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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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PASSAGES Robert "Rob" Paradise dies - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Robert "Rob" Paradise, a longtime and popular softball player and coach in the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), died Aug. 18—a day after the final game of the 2014 Open Division Sunday Softball League season. He was a local high school math teacher who lived in Uptown, and a diehard Chicago Bears fan. He is originally from Hammond, Indiana. Paradise ...


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Billie Letts, mother of Chicago playwright Tracy Letts, dies - Billie Letts, the mother of the Chicago playwright Tracy Letts, recently died in her home state of Oklahoma, The Chicago Tribune reported. Billie, who was 76, was a highly regarded novelist ( as well as a teacher and screenplay writer ) whose works include Where the Heart Is, which sold more than 3 million copies and was turned into a ...


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PASSAGES Robin Williams found dead at 63 - Groundbreaking comic Robin Williams, 63, was found dead of an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. The comic, who was fighting depression, was heralded as one of the best comics of all time by friends, colleagues and fans. Williams was a star of standup, stage, TV and movies, and he was unafraid to take on a wide ...


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PASSAGES: Veronica "Ro" Gazzillo (nee Soper), Force assistant coach - Veronica "Ro" Gazzillo (nee Soper), who was an All-Star player and then an assistant coach for the Chicago Force, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 10, at her home in Evanston. She was 39. Gazzillo played for the Force in 2010 and was named an Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) All-Star and the 2010 Force Offensive MVP. She was unable to play ...


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PASSAGES Raymond G. Hughes - Raymond Hughes died on June 25 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, surrounded by family and friends who loved him dearly. He was 57. He was born in Wyoming, Michigan, to Jean and Donald Hughes on July 27, 1956. He graduated from Godwin Heights High School as a National Merit Scholar, and received a B.A. from Loyola University with a ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Nancy Garden: Lesbian hero - People all over the world were heartbroken to hear of Nancy Garden's death in June. The Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ) was only weeks from presenting her an award for her beloved 1982 novel Annie On My Mind. Thousands upon thousands of kids worldwide found understanding of themselves or others by reading the classic young adult romance between ...


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PASSAGES Thomas C. Senesac - Thomas C. Senesac, died July 19, 2014 after having battled stomach cancer for the last year and a half with grace, determination and his own special brand of humor. Mr. Senesac was the son of the late Joseph E. and Narda Gennaro Senesac, and is survived by his beloved partner of thirty-seven years, Bob Hoagland, his sister, Dr. Pamela M. ...


Chicago-lesbian-activist-Joanne-Marie-Bristol-dies

Chicago lesbian activist Joanne Marie Bristol dies - PASSAGES - Joanne Marie Bristol, 59, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2014 at her home in Logan Square. "She chose to go at sunrise with a songbird in her heart," her friend Kathy Munzer said. The service will take place on Saturday Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church, 405 S Euclid Avenue, Oak Park. Bristol suffered ...


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PASSAGES Elaine Stritch dies at 89 - Legendary Broadway and screen actress Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89. Stritch, whose stage career began in the 1940s, is perhaps known for her association with Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Stritch nabbed Tony nominations for William Inge's 1955 play Bus Stop, Sondheim's Company and Noel Coward's 1961 musical Sail Away before winning just a few years ago ...


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Chicago lesbian, 26, loses battle with cancer - They met on OkCupid, a free online dating site, and went on their first date on Sept. 17, 2010. But Wil Abtahi didn't really know that was a date, or just two friends getting together. They had gotten tea, went to a comic book store and were at Lenya Friesner's home to watch a movie. Friesner turned to Abtahi and ...


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PASSAGES: Former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon dies - Alan Dixon, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, died July 6 at his home in downstate Fairview Heights. He was 86. Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1981 until 1993. He was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democratic primary, his first political loss in more than 40 years of public life. Last ...


PASSAGES-Wil-Abtahi

PASSAGES Wil Abtahi - Wil Abtahi ( nee Wilhelmine Abtahi ), 26, native of Oak Park, IL; passed away July 5, 2014 in the presence of loving family. Later coverage at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Chicago-lesbian-26-loses-battle-with-cancer/48286.html . Wil is survived by partner of four years, Lenya Friesner, father Stephen "Grasshopper" Abtahi, two faithful feline companions, Prancy and Loki, and many friends. After attending Oak Park River ...


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Former Chicagoan Frank Robinson dies, Milk speechwriter - Frank M. Robinson, a former Chicagoan who moved to San Francisco and later became a speechwriter for gay politician Harvey Milk, has died. He was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2009. Robinson launched two gay papers in Chicago during the early 1970s. He was a journalist, novelist, and award-winning science fiction writer. Robinson has ...


PASSAGES-Naya-Taylor

PASSAGES Naya Taylor - Windy City Times received word from Lambda Legal that Naya Taylor passed away June 20 unexpectedly passed away after complications from a heart attack. Lambda Legal was representing Taylor, a transgender woman, in an unrelated federal discrimination lawsuit because she had been denied medical care that is routinely provided to non-transgender patients. The WCT profile below is one of the ...


PASSAGES-Author-Nancy-Garden-dies

PASSAGES Author Nancy Garden dies - Nancy Garden, a lesbian award-winning author of fiction for children and young adults, has died at age 76. Her books included the lesbian teen novel Annie on My Mind. According to Amazon.com, the "book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten ...


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PASSAGES: Zoraida Reyes, transgender Latina activist - From an ALMA press release - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) stands in solidarity with all LGBT Latino/as mourning the death of transgender Latina activist, Zoraida Reyes from Orange County, CA. Zoraida began her activism by advocating for the federal DREAM Act, which would have granted undocumented youth a path to citizenship. She continued her activism to push for immigration reform, most ...


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PASSAGES Paul R. Rogers - Paul R. Rogers, 80, retired National Fashion Director of Men's Apparel for Sears, native of California, U.S. Army veteran, graduate of University of Southern California, passed away peacefully June 1, 2014. He loved the opera, reading by the lake, and going to dinner with friends. Preceded in death by partner Gerry Monahan and parents Paul and Mildred. Beloved brother of ...


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Tajma's Hall's life celebrated - Video links below - More than 100 friends and family packed into the youth center space at Center on Halsted May 31 to remember the contributions and love shared by performer Tajma Hall, who died April 19 of cardiac arrest. She was 44. Host for the event was Antonio King, and speakers included friends and family from across Chicago and the United States. Among ...


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Lutter memorial set for June 11 - Memorial services for attorney and activist Paul Lutter will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Lutter, 68, passed away May 4 following complications from surgery. He had been an attorney with the firm Bryan Cave LLC since 2004. Prior to working at Bryan Cave, Lutter was a partner with the ...


-Tajmas-Halls-celebration-of-life-May-31-at-Center

Tajma's Hall's celebration of life May 31 at Center - Tajma's Hall's celebration of life May 31 at Center A celebration of life for Tajma Hall will take place Saturday, May 31, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., 2-5 p.m. Hall, a Chicago-based entertainer who shined worldwide, died Saturday morning, April 19, of cardiac arrest at Evanston Hospital. She was 44. Hall won numerous pageants around the ...


-Frankie-Knuckles-tribute-June-3-in-Millennium-Park

Frankie Knuckles tribute June 3 in Millennium Park - A party paying tribute to the late "Godfather of House Music" Frankie Knuckles will take place Tuesday, June 3, 6-9 p.m. at Millennium Park's Chase Central Promenade, 201 E. Randolph St. ( The rain location will be the park's Chase North Promenade. ) There will be sets by Elbert Phillips, Craig Loftis, Greg Gray and Mike Winston following opening words ...


Iconic-activist-Storme-DeLaverie-passes-away

Iconic activist Storme DeLaverie passes away - Iconic LGBT-rights activist Stormé DeLarverie passed away May 24, according to The Huffington Post. She was 93, according to a Bronx LGBTQ Center blog. A 2010 Huffington Post item said that DeLaverie "probably threw the first punch in the Stonewall Riot that sparked gay rights." She was also part of the Jewel Box Revue—arguably the country's first gay community—which was ...


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Tajma's Hall's celebration of life May 31 at Center - A celebration of life for Tajma Hall will take place Saturday, May 31, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., 2-5 p.m. Hall, a Chicago-based entertainer who shined worldwide, died Saturday morning, April 19, of cardiac arrest at Evanston Hospital. She was 44. Hall won numerous pageants around the world, including Miss Continental Plus in 2007 and Miss ...


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PASSAGES D.J. Boos: 1997 Mr. Chicago Leather, green artist - D.J. ( Danny ) Boos Jr.—a longtime Chicago service industry figure, 1997 Mr. Chicago Leather, and accomplished contemporary "green artist"—died suddenly of an apparent cardiac arrest on March 14. He was 48. Born April 4, 1965 in Beaverton, Michigan, to Danny W. Boos Sr. and Jamie L. De Young-Boos, D.J. graduated from Beaverton High School in 1982, subsequently enlisting in ...


PASSAGES-Clifford-R-Duske

PASSAGES Clifford R. Duske - Clifford R. Duske—beloved son of Irene and the late Ronald and the loving life partner of Michael D. Frustini—passed away recently, according to The Chicago Tribune. Duske was also the dearest brother of Marc ( Tracy ), and the dear uncle of Sean and Hunter. He was a loving member of the community who gave of himself selflessly—a true gentleman ...


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Friends of Tajma Hall: 'We lost an icon' - UPDATE: Memorial information below - Jason Hayes didn't hesitate when asked to describe Tajma Hall, who died unexpectedly on April 19 from cardiac arrest at Evanston Hospital. She was real, Hayes said. "In an industry where you spend your entire career putting on a face that is not yours, performing a song that is not yours, dancing to someone else's music to entertain a crowd ...


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Hundreds pay tribute to Frankie Knuckles - Progressive Baptist Church on South Wentworth in Chicago was packed with hundreds of people wanting to say goodbye to the founder of House Music, DJ Frankie Knuckles April 21. Knuckles, who was openly gay and honored for his DJ work around the world, died March 31 at age 59. Among the well-wishers were Gov. Pat Quinn and other politicians, fellow ...


Lady-Tajma-Hall-dies-

Lady Tajma Hall dies - Updated with funeral information - Tajma Hall, a Chicago-based entertainer who shined worldwide, died Saturday morning, April 19, of cardiac arrest at Evanston Hospital. She was 44. The Continental Pageantry System of Chicago, which showcases female performers and entertainment, confirmed the passing on its Facebook page: "With great sadness and a heavy heart we wish to inform every one of the passing of Tajma Hall. ...


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Frankie Knuckles memorial April 21 - A celebration of life for the legendary Chicago house music DJ Frankie Knuckles will be Monday, April 21, 6-9 p.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 3658 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either in the memory of Frankie to: American Diabetes Association — diabetes.org or Gay Men Health Crisis of NYC- gmhc.org . See ...


PASSAGES-Ron-Novak-64-dies

PASSAGES: Ron Novak, 64, dies - Ron Novak, 64, formerly of Toledo, Iowa; passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2014. Ron studied Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa and had lived in Chicago since the early 90s. He had a successful career in the restaurant business, in many capacities. At the time of his passing he was helping train others at Center on Halsted ...


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Community gathers to remember Vernita Gray - Hundreds of friends, family and acquaintances of activist Vernita Gray gathered at the Goodman Theatre March 31 to remember her legacy and pay tribute to her. The gathering was officiated by Mary Morten and Paul Fairchild. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-03-31&AGALLERY=VernitaHal . Morten said that Gray was "a person who led a life of activism, a life of ...


Frankie-Knuckles-legendary-DJ-dies

Frankie Knuckles, legendary DJ, dies - Memorial April 21 - House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has passed away. He was 59. Frederick Dunson, Knuckles' producer, confirmed that Knuckles had died on March 31, according to Chicago Tribune. Knuckles reportedly died at home and a statement was expected April 1. The producer, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996, mixed work by artists such ...


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Vernita Gray: A community remembers - "Today we mourn the passing of a fearless woman who spent her life fighting for equality and civil rights. Vernita Gray was an inspiration to all who crossed her path, from President Obama who knew her by name to the victims of violence she comforted and the young people for whom she was a fierce advocate. Her legacy can be ...


Anti-gay-activist-the-Rev-Fred-Phelps-dies

Anti-gay activist the Rev. Fred Phelps dies - The leader of a small Baptist church in Westboro, Kansas, who made a name for himself by traveling the country to hoist up "God Hates Fags" placards, is dead. A spokesman for Westboro Baptist Church, whose website address is godhatesfags.com, told CNN today that Phelps, 84, died of natural causes. Although certainly appalled by Phelps' tactics and tenacity, the LGBT ...


PASSAGES-Vernita-Gray-longtime-activist-dies

PASSAGES Vernita Gray, longtime activist, dies - Vernita Gray, one of Chicago's longest and most prolific activists for LGBT rights, has died. She was 65. A memorial will be held Monday, March 31, 1 p.m. at the Goodman Theatre. Gray and wife Pat Ewert were the first same-sex couple married legally in Illinois, Nov. 27, 2013, after winning a court victory because of Gray's critical health situation. ...


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PASSAGES Longtime activist Gravemier passes away - Greg Gravemier, 60, a longtime human rights activist, passed away on March 15 in Sterling, Va. The cause of his death has not yet been determined, according to his partner of 37 years, Leland Roth. A native of Linton, Ind., Gravemier was especially active in progressive causes in Decatur, Ill., where he lived for a number of years. He was ...


PASSAGES-DJ-Boos

PASSAGES D.J. Boos - D.J. Boos, ( Danny W. Boos, Jr. ), 48; formerly of Beaverton, Michigan; 1997 Mr. Chicago Leather; passed away unexpectedly March 14, 2014. In 1989, after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, D.J. moved to Chicago, where he embarked upon a long bartending stint at Bucks and Touche, which lead to a career as a supervisor at Service Is Us ...


PASSAGES-Renowned-plastic-surgeon-dies-unexpectedly

PASSAGES Renowned plastic surgeon dies unexpectedly - Dr. Rodger Wade Pielet, 52, renowned and respected plastic surgeon, died Jan. 18 due to the effects of a stroke. Pielet was born on Feb. 13, 1961 and raised in Aurora, Ill. He earned his undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. and completed his medical degree at Tulane University Medical School. His career began as an academic ...


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PASSAGES Quentin Elias French model/singer dies at 39 - Quentin Elias, the leader of the popular '90s French boy band Alliage, died in his New York City home of an alleged heart attack, according to EDGE Boston. He was 39. After leaving Alliage in 1999, he also tried to launch a solo career and relocated to New York City in 2002. France Info reports Elias started a gay-porn career ...


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PASSAGES David A. Cohen, PINK Magazine founder, dies - David A. Cohen, 59, who was the founder and publisher of the LGBT publications the PINK Pages, Pride Magazine, and subsequently PINK magazine, has died. Cohen immigrated to the U.S. from Israel in the 1980s. He lived in New York City before settling in Chicago. Cohen's PINK Pages was the first "yellow pages" to serve the LGBT community in New ...


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PASSAGES Gay ex-NFL player Roy Simmons dies - Roy Simmons, a former New York Giants offensive lineman who later became the second former player in NFL history to come out as gay, died in his New York home at 57, The New York Daily News reported. Simmons, the only player in NFL history to acknowledge that he was HIV-positive, was known for his nice demeanor—but was also tortured ...


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PASSAGES Stephen R. Kiosk - Former Maryland resident Stephen R. Kiosk ( Ksioszk ) passed away recently at the age of 51, according to The Chicago Tribune. Kiosk was the loving brother of: John ( Lorna ) Ksioszk, Christine Marrufo, Arlene Santiago and twin Michael ( Mary ) Ksioszk; cherished uncle of many, including Sarah, Samuel, Nicholas; great-uncle of Lydia; and loving friend and partner ...


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PASSAGES Challis Gibbs, marriage plaintiff, dies - Challis Gibbs, 61, one of the plaintiffs in the case that won emergency marriage licenses in Illinois, died Feb. 24. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 9, 1-4 p.m. at 1900 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago. Gibbs and her partner of 21 years, Elvie Jordan, were among the first few couples married after a judge ruled Dec. 9, ...


PASSAGES-Gordon-Locksley

PASSAGES Gordon Locksley - Gordon Allen Locksley—a private art dealer and collector of contemporary art—passed away quietly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 1 after a brief illness, according to Legacy.com. He was 83. Locksley was born in Chicago on Aug. 27, 1930, to William and Sheila Locksley. His grandparents came from Poland before World War II. Locksley fondly remembered meeting many who came ...


Longtime-leader-and-activist-Bob-Gammie-dies

Longtime leader and activist Bob Gammie dies - Bob Gammie, 88, a longtime community leader and activist, died January 30 due to cardiac arrest. For the past few years he battled bilateral lung cancer, COPD and heart failure. Lori Cannon, longtime community HIV/AIDS activist and co-founder of Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care of Heartland Health Outreach, relayed his death to Windy City Times. Gammie was born Oct. ...


-Philip-Seymour-Hoffman-dies

Philip Seymour Hoffman dies - Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation, has died of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46. He won the Academy Award and numerous other honors for his portrayal of gay writer Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote. He received Oscar nominations for best supporting actor for three films: Charlie Wilson's War, ...


PASSAGES-Michael-McGuire

PASSAGES Michael McGuire - Michael McGuire died Jan. 5 of congestive heart failure, according to friend Lori Cannon. He was 55. McGuire was a native Chicagoan who attended Amundsen High School. Among his jobs were managing the liquor department at Walgreens; tending bar at Broadway Limited; and working at the Ram bookstore for 18 years. For the past 10 years, McGuire faithfully and dutifully ...


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Gay philanthropist Robert Wilson commits suicide - Robert W. Wilson—an openly gay retired hedge-fund founder who became a major philanthropist, donating about $600 million to causes that included environmental conservation, the American Civil Liberties Union and Roman Catholic education ( although he was an atheist )—died Dec. 22, 2013, in Manhattan at age 87, according to The New York Times. Wilson was found dead in an inner ...


PASSAGES-Celebration-of-William-Feathers-Garys-life-Jan-19

PASSAGES: Celebration of William 'Feathers' Gary's life Jan. 19 - UPDATE: Plans for the celebration of William "Feather" Gary's life have been changed to Little Jim's Bar, 3501 N. Halsted St., Sunday Jan. 19th. Doors opening at 12 noon. Pizza at 5 p.m. Entertainment is planned for 3 p.m. The original plan was for Saturday, Jan. 18, at Driftwood on Montrose Ave. Gary tended bar for many years, notably at ...


PASSAGES-Father-Robert-Nugent-co-founder-New-Ways-Ministry

PASSAGES Father Robert Nugent, co-founder New Ways Ministry - New Ways Ministry press release - MOUNT RAINIER, Maryland—With confidence in the promise of the Resurrection, but also with hearts heavy with sorrow, New Ways Ministry reports the passing into eternal life of our co-founder, Father Robert Nugent, SDS. Fr. Nugent's three-month battle with lung cancer ended on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 2:10 pm, Central Time, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Present at his side at the ...


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Looking back: Local passages in 2013 - —Prince Edwards, a popular young gay dancer who was active in National Youth Pride Services ( NYPS ), died Jan. 16 after an illness. He was 25. The Chicago native was well known for his dance talents, performing at more than 100 events throughout the city. —Bobby Glaze passed away suddenly on Jan. 8. He was 58. He was a ...


PASSAGES-Chester-Holowicki

PASSAGES Chester Holowicki - Chester Holowicki, a beloved part of Chicago's LGBT nightlife community, DJ, and artist, passed away on Dec. 11 following a prolonged battle with ocular melanoma. He was 39. Known to many as "DJ Chester," Holowicki was a resident DJ at Berlin Nightclub since 2000, and was a popular fixture at many other venues, including Spin Nightclub and Cocktail, during his ...


PASSAGES-Jim-Gray-dies-at-43

PASSAGES Jim Gray dies at 43 - Jim J. Gray, 43, born in Fairbanks but raised in Wasilla, Alaska; passed away suddenly at his home in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood Dec. 15, 2013. He leaves behind his beloved partner of 16 years William Liberty; his mother Cleo Gray; sisters De Cyril, Carolyn Carlson and Lenny Gray; brothers Joe ( Shari ), Don ( Teresa ), and Steven Gray; ...


PASSAGES-Hal-Brun

PASSAGES Hal Brun - Hal Brun recently passed away at 66. He was the lifetime partner for 30 years of Jeff Ginsberg ( Columbia College Chicago ); son of the late Harold and Eleanor ( Fortmiller ) Brun; and fond brother of Barbara Brun and David ( Trina ) Brun, according to the Chicago Tribune. Brun received his masters degree from the University of ...


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PASSAGES 2013: Deaths in national news - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - —Aaron Swartz: The Internet activist, hacker, author and programer who created the web-feed format RSS committed suicide at age 26. Swartz, who battled depression, had both male and female lovers; he refused to label himself as bisexual or gay. —Michael Triplett: The president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) died Jan. 17 after battling cancer. ...


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PASSAGES Ann Muller - Ann Muller—a resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who once lived in Chicago—died Dec. 4. She was 78. Mrs. Muller, a native of Michigan, was a Chicago writer, activist, and volunteer. Her book, Parents Matter, Parents' Relationships with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons, was published in 1987, and she wrote a syndicated column about her family for gay newspapers from 1986 ...


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PASSAGES Robert A. Vade Bon Coeur - Robert A. Vade Bon Coeur passed away Dec. 6, at his residence in Crete, Ill. He was 77. A Catholic priest who was ordained in 1963, he was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Papineau, Iroquois County, Ill., to Arthur and Evidelle Stahl Vade Bon Coeur. Surviving are his partner, Roy Olson; one brother, Dwayne ( Jane ) Van Bon Coeur; ...


PASSAGES-Son-of-local-activist-Marc-Loveless-dies

PASSAGES Son of local activist Marc Loveless dies - Nathan Alexander Thaddeus Loveless—the son of local LGBT-rights activist Marc Loveless—has died at age 23. In an email, Marc Loveless stated, "Officials have said that he was killed, others have said is was an accident. I tend to believe it was God's well and God's plan. "If a car or an accident had the power to take his life he ...


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PASSAGES Terry L. Baker - Terry L. Baker—a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who once lived in Chicago—passed away Nov. 11. He was 69. On Oct. 28, Baker was admitted to the intensive care unit at Ft. Lauderdale's Holy Cross Hospital with acute kidney failure and respiratory distress. Baker was born and raised in Milwaukee, and lived as an adult in Chicago until 1991, when ...


PASSAGES-Wally-Dwyer

PASSAGES Wally Dwyer - A Wake and Funeral Services were held November 24 and 25 in honor of Wally Dwyer, following his passing Nov. 19 after a critical episode in his long-term illness, which he had been surviving and dealing with fairly well. His immediate family includes his mother Joan, his brother Nick and wife Liz, and his sister Anne and husband Bob. He ...


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PASSAGES William 'Feathers' Gary - Longtime Chicago bartender William Gary passed away. Known to friends and patrons as "Feathers," Gary was 74. As of this story's deadline, the details of Gary's passing are still unknown. James Henritze, a friend of Gary, told Windy City Times he had recently been in the hospital for bypass heart surgery, and suffered from liver problems. Gary tended bar for ...


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PASSAGES Brenda Williams, an Artemis Singers founding member - Brenda Ellen Marie Williams, 72, one of the founding mothers of Artemis Singers and early supporter of Mountain Moving Coffeehouse, died at home Oct. 11, 2013. She had many "lives": she was a nun for 16 years who got her Ph.D. in chemistry, and taught school in Baltimore for four of those years. She was an advanced tech who worked ...


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Tom Ridge talks with Log Cabins; journalist Doug Ireland dies - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Speaking to the LGBT group Log Cabin Republicans, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge—also the first homeland security secretary—said he plans to urge the GOP to become more inclusive, among other things, according to BuzzFeed.com. "I truly believe Americans are more conservative than liberal, but ... they are far more practical than ideological and I know, particularly among young people, they ...


PASSAGES-Cathie-Kopecky

PASSAGES Cathie Kopecky - Cathie Ellen Kopecky—a prominent figure in the 1980s LGBT scene in Chicago—died Oct. 12. She was 56. Kopecky was many things, including a businesswoman and activist. She was a founding board member of Horizons, which later became the Center on Halsted. Kopecky also frequently taught business classes at the Women's Business Development Center. She left Chicago 17 years ago, and ...


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PASSAGES Paul Joseph Wickliff - Paul Joseph Wickliff, a CPA who had a passion for pit bulls, died unexpectedly Oct. 23. He was 51. Preliminary findings are that he suffered a stroke in his sleep and did not wake up from it, said Joe Wickliff, 49, his brother. Wickliff was a CPA who owned Wickliff & Associates in Chicago, and lived in the Ravenswood neighborhood. ...


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PASSAGES Bruce Howard Catt, 48 - From a Cremation Society of Illinois press release - Bruce Howard Catt, 48, passed away unexpectedly at home Oct. 9, 2013. After earning bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Chemistry from Towson State University, Brucie went on to enjoy a long career as a Client Representative for Owens and Minor Medical Supply. He was a dedicated NOH8 campaign activist and longtime member of Lincoln Park Lagooners. Beloved husband ...


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PASSAGES Jeff Netz - Jeff Netz, of Naperville, passed away Sept. 25. He was 52. Visitation was held at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home ( 5015 Lincoln St., Lisle, Ill. ) on Sunday, Sept. 29. Jeff was an assistant manager/chef at Catering by Knight in Oak Brook. He is survived by his parents, William and Shirley Netz of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, Rob ( Amy ) ...


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Gay comedian Scott Kennedy dies at 49 - Openly gay comedian Scott Kennedy suddenly passed away at age 49 on March 14. According to Laughspin.com, the New Mexico-born and Texas-raised comic was perhaps best known by his more than 50 trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain U.S. troops as well as by his friendly demeanor both on and off stage. Usually wearing a football jersey and cap, ...


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PASSAGES Josephine D'Angelo - Josephine D'Angelo—one of the 60 original players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League—died Aug. 18 at Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Park Ridge, according to the Park Ridge Sun-Times. She was 88. She played in 1943 and 1944 for the South Bend Blue Sox, where she played with Dorothy Schroeder, said to be an inspiration for the Dottie ...


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Longtime activist Jose Julio Sarria dies - August 19, 2013 - One of America's gay rights pioneering leaders, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away this morning quietly in his home in New Mexico. He was 91. Funeral and Memorial Service arrangements will be announced by the Imperial Court of San Francisco. Mr. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to ...


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Jim Bussen memorial service held - A memorial service was held for longtime Chicago activist Jim Bussen Aug. 10. DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke spoke about his life, and friends told stories about his contributions to Catholic and LGBT activism. Jim's sisters came from out of town to attend the service. The memorial was held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Andersonville. Presiders were Rev. Barbara Zeman ...


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Bussen celebration of life Aug. 10 - The Dignity/Chicago celebration of life for Jim Bussen will be Saturday, Aug. 10, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the celebration. Bussen, 63, died July 6 in Glen Carbon, Ill., after a long battle with cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. Bussen was inducted into Chicago's Gay ...







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