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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 89. 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 ...


Veteran-killed-Perry-disrupted-Collins-honored-

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 ...


LGBT-athletes-making-an-impact-on-and-off-the-field

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 ...


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 ...


SPORTS-NOTES-Appearances-performances-games

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 ...


Womens-Film-Martina-proposes-Sky-finals-AIDS-Run-Walk-

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 ...


SPORTS-EVENTS-AIDS-Run-Race-Judicata-tennis-tournament

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 ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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'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 ...







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