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New-chamber-ED-comes-from-career-built-on-inclusion

New chamber ED comes from career built on inclusion - Gerardo Rodriguez recently took over as executive director of the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce after a three-month search for new leadership of the nearly 20-year-old organization. Rodriguez had only been on the job for a week when he spoke with Windy City Times about his new post. He already looked right at home at his desk ...


In-the-Life-Greg-Cox

In the Life: Greg Cox - Greg Cox has gone from intern to primary therapist at New Hope Recovery Center, a treatment facility for chemical dependency in Lake View. Clients come five days a week and are in groups for about three hours a day. Cox facilitates the groups in the morning, which are on a variety of topics and in different formats. "There is an ...


iCandee-From-idea-to-flourishing-business-in-four-years-

iCandee: From idea to flourishing business in four years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four years ago, on a drive from Chicago to Bloomington, Illinois, Billy Stevenson had a lot of time to think, to contemplate his future. He had been working for his family's business, Stevenson Transfer, based in Ottawa and in business since 1908. He was a fourth generation employee. On that rainy Tuesday, Stevenson started thinking about trying something different, as ...


Openly-gay-Chicagoan-promoted-to-law-firm-partner

Openly gay Chicagoan promoted to law firm partner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Benjeman L. Nichols always wanted to teach music and admittedly was "the biggest band nerd in my school," such that he was given the senior superlative, "most likely to become a band director." Nichols majored in music education at Valparaiso University and his first job was as a general music teacher at Bell Elementary School in Chicago. Eventually, he received ...


Filmmaker-Michelle-Citron-looks-at-pre-Stonewall-lesbians-

Filmmaker Michelle Citron looks at pre-Stonewall lesbians - Imagine inheriting a house and finding a treasure trove of more than 2,000 photos depicting lesbian life in Chicago during the pre-Stonewall era. That's just what happened to case worker Patrick Gourley. Gourley first met Norma Roos ( Aug. 1919-Dec. 1, 1999 ) and Virginia Kaitchuck ( Nov. 1919-Oct. 18, 2001 ) a little more than 20 years ago. They ...


Chicago-artist-Bautista-increases-presence

Chicago artist Bautista increases presence - Julius DC Bautista has been doodling as long as he can remember, and it always caught the eyes of his grade-school instructors. As a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a professor inspired him to select a major in fine arts. Then when he returned from the military, Bautista finally paid attention to his creativity. "My artistic process ...


In-the-Life-Anthony-DiFiore

In the Life: Anthony DiFiore - Anthony DiFiore and his partner used to throw house parties, which gave birth to Neverland mega parties after a Boystown bar manager came to one of their small house parties and suggested they try it in a nightclub. The first few Neverland parties were theme-less costume parties, "and then suddenly we started to get really ambitious when we realized we ...


Camp-Aranutiq-A-place-for-transgender-and-gender-variant-youth

Camp Aranu'tiq: A place for transgender and gender-variant youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times byMarissa Novel - For many, sleepaway camps are a childhood tradition. Some, however, were excluded from this custom because of their gender identity until 2010. Nick Teich, a 31-year-old transgender man, has attended conventional summer camps since 1993. While working as a volunteer in 2009, he decided to transition. "When I announced I would be transitioning genders, they told me I was no ...


In-The-Life-Jason-Kennedy

In The Life: Jason Kennedy - His day often starts at 2:45 a.m., and Jason Kennedy arrives at the Starbucks store that he manages in downtown Chicago by 4 a.m. Such is Kennedy's grind—literally—as he has been working for Starbucks since July 2013, initially as a shift supervisor. He moved up to an assistant and is now a store manager. He now manages the day-to-day operations, ...


Diversity-and-inclusion-are-priorities-at-Hinshaw-Culbertson

Diversity and inclusion are priorities at Hinshaw & Culbertson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This profile is part of a series about some local businesses that have scored perfectly on HRC'S Corporate Equality Index Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is among 89 law firms ( out of a total of 366 companies and firms ) to achieve a 100-percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ) and ...


In-the-Life-Matt-Lind

In the Life: Matt Lind - Matt Lind brings a long and successful family slapshot to the Chicago Gay Hockey Association ( CGHA ), which he joined last fall after learning from some friends that there was such a club in Chicago after moving here in 2012 from Washington D.C. He didn't immediately join the CGHA because it had been a few years since he'd played ...


At-the-heart-of-Mama-Gloria-Allen

At the heart of 'Mama' Gloria Allen - It was Gloria Allen's mother Alma, grandmother Mildred Johnson, great-aunt Fannie Hearn and actress Sophia Loren whom she has said were the most inspirational in the past and present development, sensibilities and unshakable determination of a woman so beloved by all the souls she has touched that they call her "mama" without a moment's hesitation or doubt of kindred familiarity. ...


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Frankly Speaking ...Expert tips to plan your wedding expertly - The first thing most newly engaged couples ask is "where do I start?" My advice is to first decide on two key elements: the number of guests you want to invite ( actually make a list ), and what your budget is for the wedding. Both are vital to have decided before you start any planning. From here you might ...


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Men's clothing and more shine at Andersonville store - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new, trendy, high-end Andersonville men's store opened Nov. 13, carrying unique, designer clothing, shoes, accessories and more. With four co-owners ( Michael Jaworowski, AJ Nordstrom, Jose Villanueva and Rob Wilce ) who have a combined 50 years in the fashion industry, Notre opened at 5202 N. Clark St.—and Jaworowski is the former, multi-year buyer for Haberdash, one of the ...


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WINDY CITY TIMES WEDDING GUIDE Business Listings - ACCOMMODATIONS see also VENUES Lang House Bed & Breakfast 7421 N. Sheridan Rd. 773-764-9851 www.langhousechicago.com info@langhousechicago.com The Lang House Bed & Breakfast, built in 1919, is honored to support the LBGT community. Lang House is the perfect venue for indoor, outdoor, nearby beach weddings, or receptions. We have special offers; call for details. BAKERIES Roeser's Bakery and Party ...


Notes-from-Diamond-Don

Notes from Diamond Don - - First, let me say congratulations on making the decision to get married to that most important person in your life—your wife or your husband. Now for some facts. How to choose the right engagement ring and wedding bands? Do you both get engagement rings? What type of metal should you get? Where should you shop? And how much should you ...


PICTURE-THIS-Photo-book-documents-80s-same-sex-couples

PICTURE THIS Photo book documents '80s same-sex couples - Talk about patience. Sage Sohier has waited three decades to put together a wonderful collection of intimate portraits of, and interviews with, same-sex couples across the United States. Step back in time with her new book, At Home with Themselves, and experience this era of both love and death, during the early years of the AIDS crisis and the fight ...


HEARTSONGS-Picking-the-right-music-for-your-big-day

HEARTSONGS Picking the right music for your big day - Now that Valentine's Day is in our rearview, the wedding planning and invites start to mount for DJs. Without fail, most brides and grooms have visions of the flowers, suits, guests and venues in mind already ( most since their earliest memory ), but not really music. Music, when all is said and done, is the central part of making ...


Snapshots-of-Love

Snapshots of Love - Windy City Times asked readers to send in photos of their weddings to share with the community. What we received was a collection of beautiful stories of love and commitment. All photo courtesy of subjects except where otherwise indicated. Susana Darwin ( left ) and Amy Walsh made it official Aug. 29, 2014. Photo by Joe Mazza of Brave ...


Two-Chicago-women-leave-the-LGBTQ-community-historical-treasure-

Two Chicago women leave the LGBTQ community historical treasure - From a press release - Two Chicago women — Norma and Virginia — have left the LGBTQ community an amazing historical treasure. They died when they were in their 80s, leaving behind piles and boxes of snapshots of themselves and their friends that span four decades from the mid 1930s to the 1970s in East Rogers Park. The photos provide a rare look at a ...


Chicago-Women-in-Trades-forges-new-nontraditional-lives

Chicago Women in Trades forges new, nontraditional lives - One of the legacies left when feminist leader Christine Johnson passed way Jan. 23 was an indelible advancement in the attitudes, growth and opportunities for women wishing to follow in her steps and forge a career as a construction machinist or as a plumber, electrician, welder or in any number of trades that had once been viewed as remaining solely ...


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in the Life: David Garcia - Some see David Garcia as simply a hair dresser, hairstylist or hair guru. But he considers himself, a style educator. "I thrive on meeting new individuals and love assisting them with their styling and lifestyle needs," Garcia said. Since he was 3, Garcia has been judging other people's image. At age 18, he decided to take his gift more seriously—he ...


In-the-Life-Charles-Bonanno

In the Life: Charles Bonanno - Charles Bonanno, known to most as simply Charlie, formerly was the part-owner of a chain salon here in Chicago. "I was noticing that my staff and I were working in an environment that was unhappy and unproductive, and the salon had so much negativity," Bonanno said. "No matter what steps I took to change it as part owner, I was ...


Aon-devotes-various-resources-to-diversity

Aon devotes various resources to diversity - This profile is part of a series about some local businesses that have scored perfectly on HRC'S Corporate Equality Index For the past eight years, Aon Corp. has received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ). Aon is among 366 major businesses to achieve that score and earn the ...


Forum-looks-back-at-a-lesbian-love-triangle

Forum looks back at a lesbian love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anya Jabour, Ph.D. visited University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) to present "A Lesbian Love Triangle at the University of Chicago: Sophonisba Breckinridge, Marion Talbot, and Edith Abbott" The Jan. 14 program was part of CSGS's series Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago. The ...


Man-makes-impression-as-a-nude-model

Man makes impression as a nude model - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a freshman at the University of Michigan, Roger Billhardt saw flyers on campus for various clubs, organizations, and more. He spotted the one for the art school, which was looking for figure models. He had never done anything like that, but admittedly is a thrill-seeker, "and that seemed like a thrill." So he signed up for the gig. "I ...


Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-talks-science-truth-LGBTs-Kinky-Boots

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks science, truth, LGBTs, Kinky Boots - If there's anything one can glean from talking with astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, it's this: He's an extremely thorough fellow—and that's a good thing. One doesn't get the impression that he adds words merely to hear himself; he wants to make sure he explains things clearly for the listener—which may be part of his charm. Tyson ...


Christy-Webber-on-landscape-design-and-Chicago-landmarks

Christy Webber on landscape design and Chicago landmarks - Corn, kale, tomatoes and herbs were just some of the edibles that could be found in the display beds that were installed last summer at Millennium Park. The brainchild of lesbian landscape designer Christy Webber, the display beds combine edibles and flowers together in a unique and innovative way. Last February, Webber brought together permaculture expert Annamaria Leon and urban-farming ...


In-the-Life-Jaren-Kyei-Merrell

In the Life: Jaren Kyei Merrell - Jaren Kyei Merrell admitted that his alter ego, Shea Coulee, is "equal parts bougie and banjee. … She's classy, but a little trashy; she's broke with expensive taste." Coulee has been entertaining locally for the past three years. "Shea is the homegirl next door that you can trust endlessly, [yet] you wouldn't want to cross her because you know she'd ...


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Feminist nun shares opinion on Vatican report - The Vatican's investigation of U.S. nuns ended in Rome Dec. 16, 2014. The apostolic visitation, as it is called, commenced under Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Initially, the investigation created fear, anger and mistrust among women in religious communities and convents across the United States while prompting protests from outraged Catholics. The conclusion was a largely positive report that acknowledged ...


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Gift Theatre honors chef Art Smith - The Gift Theatre marked its 13th year with The GIFT Gala 2014, held at the Chicago Cultural Center. The company honored chef Art Smith, this year's recipient of the Total Gift Award, with a culinary and theatrical experience. Smith—the former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and current co-owner of the upscale Southern comfort-food restaurant Table Fifty-two—founded the non-profit charity Common ...


In-the-Life-Yvette-Holt

In the Life: Yvette Holt - Yvette Holt has played numerous sports through Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) over the past 20 years, particularly softball, basketball and flag football. She also has dabbled in dodgeball, darts and a pool league. Born and raised in Chicago, Holt was a three-sport athlete ( tennis, basketball and softball ) in high school who continued with basketball and ...


Chicago-protests-continue-to-take-place

Chicago protests continue to take place - "Black & Brown Lives Matter, at home & abroad," was a message of an International Human Rights Day ( Dec. 10 ) protest that started at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway, and ended near President Obama's Chicago home. Emmett Farmer—whose son, Flint, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in 2011 while he was lying on his stomach—was ...


Myles-Brady-Howard-Browns-first-transgender-outreach-coordinator

Myles Brady: Howard Brown's first transgender outreach coordinator - Myles Brady, a Chicago native from Hyde Park, has been named Howard Brown Health Center's first-ever Transgender Outreach Coordinator. He has taken those first steps to make Howard Brown his home and to reach out to an often marginalized cross-section of the LGBT community. Windy City Times: As a trans man, when did you first know that you were trans? ...


In-the-Life-Ricardo-Sebastian

In the Life: Ricardo Sebastian - Ricardo Sebastian, a Chicago native who launched Luxury Management ( LUX MGT ) eight years ago while the student president at Robert Morris University, has shined ever since—with some celebrity sparkle along the way. "One of my favorite success stories is with Julius LaCour, [who] I met in 2011," Sebastian said of the fashion designer/creative director. "We created a four-year ...


Despite-campy-looks-Windy-City-Empire-supports-local-causes

Despite campy looks, Windy City Empire supports local causes - When title are given out during the investiture of the Windy City Empire on Dec. 6, there was a ceremony, crowns and plenty of camp. In fact, it was "really, really campy—because that's what we do," said Neil Douglas James, who serves as the organization's emperor. Clearly, this service organization is all about the fun, and the funds, as it ...


Lesbian-partners-open-art-gallery-cafe-in-Kenwood

Lesbian partners open art gallery/cafe in Kenwood - By Ross Forman Dr. Nancy Jackson has long collected African art, as well as antiques, Black memorabilia and more. In fact, she's saved so much over the years, the relics were overtaking her South Side home, she admitted with a smile. Gwen Pruitt, meanwhile, has been an artist locally for more than 15 years. Jackson and Pruitt have been partners ...


In-the-Life-Campbell-Fayfar

In the Life: Campbell Fayfar - Campbell Fayfar met Chuck Dooley at the annual West Suburban Gay Association ( WSGA ) dinner dance in 2005—and nine years later, they are still together. Faybar joined the WSGA during the spring of 2004 "because they were in the burbs and I wanted to cultivate gay friendships," he said. "Needless to say, it has been a pleasant ride for ...


LGBT-activist-Ouma-on-work-Tanzania-and-future-hopes

LGBT activist Ouma on work, Tanzania and future hopes - For 41-year old James Wandera Ouma, LGBT activism has become his life's work. As the executive director of LGBT Voice Tanzania ( formerly WEZESHA ), Ouma works to advance equality, diversity, education and justice for LGBT people in Tanzania. Recently, Ouma was in attendance at the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association's ( OPALGA ) annual awards gala at ...


In-the-Life-Nicole-Bashor-

In the Life: Nicole Bashor - Nicole Bashor has been an attorney for seven years and with her current firm for the past three years—and is award-winning. She was named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star in intellectual property, receiving the 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 award this year. "I love my job and the challenges that come with it," she said. "I help companies ...


Social-Security-plaintiff-on-love-loss-and-the-fight-ahead

Social Security plaintiff on love, loss and the fight ahead - Born in Florida in 1957, David Williams has always been a practical man; intelligent, soft spoken, gentle in nature and ruled as he put it, "much more by my mind than by my heart." That keen mind propelled Williams through service both to his country as a judge advocate general in the Air Force and to American justice as an ...


In-the-Life-Bethany-M-Minor

In the Life: Bethany M. Minor - Bethany M. Minor is an ordained minister, a title she earned online about 10 years ago so she could marry a friend to her wife. "I always brag that I have a 100 percent track record because there have been no divorces and I suppose that all stems from my dad," she said. "My dad is a Baptist minister, so ...


Maj-Stephen-Snyder-Hill-From-soldier-to-LGBT-rights-activist-

Maj. Stephen Snyder-Hill: From soldier to LGBT-rights activist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Maj. Stephen Snyder-Hill said he hit rock bottom one day while serving in Desert Storm. He was only 19 years old. Artillery fire was hitting on his left and right and Snyder-Hill said he thought for sure he was going to die. "I sunk down in the drivers seat and I thought 'this is it, I'm going to die today.' ...


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Crafty Broads makes weddings manageable - Cindy Savage and Julia Zayas-Melendez's extensive knowledge about wedding planning not only stems from both having theatre backgrounds and experience in stage management, but planning every detail of their own wedding in 2010. "We planned all of it. ... We went dress-shopping and got irritated at the exorbitant cost of things made out of polyester and thought, 'But I can ...


Bill-Pollack-Music-Making-memories-through-melodies

Bill Pollack Music: Making memories through melodies - Business has certainly picked up for Bill Pollack Music since same-sex marriages became legal in Illinois—he even worked two same-sex weddings that first weekend they were allowed this past June. The first was at the home of Mary Dempsey, who hosted the event, and they played "Lets Fall In Love" just before the couple walked down the aisle. "They were ...


In-the-Life-Jeanne-De-Vita

In the Life: Jeanne De Vita - Jeanne De Vita is the managing director for Musa Publishing, an independent virtual publishing company. She created the Erato imprint that aims to produce a "wide spectrum of high-quality GLBTQ fiction in order to meet the needs of our diverse readership," according to Erato's blog. De Vita's goal with the Erato imprint is to go beyond the preexisting market for ...


Doctor-Eduardo-Dolhun-reinvents-oral-rehydration

Doctor Eduardo Dolhun reinvents oral rehydration - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The subject of dehydration has been one of the top issues in western medicine for about 100 years, and oral rehydration therapy has been studied for at least 50 years. New products surface rapidly in the marketplace with the ever-growing trend of athletic endurance and supplemental health "cures" and "remedies," but the art of rehydration has been very rarely understood ...


In-the-Life-Jorge-del-Busto

In the Life: Jorge del Busto - Applying the phrase "a rolling stone gathers no moss," one can say that Jorge del Busto has been pretty much moss-free. The broker first stayed in the Windy City 1994-99; the second time was 2006-09 and he returned here in 2013. In between, he has lived around the world, in cities ranging from Los Angeles to Istanbul. "The first time ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Justin-Romme

Gay in the Life: Justin Romme - Justin Romme has been living a wild roller-coaster ride over the past few years, professionally speaking. He helped managing partner David Sikora open ProgressBar Chicago, and while still in the construction phase, they were already in negotiations with the then-owners of Hunter's Nightclub in Elk Grove Village to purchase that property. A few months after Progress opened in Chicago, they ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Gracen-Brilmyer

Gay in the Life: Gracen Brilmyer - Gracen Brilmyer has spent five years at The Field Museum of Natural History, working on a wide array of projects—from taking high-resolution images of marine snail shells to dissecting two-millimeter-long beetles. She currently manages a team of interns to database the museum's ant collection, which is about a million specimens strong. "My main interest is in the use of collections ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Oscar Wilde in Chicago - Part One - Introduction: The original manuscript for "Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall" included three chapters that never made it into the final book because of cost concerns. This is one of them. "In every city they start schools of decorative art after my visit, and set on foot public museums, getting my advice about the choice of objects ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Carla-Therese-Bruni

Gay in the Life: Carla Therese Bruni - - Carla Therese Bruni is the type of woman who wants to "make the rest of the world fall completely in love with, and become stewards of, vintage architecture, intangible histories and sustainable places." She strives diligently towards that goal in everything she does. Bruni often takes the time to learn about the histories of our local area, gaining a greater ...


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Jane Saks expands social-justice brand with Project& - The word "and" comes after everything Jane M. Saks does. A cultural alchemist, arts advocate, creative collaborator and producer, educator, published writer and poet, Saks has now introduced her newest work, Project&. "Social justice is the rent you pay for the space you take up on earth," Saks said in quoting her great grandmother, who instilled that strong belief through ...


Carlos-Orengo-Jack-of-all-trades-at-Howard-Brown

Carlos Orengo: Jack-of-all-trades at Howard Brown - =Carlos Orengo is the new guy at work and an old pro all at the same time. Orengo, 28, was recently named manager of STI/HIV walk-in services at the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago. However, he's been working in all different areas of Howard Brown for four years. "I started off as a patient services representative, from there I ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Pepe-Pena

Gay in the Life: Pepe Pena - The roots of showtunes at Sidetrack—The Video Bar date back to 1981. Pepe Pena was at the Midnight Sun, a gay bar in San Francisco, when he heard—and watched—the video for Aretha Franklin's version of "Think" from The Blues Brother. In 1982, Sidetrack opened in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. The gay bar was signless, intentionally, with one room and less than ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Eric-Huppertz

Gay in the Life: Eric Huppertz - Eric Huppertz joined the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) in the fall of 1998 to play flag football. He also has played CMSA softball and tennis—and softball is his favorite. "I've played on several great teams and met a lot of good friends in the softball league," Huppertz said. "Roscoe's used to be the place where everyone went ...


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D'Emilio's work honored at UIC symposium - Historian John D'Emilio, who this past August retired from his post at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), was the honoree at a two-day symposium celebrating his research and accomplishments Sept. 11-12. A number of scholars from across the country, among them his longtime friend and co-author, Estelle Freedman, gathered to pay tribute to D'Emilio's work, much ...


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D'Emilio symposium examines state and future of his field - Following the May 2014 retirement of renowned and accomplished LGBTQ educator, historian, author and activist John D'Emilio from a 15-year position as the professor of history and women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), his former department convened a two-day public symposium to study his impact on LGBTQ histories, lives and futures. The ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Joe-Lucarelli

Gay in the Life: Joe Lucarelli - Joe Lucarelli went to a meeting a few years ago for a friend to see what the AIDS Marathon Training Program, in conjunction with the Honolulu Marathon, was all about. He left the meeting signed up for that marathon in paradise, even though he had no endurance-sports experience. Years later, he now says his favorite endurance-sports memory is "[m]y training ...


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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Chicago House mark 25 years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams—whose names have become a brand—make a dynamic duo. Twenty-five years ago, the two started a home furnishing company with an investment of $60,000 that has now grown into over $125 million in 20 locations. More stores are on the way in St. Louis, the Miami Design District and Georgia. There are plans by next year ...


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Gay Chicagoan launching 'gender-liberated' undergarments - Kempe Scanlan is looking to turn his graduate-school thesis project into his profession. While at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Scanlan focused on making gender-liberated undergarments, inspired by the transgender community. The start-up company will be known as Kempe, a Viking name that means "champion" or "warrior." The company name came from a focus group of mixed ...


Gay-in-the-Life-David-Friedland

Gay in the Life: David Friedland - David Friedland is running the Chicago Half Marathon Sept. 7, in memory of an aunt who passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, "and knowing so many people who have been impacted by blood cancers," he said. Friedland will be proud in purple on race day, the official jersey color for his endurance-training team, Team In Training, which supports the Leukemia & ...


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Financial advisor Joe Della Monica works for LGBTQ clients - Joe Della Monica, an Ameriprise private wealth advisor for 18 years, describes his job like this: "What I do with my clients is help them avoid making mistakes financially, and then really maximize the good decisions in life." He specializes in LGBTQ clients, and has a history of community service, thanks in part to his company. "I'm never ashamed to ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Richard-Biasi

Gay in the Life: Richard Biasi - Just two years ago, Richard Biasi started crafting bowties from recycled vintage neckties to sell on Etsy. It was a new-found creative outlet for a man whose creativity has taken on many forms ( more on that later ). This love of tailored menswear quickly snowballed into selling a larger range of vintage men's fashions and, ultimately, to the opening ...


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Out Chicago rabbi heads to Israel for advanced studying - Rabbi Carla Cenker was, fittingly, born in 1948—the same year Israel officially became a Jewish state. She was raised in an orthodox synagogue in the U.S., though her family was not a practicing Orthodox Jewish one. Still, she loves the Hebrew language and is fluent in it, too—reading, writing and talking. Back when she was in first-grade, some 50-plus years ...


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John Barrowman talks 'Torchwood,' 'Arrow' and marriage equality - COMIC-CON CHICAGO - John Barrowman is that rare person: the multitalented heartthrob. Barrowman—who was born in Scotland and raised in Joliet, Illinois—may be best known for playing omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and its popular spinoff, Torchwood, although he's fulfilling many a fan's fantasy as Malcolm Merlyn on the CW series Arrow. ( This writer personally remembers him from the short-lived ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Paige-ManWaring

Gay in the Life: Paige ManWaring - It was her first singing experience that was not musical theater, so Paige ManWaring definitely was nervous. But that didn't show in this year's Windy City Gay Idol, as ManWaring finished third overall. "The people involved [with the event] were absolutely incredible. Honestly, the nicest, friendliest, [most] caring, and insanely talented group of people on the planet," she said. "Everyone ...


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Caryn Berman reflects on her life of activism - Caryn Berman, 62, has always been a fighter. She was among the first people working on the front lines against HIV and AIDS in 1980s Chicago. Now Berman is in the final battle of her life—the cancer she has lived with off and on for several years has returned, and it is terminal. Berman is spending her last days with ...


Gay-in-the-Life-George-Titterton

Gay in the Life: George Titterton - George Titterton completed the Ride For AIDS Chicago on July 14, marking the second consecutive year he has participated in the two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride. This year's event was his best, and he was the third-best fundraiser of 330 riders. "[It] was such a positive experience for me," he said. "I improved so much because I trained regularly and relaxed. ...


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Trian Alexander aims to promote trans* visibility - Trian Alexander isn't really someone who lives for the now. "Something that someone told me a while ago is that everything is a moment in time. Like the good and the bad, nothing ever truly stays very long, and I think that's kind of important," said Alexander, a member of the Chicago LGBT community and a recent Windy City Times ...


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Gay in the Life: Rick Aguilar - Rick Aguilar started in photography in high school, taking photos for the yearbook and newspaper—and he shot his first wedding while still a high school student, using a camera he borrowed from his yearbook advisor. He now has more than 20 cameras of his own ( mostly Canon ) and he's been a professional photographer for 10 years. "It's remarkable ...


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John D'Emilio: Renowned professor, historian retires - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - In his essay "A Defense of Poetry," Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that history was composed of "the episodes of that cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of men. The past, like an inspired rhapsodist, fills the theatre of everlasting generations with their harmony." John D'Emilio loves history—a story of change passed from one to another and replete with ...


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Meiling Jin on growing up in China, celebrity, LGBT journalism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While growing up in China, Meiling Jin never imagined that she would one day live in Chicago and report on LGBT stories for Chinese media platforms. A senior at Columbia College, Jin's LGBT stories are now seen by millions of Chinese people around the world. Her unlikely story began 22 years ago in the Liaoning Province located eight hours north ...


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Gay in the Life: Dr. Jack Miller - Dr. Jack Miller was ordained in 1974 and served as a priest for five years. "Women made me aware of sexism," he said. "I realized that for me to continue in an official capacity in an organization that was perpetuating sexism was to be a part of the problem and definitely not a part of the solution." So he left ...


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Gay in the Life: Tony Breed - After his 30th birthday, Tony Breed started to feel life's potential slipping away. According to Panel Patter, a news blog dedicated to web comics and cartoonists, Breed decided creating comics was an impractical dream in college and gave up to pursue something, "unspecified and white collar." More than 15 years later, following encouragement from his husband and a close friend, ...







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