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PASSAGES Gay Lib pioneer Charles Shively dies - Charley Shively, one of the pivotal figures in the Gay Liberation Movement, died Friday, Oct. 6 at the Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had been a resident since June of 2011, suffering from Alzheimer's. He would have been 80 on December 8th 2017. At the 1977 Boston Gay Pride march, Shively became infamous for his burning ...


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


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


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


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PASSAGES Hugh Hefner dies at 91 - Hugh Hefner—the famous and controversial Chicago-born Playboy magazine editor who for decades threw lavish parties, lived a glamorous Hollywood life, and interacted with celebrities, civil-rights leaders and journalists—has died at age 91. Hefner issued his first Playboy magazine in 1953 ( featuring a nude photo of Marilyn Monroe ), and turned the publication—a mix of nudity and edgy articles, topped ...


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PASSAGES Pastor Megan Jane Jones - Pastor Megan Jane Jones, 49; born in Pontiac, MI, raised in Kenosha, WI and Brandon, FL; co-director of the Naming Project, whose mission is to create places of safety for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities where faith is shared and healthy life-giving community is modeled; passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep, Sept. 19, 2017. After ...


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PASSAGES David Wilshire, one-time owner of Cheetah Gym, dies - David Wilshire—who, at one point, owned Chicago's Cheetah Gym—has passed away in California, where he had been living for the past several years. He died Sept. 5. Family members posted to Facebook: "David's immediate family would like to thank everyone for the kind words and thoughts of support at a very difficult time. Many of you know that David struggled ...


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Edith Windsor, lesbian activist who took down DOMA, dead at 88 - Edith Windsor, a lesbian activist who was a pioneer for LGBT rights and brought down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, died Sept. 12 at age 88. Widow Judith Kasen-Windsor issued a statement Sept. 12 confirming Windsor's death, but didn't disclose a cause. The two were married in 2016. "I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a ...


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PASSAGES LGBTQ Heroine Edith Windsor passes away, organizations react - From press releases - Civil and Human Rights Coalition Mourns Passing of Edith Windsor WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on the passing of Edith Windsor, who was the named plaintiff in a successful legal challenge to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as applying ...


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Statement from President Obama on the Passing of Edith Windsor - From a press release - America's long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what's right. Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor — and few made as big a difference to America. I had the privilege to speak with Edie a few days ago, ...


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PASSAGES Photographer, media specialist Scott Barnes dies - Scott Barnes died Sept. 9 while at the Out at the Park Six Flags Great America event in the Chicago suburbs. He was 50. Windy City Times was notified of his death via Facebook postings. At the time of his death, Barnes was the web content specialist and SEO editor for the American Medical Association ( AMA ) and a ...


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PASSAGES Pioneering author, second-wave feminist Kate Millett dies - Feminist, activist, author and multidisciplinary artist Kate Millett passed away in Paris Sept. 6, 2017. Millett is perhaps best known for her 1970 book Sexual Politics, which catapulted her into the leading tiers of second-wave feminism. From its publication, Sexual Politics was one of the main critiques of patriarchy that underpinned the feminist movement. Millett was born on Sept. 14, ...


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PASSAGES Donald Dennis Virgil, Jr. - Donald Dennis Virgil, Jr., "Donnie", 51, longtime Lakeview resident, server and bartender, most recently at Second Story Bar, passed away unexpectedly September 5, 2017. Beloved son of Joyce Chase and Donald D. Virgil, Sr.; dear brother of Ed ( Aneeqa ) and Jeff Virgil; uncle of Olivia, Ethan, Jeffrey, and Savannah Virgil. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations ...


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AIDS activist Louise Hay dies - Louise Hay—a writer, motivational speaker and founder of Hay House publishing house—has died at age 90. "Meeting Louise changed the direction of my life," Reid Tracy, president and CEO of Hay House, Inc., said in a statement posted on her website, according to a Los Angeles Blade article. Many saw Hay as a spiritual guru on the same level as ...


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Gay Jamaican activist murdered - Dexter Pottinger—an out gay Jamaican activist/fashion designer—was found stabbed to death Aug. 31 in his home in Kingston, Advocate.com reported. Authorities have reportedly arrested a suspect and plan to charge the person. Pottinger had apparently been killed several days before his body was found. In 2016, Pottinger ( known as the "face of Pride" ) played a key role in ...


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PASSAGES Charles 'Chip' Allman-Burgard - Charles "Chip" Allman-Burgard, 44, died by suicide on Aug. 25. Windy City Times was notified of his death via Facebook postings. At the time of his death, Allman-Burgard ( along with his husband, Dr. Keith Allen Burgard, a Hines VA Hospital attending physician ) owned a health and wellness company called Naturally Fortified which they founded in 2012. Allman-Burgard was ...


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Activist, award-winning LGBTQ filmmaker JD Disalvatore lost to cancer - From a press release - JD Disalvatore, a prolific LGBT film and television producer and director and gay rights activist, died on Thursday, Aug. 24 after a long battle with cancer. She was 51. A proud marching band trumpet player in Miami Palmetto Senior High, JD went on to study communications at Boston University, absorbing as much as she could from her creative writing and ...


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Chuck Renslow sent off in style at memorial - Longtime Chicago businessman, activist and philanthropist Chuck Renslow was remembered during a spirited, musical and photo-filled memorial Aug. 27 at the Metro, the location of one of Renslow's many businesses over the years, Center Stage. Among those addressing the crowd were longtime gay activist Gary Chichester, former Chicago Ald. Cliff Kelley, Ald. Tom Tunney, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, former bar ...


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Martha Lavey memorial Oct. 9 - Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host a memorial to celebrate the life and legacy of Martha Lavey—who served as artistic director during 1995-2015—Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The memorial event is open to the public and tickets are free; however, reservations are required. RSVPs from the public will be accepted starting Wed., Sept. ...


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Renslow memorial set - A public memorial to remember the life of businessman Chuck Renslow, founder of International Mr. Leather, will be held Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. The Renslow Family will host its 36th and final White Party celebrating Renslow at Metro, 3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago. That celebration, which is open to the public, will begin with a memorial service ...


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PASSAGES Thomas Bowyer - Thomas Spencer Duffield Bowyer, 83—known as "Spence" or "Bow"—passed away peacefully Aug. 4 in Chicago. Thomas was born in Newport, Wales, and spent his childhood in Bournemouth, a beautiful seaside resort town on the southern coast of England. After moving to Chicago in 1963, Thomas began a new life, living in both Edgewater and Uptown. Working as a typesetter and ...


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PASSAGES Activist, comedian Dick Gregory dies - Famed civil-rights advocate and comedian Dick Gregory died Aug. 19 at age 84. "It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC," son Christian Gregory stated in a Facebook post. Christian told the Associated Press that his father died of ...


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Niles man identified on CTA tracks - The body of a man found on the CTA tracks near the Fullerton station in Lincoln Park Aug. 15 was identified as Dragan Andelkovic, a 41-year-old resident of Niles, Illinois. According to an obituary, he was the cherished son of Uros and Stanka "Jela"; loving brother to Dr. Natasha Andelkovic ( George ) Rainovic; dearest uncle to Katarina, Jelena, Emilia ...


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PASSAGES Thomas Spencer Duffield Bowyer - Thomas Spencer Duffield Bowyer, 83; "Spence" or "Bow"; passed away peacefully on August 4, 2017 in Chicago. Thomas was born in Newport, Wales and spent his childhood in Bournemouth, a beautiful seaside resort town on the southern coast of England. After moving to Chicago in 1963, Thomas began a new life, living in both Edgewater and Uptown. Working as a ...


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GUEST COLUMN A tribute to Mariann Mayberry - Steppenwolf Theatre actor Mariann Mayberry died at age 52 after a long battle battle with cancer. Following is a tribute to her from Alexandra Billings. I walked into the rehearsal room shaking from the bottom of my feet and knowing they had made a dreadful mistake. That I wasn't the human they wanted and that this was certainly some kind ...


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PASSAGES Jeremy Begy - Jeremy Begy, an original member of the Chicago Dragons gay rugby team, passed away at his northside residence on July 18. He was 41. Begy was a graduate of Loyola Academy in suburban Chicago and Loyola University. He recently went back to school to further his education and pursue a career as a paralegal. Begy began playing rugby in college. ...


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City Council introduces pro-trans, Renslow resolutions - The Chicago City Council introduced a resolution from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the LGBT Caucus and other alderpersons to express opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from military service. The resolution is headed to the Committee on Human Relations for a hearing; the date of said hearing has not yet been specified. The resolution is as follows: ...


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Public funeral set for 'True Blood' actor - A public funeral for Nelsan Ellis—who played gay character Lafayette on the HBO show True Blood—will be held Saturday, July 22, at Holy Temple Cathedral, 15912 Lincoln Ave., in Harvey, Illinois, according to a Page Six item. Also, there will be a public viewing on Friday, July 21, 6-9 p.m., at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 18400 Pulaski Rd., in ...


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PASSAGES Flavio J. Acosta - Flavio Acosta was born in Bogota, Colombia on Jan. 16, 1931, the son of Rafael and Etelvina Acosta. He passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois. He worked with Mayor Richard Daley to help design public school buildings in Chicago. He served as a minister at The Servant Catholic Community of Greater Chicago and ...


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PASSAGES Daddy Orchid - CHICAGO — Earlier this year, the Leather community lost the beloved and respected Daddy Orchid ( Drea ). Daddy Orchid was a scholar, teacher, published author, and community patron whose quiet support and keen wisdom has at various times undergirded the lives and work of individuals and groups in the many outposts of the Leather world that she touched. Though ...


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'True Blood' actor Ellis dies at 39 - Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing gay cook Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, has died at age 39. Ellis, who joined the cast of CBS' Elementary this past season, was also in the Oscar Best Picture nominee The Help alongside Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. He was born in Harvey, Illinois, and he and his family moved ...


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PASSAGES Services for Melvin Wilson on July 9 - Melvin J. Wilson, of Oak Park—an architect, activist, journalist and co-founder of Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association—passed away April 20. He was 74. A memorial service will be Sunday, July 9, at 3:30 p.m., at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Donations can be made to OPALGA ( Opalga.org ) or LGBT Voice Tanzania ( ...


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Legendary Chicago businessman, activist Chuck Renslow dies - Chuck Renslow, 87, a longtime pillar of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and around the world, has died after multiple long-term health issues. Renslow reigned over a seven-decade empire, starting more than two dozen businesses—bars, discos, photo studios, health clubs, bathhouses, gay magazines and newspapers, hotels, restaurants and bookstores. He fostered organizations and dealt with Mafia and police payoffs, the ...


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PASSAGES Services for Melvin Wilson July 9 - Melvin J. Wilson, 74, of Oak Park, architect, activist, journalist, co-founder of Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association, passed away April 20, 2017. Memorial service will be Sunday, July 9, 3:30 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301. Donations to OPALGA, www.opalga.org, or LGBT Voice Tanzania,http://lgbtvoicetz.org/. After earning his architecture degree from IIT, Mel ...


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ORLANDO SPECIAL Aurora carpenter builds crosses for Pulse victims - by Tarina Hargrays - "Love your brother, love your neighbor, and don't judge." This is the message retired union carpenter Greg Zanis said he wanted to bring with him on his journey to Orlando, Florida, to erect 49 crosses—one for each of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. Zanis, 65, resides in Aurora, Illinois, and has been married to his wife for ...


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PASSAGES Jerry Bowman of Springfield dies - Jerry Dean Bowman, 62, of Springfield, died June 3, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. Jerry was born Feb. 21, 1955 in Jerseyville, the son of Harold and Shirley Gross Bowman. He married his longtime partner Buff Carmichael on Sept. 20, 2014 in DeWitt County, soon after marriage equality was legal in the Land of Lincoln. Both Jerry and Buff have ...


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Chuck Hyde remembered - A memorial for former Sidetrack manager Chuck Hyde was held May 21 at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Hyde, inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( now the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame ) in 2001, began work at Sidetrack in July 1982, three months after it opened. He died in South Florida where ...


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PASSAGES Chuck Hyde memorial May 21 - A memorial for former Sidetrack manager Chuck Hyde will be held Sunday, May 21, 1-5 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Hyde, 55, a longtime general manager of Sidetrack bar in Chicago, passed away April 6 in Florida of heart disease. Hyde, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( now the ...


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Lambda sues Mississippi funeral home for refusing to transport, cremate gay man's body - From a press release - ( Picayune, MS, May 2, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal today announced it has joined a lawsuit against a Picayune, MS, funeral home for refusing to provide any service for Robert Huskey after his death, leaving his 82-year-old husband, Jack Zawadski, desperate to make other arrangements in the hours after his beloved spouse's passing. The suit seeks damages for breach ...


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Chicago theatres to honor Martha Lavey - Marquee lights will be dimmed and a moment of silence will be observed at theatres across Chicago and the suburbs on Friday, April 28, 2017, 30 minutes before curtain time. WHAT: Chicago theatres in the city and suburbs will honor former Steppenwolf Artistic Director and ensemble member Martha Lavey by dimming the marquee lights and observing a moment of silence ...


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PASSAGES Longtime LGBTQ activist Mel Wilson dies - Mel Wilson, 74, one of the co-founders of the Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association, has died after a years-long battle with severe pulmonary disease. He was among the most important LGBTQ activists in Oak Park history, having helped make that west suburban village among the most progressive in the state. Wilson, his partner Nathan Linsk and Bryan Findlay formed ...


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Trailblazing judge found dead in N.Y. - Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam—the first African-American woman to serve on New York state's highest court—was found dead April 12 in the Hudson River. She was 65. The New York Police Department said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death, and that the case is under investigation. Lambda Legal issued a press release mourning Abdus-Salaam's passing. Associate Legal Director ...


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Lambda Legal Mourns the Passing of Former Board Member Joan Garner - From a press release - ( Atlanta, April 19, 2017 ) Joan Garner, the first openly gay Fulton County Commissioner and former Lambda Legal board member, passed away yesterday, after a long battle with breast cancer. Simone Bell, Lambda Legal Southern Regional Director, issued the following statement: "Lambda Legal is heartbroken at the news of Joan Garner's passing. She was a dedicated member of Lambda ...


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PASSAGES Joseph W. Sikorovsky - Joseph W. Sikorovsky passed away March 12. He was 60. He was born April 30, 1956, to George and Rose Sikorovsky and was the dear great-nephew of Gene and Edmund Sikorovsky. He was a cherished friend of Bill, Andrea, Tom, Randy, Gary, Mat, Connie, Steve, Lee, Billy, Rick, Paula, Richard, John and many, many more. He will be remembered by ...


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PASSAGES Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dies - Gilbert Baker—best known for creating the LGBT symbol known as the rainbow flag—died in his sleep on March 30 in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. He was 65. Baker's first flag ( which had eight colors, but which now has six, after pink and turquoise were dropped ) flew over the 1978 Pride festivities in San Francisco. Harvey Milk, San ...


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PASSAGES Remembering Fernando Ponce Jr. - When Kathy Kelly first met Fernando Ponce Jr.—or "Junior," as his family and friends called him—he had just walked into her home "decked out in a sparkly pink jacket, dyed blond hair, and a perfect French manicure," said Kelly. He was also holding a baby goat. The goat—and with it, Ponce—stayed for the birthday party Kelly was hosting in her ...


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PASSAGES Touche bartender Alan H. Portnoff - Longtime Touché bartender Alan H Portnoff passed away on Friday, March 10th after a prolonged battle following heart surgery. He was 66. Alan was born in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1950, to Hyman and Mollie (Stewart) Portnoff. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Alan went to New York to pursue his dream of acting, but soon returned to Chicago and ...


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PASSAGES: LGBT ally Cepek dies at age 69 - John Cepek—an LGBT ally ( through the group PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays ) who suffered a brain injury Feb. 27 while traveling in Croatia with his wife Char—died March 15 at age 69. Also on Feb. 27, in a separate incident, Char broke her wrist. Son Michael wrote on Facebook, "A truly ...


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Conversion-therapy advocate dies at 70 - Joseph Nicolosi, an outspoken advocate of the widely criticized practice of gay conversion therapy, has died from flu complications at age 70. Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic confirmed his death via Facebook. Nicolosi was a co-founder of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and was the self-proclaimed creator of the controversial treatment. Conversion therapy—designed to change a person's ...


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Hoagland, Senesac and 'a little piece of immortality' - When Bob Hoagland and Thomas Senesac moved to Wicker Park in 1987, it was to escape rapidly gentrifying Lincoln Park. The couple planned to stay for as long as it took them to not be underwater on the two-story property they'd purchased. They stayed for 30 years. "It's a beautiful neighborhood. When we moved in, there were quite a few ...


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Gay resident of Ottawa, Ill. killed in Feb. 28 tornado - A north central Illinois gay man has died from injuries he sustained during a Feb. 28 tornado that devastated the city of Ottawa. Peoria Journal Star reported that David Johnson died from head trauma March 1, the day after he was struck by an uprooted tree during the tornado. Johnson had reportedly pushed his husband, Toby Tuntland, out of the ...


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PASSAGES Yvonne Hudson of Sons of Sappho - Yvonne Hudson, 80 when she passed away in early February, was a force in two worlds: as a part of the Black women's group Sons of Sappho, one of the only organizations for gay women on the South Side, and as part of her church, Generation Church of Christ, for decades as a treasurer, trustee, and part of the choir. ...


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PASSAGES Olga "Augie" Flanigan, of Augie & C.K.'s bar - "Daylight. I must wait for the sunrise. I must think of a new life and I mustn't give in." — "Memory," from the musical Cats. To everyone who knew Olga "Augie" Flanigan—whether her partner of 41 years Cary McNamara, their close friends, those thousands who frequented first Augie's bar and then Augie & C.K.'s—the words of Flanigan's favorite song "Memory" ...


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PASSAGES Rob Brumbaugh memorial Feb. 8 - A celebration of life for Robert Brumbaugh Jr. will take place Wed., Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m., at Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted St. Brumbaugh owned Progress Bar and minibar in Chicago as well as Phoenix Bar and Nightclub in Elk Grove Village. He died in Fort Lauderdale, where he owned another bar, the week of Dec. 6, 2016. In lieu ...


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L.A. historian Stuart Timmons dies - Stuart Timmons—known for chronicling the history of gay Los Angeles in the book Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, co-authored with Lillian Faderman—died Jan. 14 at age 60. Timmons suffered a debilitating stroke almost a decade ago but had been active in the West Hollywood and Silver Lake gay communities over the past ...


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PASSAGES Richard W. Burke - Richard W. Burke died peacefully in his home on Jan. 17, 2017 from complications due to multiple system atrophy. He was 66. Richard was born March 20, 1950, in Los Angeles County, California. He is survived by his husband, Christopher Merrill; and his sister, Jeannie Halversen, her husband Scott and their three children, Christian, Cody and Rachel. He is also ...


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PASSAGES Bronski Beat keyboardist dies - Larry Steinbachek, a former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, has died at 56. Steinbachek's sister Louise Jones told BBC News he died in December 2016 after a short battle with cancer, with his family and friends at his bedside. Steinbachek formed the group with musician Jimmy Somerville and Steve Bronski in 1983, and they had chart success with ...


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PASSAGES Juan Colon - Juan Colon, 48, Special Educator at Pulaski Elementary International School of Chicago; native of Caguas, Puerto Rico; passed away surrounded by love of family Dec. 27, 2016. Beloved partner of 14 years to Jon Howell; devoted son of Carmen ( Ira ) Myerson and Juan ColÃ"n Sanchez, loving brother of Kamalich ( partner Cary Samourkachian ) ColÃ"n, grandson of Juanita ...


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PASSAGES 2016: Local LGBTs - Jay Michael—a gay developer who was part of the Chicago-based reality show 100 Days of Summer—died in January after battling cancer. He was 34. Michael was the co-founder and chief operating officer of FLATS Chicago and was a founding partner as well as chief marketing and innovation officer of CEDARst, a diversified holding company. Sheila Healy of Wheeling died Jan. ...


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PASSAGES Dr. Keith McCoy - Dr. Keith McCoy, vice president of Daley College, has passed away. McCoy served City Colleges of Chicago for 23 years and, in that time, thousands of students benefited from his passion for teaching and learning. He began his career at City Colleges as an associate professor of mathematics at Wilbur Wright College, becoming co-chair of the Math Department. He went ...


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PASSAGES Brian J. Thomas - Brian J. Thomas, 55, born in Sparta, IL and raised in Lenzburg, IL, passed away at home in Chicago, December 27, 2016, following a lengthy battle with cancer. After graduating from Marissa High School ( 1979 ), earning his B.S. in Computer Science from University of Missouri — Rolla ( 1983 ), Brian worked as Director of Application Development at ...


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Deaths in 2016 - —Jeanne Cordova: Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne Cordova passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 67. —David Bowie: Superstar British singer/songwriter David Bowie died at age 69 after a sustained battle with cancer. On Sept. 23, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015, almost 200,000 people visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to see its "David Bowie ...


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PASSAGE Legendary actress Debbie Reynolds dies - Actress Debbie Reynolds died Dec. 28 at age 84—a day after her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died at age 60. Reynolds starred in dozens of movies. However, she will forever be remembered as Kathy Selden, who wins the heart of Gene Kelly's Don Lockwood, in the 1952 Freed Unit classic Singin' in the Rain. Even her private life ...


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PASSAGES Actress Carrie Fisher dies - Actress Carrie Fisher—known worldwide for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga and for her reinvention as a novelist and screenwriter—died Dec. 27 at age 60. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. The family issued a statement: "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie ...


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George Michael dies at 53 - British-Greek singer George Michael—who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer—has died at age 53, according to multiple sources, including the BBC. Authorities said Michael "passed away peacefully at home" and that there were no suspicious circumstances. Michael, who was openly gay, had previously dealt with depression and drug addiction, ...


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PASSAGES Dr. Brent E. Smith - Dr. Brent E. Smith, 55, of Bolingbrook, passed away at his home Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Brent was born June 16, 1961, the son of Richard and Bessie Louise ( Miller ) Smith in Carthage, Illinois. He attended Carthage High School graduating in 1979. He then went on to graduate from Illinois Wesleyan College in 1983 and was a member ...


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PASSAGES John Joseph Manzella - John Joseph Manzella, 74, retired beautician, of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, passed away peacefully, December 17, 2016. Beloved life partner of 51 years to the late Carlyle John Jajko [ http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/PASSAGES-Carlyle-J-Jajko-83-/52473.html ], faithful companion of Kukla Chang and many other shih tzus. John will be deeply missed by his neighbors, six of whom were with him when he died. He was ...


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PASSAGES Cameron Campbell - Cameron Joseph Campbell—a librarian, devout Buddhist, collector of East Asian art and former Jesuit Priest who was a native of Frankfort, Michigan and formerly of Los Gatos, California—passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood on Dec. 10. He was 70. After earning his B.A. and M.A. from St. Louis University, and his M.Div from the Jesuit ...


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PASSAGES Activist Sue Purrington dies - Sue Purrington, a longtime activist in Chicago progressive politics, and an aide to Ald. Leslie Hairston, passed away after a brief illness Nov. 28. She was 78. A native of Athens, Ohio, Purrington was involved with a great deal of Hyde Park-based activism and was also a former executive director of the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. ...


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PASSAGES Progress Bar/minibar owner passes away - Robert Brumbaugh, owner of Progress Bar and minibar in Lake View, as well as Phoenix Bar and Nightclub in Elk Grove Village, has passed away, according to reports. Brumbaugh died in Fort Lauderdale the week of Dec. 6, where he owned another bar. No funeral services are currently planned, according to John Freed, a longtime friend of Brumbaugh's. "Every time ...


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PASSAGES Arlo Andrade-Janzen - A memorial for Arlo Andrade-Janzen will be held Wed., Dec. 28, in the Grand Ballroom of the Carlton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, 5-9 p.m. Andrade-Janzen died in Denver on Dec. 7 after being in hospice care for 11 months. He was born with HIV in 1986 and had spent many years with his family in the Chicago area. ...


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PASSAGES Arlo Andrade-Janzen, born with HIV in 1986, memorial Dec. 28 - A memorial for Arlo Andrade-Janzen will be held Wed., Dec. 28, in the Grand Ballroom of the Carlton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, 5-9 p.m. Andrade-Janzen, the son of Eva Janzen Powell, died in Denver on Dec. 7 after being in hospice care for 11 months. He was born with HIV in 1986, and understood what he had when ...


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PASSAGES Derek Radford dies at 32 - Derek Radford, who worked for several years at Pingpong Restaurant in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood, passed away Nov. 20 at hospice in Orlando, Florida, from renal failure. He was 32. Radford, a St. Louis native who was openly gay, had been hospitalized since July, first with a gallbladder infection. His longtime friends, Linda and Beth Bax, were by his side when ...


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PASSAGES Fran Hairston, mother of Vernita Gray, dies - The mother of longtime Chicago lesbian activist Vernita Gray has died. Fran "Toots" Hairston, born April 4, 1932, died Nov. 24, 2016. Her memorial was Dec. 3 at Calvary Baptist Church of Glenwood, Illinois. Gray, who died in 2014, was very close to her mother, especially in Vernita's final years of life battling cancer. Friends say that when Vernita died, ...


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PASSAGES Bliss Frings - By Phylane L. Norman - Writer and LGBT advocate Bliss "Frontierre" Frings, passed away in her home in Bisbee, Arizona, on Oct. 23 from respiratory failure. She was 55. Bliss was pre-deceased by her father, Manfred S. Frings and survived by her mother, Emma J. Broussard, step-mother, Karin M. Frings and by her partner of 6 years, Phylane L. Norman. Born in Detroit, Michigan in ...







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