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Local-flag-football-teams-look-to-shine-in-Gay-Bowl-XIV

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 ...


Billie-Jean-King-takes-fair-shot-at-equality-at-CFW-luncheon

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 ...


IOC-adds-anti-discrimination-clause-to-Olympic-host-city-contract

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 ...


Proud-to-Run-seeks-beneficiaries-Bucs-host-LGBT-tailgate

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, ...


CMSA-preps-for-inaugural-Capture-The-Flag-tournament-

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 ...


Tom-Daleys-gig-man-convicted-of-drinking-Baileys

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 ...


Two-Chicago-teams-set-for-ASANA-World-Series-in-Las-Vegas

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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SPORTS NOTES Appearances, performances, games - Billie Jean King to speak at CFW annual luncheon Activist/tennis icon Billie Jean King will be the keynote speaker at The Chicago Foundation for Women's ( CFW's ) 29th Annual Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. The luncheon will celebrate the achievements of women and girls by bringing together a diverse audience that ...


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

Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries - From a press release - Proud to Run 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, they donated $30,000, in total, to our three beneficiaries: The Night Ministry, TPAN and About Face Theatre. For a form, and to ...


Thousands-run-walk-to-fight-HIV-AIDS-

Thousands run, walk to fight HIV/AIDS - by Jonathan Jones - With barely a cloud in the blue sky overhead, 3,500 participants gathered for the 13th Annual AIDS Run and Walk Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 14, as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn gave the countdown for runners/walkers to take off. The runners sprinted south from Grant Park's Avery Field and past scenic Northerly Island, while the walkers headed north toward DuSable Harbor. ...


Sky-lose-to-Phoenix-in-WNBA-finals

Sky lose to Phoenix in WNBA finals - From a press release - CHICAGO — With their season on the line, the Chicago Sky returned to their old stomping grounds, the UIC Pavilion, on Friday night for Game 3 of the 2014 WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile. Despite 23 points from Elena Delle Donne, the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Chicago Sky 87-82 to win their third WNBA Championship. With Mercury center Brittney ...


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Women's Film; Martina proposes; Sky finals; AIDS Run, Walk - Women's Words Film Festival on Sept. 15 Pride Films and Plays has announced seven short films and two episodes from tello films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., on Monday, Sept. 15. The screening will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by ...


Dallas-Cowboys-sign-Michael-Sam-to-practice-squad

Dallas Cowboys sign Michael Sam to practice squad - The Dallas Cowboys football team has confirmed that they have signed openly gay football player Michael Sam to their practice squad. The Cowboys posted this on their website DallasCowboys.com, written by Rowan Kavner, a team writer: "Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL history, will join the Cowboys' practice squad Wednesday after getting released from the ...


Chicago-Sky-to-face-the-Phoenix-Mercury-in-2014-WNBA-finals

Chicago Sky to face the Phoenix Mercury in 2014 WNBA finals - CHICAGO —With an 75-62 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile for the first time in franchise history. The Sky, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, upset the top-seeded Atlanta Dream in the Semifinals and then the number two seed Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference ...


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SPORTS EVENTS AIDS Run; Race Judicata, tennis tournament - AIDS Run & Walk has 31 CommunityDirect partners The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has announced the 31 community organizations that will raise funds through this year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago event on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Arvey Field in Grant Park. This annual event, produced by AFC and Special Events Management, will raise money and awareness ...


Chicago-teams-optimistic-heading-into-Gay-Softball-World-Series

Chicago teams optimistic heading into Gay Softball World Series - When Cameron Turner steps on the field with the Segal McCambridge Menace at the annual Gay Softball World Series, it certainly will be an emotional week with Chicago's top-tiered A-Division team. Turner is moving to Miami later this year, but just to avoid Chicago's winter. Turner and his Menace are determined to win the title for Chicago in this, the ...


Michael-Sam-could-become-a-member-of-the-Dallas-Cowboys

Michael Sam could become a member of the Dallas Cowboys - Michael Sam appears headed to the team he long admired as a kid. Looking to become the first openly gay active NFL player, Sam will take a physical for the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 3, according to multiple outlets, including ESPN. If Sam passes his physical, which seems likely, the Cowboys reportedly will sign him to their 10-member practice ...


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Chicago Sky wins double OT thriller; deciding game Wednesday - ROSEMONT - The two diehard Indiana Fever fans, each wearing Fever-emblazed t-shirts, weren't going to miss game two of the WNBA's best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals on Sept. 1 at the Allstate Arena. The Fever was one win away from advancing to the WNBA Finals in hopes of reclaiming the title that the team won in 2012, marking the first pro ...


Sam-cut-by-St-Louis-was-strictly-a-football-decision

Sam cut by St. Louis was strictly 'a football decision' - Although he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams this past spring, it appears Michael Sam will not become the first openly gay player in the National Football League ( NFL ) as a member of the Rams. Sam was cut by the Rams on Aug. 30, as teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players. The 2014 NFL season kicks ...


Sky-to-Face-the-Indiana-in-WNBA-Eastern-Finals

Sky to Face the Indiana in WNBA Eastern Finals - CHICAGO —With an 81-80 win over the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. The Sky, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, upset the top-seeded Atlanta Dream in the first round, winning the series 2-1,and will face the Indiana Fever in the Conference Finals. ...


FGG-co-president-opens-up-on-Gay-Games-past-present-future

FGG co-president opens up on Gay Games past, present, future - Despite significantly fewer participants than either of the past two Gay Games, the recently-completely Gay Games 9 in Cleveland was the best of the past three, said a co-president of the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ). Kurt Dahl, the FGG male co-president and a Chicago-area resident, ranked the Cleveland event, which culminated its eight-day run on Aug. 10, ...


Chicago-Dragons-competing-for-Bingham-Cup-in-Australia

Chicago Dragons competing for Bingham Cup in Australia - In his first Bingham Cup, held 10 years ago in London, Chicago's Paul D. Cannella walked onto the pitch as the names of teams from around the world were being announced. There were 20 teams from four countries, all battling it out in honor of Mark Bingham. Bingham was a former college rugby star who died in the 9/11 attacks ...


Chicagoan-captures-bodybuilding-gold-medal-at-Gay-Games-9

Chicagoan captures bodybuilding gold medal at Gay Games 9 - It was a long, dedicated and disciplined road to a Gay Games 9 gold medal for Paul Gembara, the Chicago resident who claimed first-place in bodybuilding ( age-range 40-49 ) in Cleveland. "Bodybuilding competition preparation is very challenging and lengthy process," he said. "Not only does it take physical strength, but mental strength and discipline as well." The journey truly ...


NBA-referee-weds-partner

NBA referee weds partner - NBA referee Violet Palmer married her partner of 20 years, celebrity hairstylist Tanya Stine, Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, according to AOL.com. Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first female to referee an NBA game, and is now the first openly gay official in the NBA. Basketball Wives L.A. star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former ...


Spurs-hire-NBAs-first-women-assistant-coach

Spurs hire NBA's first women assistant coach - The world-champion San Antonio Spurs made NBA history, announcing that six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon will join the team as an full-time assistant coach for the 2014-15 season, making her the first women ever in that position, USA Today reported. Hammon, a 16-year WNBA veteran who has played for the San Antonio Stars since 2007, will retire after the current ...


Epic-Fail-Challenge-5K-Aug-23-at-Soldier-Field-

'Epic Fail Challenge 5K' Aug. 23 at Soldier Field - The Epic Fail Challenge 5K—a TV-inspired event with inflatable obstacles—will make its Chicago debut Saturday, Aug. 23, at Soldier Field. Runners will have to deal with 12 obstacles such as Foampit Frenzy, Slippery Slope, Dodgeball Duck, and Swing or Swim. The event will take place in waves from 9 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., every 15 minutes. The minimum age to ...


WNBA-players-Griner-Johnson-engaged-

WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged - WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged, USA Today reported. Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner posted, "Last Night was a Night to Remember( , ) I became ...


Chicago-Rowing-Union-wins-gold-at-Gay-Games-9

Chicago Rowing Union wins gold at Gay Games 9 - From a press release - ( Cleveland, August 13, 2014 ) — Chicago Rowing Union ( CRU ) — the Midwest's only GLBT rowing team — brought home the gold at Gay Games 9, finishing first in the Men's Four with Coxswain race. The event, according to the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, was one of the largest regattas in the history of the Gay Games, with ...


Chicagoans-celebrate-gold-and-more-at-Gay-Games-9

Chicagoans celebrate gold and more at Gay Games 9 - Two teams brought gold back to Chicago, and many individuals shined too as Gay Game 9, the eight-day sports and cultural extravaganza, culminated Saturday, Aug. 16 in Cleveland. The Chicago Rowing Union ( CRU ) captured the gold medal in the Men's Four with Coxswain race, the club's first-ever Games gold. CRU also won gold in the Women's Four race, ...


-Greg-Louganis-helps-kick-off-Gay-Games-Opening-Day

Greg Louganis helps kick off Gay Games Opening Day - Greg Louganis, the first man to win two gold medals in diving in two consecutive Olympiads, headlined "The Power of Embracing Difference," a Cleveland Foundation-City Club of Cleveland special event to help kick off the 2014 Gay Games on Saturday, Aug. 9. Louganis joined Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard in a conversation on the power of embracing difference ...


Arizona-State-football-player-comes-out-as-gay-

Arizona State football player comes out as gay - Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has come out as gay, USA Today reported. He became the first active Division I college football player to come out to the public, and followed in the footsteps of St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam, who came out publicly after his collegiate career at Missouri ended. Sarafin—a 6'6", 320-pound walk-on—told the ...


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Gay-rights activist receives baseball award - At The Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day on July 20 in Pasadena, California, Chicago gay-rights activist and baseball superfan Jerry Pritikin ( aka The Bleacher Preacher ) received the 2014 Hilda Award. According to Pritikin's blog, "the Hilda Award is named after the fabled fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, [who was] best known for ...


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Michael Sam debuts in NFL - Michael Sam has played his first NFL game. According to ESPN.com, the league's first openly gay player got an extended look at defensive end in the St. Louis Rams' preseason opener—a 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Sam entered the game with five minutes, 13 seconds to go in the first quarter. He then played the rest of the ...


Out-at-the-Sox-Aug-16

'Out at the Sox' Aug. 16 - Equality Illinois will host the organization's second Out at the Sox: LGBT Pride Night fundraiser at the Chicago White Sox game on Saturday, Aug. 16. The Sox will host the Toronto Blue Jays. On game day starting at 3:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to socialize with other LGBT and allied sports fans over drinks, light bites and White ...


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Gay Games 9 opens in Cleveland-Akron - More than 6,000 athletes representing about 50 counties and most of the U.S. states celebrated the opening of Gay Games 9 in the Cleveland-Akron area of northeast Ohio Aug. 9. Politicians, performers and a parade of athletes were part of the 3.5-hour ceremony at the indoor Quicken Loans Arena. President Barack Obama sent a video greeting to the celebrants, noting ...


Out-at-the-Sox-LGBT-Pride-Night-Aug-16

Out at the Sox: LGBT Pride Night Aug. 16 - CHICAGO — Equality Illinois will host the organization's second Out at the Sox: LGBT Pride Night fundraiser at the Chicago White Sox game on Saturday, August 16. With a portion of select tickets sold to benefitting the mission of Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, pro-equality baseball fans will have ...


Kickball-league-launches-locally-to-support-charity

Kickball league launches locally to support charity - The Stonewall Kickball league, which was founded four years ago in Washington D.C., is coming to Chicago. "We believe every person should have the ability to feel comfortable being oneself in organized sports. Our organization will value each player for who they are and what one brings to the league's community," said Patrick Crosson, 25, who lives in Lakeview and ...


Pro-soccer-player-supports-LGBT-community-Pride-Night-events

Pro soccer player supports LGBT community, Pride Night events - When asked if he would represent his soccer team, the Chicago Fire, at the annual Chicago Pride Parade in June, Quincy Amarikwa didn't hesitate. He said, sure, "no problem." About six weeks after the parade through the streets of Lakeview on the city's north side, Amarikwa was still filled with fond memories of his first pride parade—and he's straight. "It ...


Gay-Games-9-Fewer-registrants-but-excitement-aplenty

Gay Games 9: Fewer registrants, but excitement aplenty - When basketball superstar LeBron James announced in mid-July that he was "coming home" to play this upcoming season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, organizers for Gay Games 9—which runs from Aug. 9-16 in Cleveland—sent a formal invitation to James to attend the Games' opening ceremony. The event, after all, is being held at Quicken Loans Arena, the same venue that, come ...


Dungy-clarifies-comments-about-Michael-Sam

Dungy clarifies comments about Michael Sam - A day after NFL coach-turned-NBC analyst Tony Dungy was criticized for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, he clarified his comments and provided context, The Chicago Tribune reported. Dungy had initially said, "I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to ...


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Skateboarding's Tony Hawk joins Americans for Marriage Equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a video ad ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx5GjuKr—0&feature=youtu.be ) featuring professional skateboarder and CEO Tony Hawk. In the video, Hawk states, "We all deserve to follow our hearts, and we need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right." The video can be viewed online at americansformarriageequality.org. Past ...


Team-Chicago-hosts-Gay-Games-9-senf-off-party

Team Chicago hosts Gay Games 9 senf-off party - Team Chicago will be hosting a Gay Games 9 send-off party on Thu., August 7, 6-9 p.m. at The North End bar, 3733 N. Halsted St. Team Chicago shirts for the opening ceremony and other items will be provided, plus the latest news from Cleveland for those heading to the Gay Games. The Gay Games open Sat., August 9, at ...


Chicago-native-takes-over-as-president-of-CMSA

Chicago native takes over as president of CMSA - Michael Erwin, a Chicago native who has participated in gay sports since 2006, was named July 22 as the new president of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ), one of the largest predominantly gay sports organizations in the world. Erwin, 42, who works as the director-global corporate communications at CareerBuilder and lives in Lincoln Square, replaces Brian Kupersmit, ...


Sam-accepts-Arthur-Ashe-Award-at-ESPYs

Sam accepts Arthur Ashe Award at ESPYs - At the recent ESPY Awards, openly gay NFL player Michael Sam received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Following ESPN's broadcast of a video about Sam's life, he kissed boyfriend Vito Cammisano, and walked onto the stage at the Nokia Theater to accept the award from actor/former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Huffington Post noted. In a speech many described ...


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Charlie Rice-Minoso: Building his own legacy locally - Charlie Rice-Minoso is an award-winning LGBT activist with a public relations past, yet it's his name that quickly catches many people's attention in Chicago. Sure, it's hyphenated, but it's the Minoso portion that has an amazing legacy, particularly here and also in Latin American countries. Rice-Minoso is the son of baseball legend Minnie Minoso, who played in the major leagues ...


Former-Div-I-college-football-player-Thorson-comes-out

Former Div. I college football player Thorson comes out - Brad Thorson and Danny Kaye were football teammates at the University of Wisconsin, both playing on the Badgers' offensive line during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. They spent countless hours together, on and off the field. Thorson also befriended Kaye's family during after-game get-togethers. Thorson, now 26 and living in San Francisco, revealed in early July that he is gay. ...


Billie-Jean-King-to-speak-at-CFW-annual-luncheon

Billie Jean King to speak at CFW annual luncheon - Activist/tennis icon Billie Jean King will be the keynote speaker at The Chicago Foundation for Women's ( CFW's ) 29th Annual Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. A networking reception will take place 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The luncheon and keynote address will take place 12-1:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $150, available online at ...


World-news-Conchita-Wurst-models-Ian-Thorpe-comes-out

World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst recently made her modeling debut, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, according to the UK Independent. Wurst—who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest—was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honor usually bestowed upon the designer's favorite or most famous model. Gaultier said of Wurst, "I always say that beauty ...


Sports-open-house-July-19

Sports open house July 19 - Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago and the Orthopaedics Center at The University of Chicago Medicine have teamed to host a free event for LGBT athletes in Chicagoland. The event will take place Saturday, July 19, 5-7 p.m., at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. There will be hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, raffle prizes, giveaways, live music and more. Email events@uchospitals.edu to RSVP. ...


Climb-cancelled-but-charitable-causes-still-win

Climb cancelled, but charitable causes still win - Despite not climbing Mt. Everest as part of his Everest 4 Equality drive to raise awareness for marriage equality and LGBT rights, Joe Rudy made a considerable donation to both of his charitable causes: Equality Illinois and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). Rudy, who will turn 28 on Aug. 13, was planning to climb to the top of ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Heidi-J-Onion

Gay in the Life: Heidi J. Onion - About 18 years ago, Heidi J. Onion was approached by her police chief, who told her that their local park district was looking for someone to teach a self-defense class for women—and Onion was asked if she'd be interested in putting together such a program. "I was the only female patrol officer at the time and already a DT ( ...


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Major League Baseball recognizing Glenn Burke's legacy - At one of the biggest events of the Major League Baseball season, the league is honoring former player Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's in the 1970s, was gay, and died in 1995 at the age of 42 due to complications from AIDS. The New York Times reported that, as part of a concerted ...


Chicagoan-to-continue-triathlon-journey-at-Gay-Games-9

Chicagoan to continue triathlon journey at Gay Games 9 - Mikey Apuada was at Soldier Field in Chicago for the opening ceremony of the 2006 Gay Games. He enjoyed the moment, cherishes the memory, but never competed in those Games. This time, when Gay Games 9 is held in Cleveland in August, he's competing. Apuada, 36, who lives in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood and works as a physical therapist, will participate ...


History-made-honored-in-annual-Ride-For-AIDS-Chicago

History made, honored in annual Ride For AIDS Chicago - The 11th annual Ride For AIDS Chicago was a record-setting, celebrity-filled, legacy-driven two-day extravaganza that culminated Sunday afternoon, July 13, under hot, sunny skies in Evanston. Emotions, pain and pride were plentiful … so too were some cold beers. Additional photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-13&AGALLERY=Ride2014 . The bicycle ride produced and supporting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ...


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2014 Gay/Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame inductees honored - The atmosphere at the Second Annual Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Center on Halsted on July 11 seemed to exemplify the courage, victory and raw emotion to be found in the arenas where each of the evening's honorees battled—often gagged by rampant homophobia—simply for the love of the game. Additional photos at the ...


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Gay team makes history; Laverne Cox tops world list - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australia's first gay rugby union team ( the Sydney Convicts ) made history July 6 when it become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match, according to a press release. The Convicts beat Macquarie University ahead of the game between the NSW Waratahs ( AUS ) and the Highlanders ( NZ ...


Tim-Emond-returns-for-Ride-for-AIDS

Tim Emond returns for Ride for AIDS - Tim Emond has a lofty goal for the 2014 Ride For AIDS Chicago, the two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride produced by and benefitting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) and community partners. He's aiming to raise $5,000. This is Emond's second consecutive year riding. He is 34, lives in north suburban Glenview and works at Kraft Foods' corporate headquarters ...


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Chicago takes Miami, heads to conference championship - The Chicago Force took another step toward repeating as Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) National Champions, and again did it in dominant fashion. The Force mauled the over-matched Miami Fury 66-8 on July 5 at Evanston Township High School, moving to 8-1 and ending the Fury's season at 6-3. Chicago will now travel to face the Boston Militia in ...


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Annual Ride For AIDS Chicago is July 12-13 - The 2014 Ride For AIDS Chicago is expecting 330 riders for the two-day, 200-mile bicycle ride, including more than 100 first-time riders. There also are more than 110 crew members aiding the event. Combined, the group has raised about $680,000. The 11th annual Ride, produced and supporting the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ), is July 12-13. "The highlight ...


CLLAW-at-Logan-Square-on-July-25

CLLAW at Logan Square on July 25 - The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will hold CLLAW XIX on Friday, July 25, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. Sideshow Theatre Company is presenting the event, which will feature live musical entertainment from The Cell Phones. Tickets for CLLAW XIX are $10, with a cash bar available. Doors open at 10 p.m., with ...


2014-AIDS-Run-Walk-Chicago-to-raise-funds-for-31-groups

2014 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago to raise funds for 31 groups - From a press release - CHICAGO — The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is proud to announce the names of 31 community organizations that will raise funds through this year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago event on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Arvey Field in Grant Park. This annual event, produced by AFC and Special Events Management, will raise money and awareness in the ...


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PRIDE WEEKEND Proud to Run finds continued success - Proud runners experienced the joy of crossing the finish line to the cheers of supporters and the Chicago Spirit Brigade at this year's Proud to Run event near Montrose Harbor. Approximately 1,300 participants, hailing from all over the country, ran the 5K and 10K races to benefit organizations like The Night Ministry by supporting them financially and with exposure. Additional ...


Sports-Hall-of-Fame-July-11-Bean-Davis-Tuaolo-Fox-

Sports Hall of Fame July 11: Bean, Davis, Tuaolo, Fox - The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is Friday, July 11, 2014, 6 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 H. Halsted, Chicago. Organizers said inductees Billy Bean, Wade Davis, Esera Tuaolo, Fallon Fox, Chris Mosier, Stand up Foundation and Nike Corporation will attend. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony are $30 or two for $50. Tickets for ...


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First-ever Pride 5K draws 400 runners - Approximately 400 runners and walkers sported their rainbow colors and gathered near Diversey Harbor on June 26 to kick off the biggest weekend in the LGBTQ calendar with the first ever evening Pride 5K run and walk along the lakefront. A cool mist didn't affect turnout—which far exceeded organizers expectations—nor did it numb the enthusiasm of the participants for both ...


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Michael Sam talks sports memorabilia at sports show - Michael Sam, the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL ( by the St. Louis Rams this past May ), signed autographs June 27 at the three-day Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Sam agreed to a brief interview—his first exclusive interview since April, according to his representatives—to discuss the sports ...


Proud-to-Run-on-June-28

Proud to Run on June 28 - Proud To Run—a 10K run and 5K run and walk that celebrates LGBTQIA pride—will take place Saturday, June 28. A part of Pride Week since 1982, more than 2,200 people participated in last year's event by running, walking, volunteering and sponsoring. The event will start at Montrose Avenue at Simonds Drive ( east of Lake Shore Drive ). The 10K ...


New-Pride-race-June-26-along-lakefront

New Pride race June 26 along lakefront - Registration is now open at ILoveRuns.com for the first-ever lakefront PRIDE 5K run/walk, which will take place Thursday, June 26. Star Events is sponsoring the event. In an effort to plus-up the fun and to further unite the community, everyone is encouraged to register with a partner. Those who "couple up" will each receive a special $5 registration discount. The ...


Gay-in-the-Life-Mark-Sakalares

Gay in the Life: Mark Sakalares - Mark Sakalares has had so many fond memories playing sports in the local gay leagues, including multiple sports over the past nine years within the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ). During that stretch, Sakalares has: —Been a part of three national championship basketball teams; —Played in two Gay Softball World Series; —Played on a team that went 19-1 ...


Immigrant-rights-group-to-FIFA-Use-World-Cup-to-speak-up

Immigrant rights group to FIFA: Use World Cup to speak up - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA — The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles ( CHIRLA ) urged the International Federation of Associations Football ( FIFA ) and its member associations to take advantage of the world stage at the World Cup in Brazil to actively campaign against homophobia, transphobia, and otherwise insulting and demeaning use of language and behavior that ...


Hudson-Taylor-LGBT-ally-in-Russia-and-beyond-

Hudson Taylor: LGBT ally in Russia and beyond - Hudson Taylor was admittedly nervous going to the Winter Olympics earlier this year in Sochi, Russia, to promote the Principle 6 ( P6 ) campaign, launched by Athlete Ally, the gay-rights advocacy organization that he founded and serves as its executive director. Taylor was certainly aware of Russia's staunch, much publicized anti-gay propaganda laws. But there was no way he ...


Michael-Sam-at-sports-show-June-27-29

Michael Sam at sports show June 27-29 - Michael Sam—who recently became the first gay man drafted into the NFL—will be among the celebrities appearing at the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectactular at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, on June 27-29. On May 10, the St. Louis Rams used a seventh-round slot in the 2014 NFL draft to select Sam. He came out ...


-Clay-court-tennis-tourney-July-12-13

Clay-court tennis tourney July 12-13 - Second City Tennis ( SCT ) has opened registration for The Chardonnay, its annual clay-court doubles tournament. The tournament will take place July 12-13 at the Diversey Public Tennis Center 140 W. Diversey Pkwy. Played on Har-Tru green clay, this annual tournament also features a cookout for the players, a consolation round and a relaxed atmosphere for players across many ...


Ty-Pennington-at-Disco-Dash-June-26

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, ...


First-ever-LGBT-sports-cruise-to-set-sail-in-October-

First-ever LGBT sports cruise to set sail in October - The softball season culminates annually with the prestigious Gay Softball World Series, under the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance ( NAGAAA ) banner, a non-profit organization founded in 1977. Players brag about Series they've played in, titles won, and lifelong friends built on and off the fields of play during the multi-day tournament. "Over the last several years, we have ...


Australian-teams-commit-to-ending-homophobia

Australian teams commit to ending homophobia - In Australia, all four football codes as well as Cricket Australia have presented a united front in Sydney, emphasizing the need to end anti-LGBT discrimination in sport, The West Australian reported. The agreement came ahead of the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, with all codes agreeing to introduce policies in line with the new Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion ...







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