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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Upcoming: Windy City Rollers, Mudderella - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Windy City Rollers' home bout April 2 The Chicago roller-derby league Windy City Rollers will host its first home bout of the season Saturday, April 2, at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The A & B teams of the Windy City Rollers All-Stars and Second Wind will be taking on the BrewCity Bruisers of Milwaukee. Other home bouts ...


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Upcoming events: Celebrity Bowl, Chicago TV Awards - LGBT Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowl May 14 CHICAGO—A major benefit for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame has been renamed in honor of the event's founder, who died last year. The 2016 Dick Uyvari Memorial Celebrity Bowl will be Saturday, May 14, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. The annual benefit is sponsored by the Friends of the ...


-Pitcher-leaves-team-after-hearing-anti-gay-statements

Pitcher leaves team after hearing anti-gay statements - It turns out that last baseball season, gay minor-league pitcher Tyler Dunnington left the sport after dealing with hateful speech from teammates and coaches, according to a Yahoo! Sports item that cites Outsports. In an email to Cyd Zeigler of Outsports, Dunnington said, in part, "I experienced both coaches and players make remarks on killing gay people during my time ...


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LGBT Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowl May 14 - CHICAGO — A major benefit for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame has been renamed in honor of the event's founder, who died last year. The 2016 Dick Uyvari Memorial Celebrity Bowl will be Saturday, May 14, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. The annual benefit is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, a ...


NCAA-rejects-demands-it-divest-from-campuses-seeking-Title-IX-waivers-regarding-LGBTQs

NCAA rejects demands it divest from campuses seeking Title IX waivers regarding LGBTQs - From a press release - March 17, 2016, Charlotte, NC……In a March 9, 2016 letter to the NCAA President, Executive Team and Board of Governors, Campus Pride and Soulforce formally asked the organization to divest from all religious campuses that have requested discriminatory Title IX waivers toward LGBTQ youth. Yesterday, a response was sent from the NCAA highlighting the following: "… the Association values diversity ...


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Corporations, business leaders, sports teams speak against Georgia assault on LGBTs - From an HRC press release - Apple, NFL, and the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, and Hawks join a growing chorus of voices from the business community speaking out against H.B. 757 Earlier this week, Georgia's legislature sent Governor Nathan Deal the bill that could weaken local non-discrimination protections and allow businesses to discriminate and deny service to LGBT people, in addition to explicitly allowing discrimination by taxpayer-funded ...


In-the-Life-Michael-O-Rice-II

In the Life: Michael O. Rice II - Michael O. Rice II is set for his seventh season playing in the Open Sunday Softball league, run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ), with the first pitch set for May 1. He is a third baseman playing for the C-Division team called, Legion of Boom—and this is his first season as the league's commissioner. Rice replaced ...


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Tribune sports writer comes out, rips NFL'S homophobia - Chris Hine, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey beat writer for the Chicago Tribune, skated out strongly against questions to a prospect posed by an assistant coach for the Atlanta Falcons football team—and Hine came out as gay in the process. Comcast SportsNet's "Breakfast on Broad" asked Ohio State University's Eli Apple what was the weirdest question he was asked during his ...


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NY Attorney General Schneiderman investigates NFL policies - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign has joined New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in calling on the NFL to explain and address deeply disturbing reports that some prospective players are being asked inappropriate questions about their sexual orientation. "Neither the NFL nor any employer should ever ask the sexual orientation or gender identity of prospective candidates for the ...


Groups-demand-NCAA-divest-from-campuses-seeking-Title-IX-waivers-against-LGBTQs

Groups demand NCAA divest from campuses seeking Title IX waivers against LGBTQs - A coalition of more than 80 LGBTQ, sports, religious and youth-advocacy groups signed on to a letter that has called on the NCAA to deny all 59 religious-based institutions who have made Title IX requests to discriminate against LGBTQ youth. In part, the letter says, "The NCAA through its member institutions sends a message about their core values of integrity, ...


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Proud To Run's 35th season registration open, beneficiaries named - From a press release - Chicago ( Mar 9, 2016 ) — Proud to Run ( PTR ) is excited to celebrate 35 years of supporting the Chicago LGBT community in a healthy & fun way this year. The race will kick off Saturday, June 25 at 8:04am from Montrose Harbor. Registration is now open for both the 5K & 10K races, including teams, at ...


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Tribune sports writer discusses sexuality - In discussing the experiences of The Ohio State University cornerback Eli Apple at the NFL combine, Chicago Tribune sports writer Chris Hine opened up about his own sexuality. Apple claimed that during an interview with the Atlanta Falcons, one of the team's assistant coaches, Marquand Manuel asked, "Do you like men?" Manuel also allegedly told Apple, "If you're going to ...


Gay-Games-enda-discussions-with-Gay-Lesbian-International-Sport-Association

Gay Games enda discussions with Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA ( 03 MARCH 2016 ) — On Sunday 28 February, following seven years of ongoing negotiations, the Federation of Gay Games Board of Directors voted to end further discussions with Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association ( GLISA ) to consider creating a new unified organization to present a singular quadrennial global LGBT+ sports, culture and ...


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LGBTQ bowlers prepare for Second City tourney - Registration is now open for the 2016 Second City Open Tournament Chicago ( SCOTCH ), which welcomes LGBTQ bowlers to Chicago to compete for fun and prizes. The third annual event is March 5-6 at the 40-lane Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. Last year's tournament drew 140 bowlers ( including 19 women ) from Illinois and 10 other states. ...


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Pacquiao issues apology, faces backlash - Boxer Manny Pacquiao issued what some are calling a weak apology after causing a storm by claiming gay people are "worse than animals," The Daily Mail reported. The pugilist world champion made the comments in a television interview in the Philippines, where he is running for a senate seat in the May elections. At one point, he asked, "It's common ...


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Upcoming: Women's Day Dance; Second City bowlers; Poundstone; Hvorostovsky - CFW holding Internat'l Women's Day Dance March 12 The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) is hosting the 2nd Annual International Women's Day Dance on Saturday, March 12, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Reviving this Chicago tradition last year, the LBTQ Giving Council successfully brought together ...


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Sports: CLLAW-entine; Proud to Run; Chicago Sky; Billie Jean King; LGBTQ bowlers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'CLLAW-entine' Feb. 13 at Logan The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) will host "My Bloody Cllaw-Entine" on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 24th benefit match will feature the arm wrestlers; live musical entertainment from all-female Beastie Boys tribute band She's Crafty; and a cash bar. Attendees can enter the ...


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LGBTQ bowlers prepare for Second City tourney - 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 2016 Second City Open Tournament Chicago, which welcomes LGBTQ bowlers to Chicago to compete for fun and prizes. The third annual event is March 5-6 at the 40-lane Waveland Bowl, the largest bowling ...


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Cotillion Volleyball Tournament benefits TPAN, Center on Halsted - Cotillion Volleyball Tournament, with all players in drag and gym shoes, was held Saturday, January 30 at the Center on Halsted. The first place team was Girls Go Back to School, second place Finger Lake Sisters and third place Pretty Hurts. The winning teams donated their share of proceeds to TPAN and the Center on Halsted. Another Cotillion Volleyball Tournament ...


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Gay athlete has figure-skating win; trans Olympians - Gay athlete takes figure-skating title Adam Rippon—who publicly came out as gay last year—is the newest U.S. men's amateur figure-skating champion. Rippon edged runner-up Max Aaron at the U.S. Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Jan. 24 in a battle that has reignited the talk on athleticism versus artistry. While Aaron nailed two quadruple jumps ( and third-place finisher ...


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Olympics changing policy for trans athletes - The Olympics are reportedly opening the field of competition to transgender athletes, adopting an updated policy that reflects standards that other regulatory sports organizations, such as the NCAA, already employ, ESPN.com reported. Outsports initially reported that, last November, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) received new proposed guidelines from its "Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism" that allow ...


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Athlete Ally has new ambassadors - The pro-LGBT organization Athlete Ally has welcomed six new pro ambassadors—pro athletes who will work with the organization to promote LGBT equality in and out of sports, according to a press release. Among the new ambassadors is transgender U.S. military sergeant and bodybuilder Shane Ortega. Ortega—who resides in Hawaii—said he joined Athlete Ally's mission for LGBT inclusion in and out ...


Proud-to-Run-turning-35

Proud to Run turning 35 - To mark its 35th year, Proud To Run has a variety of events planned for 2016. These include a limited-time discount on registration when it opens Monday, Feb. 1. The registration fee will be $35, a savings of $10. Also, there will be a kickoff party Thursday, Feb. 4, 7-9 p.m., at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. ...


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Billie Jean King to speak Feb. 11 - Former top-ranked professional tennis player and current World TeamTennis co-founder Billie Jean King will speak at The Executives' Club of Chicago's Women's Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr. Registration and networking will take place at 7:15-8 a.m., with the breakfast program at 8-9:15 a.m. King will discuss how she garnered ...


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Curtis Pride named new MLB Ambassador of Inclusion; Billy Bean promoted - His career in Major League Baseball spanned 11 seasons, with stops on six teams. Curtis Pride made his debut in the majors in 1993, and last stepped to the plate in a big league game in 2006. Pride played in 421 games and had a lifetime .250 batting average. He was, at the time, the first deaf player in the ...


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YEAR IN REVIEW Looking back: Entertainment news - —Roller-coaster: Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL in spring 2014, got engaged to his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano. However, they apparently ended that engagement in a year that saw him sign with Canadian Football League team the Montreal Alouettes—and later leave that squad, citing mental-health concerns. Sam also competed on TV's Dancing with the ...


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Shirtless jogger led 'free prayer' ministry - Ethan Renoe—the shirtless jogger whose video became a recent viral sensation—started a movement four years ago in which students stand outside mostly gay clubs in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood holding up signs that read "free prayer," according to NBC News. Current group leader Noah Reynolds said that the organization is nothing like the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. "Westboro Baptist is nearly ...


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CHICAGO 2015 IN REVIEW Local sports anniversaries, passings and more - There was plenty of joy, jubilation and success on the fields of play for Chicago's LGBT sporting world in 2015—and tears, too. Chicagoans had strong showings in multiple sports on a national scene and further expanded this city's grip as a prominent force for gays who love to play sports. There's an overflowing crowd of participants and spectators on Friday ...


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Abby Wambach plays last match - Abby Wambach has played her last professional soccer match. Wambach played in the United States' friendly against China Dec. 16 in New Orleans—and was honored with a pre-game ceremony, Sports Illustrated reported. Fans chanted Wambach's name throughout, and she was subbed off for Christen Press in the 72nd minute to a standing ovation. The 35-year-old Wambach, an out lesbian, finished ...


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Pride Tape unveiled - The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta ( Faculty of Education ) recently unveiled the Pride Tape. The tape, inspired by the six colors of pride and created by Calder Bateman Communications Ltd. ( led by Creative Director Jeff McLean ), is initially being manufactured for hockey, but will also be produced for other ...


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Adler Burns: Transitioning to life after the Force - Adler Burns was, by his own admission, an 18-year-old small-town boy who knew very little about the LGBT community when he started playing for the Chicago Force women's tackle football team. "I knew, [before joining] the Force that I was different than anyone else I knew," he said. "Playing for the Force opened my eyes to the world and that ...


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Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago name board members - Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago held their Holiday Party Nov. 28 at Nookies Edgewater with 54 members and guests in attendance. As part of the program, the results of the elections of the 2016 board were announced. The new board for next year will be ( front row ) David Reithoffer, past president; Dawn Barcus, president; Courtney O'Connell, female VP; Stan Jenczyk, male ...


In-the-Life-Jamie-Fornal

In the Life: Jamie Fornal - Jamie Fornal—who saw action on offense and defense for the Chicago Force this season, her first on the team—was named the Team MVP, it was announced in late October at the annual Force awards banquet, held at Seven Dance Club in Lake View. "I was very honored to receive this award because we have so many great athletes on the ...


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Couple complete marathon then get engaged - Brenden Bryant hobbled from the Hilton Chicago along South Michigan Avenue to Grant Park on Oct. 11. He had just finished running the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon, his first time ever going 26.2 miles by foot. He was physically spent, on emotional overload for multiple reasons. Bryant's partner of almost four years, Justin Natale, also completed the marathon ...


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AFC softball couple on relationship, work and PrEP awareness - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Sirens, a Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) league Sunday summer softball team, has many team members who are taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ), an HIV prevention drug, including Larry "LT" Todd ( nee: Johnson ) Cousineau. LT is in a serodiscordant relationship with his husband Vincent "Vinny" Cousineau, who ...


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LGBT aid station serves and entertains Bank of America marathoners - From a press release - Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago provided 230 volunteers for this year's Bank of America Chicago Marathon at the mile 8 aid station in Lakeview on Sunday morning, Oct. 11, 2015. This year's aid station theme was "Las Vegas." Frontrunners/Frontwalkers not only poured water and Gatorade but entertained the runners as well. Many runners said that the aid station was their favorite point along ...


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VIEWS Running through cancer while helping others - A simple, 60-minute training run in mid-July in preparation for the annual Chicago Marathon turned into a life-changing experience. We ran from the Road Runner Sports store, 1435 N. Kingsbury St., to the lakefront, then headed north. At the North Avenue boathouse, I grabbed some water and Gatorade, and waited for other runners from my team to reach the area. ...


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Proud to Run 2016 now accepting beneficiary applications - From a press release - Chicago ( Nov. 4, 2015 ) — Proud to Run is now accepting applications from Chicago-area LGBTQ organizations seeking to be a beneficiary of the 2016 Proud to Run 10k run and 5k run/walk next June. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 17, 2015. Organizations submitting an application should be a non-profit that serves LGBT individuals in or ...


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Women's National Soccer Team honored at White House; Abby Wambach retires - Abby Wambach, the leading career scorer—male or female—in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer after the U.S. national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House, Newser noted. Wambach, 35, said before the World Cup this past summer in Canada that she wanted to cap her 15-year career with the game's most prestigious championship. She will ...


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Northalsted Business Alliance's Ruby Red Relay to benefit AIDS Fdn, Out in Open Sleep Out - From a press release - On Saturday, October 31, The Northalsted Business Alliance hosts the inaugural Ruby Red Relay to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Out in the Open Sleep Out, a first of its kind overnight sleep out to raise visibility and funds for youth experiencing homelessness. Out in the Open Sleep Out, an event of the newly formed Pride Action Tank, ...


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Indy publisher may be first gay pilot to circumnavigate globe in a DC-3 - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS ( October 1, 2015 )—DJ Doran, publisher and seasoned aviator, announced today the launch of PrideFlight2018 ( prideflight2018.com ). In the spring of 2018, Doran will attempt to become the first openly gay pilot to circumnavigate the globe on a goodwill mission supporting LGBTQ communities, groups and organizations worldwide. Doran and his crew will be flying a WWII-era DC-3, ...


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Freeskier Kenworthy comes out as gay - Freeskier Gus Kenworthy has become the first action-sports athlete to openly say he is gay, USA Today reported. Kenworthy first told his story to ESPN The Magazine, saying, "I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi [in 2014], because I felt so horrible about what I didn't do. I didn't want to come out as the ...


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World news: Athlete comes out; torturers jailed; German law - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tom Bosworth—a race walker who is considered one of Great Britain's great hopes for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio—revealed publicly that he is gay and has been in a loving relationship for the past four years, LGBTQ Nation reported. Bosworth says this news won't shock anyone who knows him, but he hopes his announcement will help more athletes feel ...


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Cubs joy spreads across Wrigleyville and throughout Boystown - The Cubs craziness that has flooded out of Wrigley Field in October—thanks to the local rarity that is playoff baseball, with a team that captured the National League Division Championship at home on Tuesday night—has flooded Wrigleyville and certainly flowed onto Halsted Street and the Boystown neighborhood. The North End and D.S. Tequila Co., have been overflowing with Cubs fans, ...


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Fitness convention draws hundreds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of fitness professionals hit McCormick Place Oct. 7-9 for the 2015 incarnation of the Club Industry show. Speeches this year covered a variety of topics, including leadership/management, compliance issues, sales and retention, childhood obesity and event posture alignment. However, for many, the highlight was the exhibit hall ( noticeably smaller than in previous years ), with vendors who promoted ...


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NUNN ON ONE: SPORTS Hit or Bliss: Talking with football player Alli Alberts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oxygen Media has kicked off a new documentary series called Pretty. Strong., featuring female football players on the Chicago Bliss, which competes with other team to reach and win the Legends Cup ( formerly known as the Lingerie Bowl ). Wide receiver Alli Alberts describes herself as being sexually fluid, and has a lesbian sister. Alberts practices general dentistry during ...


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Federation of Gay Games announces 2015 Legacy Awards - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA ( 1 October 2015 ) The Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board of directors announces the 2015 Legacy Awards to honor extraordinary contributions supporting the mission and values of the FGG. These awards will be presented along with the Medal of Honour Legacy Award to "The People of the Republic of Ireland", commemorating the ...


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Thousands at Chicago AIDS Run & Walk - While funds are still being solicited and collected for the 2015 Chicago AIDS Run & Walk, the event was held under beautiful skies Sept. 26 and already has raised more than $375,000. The annual event raises money in support of AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 35 HIV/AIDS beneficiaries, which receive 90 percent of the agency's fundraising. All money raised is ...


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Center on Halsted, CrossTown Fitness offer free community total body classes - From a press release - ( Chicago ) — CENTER ON HALSTED has teamed up with CROSSTOWN FITNESS to offer a complimentary high intensity training experience. The premier gym, currently located in the West Loop, will open its second location in the Lakeview neighborhood in early fall. Center on Halsted patrons and neighborhood residents have the opportunity to get a sneak peak of the gym's ...


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Yogi Berra: Athlete Ally mourns baseball pioneer and ally - From a press release - September 23, 2015 — Today Athlete Ally mourns the death of Yogi Berra, 90, a pioneer in baseball and a partner in Athlete Ally's work. "We will remember Yogi Berra for his values and his courage. He was a true pioneer for inclusion in sport, and a personal hero of mine. Not only was he one of the best catchers ...


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Chicago Sky's season over - The Chicago Sky's season is over, as the WNBA team fell to the Indiana Fever 100-89 in Allstate Arena in the deciding third game of their playoff series. The Fever now advance to the Eastern Conference finals to play either the Washington Mystics or New York Liberty. Elena Delle Donne—who has been named the league's MVP for this year—scored 40 ...


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Upcoming: AIDS Run & Walk; Branden James; a-ha; Halloween - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - AIDS Run & Walk Sept. 26 at Soldier Field This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and benefiting 35 other community organizations—known as CommunityDirect partners—on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Chicago's Soldier Field at 8 a.m. This year's message is "Put your foot down." In a statement, AFC President/CEO John Peller ...







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