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Jason Collins at Chicago Sky events - Chicago—The Chicago Sky and retired NBA trailblazer Jason Collins will host Diversity and Inclusion celebrations July 6-8, 2017. Collins became the first active male athlete in any of the four major American professional leagues to publicly announce he was gay in a Sports Illustrated story following the 2012-13 NBA season and has since become an advocate for inclusion in athletics. ...


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Drag rock climbing event benefits Transformative Justice Law Project - On June 13, Brooklyn Boulders Chicago and DO312 presented Out to Climb: Pride Edition at 100 S. Morgan St. The event, which boasted the first drag rock climbing competition ever also featured a host of personalities and entertainers from Chicago's vibrant nightlife community and benefited The Transformative Justice Law Project. Among the celebrities in attendance were emcees Lucy Stoole and ...


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Force advance to championship - The Chicago Force added to its final season—and to its legacy—by defeating the Pittsburgh Passion in the playoffs 45-0 on June 17 at Evanston Township High School. The Force will now play Boston in the conference championship on Saturday, July 8. The game will be in Revere, Massachusetts, at Harry Della Russo Field, with the kickoff time TBD. The winner ...


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Billie Jean King delivers speech at NU commencement - Former star tennis player Billie Jean King, known for her advocacy work on behalf of women and the LGBTQ community, addressed Northwestern University's graduating class June 16, saying, "You are by far the best generation ever, so far— ever—to deal with inclusion. "I'm telling you, it's changing, and it's because of people like you," said King, who also received an ...


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Marathon man leads LGBT running club - By Gene Naden - When Corbin Woodling moved to Chicago in 1990, he had a problem. Fresh from graduate school at Purdue University, he didn't know anyone here and wanted to find a way to meet people outside of the bars. He had just started running so his first move was to search the Windy City Times classified section for running groups. He found ...


Chicago-Force-heads-into-the-playoffs-ending-the-teams-15-year-run

Chicago Force heads into the playoffs, ending the team's 15-year run - After 15 seasons, the Chicago Force football team is coming to an end, as team owner Linda Bache does not intend to sell the team. She announced before the 2017 season that it would be the team's last under her leadership. The team rolled out a 7-1 regular-season record and now has a second-round Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) ...


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LGBT Hall of Fame Bowling benefit raises $7,100 - The seventh annual Dick Uyvari Memorial Celebrity Bowl was held at Waveland Bowling Alley June 3. The tournament was renamed in 2016 in honor of its founder. The fundraising event featured bowling with a queer twist and a raffle, benefiting the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. As an annual fundraiser, the event directly supports the ongoing efforts of the Chicago ...


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SPORTS Force stops Slam, heads into the WFA playoffs on June 17 - The Chicago Force ended its regular-season with a 44-20 win over the St. Louis Slam on Saturday, June 3, at Evanston Township High School, anchored by a three-touchdown performance from Force rookie Kristy Moran. Both the Force and the Slam are at 7-1. Moran, who has played football for five years, yet is accustomed to playing in her native Australia, ...


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World news: InterPride, HIV death warning, tennis icons clash - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - InterPride, the International Association for Pride Organizers, has called on LGBTQ+ people everywhere to attend and support local Pride events everywhere, according to a press release. In part, the release stated, "Pride has taken on a new urgency in 2017. With celebrations happening in hundreds of locations throughout the month and The Equality March for Unity & Pride centered in ...


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Tempers flare as World OutGames Miami is cancelled hours before opening ceremonies - The quadrennial World OutGames was cancelled May 26—the day before the opening ceremonies were to be held—with hundreds or thousands of participants en route or already in South Florida. The board of directors for World OutGames Miami issued a statement: "It is with deep regret that due to financial burdens, World OutGames must cancel opening and closing ceremonies and sports ...


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Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk - Registration has opened for the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5K walk and the 5K/10K runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Those runs start at 8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. ( The opening ceremony will ...


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King to speak atNU on June 16 - Advocate/sports icon Billie Jean King will deliver this year's commencement address at Northwestern University on Friday, June 16. King was ranked six times as the year's number one women's tennis player and won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 championships at Wimbledon. She is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, ...


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NBA returns 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte, HRC responds - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the NBA's decision to bring back the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019. The NBA had previously moved their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte in response to HB2, the deeply discriminatory law that put LGBTQ North Carolinians in harm's way and cost the state over ...


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World news: Daley-Black wedding, Chinese university, Qantas CEO - British Olympic diver Tom Daley, 22, and U.S. Oscar-winning film scribe Dustin Lance Black, 42, got married May 7 at Bovey Castle Hotel in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England, Just Jared noted. The couple first started dating back in 2013 and got engaged in October 2015. The twosome have spoken candidly in the past about their love for each ...


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Uyvari bowling benefit for Hall of Fame on June 3 - The annual Dick Uyvari bowling tournament to benefit for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame will take place Saturday, June 3, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. The annual benefit is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, a nonprofit that raises funds for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame itself—the first LGBT hall of ...


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Chicago Force steamroll over Minnesota, move to 5-0 - Motivated by social media trash-talking, the Chicago Force delivered a clear message to the Minnesota Vixen: Yes, the 2017 Force is still a powerhouse in the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ). And that message started, literally, seconds into the game on Saturday night, May 6, which was Chicago's home opener and a battle between two 4-0 teams. Cassey Brick ...


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Uyvari bowling benefit for Hall of Fame June 3 - The annual Dick Uyvari bowling tournament to benefit for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame will take place Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. The annual benefit is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, a nonprofit that raises funds for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame itself—the first LGBT Hall ...


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SPORTS: FIGURE SKATING Adam Rippon discusses skating, coming out, future - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Adam Rippon is a U.S. figure-skating champion who plans on competing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Rippon ( who came out publicly as gay in October 2015 ) is also an emerging LGBTQ activist. Rippon has spent the past six months at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and recently did an NBC Olympic promotional shoot ...


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NGBA to host annual Coady Roundball Classic in Philadelphia Tri-State Area - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2017 - The National Gay Basketball Association ( NGBA ) will host its annual Coady Roundball Classic tournament at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, PA from May 6-7, 2017. The Coady Roundball Classic ( CRC ) is the largest and longest running annual gay basketball tournament in the world. The CRC is monumental, ...


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Cubs open The Park at Wrigley - The Park at Wrigley, Wrigleyville's new town square and year-round gathering place, made its debut April 10 a few hours before the Cubs home opener for 2017. The Ricketts family was joined on stage by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, program partners and members of the Lakeview community at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also on stage was Laura Ricketts, Cubs co-owner ...


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NCAA to return to N.C.: HRC, Equality NC, ACLU, NCLR respond - The NCAA announced on April 4 that it will return to North Carolina for championship events after the state, on March 30, reached a compromised repeal of HB2—the controversial statute that came to be known as "the bathroom bill." LGBTQ groups were initially quick to criticize the compromise, which they said still allows for discrimination. Among other things, said compromise ...


Chicago-Force-Team-will-auction-off-Chicagos-Most-Eligible-Bachelor

Chicago Force Team will auction off Chicago's Most Eligible Bachelor - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 20, 2017 ) What started off as a prank after losing a Fantasy Football League has gained momentum and will now support a real football team, the Chicago Force. Known as the most eligible bachelor in Chicago, Ryan Stew will be auctioned off for a date on March 25. Stew's friends took out an ad on ...


National-Trans-inclusive-sorority-agender-activist-Athlete-Ally

National: Trans-inclusive sorority, agender activist, Athlete Ally - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A sorority has become the first in the country to welcome transgender women into all of its chapters nationwide, according to NewNowNext.com. On Feb. 17, the national headquarters for Alpha Chi Omega, a 132-year-old Greek formed at Indiana's DePauw University, announced it was lifting its ban on transgender women. "We want everyone to feel included and feel like they're being ...


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Entertainment: Billie Jean King, 'Outpost,' John Barrowman, RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty-two years after co-founding World Team Tennis ( WTT ), Billie Jean King announced she will step away as the majority owner of the organization, ESPN.com reported. King, 73, said she was selling her share to Mark Ein, founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Fred Luddy, owner of the San Diego Aviators. King will continue to serve as ...


AIDS-LifeCycle-TeamChicago-Urban-Riders-to-hold-Saint-Pattys-Day-fundraiser

AIDS/LifeCycle TeamChicago Urban Riders to hold Saint Patty's Day fundraiser - It's your lucky day: Guys in Spandex for St. Patty's Day! Team CUR ( Chicago Urban Riders ) are riding 545 miles down the coast of California in June to fight HIV and AIDS with AIDS/LifeCycle. Join them in the fight on Thursday, March 16, at their our annual Bear Den fundraiser at Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Rd. The ...


World-news-OutGames-Cuban-award-gay-Brazilian-mayor-marries

World news: OutGames, Cuban award, gay Brazilian mayor marries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - World OutGames Miami 2017—a multi-sport, human rights and cultural event to be held May 26-June 4—has announced Amini Fonua, Surat-Shaan Knan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz as plenary speakers for its Global Conference on Human Rights, a press conference noted. The three-day conference ( May 26-29 ) will feature as many as 25 notable activists, thought leaders and community figures addressing ...


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Trekr Adventures starts LGBT sail racing team, highlights LGBTs in sailing - From a press release - WASHINGTON D.C. — March 13, 2017 — Trekr Adventures has announced that it will enter an all-LGBT racing team in the 2017 British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta. The BVI Spring Regatta is one of the top regattas of the Caribbean. It will be comprised of 150 yachts in 18 varied classes from around the world, competing across three course areas. ...


Frontrunners-announce-Couch-to-10K-program

Frontrunners announce Couch-to-10K program - From a press release - Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago, a running and walking club for Chicago's LGBT community and friends ( Frontrunners ) announces a unique training and social program for Spring 2017: The Frontrunners Couch-To-10K Program. Frontrunners will provide free coaching and training from accomplished running coaches, for the people who sign up for an annual membership in the club ( $20 ). The program will ...


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National roundup: Genderqueer baseball exec, letter to Sessions, Ark. bill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Sonoma Stompers announced that Jen Ramos, a baseball writer and data journalist from Northern California, would be the team's new assistant general manager—making Ramos possibly the first genderqueer executive in professional sports, ThinkProgress noted. Ramos is an experienced data analyst and prospect evaluator with a master's of science in journalism from the University of Southern California and digital media ...


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CampOut, LGBT family camp, returns for second summer - From a press release - Chicago — Two of America's top ten camps, Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods in Decatur, Michigan returns for its second summer after serving over 20 LGBT families in year one. CampOut, a three-day, two-night LGBT-focused family camp weekend takes place annually in August in Southwest Michigan. This weekend is open to all members of the LGBT community and their ...


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Illinois star wrestler comes out as gay - Dylan Geick was at home in north suburban Buffalo Grove, talking with his younger sister, Johnna, one day early last March. She had heard a fellow Stevenson High School singer who she thought was amazing. Dylan heard him and also thought he was talented, so he sent a message with Instagram, with the witty line, "Wanna piano and chill?" Dylan, ...


Washington-DC-one-of-three-finalists-to-host-Gay-Games-XI-in-2022

Washington DC one of three finalists to host Gay Games XI in 2022 - From a Gay Games DC 2022 press release - WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2017 — Washington, DC's bid to host Gay Games XI has been named one of three finalists for the games to be held in July of 2022. Washington was chosen from among eight bidding cities and will join Guadalajara ( MX ) and Hong Kong ( CN ) in the final round to determine which city ...


Stars-on-Ice-to-feature-2017-medalists-and-local-hopefuls-for-2018

Stars on Ice to feature 2017 medalists and local hopefuls for 2018 - From a press release - ( Rosemont, IL ) — Two 17-year-old phenoms captured gold at the 2017 National Championships, giving a youthful glow to U.S. Figure Skating. Nathan Chen, with his unprecedented technical prowess, is rapidly becoming Skating's next superstar, while Karen Chen is the first lady not named Wagner or Gold to sit atop the podium since 2011. The two Chens will headline ...


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Chicago Sky player: Retired athlete 'reinforced stereotypes' - In an open letter to retired WNBA player Candice Wiggins, Chicago Sky center Imani Boyette said that Wiggins dwelled on sexuality-related stereotypes regarding the league's athletes, according to a Chicago Tribune article. Wiggins, who last played in the WNBA two years ago, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she was bullied because she is straight. At one point, Wiggins said, ...


NBA-warns-Texas-lawmakers-anti-LGBTQ-bills-could-affect-All-Star-game-bids-

NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed comments from the National Basketball Association, warning Texas lawmakers that any legislative attack on LGBTQ people would factor into a decision as to where big-ticket games, such as the All-Star Game, would be played. The NBA joins the NFL in issuing a warning to lawmakers in Texas, after the ...


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Strive Village fitness facility: 'Unapologetically intense' - Walking into the Strive Village fitness facility, a person cannot claim a lack of warning. In large letters on one of the walls is the mantra "Hard Work. Integrity. Juice." ( This writer would be the first to admit that he had to look twice, especially because of the last word—but more on that later. ) Focused and intense coaches ...


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Details emerge about CMSA financial scandal - Late last May, Brian Sommer—who had just taken over as the commissioner of dodgeball from Jack Neilsen, a sport run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA )—noticed an inconsistency with a past invoice for the sport and he immediately informed CMSA president Michael Erwin. Erwin admitted he was "shocked and very concerned" with what he was seeing, and ...


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CMSA president provides update on financial situation - CMSA President Michael Erwin responded to emailed questions from Windy City Times on the financial scandal, which was not made public until late January, after it broke in Windy City Times. Windy City Times: Why was this matter not mentioned to CMSA membership before news of the scandal broke in the Windy City Times? Michael Erwin: The board was first ...


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SCOTCH bowling tourney on March 4-5 - The 2017 SCOTCH Tournament will take place on March 4-5, 2017, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. Interested persons can register at http://tournament-registration.com. ( A PDF registration form is also available at http://www.scotchbowling.com/register. ) Early-bird registration and payment of $99 is due by Feb. 4; after Feb. 4, registration increases to $109. Organizers are also raffling prizes to support ...


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The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers tp present 'CLLAW XXVI' Feb. 11 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) is returning with "CLLAW XXVI: Battle of the CLLAWentines" on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 26th benefit match will feature arm wrestlers, musical entertainment by the Jacob Horn Trio, and a cash bar. There will be CLLAW vets, including Unbreakable Killer Schmidt, Whami ...


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NC must repeal HB2 or lose NCAA championship games through 2022, warns NC Sports Assn - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC blasted North Carolina Republican leadership's reckless refusal to allow a vote to fully repeal HB2 — the deeply discriminatory law that continues to inflict profound damage on the state's people, reputation, and economy. In a letter sent to state lawmakers today, the North Carolina Sports Association warned ...


Chicago-Force-2017-season-may-be-the-teams-15th-and-final

Chicago Force 2017 season may be the team's 15th and final - It's late in the fourth quarter, so to speak, for the Chicago Force—one of the most successful, storied teams in women's tackle football history and certainly one deeply rooted in the local LGBT community. The 2017 season, an eight-game regular-season that starts in April, will be the last for the Force. Or certainly the last under current owner Linda Bache. ...


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World news: Aeromexico ad, Tom of Finland, OutGames poetry contest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ad from Mexican airline Aeromexico shows takes aim at physical and ideological barriers, NewNowNext.com noted. The narrated spot was produced by the company in May 2016 when President Donald Trump first announced his plan to build a wall along the Mexico-United States border and has since resurfaced in the wake of this weekend's immigrant and refugee travel ban. "I've ...


Elena-Delle-Donne-traded-from-Chicago-Sky-to-the-Washington-Mystics

Elena Delle Donne traded from Chicago Sky to the Washington Mystics - The Elena Delle Donne Era in Chicago is officially over, ending much speculation of late on the superstar's future with the Sky. Chicago traded Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP, to the Washington Mystics, Sky owner Michael Alter confirmed to The New York Times on Jan. 30. Delle Donne, 27, has played her entire four-year career for the Sky, averaging ...


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CMSA sports group responds to financial scandal - CMSA letter below - A major, internal financial scandal has rocked the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), Windy City Times has confirmed. Just under $40,000 was embezzled from CMSA over a multi-year period by a longtime, multi-sport participant who also was the former commissioner of multiple CMSA sports and was a member of the CMSA Hall of Fame, according to multiple sources. CMSA president ...


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Chicago Cubs visit the White House - The Chicago Cubs became the 50th ( and last ) championship team to visit the White House during President Obama's time there. Laura Ricketts ( to the left of Obama ) also became part of history, as she became the first out lesbian to co-own a championship team. Photo by Brooke Skinner Ricketts ...


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Jason Collins at Brooklyn Nets first Pride Night Jan. 25 - The Brooklyn Nets will celebrate diversity and inclusion as the team hosts its first-ever Pride Night Wednesday, Jan. 25 when the Miami Heat visit Barclays Center. The Pride Night celebration will feature prominent members and allies of the LGBTQ community participating in a pre-game awareness panel and special in-game entertainment. The pre-game panel—Spread Diversity and Inclusion, it's the Brooklyn Way—will ...


2017-Scotch-Bowling-Tournament-to-take-place-March-4-5

2017 Scotch Bowling Tournament to take place March 4-5 - From a press release - The 2017 SCOTCH Tournament will take place on March 4-5, 2017, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Avenue in Chicago, and the early bird deadline for SCOTCH 2017 is approaching! Register at http://tournament-registration.com. A PDF registration form is also available at http://www.scotchbowling.com/register. Early bird registration and payment of $99 is due by February 4, 2017. After February 4, registration goes ...


World-news-Tom-Daley-trans-boarding-school-athletes-of-the-year

World news: Tom Daley, trans boarding school, athletes of the year - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out British diver Tom Daley has opened up about his devastation over not making the solo dive finals at the Rio Olympics, PinkNews noted. Appearing on Chatty Man with Alan Carr, Daley was asked about his frustration over being unable to follow up his bronze title with a solo medal. Daley said, "I think that was probably my lowest moment ...


Thousand-Waves-to-Offer-Free-Workshop-on-Self-Defense-Bystander-Intervention

Thousand Waves to Offer Free Workshop on Self-Defense, Bystander Intervention - From a press release - Thousand Waves Martial Arts and Self-Defense Center will offer a free workshop entitled "Bystander Intervention and Self-Defense for Prevention of Identity-Based Violence" on Sunday, January 15th, from 1:30 until 4:30 PM at its Lakeview Center. Thousand Waves has been offering empowerment-based self-defense instruction for over 30 years. They use a model called the "Five Fingers of Self-Defense: Think Yell Run ...


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Lesbian defeats Rousey in UFC match - In an Ultimate Fighting Championship ( UFC ) match held Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes defeated well-known fighter Ronda Rousey just 48 seconds into the contest. Nunes, who's Brazilian, is an out lesbian. She has been dating Nina Ansaroff, a fighter who competes in the strawweight division, for four years. It was the second consecutive ...


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Gay Games raising scholarship money for 2018 event - The international Federation of Gay Games is raising funds to send athletes and artists to #ChangeTheWorld at Paris 2018 Gay Games 10. San Francisco's Martha Ehrenfeld and Carla McKay are matching the funds received by Dec. 31, 2016—up to $20,000. See https://www.gofundme.com/fggscholarship. The Gay Games is largely funded by participants. Donations will help fund more scholarship applications. Also, see https://gaygames.org/wp/2016/11/01/please-give-to-the-gay-games-scholarship-fund/ ...


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Chicago's top LGBT sports memories - It was an award-winning, record-setting, grand coming-out 2016 for Chicago's LGBT sports scene, with cheers, jeers and tears. The year was, arguably, the best-ever locally, such that, ranking the Top 10 events—or Top 16, to coincide with the year, 2016—was, without question, the most difficult list to compile of any year that Windy City Times has offered a ranking list ...


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Christina Kahrl preps for move, larger role at ESPN - Chicago is losing a staunch LGBT activist with national ties—one who also can and does talk about the blistering fastballs from Aroldis Chapman, a World Series star for the Cubs this fall, and the home-run heroics of Kris Bryant, also a 2016 Cubs sensation. Christina Kahrl is taking a bigger part in the sports scene. Kahrl, who has lived in ...


Chicago-Sky-names-Amber-Stocks-head-coach-and-general-manager

Chicago Sky names Amber Stocks head coach and general manager - From a press release - CHICAGO— After an extensive six-week process in which the organization interviewed over a dozen strong candidates, the Chicago Sky has selected Amber Stocks as its Head Coach and General Manager. "We are extremely excited to hand over the leadership of the team to Amber. Amber brings a youthful, positive energy along with a wealth of basketball knowledge. Her passion for ...


Barrys-Bootcamp-brings-workouts-to-Chicago

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


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


Santa-Speedo-Run-Dec-3-in-Boystown

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


CMSAs-Pride-Bowl-honored-nationally

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


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

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


Chicago-Cubs-capture-2016-World-Series-title-setting-off-celebrations

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


Chicago-Sky-will-not-retain-Head-Coach-and-General-Manager-Pokey-Chatman-

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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BREAST CANCER MONTH Cathy Seabaugh: Offering hope in the fight against breast cancer - In June 2016, Cathy Seabaugh's sister, Shelia Hager, passed away after spending many years battling breast cancer. Hager was first diagnosed in 1999. She inspired her sister to form her own organization, A Sister's Hope, to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness through events such as walks, runs and golf tournaments. "Friends who worked for other charities asked ...


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

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


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


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


Sky-semifinal-tickets-sales-begin

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


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


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


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







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