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Center-Chief-Program-Officer-addresses-LGBT-suicide-risks-in-current-climate

Center Chief Program Officer addresses LGBT suicide risks in current climate - The United States recently recognized National Suicide Prevention Week, at which time experts noted that recent and continuing events—including those both directly and indirectly affecting the LGBT community—can be taxing to one's mental health. "The stress that the country is going through, and the confusing messages we go through—messages of hate, messages of love—really impact those who are vulnerable and ...


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In the Life, Martin Whalley - Looking at Martin Whalley's life, one of the words that certainly comes to mind is "cosmopolitan." Educated at Britain's University of Bristol ( where he studied biological sciences ), Whalley, a consul, has worked in London, at The Hague in the Netherlands and at the British consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil. ( In addition, he has traveled all over the ...


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GUEST COLUMN Missing Millett: Her role in a coming-out - I never read Sexual Politics. That's the most famous work of Kate Millett, who died earlier this week. This text, feminist scholars say, is one of the first to highlight the role of patriarchy in women's oppression, calling out male writers for their thinly disguised sexism. They call Kate Millett a feminist scholar too, though she primarily just wrote what ...


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Artemis Singers: Deep roots in Chicago's lesbian community - In June 1979, a group of lesbian-feminist women in Chicago came together to form Artemis Singers in order to find fellowship and share their musical talents with a wider audience. The group, credited as the first U.S. lesbian-feminist chorus to label itself as lesbian, is set to begin its 38th season. Currently, the chorus has 35 members. Artemis Singers is ...


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Artemis Singers members reflect on their many years with the chorus - Artemis Singers has had many members over the years, with some going back to the chorus's beginnings while others have joined the chorus more recently. Below, members reflect on their years with the chorus in the order in which they joined. "When I moved to Chicago in 1982, I wanted to make friends whose politics might match mine," said Copia ...


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Powerhouse Church a 'safe space of worship for all people' - Pastor Keith McQueen has found his calling: creating safe and inclusive places of worship for all—including LGBTQs. He began fulfilling this mission about five years ago in Indianapolis, where he opened the Powerhouse Church of Indianapolis. "We saw exponential growth," he said of his congregation. "We started out with seven members and within a year, we had 200, 300 people." ...


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Legal specialist talks about aspects of criminal-justice system - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Angelica D'Souza ( a Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree this year ) is the only LGBT and hate-crime victim witness specialist at the Cook County state's attorney's office. She works with LGBT individuals as well as other people who are affected by hate crimes. She often accompanies victims to court hearings, provides resources for them, and serves as ...


In-the-Life-Brock-Mettz

In the Life, Brock Mettz - By Emagin Tanaschuk - Brock Mettz, always knew he wanted to be an interior designer, and gets to live out his lifelong dream everyday as the owner and senior designer at Brock Mettz Design. Growing up in a family that frequently moved, Mettz quickly became fascinated by his many opportunities to create different spaces and find and love the art in doing so. When ...


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IN THE LIFE Liam Nolan - "In 2001, I came over to America with two suitcases and $200. However, [I had something] more valuable: three degrees. So, as long as you've got that you have everything." This was senior pathologist assistant Liam Nolan's mindset when he decided to leave his life in Liverpool, England, to accept an offer to carry out his research in St. Louis. ...


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Queer Black-Mexican rabbi shares her unique point of view - Ramona Hernandez-Perez is a queer, female Black-Mexican rabbi with stories to tell. Hernandez-Perez is in her 60s and is a third-generation Chicago native. She was transgender and is now female, explaining while there is nothing wrong with being transgender, to her it means from one person to the next. Her transition, as she described, has passed. "I don't want to ...


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LGBT-elder advocate Terri Worman shares her story - Terri Worman is a Jane of all trades. She's a classically trained violinist and performs in musicals, but she also can be found working diligently to ensure that LGBT elders live their best possible lives. Worman's advocacy career began with pro-choice work and soon morphed into LGBT rights, and now she works at AARP as the associate state director of ...


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New event space opened in Edgewater for celebrations - The Lytle House in Edgewater is ready for big celebrations. Robyn and Michelle Lytle ( not pronounced as "little" ) have been married since 2014. Shortly after getting engaged, Robyn began working with her wife at Michelle Lytle Photography, established in 2004. Robyn, originally from Hinsdale, and Michelle a Downer's Grove native, moved to Edgewater in January 2017 with their ...


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For queer couple, creating Jewish home is part of the job - For Megan GoldMarche, creating a home alongside her wife Paige is literally part of her job. Megan has, since 2016, been rabbi at the Silverstein Base Hillel in Lincoln Park. It serves all area universities and colleges except Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, among them DePaul and Loyola Universities, University of Illinois at Chicago and Columbia College. In ...


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ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR J.B. Pritzker talks campaign, trans cousin and state budget - J.B. Pritzker seems to be everywhere these days. The seemingly ubiquitous commercials touting his campaign as governor might be the sign of someone who has a lot of financial firepower—but Pritzker has also tried to convey that they show someone who is passionate about leaing Illinois in what he feels is the right direction. In a recent interview with Windy ...


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Community leader Wanda B. talks about being a stud - For Wanda B., founder of the social club Stud 4 Life, the word "stud" stands for "Solidarity, Trustworthiness, Understanding and Dependability"—and those principles extend to the service mission of her organization. Beyond Stud 4 Life's social events, charity work and various causes—from marching for marriage equality in Springfield in the past to stop the violence walks—Wanda works security for CTA. ...


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Federal Bar Assn makes history with LGBT section - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Last year, the Federal Bar Association carved its own place in LGBT history with the formation of a law section specifically for that demographic. Since then, the LGBT Law Section has held various events to increase membership and visibility. The current chair is Chirag Badlani, of the Chicago firm Hughes Socol Piers Rensick & Dym, Ltd. He recently talked with ...


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BOOKS Lillian Faderman: Trailblazer reflects on her legacy - Lillian Faderman, a scholar of LGBTQ history best known for her work on lesbian culture, remembers what inspired her to begin writing about lesbian life through the ages. "I think I wouldn't have had the courage to start if it hadn't been for the lesbian feminist movement," Faderman explained. "I think what really told me that I could do this, ...


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NGLCC celebrates 15 years of backing LGBT businesses - National advocacy reaps returns for enterprise and community - The historically unparalleled accelerated advancement in LGBT cultural acceptance and civil equality has been successful and strengthened in large part due to the engagement of the business community. No greater ally has served as a more effective advocate for fair treatment and evenhanded opportunity. A disproportionate engagement in commerce by the LGBT community is a primary contributing hallmark of this ...


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BUSINESS Pyramid Seven's period underwear, a tale of two entrepreneurs - Zipporah Jarmon and Michelle Janayea have stamped themselves as two young, trailblazing entrepreneurs breaking barriers in the LGBTQ+ community. Business partners Jarmon and Janayea have recently launched their underwear line, Pyramid Seven—which they say was created for periods, not gender. The underwear works by removing extra fabric from boxer briefs and adding additional fabric in the crotch area in order ...


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IN THE LIFE Alvin Uy - Alvin Uy was the DJ for a high school dance as he was knew all the top current hits to play. Thereafter, random students would see him and simply say, "You're the DJ." And he still is. "I'd like to say I have an ear for playing tracks that are unique and provocative and will be received well by the ...


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Psychologist talks sexual orientation, LGBQ-affirmative therapy - Richard H. Reams, Ph.D., is a teacher, psychologist and associate director of counseling services at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has worked since 1994. He specializes in sexual orientation and the development of sexual identity, teaching undergraduate, predoctoral, and doctoral students and providing guidance for individuals struggling with these issues. In June 2013, Dr. Reams launched an ...


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Ken Schneck on his travelogue, radio show and teaching career - Ken Schneck's world changed forever in 2010, when he decided to go on a NGO ( non-governmental organization ) volunteer trip to Uganda. Before that trip, Schneck's experience with adventure consisted of Club Meds during his childhood and, as an adult, Manhattan below 16th Street. After Uganda, Schneck decided he had to go on other adventures and has turned those ...


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EY executive urges workplace leaders to value diversity - Beth Brooke-Marciniak's decision to publicly come out as lesbian in 2011 made her one of the most senior out executives in the world at the time. But for Brooke-Marciniak, EY's ( formerly Ernst and Young ) global vice chair of public policy and the company's global sponsor of diversity and inclusiveness efforts, the decision wasn't about getting publicity. For her, ...


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The lifeblood of the Chicago House TransLife Care program - When the Chicago House TransLife Center ( TLC ) opened in July 2013, it was so much more than a modest, multi-story home in the quiet North Side Chicago neighborhood of Edgewater. For the nine transgender and gender nonconforming individuals who lived there at any one time, it was a singular lifeline out of an endless cycle of societal and ...


In-the-Life-Monroe-Stevens

In the Life: Monroe Stevens - A photographer found his profile and asked if he'd be interested in doing some modeling; after determining it wasn't a scam, he leapt at the chance. Now, four years later, Monroe Stevens has participated in approximately 15 photo shoots and continues to build his brand. The offer from the photographer didn't take Stevens completely by surprise. Modeling had been something ...


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Sarah Buino changes the tune of therapy - Using her head and heart, Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF brings her own colorful touch to the therapy field. As a child growing up in southern Ohio, Buino wanted to be a Broadway star. Singing was her first passion and she considered her school's theater department and show choir life. Over the years, she has moved away from musicals and ...


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Center on Halsted, museum host 'Boystown' event - On May 18, the Chicago History Museum held an event at the Center on Halsted ( "The Center" ) that both explored the development of Boystown and debated the positive and negative ramifications of the changes the neighborhood has undergone throughout the gay rights movement. This particular event, the first ever held outside the museum, featured speaker Jason Orne, author ...


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Chicago Gender Society marks three decades - The Chicago Gender Society ( CGS ) will celebrate 30 years of social, charitable and educational outreach Saturday, May 20, at their Glitz and Glam event at the Sheraton Suites Elk Grove. Transformations by Rori is co-hosting the event with CGS. CGS' membership encompasses the entire LGBTQ community as well as allies to the community. Currently, CGS has about 80 ...


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BOOKS Honduras and the U.S.: Distant neighbors, common struggles - Melissa Cardoza was overwhelmed by the wide selection of products while she shopped at a supermarket in the United States. "I had no idea what to pick," said the feminist organizer, writer and poet from Honduras, who compared the abundance of the United States to the austerity back home during a phone interview with Windy City Times. It would seem ...


In-the-Life-Joel-Morales

In the Life: Joel Morales - Joel Morales apparently knows what he wants—and, for a long time, he craved a career in public relations. "I actually started at a small boutique agency in Chicago," Morales said. "I was able to learn a lot very quickly, and I went to work for W Hotels after that." However, in college, he studied painting and photography. Another aspect of ...


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IN THE LIFE Garrett Johannsen - Garrett Johannsen—a Chicago-based, opera-singing tenor—has loved music since he was a young kid growing up in Schiller Park, Illinois. It began with playing trumpet in his high school band and singing in the school choir. When he decided to take private voice lessons on the side, he realized his true passion lied not only in singing, but in singing opera. ...


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BUSINESS Autobarn Fiat of Evanston aims to be all-inclusive - Grayson Petty's no stranger to cars and their drivers: He serviced Toyotas and Hyundais for years. But until he became the service manager at the Autobarn Fiat of Evanston, he hadn't known about the LGBTQ community's clear affection for Fiats. "I think it's because they're tiny and cute," Petty said about the brand's models. "You see a lot of gay ...


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BOOKS Psychiatrist talks about 'Letting Go of Living Straight' - Psychiatrist Loren Olson has said that he had no idea he was gay until age 40. Despite some early experiences with men and doubts about his masculinity, Olson had married and had children. Influenced by his own journey, Olson, who now lives as an out and proud gay man, focuses his work on the population of men who have sex ...


In-the-Life-Alberto-Lazcurain

In the Life: Alberto Lazcurain - Alberto Lazcurain works in construction and repair, which he likes although it is hard work. But dancing is his passion. "I remember dancing [when] I was very young [and] easily adapted to any rhythm," said Lazcurain, who won multiple dancing competitions while growing up. "I like to dance differently [than most], but sexy [dancing]." Lazcurain came to Chicago on vacation ...


In-the-Life-Blaise-Moran

In the Life: Blaise Moran - Blaise Moran takes a deep, personal look at the Bible in his new, self-published book, titled The Unethical Bible. He spent six years writing, filling 818 pages with more than 300,000 words. The average book, by comparison, is about 50,000 words. It was released around Dec. 22, which is the winter solstice and, as he noted, is "a key date ...


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IN THE LIFE James Scalzitti - James Scalzitti has an impressive writing resume, having been a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and the City News Bureau of Chicago. And he's worked in the Clerk's office for just over three years. He also is award-winning. The National Association of County Information Officers ( NACIO ) holds an annual "Awards of Excellence" contest, where honors are ...


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Hoagland, Senesac and 'a little piece of immortality' - When Bob Hoagland and Thomas Senesac moved to Wicker Park in 1987, it was to escape rapidly gentrifying Lincoln Park. The couple planned to stay for as long as it took them to not be underwater on the two-story property they'd purchased. They stayed for 30 years. "It's a beautiful neighborhood. When we moved in, there were quite a few ...


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Chicago artist heals through #InHonor portraits - While Black History month plays host to a wide array of events and contributions from historical and cultural academia and activists, it is the work of the artist which can have the most profound impact in both celebrating and lifting up Black lives while inspiring the kind of understanding and healing needed to bridge the chasms that have formed in ...


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Love is Love event premieres in atmosphere of romance and inclusion - The floors of the Magnificent Mile's 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago were transformed Feb 1 into a romantic paradise for couples one day hoping to tie the knot. With the exquisite work of Chicago-based Kehoe Designs complementing each of the wares presented by inclusion-proud companies such as Bloomindales, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, ...


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Tangible Things immerses visitors in African culture - To stop at the unassuming storefront and walk through the doors of Tangible Things is to immediately allow all the senses to become immersed in a wealth of African culture, a beautiful myriad of spirituality and an epicenter of free expression that may occasionally change in its outward display but is constant in its welcome and the knowledge to be ...


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Jim Theologos: Art weaves with timeless love - In the 1970s Costa Rica-based artist Jim Theologos lived in New York, where he'd been born and raised. He toiled away as a professional photographer, increasingly burnt out by living out of a suitcase. The opportunity to start over in Costa Rica ( a place he'd visited in the course of his work ) appealed to him, even though it ...


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Rebell: All about fitness--and teamwork - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As people figure out how to stick with their New Year's resolution regarding fitness, Lake View fitness spot Rebell Strength and Conditioning might be an intriguing option. Of course, the five-year-old Rebell ( pronounced "ruh-BELL" ) is about the bells ( as in barbells and kettlebells ), hence its name. However, it's also about teamwork and community. Co-founder Mike Connelly ...


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In the Life: Gerald Cernak - Over the past two years, Gerald Cernak has volunteered a combined 430 hours, mostly all within the LGBT community—such as for Equality Illinois, Center on Halsted, Gay for Good and the Chicago Leather Community Outreach. "It's extremely important [to volunteer within the LGBT community], and given our current political environment, the need for more people to step up and lend ...


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Retail shop Blossom Boys closes - Blossom Boys, a retail flower shop at 9911 S. Walden Parkway in Beverly, closed Dec. 24, according to DNAInfo. Owners Steve English and Ryan Steinbach opened the shop April 24, 2008. Steinbach said, "I've told some people that we are restarting or changing our scope." English added that it has become harder to make a profit with retail flower sales. ...


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Stories from Two Spirit Nation - Windy City Times had the privilege of interviewing some indigenous Two Spirit and non-indigenous LGBTQIA siblings at Standing Rock's Two Spirit Nation Camp. The camp was established to give the indigenous Two Spirit and their queer, trans and gender-nonconforming allies a protected and sacred space to cultivate communal bonds within the larger Standing Rock community. Much like the larger Oceti ...


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Northbridge Technology Alliance bridges tech, social-justice issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Northbridge Technology Alliance is an effort to give ordinary people in the technology space some good options for influencing our society toward more socially progressive and socially equitable agendas," said founder/CEO Kathy Flint. "The Alliance comes from my belief that there's no such thing as being a neutral bystander in terms of social justice issues and that includes LGBTQ issues. ...


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BOOKS Activist Cleve Jones rises above it all - Activist Cleve Jones has lived an extraordinary life, filled with world-changing friends and figureheads from Harvey Milk to Dustin Lance Black. Portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the Gus Van Sant-directed Milk, Jones founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt ( the story of which is recounted in the documentaries Common Threads and Showtime's The Last One ) and co-founded the ...


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One-on-one cuddling sessions redefine touch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cuddling doesn't always have to be sexy and isn't just for curing loneliness. Shawn Coleman's organization Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community uses cuddling for yet another purpose. Coleman grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and now resides in Chicago. They described themself as a nerd, always dedicated to school. They were on track to be an engineer, but after taking a ...


In-the-Life-Ale-Maes

In the Life: Ale Maes - Ale Maes has been a DJ for 5 years, the past three years as his full-time profession. "Music is fuel for the soul," he said. "It's my dream, what I like to do, where I feel happy and fulfilled. I hope I can do this [forever]." Maes in the DJ booth is the same as Maes on the dance floor. ...


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No bones about love: A surprise engagement - On March 13, 2015, Bethany Minor proposed marriage to Alissa Pagels and she said "yes." On March 13, 2016, Pagels asked Minor the same question at the Chicago Field Museum. The twist in this re-proposal? The "yes" was shortly followed by an "I do" in a surprise wedding ceremony. Minor, originally from Mississippi, works in product development for a media ...


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Mark It Proud cards tailor-made for LGBTQ community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As the openly gay co-founders of Mark It Proud—the LGBTQ-inclusive greeting card company—Daniel Malen and Mark Uhre wanted to see a change. The Toronto, Canada natives felt that there was an under representation of greeting cards for their community, so they decided to fill the gap. Malen talked to Windy City Times about the inspiration for Mark It Proud, the ...


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BUSINESS The story of a suit: A woman's custom tuxedo at Dapper Club - Amy Silverman wanted a tuxedo. She had a few weddings and charity evenings coming up, and she wanted to look like James Bond. But her dream tuxedo proved elusive. "I kind of makeshift things from what I can find that will fit me," Silverman said. "Being 5'2," it's nice to be able to go and get something made that fits ...


In-the-Life-Betsy-Ade

In the Life: Betsy Ade - Well-Known Strangers was formed about 18 months ago, and the group just recently celebrated its first show. There's nothing but smiles going forward from Betsy Ade and her musical mates, who have been entertaining Midwest audiences with their cello-infused, alternative pop/rock style that carries a splash of country and more. "Our style is pretty unique as we have a traditional ...


An-Uber-driven-love-story

An Uber-driven love story - If you are one of the many thousands who will take an Uber in Chicago this season whether to holiday parties, shows or to load up on shopping, you might just meet Tanya Serrano-Bargas and Marisela Bargas. They are a newly married couple who not only found a common love but a line of work that they say is equally ...


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Trans pioneer Judy Bowen looks back at community changes - Trans activist Judy Bowen, 72, has seen a lot. She moved to New York from the South in the mid 1960s and quickly immersed herself in the Greenwich Village scene. She started organizations, became an entrepreneur, and was a community leader. She eventually moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and is still there today with her partner of 33 years. ...


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POLITICS Mike Quigley talks VA, Trump and the 2017 Congress - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) has been a fierce champion of LGBTQ rights on Capitol Hill. Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus and founding member of the Transgender Equality Taskforce created last year, Quigley has led the charge on issues ranging from lifting Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) prohibitions on gay and bisexual men donating blood ...


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Airbnb to provide more LGBT-friendly spaces in Chicago - Airbnb is looking to grow its LGBT host base throughout Chicago amidst an updated anti-discrimination effort. Windy City Times spoke with two Chicago-based couples—Mat Olson and Randy Heite as well as Bronson Pettitt and Ahmed Avendano—about their experiences as hosts. Bronson Pettitt: When we lived in Mexico City, we had this family who were from Germany and traveling with a ...


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Chicagoans heading to Standing Rock to fight pipeline on Native land - The following press release is from Chicagoans, including LGBTQs, who are raising funds to bring donations of cash and supplies to Native Americans and their allies fighting against the pipeline proposed to run through Native lands in North Dakota. Observing Thanksgiving requires that we hold the tension between the beauty of familial convenings and the brutality of erasure. While all ...


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In the Life: Manny Joson - Manny Joson had just completed his bachelor's degree in interior design from Harrington College of Design and was working as an interior designer. "Things were looking pretty good. I felt my professional career was moving along smoothly," he said. But then the recession hit. His firm downsized and Joson was let go. So he did a few freelance design jobs, ...


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PODCASTS Black queer curiosity: Collective Postloudness takes on humanity - A high-tech co-working space nestled into Elston Avenue, where Cards Against Humanity has offices, might seem as an unlikely home for Postloudness, a podcast collective that elevates Black and queer voices. Yet after a listen to any of the collective's shows, it's clear why the eclectic, futuristic area works for the founders and hosts. "If I think about every Postloudness ...


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Activist nun Donna Quinn has the floor in Chicago - The Chicago Women's History Center was excited to bring renowned activist Catholic nun Donna Quinn to the Cenacle at 513 W. Fullerton on the afternoon of Oct. 23. Mary Ann Johnson, the Center's president, placed Quinn's work in the context of the organization's recent focus on women community organizers. Quinn recently published a memoir about her work with Chicago Catholic ...


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Drawing on instinct: New Yorker cartoonist Tom Bachtell - "I just always wanted to be well-rounded," said New Yorker cartoonist Tom Bachtell. "At least in the way I'm informed about the world, and the way that I connect to the world, particularly since professionally I"m doing stuff that is culturally and politically observant." Bachtell's work at the New Yorker has him contributing weekly to the Talk of the Town ...


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FAMILIES OF CHOICE SERIES Van Binfa - by Jacqueline Boyd - For many people, family is a complex proposition. Decisions about how to grow a healthy support team can impact emotional and physical well-being. Van Binfa is a writer, activist, and family caregiver who has developed a family network over time that defies traditional definitions. From online communities, to a dynamic family of origin, to a carefully cultivated group of long ...


In-the-Life-Conor-McGarry

In the Life: Conor McGarry - Conor McGarry knew he wanted to be in theater from a very young age. Said love of theater led him to major in it at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. "Decatur is the middle of nowhere," he said, "and there's absolutely nothing to do—which works for a theater school. When there's nothing to do, it just makes you practice more. ...


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A new kind of business in an old space: Z-axis opens in Pilsen - Within the walls of an old macaroni factory in Pilsen, Nuha Nazy and her partner, Emilia Rogowska, are looking to combine manufacturing and art in their soon-to-open business, Z-axis Factory. Described by the partners as "artistic cowering," Z-axis looks to be a full-service space with everything from a 3-D printer, CNC woodcutting machine, and welding room, to a conference suite ...


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BREAST CANCER MONTH Cathy Seabaugh: Offering hope in the fight against breast cancer - In June 2016, Cathy Seabaugh's sister, Shelia Hager, passed away after spending many years battling breast cancer. Hager was first diagnosed in 1999. She inspired her sister to form her own organization, A Sister's Hope, to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness through events such as walks, runs and golf tournaments. "Friends who worked for other charities asked ...


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Dawn Valenti: A Chicago survivor's story - When trans woman of color T.T. Saffore was found murdered on Chicago's West Side Sept. 11, her grieving family and friends seemingly had nowhere to turn. Like anyone who has lost a loved one to violence, they were in a state of shock. Clouding their ability to express their devastating grief were questions about what to do next. According to ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Who you gonna call? New web series blends thrills, LGBT history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Paige Cooperstein - Last December, seven LGBT people approached the cells that first housed inmates in 1889 at the Licking County Historic Jail in Newark, Ohio, about 40 miles east of Columbus. They hoped to find LGBT ghosts. It had to happen at night—not for any creeping fear, but for the ghost hunters' ability to tune their senses. There was no traffic and ...


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Jose Antonio Vargas on the forefront of an emerging U.S. - As part of Chicago Ideas Week, on Oct. 17 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, six people—each renowned as among the most consummate in his or her respective field—will tackle Life's Big Questions. Stanford's Product Design Executive Director Bill Burnett; author and journalist Sebastian Junger; game publishing giant Electronic Arts co-founder Dave Evans; international lawyer and think tank New America President/CEO ...


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In the Life: Hadley Rue - There's a quote from the late Thomas J. Watson that Hadley Rue holds near and dear to his heart. Watson, who was the chairman and CEO of IBM, said: "To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart." Rue, who previously worked in finance and management, is in his second year ...


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Evanston synagogue welcomes its first female and lesbian rabbi - Evanston native Rabbi Rachel Weiss comes to Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation ( JRC ) as the synagogue's first female and first openly gay rabbi. "For me, it's been a really profound and wonderful homecoming," said Weiss. Weiss has been involved with the synagogue long before leading it. JRC is the place she attended Hebrew school, became a bat mitzvah, worked as ...


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L & A Healing Studio: A business and personal partnership - Just more than a year old, L & A Healing Studio is fast becoming a South Loop destination. "People say, "it feels like you guys have been here forever," but we got the keys on July 6 of last year and we were open the week of July 25," remembered Leo Gonzalez, the "L" of "L and A." His partner, ...


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In the Life: Cassey Brick - Cassey Brick has a solid sporting background that just continues to grow. She started playing basketball in fourth grade, and played through college. Brick as a senior at Costa Mesa High School in California in 2004, was named the Athlete of the Year, and she was the team captain for her junior and senior seasons. She then was the team ...


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In the Life: Rebecca O'Neal - When Rebecca O'Neal first decided to dip her toes in the stand up comedy pool, she did so very slowly. The first show she ever did, "I remember being really nervous. ... It was at an open mic night that went until like 2 a.m., so I went up probably around midnight," she said. "I was hoping no one would ...


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In the Life: Olin Eargle - His passion for real estate dates back decades. Olin Eargle used to draw house plans as a youngster and even helped his dad design and build their home in the Carolinas. Eargle then worked as a leasing agent as his summer job and became a resident assistant in college for three years. "There was always something about housing/real estate that ...







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