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'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day - Try to define playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History would likely result in confusion. "I've been describing it, like, the playwright does Roots meets The Wizard of Oz meets In Living Color. With a big gay love story between two African Americans right in the middle of everything," said leading man Breon Arzell, who plays Ron, a gay historian swept ...


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Howard Brown Health's CEO, board president speak on its evolution - When David Munar took the reins at Howard Brown Health in 2014, the health agency was recovering from an extended period fraught with management issues, financial difficulties and low employee morale. Under Munar's watch, Howard Brown Health eventually received a coveted Federally Qualified Health Center designation. The agency could now compete for funds that, along with additional monies made possible ...


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IN THE LIFE Dr. Juan Alvarez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Juan Alvarez specializes in helping make dreams come true. Alvarez works at the Fertility Centers of Illinois as a reproductive endorcrinoogist/fertility doctor. His role is to evaluate couples who are trying to get pregnant ( whether same- or opposite-sex ). According to Alvarez, "they come in for consultation—why they can't get pregnant and what we can do to help." ...


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ACTIVISM Sister on a mission: Talking with trans activist Charlie Craggs - Charlie Craggs has discussed trans issues on TV and before Parliament and written on trans issues in both The Guardian and The Independent. Craggs was also named one of the most influential and inspirational LGBTQ people in the United Kingdom. The author, speaker and founder of Nail Transphobia ( which seeks to stamp out transphobia one manicure at a time ...


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Chicago Icon: The Marge Summit Story, Part Two of a two-part feature - We return to our interview with Chicago LGBT Hall of Famer Marge Summit. WCT: So how did you go from MS to His 'n' Hers? MS: When I had MS, on the day after New Year's, I had a good crowd, but I was running out of vodka. So I looked all over the neighborhood down there, because vodka was ...


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Chicago Icon: The Marge Summit Story, Part One of a two-part feature - Marge Summit is a Chicago icon. The former bar owner, community organizer, and longtime activist has been a very visible member of Chicago's LGBT community for more than 65 years. Marge began hitting the bars in the 1950s and managed several of them before opening her own. She was the longtime owner of His 'n' Hers, a favorite community bar ...


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In the Life: Zach Barnard - Zach Barnard has been painting for as long as he can remember. "I just love how it completely takes me away from the real world," he said. "I can completely phase out and not really even pay attention to what I'm doing, which is so healthy for my mental state." He grew up an only child, using painting as a ...


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Juan Calderon talks health board, career, activist work - Among his many accomplishments, community leader Juan Calderon was recently named by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the newly vacated seat on the Chicago Board of Health. The city council approved his appointment this past September. "This appointment means a great deal to me," said Calderon. "I am the first openly Puerto Rican/Latinx gay man to serve on the Chicago Board ...


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MCC elder talks Cajun roots, faith and lesbian polyamorous relationship - Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown's journey toward the ministry and the Metropolitan Community Church ( MCC ) began in her early thirties, when she was looking for a spiritual connection after many years away due to the rejection she faced after coming out as a lesbian while in college. She decided to enter an MCC church ( while living in St. ...


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Jamie's journey: Vallas family supports transgender daughter - Jamie Vallas is nearly 21 and finally feels as if she's who she was supposed to be all along. She was a kid who wore her sister's old ballet clothes, who would find wigs and put bath towels over her short hair, who never wanted Halloween to end. She remembers being 14, presenting then as a boy, and taking a ...


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Coming to a vending machine near you: Activewear - What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about vending machines? Guilty-pleasure snacks filled with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, sodium and saturated fat? They're convenience and instant gratification at their best. But a local Chicago company is putting a spin on vending machines and offering a more healthful alternative: activewear. Arnab Majumbar and James Stewart, ...


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BOOKS The random history of Judy Wieder - Anyone reading Judy Wieder's memoir, Random Events Tend to Cluster, would conclude that the former editor-in-chief of the Advocate has lived an incredible, unpredictable life. Wieder got her start in media by faking her way into a copywriting position at a third-rate musical instrument company in '60s New York, and making a career transition into gossip magazines. A white lesbian ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lesbian opera singer Racette seeks asylum in 'The Consul' - Lesbian opera soprano Patricia Racette considers herself to be very lucky. In her three-decade performing career of tackling both classics ( Madama Butterfly, Salome ) and world premieres ( Emmeline, Dolores Claiborne ), Racette has been able to check off most of the dream roles on her operatic wish list. Racette shares one of her more elusive wish-list roles when ...


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Jose Ruiz on managing Dulcelandia, coming out and being an immigrant - When José Ruiz arrived in the United States 12 years ago from his hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico, his life changed in many ways—both personally and professionally. This included being able to live his truth freely as an openly gay man without fear or shame. Ruiz was born May 10, 1978 ( Mexican Mother's Day ) in Guanajuato and studied at ...


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The life of 'Patty the Pin Lady' - Nearly every weekend, some Sunday afternoons, and at big Boystown events like Market Days, you can find a feisty 74-year-old woman selling buttons out on street corners and in gay bars up and down the North Side. As she periodically has to remind her audience, the money isn't for her. Patricia Latham, better known as Patty the Pin Lady, is ...


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DISH: SAVOR Grounds for success: New coffee shop opens in Uptown - Sarah Riddle and Katy Weseman have been partners in life for 12 years—and now they are partners in business with the launch of Ridman's Coffee, a cozy, independent shop at the southwestern corner of Clark and Lawrence that brews up Dark Matter Coffee with a side of Southern hospitality. Originally from Tennessee, Riddle brings 15 years of experience working in ...


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Gayest Halloween costumes of 2017 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Mikey Rox - It seems like every day is a new nightmare in America, but there's no substitute for the spooks and scares of Halloween ( which is really just Christmas-come-early for you queens ). This year, we were blessed with countless real-life jesters, jokers and fools to cop costume ideas from, and you'll save a bundle with these DIY tips to build ...


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IN THE LIFE Erik Grazetti - Talking with Erik Grazetti for a few minutes, one realizes that he is in his element as Loews Chicago Hotel's director of sales and marketing—and that he loves it. Grazetti was in the Washington, D.C., area for 25 years, moving to Chicago in 2011 when he was with a different hotel company. ( He's originally from a small town in ...


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LGBT Chamber of Commerce welcomes new director - The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois hosted a welcome reception for their new director, Jerome' Holston, Oct. 10 at its Lakeview office. Billy Stevenson, board chair, along with other board and chamber members, attended the event. Pictured, from left: Board members John Lashmett and Jeff Kessler with Holston ( third from left ) and Stevenson. See http://lgbtcc.com/aboutus/ . Photo ...


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PRO SPORTS Wrestler Anthony Bowens: Talking about sport, coming out as bi - Earlier this year, professional wrestler Anthony Bowens made waves and amassed support when he came out as bisexual. However, he also experienced some negative feedback, including from those within the LGTQ community, who questioned the validity of his orientation—and of bisexuality in general. Bowens ( who said he's "still getting used to everything" ) recently talked with Windy City Times ...


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Unity Temple open for tours - Unity Temple—which some consider one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest public buildings—is now open for tours. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust provides tours year-round, Monday through Saturday, at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Wright designed the building in 1905 for his own Unitarian congregation and completed construction in 1908. Unity Temple continues to serve a Unitarian Universalist Congregation. ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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