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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 - by Molly Sprayregen - 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 ...


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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 ...


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 ...


BUSINESS-The-story-of-a-suit-A-womans-custom-tuxedo-at-Dapper-Club

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 ...


Chicagoans-heading-to-Standing-Rock-to-fight-pipeline-on-Native-land

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, ...


PODCASTS-Black-queer-curiosity-Collective-Postloudness-takes-on-humanity

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 ...


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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 ...


In-the-Life-Hadley-Rue

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 ...


L-A-Healing-Studio-A-business-and-personal-partnership

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, ...


In-the-Life-Cassey-Brick

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 ...


In-the-Life-Rebecca-ONeal

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 ...


In-the-Life-Olin-Eargle

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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Sidney Thomas on board post, career, HIV/AIDS activism - Sidney Thomas has spent his entire career working toward greater healthcare access for all, becoming involved with HIV/AIDS issues, the implementation of Medicaid expansion in metropolitan Chicago and mental-health issues. Thomas was born and raised in Milwaukee. He moved to Chicago in 1980 to take a job as a psychiatric social worker at Garfield Park Mental Health Center—now known as ...


In-the-Life-Nadia-Oussenko

In the Life: Nadia Oussenko - Nadia Oussenko has quite the resume, such that, she admittedly is a "Jane of all trades, and finally old enough to be a master of some." She is a photographer/videographer and dance educator, with classroom knowledge, professional stints, and plenty of on-the-fly work. "The spring semester is when I do most of my teaching, so my busy season just ended. ...


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LGBT-owned eye-care business expands service to community - LGBT-owned Visionary Eye Care has been serving the community for 20 years at its Andersonville location. Over those years, it has expanded its services in a variety of ways. This month marks the launch of its redesigned and expanded practice to incorporate the storefront next door. Visionary will also be holding a trunk show and exposition Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 ...


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Lifetime partners share their bliss with a sunflower - The image of the sunflower has always been equated with happiness. For kids, its popularity is the botanical answer to a dinosaur. Sunflowers regularly dominate childhood drawings hung on kindergarten classroom walls or proudly displayed on household refrigerators. Between the Crayola-colored bright yellow petals atop of a towering green plant, an equally dazzling smile is often included. However, for two ...


AROUND-CHICAGO-US-Cellular-Field-More-than-just-a-stadium

AROUND CHICAGO U.S. Cellular Field: More than just a stadium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Of course, the tens of thousands of people who go to U.S. Cellular Field for every Chicago White Sox home game are there to see the team play ( and, they hope, win ). However, there's certainly more to the experience than seeing the game—namely, checking out the Chicago Sports Depot ( which sells all sorts of items connected with ...


In-the-Life-Kristen-Kaza

In the Life: Kristen Kaza - As a high school student, Kristen Kaza organized a fundraiser gala for a women's rape crisis center, complete with a jazz band and a newspaper ad to spread the word. Since then, she's continued to stay committed to "partying with a purpose, creating social impact and a platform for people who need voices," she said. "We need spaces now more ...


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Gay fast-food worker joins fight for higher wages - Samuel Santana, 20, of Cicero appreciates his job at an area Burger King, where he's worked for 10 months, but wants to make more money. He makes $8.25 an hour and rarely works more than 30 hours a week. "It feels like I'm living off chump change. One week I'll get 12 hours, the next week I'll get 10, so ...


Earles-Architects-and-Associates-marks-25-years-in-the-business

Earles Architects and Associates marks 25 years in the business - By Tarina Hargrays - Earles Architects and Associates ( EAA ) have been going strong for a little more than 25 years. Dan Earles, the principal and owner of EAA, is a Detroit native who has worked for several architect firms until 1991, when he decided to start his own firm, EAA. The mid-sized firm consists of 19 people and, since its founding, has ...


In-the-Life-Matt-Nielson

In the Life: Matt Nielson - "Long and busy" is how Matt Nielson describes his day-to-day life. This isn't hard to believe with his leadership roles ranging from Chicago's deputy commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, League of Chicago Theatres' board member and newly appointed member of Howard Brown Health's board of advocates. Nielson told Windy City Times that Howard Brown Health ...


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James Keck reflects on lifetime of activism - Longtime activist James Keck said he believes that there is tremendous validity to the expression "truth to power," and that the best exemplars of of that are young people. "Young people have their own insight," he explained to Windy City Times. "Their tenacity and challenges to the status quo [are] healthy as all get out." An exuberance and passion to ...


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Monthly gatherings for LGBTQ APIs - Christ Church of Chicago ( Tri-C ) and Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago ( i2i ) are sponsoring a monthly gathering for LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders ( API ) as well as their family members. The meetings take place on the fourth Sunday of each month, 3-5 p.m., at Tri-C, 6047 N. Rockwell Ave. The ...


In-the-Life-Matt-Kirouac

In the Life: Matt Kirouac - Matt Kirouac was approached by Gatehouse Publishing last spring about writing a book about Chicago as part of its The Hunt series. The problem was the publishing house is in Singapore, which is where the series started before eventually coming to North America. So, for Skype meetings, Kirouac often was in pajamas at 10:30 p.m. on a Sunday, since Singapore ...


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Activist Rachel Williams talks #SayHerName, BYP100, intersectionality - Chicago native Rachel Williams has been an activist since their high school years at Chicago Public School's John Hope College Prep in Englewood. Along with their activist work, Williams also served on the student council and competed with the policy debate team at their high school. Born in 1991, Williams grew up on the Far South Side. Like a lot ...


In-the-Life-Sandi-Robinson

In the Life: Sandi Robinson - "Every day is different." This is how Chicago native Sandi Robinson describes her day-to-day life. Sandi is the director of sales at Chicago's Godfrey Hotel and her job is nothing short of eventful. "I am obsessed with my phone. We have this ongoing love affair," she said to Windy City Times, laughing. Robinson is an all-around hard worker, overseeing an ...


Local-choral-figure-on-career-Seattle-job-and-brutal-accident

Local choral figure on career, Seattle job and brutal accident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 3, the life of Paul Caldwell—outgoing artistic director of Windy City Performing Arts: Windy City Gay Chorus and Treble Quire ( WCPA ) as well as outgoing Artistic Director and CEO of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago—changed forever when he was struck by a driver running a red light as he was walking across the street to ...


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Enduring Love, gay couple copes with Alzheimer's - On Oct. 19, 2000 Michael A. Horvich and Gregory Lee Maire stood before a Justice of the Peace against the stunning backdrop of Stowe, Vermont, for their civil union ceremony. Surrounded by the magnificence of the Green Mountains and Worcester Range, they expressed their love for each other in words and in the unspoken, peaceful elation unique to the moment ...


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Incoming Chicago House CEO looks ahead - Scott Ammarell says that housing is an issue that he's long been passionate about. "One of the things I've learned is the necessity of having a roof over your head," said Ammarell, who, for many years, was a counsel for Chicago Housing Authority ( CHA ). On May 4, Chicago House and Social Services Agency announced that Ammarell would be ...


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David Boyer marks 40 years serving the community - "Hey bartender: Pour 'em hot tonight. 'Til the party and the music and the truth collide. Bring it 'til his memory fades away." Such was the 2014 wish of country music band Lady Antebellum in the band's song "Bartender." Memories are saturated into the hardwood walls of Chicago's North Side bar Touche, founded in 1977. They cannot fade any more ...


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Harvey Milk and Levi Strauss: Connections, community service and family legacies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times, by Stuart Milk, President, Harvey Milk Foundation - A decade ago, the epicenter of the national struggle for marriage equality was here in California at exactly the time the movie Milk was to have its world premiere, and it was Levi Strauss & Co. that became the main sponsor of not only the premiere but also the community celebration of Harvey Milk's legacy of hope. It was a ...


In-the-Life-Daniel-Lewellin

In the Life: Daniel Lewellin - Daniel Lewellin started working in the hotel industry at age 15 at a small, limited-service property in Hinckley, Minnesota, where he was raised—and his first job was a houseman, thus he went into all of the dirty rooms and pulled the linens off the beds before the housekeepers got in to clean the rooms. He quickly worked up the industry ...


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Gay former Chicagoans reflect on Candypants, five-decade relationship - During the Chicago blizzard of 1967, David Sanderson and Lee Brady met each other at a house party and shortly after that Sanderson began wooing Lee, who wasn't fully out at the time. They'll celebrate their 50th anniversary as a couple next year. The couple's claim to fame is Candypants edible underwear. They also forged a friendship with the late ...


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TRANS ACTION Entrepreneur embraces visibility through example - Chicago-born author and philanthropist W. Clement Stone believed there was little difference in people with one significant exception—attitude. The guiding philosophy for his co-authored 1960 book Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude would evolve into the bedrock of Stone's legacy—one that influenced millions. "Have the courage to face the truth," Stone once said. "Do the right thing because it is ...


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In the Life: Imp Queen - Imp Queen is a trans fashion figure, a rising pop star and a queer community leader—and just an extension of her true personality. "There isn't really a 'character,' just my own mannerisms amplified by a spotlight, a microphone and an audience. I consider the work I'm doing now as Imp Queen part of my ongoing art and life practice," she ...


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Chicagoan volunteers in earthquake-ravaged Nepal - Anthony Alfano spent six weeks this year in Nepal working with an international non-governmental organization ( NGO ), All Hands Volunteers, helping communities rebuild after the devastating earthquakes last April and May. Both earthquakes registered greater than 7.0 magnitude and combined, more than 9,200 were killed. "When the earthquakes hit, I remember wanting to commit to helping in more than ...


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In the Life: Steve Figg - Photos courtesy of Figg - Steve Figg has been involved in sports since he was 9, first playing basketball, soccer, and competing in track. But his passion was swimming and diving—and that's where he found much success. In high school, Figg competed in swimming, diving, and on the track team. He then, from 1985-87, was a scholarship diver at James Madison University—and in '87, he ...


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In the Life: Eric Karas - Since August, Eric Karas has called his Acura TSX car his office. That's because Karas is a ride-share driver for Uber and Lyft. He drives about 20 hours a week, mostly at nights—a time that he affectionately calls "the drunk shift." "Chicagoans are really nice people, or at least entertaining. I never tire of seeing our beautiful city," he said. ...


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In the Life: Ayanna Armstrong - Ayanna Armstrong is, admittedly, "super-packed" with work chores, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, at Chicago House and Social Service Agency. After all, she is the executive assistant to the CEO, Stan Sloan; the office assistant; and Proud 2 Share campaign manager. "I wear many hats," she said. Armstrong formerly was a housing monitor for Chicago House's TransLife Center. Plus, ...


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The dreams of Gene Davis - Gene Davis is a slight, dapper man with a calm, measured presence and a big smile. It belies the challenges he's had to face. Davis is a hearing-impaired gay Black man whose disability has often altered the course of his life. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1954, Davis' childhood was marred by health issues, including hearing that just kept getting ...







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