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Hall-of-Fame-GBLT-Celebrity-Bowl-May-9

Hall of Fame GBLT Celebrity Bowl May 9 - On Sat, May 9, 2015, Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( GLHF ) will hold its fourth annual 'Celebrity Bowl', at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Registration is from 10:30 to 11 a.m., bowling from 11 a.m. to noon and wrap-up shortly after noon. If you wish to participate in the Celebrity ...


Life-at-80-Renee-Richards-on-and-off-the-tennis-court-

Life at 80: Renee Richards on and off the tennis court - She truly is a pioneer, now 80, who has left her three-fold mark worldwide—as a professional tennis player, a still-practicing ophthalmologist, and an early pioneer for the LGBT community, particularly the transgender part of the rainbow. Pick a term to tag Renee Richards: icon, legend, role model … or all of the above. But Richards now mostly just concerns herself ...


Chicago-Smelts-dominate-Illinois-Masters-Swimming-Association-meet

Chicago Smelts dominate Illinois Masters Swimming Association meet - In the 26-year history of the Chicago Smelts, a predominantly gay swimming club, the team recorded a first, literally, at the 2015 Illinois Masters Swimming Association ( ILMSA ) meet, held April 10-12 at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, an event co-hosted by the Lake Forest and Libertyville Swim Clubs. There were 36 teams, with about 630 ...


Force-wins-over-West-Michigan-Mayhem

Force wins over West Michigan Mayhem - The new-look Chicago Force was just like the old time team on April 11 in the season opener against the West Michigan Mayhem at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School. The Force dominated the Mayhem, building a 38-0 lead after the first quarter en route to a 63-0 mauling and the 100th win in team history. ...


Sports-Womens-soccer-league-Proud-to-Run-

Sports: Women's soccer league; Proud to Run - Women's soccer league announces season The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season. The Chicago Red Stars has highlights such as a May 9 doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. All but one fixture at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex ...


-Athlete-Ally-Lambda-to-host-Final4Fairness-on-Indiana

Athlete Ally, Lambda to host #Final4Fairness on Indiana - From a press release - NEW YORK, NEW YORK ( April 3, 2015 ) — In the spotlight of the NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball Championship, athletes and Indiana community leaders will gather tomorrow to publicly comment on the events of the past week in Indiana and emphasize a call to action for sports to play a continued role in the advancement of LGBT civil ...


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Sports: Women's soccer league; Chicago Quarter Marathon - Women's soccer league announces season The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season. The Chicago Red Stars has highlights such as a May 9 doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. All but one fixture at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex ...


Final-tipoff-of-the-annual-Coady-Roundball-Classic

Final tipoff of the annual Coady Roundball Classic - The Coady Roundball Classic turns 25 this year, and then it's sayonara. Yep, the annual gay basketball tournament tips off April 10 with a registration party at Roscoe's Tavern in Lake View, and games will be played April 11-12 at the Ratner Center and Henry Crown Gymnasium at the University of Chicago. The finals will be played Sunday afternoon. And ...


Chicago-Quarter-Marathon-on-April-4

Chicago Quarter Marathon on April 4 - The Chicago Quarter Marathon returns to the city's southside lakefront for its second year on Saturday, April 4. In its debut in 2014, the 6.55-mile run—the only event of its kind in Chicagoland—attracted nearly 1,500 participants. The start time is for this year's run 9:15 a.m. ( a quarter past the hour ), and the start location is outside Soldier ...


Accepting-HIV-status-is-strength-for-Chicago-athlete

Accepting HIV status is 'strength' for Chicago athlete - On the first Friday in September 2005, Rob Campbell learned he was HIV-positive. "Although the individual from whom I contracted it had contacted me in advance, I was stunned," hearing the official diagnosis, Campbell said. "I sat in the doctor's office for about 15 minutes and cried while speaking with my sister on the phone. "Immediately [after], I attended a ...


Thousand-Waves-marks-30-years-of-mission-driven-work

Thousand Waves marks 30 years of mission-driven work - Thousand Waves to host spring trainings - Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, located in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, kicked off a year of celebratory events in February, marking the 30th anniversary of its founding. The milestone brings up feelings of "pride, happiness, joy," said Nancy Lanoue, the lesbian founder and current co-executive director of the non-profit, which sprang from feminist roots and now serves a ...


Olympic-champ-Evan-Lysacek-talks-real-estate-brutality-of-skating

Olympic champ Evan Lysacek talks real estate, brutality of skating - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Evan Lysacek had a stellar competitive figure-skating career, capping it with a 2010 Winter Olympics gold-medal-winning performance in men's singles. He is also taking part in the "Stars on Ice" tour that is stopping in Chicagoland this weekend. Lysacek—who was born and raised in Illinois—talked with Windy City Times ( in the early morning ) about several topics, including his ...


World-Lesbian-tennis-player-restroom-situation-IKEA-website-

World: Lesbian tennis player; restroom situation; IKEA website - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis.com noted. Mauresmo won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006. She was No. 1 for 39 weeks in her career, becoming the first Frenchwoman to reach the top of the computer rankings since they were introduced in the 1970s. Mauresmo is also an out ...


Proud-to-Run-opens-race-registration-names-beneficiaries-

Proud to Run opens race registration, names beneficiaries - From a press release - Chicago ( March 11, 2015 ) — Proud to Run is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2015 Proud to Run 10k run and 5k run/walk June 27, and that the organization has selected Affinity Community Services, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, and Chicago House as beneficiaries of its annual race. Since 1982, Proud to Run ...


New-look-Chicago-Force-eyes-return-to-national-championship-form-

New-look Chicago Force eyes return to national championship form - Let's start with the new, and there's plenty of that for the 2015 Chicago Force: home stadium, quarterback and coaches. But still, the women's tackle football team which was the 2013 Woman's Football Alliance ( WFA ) national champion, the goal is the same: just win. "I'm feeling energized and excited about this year's team," said team owner/general manager Linda ...


Sox-great-Minnie-Minoso-passes-away

Sox great Minnie Minoso passes away - Minnie Minoso, a legendary, longtime baseball player and the first Black player for the Chicago White Sox, died unexpectedly on March 1. He was 90. Minoso died from a tear in his pulmonary artery caused by "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," an autopsy found Sunday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. Minoso went out Saturday night for a friend's birthday party ...


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Gay Games 9: Financial success and lasting memories - Gay Games 9—the multi-day, multi-event LGBT sports spectacular, held last summer in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio—was a monster financial success for Northeast Ohio, and long will live on in countless memories for the thousands of worldwide participants and, believe it or not, through funds generated for the future. The ninth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games were the most profitable ...


SCOTCH-bowling-tourney-grows-in-second-year

SCOTCH bowling tourney grows in second year - The 2nd annual SCOTCH—that's short for, Second City Open Tournament Chicago—bowling tournament has expanded by about 10 percent, and participates are expected from California, New Mexico, Florida and, of course, the Chicagoland area. The event will be held March 7-8 at Waveland Bowl, and about 140 are expected to participate, including about 70 percent of those from Chicago, and about ...


Sports-notes-Womens-tourney-March-7-10-Hockey-event-needs-volunteers

Sports notes: Women's tourney March 7-10; Hockey event needs volunteers - Big East women's tourney March 7-10 The Big East women's basketball tournament will return to Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago for a second consecutive year. The 2015 tournament will take place at the 18,500-seat professional arena March 7-10 in Rosemont, Illinois, with all nine games slated to be played at Allstate. The conference held its women's basketball tournament at ...


White-Sox-legend-Minnie-Minoso-passes-away

White Sox legend Minnie Minoso passes away - Minnie Minoso, the first Black player for the Chicago White Sox, passed away March 1, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 90. Minoso, called the "Cuban Comet," blazed a trail for Latin American players in the big leagues starting in the 1950s. Minoso drove in 100 runs four times for the Sox and hit .300 or better six times. ...


Chicago-endurance-athlete-Hupe-excels-in-marathon-Ironman

Chicago endurance athlete Hupe excels in marathon, Ironman - Twice during a 10-week stretch last fall, Curt Hupe heard those magical six words—"Curt Hupe, you ARE an Ironman"—that he had spent countless hours, over several years, building up to hear. On Sept. 7, in Madison, Wisconsin, Hupe completed his first Ironman, which culminates with the finish-line announcer barking out Hupe's name and accomplishment. It took him more than 15 ...


Report-Michael-Sam-to-take-up-Dancing-

Report: Michael Sam to take up 'Dancing' - Michael Sam is reportedly set to compete in a different area: dancing. TMZ has reported that Sam will be participating on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Yahoo! Sports noted. Sam, who announced to the world a little more than a year ago that he's gay, is not currently on an NFL roster. The free-agent defensive end has been out of ...


Gay-Games-generated-68M-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-noms-due

Gay Games generated $6.8M; Sports Hall of Fame noms due - Report: Gay Games generated $6.8M The Gay Games that took place in Cleveland, Ohio, last summer generated $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Crain's Cleveland Business reported. The report was issued in conjunction with a panel discussion, "2014 Gay Games Lessons ...


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

National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame nominations open - From a press release - ( Chicago, February 18th, 2015 ) — The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2015. 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 March ...


For-gay-diver-ring-is-more-important-than-championship

For gay diver, ring is more important than championship - MACOMB—Doug Ogilvie knew his boyfriend Eric Fashimpaur planned to propose. Fashimpaur let him see the engagement ring to ensure he liked it. He learned Ogilvie's ring size to know it would fit. But when would it happen. Valentine's Day 2014 didn't seem to be the day since Fashimpaur said he had to work, so Ogilvie went to breakfast at the ...


Strike-Out-Hunger-raises-funds-for-Heartland

Strike Out Hunger raises funds for Heartland - From a press release - DES PLAINES, IL — Organizers of Heartland Health Outreach's ( HHO ) 18th Annual Strike Out Hunger were bowled over by the generosity displayed by event attendees on January 31, 2015. In conjunction with the 9-12 Bowling League, this year's event netted more than $7,000 in support of the Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care program. More than 150 people ...


National-Womens-Soccer-League-announce-2015-regular-season

National Women's Soccer League announce 2015 regular season - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. — The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced today the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season, which includes numerous highlights for the Red Stars, such as a doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. Fans have additional reason for excitement as the team plays 16 of ...


Chicago-Sky-starts-season-on-Natl-Girls-and-Women-in-Sports-Day

Chicago Sky starts season on Nat'l Girls and Women in Sports Day - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Sky will begin its 10th season by hosting more than 150 girls from the Chicago-land community for a Sports Expo on February 4 as part of the 29th-annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Some of Chicago's most inspiring and influential female sports leaders including Sky Guard/Forward Elena Delle Donne, Sky Head Coach & General Manager Pokey Chatman, ...


Second-City-Open-Tournament-Chicago-registration-begins

Second City Open Tournament Chicago registration begins - From a press release - CHICAGO — It's time for bowlers in Chicago and around the country to polish their balls and get their lanes oiled. Registration is now open for the 2015 Second City Open Tournament Chicago, which welcomes dozens of LGBTQ bowlers to Chicago to compete for fun and prizes. The second annual event will be held March 7-8 at the 40-lane Waveland ...


Mr-Cub-Ernie-Banks-dies-

'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies - Chuck Jacobson was living and working in Chicago in 2005 when he went to New York City for a June weekend to watch his beloved Cubs play against the Yankees at iconic, original Yankee Stadium. Jacobson, who was sitting near the Cubs dugout, had gotten a foul ball from then-Cubs manager Dusty Baker—and boy did that ball come in handy. ...


CGHA-to-skate-at-Soldier-Field-after-Hockey-City-Classic

CGHA to skate at Soldier Field after Hockey City Classic - When members of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association ( CGHA ) took the ice at Soldier Field in Chicago for an intra-squad game during the winter of 2013, the temperature was in the low 20s and the wind was brisk. "That's part of playing outdoor hockey," said Andrew Sobotka, 29, CGHA's president. "The [2013] game was amazing. There is nothing ...


Softball-player-critically-injured-at-gay-tournament-in-Las-Vegas

Softball player critically injured at gay tournament in Las Vegas - A San Diego man was seriously injured at a gay softball tournament in Las Vegas on Jan. 18. Mike Petracca is slowly improving—and was downgraded on Jan. 22 from critical to stable condition and moved into a private room at University Medical Center from the ICU—as the LGBT community rallies around him. He returned to San Diego Jan. 23. Petracca, ...


Longtime-banker-hooked-on-triathlons

Longtime banker hooked on triathlons - Bernard T. Bartilad has participated in the Chicago Triathlon every year since 2006, including this past summer, when he competed in the triathlon at Gay Games 9 in Cleveland. "I enjoy swimming in [Lake Michigan] during summer and indoors the rest of the year," said Bartilad, who admittedly did not know how to swim when he started in the sport ...


Thousand-Waves-Martial-Arts-and-Self-Defense-Center-celebrates-30-years

Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center celebrates 30 years - From a press release - Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center kicks off a year of events marking the 30th anniversary of its founding with a conversation with Nancy Lanoue and Sarah Ludden about the feminist roots of their own martial arts and self-defense practices, and how that blossomed into the founding and evolution of Thousand Waves. The event is February 4, from 7:45 ...


Report-Michael-Sam-engaged-

Report: Michael Sam engaged - TMZ has reported that Michael Sam—who became the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL in spring 2014—is engaged to his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. The two famously kissed on national television after Sam got drafted by the St. Louis Rams last year. On Instagram, one of Cammisano's friends posted on Twitter, "People, he is officially off the market!!!!! My ...


Intl-gay-lesbian-football-championship-in-Madison-in-August

Int'l gay, lesbian football championship in Madison in August - From a press release - ( MADISON ) The Madison Area Sports Commission ( MASC ) is pleased to announce that the 2015 International Gay & Lesbian Football Association ( IGLFA ) will be holding their North American Championships in the Greater Madison area August 9-15, 2015 at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona. The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association ( MAYSA ) is a co-host ...


Top-10-Chicago-LGBT-sports-moments-of-2014

Top 10 Chicago LGBT sports moments of 2014 - Here are the top 10 local LGBT sports achievements of 2014: 1. Sami Grisafe retired from the Chicago Force after an illustrious career as the team's quarterback, highlighted by the 2013 national championship. 2. The world learned of Eric Lueshen amid the Michael Sam coming-out news. Lueshen, who lives in Chicago, told of his time as an out kicker for ...


TOP-CHICAGO-SPORTS-STORY-OF-2014-Retiring-quarterback-Grisafe-

TOP CHICAGO SPORTS STORY OF 2014 Retiring quarterback Grisafe - Sami Grisafe showed up for her first practice with the Chicago Force in 2007, at Lane Tech High School. She had contacted the team via the website and completed the online questionnaire, and her bio stated that she played years of youth football and also was the quarterback for the boys' team at her California high school. Force owner Linda ...


Navratilova-marries

Navratilova marries - Tennis icon Martina Navratilova married long-term partner Julia Lemigova in a ceremony in New York, according to The Huffington Post. Navratilova and her Russian partner of eight years tied the knot three months after Martina popped the question during a surprise on-camera proposal at the U.S. Open. Speaking after the ceremony, Martina told the BBC: "I'm 58 years old—I got ...


Top-world-LGBT-stories-of-2014-

Top world LGBT stories of 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. And an openly gay college football player kissed his boyfriend in front of a television camera after becoming the first openly gay player to be hired by ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Hobbit-The-Babadook-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: The Hobbit; The Babadook; film notes - Here at the end of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy—and the sixth cinematic visit to Middle Earth—there's inevitably the feeling of having survived a very, very long journey. It's been magical and visually dazzling, to be sure, but some of it admittedly has felt like an endurance test as well. ...


Michael-Sam-documentary-to-air-on-OWN-Dec-27

Michael Sam documentary to air on OWN Dec. 27 - From a press release - Los Angeles — OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, "Michael Sam," on Saturday, December 27 ( 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT ). The 90-minute documentary follows the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL. The documentary was originally announced as a multi-part series but transitioned into ...


Dale-Scott-first-gay-active-major-league-baseball-umpire-

Dale Scott first gay, active major league baseball umpire - Dale Scott put a unique spin on the old adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words." His picture simply stated, Scott is gay. The Scott story—of his subtle coming-out—started over the summer when Referee Magazine, a Wisconsin-based monthly magazine for sports officials, was planning a lengthy feature story on Scott who, in 2014, was working his 29th season ...


Robbie-Rogers-wild-ride-new-book-Coming-Out-to-Play

Robbie Rogers' wild ride, new book, 'Coming Out to Play' - In fewer than two years, Robbie Rogers has gone from international soccer sensation to retired soccer player to un-retired to sports role model for the LGBT community and beyond. He has written his autobiography and is the producer for a fictitious comedy TV show, picked up by ABC, about a gay soccer player. And he's only 27. "I feel very ...


NCLR-welcomes-IOCs-sexual-orientation-nondiscrimination-

NCLR welcomes IOC's sexual orientation nondiscrimination - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2014 )—Today, during a meeting in Monaco, the 127th Session of the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) voted to revise the IOC's nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation. The nondiscrimination proposal was part of a larger series of reforms to the Olympic charter, known as Principle Six. "The IOC should be applauded for ...


IOC-makes-another-step-toward-inclusion

IOC makes another step toward inclusion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After backlash over the Sochi, Russia, games—overshadowed by the host country Russia's anti-gay laws—the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) has made another attempt at formally declaring its inclusiveness of the LGBT community, MSNBC reported. Members of the IOC unanimously approved a measure to rewrite the Olympic Charter's non-discrimination policy, adding sexual orientation to the list. Under Principle 6, the ...


Sport-events-coming-up-OUT-Bowling-Santa-in-Speedos

Sport events coming up: OUT! Bowling; Santa in Speedos - OUT! Bowling in Naperville runs through Dec. 18 Organizer Nathaniel Miracle has put together an LGBTQ bowling league at Naperville Brunswick Zone XL, 1515 Aurora Ave., every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. League bowlers began Sept. 25, and will bowl every Thursday through Dec. 18 ( except on Thanksgiving ). Also on Dec. 18, a charity fundraiser will ...


Olympic-Charter-could-be-amended-to-protect-for-orientation-identity

Olympic Charter could be amended to protect for orientation, identity - From a press release - New York, USA / Paris, France - Wednesday 3 December 2014 - In Monaco on 8-9 December, the International Olympics Committee ( IOC ) will vote on changes to the Olympic Charter, which could formalise protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This move is coming after, earlier this year, a coalition of organisations including Athlete Ally and Human ...


MLB-umpire-comes-out-as-gay-

MLB umpire comes out as gay - For the first time in Major League Baseball—or in any major professional sport—a game official has come out as gay, according to CBS Sports. Dale Scott has long been out to colleagues but it wasn't made public. He was profiled in Referee Magazine back in October and sent them a photo to use with Scott and Michael Rausch, Scott's domestic ...


World-news-Malaysian-insurer-Ian-Thorpes-shame-Nepal-survey

World news: Malaysian insurer; Ian Thorpe's shame; Nepal survey - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MetLife Inc.'s support for gay rights in the United States is drawing criticism to the insurer's partner in Malaysia, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. A group in the nation called for a boycott of AMMB Holdings Bhd.'s AmBank, citing MetLife's recognition as among the best places to work for LGBT individuals. MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer, reached a $249 million ...


Michael-Sam-on-coming-out-his-childhood-being-at-bottom

Michael Sam on coming out, his childhood, being at bottom - From a GQ press release - New York, N.Y. — "If I had it my way, I never would have done it the way I did, never would have told it the way I did," Michael Sam tells GQ's Andrew Corsello of his decision to come out prior to the NFL draft. "But the recruiters knew, and reporters knew, and they talked to each other, and ...


2016-Bingham-Cup-heads-to-Nashville-not-Chicago

2016 Bingham Cup heads to Nashville, not Chicago - Nashville has won the hosting rights for the 2016 Bingham Cup—a major, multi-day gay rugby tournament held every other year in honor of Mark Bingham, who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001—edging Chicago, it was announced Nov. 19. The Nashville Grizzlies won a close vote over the Chicago Dragons RFC in a "highly competitive bidding process" and ...


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Veteran killed; Perry disrupted; Collins honored - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An Army veteran beaten by a man he met at a bar died nearly a week after being hospitalized with burns so bad that parts of both arms had to be amputated, MercuryNews.com noted. Veteran Stephen Patrick White, 46, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Alex Teal, White's longtime partner, had previously told AP White ...


OUT-Bowling-in-Naperville-through-Dec-18-Sports-news

OUT! Bowling in Naperville through Dec. 18; Sports news - OUT! Bowling in Naperville runs through Dec. 18 Organizer Nathaniel Miracle has put together an LGBTQ bowling league at Naperville Brunswick Zone XL, 1515 Aurora Ave., every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. League bowlers began Sept. 25, and will bowl every Thursday through Dec. 18 ( except on Thanksgiving ). Also on Dec. 18, a charity fundraiser will ...


LGBT-sports-airing-through-live-Web-streaming-network

LGBT sports airing through live Web streaming network - The CCE Sports Network was created in May 2012, to provide a multi-media platform for the LGBT sports community that organizers say features 100,000 athletes in the United States, competing in countless games, matches and tournaments—but with very little media exposure, from both the mainstream media and the gay press. "These club, league, amateur and semi-pro athletes have never had ...


Jason-Collins-to-retire-from-NBA

Jason Collins to retire from NBA - Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in North America's four recognized major team sports when he played for the Brooklyn Nets earlier this year, is retiring from the NBA, the center wrote in columns on SI.com and ThePlayersTribune.com, according to ESPN.com. On ThePlayersTribune.com, he wrote, "In order to understand why I am so lucky to be sitting ...


Coming-up-CLLAW-XX-OUT-Bowling

Coming up: 'CLLAW XX'; OUT! Bowling - 'CLLAW XX' on Nov. 15 The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will celebrate the big "2-0" at "CLLAW XX" on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. Doors open at 10 p.m., with the first match beginning at 10:30 p.m. Chicago's Jacob Horn Trio will provide live musical entertainment. Tickets are $10, ...


Film-shines-spotlight-on-gay-White-Sox-fans

Film shines spotlight on gay White Sox fans - Although the LGBT night in mid-August at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, went off without incident, there were plenty of negative reactions on social media. "LGBT Pride Night: Out at the Sox"—an event co-presented by the major league baseball team and Equality Illinois—turned ugly online before the first pitch was even thrown, with numerous anti-gay comments ...


Think-Tank-convenes-to-create-inclusive-athletic-climates

Think Tank convenes to create inclusive athletic climates - From a press release - ( Indianapolis, IN, November 4, 2014 )— A newly formed think tank of college, LGBT, sports, and religious leaders will convene today and tomorrow in Indianapolis to establish best practices and policies so college athletes and coaches can fully participate in their chosen sport regardless of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. Through the convening, "Seeking Common ...


Sports-notes-Visits-honors-bullying

Sports notes: Visits, honors, bullying - Event with New Zealand rugby team Oct. 31 In advance of its match against a U.S. team, the public is invited to a free event featuring the rugby team the New Zealand All Blacks. The event will be Friday, Oct. 31, at Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Attendees will enjoy New Zealand-inspired food and drink, ...


Chicago-Dragons-Staying-busy-and-winning

Chicago Dragons: Staying busy and winning - It's a busy time—on and off the pitch—for the Chicago Dragons, the predominantly gay rugby club. Let's start with what's happening on it. The Dragons, on Oct. 25, defeated the host Chicago Riot 15-12 at Smith Park for the team's second CARFU win and pushing its season record to 2-2 with one match to go: Nov. 15 against the South ...


Johnny-Weir-Bringing-the-Love-in-new-documentary

Johnny Weir: Bringing the 'Love' in new documentary - During the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, figure-skating champion Johnny Weir came under fire for opposing a boycott of Russia despite Putin's virulent anti-gay laws and an increasingly dangerous, violent environment for LGBTs. Activists were stunned and appalled: In an OUT Magazine opinion piece, a disgusted Michael Lucas wrote, "[Weir] only cares, as usual, about himself. ...


Michael-Sam-waived-from-Cowboys-squad

Michael Sam waived from Cowboys squad - The NFL team the Dallas Cowboys announced that rookie defensive end Michael Sam has been waived from the practice squad, NFL.com reported. He joined the team Sept. 3 after the St. Louis Rams cut him. Sam was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, making the former University of Missouri athlete the first openly ...


Chicago-doctor-75-cellist-traveler-marathon-runner-

Chicago doctor, 75, cellist, traveler, marathon runner - Leon J. Hoffman has been playing the cello since he was 4 years old, playing in concerts since he was 5 or 6, and was part of an orchestra that played Carnegie Hall in New York City when he was 9. Hoffman also has run 60 marathons, including the Chicago Marathon about 10 times, dating back to the 1978 event—the ...


Cubs-break-ground-on-expansion

Cubs break ground on expansion - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and Ricketts family hosted Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. ( Bud ) Selig, former Cubs pitchers Milt Pappas and Kerry Wood, city and state officials, community and corporate partners and representatives from the project team at today's groundbreaking ceremony for Wrigley Field's long-awaited expansion and restoration, now titled The 1060 Project. ...


WSGA-thrives-after-more-than-40-years-in-the-gay-community-

WSGA thrives after more than 40 years in the gay community - The West Suburban Gay Association ( WSGA ) has certainly passed the test of time. It was founded in the 1970s as an outlet for the LGBT community to socialize "at a time when gay rights and culture were not as developed as they are now," said WSGA President Manny Rivera. The WSGA is now in its fourth decade with ...


Proud-to-Run-opens-applications-for-2015-beneficiaries

Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries - Proud to Run ( PTR ) welcomes applications for beneficiaries of the 2015 Proud to Run 5k and 10k run/walk. Over its 33 years, PTR has donated more than $350,000 to nonprofits around Chicago that serve the LGBTQ community. In 2014, it donated $30,000, in total, to our three beneficiaries: The Night Ministry, TPAN and About Face Theatre. For a ...


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LGBT athletes: making an impact on and off the field - Esera Tuaolo walked onto the fabled grass at Wisconsin's Lambeau Field Sept. 14 to sing the national anthem before the Green Bay Packers' home opener against the New York Jets. He wore a green Packers jersey with No. 98 on it and admittedly was both excited and nervous. In addition to his performance, the team's pregame ceremony included a video ...


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Local flag-football teams look to shine in Gay Bowl XIV - Chicago has not had too much success in the Gay Bowl, the most prestigious annual gay flag football tournament, dating back to the inaugural event, held in the spring of 2002 in Los Angeles—with the 14th edition set for Oct. 10-12 in Philadelphia. A Chicago team was in the finals of Gay Bowl II and Gay Bowl III, both played ...


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Billie Jean King takes fair shot at equality at CFW luncheon - The life of legendary tennis champion and hall of famer Billie Jean King is one that has triumphed over each of the challenge rounds she has faced both personally and throughout a professional career that garnered her 20 Wimbledon titles and 39 Grand Slam singles. Her ardent work towards equality for women and in the LGBTQ community garnered her recognition ...


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IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract - From a press release - New York, USA / Paris, France - September 24, 2014. Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract. This important change comes in ...


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Proud to Run seeks beneficiaries; Bucs host LGBT tailgate - Proud to Run opens applications for beneficiaries Proud to Run ( PTR ) welcomes applications for beneficiaries of the 2015 Proud to Run 5k and 10k run/walk. Over its 33 years, PTR has donated more than $350,000 to nonprofits around Chicago that serve the LGBTQ community. In 2014, it donated $30,000, in total, to our three beneficiaries: The Night Ministry, ...


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CMSA preps for inaugural Capture The Flag tournament - The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) is holding its first-ever, one-day, three-hour Capture The Flag Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Cricket Hill ( Montrose Fields ), starting at 11 a.m. The event will feature four teams, each comprised of 12 to 20 people. There is a possibility that the event could be expanded to eight teams of ...


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Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out diver Tom Daley recently posed in the autumn/winter collection for the Adidas NEO label, for which he is UK ambassador, according to HeraldScotland.com. The 20-year-old Daley, who is dating screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, had been on two series of ITV's celebrity diving show Splash!, mentoring celebrities to brave the board, but he is now focusing his attention on training ...


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Two Chicago teams set for ASANA World Series in Las Vegas - Raw Energy Majors has won the B-Division of the women's summer softball league of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) for the past two years—and the core of that team is now ready to shine under the national spotlight. Raw Energy—a mix of 19 players, plus some spouses, cheerleaders and family members of players—is heading to Las Vegas ...







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