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PASSAGES-Kit-Duffy-remembered-in-memorial

PASSAGES Kit Duffy remembered in memorial - Video below - Nearly 100 people turned out to celebrate the life of longtime LGBTQ ally Kit Duffy Jan. 31 at Sidetrack bar. Duffy, who was Mayor Harold Washington's gay liaison in the 1980s, played a critical role in building bridges between the gay and mainstream communities during the fight for the city's gay-rights ordinance, and in the community's battle against HIV/AIDS. Katy ...


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PASSAGES Dr. Marc Singer dies - Dr. Menachim ( Marc ) Singer died Nov. 18, 2015, while visiting family in Israel. Singer was born on July 29, 1950 in Romania, the son of Ilana and Max Singer. He is survived by his life partner, Michael Hora, his mother Ilana, children Ronit and Solomon, his brother Dov and wife Ola, three nieces and a large gathering of ...


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Spitzer's death draws mixed views on his legacy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sari Staver - In the wake of the recent death of psychiatrist Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, gay and lesbian psychiatrists have renewed the debate of his legacy. Spitzer, 83, died Dec. 25 in Seattle. His wife told media outlets the cause was complications of heart disease. Spitzer was an outspoken and controversial member of the American Psychiatric Association ( APA ), whose textbooks ...


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PASSAGES Sheila Healy - Sheila Healy—of Wheeling, Illinois, and formerly of McHenry, Lake Villa, Chicago and Elm Grove, Wisconsin—died Jan. 10. She was 56. She is survived by her dog, Maddie, Fran Glowinski, O.S.F., Patrick Larvie, Colleen Beck, Priscilla Mazur, Martha Zuehlke, Larry Lundberg, Judy Gilliland, Ann Rendall, Kim Hunt, Mary DeBacker, Barbara Marian and Jerry Powers, Mary and Jay Fox, Susie Kallies, Jetta ...


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PASSAGES Gregory Allan De Leon - Gregory Allan De Leon, R.N., M.S.N, nurse practitioner; of Chicago; fought for social justice as a Freedom Rider in the 1960's and as an AIDS and gay rights activist; founder of the first 4A group ( Alcoholics Anonymous AIDS Awareness ), co-founder of Howard Brown's first offsite HIV clinic, Former Head of Programs and board member at TPA Network. Survived ...


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PASSAGES Feminist writer, activist Jeanne Cordova dies - Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne Cordova passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 67. According to Frontiers Media, Cordova died peacefully at her Los Angeles home in the early hours of the morning. Her spouse Lynn Ballen and friends were at her side. "I have always been fascinated by how a noisy swelling called ...


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PASSAGES David Bowie dies at 69 - Superstar British singer/songwriter David Bowie has died at age 69 after a sustained battle with cancer. Bowie was active until the end, releasing his final album, Blackstar, on Jan. 8—his birthday. Born David Robert Jones in London, Bowie was part of the music scene for almost 50 years. He first found success with "Space Oddity" in 1969 and became a ...


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PASSAGES Developer Jay Michael dies of cancer - Jay Michael—a gay developer who was part of the Chicago-based reality show 100 Days of Summer—died recently 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. Michael was a controversial figure for some. ...


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Local passages in 2015 - Laurie Benz, an out lesbian and feminist singer-songwriter, among other roles in the music industry, passed away peacefully in the Chicago area on Jan. 4 after a long struggle from a debilitating stroke. She was 57. Richard Johnson, 69, a retired City of Chicago employee and pharmacist, died Jan. 6 after a long struggle with emphysema. Christine Johnson, a former ...


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Looking back: National passages - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Tim Campbell: Gay-rights activist Campbell died Dec. 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, from esophageal cancer. Campbell was perhaps best known as the publisher of the GLC Voice newspaper in Minneapolis, which came out from 1979 through 1992. —Dr. Robert Spitzer: Spitzer—who gave psychiatry its first set of rigorous standards to describe mental disorders—died at 83. ...


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Minneapolis gay publisher Tim Campbell dies - Gay rights activist Tim Campbell died Dec. 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, from esophageal cancer. Campbell was perhaps best known as the publisher of the GLC Voice newspaper in Minneapolis, which came out from 1979 through 1992. During that period he was the go to person in Minneapolis for the media whenever they needed a ...


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National: DADT repeal; Tim Cook; Kim Davis; gay Catholics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Obama commemorated the fifth anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," writing in a Facebook note that the anniversary was an opportunity to reflect on the capacity for change in the United States, The Huffington Post reported. "Today, Americans can serve the country they love no matter who they love, and openly gay, lesbian and bisexual men ...


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Robert Spitzer dead at 83: Helped change psychiatry's view of homosexuality - Homosexuals in America were "cured" in 1973 when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) voted to remove homosexuality from their list of mental illnesses. Robert L. Spitzer played a key part in achieving that goal and in subsequent revisions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which defined all mental illnesses. The young psychiatrist was drawn into the ...


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PASSAGES Bradford H. "Brad" Stark - From Cremation Society of Illinois - Bradford H. "Brad" Stark passed away December 14, 2015, in Desert Hot Springs, California, after battling a long illness. Brad was born in Racine, Wisconsin Robert H. and Nancy L. Stark. He was educated in Racine public schools, graduating from J.I. Case High School in 1970. Seeking to enjoy the full range of experiences that higher education had to offer ...


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LGBT advocate George Zander, victim of attack, dies - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign responded to the tragic news of the passing of legendary LGBT advocate George Zander. "I was deeply saddened to learn of George Zander's passing today," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "George was an incredible leader who used his passion, energy, and innumerable talents to fight for equality and justice for all. He devoted ...


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Gregory Cooper dies - Gregory Cooper, 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is survived by his mother, Josephine Cooper, of Indiana. Gregory dedicated his life to the arts and animals of the city of Chicago and will be so dearly missed by friends and family alike. To honor Gregory's legacy, the family asks that ...


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PASSAGES Barbara J.'BeeJay' Hollowell - Barbara J. "BeeJay" Hollowell, 72, passed away Nov. 24 at her home in Franklin Park—with her life partner of 34 years, Kea M. "Kookie" Kelly, and dear friend Patti King at her side—after a three-and-a-half year battle with cancer. A celebration of her life will be held in the coming weeks. BeeJay was born April 17, 1943. She came to ...


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Memorial for Jon Phillips - A memorial celebration of the live of Jon Phillips will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. at 1900 S. Prairie Avenue. Phillips, 93, passed away Oct. 27 after a long battle with multiple illnesses. Phillips served in the Navy and became a medic in 1942, later serving in the Marine Corps. He served as a division psychiatrist in combat ...


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PASSAGES Matthew David Snyder dies - Matthew David Snyder, a diehard sports fan who played about 12 years of softball in the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) and had a passion for Creighton University athletics and the Houston Astros, died suddenly after a brain aneurysm on Dec. 1. He was 46. Known as Matt, he was married in 2014 to Patrick White; the two ...


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PASSAGES Rev. Rodney E. Reinhart - Rev. Rodney E. Reinhart—who ministered to, among others, people with HIV/AIDS—died in early November. He was 66, according to KruegerFuneral.com. Reinhart held a degree in English and secondary education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He studied theology and church history at Colgate Rochester, Bexley Hall-Crozer, the seminary consortium in Rochester, New York. After graduating with a Master's of Divinity ...


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PASSAGES Robert E. Rymer - Robert Rymer, a Tennessee native who brought his Southern charm to raise countless dollars for a variety of causes across the country, died Nov. 13 in the Key West home he loved, with his partner of 37 years, John Teets, by his side. He had been in treatment for bone marrow cancer since April, but complications finally took his life ...


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PASSAGES Franklyn Roger Margason, 81, dies - Franklyn Roger Margason, 81, "Roger", of Lakeview, formerly of Los Angeles, author and former editor in the gay press, died Nov. 1, 2015 after a brief illness. After serving in the U.S. Navy and graduating from Northern Illinois University, Roger enjoyed a long career working in the gay press where he served as editor of "Inches" magazine and worked for ...


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PASSAGES Jon Phillips dies - Jon Phillips, 93, passed away Oct. 27 after a long battle with multiple illnesses. Phillips was born on Christmas Eve 1921 and graduated from Streator Township High School in Streator, Illinois. Phillips served in the Navy and became a medic in 1942, later serving in the Marine Corps. He served as a division psychiatrist in combat areas and later worked ...


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PASSAGES Edward Anson Kamin - Edward Anson Kamin Beloved son of the late Bernard and the late Cele Kamin. Dear brother of the late Nancy ( Richard ) Sweet. Loving cousin of Joan Siewert, Neesa Sweet, Lynn Sweet, Carolyn Emold, Janet Shafton and Richard Sweet. Fond uncle of Leeann Gray. Best friend of Michelle Maxwell. Retired staff engineer at Ameritech. A Skokie native, Ed was ...


PASSAGES-Bunky-Cushing-passes-away

PASSAGES Bunky Cushing passes away - Payson McDonnell "Bunky" Cushing, a hard-working Ralph Lauren sales associate who was a staple in Chicago social circles, passed away Oct. 13, shortly after a triple-bypass surgery. He was 65. Cushing, a Michigan native, rarely spoke of his background, but had told friends that he was among the poor relations of a wealthy family. He worked as an associate at ...


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Upcoming: Uyvari memorial; HBHC's Halloween; youth homelessness talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Uyvari memorial Nov. 1 at Center A memorial service for Dick Uyvari will take place Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Uyvari was 71 and preceded in death by his longtime partner Joe LaPat, who died in 2008. Uyvari, a longtime participant and supporter of Chicago's LGBT and AIDS organizations, was a critical part ...


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PASSAGES Gregory Maire - By Michael Horvath - Michael Horvich and Gregory Maire have lived and loved together in a committed, same sex relationship for the last 40+ years. Sunday at 12 noon, Gregory Maire, diagnosed with young onset dementia/Alzheimer's and who had been living at the Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation on the special memory care unit for the last 18 months, passed on to his ...


PASSAGES-Former-TPAN-counselor-Sir-Bear-Abbott-dies

PASSAGES Former TPAN counselor Sir Bear Abbott dies - Sir Bear Abbott, 54, died Oct. 1 of a sudden heart attack at his home in Louisville, Kentucky. Lori Cannon, longtime community HIV/AIDS activist and co-founder of Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care of Heartland Health Outreach, relayed Abbott's death to Windy City Times. Abbott was born Oct. 25, 1960, in eastern Texas and lived in Dallas for most of ...


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PASSAGES Honey Lee Cottrell - Honey Lee Cottrell ( 1946-2015 )Honey Lee Cottrell, a visionary photographer and filmmaker who pioneered lesbian erotica in the 1980s through her contributions to the women's erotica magazine On Our Backs, died on Monday, Sept. 21, in Santa Cruz, California. The cause was pancreatic cancer. She was 69 years old. Cottrell revolutionized the female nude, validated women's right to pleasure, ...


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DignityUSA mourns John J. McNeill seminal figure in LGBT Catholic movement - From a DignityUSA press release - Boston, September 23, 2015 — DignityUSA mourns the passing of John J. McNeill, a seminal figure in the history of the 46-year-old organization of LGBT Catholics and allies, as well as the broader LGBT civil rights movement. McNeill died on the evening of September 22 at the age of 90 in hospice care in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the presence ...


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PASSAGES Retired attorney MaryLu Hahn dies - MaryLu Hahn, 66, retired attorney and wife of Berwyn Ald. ( 3rd Ward ) Margaret "Marge" Paul, died Sept. 16 following a four-year battle with breast cancer. Former Oak Park Village Trustee Ray Johnson relayed Hahn's death to Windy City Times. She was born Aug. 15, 1949, in Chicago and grew up in Westchester, Illinois. Hahn graduated from Loyola University ...


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Remembering Dick Uyvari - [UPDATE: A memorial service will be held for Dick Uyvari on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Center on Halsted. Reception 10 a.m. ] Friends and colleagues of Dick Uyvari, a longtime Chicago resident who impacted the worldwide LGBT community, particularly through bowling and his support of the quadrennial Gay Games, remember his contributions after his sudden death ...


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PASSAGES Chicago athlete, philanthropist Dick Uyvari dies - [UPDATE: A memorial service will be held for Dick Uyvari on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Center on Halsted.] Richard M. "Dick" Uyvari, a longtime participant and supporter of Chicago's LGBT and AIDS organizations, died Sept. 2. He was 71 and preceded in death by his longtime partner Joe LaPat, who died in 2008. Uyvari was a ...


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Writer Oliver Sacks dies at age 82 - Writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks died Aug. 30 at his Manhattan home at age 82. Sacks died at his home in Greenwich Village with longtime collaborator Kate Edgar and his own partner, Bill Hayes, at his side, CNN noted. Sacks was diagnosed with ocular melanoma almost a decade ago, and treating the cancer left him blind in one eye; however, ...


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PASSAGES Roscoe's staffer Sara Sullivan dies - Sara Sullivan, 52, Roscoe's volunteer staff leader and life-long Chicago resident, died Aug. 15 following a 27-year battle with Lupus. Kevin Putz relayed Sullivan's death to Windy City Times. Sullivan was active within the LGBT community for 20 years as a straight ally. She was born May 21, 1963 in Chicago and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. Her father ...


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PASSAGES Roscoe's staffer Sara Sullivan dies - Sara Sullivan, 52, Roscoe's volunteer staff leader and life-long Chicago resident, died Aug. 15 following a 27-year battle with Lupus. Kevin Putz relayed Sullivan's death to Windy City Times. Sullivan was active within the LGBT community for 20 years as a straight ally. She was born May 21, 1963 in Chicago and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. Her father ...


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PASSAGES Mark Palermo - Mark Alan Palermo, a retired high school teacher and prominent member of the Presbyterian Church supporting the LGBT community, passed away Aug. 10 after a heart attack at his Chicago home. He was 62. Palermo taught at Carver High School from 1974-80, then at Senn High School from 1980-94 as an ESL teacher. From 1994 until retiring in 2008, he ...


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PASSAGES Civil-rights icon Julian Bond dies - Julian Bond—a giant in the civil-rights movement who once headed the NAACP—has died at age 75 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a brief illness. While attending Morehouse College, Bond became one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s. Later, he also became a writer, educator, legislator and television commentator, among other things. In ...


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PASSAGES Joel B. Carothers dies - Joel B. Carothers, a former Chicago resident known to her friends as Joie, passed away Aug. 7 at a hospice unit in Albuquerque, N.M. after a long battle with several different illnesses and complications arising after heart valve surgery, with her longtime partner Kate Winner by her side. She was 74. Carothers, who had been retired for about 10 years, ...


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PASSAGES Carlyle J. Jajko, 83 - Carlyle J. Jajko, "Carl", 83, of Lakeview, passed away peacefully August 10, 2015. Beloved life partner of 51 years to John J. Manzella, faithful companion of Kukla Chang and many other shih tzus. Son of the late John Jajko and Wanda Yaros Raush ( a spitfire and showgirl whose burlesque stage name was "Shebo" ). After attending McDaniels Beauty School ...


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PASSAGES Earl McDonald - Earl McDonald, 80, of Chicago and Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away suddenly on July 31. He was a former member of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, a group he loved, and a founding member of the NewTown Writers. He was a member of the Chicago Prime Timers and SAGE. He was known for his fine tenor voice and the parties he ...


PASSAGES-Yoshi-Katsumura

PASSAGES Yoshi Katsumura - Yoshi Katsumura—the legendary and longtime chef-proprietor of Yoshi's Cafe, located in the heart of Chicago's Boystown neighborhood—passed away Aug. 2 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. He was 65. "He was an amazing chef. I've been going to Yoshi's for 20 years and can honestly say that I never had a bad meal," said Stu ...


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William B. Kelley remembered - About 100 people attended a memorial service for William B. Kelley, a longtime gay activist and attorney who died May 17. His surviving partner, Chen Ooi, and members of Kelley's family, were part of the tribute, held Aug. 1 at the Center on Halsted. Speakers included Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans, who was an alderman in the City Council ...


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PASSAGES Bill Kelley memorial Aug. 1 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A memorial will be held for longtime Chicago-based gay activist and attorney William B. Kelley on Saturday, Aug. 1. A reception will start at 10 a.m., and the program at 11 a.m. The memorial will be at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Kelley, 72, who in 2015 was marking 50 years as a gay activist, passed away ...


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Former lawmaker dies in accident - Former state representative and Cook County CFO Henry Woods "Woody" Bowman was killed in an auto accident July 10 in Southwest Michigan. Bowman's wife, Michele Thompson, sustained injuries in the accident. Bowman served in the state House, representing Evanston during 1977-1990 and was a member of the House Appropriations Committee for seven years. He was chief financial officer for Cook ...


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PASSAGES Tania Nichole Dunbar, a founding member of SPARTA, dies - Tania Nichole Dunbar, one of the founding members of SPARTA, died over the weekend at a North Carolina beach campground, according to the Advocate and other sources. The death came from an accidental fall in which she hit her head, according to the reports. Dunbar recently completed a deployment in Kuwait and had come back for duty at Fort Bragg, ...


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


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PASSAGES Terry Readdus, 1948-2015 - Obituary - Terry was an original gender rebel, a description he adored. An only child, he came from 2 generations of Marines! Needless to say, he broke that link. From an early age, he was interested in fashion, the haute couture kind. He got a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago in fashion design but dropped out after a semester because ...


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Memorial planned for Chicago Dramatists' Russ Tutterow - ( Chicago, IL ) The Goodman hosts "An Evening of Sharing" honoring the life and legacy of Russ Tutterow ( 1946-2015 ), Chicago Dramatists' Emeritus Artistic Director whose commitment to developing plays and playwrights for the American theater spanned three decades and hundreds of artists. Industry professionals, friends and admirers of Tutterow are invited to share their thoughts, memories and ...


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


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


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Activist Goodman passes away - Roger Goodman, M.Mus., M.Div., died June 19. He was 69. Roger was born in New York City in 1946. He was the son of Florence and Gerald Goodman. Roger attended Oberlin College and Trinity College of Music in London for his undergraduate degree (B.Mus) and attended Northwestern University for his M.Mus. He earned the M.Div., specializing in queer theology of ...


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


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


PASSAGES-Omar-Alberto-Valencia-Hernandez-dies

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


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


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


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


PASSAGES-James-Murphy-dies

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


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


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


PASSAGES-Author-Nikki-Rashan-dies

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


PASSAGES-Carl-Sharp

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


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


Longtime-political-activist-Jean-Hardisty-dies

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







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