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3rd-Annual-Hall-of-Fame-Celebrity-Bowl-May-10-

3rd Annual Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowl May 10 - Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( GLHF ) host the 3rd annual Celebrity Bowl, Sat., May 10 at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Registration is from 10 to 11 a.m., bowling from 11 a.m. to noon and wrap-up from noon to 12:30 p.m. The Celebrity Bowl is the group's major fundraising effort ...


Cubs-events-for-100th-b-day-of-Wrigley-April-23

Cubs events for 100th b-day of Wrigley April 23 - CHICAGO — Wrigley Field's highly-anticipated 100th birthday arrives Wednesday, April 23, as the Cubs host the Arizona Diamondbacks exactly a century after the Chicago Federals opened then-Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers April 23, 1914. The 100th birthday game headlines the first of 10 decade-themed homestands celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field. Tickets for the April 23 game are ...


Chicago-Red-Stars-eyeing-playoffs

Chicago Red Stars eyeing playoffs - Rory Dames, head coach of the Chicago Red Stars women's professional soccer team, is excited about the team's offense for the 2014 campaign, which kicks off April 19 when the Western New York Flash come to town for the season and home opener. Dames said the team's offense looks dynamic, athletic and exciting in one-on-one drills. The offense also is ...


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Soccer movie spotlights team, player's identity - One of the main storylines for the upcoming soccer documentary, Next Goal Wins, centers around Jaiyah Saelua, a member of Samoa's third gender ( fa'afafine ), who identifies as a woman and is playing on the men's team. The film follows the American Samoa soccer team, including head coach Thomas Rongen, who promoted Saelua into the starting lineup. Saelua then ...


-Pressure-on-IOC-demanding-no-anti-gay-games

Pressure on IOC demanding no anti-gay games - From an AllOut press release - New York, USA - April 15 2014 — Over 115,543 members of global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation, All Out, have sent a message to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Public submissions close Tuesday for reforms being considered for the Olympic Agenda 2020 in Monaco later this year. 52 Olympians also came together to ...


Margaret-Fleming-leaves-Adoption-Link

Margaret Fleming leaves Adoption-Link - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Margaret Fleming is a loving mom to 12 children—three biological and nine via adoption—though one has passed away. They come from multi-racial backgrounds, wide-ranging in age, and certainly carrying diverse interests, upbringings and personal tales. Fleming, now 77, reflected on her family and simply said, "It's a pretty amazing family." Fleming, a bisexual who lives in suburban Oak Park, is ...


Chicago-Force-takes-second-step-toward-repeating

Chicago Force takes second step toward repeating - It wasn't pretty, and it certainly was painful for at least one member of the Chicago Force, but the 2013 National Champions took their first step at home toward repeating as the top team in the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) on Saturday night, April 12. The Force defeated the Indy Crash 48-6 at Evanston Township High School, improving ...


Louganis-at-Open-Door-benefit

Louganis at Open Door benefit - About 200 people attended Open Door Clinic's "New Beginnings" fundraiser featuring openly gay, HIV-positive, gold medal-winning Olympic diver and activist Greg Louganis at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago on April 12. Founded in 1977, Open Door Clinic is, according to its website, "A non-profit healthcare organization established by grassroots organizations that identified the need to provide ...


-UMass-Amherst-b-ball-player-Derrick-Gordon-comes-out

UMass Amherst b-ball player Derrick Gordon comes out - From a GLAAD press release - AMHERST, MA — GLAAD and the You Can Play Project, one of North America's leading organizations dedicated to ensuring equality in sports, April 9 hailed Derrick Gordon's coming out as the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA ) Division I basketball player. "The tidal wave of support for gay and lesbian athletes continues to surge forward," said ...


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Gay former college swimmer now a rising force in real estate - Samuel Ciochon was an NCAA Division I swimmer at the University of Illinois-Chicago who now works in the Chicago real-estate market. He was an openly gay athlete in both high school and college and now, for the first time, Ciochon shares his story exclusively with Windy City Times. Being an openly gay swimmer in high school and then at ...


Second-City-Tennis-honors-champions

Second City Tennis honors champions - Second City Tennis ( SCT ) finished off what is being known as the "Polar Vortex Season" of winter doubles with a mid-March playoffs at Midtown Athletic Club and Lakeshore Sport & Fitness and an awards ceremony at Atmosphere. The champions for the 2013-14 season are as follows ( division in parentheses ): —Gerard Almoninia and Ken Ore ( Open ...


National-Gay-Lesbian-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-open-to-nominations

National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame open to nominations - From a press release - ( Chicago, April 8th, 2014 ) — The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2014. Nominees can be gay or lesbian individuals, organizations that have made tremendous strides in recognizing gay and lesbian athletes, or individual "Allies." The nomination form can be found at www.gayandlesbiansports.com and is due by April ...


Film-on-gay-rugby-star-Oprah-tour-Tegan-and-Sara-win-

Film on gay rugby star; Oprah tour; Tegan and Sara win - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mickey Rourke has said that his upcoming biopic of Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas will be "10 times better than The Wrestler," according to Digital Spy. Rourke revealed that he has written the script for and intends to star in the project, which will be titled The Welshman and center on the life of the first openly gay professional rugby ...


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Ty Pennington at Disco Dash June 26 - Home-improvement expert Ty Pennington will be at the 4th annual Disco Dash 5K and 10K race on Thursday, June 26, at Soldier Field's Stadium Green. The race is followed by a '70s dance party outside the stadium, and runners are encouraged to dress up in their best disco-era costumes for fun and prizes. Early bird registration runs through April 30, ...


LGBT-runners-have-two-races-this-June

LGBT runners have two races this June - Runners from Chicago's LGBT community will have two races they can participate in when Pride weekend arrives at the end of June. A new event, the Pride 5K, takes place the evening of Thursday, June 26; its organizers say they largely intend it to be a celebration to kick off the weekend. Meanwhile, Proud to Run, the annual 5K and ...


Photographic-fundraiser-to-support-Ride-For-AIDS-Chicago

Photographic fundraiser to support Ride For AIDS Chicago - Smiles in the spring will help participants of the Ride For AIDS Chicago this summer. Rob Campbell and Doug Birkenheuer, both openly gay Chicago residents who will be cycling in the two-day, 200-mile event in July are the co-hosts for SpringSNAP!, a fundraiser benefitting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ), which produces the 11th annual bicycle ride. "We ...


Former-Mr-Universe-Bob-Paris-on-Oprah-coming-out-marriage

Former Mr. Universe Bob Paris on Oprah, coming out, marriage - Bob Paris is best known as a former professional bodybuilder who earned the title of Mr. Universe in 1983. Despite being an openly gay man, his sexual orientation was not known by segments of the general population. Paris had been in a high-profile relationship with model and bodybuilder Rod Jackson and, in 1989, the two got married in a commitment ...


Pride-5K-lakefront-night-race-and-party-to-benefit-Center

Pride 5K lakefront night race and party to benefit Center - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( March 20, 2014 ) — Registration is now open at ILoveRuns.com for the first annual lakefront PRIDE 5K run/walk, which will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 26, just steps from Boystown. In an effort to plus-up the fun and to further unite the community, everyone is encouraged to register with a partner. Those that ...


OUT-at-Wrigley-2014-to-take-place-July-12

'OUT at Wrigley 2014' to take place July 12 - "OUT at Wrigley 2014" will take place Saturday, July 12, at 3:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St. Bud Light, MTM Chicago and sUpErGuRLImAgEs, in conjunction with ChicagoPride.com, are sponsoring the 14th annual event. The Chicago Cubs will host the Atlanta Braves. Tickets are $57 ( terrace reserved passes ) or $130 Budweiser patio deck tickets. Those who ...


Game-On-Chicago-Force-drive-to-retain-national-championship

Game On: Chicago Force drive to retain national championship - The word of the day for the Chicago Force, from now through early August, is: repeat. Nothing else will please the defending Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) national championships, who open the 2014 season on April 5, on the road against the Detroit Dark Angels. The Force home opener is a week later—April 12, when the Indy Crash come ...


Chicago-Force-QB-out-with-music-video

Chicago Force QB out with music video - Chicago Force quarterback Sami Grisafe has released a video for her song "Carousel." Grisafe is an out award-winning singer-songwriter and all-star athlete whose music embodies a folk-rock style. This past fall, Grisafe, an equality advocate, headlined the Rock the March concert with her new song, "Brand New Fairy Tale," at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. Grisafe is on ...


MLS-to-introduce-pro-gay-initiative

MLS to introduce pro-gay initiative - At the inaugural Out in Law summit, an LGBT initiative for senior leaders in the legal profession, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Major League Soccer's ( MLS' ) decision to introduce new measures to protect gay players from discrimination and harassment, according to OutLeadership.org. Todd Sears—founder of Out Leadership, the organization behind the summit—said, "The 'Don't Cross the ...


Nets-sign-Collins-for-remainder-of-season

Nets sign Collins for remainder of season - The NBA's Brooklyn Nets signed center Jason Collins for the remainder of the season on March 15, according to ESPN.com. Sources said that the internal expectation all along was that Collins would be a Net for the rest of the season, from the moment he signed his first 10-day deal. Collins is averaging 9.8 minutes per game off the bench ...


AAC-CGHA-start-spring-hockey-season

AAC, CGHA start spring hockey season - The Athletic Alliance of Chicago ( AAC ) and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association has started its eight-week spring season. Teams play Sunday nights at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., with each team playing twice a night. There will still be two levels of play offered: recreational and competitive. They are accepting team and individual ...


-Payton-anti-bullying-event-in-Des-Plaines-on-March-12-

Payton anti-bullying event in Des Plaines on March 12 - Jarrett Payton, son of Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton, and Camille Paddock, a 15-year-old who was bullied almost to the point of ending her life, will appear together at "Bullied No More" at Maine West High School, 1755 S. Wolf Rd., Des Plaines, on Wed., March 12, 7-9 p.m. MaineStay Youth & Family Services, a division of Maine Township, ...


Joe-Kaiser-Just-being-who-I-am-on-track-in-life

Joe Kaiser:'Just being who I am' on track, in life - Joe Kaiser went to a Windy City Rollers ( WCR ) bout in September 2011—and was immediately hooked. Kaiser's wife, Diona Pardon Kaiser, had WCR tickets, and Kaiser was quickly overcome with emotions watching the roller derby action. "That's what I wanted to do and became upset that I was the wrong gender for that [sport]. I just knew [roller ...


Rebranded-bowling-tourney-hits-Chicago

Rebranded bowling tourney hits Chicago - This is the 26th year of the Chicago entry into the International Gay Bowling Organization ( IGBO ). But the event, formerly known as the Chicago Pride Invitational ( CPI ), has been rebranded the SCOTCH tournament for its run March 8-9. In this case, SCOTCH is the Second City Open Tournament Chicago—not the drink. This is "the biggest gay ...


CLLAW-on-March-8-

CLLAW on March 8 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will be featured at CLLAW XVIII on Saturday, March 8, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. Presented by Sideshow Theatre Company, CLLAW's 18th bout will feature local lady arm wrestlers decked out in over-the-top outfits, complete with "fast-talking managers, ebullient entourages and shady referees," according to a press ...


Five-time-Olympic-champion-headlines-Open-Door-event

Five-time Olympic champion headlines Open Door event - From a press release - Greg Louganis, widely considered the greatest diver in history, is the featured speaker for New Beginnings, the April 12 fund-raiser benefitting the Open Door clinics in Aurora and Elgin that provide education, testing and treatment for individuals with sexually transmitted infections. Louganis, who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the 3-meter springboard and 10-meter ...


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Sports news - 'Get to Know Team Chicago' March 3 Team Chicago Athletics and Culture will hold a community meeting Monday, March 3, 6-8 p.m., at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Attendees will get to meet the board of directors of Team Chicago and find out more about our plans to lead the Chicago delegation to Gay Games 9 in ...


PASSAGES-Gay-ex-NFL-player-Roy-Simmons-dies

PASSAGES Gay ex-NFL player Roy Simmons dies - Roy Simmons, a former New York Giants offensive lineman who later became the second former player in NFL history to come out as gay, died in his New York home at 57, The New York Daily News reported. Simmons, the only player in NFL history to acknowledge that he was HIV-positive, was known for his nice demeanor—but was also tortured ...


Oregon-AG-wont-defend-ban-gay-ex-NFL-player-dies

Oregon AG won't defend ban; gay ex-NFL player dies - National roundup: Special to the online version of Windy CIty Times - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced Feb. 20 that the state will not defend Oregon's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in the case Rummell v. Kitzhaber, according to an ACLU of Oregon press release. The state's legal filing stated that the Oregon marriage ban "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review." The plaintiffs in ...


Women-battle-for-Big-East-basketball-championship-in-Chicago-

Women battle for Big East basketball championship in Chicago - The DePaul University women's basketball team would like nothing than to win the Big East Conference tournament—because it is the Lady Blue Demons who play host to the annual event, March 8-11, at the Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont. DePaul is 21-6 overall, among the "Others receiving votes" in both major polls of the top 25 women's basketball teams in ...


-Collins-to-become-first-openly-gay-NBA-active-player

Collins to become first openly gay NBA active player - History was made Sunday night, Feb. 23, when Jason Collins—a 7-foot, 35-year-old NBA veteran—strutted onto the court at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He sported Brooklyn Nets uniform No. 46, played about 11 minutes in what was his 714th career regular-season NBA game. It was his first, though, as an openly gay NBA player—and Collins is now the first ...


Ugandan-anti-gay-bill-trans-activist-arrested-in-Sochi

Ugandan anti-gay bill; trans activist arrested in Sochi - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for "aggravated" homosexual acts, according to CBS News. Museveni announced his decision to governing party lawmakers, said government spokesman Ofwono Opondo. In Twitter posts Feb. 14, Opondo said the legislators, in a retreat that Museveni chaired, "welcomed the development as a measure to protect ...


Sky-high-support-for-Michael-Sam

Sky-high support for Michael Sam - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pokey Chatman smiled when she heard about Michael Sam coming out in early February and, thus, possibly becoming the first openly gay player in one of the big four (baseball, basketball, football and hockey) male team sports. Chatman also admitted she was surprised that, in 2014, there have been no others. "I smiled, just in terms of him getting out ...


Get-to-Know-Team-Chicago-Athletics-and-Culture-March-3

Get to Know Team Chicago Athletics and Culture March 3 - Team Chicago Athletics and Culture invites the leadership of Chicago's LGBT sports and cultural organizations to come out and meet the Board of Directors to learn about Team Chicago, get a preview of uniforms, apparel and accessories available for Gay Games 9, and to hear about plans for leading the Chicago delegation to participate in Gay Games 9, August 9-16, ...


Chicago-to-host-womens-football-championship-game-in-August

Chicago to host women's football championship game in August - The motivation to repeat as national champions of the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) just became a little stronger for the 2013 champion Chicago Force. Chicago, it was just announced, will play host to the 2014 championship game: Aug. 2, at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School ( 2601 W. Addison St. ). "We're excited ...


Online-marketplace-finds-LGBT-friendly-personal-trainers

Online marketplace finds LGBT-friendly personal trainers - Sam Provenzano noticed that there were websites to search for a personal trainer, but none that catered to the LGBTQ community. So he created the marketplace. Provenzano, 29, who lives in the South Loop, is the founder of Right Fit for You ( RFFY )—the online marketplace of personal trainers that the LGBTQ community can relate to, no questions asked, ...


Gay-bowling-tourney-March-7-9-in-Chicago

Gay bowling tourney March 7-9 in Chicago - The 2014 Second City Open Chicago ( SCOTCH ) Bowling Tournament will take place March 7-9 in Chicago. Registration and bowling will take place at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. There will be doubles and team events. There will be other events, such as the opening-night party at The North End, 3733 N. Halsted St., on March 7 at ...


Everest-Challenge-with-FFC-Gyms-to-benefit-HRC-EI

Everest Challenge with FFC Gyms to benefit HRC, EI - From a news release - FFC Gyms will be running The Everest Challenge in all of their nine gym locations around Chicago from Feb. 15-March 22, which will allow members and non-members the chance to see if they could cover the distance on a treadmill, stair-mill, or bike to the summit of Mt. Everest ( 29,035ft ) and earn the chance to win great prizes ...


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LGBT visibility at Sochi includes high profile messages - LGBT visibility during the first few days of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, included some high profile political "messages," two gay inclusive television commercials, and several surprise choices by both Russian games organizers and openly gay athletes. It was Olympic organizers at the speed skating stadium who chose to play the iconic gay anthem "YMCA" over the public address ...


Spotlight-on-more-than-athletics-at-Winter-Olympics

Spotlight on more than athletics at Winter Olympics - The lasting legacy of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, likely will much more than who won gold, who had to settle for silver, and who might have been thrilled to grab the bronze. The efforts of athletes from around the world will be reported about, talked about, dissected, analyzed, scrutinized, and more. But the aspects of these Games ...


Chicago-Sky-May-16-Home-Opener-at-Allstate-Arena

Chicago Sky May 16 Home Opener at Allstate Arena - From a news release - CHICAGO, February 6, 2014 — The Chicago Sky announced their 2014 regular season schedule Thursday. Led by fourth-year Head Coach Pokey Chatman, fourth-year Assistant Coach Christie Sides and second-year Assistant Coach Wayne "Tree" Rollins, the Sky enters their ninth WNBA season after a successful 2013 season, where they finished atop the Eastern Conference with a 24-10 record. Armed with All-Stars ...


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Gay Chicagoans loving their Olympic experience - They have been planning this trip since 2012—when they did not attend the Summer Olympics in London. So nothing was keeping Michael Koran and Jeff Daniel, a gay Chicago couple, from sporting red, white, and blue for various sports they are attending in-person during the Sochi Winter Olympics. Yes, they are in Russia—and loving the experience, so far. "This has ...


College-football-player-Sam-comes-out-before-NFL-draft

College football player Sam comes out before NFL draft - Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in interviews with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and the New York Times on Feb. 9, according to ESPN. Sam stated publicly what his teammates and coaches at Mizzou have known since August: "I am an openly, ...


Google-celebrates-LGBT-athletes-ahead-of-Sochi-Opening-Ceremonies

Google celebrates LGBT athletes ahead of Sochi Opening Ceremonies - From a press release - Commemorative rainbow Olympic-themed logo quotes fair-minded Olympic charter undermined by Russia's hateful laws Washington — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, cheered a move by Google to show solidarity with LGBT Russians and visiting athletes. With the opening ceremonies in Sochi just hours away, ...


Cubs-change-game-to-avoid-Pride-Day

Cubs change game to avoid Pride Day - CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs game scheduled for Sunday, June 29, against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field has been moved to Saturday, June 28, as part of a separate admission, day-night doubleheader. This change was made at the request of Ald. Tom Tunney and in consideration of neighborhood traffic and congestion in connection with the annual Pride Parade in ...


Olympic-sponsors-pushed-to-denounce-Russia-anti-gay-laws-

Olympic sponsors pushed to denounce Russia anti-gay laws - From a press release - New York, USA - February 6th 2013 - With protests organized by All Out members in 20 cities around the world yesterday, the global outcry against Russia's anti-gay laws is growing. Three US Olympic sponsors have now denounced the Russian laws. First US Olympic Sponsor and telecommunication giant AT&T, followed yesterday by DeVry University, an education company, and the yogurt ...


LGBT-eyes-are-on-Sochi

LGBT eyes are on Sochi - The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the most high-profile Olympics ever from an LGBT perspective, regardless of how many—if any—out athletes participate in the quadrennial sporting spectacular, or if any gold, silver or bronze medals are presented to competitors also proud to wave the rainbow flag. The Games will be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia, and 89 countries will ...


Sponsors-wanted-for-bowling-tourney

Sponsors wanted for bowling tourney - The 2014 Second City Open Chicago ( SCOTCH ) Bowling Tournament is looking for sponsors to help promote their tournament March 7-9, 2014. They have more than 140 bowlers, of which 85% are from the Chicagoland area. This is an inexpensive way to keep your business top-of-mind and reach out to those bowlers who can use your services throughout the ...


Fallon-Fox-set-for-first-MMA-fight-in-Chicago

Fallon Fox set for first MMA fight in Chicago - Fallon Fox is getting back into the cage—and she's fighting in Chicago for the first time in her pro career. Fox, the first openly transgender fighter in mixed martial-arts ( MMA ) history, is on the card of XFO 50, set for Friday, March 21, at the UIC Pavilion ( 525 S. Racine Ave. ). The event is billed as ...


LGBT-Viewers-Guide-to-the-Olympics

LGBT Viewers Guide to the Olympics - Tensions are high as the 2014 Winter Olympics prepares to get underway Thursday with figure skating and skiing events and then with the globally televised opening ceremony Friday. While there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the possibility of a terrorist attack against the Games in Sochi, Russia, there is also considerable uncertainty around who might protest the country's ...


ATT-condemns-anti-LGBT-law-in-Russia

AT&T condemns anti-LGBT law in Russia - From a news release - WASHINGTON — AT&T has become the first major U.S. corporation to make a public statement condemning the anti-LGBT Russian law outlawing "homosexual propaganda." Since the passage of the law last June, the Russian LGBT community has been targeted with violence, harassment, bomb threats, and limitations on its freedom of speech and assembly. HRC and other groups have called on corporate ...


We-Are-All-Athletes-video-showcases-diversity-inclusiveness

"We Are All Athletes" video showcases diversity, inclusiveness - From a U.S. Department of State news release, video embedded - In honor of Team USA's participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics ( February 7-23 ) and Paralympics ( March 7-16 ) in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. Department of State has produced a one-minute video highlighting the diversity of the U.S. athletes competing in the Games as well as everyday Americans. The video focuses on the theme "We Are All Athletes," ...


CMSA-Membership-Party-draws-1500

CMSA Membership Party draws 1,500 - The 4th annual CMSA Membership Party for the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association drew 1,500 attendees. Dubbed Come Out & Play, the party was held Jan. 25 at Joe's on Weed Street. Music, comedy, dancing and other highlights made for a great event. ...


Skater-competes-in-womens-derby

Skater competes in women's derby - For Joseph L. Simonis, it wasn't a lifelong passion realized, a personal test of strength or a political statement. It was a way for her to guide the rudders of a second puberty, to hang onto a body in the process of the change. Simonis is one of the first transgender skaters to compete with the Windy City Rollers, the ...


Lycasek-buys-Chicago-condo-for-850K-

Lycasek buys Chicago condo for $850K - Gold medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek has paid $850,000 for a two-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot condo unit on the 45th floor of a high-rise building just off North Michigan Avenue, according to The Chicago Tribune. Lysacek, 28, won the Gold medal in the 2010 Olympics and also won the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. Because of an injury, he is skipping the ...


Events-Easy-Abby-30-Under-30-Big-Bang-Dolly-CMSA-Ferron-funder

Events: Easy Abby; 30 Under 30; Big Bang; Dolly; CMSA; Ferron funder - Fundraiser for Ferron Jan. 25 A fundraiser for the lesbian folk artist Ferron will take place Saturday, June 25, at Parlour on Clark, 6341 N. Clark St., at 9 p.m. Among the acts slated to perform are Laura Doherty, Lnk, Jenny Urban, Andrew Sa & Dylan Wright, Vanessa Vincent and Florence Nightinjail. Ferron indicated recently on Facebook that she is ...


A-Gay-in-the-Life-Bethany-Evans

A Gay in the Life: Bethany Evans - Bethany Evans earned a personal training certificate from National Academy of Sports Medicine and is now enrolled at Illinois Institute of Technology, studying mechanical engineering. She also is a national champion—a member of the Chicago Force women's tackle football team, which claimed the title in the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) in 2013. Evans sports Force jersey No. 23 ...


Putin-pours-fuel-on-the-controversy

Putin pours fuel on the controversy - Russian President Vladimir Putin poured fuel on the anti-gay controversy Friday ( January 17 ), saying gays visiting Russia for the Olympics can feel at ease as long as they "leave children in peace, please." The remark, and its underlying insinuation that gay people harm children, was not included in Putin's published remarks on his official website but was reported ...


Kennedy-Center-meets-with-Ugandan-president-on-anti-gay-bill

Kennedy Center meets with Ugandan president on anti-gay bill - Based on a RFK Center news release - ( 18 January 2014 | Kampala ) A delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights ( RFK Center ) met with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Jan. 18 at State House in Entebbe, Uganda to discuss the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Uganda's parliament on December 20, 2013. Last month Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center, ...


IKEA-adds-pro-LGBT-wording-to-online-magazine-in-Russia-

IKEA adds pro-LGBT wording to online magazine in Russia - From a RUSA LGBT press release - NEW YORK, NY — RUSA LGBT — an association of Russian-speaking LGBTQ Americans — is pleased to announce a positive response to its campaign to pressure IKEA, the international furniture and design store, to speak up against Russia's new "anti-homosexual propaganda" bill. Following the delivery of an online petition with over 45,000 signatures ( petition can be found here: http://www.change.org/ikearussia ...


Anti-gay-Nigeria-gets-money-from-the-UK-soccer-players-out-

Anti-gay Nigeria gets money from the UK; soccer players out - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes same-sex associations, societies and meetings with penalties of up to 14 years in jail, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Jan. 13 the United States is "deeply concerned" by a law that "dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression ...


Maybe-more-Sex-and-the-City-and-Normal-Heart

Maybe more 'Sex and the City' and 'Normal Heart' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the latest issue of InStyle, Carrie Bradshaw herself, Sarah Jessica Parker, hinted that the Sex and the City story may not yet be finished, according to a Huffington Post item. "A part of me thinks there is one last chapter to tell," Parker told the magazine. "But timing is a peculiar thing. It isn't a decision that can wait ...


Spotlight-trans-gender-non-conforming-intersex-athletes

Spotlight: trans, gender non-conforming, intersex athletes - Disclaimer: Pronouns are used in the article in accordance with subject's request to reflect pronouns/gender used at the time.] Joe Simonis was a standout, honored, multi-sport athlete at Mundelein High School. Let's start with football, where Simonis spent two years on the Mustangs' varsity team, playing offensive guard and tight end. As a wrestler, Simonis was a three-year varsity athlete ...


Celebrating-20-years-of-football-fun-Daisy-style

Celebrating 20 years of football fun Daisy style - The Diesel Daisies are celebrating 20 years, a journey of sports, camaraderie, friendships and fun, said one of the team founders, Linda Wagner. "My, how time flies," said Wagner, 59. "We started out as a C-league team and over the years have added a more competitive B-team. The Daisies compete in flag football tournaments around the country." Wagner and others ...


TPAN-kickoff-event-Jan-25

TPAN kickoff event Jan. 25 - On Saturday, Jan. 25, Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will host an event to kick-off a new season for the Ride for AIDS Chicago ( RFAC ). The event will be held at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., at 4-7 p.m. In attendance will be riders, crew members and the 2014 RFAC Executive Committee. A discounted rate of ...


State-Department-issues-travel-advisory-for-Olympics-

State Department issues travel advisory for Olympics - The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory Saturday for citizens traveling to Russia for the Winter Olympics next month, including a specific warning that "vague guidance" from Russia about its new laws making "it a crime to promote LGBT equality in public" could be used to fine, deport, or jail foreign visitors. The LGBT warning was part of a ...


CGHA-taking-Polar-Plunge-March-2-

CGHA taking 'Polar Plunge' March 2 - The Chicago Gay Hockey Association ( CGHA ) will participate in the Polar Plunge Sunday, March 2, to benefit Special Olympics Chicago. A party at Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted St., on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. will provide more information. For more information, visit http://chicagogayhockey.org/about/charity-events/. To make a donation to one or more players, visit http://www.firstgiving.com/team/251524. ...


-US-travel-alert-for-Olympics-warns-about-anti-gay-law

U.S. travel alert for Olympics warns about anti-gay law - From the U.S. Dept. of State - The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia that they should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times. The Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in Sochi, Russia, from February 7 to March 16, 2014. This travel alert expires March 24, 2014. Full information about the Olympic and Paralympic ...


TPAN-to-host-kick-off-event-for-the-Ride-for-AIDS-Chicago

TPAN to host kick-off event for the Ride for AIDS Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( January 9, 2014 ) — On Saturday, January 25th,Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will host an event to kick-off a new season for the Ride for AIDS Chicago®. The event will be held at Sidetrack The Video Bar, located at 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657 from 4-7 P.M. In attendance will be Riders, ...


Transgender-mixed-martial-arts-fighter-Fallon-breaks-barriers

Transgender mixed martial-arts fighter Fallon breaks barriers - Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender athlete in MMA ( mixed martial arts ) history, came out publicly March 5, 2013. She has been fighting in and out of the cage, and still continues her battle while also fighting off the grips of Father Time. She is a mother of one teenage daughter and now dating Amy Pierson. Fox has ...


Force-honored-for-being-national-champions

Force honored for being national champions - The Chicago Force road to repeating as national champions took a stop Jan. 5 along Bling Boulevard. The team received its championship rings in a ceremony held at Leona's Restaurant, 1936 W. Augusta Ave., on Chicago Force Women's Tackle Football Team Day in Illinois and also the city of Chicago, as proclaimed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and a separate ...


CMSA-annual-membership-party-Jan-25

CMSA annual membership party Jan. 25 - The 4th annual CMSA Membership Party for the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association is expected to draw a record crowd. More than 1,200 attendees will celebrate into the wee hours of the morning. Dubbed Come Out & Play and scheduled to start at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 at Joe's on Weed Street, the CMSA Annual Membership Social Party is all- ...







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