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Texas-victim-of-a-hate-motivated-violence-dies

Texas victim of a hate motivated violence dies - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the hate violence motivated homicide of Ricky Griffin in Dallas, Texas. According to media reports, Kieron Alexander, 25, beat Ricky Griffin, 54, to death and attempted to set him on fire in an apartment in northeast Dallas on Monday, June 21st for making "unwanted sexual gestures toward him." ...


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PASSAGES Samantha Hundley - Samantha Hundley, nicknamed Cha Chi, who had a brief career playing for the Chicago Force, died unexpectedly June 23. She was 25. An Addison native, Hundley was known around Chicago for her infectious smile and charming personality. She had several random jobs, was a territory manager with ADT Security Services and also worked for Zip Sauce. Hundley graduated from Addison ...


Activist-Goodman-passes-away

Activist Goodman passes away - Activist/musician/educator Roger Goodman passed away June 19, after a long battle with AIDS-related illnesses, according to his partner, Jerry Scholle. He was 68. Goodman was a founder of Bonaventure House, a facility for people living with AIDS, and in recent years, attempted to produce a documentary about the disease's early impact on the gay community. He was also a founder ...


Memorial-for-William-B-Kelley-Aug-1

Memorial for William B. Kelley Aug. 1 - A memorial will be held for longtime Chicago-based gay activist and attorney William B. Kelley Saturday, Aug. 1. A reception will start at 10 am., and the program at 11 a.m. The memorial will be at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away peacefully in ...


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PASSAGES Leonard Hirsch - Dr. Leonard Hirsch—a senior policy officer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and founder of Federal GLOBE, the organization for LGBT federal employees—died of cancer June 12. He was 59. A frequent White House visitor, Hirsch was an informal adviser on LGBT policy to President Obama and his staff. Hirsch had a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University ...


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PASSAGES Omar Alberto Valencia Hernandez dies - Omar Alberto Valencia Hernandez, 58; of Pilsen, native of Bogota, Colombia; artist and owner of Oxala Fine Art; passed away surrounded by love, June 5, 2015. Beloved son of the late Bernabe Valencia and Betulia Hernandez Rodriguez Valencia; brother, uncle, cousin, and friend of many in Chicago, Colombia, Texas, Georgia, California, and Florida. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, ...


PASSAGES-Ronnie-Gilbert-of-the-Weavers-dies

PASSAGES Ronnie Gilbert of the Weavers dies - Ronnie Gilbert—who was part of the Weavers, the seminal quartet that helped propel folk music to wide popularity—died June 6 in Mill Valley, California at the age of 88, The New York Times noted. Her partner, Donna Korones, confirmed Gilbert's death. The Weavers—whose other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman—started playing together in the late 1940s. The ...


PASSAGES-Ronald-Zierer

PASSAGES Ronald Zierer - Ron Zierer died on March 28 from a sudden cardiac event. He was 81. Ron was a longtime resident of the Austin/Irving neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. He was also active in the gay community since the early 1960s, regaling friends with stories, good and bad, of pre-Stonewall gay life in Chicago. Ron would usually be found on his trusty ...


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PASSAGES Ron Zierer dies at 81 - Ron Zierer died on March 28 at the age of 81 years from a sudden cardiac event. Ron was a long-time resident of the Austin/Irving neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. He was also active in the gay community since the early 1960s, regaling friends with stories, good and bad, of pre-Stonewall gay life in Chicago. Ron would usually be found ...


PASSAGES-James-Murphy-dies

PASSAGES James Murphy dies - James Murphy, aka Murph, passed away on Friday, May 15 after a short illness. He was 83 years old. Born and raised in Chicago, he worked for the Fannie May Candy Company in product control until he retired in 1992. He owned a two-flat in Albany Park, where he resided until moving to Wilton Manors, Florida in 2003. An army ...


Longtime-gay-activist-William-B-Kelley-dies

Longtime gay activist William B. Kelley dies - This week, William B. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away peacefully in his sleep. There were very few LGBT Chicago activists who stayed as consistently engaged in community activism as Kelley, from early work with the Mattachine Midwest chapter, the earliest marches for gay rights and the first White House gay-rights ...


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PASSAGES Longtime gay activist William B. Kelley dies - [Updated May 18, 2015 with memorial service information.] William B. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of May 17, according to Chen K. Ooi, his partner since 1979. There were very few LGBT Chicago activists who stayed as consistently engaged in community activism as Kelley. ...


PASSAGES-Author-Nikki-Rashan-dies

PASSAGES Author Nikki Rashan dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian author Nikki Rashan Jenkins, 42, died May 4 of complications from breast cancer. She wrote four novels; Double Pleasure Double Pain, You Make Me Wanna, Cyber Case and The EXchange. She also wrote Sugar on the Side, which was included in Carl Weber's Full Figure series and Crossing Layne which was featured in the anthology Les Tales: Tempted to ...


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PASSAGES Laurence Davis, NU piano scholar, dies - Northwestern University Professor Emeritus Laurence Davis—a professional pianist-accompanist, longtime Bienen School of Music educator and former associate conductor/principal coach-accompanist for Lyric Opera of Chicago—died April 23 in Evanston following a brief illness. He was 86. A native Australian, Davis received numerous musical prizes as a young pianist, including Sydney's Daily Telegraph piano competition, at the age of 17. Two years ...


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PASSAGES Kevin Heffernan - Kevin Vincent Heffernan—devoted spouse of David Biele, beloved brother, uncle, and godfather, loving friend to too many and best friend of his lucky canine companion Penny—died April 25 of esophageal cancer. He was 43. Educated in Catholic schools from elementary through graduate school, Kevin graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in English and theology. A proud ...


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PASSAGES Michael Nixon - Army Specialist Michael Nixon died April 7 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was 27. Nixon was born March 5, 1988, in Park Ridge, Illinois. He had been stationed in Korea from February 2014 to March 10, 2015. Nixon had been featured in the October 2014 newsletter of the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights. He wrote, "After ...


PASSAGES-Alonzo-D-Hayes

PASSAGES Alonzo D. Hayes - Alonzo D. Hayes, 85, U.S. Marine Corp vet, retired Chicago Public School teacher, mentor, good Samaritan and brother; at rest May 6, 2015. Al will be sorely missed by his loving family of friends: Sam, Bob, Bee, Juanita, Fred, Pedro, Carl, Stephanie, Leslie, Edward, and many others. Preceded in death by parents James Monroe Hayes and Jessie Logan Hayes and ...


PASSAGES-J-Robert-Caldwell

PASSAGES J. Robert Caldwell - J. Robert Caldwell, 90 years old, retired director of Bureau of Dental Society Services @ American Dental Association, native of Palmertown, PA; attended Yale University; graduate of Penn State, Class of 1948; veteran U.S. Navy officer; passed away peacefully April 4, 2015. Beloved life partner of the late Clissold "Budd" Hill; uncle of Christopher Caldwell, brother-in-law of Mildred Caldwell, both ...


PASSAGES-Danny-Rodriguez

PASSAGES Danny Rodriguez - Daniel "Danny" Rodriguez, a popular go-go dancer at many clubs in and around Chicago, nicknamed the Twerk Master, died April 27 after a three-year battle with a brain tumor. He was at a Chicago hospice when he passed that evening, surrounded by his sister and cousins. He was 22. Rodriguez, who came out as gay at 15, graduated from Kelly ...


Longtime-lesbian-feminist-activist-Sidney-Abbott-dies

Longtime lesbian-feminist activist Sidney Abbott dies - Sidney Abbott, 77, a longtime New York City-based lesbian-feminist activist, died April 15 in a house fire in Southold, Suffolk County New York. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. She co-authored a ground-breaking book with Barbara Love in 1971, Sappho Was a Right-on Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism. Abbott was born July 11, 1937 in Washington, ...


PASSAGES-Jim-Oleson-partner-of-historian-John-DEmilio-dies

PASSAGES Jim Oleson, partner of historian John D'Emilio, dies - Jim Oleson, 77, a longtime Chicago resident and partner of gay historian John D'Emilio, died at their home on April 4, surrounded by loved ones. He had severely weakened lungs and heart, and had recently begun home hospice care. Oleson came to Chicago in 1999 with D'Emilio, who was appointed professor of history and gender and women's studies at the ...


PASSAGES-Ninure-Dawn-Saunders

PASSAGES "Ninure" Dawn Saunders - "Ninure" Dawn Saunders, a deeply religious Chicagoan who had friends around the world through the church, passed away March 31 after a long illness. She was 61. Saunders, born in Great Lakes and raised in Chicago, was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 2335 N. Orchard, in Chicago. She had been a longtime member and deacon at ...


PASSAGES-Former-Chicagoan-Stan-Dale-Boyer-dies

PASSAGES Former Chicagoan Stan Dale Boyer dies - by Larry Scantland - As I begin to write this, it is hard to keep the tears from streaming down my face. First, because I never got to say good bye, and second, because I never even knew he was sick. Stan Dale Boyer died March 22, 2015 of colon cancer. He was 53. Stan played sports for the North End in CMSA, Chicago' ...


PASSAGES-Carl-Sharp

PASSAGES Carl Sharp - Carl Sharp—a Boystown regular and gay softball fixture—passed away on March 27 in Chicago, surrounded by friends. He was 70. Sharp often was seen playing pool at Roscoe's, with his sassy, quick-witted sense of humor that crossed all generations. He was a long associated with the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) open division softball league—as a player, coach, ...


NC-trans-activist-18-commits-suicide-

N.C. trans activist, 18, commits suicide - In Charlotte, North Carolina, friends and community members mourned the passing of a local transgender youth activist Blake Brockington, who committed suicide, QNotes reported. Brockington, 18, was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School. Last year, he was nominated and later crowned homecoming king as an openly transgender student after winning a fundraising competition and drawing in thousands of ...


Longtime-political-activist-Jean-Hardisty-dies

Longtime political activist Jean Hardisty dies - Jean V. Hardisty, 69, has passed away March 16 at her Somerville, Massachusetts home after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to her colleagues at Political Research Associates (PRA), a social justice, right-wing watch group she founded in 1981 in Chicago under the name Midwest Research. PRA has been a critical voice in fighting the American right wing. Hardisty wrote dozens ...


PASSAGES-Civil-rights-activist-Willie-Barrow-passes-away-at-90

PASSAGES Civil rights activist Willie Barrow passes away at 90 - Civil-rights activist Rev. Willie T. Barrow—known in some circles as "The High Priestess of Protest" or "The Little Warrior"—has died, according to reports. Barrow, 90, was chairperson emeritus for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, an organization she helped found. She passed away at Jackson Park hospital early in the morning of March 10, according to The Chicago Tribune. No cause of death ...


PASSAGES-John-F-Vorrasi-Louis-Beckham-Snider-Jr-Patner-memorial

PASSAGES John F. Vorrasi; Louis Beckham Snider Jr.; Patner memorial - PASSAGES John F. Vorrasi John F. Vorrasi, of Chicago and Rochester, NY; died February 23, 2015, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Vorrasi co-founded the Wiliam Ferrris Chorale of Chicago and served as the ensemble's Artistic Director. John enjoyed a long and respected career as a concert soloist, cantor and liturgical music specialist, holding positions at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, ...


PASSAGES-Barbara-Robbie-Smith-services-March-7

PASSAGES Barbara "Robbie" Smith, services March 7 - From Affinity - Affinity announces with sadness the services of a beloved community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Robbie was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a founding member of the Affinity Trailblazers. Robbie was an amazing human being who was also wife and mother ...


White-Sox-legend-Minnie-Minoso-passes-away

White Sox legend Minnie Minoso passes away - Minnie Minoso, the first Black player for the Chicago White Sox, passed away March 1, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 90. Minoso, called the "Cuban Comet," blazed a trail for Latin American players in the big leagues starting in the 1950s. Minoso drove in 100 runs four times for the Sox and hit .300 or better six times. ...


Upcoming-Patner-memorial-StoryCorps-El-Rescate-homelessness-panel

Upcoming: Patner memorial; StoryCorps; El Rescate homelessness panel - Patner memorial set for March 18 The memorial service for Andrew Patner has been rescheduled for Wed., March 18, at 7-9 p.m., in Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave. There will be a reception following the service. Patner, a longtime Chicago critic in print, radio and television, passed away Jan. 3. He was 55. Patner was active within both in ...


PASSAGES-Chicago-activist-Barbara-Robbie-Smith-dies

PASSAGES Chicago activist Barbara 'Robbie' Smith dies - Family and friends have announced the passing of beloved Chicago community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Born May 25, 1946, Smith died Feb. 14, 2015. Her gay community activism started in the 1960s. Smith was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a ...


PASSAGES-Jerre-Robert-Donnelly-social-worker-and-artist-dies

PASSAGES Jerre Robert Donnelly, social worker and artist, dies - Jerre Robert Donnelly of Chicago, Illinois, died Saturday, Feb. 7 at his home after a brief reoccurrence of cancer. He was 73. After his graduation from the University of Cincinnati and a successful career in retail design for several prominent companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, Mr. Donnelly earned his Master's degree from the Jane Addams School ...


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PASSAGES Leslie Gore dies at 68 - Leslie Gore—a singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her song "It's My Party" and followed it with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me"—has died at age 68, according to Newstalk1010.com. According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Feb. 16 of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Quincy Jones discovered Gore ...


Friends-and-colleagues-remember-Andrew-Patner

Friends and colleagues remember Andrew Patner - Andrew Patner, a longtime Chicago critic in print, radio and television, passed away Jan. 3. He was 55. Cause of death was a sudden bacterial infection, according to his partner, Tom Bachtell. In a Facebook post, Bachtell wrote of Patner's unexpected passing, "Our Andrew is no more." Patner was active within both in Chicago's fine arts world, and LGBT and ...


Indiana-woman-in-first-same-sex-marriage-dies

Indiana woman in first same-sex marriage dies - Niki Quasney—the Munster, Indiana, woman who, along with her wife Amy Sandler—became one of the most prominent figures in the movement last year to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, has died at age 38, the Indy Star reported. She died Feb. 5, more than five years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Last spring, a federal judge granted ...


Denying-LGBTQ-identities-in-death

Denying LGBTQ identities in death - My mother was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, and so end-of-life issues are much on my mind. When she passes—a straight, cisgender woman—she will be buried next to my father under a common gravestone, with the name she prefers. Our family will honor both her individual identity and the life she and my father created together. Not all LGBTQ people ...


PASSAGES-Matthew-Doeseckle

PASSAGES Matthew Doeseckle - Matthew Phillips Doeseckle died Dec. 23, 2014, at the age of 33. He is survived by his partner, Craig Jones of Montgomery, Illinois; his mother, Sharon Lehman Doeseckle of Naperville, Illinois; his father, Robert Doeseckle of Honolulu, Hawaii; and a plethora of family and friends. Doeseckle was born Oct. 29, 1981 and grew up in Lisle, Illinois, graduating from the ...


Critic-Andrew-Patner-has-died

Critic Andrew Patner has died - Andrew Patner, a longtime Chicago critic in print, radio and online media, has died of a bacterial infection. He was 55. WFMT General Manager Steve Robinson distributed this email statement: "It is with a profound sense of sadness, sorrow and shock that we must announce that our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Patner, passed away this morning after a very ...


Original-ex-ex-gay-John-Evans-dies

Original 'ex-ex-gay' John Evans dies - From a TWO press release - CHICAGO — Truth Wins Out today mourned the death of John Evans, a man who in 1973 co-founded the first modern "ex-gay" ministry, Love in Action. He quit this ministry a few years later after his friend, Jack McIntyre, committed suicide because he could not change his sexual orientation. Evans spent the remainder of this life speaking out against "pray ...


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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. 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 on Montrose eventually becoming a manager of the location. ...


Mr-Cub-Ernie-Banks-dies-

'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies - Chuck Jacobson was living and working in Chicago in 2005 when he went to New York City for a June weekend to watch his beloved Cubs play against the Yankees at iconic, original Yankee Stadium. Jacobson, who was sitting near the Cubs dugout, had gotten a foul ball from then-Cubs manager Dusty Baker—and boy did that ball come in handy. ...


Chris-Johnson-printer-artist-feminist-leader-dies

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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Looking-back-National-passages-in-2014

Looking back: National passages in 2014 - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —Father Robert Nugent: Nugent, SDS—a co-founder of New Ways Ministry, an organization that cares for gay and lesbian Catholics—passed away Jan. 1 in Milwaukee. Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry's executive director, said of Nugent, "During a time of intense homophobia in both church and society, he exhibited uncommon courage and foresight in welcoming and affirming the goodness of God's ...


PASSAGES-Laurie-Benz-57-dies

PASSAGES Laurie Benz, 57, dies - Laurie Benz, an out lesbian and feminist singer-songwriter, among other roles in the music industry, passed away peacefully in the Chicago area on Jan. 4 after a long struggle from a debilitating stroke. She was 57. "Laurie was truly unique, and Lesbian Nation now must say goodbye to one of its sparkliest lights," said activist/publisher Toni Armstrong Jr. "She was ...


Or-Chadash-congregant-Joseph-Shure-passes-away-

Or Chadash congregant Joseph Shure passes away - Joseph Shure—a member of the LGBT-affirming Congregation Or Chadash in Chicago for more than three decades and a veteran of World War II—passed away Dec. 30, 2014, at the age of 89. "He was very much involved with the arts," Or Chadash Rabbi Emeritus Laurence L. Edwards, Ph.D., told Windy City Times. "He was an art collector and a music, ...


Former-NY-governor-Mario-Cuomo-dies-at-82

Former N.Y. governor Mario Cuomo dies at 82 - Mario Cuomo—a three-term New York governor ( 1983-94 ) and father of the state's current governor, Andrew Cuomo—died New Year's Day at 82. Mario's death came the same day as Andrew was inaugurated for a second term, USA Today noted. George Pataki overcame Mario's bid for a fourth gubernatorial term. Mario decided against a run for president in 1991, leaving ...


Looking-back-Local-passages-

Looking back: Local passages - —Joy Hightower Morris, the celebrated Chicago transgender- and HIV-rights activist; founder of TransActions; and organizing force behind the Legends Lunch All Stars Awards, honoring the lives and resilience of trans* individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS—passed away Dec. 6 after a long battle with cancer. —Carl Occhipinti, 61, the retired artistic director of Village Players, passed away Jan. 3. ...


Chicagos-dance-world-mourns-loss-of-Eric-Eatherly

Chicago's dance world mourns loss of Eric Eatherly - The news of Eric Eatherly's passing spread quickly through Chicago's close-knit arts community. Eatherly was killed in a car accident Dec. 29 during a family visit in Tennessee. Eric graduated from Northwestern University in 2001 with degrees in dance and sociology. Billy Siegenfeld—founder and artistic director of the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, and professor of dance at Northwestern University since ...


Former-State-Rep-Rosemary-Mulligan-LGBT-ally-dies

Former State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, LGBT ally, dies - Former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a Republican who represented the state's 65th district, died Dec. 30, according to Personal PAC CEO and President Terry Cosgrove, a close friend. She was 73. Mulligan was in office from 1993-2013, and a supporter of LGBT rights at a time when it was an especially risky stance in her party. She came into office ...


PASSAGES-Leelah-Alcorn

PASSAGES Leelah Alcorn - A transgender teenager committed suicide in Ohio on Dec. 28, stepping in front of a moving tractor trailer truck. Leelah Alcorn was killed by the passing semitrailer on southbound Interstate 71 in Union Township. Alcorn left a gripping, emotional suicide note on her blog at Tumblr, detailing a troubled life, dominated by Christian parents who rejected their transgender child. "Please ...


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PASSAGES Former Ald. "Berny" Stone passes away - Former Ald. Bernard L. "Berny" Stone, who long represented the city's 50th Ward, passed away Dec. 22. He was 87. Stone's health deteriorated quickly after he sustained a fall in his home Dec. 20, according to reports. "He was the most honest, most wonderful, caring, loving [and] giving man. He lived for his community," daughter Ilana Feketitsch told ABC 7. ...


PASSAGES-Albert-Mallett-dies

PASSAGES Albert Mallett dies - Albert Mallett, 70, world traveler, retired H.R. specialist at Burlington North Santa Fe Railroad, who enjoyed a second career as a chef, passed away unexpectedly at home December 14, 2014. Son of the late Albert and Cenida ( nee Turner ) Mallett. Dear friend of Earl Maupins, Marjorie Walton , Mary Síeradzka, and Charles Boyd. Memorial service, early 2015, Church ...


PASSAGES-Harry-N-Stamm

PASSAGES Harry N. Stamm - Harry N. Stamm, "Chris", 58, former instructor at Harrington Institute of Interior Design for many years and Robert Morris College, passed away unexpectedly at home December 15, 2014. Beloved son of the late Harry J. Stamm and Lorraine A. Stamm ( nee Nelson ), brother of Barbara Stamm, cousin of many, and close friend to Joe Babula, John Kvedaras and ...


PASSAGES-Stonewall-veteran-Danny-Garvin-dies

PASSAGES Stonewall veteran Danny Garvin dies - Danny Garvin, one of the few remaining "Stonewall veterans," died in New York, according to GayNZ.com. Garvin had been among only around 20 people still living to tell the tales of the June 28, 1969, event at New York's Stonewall Inn that gave rise to the gay-rights movement. According to a statement from David Carter, author of Stonewall: The Riots ...


PASSAGES-Judy-Baar-Topinka-dies

PASSAGES Judy Baar Topinka dies - Just weeks after being re-elected into her post by Illinois voters, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away from complications following a stroke Dec. 10. "The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen last night and I lost a friend," said Sen. Dick Durbin in a statement. "In a political world of cocker spaniels she could be a bulldog taking ...


PASSAGES-Trans-activist-Joy-Morris-dies

PASSAGES Trans* activist Joy Morris dies - Joy Hightower Morris—the celebrated Chicago transgender and HIV activist, founder of TransActions, and organizing force behind the Legends Lunch All Stars Awards honoring the lives and resilience of trans* individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS—passed away Dec. 6 after a long battle with cancer. Windy City Times interviewed Morris on two occasions over the past two years. During both—and even ...


House-of-Infiniti-founder-dies

House of Infiniti founder dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ross M. Ramsey—the founder of House of Infiniti who lived in New York and had direct ties to many national ballroom cities, particularly Chicago—died Dec. 2. He was in his 50s. A memorial was held Dec. 9 in New York. Services were held Dec. 13 at St. John Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Brooklyn. Ramsey was a community advocate, mentor ...


Longtime-city-official-Tim-Mitchell-dies

Longtime city official Tim Mitchell dies - [UPDATE: 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. ]. Timothy J. ( Tim ) Mitchell, 49, former Chicago Park District chief and Mayor Richard M. Daley aide, died Dec. 3 of natural causes. Mitchell was a gay man, but that fact was not ...


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PASSAGES Celebration of Life for Linzy Kay - A Celebration of Life for James "Linzy Kay" Studt will be held at Touché, 6412 N. Clark St. Sunday, Dec. 7. From 2-4 p.m. friends and family members will gather to remember the remarkable life of Linzy Kay. Born July 19, 1945, James/Linzy grew up in Elgin before enlisting in the U.S. Navy at 17. James trained at the Great ...


PASSAGES-Dorothy-Chvatal-dies-at-64

PASSAGES Dorothy Chvatal dies at 64 - Dorothy Chvatal, 64, devoted daughter of the late Lorraine and Joseph, beloved partner of Pat Davis, cherished godmother of Jenna Barnet, faithful sister of Sarah Brindis ( the late Jim ), Eugene ( Lee ), Ralph, Francis, Lawrence ( Cathy ), the late Michaeline ( Karen Mooney ) and the late Joseph, loving aunt and great aunt, steadfast friend of ...


Director-Mike-Nichols-dies

Director Mike Nichols dies - Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly at the age of 83, ABC News reported. Nichols was born in Germany in 1931, and came to the United States when he was 7, when his family escaped Nazi Germany. He graduated from the Walden School in New York City, and began pursuing theater ...


PASSAGES-Trans-lesbian-author-Leslie-Feinberg-dies

PASSAGES Trans lesbian author Leslie Feinberg dies - The following obituary was provided by the family, and uses female pronouns per Feinberg's request. Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, NY, ...


PASSAGES-Eraineya-Stone-Newell-dies

PASSAGES Eraineya Stone Newell dies - Eraineya Stone Newell, a Chicago native and entertainer locally for about 25 years, particularly at North Side bars, died in her sleep Nov. 13. She was 50. She died of complications associated with diabetes. Known on the drag circuit as Eraineya Stone (pronounced uh-rain-knee-uh), she performed at Hydrate, Circuit, Charlie's and Jackhammer, among other area bars. She was partners with ...


PASSAGES-Veteran-Michele-Parisi-dies-

PASSAGES Veteran Michele Parisi dies - Navy veteran Michele Parisi was found dead in her room on the morning of Thursday Nov. 6, according to friends. Parisi joined the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( at the time named Gay Lesbian Bisexual Veterans of America ), in 1992. In 1997 she was elected chapter vice president for one year. Michele has been a faithful member attending ...


Robert-Richard-Redman-Jr-73-dies

Robert Richard Redman Jr, 73, dies - Robert Richard Redman Jr, 73; of Chicago, native of Lowell, MA; passed away suddenly Nov. 6, 2014. After graduating from Lowell High School Class of 1958 and serving in the U.S. Air Force, Bob earned his B.A. from Chicago's Loyola University. Bob retired from Kaplan University and Kaplan Financial and will always be remembered as a gentle heart, great friend, ...


PASSAGES-Former-Chicagoan-Steven-Moore-dies-

PASSAGES Former Chicagoan Steven Moore dies - UPDATE BELOW Nov. 9 service planned - Steven Moore, a former Chicago resident who moved to Colorado about two years ago and was the executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association, died Oct. 27 in a plane crash in Boulder County, Colo. He was 35. Moore was flying at about 7:45 a.m., when his plane went down. According to 9News in Colorado, an NBC affiliate in ...


Lesbian-veteran-to-be-buried-with-late-wife-in-Idaho-cemetery

Lesbian veteran to be buried with late wife in Idaho cemetery - ( Boise, ID, October 22, 2014 )—A 74-year-old Navy veteran who challenged Idaho's marriage equality ban so she could be buried with her late wife in Idaho's state-run veterans cemetery will have her wishes respected after Idaho state officials agreed to allow the couple to be interred together. Today, Madelynn "Lee" Taylor went to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to ...


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PASSAGES Jerry J. Burgdoerfer - Jenner & Block partner Jerry J. Burgdoerfer passed away Sept. 17. He was 56. Burgdoerfer, a graduate of Indiana University ( BS 1980 ) ( JD 1983, cum laude ) ( MBA 1983 ), began practicing law at Jenner & Block in 1989. Among other things, he was co-chair of the firm's Securities Practice and Transactional Cross-Border Practice and a ...


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PASSAGES Roland A. Kline - Roland A. Kline, one of the first openly gay real estate agents in Chicago, died Sept. 13. He had been fighting Parkinson 's disease and colon cancer, and was in hospice at the Riley Home in Munster, Indiana. Kline was 74. "His passion was antique cars; he had quite a collection at one time and really enjoyed sharing them with ...


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Joan Rivers dies - Joan Rivers, a witty, sometimes-controversial comic, actor, TV host, author and producer, has died at age 81. As a stand-up comic she fought for her rightful place in a sexist industry, and her career went into higher gear as co-host of E! TV's Fashion Police. Her first of many appearances TV's The Tonight Show was in 1965, and that helped ...


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PASSAGES: Healthcare advocate Caryn Berman dies - Longtime healthcare advocate Caryn Berman, 62, died Sept. 1 of cancer. Berman told the story of her fight against cancer for an Aug. 6 Windy City Times article. She spoke of her wife of 36 years, Laura Cuzzillo, and of saying goodbye to friends and family. The memorial will be Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge ...


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PASSAGES Point Foundation co-founder, 40, dies - Point Foundation co-founder Carl Strickland, 40, has died in a boating accident at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Frontiers LA reported. Strickland and his partner of 17 years, Bruce Lindstrom, created the Point Foundation in 2001 to provide scholarship funds to LGBT students. Since its inception, Point has provided more than $15 million in the education and support of its scholars. According ...







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