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In-the-Life-Ale-Maes

In the Life: Ale Maes - Ale Maes has been a DJ for 20 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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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 ...


Trans-pioneer-Judy-Bowen-looks-back-at-community-changes

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 ...


Airbnb-to-provide-more-LGBT-friendly-spaces-in-Chicago

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 ...


In-the-Life-Manny-Joson-

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 ...


Activist-nun-Donna-Quinn-has-the-floor-in-Chicago

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


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


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


In-the-Life-Conor-McGarry

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


A-new-kind-of-business-in-an-old-space-Z-axis-opens-in-Pilsen

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 ...


Dawn-Valenti-A-Chicago-survivors-story

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 ...


Jose-Antonio-Vargas-on-the-forefront-of-an-emerging-US

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 ...


Evanston-synagogue-welcomes-its-first-female-and-lesbian-rabbi

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 ...


Sidney-Thomas-on-board-post-career-HIV-AIDS-activism

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. ...


LGBT-owned-eye-care-business-expands-service-to-community

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 ...


Lifetime-partners-share-their-bliss-with-a-sunflower

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 ...


Gay-fast-food-worker-joins-fight-for-higher-wages

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 ...


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 ...


Monthly-gatherings-for-LGBTQ-APIs

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 ...


TRANS-ACTION-Entrepreneur-embraces-visibility-through-example

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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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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 ...







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