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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 ...


Darrian-Ford-on-The-New-Standard-of-his-art

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 ...


Binational-gay-couple-talk-health-scare-sharing-at-OUTspoken-

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, ...


Chicago-transgender-couple-are-engaged-inspiring-others

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 ...


BUSINESS-Lesbian-run-business-benefits-from-Shark-Tank-appearance

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 ...


Hobby-baker-starts-United-Nations-of-Sugar-Art-collaborative

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 ...


The-new-era-of-ALMA-Association-of-Latino-as-Motivating-Action

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 ...


In-the-Life-Britta-Larson

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 ...


Leo-Burnett-counts-diversity-inclusion-as-strongest-assets-

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 ...


In-the-LIFE-Cody-Domino-

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 ...


In-the-Life-Ashley-Perrin

In the Life: Ashley Perrin - Ashley Perrin learned about roller derby while in college, but didn't have the time to join. When she moved to Los Angeles, she watched a documentary that featured roller derby and then began researching. "For the first few months of living in LA, I lived in a tiny apartment with four guys and needed to make some lady friends. I ...


BUSINESS-Gay-Chicagoan-opens-Wrigleyville-hairstyling-facility

BUSINESS Gay Chicagoan opens Wrigleyville hairstyling facility - At age 5, Jacob Leatherman got a pair of dance shoes and his first blow dryer for Christmas. He was ready for his future. Now 34, Leatherman spent 12 years as a professional dancer—in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and on board cruise ships. "As my knees started to give out, I knew it was time to move on to something ...


Event-company-aims-to-shatter-stereotypes-on-Pride-Weekend

Event company aims to shatter stereotypes on Pride Weekend - Anthony DiFiore knows all too well about perception—and he's working hard to combat it, and has been for years. DiFiore is the owner and creative director of Neverland Events, which has been in business for about three years and runs five or six large Neverland parties annually, some corporate and private events, and four or five other smaller GayGlow dance ...


In-the-Life-Sage-Celimene-Rowell

In the Life: Sage Celimene-Rowell - Sage Celimene-Rowell has been a Chicago Public School teacher for 15 years, including the first five years at Clara Barton Elementary School in the Auburn Gresham community on the Far South Side. Teaching, she said, "is very challenging and very rewarding." Celimene-Rowell identified as "gender-fluid or gender-queer" in the 1970s and 1980s, and started a classical transition in May 2012. ...


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Gay United Airlines pilots on their careers, life outside of work - Chicago-based United Airlines has had an LGBT-inclusive workplace for many years, earning a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC's ) Corporate Equality Index for four consecutive years, and that extends to its internal and external initiatives including the company's various Pride Month activities this year at five of the airline's hub markets—Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York City ...


Boeing-soars-when-it-comes-to-diversity-inclusion-effort

Boeing soars when it comes to diversity, inclusion effort - 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. The Boeing Company 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 ( HRC ...


Chicagoan-is-a-proud-Pezhead

Chicagoan is a proud Pezhead - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brian Rody is a collector, not a hoarder—and, yes, there is a difference. He's a serious, serial, perhaps perpetual collector, a trait that runs in his family, he said. As a kid, Rody collected shells and Wacky Packages—the popular trading cards and stickers that were parodies of U.S. consumer products. Wacky Packages were produced by The Topps Company beginning in ...


Louis-LC-Johnson-IV-talks-Currency-jewelry-other-endeavors

Louis (LC) Johnson IV talks Currency jewelry, other endeavors - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Louis ( LC ) Johnson IV is only 24 years old but he's already making waves as the creative director for Currency, a New York City-based jewelry company that he co-launched in 2012 with jewelry designer and straight ally Gee Powell. "I started interning at Complex Magazine in New York City and from there I went on to intern at ...


Video-game-represents-LGBTQIA-community

Video game represents LGBTQIA community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a longtime fan of video games, openly gay Travis Jones relished the thought of finding gay games to play. Since 2011, he has been working on his own LGBTQIA game—Seven Sages of the Bamboo Groves—based on the real life story of a group of Chinese male scholars, musicians and writers in the 3rd century—some of whom were involved in ...


In-the-Life-James-Craig

In the Life: James Craig - - James Craig moved to Chicago last July after 15 years living in Pittsburgh and the first friend he made here was Peter Garaffo, who talked to Craig about joining the annual Ride For AIDS Chicago—a two-day, 200-mile charity bicycle ride that benefits the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ). "I thought [the Ride] would be a great way to ...


Sonoma-to-host-LGBT-business-expo

Sonoma to host LGBT business expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out in the Vineyard—an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in California's Sonoma Valley—has announced the first LGBT Business Expo in Sonoma as part of Gay Wine Weekend 2015. The LGBT Business Expo will be held at Gay Wine Weekend's luxury host hotel, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, June 19-21. In addition, Out in the Vineyard is partnering ...


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epoch.floral: A blooming business - Fashion has trends; florals do not. Rather, floral designs always stay classic. Welcome the ever-blooming world of Mike Hines, 46, who is gay, lives in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood and is the creative director/co-owner of epoch.floral and creative director/owner of Mike Hines Signature. epoch.floral opened in October 2001, and has been going "very well" ever since, he said. "We've stayed ...


New-Town-Alano-Club-survives-to-aid-LGBTs-in-recovery

New Town Alano Club survives to aid LGBTs in recovery - Gloria W. first walked into the New Town Alano Club about 25 years ago. She went to meetings, got a sponsor and started school. She eventually chaired meetings, graduated with a second college degree and started her career. Gloria now works at a major health institution on the South Side of Chicago, "and I am so very grateful—miracles happen every ...


In-the-Life-Martin-Luna

In the Life: Martin Luna - Martin Luna used to be a go-go dancer at various bars on Halsted Street in Boystown, and he often made his own costumes to help spice up the parties where he performed. He's still designing costumes, just now on a much bigger stage—such as for the Pride weekend festivities associated with Neverland Events. For instance, there is a pool party ...


In-the-Life-Mack-Savage

In the Life: Mack Savage - Photo by Gil Leora - She went to a roller-derby match about four years ago with a friend and was instantly in awe. "I remember watching and thinking, 'Look at these athletes ... they are incredible,'" said Mack Savage, the Windy City Rollers' sensation who skates for the Manic Attackers and the Windy City All Stars. "I talked to someone after [that] game and they ...


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Gay-owned barber shop opens in Uptown - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The future for Michael Stejskal is a walk through the past—or maybe just a seat in a comfortable, vintage-style barber's chair. Stejskal, 34, spent about 10 years as a furniture designer. He loved the job, "but I got to the point where, while creatively I was fulfilled, I was lacking the social aspect of a career and just a life ...


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Starwood shows strong support for LGBT rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since the Turn It Up for Change campaign launched last October, there have been about 40 events at W Hotels around the United States, marquee events in Chicago and New York, and a pre-Grammys celebration at W Hollywood. The events and W overall have raised more than $100,000 for the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). Turn It Up for ...


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In the LIFE Luis Tipantasig - Being named Mr. Chicago Leather this past January 24 at The Leather Archives & Museum was extra special for Luis Tipantasig—that also was his birthday. "I went into the competition ready to open up and be myself, [which] sometimes can be scary," Tipantasig said. "It means a lot to be selected to serve a community that embraced me with open ...


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Chicago couple builds arts-enpowerment program for girls - Meredith Montgomery has been working as a teaching artist for almost five years—first in Austin, Texas, and now in Chicago—which is both incredible and challenging, she said. "I created my own method of devised theater as a junior in college; I call it a 'journaling to performance method.' It values the art of journal writing and original self-expression, while honoring ...


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Affinity at 20: Marking two decades of grassroots accomplishments - PART ONE OF TWO. Video below - It is late on a Wednesday evening. While the darkening streets of Chicago have long since emptied of commuters on their way home, at the Affinity Community Services offices located just off a modest Hyde Park shopping center, the small cadre of staff and volunteers are still at their desks. Just as there was 20 years ago when a group ...


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In The Life: Kim Chi - Kim Chi is a live-action anime character who works as a high fashion model. She's a Boystown regular, known for big conceptual outfits with a matching headpiece. "I like to look completely different every time I'm in drag and narrate a story visually from head to toe." Her roots are in Halloween years ago, dressed for the occasion. "We had ...







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