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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 ...


Former-Chicagoan-Bob-Rybicki-dies-

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." ...


PASSAGES-Community-figure-Gene-Davis-dies-

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 ...


PASSAGES-Writer-Michelle-Cliff-dies

PASSAGES Writer Michelle Cliff dies - Michelle Cliff—a Jamaican-American writer/activist/professor who was the widow of Adrienne Rich—died of liver failure June 12 at age 69. Cliff was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Kingston, Jamaica. Her parents emigrated to New York soon after her birth, but the Cliffs returned to Jamaica while she was still a toddler. They eventually returned to New York when Cliff was a ...


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PASSAGES Photographer/author Mark Thompson dies - Photographer/author Mark Thompson recently died at his home in Palm Springs, California. He was 63. The Riverside County Coroner's office has said an investigation into the cause of death is pending, with a toxicology report expected in a few weeks. Thompson was a former senior editor at The Advocate, and edited a book on the publication's history called Long Road ...


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PASSAGES Michael John Leahy dies - Michael John Leahy, 48, died July 27, 2016 at Weiss Memorial Hospital. His friends will celebrate his life with a memorial Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m. at Unity Church, 1925 W. Thome Ave. Leahy worked in manufacturer sales representing several plumbing faucet companies across the globe. He was involved in the Chicago AIDS Ride, TPAN and Chicago House. Local business ...


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PASSAGES Psychic Ms. Cleo dies at age 53 - Youree Harris, aka famed psychic Ms. Cleo, has died at age 53 from cancer. Harris, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, died in Palm Beach County, Florida. A rep for Harris did not state what kind of cancer she suffered from, but did say that she was a "pillar of strength" during her illness. The Advocate, in 2006, ...


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PASSAGES: Out model and designer Mel Platzke dies - Melvin "Mel" Platzke III, 48, died July 29 at the home of Kip Helverson and Trey Gonzales with Helverson by his side. At the time of this publication, the cause of death is unknown. Windy City Times was made aware of his death via a Facebook posting. Platzke, who most recently split his time between Chicago and Miami, was a ...


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Longtime activist Vernon Huls dies - Vernon Huls, 67, a longtime Chicago-area LGBTQ activist and accountant, died July 21 at Northwestern Hospital of heart failure. Lori Cannon—herself a longtime community HIV/AIDS activist and founder of Open Hand Chicago ( now a division of the Heartland Health Outreach )—relayed Huls' death to Windy City Times. At the time of his death, Huls was a resident of Town ...


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Michigan activist Montgomery dies - Michigan LGBTQ-rights activist Jeffrey Montgomery, the founding executive director of the Triangle Foundation, died July 18 at age 63, The Metro Times reported. In 1991, Montgomery, Henry D. Messer and John Monahan co-founded the foundation, which later merged with Michigan Equality to become Equality Michigan. Montgomery was spurred to form the foundation by the fatal shooting of his boyfriend, Michael, ...


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Skokie's Illinois Holocaust museum to hold Wiesel tribute - Skokie's Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center plans to host a special commemorative event in memory of Elie Wiesel, who was an Auschwitz and Buchenwald survivor, author, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize Winner. The event will take place Thursday, July 14, 6:30— 7:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Wiesel died recently at age 87. Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace ...


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PASSAGES: Police watchdog and LGBT ally Mary Powers dies - Mary Powers nee Downey, 93, long-time activist and LGBT ally, died June 25 at Evanston Hospital following a short illness. Powers was born Sept. 10, 1922 and spent her early years in East Lansing and Flint, Michigan. She attended Marygrove College—a private, Catholic, women's college—but graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in sociology. She worked at the ...


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PASSAGES Marti 'Martha' Rust - Marti "Martha" Rust ( born in 1947 ) of Oregon, Illinois, died peacefully June 21 surrounded by family. Marti was preceded in death by her parents, Darwin Rust and Florence Fifer Bloomer. She is survived by her wife, Judy Thomas; daughters Rosie Thomas, Sophia ( Alex ) Papadopoulos, Kimberly ( Marshall ) Hackbarth and Laura Davis; and grandchildren Giselle, Socrates, ...


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OBITS Richard Lamont Pope - Richard Lamont Pope, a long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois; native of Bear Lake, Utah; retired editor at Encyclopedia Britannica; and former English professor at Brigham Young University ( BYU ) and Wayne State University ( WSU ); passed away peacefully May 28. He was 85. Pope was preceded in death by partner of 52 years, Richard Weisenseel, and was the ...


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Richard Lamont Pope, 85, dies - Richard Lamont Pope, 85, long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois; native of Bear Lake, Utah; retired editor at Encyclopedia Britannica; and former English professor at Brigham Young University ( BYU ) and Wayne State University ( WSU ); passed away peacefully May 28, 2016. Preceded in death by partner of 52 years, Richard Weisenseel; loving father of Alan Lamont Pope; grandfather ...


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Passages: Activist Adrienne Goodman passes away - Adrienne J. Goodman, who was inducted as a friend of the community into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1994 ( it is now called the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame ), passed away April 25 from natural causes. She was 67 and a Lake View resident. A Chicago native, Goodman was active in Democratic politics and ...


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BENT NIGHTS Prince, June 7,1958 - April 21, 2016 - "My name is Prince and I am funky... My name is Prince, the one and only..." By the time Prince sang those lyrics in 1992, it was a fact and he was not just boasting. As vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, quasi-movie star and shameless Svengali, Prince Rogers Nelson ascended from relative obscurity in such a short period ( 1980-1986 ) with ...


Rev-John-Jenkins-dies

Rev. John Jenkins dies - Rev. John Wesley Jenkins, 73, a resident of Bethany Retirement Community in Chicago, died on Thursday morning, April 21, 2016, at Methodist Home. He had been challenged with Parkinson's Disease for 37 years. The son of the Reverend Farrell and Bonita Jenkins, John Wesley was born in Salem, IL, and graduated from Waukegan H.S., Taylor University in Upland, IN, and ...


A-love-story-that-was-48-years-strong

A love story that was 48 years strong - A love story before the technology age, Gregorio Alvarado Schafler met the love of his life, the Rev. Canon Miller M. Cragon Jr., at a dinner party in 1967. They were together for 48 years until Cragon passed away in March 2016. Alvarado Schafler recently shared the story with Windy City Times with such great detail—as if it was something ...


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Dining news: Ema opening, Chicago Chef Week, famed chef dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' Founder Rich Melman and Executive Vice President/Partner Marc Jacobs are teaming with Chef/Partner CJ Jacobson to open the Mediterranean-style restaurant Ema ( pronounced "ee-ma" ) this summer at 74 W. Illinois St. for lunch and dinner. ( Jacobson starred on Bravo's Top Chef, most recently winning Top Chef Duels in 2014. ) Expect a lighter, more ...


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PASSAGES L.A. councilman Bill Rosendahl dies - Bill Rosendahl—who was the first gay man to serve on the Los Angeles City Council—died March 30 at age 70 after a battle with cancer. Rosendahl was diagnosed in 2012 with cancer of the ureter; the disease went into remission in 2013, but it reappeared in 2014. The outspoken Rosendahl had long witnessed historical moments. He said he went to ...


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PASSAGES Roger Paul Sportsman - Roger Paul Sportsman passed away Feb. 17. He was 64. He was the father of Elena ( Scott ) Watson, Erin Sportsman and Robert ( Kathy ) Sportsman; grandpa of Olivia, Zachary and Madeline Watson, Hunter and Kennedy Miller, and Kayleigh and Robert Sportsman; stepson to Lois Sportsman; brother of Wayne ( Chris ) Sportsman, Kevin ( Linda ) Sportsman, ...


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PASSAGES Jose Antonio Casco, owner of Antronio's, dies at 59 - Jose Antonio Casco—owner of Antronio's in Berwyn, Illinois—died April 3 from complications following a head injury incurred at home. He was 59. Jerry Nunn, writer and photographer for this publication and others, relayed Casco's death to Windy City Times. Casco was born June 13, 1957, in Puebla City, Mexico. He emigrated here with his parents and siblings when he was ...


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Gay German politician dies - Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay former chair of the Free Democratic Party in Germany, died on March 18 at age 54 of leukemia, according to PinkNews. He had become the country's most senior gay politician when his party joined Angela Merkel's second coalition government. Westerwelle was foreign minister from 2009 until 2013, and was also vice chancellor of Germany from ...


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PASSAGES Temptations owner George Grivas dies - George Grivas, who was the owner of a popular west suburban lesbian bar in the 1990s and 2000s, Temptations, has died, according to a Facebook post from his children. The cause was diabetes. There will be a memorial March 23, 4-9 p.m., Galewood Chapels, 1857 N. Harlem Ave. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m., St. John the ...


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PASSAGES Rev. Canon Miller M. Cragon, Jr, - The Rev. Canon Miller M. Cragon, Jr, 91, died peacefully at his home in Edgewater, Chicago at 1:55 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016. He was born in Ruston, Louisiana, the son of Miller Murray Cragon, Sr. and Lou Willie Bond. He was in preceded in death by his brother William Louis Cragon. Canon Cragon graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans ...


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PASSAGES Floyd Edwin (Butch) Roose dies at 71 - Floyd Edwin "Butch" Roose, 71, born in Toledo, OH to Betty and Floyd Roose; died 20mar16, at home in Chicago, with his spouse Kelly at his side. Butch started High School in Toledo, graduated in Ladysmith, WI, attended Ohio State University, then graduated in 1979 from University of Wisconsin. Butch met Kelly Walkner on December 26, 1997 in Chicago. Kelly ...


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David Roesler, head of Open Door Health Center, dies - The Board of Directors and staff of Open Door Health Center are saddened to report the passing of David Roesler, the organizations executive director. Roesler guided Open Door since 2000, leading it to greater prominence in providing quality programs and services the community relies on to decrease the stigma related to sexual health and wellness and increase opportunities for healthcare ...


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PASSAGES Activist Dr. Quentin Young dies - Dr. Quentin Young, known for his civil-rights activism, passed away March 7 in Berkeley, California, The Chicago Tribune noted. He was 92. Among other achievements, Young participated in one of the historic 1965 Alabama marches from Selma to Montgomery, and co-founded and was national chairman for the Medical Committee for Human Rights. Young had a strong connection to Chicago. He ...


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PASSAGES Sex researcher John Gagnon dies at 84 - John Gagnon—a sociologist who shifted the ground in sex research by proposing that sexual behavior could better be understood by looking at social forces rather than biology or psychology—died Feb. 11 in Palm Springs, California, at age 84, The New York Times reported. His wife said the cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Gagnon began his career as a researcher ...


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PASSAGES Edward A. Hagger - Edward A. Hagger ( Ed ), 59, passed away peacefully at WFHC-All Saints Hospital in Racine, Wisconsin on February 25, 2016. Ed was born in Douglas, Michigan on May 10, 1956. The son of Donald and Beverly Hagger, Ed graduated from Fennville High School ( Fennville, MI ) in 1974. He moved to Chicago, IL in 1976, where he lived ...


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Writer Harper Lee dies at 89 - Nelle Harper Lee—who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book To Kill a Mockingbird—has died at age 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, according to AL.com. On July 11, 1960, "Mockingbird" was published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. with critical and commercial success. Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. Set in ...


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PASSAGES Bisexual activist Farajaje dies - Black bisexual activist Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahmani Farajaje—the provost and professor of cultural studies at the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California—died Feb. 9 at age 63. BiNet USA co-founder Lani Ka'ahumanu said in a statement, "One of our dearest most brilliant, fierce, outspoken, loving, gentle, and fun/ny queer bisexual beings—The Reverend Dr. Ibrahim Farajaje—has passed. "A towering ...


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Conservative Supreme Court justice Scalia dies - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—a conservative cornerstone of the high court—passed away at age 79 on Feb. 13 in Texas. Also see "Scalia dies, fallout begins" at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Scalia-dies-fallout-begins/54266.html . In a statement, Chief Justice John Roberts said he and other justices were "saddened" to hear of Scalia's passing. "He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and ...


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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 ...


PASSAGES-Dr-Marc-Singer-dies

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 ...


PASSAGES-Sheila-Healy

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 ...


PASSAGES-Gregory-Allan-De-Leon

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 ...


PASSAGES-David-Bowie-dies-at-69

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 ...


PASSAGES-Developer-Jay-Michael-dies-of-cancer

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. ...


Local-passages-in-2015

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 ...


Looking-back-National-passages-

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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