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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 ...


James-Keck-reflects-on-lifetime-of-activism

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 ...


Activist-Rachel-Williams-talks-SayHerName-BYP100-intersectionality

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 ...


Enduring-Love-gay-couple-copes-with-Alzheimers

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 ...


David-Boyer-marks-40-years-serving-the-community

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 ...


In-the-Life-Imp-Queen

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 ...


In-the-Life-Steve-Figg-

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 ...


In-the-Life-Eric-Karas

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. ...


In-the-Life-Ayanna-Armstrong

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, ...


The-dreams-of-Gene-Davis

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 ...


In-the-Life-Lala-Thomas

In the Life: Lala Thomas - Feature profile - Her life changed dramatically last May 2, as that's the day Lala Thomas' grandmother, Myra Stevenson, passed away. Stevenson raised Thomas. "My mom was in the picture, but she was going through some things at the time," Thomas said. "My grandmother's death was so hard for me to the point I had no feelings left. When my grandmother died, a ...


Catching-up-with-Hall-of-Famer-Ellen-Meyers

Catching up with Hall of Famer Ellen Meyers - The Illinois secretary of state's office has the two highest ranking out lesbians in any branch of state government. The newly appointed chief of the Illinois Secretary of State Police is Sydney Thomas, who formerly was the chief deputy chief of police. Meanwhile, Ellen A. Meyers is the deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, ...


In-the-Life-Roberto-Rodriguez-Torres

In the Life: Roberto Rodriguez Torres - Roberto Rodriguez Torres is a team player, on and off the fields of play. Rodriguez manages the contract for a team of architects, engineers and planners from Knight Engineers and Architects, who, under contract, manage CDOT ( Chicago Department of Transportation ) Streetscape and Sustainable Design projects throughout the city, he said. "We rebuild streets and sidewalks in commercial areas ...


The-21st-century-wedding-movie-Not-your-mothers-wedding-video

The 21st-century wedding movie: Not your mother's wedding video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Why spend so much money on that long boring video that we will only watch once?" Aside from marriage equality itself, no aspect of weddings has changed more in recent years than the wedding video. In the era of YouTube and Facebook video, the wedding video has gone cinematic. The cinematic wedding video The cinematic wedding video combines video, ...


In-the-Life-Charles-Samson

In the Life: Charles Samson - Charles Samson has no problem with Chicago's often-brutal winter weather. "Coming from Hawaii, I think of the snow and cold weather as entertainment and [an] adventure," he said. "I've always preferred the cold because I can layer my favorite outfits, [whereas] I can only take so much clothes off [in the heat]." Samson moved from Oahu and the shores of ...


Windy-City-Media-Group-welcomes-Scott-Duff-Freddie-Bain

Windy City Media Group welcomes Scott Duff, Freddie Bain - Windy City Times welcomes two amazing individuals to the sales team. Scott Duff is a Chicago based actor, comedian, theatre educator, and activist. As a founding member of the award-winning About Face Theatre, he helped to create over a dozen original works, including the ground-breaking About Face Youth Theatre. Before joining the Windy City Times team, he was the Director ...


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Windy City Times welcomes two to sales team - Windy City Times welcomes Scott Duff and Freddie Bain to the sales team. Scott Duff is a Chicago based actor, comedian, theatre educator, and activist. As a founding member of the award-winning About Face Theatre, he helped to create over a dozen original works, including the ground-breaking About Face Youth Theatre. Before joining the Windy City Times team, he was ...


Local-mental-health-group-provides-safe-space-shared-experience

Local mental-health group provides safe space, shared experience - By Skylar Baker-Jordan - Following a large number of clinic closures and record budget cuts, the state of mental health in Chicago has made national headlines over the past year. In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed half the city's mental health clinics, and budget cuts at the state level coupled with often high deductibles found on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange have left ...


Teacher-talks-about-coming-out-and-being-OUTspoken

Teacher talks about coming out and being 'OUTspoken' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This past summer, Jeffrey Tomlinson was one of the featured performers at OUTspoken! ( Sidetrack's monthly LGBTQ storytelling event ) and his story centered around the day he came out to his students in the spring 2007 while teaching at Kelly Miller Middle School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Tomlinson grew up in the politically conservative central Illinois ...


In-the-Life-Chris-Schmidt

In the Life: Chris Schmidt - As director of catering at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile ( a hotel with some gorgeous ballrooms, by the way ), it's safe to say that Chris Schmidt has a lot going on every day—and two days are rarely the same. "I oversee a department of four," he told Windy City Times. "Hiring, training, following up on engagements at the ...


In-the-Life-Kyle-J-Krueger

In the Life: Kyle J. Krueger - Kyle J. Krueger long wanted to be a professional voice actor, and art was a passive hobby of his. That hobby, though, has since flourished. "I was lucky enough to have a talent for [art]," he said. "I really truly fell into this role [as a self-employed freelance artist] and couldn't be happier." While in college, Krueger started doing makeup ...


AROUND-CHICAGO-Morgans-on-Fulton-A-space-for-every-event

AROUND CHICAGO Morgan's on Fulton: A space for every event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, Windy City Times had the chance to check out West Loop event space Morgan's on Fulton ( MorgansOnFulton.com; 950 W. Fulton St. ). Morgan's ( which opened last May ) has four levels: the rooftop/penthouse, Suite C, gallery and the studio, located in the basement. ( James Geier—president of Chicago restaurant and nightclub design firm 555 International Inc.—designed and ...


In-the-Life-Nico

In the Life: Nico - Photos by Marisa kM and Erik Michael Kommer - Nico's first job, at 16, was as a welder and driving tractors on his grandfather's ranch. Ten years later, Nico still has a multiple current gigs on his resume. And drag is prominent. "I have too many [funny] stories [to pick a favorite], but the one [that others] might tell is, I was drunk-talking to a trash can and ballroom ...


In-the-Life-Lisa-Grigaliunas

In the Life: Lisa Grigaliunas - Writer's note: Lisa Grigaliunas is a transgender college student who prefers people use female or neutral pronouns if they are close to Lisa, or simply neutral pronouns if not. So, Windy City Times will simply use Lisa for this story. Lisa Grigaliunas is set to graduate in the spring of 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ...


Back-2-School-Illinois-provides-free-school-supplies-to-those-in-need

Back 2 School Illinois provides free school supplies to those in need - Back 2 School Illinois ( formerly The Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation ) has multiple programs, yet its 500-pound gorilla, as director and CEO Matthew Kurtzman tagged it, is the B2SI Free School Supplies Program. There are more than 1 million students in Illinois who come from low-income families, Kurtzman said, a total which increases annually. "Ideally, we'd be able ...


Imperial-Court-marks-50-years-of-outreach-activism

Imperial Court marks 50 years of outreach, activism - With the goal of providing LGBT people with a safe space to meet and raise funds, World War II veteran and gay Latino-American Jose Julio Sarria founded the first chapter of the International Imperial Court in San Francisco, California, in 1965. Sarria was also the first openly gay candidate to run for public office, as supervisor of the city and ...


In-the-Life-Raul-Redaggio

In the Life: Raul Redaggio - His work as a costume designer has roots in Halloween, as Raul Redaggio almost always created his own costumes for the annual October holiday, and they often included wings. "My best friend and I were always doing photoshoots [in the Halloween outfits]. We would use the narrative from music videos, movies or literature as inspiration for this photography," Redaggio said. ...


The-Peninsula-Haven-for-same-sex-weddings

The Peninsula: Haven for same-sex weddings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since opening in 2001 in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Hotel has not only been the recipient of countless industry accolades including the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star award but has played host to couples seeking to transform the hotel's 11,250 square feet of event space and state-of-the-art guestrooms and suites into an unforgettable wedding ...


Trans-couple-talk-romance-work-activism

Trans couple talk romance, work, activism - When Myles Brady met Precious Davis for the first time during the summer of 2013, he knew he had to pursue a relationship with her. "The first time I saw Precious, I was at the Center on Halsted [the Center]," said Brady. "I felt like my entire world shifted and I knew right then that in order to be successful, ...


Determination-and-skill-Two-Chicago-women-in-trades

Determination and skill: Two Chicago women in trades - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the 34-year-old non-profit Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) held a January orientation for entry into its two training programs in welding and technical opportunities, a line of working tradeswomen stood in front of an audience of well over 350 women hoping to travel along the same road. The work of those tradeswomen—and many like them—to level and ...


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Darrian Ford on The New Standard of his art - Entertainer Darrian Ford freely admits to being inspired by and often sharing similar vocal qualities to the legendary Soul artist Sam Cooke. The genesis of Ford's original show The Cooke Book which he created in 2006 and has been performing ever since was due to the fact that he fell in love with the genre through Cooke's music. However, although ...


In-the-Life-Reeve-Lazar

In the Life: Reeve Lazar - Being vegan isn't just about food choices for Reeve Lazar. Instead, it's about making ethical choices, eliminating oppression, giving everyone a voice, living in a cruelty-free world, promoting peace and ending violence, he said. As such, about five years ago, Lazar tattooed V.E.G.A.N. across his back "to remind myself that even though I might have a [bad] day, there are ...


CORPORATE-DIVERSITY-Fashion-and-business-The-bowties-of-Dapper-and-Urban-

CORPORATE DIVERSITY Fashion and business: The bowties of Dapper and Urban - By Sebastian Saenz - Pinterest, Instagram and fashion bloggers all over the world know it: Bowties are back, and stronger than ever. But it takes a true visionary to give this accessory the contemporary twist it needs—one provided by Jenny Urban and her brand, Dapper and Urban. This Chicagoan defines herself as an "official badass" and as a "dapper queer" who, aside from designing ...


CORPORATE-DIVERSITY-KPMG-leads-way-in-diversity-of-thought

CORPORATE DIVERSITY KPMG leads way in diversity of thought - With combined revenues totaling almost $25 billion and offices based in 155 countries around the world, the network KPMG is certainly known globally for its business achievements. However, the company also wants to be known for what it states as its commitment to diversity. For those who work at the firm—regardless of race, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or gender ...


Kate-Bornstein-on-gender-misconceptions-and-dancing-with-death

Kate Bornstein on gender misconceptions and 'dancing with death' - Trans advocate Kate Bornstein is a successful published writer, author, playwright, and public speaker—even with the acknowledgement that she may only be able to accomplish one task at a time. "I don't wear all of these hats at once, I wear them one at a time. I am a terrible multitasker," she said. "I have a Taurus moon, so I ...


Local-group-supports-intersex-people

Local group supports intersex people - by Gene Naden - Intersex Awareness Day, an international event launched in 1996, is marked each Oct. 26 through grassroots efforts around the world. Persons who identify as intersex or who are interested in learning more about intersex issues meet monthly for casual conversation at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. The group, Intersex Chicago, meets 6:30 to 9 p.m. ...


Latina-LGBT-CEO-chosen-for-The-Limiteds-fall-ad-campaign

Latina LGBT CEO chosen for The Limited's fall ad campaign - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Clothing retailer The Limited has selected a Latina LGBTQ CEO as one of the faces of its new advertising campaign, "The New Look of Leadership." Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, will appear in The Limited's direct marketing, digital and social media campaign, which is scheduled to run through the holiday season. The Limited said the campaign ...


In-The-Life-Nomi-Williams

In The Life: Nomi Williams - Nomi Williams has spent five years working for The Night Ministry and the past year in management, serving as the youth worker coordinator/supervisor for its youth homeless shelter, known as The Crib. Her ties with The Night Ministry date back even further—to her days as a homeless youth, "trying to survive and trying to find and utilize the proper resources ...


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Binational gay couple talk health scare, sharing at OUTspoken! - Tyler Greene and Ziwu Zhou's love story has had many twists and turns, and it all started on a snowy, cold January night in 2012. Greene, who was house sitting for a friend, decided to check out his OK Cupid account and he happened to see Zhou's profile. Greene messaged Zhou, who had just left Jackhammer and was heading home, ...


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Chicago transgender couple are engaged, inspiring others - For his 18th birthday, some older friends took Taylor Powell to a nightclub in Nashville, as he was living in Shelbyville, about an hour away. Sara Andrews was working at the club that night, as she had for quite some time, and when she came out on stage to perform, Powell was instantly smitten. Powell immediately told his friends that ...


In-the-Life-Avi-Bowie

In the Life: Avi Bowie - Avi Bowie celebrated their one-year anniversary at the Center on Halsted this summer, serving as the director of youth programs—but Bowie admits that they struggle to answer how they got to that field, short of, "my life and my experiences led me to this field." "As a multiracial, multicultural, genderqueer, female bodied human, my childhood was a rich example of ...


In-the-Life-Kelly-Thompson-

In the Life: Kelly Thompson - Kelly Thompson was working at her corporate job when it just hit her: "I realized I couldn't bear doing something I wasn't passionate about for one more minute," she said. Thompson had volunteered at an animal shelter in her free time and knew it was the one thing she could do day in and day out and never grow tired ...


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BUSINESS Lesbian-run business benefits from 'Shark Tank' appearance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Her life changed dramatically last November when she walked into The Shark Tank, the hit reality-TV show that gives aspiring entrepreneur-contestants the platform to pitch their business to a panel of noted shark investors. Heidi Lovig addressed the five biting sharks, pitching her plant-based vegan cheese alternatives—the company's name is, Heidi Ho—created from sustainably sourced ingredients, including nuts, seeds, vegetables, ...


Chicago-business-focuses-on-socks-of-all-types-

Chicago business focuses on socks of all types - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new business opened this summer in the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood, centered on the sock craze. Yep, Sockified Inc., carries hundreds of styles inside the 400-square-foot store, including items featuring dogs, cats, beets, carrots, stripes, argyles, Frida Kahlo, sharks, sheep, music, cowboys and, soon, an "adult section," one of the co-owners said. "I love socks and this space was perfect," ...


Feminist-book-group-turns-40

Feminist book group turns 40 - In 1975, Connie Kiosse and Pat Becker decided to form a book club. The two had met four years before at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has gone on to found Feminist Voice, one of Chicago's first feminist newspapers. The paper folded two years later, but the two weren't ready to give up. "We were looking for some ...


Chef-Art-Smith-artist-Jesus-Salgueiro-talk-parenting-activism

Chef Art Smith, artist Jesus Salgueiro talk parenting, activism - When Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro met 15 years ago, they never dreamed they'd become parents to four siblings all at once, but that's just what happened when they decided to foster Angel ( 12 ), Brando ( 9 ), Zumy ( 7 ) and Zuky ( 6 ) in February 2014. The siblings were on the verge of being ...


BOOKS-Uncovering-the-past-Emily-Bingham-is-Irrepressible

BOOKS Uncovering the past: Emily Bingham is 'Irrepressible' - Kentucky-born Moredcai author Emily Bingham discovered treasure trunks in the attic that would one day unlock a lifetime of family history only she could illustrate to the world. Her painstaking research would result in Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham. Emily explained, "In 1998, 30 years after Henrietta Bingham died in New York City on the eve of ...


In-the-Life-Kevin-Lee

In the Life: Kevin Lee - Kevin Lee has an overflowing business card. Well, he would. He is a personal trainer, dating back to 2008—and still has the first receipt transaction for his training services. "I'm very proud of my training persona and take it very seriously. I'm a professional and love helping people reach their goals," he said. Lee also is a gay entertainer, who ...


Together-for-29-years-Hill-and-Jones-leaving-Chicago-for-Santa-Fe

Together for 29 years, Hill and Jones leaving Chicago for Santa Fe - It started as SID, named for a rabbit who had been named after Sid Vicious from the movie Sid and Nancy, which was the favorite for Chris Hill and Stephen Jones. Grohe Faucets had approached Hill to suggest he set up shop on his own so they could work with him directly. That was the simple formation of SID, which ...


In-the-Life-Rich-Saucedo-

In the Life: Rich Saucedo - When Rich Saucedo jets over to Paris—five or six times annually, usually for two weeks at a time—it isn't just for the amazing sights. He's there on business. On May 1, Saucedo was promoted to the vice president of human resources for Americas Bel Brands, a France-based cheese company, known for brands such as Mini-Baby Bel and Laughing Cow Cheese. ...


Trikone-Chicago-A-safe-haven-for-LGBTQ-South-Asians

Trikone-Chicago: A safe haven for LGBTQ South Asians - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trikone-Chicago—a not-for-profit organization for queer, trans and gender non-conforming individuals of South Asian/Desi heritage and their families, friends, allies and community—takes pride in filling a void in the Second City. After Sangat/Chicago and Khuli Zaban had both dissolved by the late 2000s, there was the lack of a stable organization for South Asian men and women in Chicago who identified ...


In-the-Life-Kelly-Lauren

In the Life: Kelly Lauren - Kelly Lauren was doing drag before she even knew what it was, what it meant, what it involved. She dressed up and performed the entire record, side A and side B, of Funny Girl in the family's living room for her mother when she was about 7. "I was meant to do this," said Lauren, who was first paid to ...


London-based-twins-give-networking-an-LGBT-twist

London-based twins give networking an LGBT twist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Job-hunting can be daunting for various reasons, but Adrien and Pierre Gaubert make sure being LGBT isn't one of them. The London-based twins founded myGwork, an online platform connecting LGBT professionals, as a hub to help with the search for the dream job. The Gauberts grew up in a small town in the south of France and attended high school ...


Company-launches-LGBT-focused-greeting-cards

Company launches LGBT-focused greeting cards - Jason Bradley-Krauss married his husband, Chris, last October in New York City, and they received numerous gift cards of congratulations—including six of the exact same card, sent from friends. "I quickly realized that there was a big hole in the marketplace; there weren't a lot of card options to be sent to gay people, to congratulate them on being married," ...


United-Way-of-Chicago-launches-LGBT-affinity-group

United Way of Chicago launches LGBT affinity group - Seven years after launching an internal LGBT Employee Resource Group ( ERG ), United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has taken this outreach a step further with an external Pride Affinity Group under the organization's umbrella term, United Pride. This isn't the first Pride Affinity Group created within the United Way system, however, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago holds the distinction ...


Cell-phone-company-plans-to-benefit-the-LGBT-community

Cell-phone company plans to benefit the LGBT community - Patrick Adams went to dinner one night last June with a business colleague, William, who commented that a waitress was very attractive. Patrick agreed that she was, but said the male bartender was hotter. William soon learned that Adams was gay, and their conversation at that restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, continued about gay life—the good and the bad, including ...


Local-Masterchef-talent-on-clothes-Creole-roots

Local 'Masterchef' talent on clothes, Creole roots - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Local talent Tommy Walton is moving in a whole new direction these days. After teaching at the Art Institute in Chicago for years and becoming a leader in fashion, there is something fresh on his plate. He is now on the hit reality series Masterchef on Fox, starring Gordon Ramsay, Graham Eliot and new judge Christina Tosi. On the show ...


WW-Grainger-earns-perfect-HRC-CEI-score-right-out-of-the-gate

W.W. Grainger earns perfect HRC CEI score right out of the gate - 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. W. W. Grainger, Inc. ( Grainger ) received a 100-percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ) this past year when, for the first time ever, they filled out HRC's corporate survey. ...


Chicagoan-launches-wine-purification-product

Chicagoan launches wine-purification product - He was 12, at a family Christmas party, when his aunt turned away a glass of wine—because of the sulfites in that wine. More than 15 years later, James Kornacki is doing something for the approximately 3 million Americans—such as his aunt, Linda Ramirez—who are sulfite-sensitive. Kornacki, 28, a chemist with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, launched Ullo this summer—a ...


AIA-exec-Zurich-Esposito-living-out-childhood-dream

AIA exec Zurich Esposito living out childhood dream - For Zurich Esposito, the road to executive vice president of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects ( AIA ), started in the 1970s in west suburban Hinsdale. Esposito was born in Mexico, yet grew up in and around Chicago, so he admittedly was very aware of architecture. And as a child, he befriended an eclectic Hinsdale business ...


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Hobby baker starts United Nations of Sugar Art collaborative - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Self-taught, part-time hobby baker Zawadi Parizek, who identifies as pansexual, has launched United Nations of Sugar Art ( UNSA ), an international coalition of 285 artists from 41 countries speaking multiple languages, to raise awareness and educate people about social inadequacies through edible art creations. UNSA members will, once a year, virtually come together to create showpieces using sugar in ...


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The new era of ALMA: Association of Latino/as Motivating Action - by Sebastian Saenz - One might think that the Hispanic LGBT community in Chicago might seem small, along with its activities and challenges. However, considering that this city has the fifth-largest population of Mexicans in the United States, that one-third of the population in this city is Latino, that the Latino community is the second-largest and that a non-heterosexual community is very diverse, this ...


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In the Life: Britta Larson - Britta Larson has spent about five years as the director of senior services at the Center on Halsted—and she credits her mom with leading her toward that field. After all, her mom was a nurse in a senior living community. "I found that I really enjoyed working with older adults," Larson said. After college, Larson worked for eight years in ...


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Leo Burnett counts diversity, inclusion as strongest assets - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - [Note: This profile is part of a series about some local businesses that have scored perfectly on HRC'S Corporate Equality Index.] Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc. is one of a number of companies and firms with headquarters in and around Chicago ( out of a total of 366 nationwide ) to achieve a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign's ...


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In the LIFE Cody Domino - - Cody Domino, a DJ since 2001, was asked in 2012 if he knew any new go-go dancers for area venues, thus leading to his next/current venture, Infinite Entertainment. He started booking the dancers a few years ago, and is still at it—and now with more nights to be booked, at more clubs and for more dancers. "I think we started ...







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