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PASSAGES-Services-for-Melvin-Wilson-July-9

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 ...


PASSAGES-Jerry-Bowman-of-Springfield-dies

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 ...


-Conversion-therapy-advocate-dies-at-70

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 ...


PASSAGES-Juan-Colon

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 ...


PASSAGES-Brian-J-Thomas

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 ...


-PASSAGES-Activist-Sue-Purrington-dies

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 ...


PASSAGES-LGBTQ-HIV-AIDS-activist-Jimmy-Bissonnette-dies

PASSAGES: LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS activist Jimmy Bissonnette dies - Jimmy Bissonnette, 58, died Dec. 1 of brain injuries after falling down a flight of stairs at his home. Lori Cannon, longtime community HIV/AIDS activist and founder of Open Hand Chicago now a division of the Heartland Health Outreach, relayed Bissonnette's death to Windy City Times. At the time of his death, Bissonnette was one of the receptionist's at the ...


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PASSAGES Nancy Reiff, former Daley staffer, dies - By Gretchen Rachel Hammond and Tracy Baim - In writing of the warrior, Morihei Ueshiba observed "when life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for peace." Nancy Reiff passed away Nov. 30 after a lifetime of victories as an activist as, in her own words "a warrior doing battle one moment at a ...


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PASSAGES Ian Harris Schroeder - Former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree and beloved Chicago trans activist, artist and social worker Ian Harris Schroeder passed away Nov. 9, friends and family announced. Schroeder had been battling brain cancer which was diagnosed in March of this year. They ( preferred pronouns ) were a family-ties case manager at Chicago House, an artistic coordinator with the ...


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Homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, TN, is possible hate violence homicide - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Deon L. Brown in Nashville, Tennessee. According to media reports, Deon Brown's body was found on Monday morning, November 14th, in the parking lot of a local trucking business in West Nashville. He had been stabbed to death. Friends of Deon have stated that he ...


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PASSAGES Former Chicago nightlife photographer George Saint-George dies - George Zelichowski, aka George Saint-George, died Oct. 29 after falling from the balcony of his rented house in India onto the pavement in the middle of the night. He was 46. According to Indian news reports, SSG Hospital ( in Vadodara, Gujarat, where Zelichowski was taken ) sources told them he died of multiple injuries to his lungs, ribs and ...


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Rev. Greg Dell remembered - Hundreds of family and friends of the late Rev. Gregory Dell gathered at Alice Miller Chapel in Evanston Nov. 20 to pay tribute to the work of a lifelong activist, mentor, colleague, father and grandfather. Among the speakers were Rev. Vernice Thorn, Cathy Knight, Kathy Tholin, Ruth and Jim Satorius, Andy Gordon, Randy Albers, Carl Rinder, Charolette Lill, Rebecca Pries, ...


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PASSAGES Remembering Neysa - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Neysa ( Neesha ) Scott walked into a room she neither sought nor shunned attention, yet it followed her like a shadow. No one knew if it made her nervous or not, she simply handled it with grace. It was hard to ignore her bald head, coco brown skin, and perfectly made-up face, highlighted by colorful lips. She was ...


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PASSAGES Neysa Scott - Fashion designer, poet and performer Neysa Scott passed away Oct. 16. She was 51. Cause of death was an aneurysm and a stroke. Scott was an innovator in a number of creative realms, according to her best friend, Yaounde Olu. "She was a fashion designer, but she was also a musician, a lead singer and a drummer, Ulu said. "She ...


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Janet Reno dies at 78 - Janet Reno—who then-President Bill Clinton selected to become the country's first woman U.S. attorney general—died Nov. 7 of Parkinson's disease. She was 78. Reno was involved in some of the biggest crises in the 1990s and early 2000s, ranging from the FBI siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas; to Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky; to the ...


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Community remembers LGBTQ ally Rev. Gregory Dell - When people attended one of Rev. Gregory Dell's services at Lakeview's Broadway United Methodist Church ( BUMC ), no matter what their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic background or level in society, the first thing they heard was "we don't just tolerate you, we celebrate you." On Oct. 30, Dell passed away in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 70 ...


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PASSAGES Larry W. Wilson - Larry William Wilson, of Chicago and Bourbonnais, passed away peacefully at home Oct. 18 after a long and courageous battle with cardiovascular disease. He was 70. Larry was born July 16, 1946 in Winslow, Arizona, to Don E. and Freida E. ( Mosley ) Wilson. He grew up and attended school in Holbrook, Arizona, and Phoenix before moving to Illinois ...


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PASSAGES Joe M. Nguyen - Joe M. Nguyen, who was born and raised in Vietnam and has lived in Chicago since 1988, working as a graphic designer, passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16 in his sleep. He was 48. Nguyen worked for Independent Signs & Graphics and lived in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood with his husband, Mark Harrer, and their daughter, Lynn. Nguyen and Harrer, friends ...


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PASSAGES: Clinical social worker, educator Jason McVicker dies - Jason McVicker, 54, died Oct. 13 of a heart attack. University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration ( SSA ) Dean Neil Guterman relayed his death to colleagues. At the time of his death, McVicker was a private clinical social worker/therapist at Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy and a visiting faculty member at the University of Chicago School of SSA, ...


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PASSAGES Peter P. Thomas - Peter P. Thomas died at home in Chicago on Sept. 12. He was 80. Born on Nov. 18, 1935, in Harvey, Illinois, to Peter and Marion Thomas, he was orphaned at age 4 and raised by his Uncle Ray and Aunt "Cookie" in LaGrange, Illinois, and Lebanon, Missouri. Peter graduated from Stoutland High School, near Lebanon, and later attended Drury ...


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PASSAGES Marie J. Kuda, Chicago gay pioneer, dies - One of Chicago's pioneering lesbian activists, Marie J. Kuda, has died at age 76 after complications from multiples illnesses, including heart disease. Kuda, born Dec. 8, 1939, was inducted into the first class of Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame in 1991. She began her activism on gay rights in the mid-1960s and continued to work on LGBT rights in the ...


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Mbiganyi Lashani: The life behind one of Chicago's 500 murder victims - On July 18, Mbiganyi Lashani was in in his kitchen preparing a meal. "So a dove came and sat on my window, as I was getting the skillet ready, it flew away," he wrote on social media. Friends thought it was a good omen. Eleven days later, just before six in the morning on July 29, Chicago Police Department ( ...


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Benjamin Allen, owner of Boystown nightspots, dies at 69 - Benjamin Allen, owner of the Boystown nightspots Lucky Horseshoe Lounge and The North End, passed away Sept. 13 from a heart attack after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 69. "It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news of of the passing of Benjamin Allen," said his husband, Micah Hilgendorf, on Facebook. "My ...


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Mel Platzke memorial Sept. 24 - A memorial for the late model/entrepreneur Mel Platzke will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 3-5 p.m., at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Attendees are advised to "bring your joy and stories." Platzke died of bronchopneumonia and hypertensive cardiovascular disease on July 29 in Chicago. He was 48. He split his time between Chicago and Miami. See "Mel Platzke Memorial Celebration" ...


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PASSAGES Playwright Edward Albee dies - Edward Albee—considered by many to be among the top U.S. playwrights for at least a generation—died Sept. 16 at his home in Montauk, New York, at age 88 after a short illness. In 1962, Albee's Broadway debut, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—a then-controversial analysis of a crumbling marriage—won a Tony Award for best play. It was later made into a ...


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PASSAGES Karen B. Teplitzky dies at 47 - Memorial Visitation for Karen Beth Teplitzky, 47, of Lake Zurich since 2009, formerly of New Jersey, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 from 3 p.m. until the time of the family and friend remembrances, 7 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. Karen was born Dec. 8, 1968 in Brooklyn, NY and passed ...


PASSAGES-Trans-personality-Alexis-Arquette-dies

PASSAGES Trans personality Alexis Arquette dies - Transgender personality/activist Alexis Arquette died Sept. 11 at age 47. Brother Richmond Arquette initially noted on Facebook, "Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am. ... We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie's Starman. As per his ...


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Former Chicagoan Bob Rybicki dies - by Sari Staver - Bob Rybicki, director of operations, finance and personnel at Church Divininty School of the Pacific and Assisting Clergy at Grace Cathedral, died suddenly at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco Sept. 3. He was 65. The cause of death was not announced. In Chicago, Ryibicki was active in the fight against AIDS during the early years of the epidemic. An executive ...


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Entertainer The Lady Chablis passes away - Transgender figure The Lady Chablis ( also known as Brenda Dale Knox )—who became famous in John Berendt's best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil—passed away Sept. 8 in Savannah, Georgia. She was 59. In 1996, Chablis penned her autobiography, Hiding My Candy, and went on to play herself in Clint Eastwood's 1997 movie adaptation of "Midnight." ...


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PASSAGES Community figure Gene Davis dies - Gene Davis, a beloved community figure, recently died at the age of 62. The cause was colon cancer. Windy City Times was made aware of his death by his friends. Davis' early life was marred with difficulty. Born Aug. 5, 1954, in Jackson, Mississippi, he was hearing-impaired at a young age, and remembered feeling like he was the only person ...


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Death of civil rights activist "horrifying and disturbing" - From a press release - Washington, DC, September 8, 2016 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is describing the murder of Daren Seals, a civil rights activist who rose to prominence in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri against the police killing of Michael Brown as "horrifying and disturbing." Seals' body was found in a burning vehicle, having been shot. "We are deeply saddened by the ...


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Platzke cause of death revealed - The Cook County medical examiner's office revealed to Windy City Times that bronchopneumonia and hypertensive cardiovascular disease led to the death of model/entrepreneur Mel Platzke. Platzke III, 48, died July 29 at the home of Kip Helverson and Trey Gonzales with Helverson by his side. Platzke split his time between Chicago and Miami. Platzke was born March 10, 1968, in ...


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PASSAGES Miguel Angel Sanchez Pimentel - From Cremation Society of Illinois - Miguel Angel Sanchez Pimentel, 60; native Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico; arrived in U.S. from Mexico in 1978; longtime employee of Pizzeria Uno; passed away peacefully Sept. 5, 2016. He was a dear friend of Sammy Vazquez and Phillip "Mark" Benson, who loved him very much and were privileged to take care of him throughout his illness. He is survived by brothers ...


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National roundup: Jeff Montgomery memorial; custody ruling; Orlando hero - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A memorial for activist Jeff Montgomery will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at the McGregor Conference Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, a press release stated. Montgomery, a pioneering activist, was the founding executive director of the Triangle Foundation ( now known as Equality Michigan ). For those who want to preserve and highlight the legacy of Montgomery's work, ...


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PASSAGES Wesley Klug - Wesley Harold Klug—a fine artist and painter known for sold-out openings—passed away Aug. 19. He was 88. Klug was a native of Milwaukee, and a longtime resident of Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood. He was an exponent of the "New Realism" movement and 1963 Huntington Hartford Foundation fellowship recipient who was mentioned as an "Up and Coming Artist" by Life Magazine ...


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PASSAGES Robert Allen Toyra - Robert Allen Toyra died unexpectedly on Aug. 20. He was 59. A longtime employee of AT&T, Toyra was born in Waukegan on Nov. 19, 1956, to the late Melvin and the late Charlotte Toyra. He is survived by brothers David ( Patricia ), of Gurnee, and Peter, of Waukegan, as well as three nephews, according to legacy.com. An avid photographer, ...


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PASSAGES Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies at 66 - Mexican singing superstar Juan Gabriel died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, California, on Aug. 28. He was 66. Gabriel was in the middle of the U.S. leg of his "MeXXico Es Todos" tour. He ranked in the top 20 on Billboard's 2015 Money Makers list, thanks largely to his touring revenue. In 2014, Queerty reported that Gabriel ...


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PASSAGES Wesley Harold Klug - Wesley Harold Klug, 88; fine artist and painter known for sold-out openings; native of Milwaukee, longtime resident of Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood; passed away August 19, 2016. Wesley was an exponent of the "New Realism" movement and 1963 Huntington Hartford Foundation fellowship recipient who was mentioned as an "Up and Coming Artist" by Life Magazine in 1963. He studied at ...


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GayCo, Second City comedienne Fabjance leaves legacy of laughter - Described by her fellow members of the legendary comedy club Second City as "an absolute paragon of a human being with the heart of a lion beating beneath that sweet veneer," beloved Chicago comedienne Judy Grace Fabjance passed away Aug. 20 after waging an eight-year war with breast cancer that, according to her sister Cathi, "astounded her team of doctors ...







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