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Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together. In Paris they have big houses for that. Papa has been there. Uncle Walter is not normal."—Anne Frank seems to out her maternal uncle Walter as gay, in previously suppressed pages from her diary. Interestingly enough, he's one ...


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BOOK REVIEW What You Want To See - By Kristen Lepionka. $25.99; Minotaur; 336 pages Kristen Lepionka writes a trying-to-be hard-boiled yet oh-so-relatable bisexual PI in the Roxane Weary mysteries, of which What You Want To See is the second. Roxane's tropes are going with her gut and sexually/romantically jockeying between the very solid, nice and unavailable cop Tom Heitker and the wild artist and slightly bitchy ...


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Cameron Esposito works on personal material - Lesbian comic and Windy City Times 30 Under 30 alum Cameron Esposito returned to Chicago for two weeks at the end of March, performing 14 shows at the Den Theatre. Esposito was here working on new material and said the smaller venue and Chicago audience was the perfect setting to test out the more personal material she's been developing, which ...


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LETTER Ban on the run - The Honorable James N. Mattis Secretary Department of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Mattis: On behalf of the physician and medical student members of the American Medical Association ( AMA ), I am writing to express our concern about the new policy recently approved by President Trump imposing limits on transgender individuals serving in the military. ...


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VIEWS Pimping King - With 2018 being the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, commemorations honoring the man will be taking place across the country. But who would think a Super Bowl ad with a King voiceover would be used to sell pickup trucks? The pitch for Dodge Ram trucks' "Built To Serve" Volunteer Program did just that and provoked ...


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Court Strikes Unlawful Policy That Denied Health Care to Incarcerated Transgender Woman - From a news release - ( St. Louis, MO, May 23, 2018 ) —A federal district court has struck down a Missouri Department of Corrections ( MDOC ) policy as cruel and unusual punishment because it denies vital health care to transgender people, including Lambda Legal client Jessica Hicklin, a transgender woman incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point. The court's order requires ...


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LGBT victories in Tuesday's voting - There was big news out of Texas Tuesday night. Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas in a run-off primary Tuesday night, becoming the first openly LGBT person —and the first Latina— to win a major party nomination for governor in the state. Valdez's win, with 52 percent of the vote, overshadowed three other important LGBT victories ...


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HRC, Lawyers' Committee seek investigation of anti-transgender Incident in California - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation's premier racial justice organizations, released a letter requesting that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra conduct a thorough review and investigation into a recent anti-transgender incident ...


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Trump-Pence Administration Proposes Nationwide Gag Rule on Abortion Referrals - From a news release - WASHINGTON D.C. — Tonight, the Trump-Pence administration released a nationwide gag rule, marking a radical departure from how health care has operated in the United States up until this point. The proposed rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services tonight but not yet posted to the Federal Register, would do three main things: 1. Make it illegal ...


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Annual GLAAD film report finds alarming drop in LGBTQ characters - From a news release - Los Angeles, CA — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2017 calendar year. For the full report visit: www.glaad.org/sri . ...


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NATIONAL Black queer pol, anti-trans action, Laura Aguilar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Malcolm Kenyatta made history recently in the face of anti-gay attacks during the wee hours of his campaign, IntoMore.com reported. The 27-year-old won the primary for Pennsylvania's 181st District, making him the first queer man of color to receive the Democratic nomination in the Philadelphia district. Kenyatta faced off against Alex Deering, who is also Black and gay, in the ...


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SHOWBIZ Donald Glover, Adore Delano, Jason Statham, Jennifer Aniston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Donald Glover has backed suggestions that his Star Wars character is pansexual—despite a reported zero same-sex interactions on screen, according to PinkNews. Fans accused Star Wars producers of queer-baiting after claims that fan favorite character Lando Calrissian is actually pansexual. Glover ( taking over the role that Billy Dee Williams originated ) told SiriusXM, "Yeah… How can you not be ...


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Federal Court Backs Gavin Grimm, Affirming Federal Law Protects Transgender Students - From news releases - From ACLU: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A federal court today denied the Gloucester County School Board's motion to dismiss a case brought by former student Gavin Grimm, holding that Title IX and the Constitution protect transgender students from being excluded from the common restrooms that align with their gender identity. The court directed the parties to schedule a settlement conference ...


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LGBTQ sports movie premiering June 28 - The documentary Alone in the Game will premiere Thursday, June 28, on the AT&T AUDIENCE Network, according to a press release. The AT&T original feature-length documentary follows a group of athletes and sports figures from the biggest stages in American sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLS, and NCAA, among others, to explore the ongoing struggles LGBTQ athletes are facing at ...


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TELEVISION Series continues to examine transgender people's lives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2004, Dr. Bruce Hensel hosted and co-directed The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story and The Opposite Sex: Jamie's Story—two series that looked at two trransgender individuals' quests to undergo their long-awaited gender-confirmation surgeries.  Fast-forward to 2018, and Hensel is back with Showtime's Beyond the Opposite Sex, which look at Rene Pena's and Jamie Alter's continuing journeys. Windy City Times: How ...


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Pope's Words to Gay Survivor of Sexual Abuse Have Dogma-Transforming Ramifications - From a DignityUSA news release - May 21, 2018. Boston, MA. According to reports from Spain's El Pais newspaper and the Associated Press, Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay male survivor of clerical sexual abuse that his sexual orientation comes from God. Juan Carlos Cruz said that in a private meeting about the Chilean sexual abuse scandal, Pope Francis said, "Look Juan Carlos, the pope ...


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2018 Transgender Military Summit June 6-8 in Washington, DC - From a news release - The Transgender American Veterans Association, along with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and the LGBT Bar, have announced the 2018 Transgender Military Summit being held in Washington, DC June 6-8, 2018 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Keynote speakers and topics are: Jillian C. Shipherd, Ph.D. Dr. Shipherd is currently a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Women's Health Sciences ...


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Trump Administration Plans to Dismantle Federal Family Planning Program - From a news release - WASHINGTON — The White House is expected to announce plans to gut Title X, the nation's family planning program that provides birth control and other basic preventive services to 4 million patients each year. According to reporting, the administration will move to block patients from accessing birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventive care at specialized reproductive health ...


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Survey Finds Anti-LGBTQ Bias Overwhelmingly Affects Health, Well-being of LGBTQ Teens - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the University of Connecticut released the largest-of-its-kind survey ever of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers across the nation, revealing in detail the persistent challenges so many of them face going about their daily lives at home, at school and in their communities. The more than 12,000 respondents, ranging ...


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Recent Preemption Bills Undermine Democracy and Threaten LGBT Equality - From a news release - Washington, D.C., May 8, 2018—Across the country, cities and counties are taking steps to promote progress and to protect their residents on a range of issues, including workers' rights and benefits, the minimum wage, nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people, pro-immigrant policies, environmental efforts, and more. However, a new report examines how many state ...


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In "Alone In The Game" LGBTQ Athletes Explore Ongoing Challenges, June 28 - Coming off an official selection at AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington D.C., AT&T* AUDIENCE® Network unveiled its new, exclusive documentary, "Alone In The Game." It will make its premiere on Thursday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Exclusive documentary premieres June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. WATCH THE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/aolQEcFp_QA . The AT&T original feature-length documentary follows a group ...


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CDC will roll back data collection on the health of LGBT people - From a Williams Institute news release - LOS ANGELES — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) official disclosed that the agency will roll back support for the collection of data on the health and well-being of LGBT people through the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System ( BRFSS ). "The BRFSS is one of the few federally-supported data collection activities that make the needs ...


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Sen. Pat Spearman: 'Look out Washington; I'm on my way' - Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman plays the drums backward because her band director in high school told her he wouldn't let her transfer to the drum section because "girls don't play drums." "Girls don't play drums; you play the clarinet. So I decided to teach myself how to play—and I taught myself how to play shop set." Now, the pioneering ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Things are really ramping up for the royal wedding. The big news last week was that while William will be Harry's best man, Kate will not be the maid ( or, I suppose, matron ) of honor. A royal snub? Hardly. Apparently it is considered unseemly for a future queen to be an attendant to anyone—even on their wedding day! ...


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Billie Jean King shows pioneering spirit in talk with Kate Kendell - Billie Jean King's lifelong fight for equality began when she was 12, when the junior tennis player was practicing at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. King, 75, recently speaking to a sold-out audience at San Francisco's Brava Theater Center, said she remembers noticing that everyone at the club was white. "Where is everyone else?" King asked her mom. "It was ...


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LGBTQ State Legislative Candidates Win in Pennsylvania; Primary Victories Elsewhere - From news releases - From The Human Rights Campaign: PHILADELPHIA — Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement celebrating the victories of pro-equality candidates Senator Bob Casey, Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-2), Dwight Evans (PA-3), Matt Cartwright (PA-8), and Michael Doyle (PA-18), and Chrissy Houlahan. "HRC was proud to ...


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Unprecedented 7 LGBT candidates for governor - Only in recent years, the LGBT community has been able to support one or two openly LGBT candidate for governor. In 2014, it was two —Mike Michaud in Maine and Heather Mizeur in Maryland; they lost. In 2016, it was one—Kate Brown in Oregon; she won. There are currently seven competing in primaries around the country, including an actor in ...


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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW Films feature mystery, superheroes and Cher - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This summer Hollywood seems to have learned a lesson on producing overhyped blockbuster movies, films based on TV shows or just too many sequels. There are a few on the roster, though, with The Incredibles 2, A Hotel Transylvania 3 and another Mission Impossible flick to wade through. The LGBT community has plenty to come out and see, with increasingly ...


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SHOWBIZ Charlize Theron, Mapplethorpe, Karamo Brown, ABBA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Watch What Happens Live, Charlize Theron confirmed that an Atomic Blonde 2 is in development, Deadline noted. The Academy Award-winning actress simply confirmed the buzz around a sequel to the 2017 David Leitch-directed action thriller in which she played super-spy Lorraine Broughton. The Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity film raked in more than $95 million at the global box office. ...


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NATIONAL Election news, Pulse Nightclub, drag queen attacked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ohio state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio won the Democratic primary election on Nay 8 and will almost certainly become the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Ohio come November, a Victory Fund press release touted. Antonio, a Victory Fund Spotlight candidate, defeated an anti-LGBTQ challenger who authored an anti-trans amendment to Cleveland's non-discrimination ordinance when a city council member. Of ...


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Friends to host benefit for acclaimed songwriter Marsha Malamet in LA - Clifford Bell, Hillary Rollins and Lampkin Music Group present: "Love Don't Need a Reason: A Benefit for Marsha Malamet" on Tuesday, May 29th at Catalina's Jazz Club. VIP Tickets are $75.00 ( receive a free CD download ) General Admission Tickets: $50.00. Ticket link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/love-dont-need-a-reason-catalina-bar-grill-tickets/8341565?pl=cbg . This special show will showcase an array of performances, video and written testimonials and ...


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Trans military persons file in Trump ban case - NCLR, GLAD file to permanently stop ban - Transgender military-ban plaintiffs in Doe v. Trump—the first lawsuit to challenge the Trump-Pence ban—filed a cross-motion for summary judgment May 11 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, with assistance from the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ). The plaintiffs' motion asserts that facts show the ban, ...


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Obama-era guidance protecting safety of transgender prisoners now rolled back - From news releases - From the Human Rights Campaign: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to news that the Trump-Pence Administration has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to use "biological sex" in determining how transgender prisoners are assigned housing, putting them at significant risk ...


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Stephanie Sandberg new Executive Director of LPAC, LGBTQ women's political group - From a news release, video below - WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2018……….LPAC, the country's only political action committee empowering and engaging LGBTQ women politically, today announced that Stephanie Sandberg has taken the helm as Executive Director, as the organization completes its 6thyear of operation, launches its political program for the 2018 midterm election endorsements and prepares for its largest fundraiser, Levity and Justicefor ALL, in New York ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You obviously have your mother's incredible compassion ... and your father's steely ambition—whoever that may be."—Bill Maher to Ronan Farrow. It sounds like a case for 23AndMe.com. Marriage is kinda like eating at Chipotle. It seems like a good idea at the time, but shortly thereafter you may find yourself rushing for the bathroom. I'm not opposed to marriage, in ...


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NUNN ON ONE TV Transgender actor Marquise Vilson talks pivotal 'SVU' episode - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit recently introduced a storyline surrounding transgender people serving in the military. Titled "Service," the episode involved a trial about an escort who is allegedly raped in a hotel room. One of the reluctant witnesses in the case was soldier named Jim Preston ( who later reveals he is transgender ), played by Marquise Vilson. ...


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MOMBIAN Of marriage and parenting - My spouse, Helen, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary ( though our time as legal spouses is obviously shorter ). Reaching a quarter-century together—just about half of my life—feels significant in a way that previous anniversaries, even milestone ones at the decade marks, have not. Here are a few reflections on the occasion: We've been through a lot together, ...


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Antonio Wins Primary Victory; On-Track to Become First Openly LGBTQ Ohio State Senator - From a news release - Washington, DC — Ohio State Rep. Nickie Antonio won the Democratic primary election Tuesday night in a safe Democratic district and will almost certainly become the first openly LGBTQ state senator in Ohio come November. Rep. Antonio — a Victory Fund Spotlight candidate — defeated an anti-LGBTQ challenger who authored an anti-trans amendment to Cleveland's non-discrimination ordinance when a city ...


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SHOWBIZ Jake Gyllenhaal, Clay Aiken, Dolly Parton, 'The Handmaid's Tale' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in The American, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and producing, according to Deadline. Structured in five movements, like a symphony, The American follows Bernstein from conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age of 25 and through a meteoric rise to fame, all while struggling both personally and publicly ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Sebastian Lelio on helming 'Disobedience,' 'A Fantastic Woman' - A new movie called Disobedience is in theaters now, and has an intriguing storyline.  A woman name Ronit Krushka ( Rachel Weisz ) returns to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London after her rabbi father passes away. The story heats up when a romance sparks up with childhood friend Esti Kuperman ( Rachel McAdams ). Director Sebastian Lelio is ...


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'The Tea' debuts at the Center - On April 29, the Center on Halsted presented the first installment of The Tea, a panel discussion in a talk-show format. Lucky Stiff and Trannika Rex moderated the event, which featured guests Bambi Banks and Alexis Bevels. The show kicked off with panel members discussing how long they had been doing drag performance as a profession and the differing experiences ...


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NATIONAL Trans protections, Dykes on Bikes death, leather district - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New Hampshire state Senate passed a bill that would create legal protections for transgender people in the state, New Hampshire Public Radio reported. The bill—which earlier passed in the House, and in the Senate by a vote of 14-10—would add gender identity to the state's existing anti-discrimination laws. The bill now heads to Gov. Chris Sununu, who is expected ...


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29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York includes groundbreaking speeches - Videos below. From a press release - New York, NY, Monday, May 7, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, honored Ava DuVernay, Samira Wiley, and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the ...


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Jeanne Thornton, Mecca J. Sullivan earn Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers - From a Lambda Literary press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit organization promoting LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce that Jeanne Thornton and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan have been named winners of the 2018 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for ...


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Crunch Fitness Gym Sued for Denying Transgender Woman's Use of Women's Locker Room - From a news release - SAN DIEGO — The ACLU Foundation of Southern California; ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties; and law firm Nixon Peabody LLP today moved to join a state lawsuit on behalf of Christynne Wood, a transgender woman denied use of women's bathrooms and locker rooms at a Crunch Fitness gym in El Cajon. The California Department of Fair Employment ...


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'SpongeBob,' 'Mean Girls' lead Tony nods - The Tony nominations for the 2017-18 season were announced May 1—and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical and Mean Girls led the way with 12 nods each. Angels in America got 11 nods, edging the almost six-hour-long Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which received 10. A few of the other productions that received nominations include Latin History for Morons, Farinelli and ...


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BOOK REVIEW Tomorrow Will Be Different - By Sarah McBride. $26; Crown Archetype; 288 pages Sometimes a person's private journey fortuitously intersects with a public ferment, and quite spontaneously both a movement and a leader are born. This seems to be what happened with Sarah McBride and the movement for trans equality. In many ways, McBride's story is a familiar one: a childhood feeling "different," learning ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You know what? You have no sense of humor. That's your problem."—Joy Behar to Megan McCain on The View after the conservative spawn criticized a joke about Melania Trump spouted by Shecky Behar. The next day, McCain was curiously absent from the table. I'm counting the minutes until the next split-screen! "Can I bum a fag?" I've had my share ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL The terlet - When I objected, starting around the age of four or five, to commercials on the radio, I had no idea what the future of marketing would hold for us all. Why, I asked, was "The Lone Ranger" interrupted to sell Silvercup Bread? Was it because of his silver bullets? Well, yes, it was considered a terrific marketing tie-in. I hated ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Tales of the City,' Kehlani, Bradley Cooper, Cosby fallout - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix has ordered a 10-episode limited series revival of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, and production is expected to start later this year for a 2019 premiere, Deadline reported. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal, respectively; Ellen Page joins the cast as Shawna, the daughter of Linney's character, Mary ...


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NATIONAL Gus Kenworthy, Joy Reid, transgender troops - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following his refusal to attend the Winter Olympian visit at the White House, Gus Kenworthy announced he will attend the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBTQ gala as a "special guest" June 25 in New York City, the DNC announced. Last year, the resources raised from the gala went to critical investments in races and state parties, which ...


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New campaign brings trans people living with HIV into health care conversation - From a Transgender Law Center press release - ( Oakland, CA ) — Transgender Law Center's Positively Trans project today launched #ACApositive, a campaign to shift the conversation about health care and the Affordable Care Act towards a focus on the life-or-death stakes for transgender people living with HIV. Launching just a week after news broke that the Trump administration plans to attack the Affordable Care Act's protections ...


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Legendary HIV activist, writer Larry Kramer to speak at Conference on AIDS - From a NMAC press release - April 24, 2018 - NMAC has announced that legendary HIV activist and writer Larry Kramer will speak at the United States Conference on AIDS ( USCA ) on Sept. 7, 2018, in Orlando, FL. USCA will run from Sept. 7-10. "Larry is not just a legend but almost a mythical figure in the HIV community," said Paul Kawata, NMAC's Executive ...


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SF Pride, SF Dykes on Bikes Mourn Passing of DOB Founding Member Soni S.H.S. Wolf - From a press release - San Francisco — The San Francisco Dykes on Bikes® Women's Motorcycle Contingent announces the death of Soni S.H.S. Wolf, a founding member of Dykes on Bikes and an inspiring mother of the movement for lesbian pride and dignity. Soni passed peacefully of natural causes the night of Wednesday April 25th. Soni was 69 when she died and is survived by ...


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BOOKS Gore's new tale a bewitching spin on fiction - Those who are unfamiliar with the writer Ariel Gore might think it defies all logic that she launched a stellar career from a self-published zine. Those same people might also be skeptical that someone who initially started writing about motherhood, while herself a young mother studying at Mills College, could become an internationally known queer icon, and the author of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Mishel Prada of 'Vida' on boundary-pushing show - Starz series Vida is breaking down borders with its depiction of the LGBT community. Based on the book Pour Vida by Richard Villegas Jr., this is a half-hour original story about two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, who return to their old neighborhood in East Los Angeles. The show was created by HBO's Girls writer Tanya Saracho, who along with ...


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Singer/actress Janelle Monae comes out as queer - Singer/actress Janelle Monae has come out as queer. "Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker," she told Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos for the magazine's May cover story. There had been speculation about Monae's sexuality for some time, and it rose to a ...


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Cosby found guilty of assaulting lesbian - In Pennsylvania, a jury found Bill Cosby, 80, guilty of three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an out lesbian, in 1994. At the time, Constand was a Temple University employee he had mentored. The prosecution painted Cosby as a deceiver while the defense attempted to portray him as the deceived. Five other women ( including former supermodel ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'd rather be the good Nixon than the bad Cuomo."—Cynthia Nixon talks about challenging Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York. Whoever said you can't go home again wasn't with Billy Masters last week. As you know, I frequently visit the ancestral Masters Manor in Medford, Massachusetts. In recent years, the city has rehabilitated Chevalier Auditorium, which was once part ...


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TELEVISION Samira Wiley is back with a bite in 'The Handmaid's Tale' - The Emmy Award-winning dystopian series The Handmaid's Tale returns for its second season on Wed., April 25, with a 13-episode arc. With MGM Television producing, this Hulu original is based on the classic Margaret Atwood 1985 novel of the same name. Although the chilling reality of life in Gilead is fictional, its totalitarian roots are aligned with present day fundamentalist ...


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VIEWPOINT Another Black Harvard man arrested - I reside in Cambridge. And, the last time an unarmed Black Harvard man in Cambridge was arrested, it made the news. It was when renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was mistakenly taken to be an unknown Black man breaking and entering into someone's home—it happened to be his own—in 2009. It was a story that went viral internationally, leaving ...


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LGBT Senate hopefuls, five in the running - An historic number of openly LGBT people are running for the U.S. Senate this year: five. Two of those candidates are running in elections that are seen as the most competitive this year: Arizona and Wisconsin. And that competition is both good and troubling for LGBT candidates. It's troubling news for the best known of the four candidates —incumbent U.S. ...


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LGBTQ Young Adults Experience Homelessness at More Than Twice Rate of Non-LGBTQs - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — APRIL 25, 2018 Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer young adults are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness as their non-LGBTQ peers. They are also at greater risk for experiencing high levels of hardship, including higher rates of assault, of exchanging sex for basic needs, and of early death. These findings emerged from groundbreaking research ...


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Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan Confirmed - From press releases - HRC Responds to Senate Confirmation of Extremist Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan From an HRC press release: WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to the U.S. Senate's confirmation of extremist, anti-LGBTQ nominee Kyle Duncan, put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Brokeback,' Prince memoir, 'Wonder Woman,' Bette Midler - The dust has yet to settle on a bit of back and forth over Brokeback Mountain casting, The Hollywood Reported noted. At Santa Monica's Aero Theatre ( where "Brokeback" aired on a double bill with Philadelphia ), Oscar-winning screenwriter Diana Ossana told Rambling Reporter, "It was the role of Ennis that was the difficult one to cast. It was the ...


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NATIONAL Trans troops, Adam Rippon, Asian groups, bar controversy - The top officers of the Navy and Marines said that they have no evidence that unit morale and cohesion has been negatively affected by the open service of transgender individuals, The Hill reported. However, the commandant of the Marines added that some commanders have raised issues about the medical needs of some transgender troops. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-N.Y. ) ...


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Barbara Bush laid to rest - Barbara Bush—who was only the second woman in history ( besides Abigail Adams ) to be the wife of one president ( George H.W. Bush ) and mother to another ( George W. Bush )—died April 17. She was 92. Former presidents and first ladies came together April 21 to honor her life. In a photo captured by Paul Morse—who ...


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MOVIES Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant feel 'Pretty' good - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I Feel Pretty is a new film about being single and the challenges that come along. ( It's currently in theaters. ) Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett, who suffers an injury one day, resulting in her injuries being forgotten and her gaining newfound confidence. Actresses Aidy Bryant and Busy Philipps complete the circle of friends who support each other in ...


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"Bed 26" tells of oppression faced by refugees in America through the story of a gay man - From a press release - JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Edafe Okporo marks his publishing debut with the release of "Bed 26" ( published by XlibrisUS ), a memoir charting the experiences of refugees in America and the life of a gay man amidst discrimination. Based on a true life story, "Bed 26" narrates the experiences of Nigerian and West African gay, bisexual men and the ...


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Director, screenwriter Ava DuVernay to be honored at Annual GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that filmmaker, director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay will be honored at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the New York Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 5, 2018. GLAAD previously announced that Samira Wiley will receive the Vito Russo Award for her LGBTQ ...


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HRC series exposes Pence's career of attacks on LGBTQ Americans - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, launched "The Real Mike Pence," a comprehensive campaign — including a scathing report and microsite — exposing the vice president's long history of anti-LGBTQ animus and shining a spotlight on the inordinate influence he and ...


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Billy Masters - "You know, and I will get fired for this, but I'm never going to say that I don't. I will get fired for that. By the way, they're both pretty substantial, I think."—Donald Trump Jr. answers Adam Carolla's question, "When you and your pops are in the shower, who's got the bigger package?" In the first place, who is in ...


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BOOKS In 'Red As Blue,' Ji Strangeway creates universe of possibilities - Ji Strangeway describes the 1980s in Denver as the "dark ages," explaining that she grew up surrounded by evangelical-sponsored billboards filled with messages of hate and intolerance and people who were equally bigoted. Strangeway said being LGBT and Asian-American only made her childhood and teenage experience harder. "I was suicidal," she said, adding that even though her family didn't ascribe ...


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Ted Allen talks Dining Out for Life, 'Chopped' and 'Queer Eye' - Ted Allen was originally introduced to the country when he was one of the original quintet in Bravo network's television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which ran 2003-07. After appearing on Top Chef as a judge, Allen ( who still has ties to the Windy City, years after writing for Chicago magazine and living here throughout the 1990s ...


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GLAAD Media Awards honors Spears, Parsons - The GLAAD Media Awards took place April 12 in Los Angeles, with comedian/actress Wanda Sykes as host. GLAAD honored Britney Spears, Jim Parsons and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Halle Berry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ryan Murphy, Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Rachel Bloom, Wilson Cruz, ...







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