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PASSAGES South Asian LGBTQ community organizer Deepa Patel dies - Original Trikone Chicago board member Deepa Patel, 31, died March 9 at Loyola Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. Patel, who identified as a lesbian, was the first woman to be elected to the queer South Asian-focused Trikone board. During her time with the organization; Patel started many initiatives including "Ladies Night," keeping the Jai Ho Parties going, having ...


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PASSAGES Sharon Avalon O'Flynn dies - Sharon Avalon O'Flynn, 75; longtime Lakeview resident, native of Copiague, Long Island, New York; retired airline sales rep, passed away peacefully April 17, 2018. An amateur vocalist and vivacious redhead, Sharon is remembered for her Irish sense of humor, and storytelling. Daughter of the late Bernard J. O'Flynn and Yvonne Jewett O'Flynn, sister of James Stevenson and the late Maureen ...


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Barbara Bush dies at 92 - Barbara Bush—who was only the second woman in history (besides Abigail Adams) to be the wife of one president (George H.W. Bush) and mother to another (George W. Bush)—died April 17. She was 92. She had been hospitalized several times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Her death came only two days after her family announced ...


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PASSAGES Poet J.D. McClatchy passes away at 72 - J.D. "Sandy" McClatchy, the acclaimed poet at literary critic, died April 10 at his home in Manhattan following a long battle with cancer. He was 72. McClatchy was the author of eight highly praised volumes of poetry, including Hazmat, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent, Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2014. ...


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PASSAGES Pioneering LGBTQ advocate Donna Red Wing dies, organizations respond - From press releases - From One Iowa: [Des Moines]—Donna Red Wing passed away on Monday, April 16 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Red Wing served as executive director of One Iowa from 2012-2016, expanding the organization's work into new arenas after the battle for marriage equality ended. "Donna was a force to be reckoned with and will be greatly missed by individuals ...


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Former Lambda attorney kills self over environment - Well-known Lambda Legal attorney David Buckel was found dead in a public park in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday, having apparently taken his own life in protest over the use of fossil fuels. Buckel was on the staff of Lambda Legal, the national LGBT legal defense and education group, for more than a dozen years. For several of those years, he ...


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PASSAGES Daniel Joseph Howard - Daniel Joseph Howard, 53, born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, grew up in Detroit, and lived the last 18 years in Chicago, passed away Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Chicago. Beloved son of the late Francis John "Jack" Howard and Suzanne Hergenroether Howard. Loving brother of John ( Laura ) Howard, Cynthia ( Scott ) Paradise, David ( Susan ) ...


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PASSAGES South Side Help Center founder Betty L. Smith - South Side Help Center ( SSHC ) founder Betty L. Smith, 76, died March 6 at home from Alzheimer's disease complications and a long illness. Smith was born Feb. 5, 1942, in Sandhill, Mississippi and at her parent's urging attended the renowned all-Black boarding school Piney Wood's Junior College. Upon graduation, Smith moved to Chicago, where she got a respiratory ...


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Fatal crash involves lesbian moms, several kids - In California, a fatal crash left several members of a family headed by lesbian mothers dead when the family SUV veered off a cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway. At least five members died, with authorities searching for three others. Among one of those three is 15-year-old Devonte Hart, whose photo crying into the arms of a police officer during ...


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Civil-rights figure Linda Brown dies at 76 - Linda Brown—whose name became known because of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that abolished school segregation—has died at age 76. Because of segregation in her Topeka, Kansas, school district, Brown whad to travel by foot and by bus to a school far fron home. After her father and other Black families unsuccessfully tried to ...


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PASSAGES Varoujan A. Ketenjian - Varoujan "Var" Ketenjian, 56, of Barrington, passed away unexpectedly on March 9. He was 56. He was born Oct. 21, 1961 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was a graduate of Barrington High School and earned a BS degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Var owned a dog-grooming business in Barrington, and for the past eight years ...


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PASSAGES Miriam Hoover, philanthropist, dies - After a life well lived for 104 years, Miriam U. Hoover passed away at her home in Palm Springs March 6. Miriam, the aunt of Chicago LGBT activist and philanthropist Michael Leppen, followed her nephew's guidance on her support of HIV/AIDS and LGBT causes for decades. Miriam was born in Humboldt, Michigan Nov. 1, 1913, the daughter of Justina and ...


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PASSAGES George Malcolm Mariner dies - George Malcolm Mariner, attorney, longtime of Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, passed away gently at home February 25, 2018. Native of Oelwein, Iowa, George earned his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Iowa before working for the Iowa Commerce Commission, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, and People's Gas. Beloved husband and partner of 44 years to Michael William ...


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PASSAGES Joseph Stack - Joseph Thomas ( "Joey" ) Stack, "Joey"—a visual artist and award-winning architect who lived in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood—passed away peacefully on Feb. 11. He was 54. After attending Catholic University and interning at the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Joseph worked at Brennan Beer Gorman Monk; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. ...


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Anti-gay pastor Billy Graham dead at 99 - The Rev. Billy Graham—an author, presidential advisor ( who met every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama ) and famed evangelist who became known as "America's Pastor"—died at his North Carolina home on Feb. 21 at age 99. Graham was known for his televised "crusades," which filled stadiums—but he was also known for being anti-LGBT. Advocate.com noted that while ...


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PASSAGES "Joey" Joseph Thomas Stack, artist and architect, dies - Joseph Thomas Stack, "Joey", 54, visual artist and award-winning architect, of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2018. After attending Catholic University and interning at the Architect of the Capitol in Washington D.C., Joseph worked at Brennan Beer Gorman Monk , the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Court System. He also redesigned the ...


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PASSAGES Community activist Elpidia Valles, mother of Center CEO, remembered - Elpidia Casillas Gomez Valles—mother of Center on Halsted CEO Modesto Tico Valle—died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 16. She was 78. A pillar in the community, Valles was a machine operator/punch press operator for many years but spent most of her free time feeding and clothing people experiencing homelessness in Old Town—many of whom were living under the North ...


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PASSAGES Dr. Kathryn Noel Farrow dies - Dr. Kathryn Noel Farrow, 46, physician, scientist, wife, mother, and mentor, died peacefully on Feb. 7, 2018, following a three year battle with cancer. After growing up in North Carolina, Kathy studied chemistry at The Colorado College. She received her MD and PhD degrees at the University of Colorado, Denver, during which time she met Rachel Hegarty, her future wife. ...


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PASSAGES Elizabeth E. Owen - Elizabeth E. Owen, passed away peacefully Jan. 27 at home in Chicago. She was 43. She was born June 20, 1974 in McHenry, Illinois, to Edwin "Ted" Thompson and Barbara ( Rein ) Kimble. She received her associates degree from McHenry Community College, with continued education at College of DuPage. Owen is survived by husband Blair Towne, loving mother, aunts ...


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PASSAGES Actor John Mahoney dies at 77 - Actor John Mahoney—a longtime Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member and someone known to millions for playing the title character's father on the NBC television sitcom Frasier—died Feb. 4 of cancer at age 77, multiple outlets have reported. Mahoney, who long lived in Oak Park, was born to British parents and grew up in England. He first visited Illinois in the 1950s, ...


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PASSAGES Adrien Iris Pikovsky dies - Adrien ( "A" ) Iris Pikovsky was born Oct. 14, 1942, to Lee and Barney Pikovsky. Growing up on Chicago's West Side, she suffered from myriad health issues from the time she was a young child. Although these health issues and others plagued her throughout adulthood, she maintained a sunny disposition, a remarkable sense of humor, and a love of ...


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PASSAGES Darlene Cross has died - Darlene Lorraine Cross ( also known as Red ) was born to Louise and Richard Lee Cross Jan. 18, 1959 in Chicago. On Jan. 17, 2018 she peacefully departed this life with her beloved pet Tennille by her side and her Unity Family Care Team. Cross attended Chicago Vocational High School ( CVS ) on the South Side of Chicago ...


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PASSAGES Jackie Anderson memorial Jan. 28 - The memorial for long-time Chicago civil-rights activist and lesbian pioneer Jackie Anderson will be Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, 2:30-4:30 p.m. The service will be first-come, first-serve due to limited capacity of seating. There will be a post-event at Jeffrey Pub until 8 p.m. that day. Anderson died ...


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PASSAGES Pioneering gay comic Bob Smith dies - Bob Smith—the first openly gay comedian to appear on the Tonight Show—has died after a long struggle with ALS, according to Deadline.com. He was 57. Smith's partner, Michael Zam, confirmed the death on Facebook. Zam posted, "It's with great sadness, but also a lifetime of happy memories that I'm writing to share that my beloved Bob Smith passed away this ...


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PASSAGES Mathilde Krim, pioneer in fight against HIV/AIDS, dies at 91 - Dr. Mathilde Krim, a pioneer in the battle against HIV/AIDS, passed away Jan. 15 at age 91, according to NewNowNext.com . The cause of death is currently unknown. In 1983, Krim founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organization dedicated to AIDS research. In 1985, AMF merged with a like-minded California-based group to form the American Foundation for ...


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PASSAGES Therese Curran dies - Therese Curran passed away Jan. 8 unexpectedly from a tragic fall. She was born in Newry, Northern Ireland on July 4, 1966 to Dan and Nuala. Curran is survived by her beloved wife, Sharon Mylrea, together 14 years and married in 2014; her loving siblings Maeve (Eugene) Gallagher, the late Danny (Barbara) Curran, Michael (Roberta) Curran, Rosemary (Frank) Mooney, John ...


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PASSAGES Art teacher/advocate Patrick Rand dies - Patrick Charles Rand Jr., 54, died Dec. 25. The cause of death is unknown. At the time of his death, Rand was an art teacher at Tilden High School. He previously taught art in Chicago at Pickard Elementary School, Agassiz for Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School, William F. Finkl Academy, John Smith Elementary, Willa Cather and Leif Ericson Schools and ...


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PASSAGES Activist, professor Jackie Anderson dies - Chicago lesbian pioneer and civil-rights activist Jackie Anderson died after a short illness on Jan. 7, surrounded by family and friends. She was 75. Anderson is survived by her daughter Tracey Anderson and her grandson Torrence "Doc" Gardner. The family requests privacy at this time. Born in Chicago, Anderson graduated from Roosevelt University and retired from a long career as ...


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PASSAGES Notable deaths nationally in 2017 - —Bishop Eddie Long: Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, died at age 63. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality. However, in 2010, he also settled a lawsuit filed by four young men who said he pressured them into sexual relationships; terms of the settlement were never ...


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PASSAGES Gerald Eisel - Gerald Lester Eisel, an architect, passed away Dec. 23, 2017, peacefully at home. He was 75. He was the beloved husband/partner of 36 years to James Kevin Custard; and the dear brother of Marilyn Harris, Dan ( Donna ) Eisel, Greg ( the late Barbara ) Eisel and Kathy ( Chuck ) Marshall. Gerald was also a loving uncle, cousin ...


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PASSAGES Local LGBT passages in 2017 - Chicagoan Richard W. Burke died peacefully at his home on Jan. 17 from complications due to multiple system atrophy. He was 66. Olga "Augie" Flanigan, of Augie & C.K.'s Bar, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 5. The bar, an important part of lesbian life for years, was located at 3726 N. Broadway. Yvonne Hudson, a co-founder in 1965 of the Black ...


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Disgraced figure Cardinal Law dies; people react - Cardinal Bernard Law—the former archbishop of Boston whose failure to stop priests from molesting children led to the worst crisis in U.S. Catholicism—died Dec. 20 in Rome, where he was archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. He was 86. The pope said nothing about Law's death during his weekly general audience; also, in a condolence letter, he made ...


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PASSAGES World War II veteran Ed Zasadil - Edward Thomas Zasadil was born on Halloween, 1924, to Edward Timothy and Mabel Johanna Zasadil. Ed was the proud grandson of immigrants. His paternal grandparents came from what was then Bohemia and is now the Czech Republic. His maternal grandparents, the Engeldahls, came from Sweden. When Ed was age 5, he had scarlet fever and diphtheria and nearly died. He ...


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PASSAGES: Community leader and retired business owner Martin Enright dies - Martin "Marty" Enright, 85, died Nov. 29 of pancreatic cancer. At the time of his death, he was living in Tallahassee, Florida with his long-time ( since 1975 ) husband George Brophy. They were married on Jan. 6, 2015—the day Florida legalized same-sex marriages. Their wedding was featured in the local paper, Tallahassee Democrat and a number of other media ...


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PASSAGES Jim Nabors dies at 87 - Jim Nabors—best known to many as the lovable television character Gomer Pyle—died Nov. 30 in Hawaii. He was 87. Deadline noted that Nabors' husband, Stan Cadwallader, confirmed the death to the Associated Press. Nabors reportedly had been in declining health following a liver transplant that took place two decades ago. Nabors, born in 1930 in Alabama, debuted Pyle's character in ...


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In Remembrance: Kelsey Murphy Miles - Kelsey Murphy Miles, cherished daughter of Kay Miles and Deb Murphy, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, where she had resided for the past five years. She was 26. Kelsey and her moms were part of a precedent-setting case in Illinois adoption history. In 1995, the family, joined by another family, helped win the right of unmarried ...


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PASSAGES Local lesbian businesswoman Donalou Hendon dies - Donalou Hendon, 46, died Nov. 10 and at the time of this publication, the cause of death is unknown. Hendon was the co-owner of Forest View Lounge Bar and Grill in Forest View, Illinois with her life partner of 16 years, Marge Bellisario. Hendon was born May 2, 1971 in Berwyn, Illinois and spent her childhood in Winfield, Illinois. She ...


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PASSAGES Longtime gossip writer Liz Smith dies - Longtime gossip columnist Liz Smith, who started her column at the New York Daily News more than four decades ago, has died at age 94. Known as the "the Grand Dame of Dish," Smith's work included a chronicle of Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, which made front-page news. Her column began with the Daily News in 1976, and continued with ...


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PASSAGES John Paul De Cecco, pioneer of sexuality studies, dies at 92 - From San Francisco State University - John Paul De Cecco, a professor emeritus at San Francisco State University and longtime scholar in the field of human sexuality, died at his home on November 2 at age 92. John Paul De Cecco A prodigious academic, De Cecco served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Homosexuality, a landmark international peer-reviewed scholarly journal, from 1975 until 2009. De ...


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PASSAGES North End manager George Nichols - Longtime North End manager and bartender George Nichols, who passed away Sept. 12, was remembered by friends and loved ones as someone who could put people at ease and had "the gift of gab," said Nichols' partner, William Schorie. "He just liked entertaining people," recalled Schorie. "You come to a bar and you want to forget your troubles. ... George ...


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PASSAGES: Author and editor Darlene R. Stille dies - Darlene R. Stille, 75, died Oct. 28 of colon cancer. At the time of her death, Stille was living in New Buffalo, Michigan with her partner of 40 years Cynthia Marquard. The couple lived together in Chicago for many years and were instrumental parts of the LGBTQ business, philanthropic and advocacy communities. Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt University ...


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PASSAGES Event planner Scott Reichelsdorf - Scott Reichelsdorf died Oct. 24 from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD ). He was 57. Windy City Times was notified of his death via a Facebook posting. At the time of his death, Reichelsdorf was the event planner at J&L Catering, where he produced galas and events such as the Lincoln Park Zoo Ball, Northwestern University's Center for Wrongful ...


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Local personality Danny Morales/Aqua Netta dies - Danny Morales, 51, died Oct. 12 of heart failure. Windy City Times was notified of his death via Facebook postings. At the time of his death, Morales was in an 17-month relationship with Executive Assistant/House Manager Rick Calmelat. They lived together in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Morales was born May 14, 1966 in Chicago and graduated from North Park High ...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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