ...


Local-LGBT-branch-of-Mensa-to-relaunch

Local LGBT branch of Mensa to relaunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After nine years of dormancy, Chicago's LGBT Mensa group is in the process of reactivating with a new name—the LGBT and Allies Special Interest Group ( SIG ) of Chicago Area Mensa, part of American Mensa, Ltd. The group, originally known as Gay SIG, was founded in 1978 by Dick Stein. Sixteen local area Mensa members met on Dec. 20 ...


Forum-looks-back-at-a-lesbian-love-triangle

Forum looks back at a lesbian love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anya Jabour, Ph.D. visited University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) to present "A Lesbian Love Triangle at the University of Chicago: Sophonisba Breckinridge, Marion Talbot, and Edith Abbott" The Jan. 14 program was part of CSGS's series Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago. The ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Singer-performs-Wright-from-the-heart

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Singer performs 'Wright' from the heart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dylan Wright is an up-and-coming queer singer/songwriter based in Chicago. His sound is a mixture of folk and acoustic, with deeply personal lyrics. Wright's first album release, As A Ghost ,covers topics such as love and death. His first music video, for "Iron Gates," features man-on-man action told with a distinct visual style. Wright currently is collaborating with Dan Foley ...


Show-lets-attendees-see-the-world-in-one-venue

Show lets attendees see the world in one venue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wild animals descended upon Rosemont, Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center over the weekend of Jan. 17-18. The Chicago Travel & Adventure show brought everything, from owls to Alaskan sled dogs to camel rides, for an annual event that grows a little bigger every year. A mariachi band played to spotlight Mexico close to its booth while cooking ...


Man-makes-impression-as-a-nude-model

Man makes impression as a nude model - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a freshman at the University of Michigan, Roger Billhardt saw flyers on campus for various clubs, organizations, and more. He spotted the one for the art school, which was looking for figure models. He had never done anything like that, but admittedly is a thrill-seeker, "and that seemed like a thrill." So he signed up for the gig. "I ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Homo-for-the-Holidays-Glitter-Creeps-Laura-Ann-Grace

BENT NIGHTS Homo for the Holidays; Glitter Creeps; Laura Ann Grace - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those already stuck in the funk of January 2015 ( new semester, spent Christmas cash, broken Christmas toys, used snow, cabin fever, the reality that this is just the start ) or felt that the holidays lacked LGBTQ pizzazz, the reality is that the year has already kicked off with a snappy queer blast. If hearing Johnny Mathis sing ...


On-the-Red-Carpet-Feb-22-at-Park-West

'On the Red Carpet' Feb. 22 at Park West - Center on Halsted will hold its annual "On the Red Carpet" Academy Awards party Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The red carpet is at 6 p.m. The telecast will start at 7:30 p.m., with the silent auction ending and event drawing at 9 p.m. There will also be a predict-the-winner contest; ballots will be ...


Uber-driver-accused-of-sexual-assault-on-man-in-Boystown

Uber driver accused of sexual assault on man in Boystown - A Villa Park man stands accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old man who hailed a ride from him on the car-sharing service UberX this past summer. According to DNAinfo, Adnan Nafasat, 46, faces allegations that he choked and groped the passenger before trying to get him to perform oral sex. At a hearing on Jan. 14, Nafasat was ordered held ...


Theater-MLK-show-Sweat-Girls-at-Fest-Comedy-theater-opens

Theater: MLK show; Sweat Girls at Fest; Comedy theater opens - African American Arts Alliance's MLK show Jan. 19 The African American Arts Alliance will hold "Justice Is Ours," the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr,, Day Celebration (A Dedication of Dance, Song, Poetry and Music), on Monday, Jan. 19. The event will feature performances from Sketch N' Tyme, The Robbert Reddrick Trio, Alexis Rogers, Yahdina Udeen, Dawn Bless, Red Clay ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - There are two different touring musical spoofs of E.L. James' bestselling S&M novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but the better-reviewed of the two is clearly 50 Shades! The Musical Parody. The show is back again briefly in Chicago, just as anticipation builds for the film version that comes out this Valentine's Day. So get your laughs in while you can. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Kiss-Kiss-Cabaret

THEATER REVIEW The Kiss Kiss Cabaret - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.kisskisscabaret.com . Runs through: TBA A licensing delay postponed the opening of this latest addition to Chicago's historical "speakeasy" district at Broadway and Lawrence Avenue—recently targeted by Mayor Emanuel for rejuvenation—but the Kiss Kiss Cabaret forged ahead with a "press rehearsal" in the newly-furbished Uptown Underground, ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Rousseves-Stardust-explores-technology-race-queerness

DANCIN' FEATS Rousseve's 'Stardust' explores technology, race, queerness - Growing up in Houston, Texas, in the 1960s and 1970s to parents hailing from Louisiana, David Roussève was surrounded by music and the arts. "My father was a jazz musician. ... I started out as an actor as a child, doing really bad versions of Sesame Street in Houston," he chuckled in a phone interview with Windy City Times. "I ...


Tim-Mitchell-service-Jan-22-at-Old-St-Pats

Tim Mitchell service Jan. 22 at Old St. Pat's - A memorial mass for Tim Mitchell will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams St. Mitchell, 49, a former Chicago Park District chief and aide under Mayor Richard M. Daley, died Dec. 3, 2014, of natural causes. Mitchell was a gay man, but that fact was not widely known to the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-28th-Annual-Young-Playwrights-Festival

THEATER REVIEW 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival - Playwrights: Deja Jenkins, Daisianee Minenger, Taylor Vazquez, Steve Maloy. At: Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 773-878-8864 or www.pegasustheatrechicago.org; $18-$30. Runs through Jan. 31 Pegasus Theatre Chicago, formerly known as Pegasus Players, has had its share of financial and artistic ups and downs in recent years. But the company had remained steadfast with producing its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Cookie-Play

THEATER REVIEW Cookie Play - By: Ken Prestininzi. At: Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets: 773-384-0494; $20 ( two-for-one Thursdays ). Runs through: Feb. 14 Trap Door Theatre's mission of producing obscure and unusual work is as resolute as ever in Cookie Play, the fourth collaboration between playwright Ken Prestininzi and director Kate Hendrickson to be housed in Bucktown's esteemed theatrical hole-in-the-wall. A ...


Christy-Webber-on-landscape-design-and-Chicago-landmarks

Christy Webber on landscape design and Chicago landmarks - Corn, kale, tomatoes and herbs were just some of the edibles that could be found in the display beds that were installed last summer at Millennium Park. The brainchild of lesbian landscape designer Christy Webber, the display beds combine edibles and flowers together in a unique and innovative way. Last February, Webber brought together permaculture expert Annamaria Leon and urban-farming ...


In-the-Life-Jaren-Kyei-Merrell

In the Life: Jaren Kyei Merrell - Jaren Kyei Merrell admitted that his alter ego, Shea Coulee, is "equal parts bougie and banjee. … She's classy, but a little trashy; she's broke with expensive taste." Coulee has been entertaining locally for the past three years. "Shea is the homegirl next door that you can trust endlessly, [yet] you wouldn't want to cross her because you know she'd ...


PASSAGES-Retired-city-official-and-pharmacist-Richard-Johnson-dies

PASSAGES Retired city official and pharmacist Richard Johnson dies - Richard Johnson, 69, a retired City of Chicago employee and pharmacist, died Jan. 6 after a long struggle with emphysema. Johnson was a fixture in Chicago's LGBT community for many years. Johnson was born March 23, 1945, in Annapolis, Maryland, but grew up in Batavia, Illinois. His father owned a drugstore in Batavia, which led to Johnson's interest in becoming ...


Open-Door-Clinics-Dr-Constance-Pachucki-talks-AIDS-patients-career

Open Door Clinic's Dr. Constance Pachucki talks AIDS patients, career - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Constance Pachucki has spent her entire professional life with HIV/AIDS patients, including three decades at Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago. She most recently has become the medical director at Open Door Clinic in Aurora/Elgin. When Pachucki, a straight ally, entered medical school there weren't that many women doctors but that didn't ...


YEPP-event-features-Crys-Matthews

YEPP event features Crys Matthews - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 10, the Unitarian Church of Evanston hosted a benefit performance and dinner for YEPP ( Youth Empowerment Performance Project ) featuring a concert from out singer/songwriter Crys Matthews. YEPP works with homeless LGBTQ youth in yearlong "cycles" to help evolve personal experiences and identities into theatrical performance pieces. Once the pieces are set, YEPP then tours the show ...


Fertility-doctor-helps-lesbian-couple-become-mothers

Fertility doctor helps lesbian couple become mothers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For Dr. Laurence Jacobs, helping people become parents has been his life's work. One couple who benefitted from his expertise in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility is Dana and Kira Crosby. The Crosbys met in late 2004 while they were living in Boston and developed a friendship that later turned into a romance. The romance blossomed, and in ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bye-Bye-Liver

THEATER REVIEW Bye, Bye, Liver - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: The Public House, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-650-6449; www.pubhousetheatre.com; $20. Runs through: open run Just as any two coinciding activities can be turned into a competition—e.g., penny pitching, centipede racing—almost any fixed text can serve as the basis for synchronized consumption of intoxicating beverages. In 2006, Byron Hatfield's comedy troupe, ...


DISH-SAVOR-Highlights-of-2014

DISH: SAVOR Highlights of 2014 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It says a lot about the local restaurant scene that I had to wait until the very end of the year was over before compiling this list. Chicago is, as many know, one of the great culinary centers in this country—and this was verified constantly from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Below are some of the most memorable experiences I ...


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Dining news: Giordano's in A'ville; Signature Room; Senza closing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Giordano's restaurant that's replacing Ann Sather in Andersonville ( at 5207 N. Clark St. ) is slated to open in March. Ann Sather owner and 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney announced in 2013 he had sold the building housing his chain's Andersonville location to Newcastle Limited, DNAinfo.com reported. —The Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave., has expanded its brunch ...


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OUTspoken! takes place at Sidetrack - The first installment of 2015's OUTspoken!, the monthly showcase of LGBTQ oral storytelling, took place Jan. 6 at Sidetrack in front of an SRO house of enthusiastic supporters and participants. The event, which takes place on the first Tuesday of each month, focuses on personal stories that LGBTQ individuals share. Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack and LGBTQ-rights pioneer ) ...


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Affinity kicks off 20th-anniv. year with Burning Bowl event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Our theme today is soaring forward like a phoenix. A phoenix is never defeated. It may stumble. It may fall. It may experience incredible hardship and just when you think it's done it rises up rejuvenated, renewed and transformed," said Brandee Young-Dyson, Burning Bowl 2015 mistress of ceremonies and committee member. That message permeated Affinity Community Services annual Burning Bowl ...


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DISH: SAVOR Senza; Bar Toma - We're only a couple weeks into 2015—and it's possible that I've already had the best culinary experience I'll have all year. Moreover, it happened at a restaurant that's closing this weekend ( Jan. 17, to be specific ). Lake View restaurant Senza ( 2873 N. Broadway; http://www.senzachicago.com/ ) has a Michelin star for at least two very good reasons: Noah ...


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Get Covered Illinois hosts discussion for LGBT stakeholders - With open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) ending Feb. 15, Get Covered Illinois ( GCI ) hosted an LGBT stakeholders discussion at the Center on Halsted Jan. 7. About 30 LGBT community leaders, GCI officials and healthcare navigators attended. GCI ( the official health insurance marketplace for Illinois residents ) also launched an ad featuring Illinois ...


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IL HIV Care Connect has new website with viral suppression info - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—( BUSINESS WIRE )—Illinois HIV Care Connect announced today the launch of an upgraded website ( www.hivcareconnect.com ) featuring information about the importance of achieving viral suppression for people living with HIV. Achieving viral suppression is a goal for individuals receiving anti-HIV medications, also known as anti-retroviral treatment ( ART ). Reaching viral suppression means that the amount of ...


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Loveless to fight ballot removal - Activist Marc Loveless, a gay man who had been campaigning for City Clerk post in the February elections, said he will be fighting his removal from the ballot. According to Chicago Board of Elections ( CBE ) records, Loveless' candidacy was challenged Dec. 1 by Cari Meyers, founder and president of the Puppy Mill Project. Incumbent City Clerk Susana Mendoza ...


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Rauner taps Meeks to head state education board - Former state Senator Rev. James Meeks has been nominated by Governor-elect Bruce Rauner to become Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. Meeks, who heads up the Salem Baptist Church on the Far South Side, has a long history of challenging goals sought by the LGBT community, so the Jan. 10 announcement was questioned by some LGBT-rights advocates. In ...


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CNA begins policy supporting employees' surviving same-sex spouses - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, January 8, 2015 ) - Today, Lambda Legal announced that Douglas Hammett-Lair ( Doug ) started receiving spousal survivor benefits after CNA Financial Corporation amended its retirement plan to allow many surviving same-sex spouses to receive benefits. The change came after Lambda Legal and private counsel Louis Ascherman urged CNA to grant spousal benefits to same-sex couples ...


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Former 'Idol' contestant shines on Chicago stage - She's now a server and singer at La Cueva, an LGBT nightclub in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. It's Jaidah Christina Davila, 30, a South Side native who sparkles. [Note: Online research about La Cueva says that it is closed. Davila is aware of such reports, but confirmed the nightclub definitely is open for business.] She was "JDA" during her run ...


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Int'l gay, lesbian football championship in Madison in August - From a press release - ( MADISON ) The Madison Area Sports Commission ( MASC ) is pleased to announce that the 2015 International Gay & Lesbian Football Association ( IGLFA ) will be holding their North American Championships in the Greater Madison area August 9-15, 2015 at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona. The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association ( MAYSA ) is a co-host ...


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Fundraising underway for GLBT veterans monument - With a fundraising goal of $20,000, the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) is moving forward with an LGBT-themed monument now under construction for installation in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in May. The monument will consist of a black granite centerblock holding a pink granite triangle, centered in a pink granite wall displaying, ...







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