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Barrys-Bootcamp-brings-workouts-to-Chicago

Barry's Bootcamp brings workouts to Chicago - Joey Gonzalez came home in mid-November for "one of the most climactic and meaningful moments" of his career: the opening of Barry's Chicago, 11 W. Erie St., in River North. Gonzalez is, after all, a Chicago-area native who is the CEO of Barry's Bootcamp—the group workout regimen that combines equal length intervals of cardio ( treadmill runs ) and floor ...


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CMSA Hall of Fame welcomes six in the class of 2016 - Leslie Wallin started playing 16-inch softball before some in today's Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) leagues were even born. She started in 1987. And in the early 1990s, she joined the Outlines flag football team. In 2000, she joined the Diesel Daises, which she tagged as, "a raucous team known for its love of fierce competition mixed with ...


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Santa Speedo Run Dec. 3 in Boystown - The Santa Speedo Run—an annual holiday event to benefit local LGBT charities in Chicago—will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Participants run one mile through the heart of Chicago's Boystown neighborhood wearing only a Santa hat and Speedo ( as well as running shoes, of course ). All are welcome. The sign-in will begin at ...


CMSAs-Pride-Bowl-honored-nationally

CMSA's Pride Bowl honored nationally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The milestone 10th Pride Bowl flag football tournament will be held next June, coinciding with Chicago Pride weekend, and organizers are shooting for 42 teams from across North America, which is up six teams from this year. The event started in 2008 with 12 teams, and has grown into a rainbow-encompassing, award-winning weekend tournament. The Pride Bowl was named National ...


Chicago-turns-out-for-Cubs-World-Series-Champions-celebration

Chicago turns out for Cubs' World Series Champions celebration - On Nov. 4, Chicago Cubs partied like it was 1908. A sea of blue swamped the city as an estimated 5 million fans gathered to watch the World Series parade that celebrated the team's first championship since 1908. The celebration started in Wrigley Field on the city's North Side and wound its way to Michigan Avenue downtown before culminating in ...


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Chicago Cubs capture 2016 World Series title, setting off celebrations - Kris Bryant fielded a slow-rolling ground ball near third base with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Nov. 2, then whipped it across the field to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, retiring a speedy runner for the Cleveland Indians. Rizzo threw his arms in the air in celebration. So too did the entire city of Chicago—and the rest ...


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Chicago Sky will not retain Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman - From a press release - CHICAGO — After six seasons, the Chicago Sky has decided Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman will not be retained. Under her direction, the Sky had an overall regular season record of 106-98 including an 18-16 campaign in 2016. "I have great appreciation and gratitude for the leadership Pokey brought to our franchise," said Sky owner Michael Alter. " ...


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Cubs mark Spirit Day, are in World Series - On Spirit Day ( Oct. 20 ), Chicago Cubs manger Joe Maddon posed with openly gay Major League Baseball ( MLB ) Ambassador of Inclusion Joe Maddon in a Twitter photo. Now, the Cubs—who have lesbian entrepreneur Laura Ricketts as a co-owner—are in their first World Series. They started the series against the Cleveland Indians Oct. 25. ...


Delle-Donne-on-All-Star-First-Team

Delle Donne on All-Star First Team - Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne was selected to the All-WNBA First Team. Delle Donne makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-WNBA First Team after finishing second in the WNBA in scoring ( 21.46 ppg ) and free throw percentage ( 93.5 ). She also averaged 7.0 rebounds, the second best mark of her career, to go with a ...


Fitness-expo-back-in-Chicago--with-one-change

Fitness expo back in Chicago -- with one change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The fitness/wellness expo known as Club Industry returned to Chicago Oct. 12-14. However, there was one big change this year. Instead of being at its usual home in McCormick Place, the event was at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. There were innovative workouts as well as courses on nutrition, fitness-club member retention, certification, personal training and other issues. As for the ...


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LGBT group motivates marathoners in style - The 39th Bank of America Chicago Marathon took place Oct. 9 with perfect running temperatures ( in the 50s )—and more than 40,000 participants ( from all 50 states and more than 100 countries ) who ran and/or walked 26.2 miles. More than 1 million spectators urged on the runners, with none probably more eye-catching than the members of Frontrunners/Frontwalkers, ...


Chicago-Sky-host-GETPINK-game

Chicago Sky host #GETPINK game - On Sept. 13, the Chicago Sky hosted its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital when the team welcomed the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. As part of the Sky's #GETPINK campaign, players hosted a bake sale at the #GETPINK Game with homemade goods as part of fundraising efforts that benefited Gilda's Club Chicago. The game between Chicago and ...


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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 ...


CIAA-moves-championships-out-of-NC-fallout-from-anti-LGBTQ-HB2-law-continues

CIAA moves championships out of NC, fallout from anti-LGBTQ HB2 law continues - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, praised the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association ( CIAA ) decision to stand up for the safety of the ...


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Thousands participate in AFC's 15th annual AIDS Run and Walk - On the rain-soaked morning of Oct. 1 about 2,500 participants gathered for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) 15th annual AIDS Run & Walk outside of Soldier Field. This year's theme was Band Together. WGN Entertainment Reporter Dean Richards kicked off the opening ceremony ahead of the 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run alongside performances by the ...


ACC-moves-championship-game-to-Orlando-after-NC-refuses-to-repeal-HB2-

ACC moves championship game to Orlando after NC refuses to repeal HB2 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBxTQ North Carolinians, responded to the decision by the Atlantic Coast Conference ( ACC ) to move the league's 2016 football championship game to Orlando, Florida, due to North Carolina's deeply discriminatory HB2 law. "What will ...


Sky-semifinal-tickets-sales-begin

Sky semifinal tickets sales begin - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets for the semifinal round of the 2016 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon are on sale now. The winning teams in the second round single-elimination games advance to the semifinals which will feature a five-game series beginning on Wednesday, September 28 at the home court of either top-seeded Minnesota or second-seeded Los Angeles, who previously earned a bye ...


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Sky playoff game on Sept. 25 - The Chicago Sky will play its first WNBA playoff game of the 2016 season in the second round at noon, Sunday, Sept. 25 at All State Arena. Each of the first-round games ( Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm; Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream ) are single-elimination games. The number of playoff rounds increases from three to four. The top two ...


Musician-ex-pro-athlete-Sami-Grisafe-talks-Etheridge-Trump-Clinton

Musician/ex-pro athlete Sami Grisafe talks Etheridge, Trump, Clinton - Lesbian former professional athlete Sami Grisafe is aware of the fact that she sounds like another familiar voice when she sings—and she's fine with it. "I am honored to be compared to Melissa Etheridge," Grisafe said. "She has such a strong voice, both as a singer and songwriter. I am inspired by her choice to use her platform to bring ...


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Gay college swimmer receives prestigious award - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ayrton Kasemets, a Chicago-area native who is a junior swimming for Oakland University, received the school's Courage Award at the annual end of the last school year's Black and Gold Awards Ceremony. Kasemets, who competes for Oakland in the breaststroke and individual medley ( IM ), was recognized for being openly gay. He said the award brings "extreme gratitude and ...


Chicago-Sky-clinch-playoff-berth

Chicago Sky clinch playoff berth - The Chicago Sky women's basketball team is again in the playoffs. With a 96-86 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sept. 11, the Sky clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth, joining Minnesota, Los Angeles and New York. Tickets are available for the first, second, semifinal and final rounds of the playoffs. The final seeding, pairings, dates and times will not ...


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Diana Nyad makes waves at Union League Club - Before openly lesbian long-distance swimmer, author and journalist Diana Nyad took the stage to address a Sept. 7 lunchtime audience at the Union League Club of Chicago's Authors Program, the podium that had been used for routine housekeeping announcements and to introduce her was removed. As Nyad candidly invited the diners to dive into her life and the seemingly impossible ...


Cubs-announce-tentative-2017-regular-season-schedule

Cubs announce tentative 2017 regular season schedule - From a press release - CHICAGO — Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs today announced the tentative 2017 regular season schedule. The Cubs will open their 142nd season at the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, April 3 with the Wrigley Field opener taking place the following Monday night, April 10, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs will begin the 2017 campaign on the ...


World-Paralympic-athlete-intersex-activists-gay-Russian-candidates

World: Paralympic athlete, intersex activists, gay Russian candidates - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the Rio Paralympic Games are over, wheelchair sprinter Marieke Vervoort of Belgium wants to end her life, LGBTQ Nation reported. "I started thinking about euthanasia," said Vervoort, one of nine out Paralympians competing this year. Euthanasia is legal in her native Belgium, with the consent of three doctors in writing. The 37-year-old suffers from an incurable, degenerative spinal disease ...


NCAA-moves-all-championship-events-out-of-North-Carolina-over-anti-LGBTQ-HB2-law-

NCAA moves all championship events out of North Carolina over anti-LGBTQ HB2 law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, hailed the NCAA's decision to stand up for LGBTQ equality by moving all 2016-2017 championship events out of the state of North Carolina due to the anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. In their decision for ...


Chicago-Sky-to-host-GETPINK-Game-presented-by-Weiss-Memorial-Hospital

Chicago Sky to host #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky will host its annual #GETPINK Game presented by Weiss Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September 13 when the Sky welcomes the Minnesota Lynx to Allstate Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. "We are pleased to partner with Weiss Memorial Hospital in our annual #GETPINK Game," ...


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Rapinoe makes own anti-anthem move - In a statement that echoed the recent controversial move by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, lesbian soccer player Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before her team, the Seattle Reign, played the Chicago Red Stars on Sept. 4. After the game, Rapinoe told John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now that her action ...


LETTERS-Gay-Games-congratulates-Olympic-Committee

LETTERS Gay Games congratulates Olympic Committee - His Excellency Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee ChÃąteau de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland Dear President Bach: On behalf of the international Federation of Gay Games, we congratulate you and the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) on the success of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This success is in terms of not just the ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Little-Men-The-Intervention

Knight at the Movies: Little Men; The Intervention - Boys will be boys Two years after making the best film of his career—Love Is Strange, the lovely bittersweet story of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an elderly gay couple facing financial and personal trauma after marrying in New York City—Ira Sachs is back with Little Men. The openly gay Sachs, once again scripting with his writing partner Mauricio ...


Golden-girl-Elena-Delle-Donne-returns-to-the-Sky-reflects-on-Rio-2016

Golden girl Elena Delle Donne returns to the Sky, reflects on Rio 2016 - Elena Delle Donne returned to the Chicago Sky on Thursday morning at the team's practice facility in north suburban Deerfield, sans Olympic gold medal. Her gold from the recently-completed Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is locked away. No way was she bringing it, to flaunt the sixth consecutive Olympic gold won by the U.S., her first. So, her Sky ...


Proud-to-Run-presents-checks-totaling-50K

Proud to Run presents checks totaling $50K - On Aug. 20, Proud to Run presented three checks totaling $50,000 to TransTech Social Services, About Face Theatre, and Center on Halsted. The event took place at the Center. The amounts consisted of the proceeds from the 35th Proud To Run 10k run & 5k run/walk that took place in June. Donations were determined based on the organization's operating budget ...


Reflecting-on-Rio-The-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly

Reflecting on Rio: The good, the bad and the ugly - When the caldron was extinguished Aug. 21, culminating the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a true mix of wide-ranging emotions endured—jubilation, celebration, anger and embarrassment. And that was just a start of the look back at Rio 2016, from an LGBT perspective. Rio 2016 was the gayest Games ever, as at least 53 out athletes competed in Rio, ...


Gay-Games-congratulates-International-Olympic-Committee-on-success-inclusivity

Gay Games congratulates International Olympic Committee on success, inclusivity - From a press release - 22 August 2016 His Excellency Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Chateau de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland Dear President Bach: On behalf of the international Federation of Gay Games, we congratulate you and the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) on the success of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This success is in terms ...


Meet-lesbian-sports-icon-Diana-Nyad-

Meet lesbian sports icon Diana Nyad - From a press release - On Wednesday, Sept 7th at 11:30 AM, meet long distance swimming star and journalist Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream, at a luncheon hosted by The Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Illinois. The cost of this luncheon includes a copy of Find a Way: ...


Second-City-Tennis-Classic-Aug-12-14

Second City Tennis Classic Aug. 12-14 - Second City Tennis is holding its annual Classic Tennis Tournament Aug. 12-14 at the Midtown Athletic Club as well as Lakeshore Sport and Fitness. Registration continues through Friday, July 29. This will be a tournament with five divisions of abilities from beginner level ( D ) to advanced level ( open ). Players can register for singles and/or doubles. Although ...


Olympic-Gear-Party-fundraiser-Aug-20

'Olympic Gear Party' fundraiser Aug. 20 - The AFC Sirens will host a special fundraiser to benefit its sponsor, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2-5 p.m., at The North End, 3733 N. Halsted St. Admission is free. A percentage of the sales of MillerCoors products will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. See "Olympic Gear Party: Diving & Wrestling Gold ...


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World: Olympics items, gay juvenile executed, lesbian Serbian official - USA Today reported that South African runner Caster Semenya could be one of the most intriguing people in this year's Olympics. Semenya has never said she is intersex, but speculation follows her around the globe. Track observers believe Semenya is hyperandrogenous, meaning her body naturally produces high amounts of testosterone, the hormone that helps build muscle, endurance and speed. The ...


FGG-announces-2016-Legacy-Awards

FGG announces 2016 Legacy Awards - Following a three-month nomination and selection process, the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board has approved seven Legacy Awards to be presented at the Annual General Assembly ( AGA ) this October in Sydney, Australia. This year's award recipients include George Melichar ( New Orleans ) as Outstanding Male Volunteer; Alex Davis ( London ) as Outstanding Female ...


Court-Title-VII-does-not-cover-orientation-bias

Court: Title VII does not cover orientation bias - A three-judge federal appeals court panel has upheld the dismissal of lesbian Kimberly Hively's lawsuit against Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana because federal law does not protect people who claim workplace discrimination because of sexual orientation. Even though the panel criticized Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for not including sexual orientation under workplace protections, the ...


Chicago-Sky-star-Elena-Delle-Donne-gets-engaged-to-a-woman-opens-up-on-their-relationship

Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne gets engaged to a woman, opens up on their relationship - Elena Delle Donne grabbed the national spotlight on Wednesday, Aug. 3 focused on her off-the-court life: in a two-page feature story that appeared in the August issue of Vogue, Delle Donne confirmed for the first time that she is in a same-sex relationship with Amanda Clifton and the two will be married. Delle Donne was the Chicago Sky's first-round draft ...


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National: More trans deaths, Biden's same-sex marriage, $1M donation to Hillary - Dee Whigham, 25, has become the 16th transgender person killed in the United States this year, Advocate.com reported. Whigham, who was a nurse, was found stabbed to death in a hotel room near Biloxi, Mississippi, on July 23, according to Gulfport's Sun Herald newspaper. Jackson County sheriff's deputies arrested 20-year-old Dwanya Hickerson in connection with Whigham's murder, after releasing images ...


The-battle-for-gold-in-Rio-meets-other-Olympic-issues

The battle for gold in Rio meets other Olympic issues - Record number of out LGBTQ athletes set to compete in Summer Games - The Summer Olympics that Chicago bid to host will, instead, open Friday, Aug. 5, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, known as Rio 2016, run through Aug. 21, with a record number of countries participating in a record number of sports. More than 10,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees ( NOCs ) will participate, ...


Event-marks-10th-anniversary-of-Gay-Games-in-Chicago

Event marks 10th anniversary of Gay Games in Chicago - On July 23, The Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) hosted an event at The North End, 3733 N. Halsted St., that marked the 10th anniversary of the Gay Games taking place in Chicago. Attendees networked and participated in a silent auction, among other activities. A percentage of the sales of MillerCoors products will benefit Pride Action Tank and the ...


Federation-of-Gay-Games-sets-Legacy-Awards

Federation of Gay Games sets Legacy Awards - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA ( 26 July 2016 ) Following a three-month nomination and selection process, the Federation of Gay Games Board has approved seven Legacy Awards to be presented at their Annual General Assembly ( AGA ) this October in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 2007, the Legacy Awards are presented annually to acknowledge the work of LGBT+ sports and culture ...


NBA-moves-all-star-game-out-of-North-Carolina-in-response-to-anti-LGBTQ-law

NBA moves all-star game out of North Carolina in response to anti-LGBTQ law - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, hailed the NBA's decision to stand up to North Carolina lawmakers who refused to repeal HB2 by pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC. Despite the NBA's repeated warnings that it would have to ...


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Ride for AIDS culminates with emotional festival - The 13th annual Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) Ride for AIDS Chicago fundraiser ended its two-day weekend event with a festival July 10 at Leahy Park in Evanston, Illinois. The event began in Evanston with a two-day, 200 mile ride, and ended at Leahy Park. This year, TPAN added a one-day, 100 mile ride that took place July ...


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'Out at the Sox' topped with Sox win - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'The Chicago White Sox LGBT Pride event known as "Out at the Sox," which benefits Equality Illinois, took place July 9 at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-4. More than 100 LGBTA baseball fans attended. Drinks and appetizers were enjoyed at Reggie's rooftop patio at the pre-game reception, and Reggie's shuttled attendees to the stadium ...


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Sports news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'CLLAW XXV' July 30 The Chicago League of Lady Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) is back at "CLLAW XXV: The Summer Showdown" on Saturday, July 30, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 25th benefit match will feature lady-identified arm wrestlers, live musical entertainment and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 p.m., with the first match beginning at ...


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Chicago LGBT sports group CMSA embraces trans, GNC individuals with new policy - The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) updated its policy and procedures manual in late June, adding further step in support of transgender and gender nonconforming ( GNC ) people, and bringing the predominantly LGBT sports organization in line with other mainstream sports organizations, such as the NCAA and the International Olympic Committee. The update states that transgender or ...


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Gay Games VII 10th anniversary celebration July 23 - The Pride Action Tank will host a special fundraiser Saturday, July 23, 5-8 p.m., at The North End Bar celebrating the 10th anniversary of Gay Games VII, which was held in Chicago July 15-22, 2006. Gay Games VII attracted nearly 12,000 athletes from 70 countries, with Opening Ceremony at Soldier Field and Closing Ceremony at Wrigley Field. The event brought ...


Ride-for-AIDS-Chicago-Fighting-HIV-AIDS-mile-after-mile

Ride for AIDS Chicago: Fighting HIV/AIDS mile after mile - The annual Ride For AIDS Chicago will have about 275 participants this year, including about 200 riders—and about half of the cyclists are first-time participants in the Test Positive Aware Network's largest fundraiser, which raises vital unrestricted funds for TPAN and its community partners. The two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride on July 9-10, which starts and ends in suburban Evanston, is ...


Out-athletes-engage-in-Straight-Talk

Out athletes engage in 'Straight Talk' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OusSports.com wrapped up its two-day conference, held at the Center on Halsted, with nine LGBT people in sports talking about different aspects of their experiences coming out and being out in sports in an event entitled "Straight Talk from Out Jocks." Each speaker shared powerful and encouraging stories about coming out, and all the stories had "command" themes. The speakers ...


Proud-to-Run-celebrates-35-years-with-special-guest-Rep-Quigley

Proud to Run celebrates 35 years with special guest Rep. Quigley - Proud to Run celebrated 35 years with its annual 5K run/walk and 10K run June 25 at The Grove just north of Montrose Harbor. The event featured more than 1,800 participants—an event record—and was one of many activities that took place during Chicago's LGBTQ Pride Week. "This event has been an integral part of Chicago Pride since 1982," said Proud ...


Rep-Quigley-to-Address-Equality-Act-at-35th-Annual-Proud-to-Run-

Rep. Quigley to Address Equality Act at 35th Annual Proud to Run - From a press release - As part of the events surrounding Chicago's 35th annual Proud to Run, US Congressman Mike Quigley will be speaking on June 25 about HR 3185 Equality Act, legislation that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment and other core areas of daily life. Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, LGBTQ Americans still lack ...


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Plenty of sports events slated for Pride Weekend - Chicago will be the epicenter of LGBT sports over Pride Weekend in late June as literally hundreds of out sporting types—including players, media members, coaches, trainers, officials and executives—will be taking part. First, the annual Proud To Run continues its legacy, which dates back to 1982. Proud to Run is an annual 10K run & 5K run/walk on June 25 ...


Dragons-bring-home-hardware-from-the-Bingham-Cup-a-first

Dragons bring home hardware from the Bingham Cup, a first - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was the biggest, and more important, best-ever showing for the Chicago Dragons in the prestigious Bingham Cup, held May 27-29 in Nashville. The Dragons traveled to the rugby tournament with two teams for the first time ever. The A-side participated in Division 1 and the B-side participated in Division 3, meaning 45 players wore the Dragons' jersey, with a ...


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Former Bears player Robinson found dead in Milwaukee - On the evening of June 11, former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryant ( Bryan ) Robinson was found dead in a room at the Midpoint Motel in Milwaukee. He was 41. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office report said Robinson checked into the motel for a six-hour stay at 9 a.m. that morning with another man, and wasn't seen by ...


Girls-in-Boystown-walking-tour-July-10-

Girls in Boystown walking tour July 10 - From a press release - Boystown Walking Tour—an information-packed queer and femme-friendly 2 hour walking tour of the Boystown neighborhood, is planned for July 10 from 6-8 p.m. The tour is offered by tour company Chicago for Chicagoans. The event will feature Andie Mckenzie Meadows, a queer femme activist, Boystown historian and photographer who will contribute her femme-focused and queer-inclusive perspective on the history of ...


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Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame hosts bowling benefit - The 2016 Dick Uyvari Memorial Celebrity Bowl was May 14 at Waveland Bowl, sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, a nonprofit that raises funds for the Hall of Fame itself, the first LGBT Hall of Fame launched by a city in the world. The event was renamed in honor of the event's founder, Dick Uyvari, ...


A-Sisters-Hope-Takes-a-Swing-at-Breast-Cancer

A Sister's Hope Takes a Swing at Breast Cancer - From a press release - Making a difference in the fight against cancer can be fun and invigorating. A Sister's Hope, the Chicago-based charity that has placed more than $6 million since 2007 into breast cancer researchers' laboratories, is holding its annual "Take a Swing at Breast Cancer" golf tournament Friday, July 29, at Highland Park Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois. Golfers can participate ...


Force-drops-thriller-against-DC-Divas

Force drops thriller against DC Divas - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The DC Divas grabbed victory from the host Chicago Force on May 7 on the last play of the game, literally. The Force was driving, with the ball spotted at the Divas' 10 with 10 seconds remaining to play. Force quarterback Rasan Gore faded back, looking for a receiver in the end zone, as Chicago needed a last-ditch touchdown and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Reality show features football, gender fluidity - Esquire Network's Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country is bringing attention to a gender-fluid 8-year-old this season. One of the cast members prefers to be called Abby Scott some days and Adam Scott on others while being raised in Monaca, Pennsylvania. The Esquire reality show centers around six football teams in the Beaver County Youth Football League, in which Scott plays. ...


Chicago-Force-wins-home-opener-in-dominant-record-setting-fashion

Chicago Force wins home opener in dominant, record-setting fashion - The Chicago Force continued to steamroll over opponents, moving its record to 4-0 after a 68-0 win over the Columbus Comets on April 30 at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech College Prep. Now things get serious for the Force. Chicago will host the defending Women's Football Alliance (WFA) national champions, the DC Divas, on May 7. Kickoff ...


Figure-skater-Adam-Rippon-breaks-the-ice

Figure skater Adam Rippon breaks the ice - FFigure skater Adam Rippon has constantly won awards throughout his career. In 2010, he became a Four Continents champion and, in 2016, a U.S. national champion. He earned many junior titles through hard work and perseverance over the years. The two-time silver medalist came out as gay in the October issue of Skating magazine in 2015. Windy City Times talked ...


Game-on-Force-looks-to-regain-championship-form

Game on: Force looks to regain championship form - There are a lot of new faces this season on the Chicago Force roster, including recruits from local flag football leagues and several international players. But the team carries the same drive to land back in the championship game of the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ). This is the team's 14th season and the Force has been nothing short ...


Cross-country-hiker-raises-awareness-for-foster-youth

Cross-country hiker raises awareness for foster youth - Jarett Wilkins, on April 15, arrived at the Santa Monica Pier. He had made it halfway through a 6,000-mile trek across the United States and back. Wilkins, who is gay, undertook the hike to raise awareness about children who are in the foster care system. He started a non-profit organization, the Forever Family Walk, and is interviewing stakeholders in children's ...


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Blackhawks player appears to use anti-gay slur - The National Hockey League is investigating after Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to use an anti-gay slur during the team's 4-3 playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues on April 19, according to reports. No audio picked up the slur, but cameras trained on Shaw, who was in the penalty box, suggest he exclaimed to referees, "Fuck you, fucking ...


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Blackhawks player suspended for anti-gay slur - Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for one game after using a homophobic slur during the team's 4-3 loss against the St. Louis Blues on April 19. During the game, cameras trained on Shaw, who was in the penalty box, captured him exclaiming to the referees, "Fuck you, fucking faggot," according to NBC 5. There was no audio for ...


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Loyola's Swoopes under investigation - Chicago's Loyola University is launching an internal investigation into the conduct of women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes after 10 of the team's 12 returning players have transferred or requested releases from their scholarships. Loyola hired Swoopes, a Hall of Famer, in 2013. In 2005, Swoopes came out as lesbian. However, in 2011, Outsports.com revealed that Swoopes was engaged to a ...


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HRC Statement on 2017 NBA All-Star Game - From a press release - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement on the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte. In a statement today, the NBA reaffirmed its opposition to H.B. 2, noted that NBA owners are unanimous in opposing the bill, and made clear that the league has not ruled out moving the game. "Today the NBA reiterated its opposition to ...


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News notes: Michael Sam, B. Proud - Michael Sam talks racism, homophobiaM/B> Onetime National Football League ( NFL ) player Michael Sam—the first out gay man in the league—recently talked with Attitude magazine about racism and homophobia. "It's terrible," he told the magazine, via The Advocate. "People have told me I'm not gay enough; people have told me I'm not Black enough. I don't know what ...


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Rapinoe on being a tomboy, women's sports, coming out - Today on The Players' Tribune, Megan Rapinoe along with retired soccer players Carmelina Moscato and Lori Lindsey, and her sister Rachael Rapinoe, opens up about being a tomboy in a hilarious roundtable conversation. Rapinoe and friends discuss feeling out of place growing up, the perception and reality of women's soccer, the USA/Canada rivalry, and coming out. Excerpts below. Read the ...


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SPORTS Life out of the closet for pro rugby player Keegan Hirst - We have reached a point in our culture where it has become so commonplace for entertainers to come out of the closet that to do so hardly raises a ripple in the news media. For example, actors Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons live as openly gay men with a happy family life, and no one has ever made a fuss ...


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AAC's 'Follies' April 4 at Baton - The Athletic Alliance of Chicago ( AAC ) will hold its annual drag-queen fundraiser "The Follies" on Monday, April 4, at The Baton Lounge, 436 N. Clark St. The shows will take place at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door; visit AACFollies.com. AAC has donated past proceeds to TPAN, Ronald McDonald House ...


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Gordon first gay player in NCAA tourney - Seton Hall University's Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay person in the annual NCAA Division I basketball tournament, Newsy.com reported. Gordon was a 24-year-old guard for the Pirates, which made its first appearance in the tournament in a decade. The Pirates lost to Gonzaga 68-52 in a March 17 game played in Denver. This is actually Gordon's third NCAA ...







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