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

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


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

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


Charlie-Rice-Minoso-Building-his-own-legacy-locally

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Sports-open-house-July-19

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


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

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


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

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


Major-League-Baseball-recognizing-Glenn-Burkes-legacy-

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


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

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


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

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


2014-Gay-Lesbian-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-inductees-honored

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


Gay-team-makes-history-Laverne-Cox-tops-world-list

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


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

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


Chicago-takes-Miami-heads-to-conference-championship-

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


Annual-Ride-For-AIDS-Chicago-is-July-12-13

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


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

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


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

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


PRIDE-WEEKEND-Proud-to-Run-finds-continued-success

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


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

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


First-ever-Pride-5K-draws-400-runners-

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


Michael-Sam-talks-sports-memorabilia-at-sports-show

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


Proud-to-Run-on-June-28

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


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

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


Gay-in-the-Life-Mark-Sakalares

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ty Pennington at Disco Dash June 26 - Home-improvement expert Ty Pennington will be at the 4th annual Disco Dash 5K and 10K race on Thursday, June 26, at Soldier Field's Stadium Green. The race is followed by a '70s dance party outside the stadium, and runners are encouraged to dress up in their best disco-era costumes for fun and prizes. Early bird registration runs through April 30, ...


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

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


Australian-teams-commit-to-ending-homophobia

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


OUT-at-Wrigley-2014-to-take-place-July-12

'OUT at Wrigley 2014' to take place July 12 - "OUT at Wrigley 2014" will take place Saturday, July 12, at 3:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St. Bud Light, MTM Chicago and sUpErGuRL ImAgEs, in conjunction with ChicagoPride.com, are sponsoring the 14th annual event. The Chicago Cubs will host the Atlanta Braves. Tickets are $57 ( terrace reserved passes ) or $130 Budweiser patio deck tickets. Those ...


Natl-sports-hall-of-fame-names-newest-inductees-

Nat'l sports hall of fame names newest inductees - The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame board has announced its choices for the second induction class. Inductees include Billy Bean, retired MLB player; Wade Davis, executive director of You Can Play and retired NFL player; Tom Daley, Olympic medal-winning diver; Gareth Thomas, retired rugby player; Esera Tuaolo, retired NFL player; Brittney Griner, decorated collegiate athlete and active ...


Triathlon-junkie-Chicagoan-has-done-35-races-in-five-years-

Triathlon junkie: Chicagoan has done 35 races in five years - Nic Ruley and Brett King dated for nine years before tying the knot in Montgomery County, Maryland, where they met—and their wedding was on the first day it was legal: Jan. 2, 2013. They had it at an old school at the courthouse, and since it was the first day same-sex weddings were available in Maryland, NBC was there—and they ...


From-the-field-to-the-press-box-and-loving-it-

From the field to the press box and loving it - Laura Flynn started playing soccer at age 5 and played competitively until college—and she long dreamed of one day being a pro soccer player. The problem was, while growing up and improving as a player, there was no league for women in the United States. Flash-forward to 2014 and the National Women's Soccer League—the NWSL, as it is known—is a ...


Chicagoan-leading-Proud-To-Run-race-in-Kuwait

Chicagoan leading Proud To Run race in Kuwait - Maggie Murphy has completed the annual Proud To Run lakefront race twice, yet missed the last two due to military duties. She's doing something different for 2014 Pride. The 25-year-old Chicago resident, who is a systems integration consultant and is openly gay, is now stationed in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, with the Illinois National Guard as a military intelligence analyst. She's ...


Not-even-lightning-could-stop-the-Chicago-Force

Not even lightning could stop the Chicago Force - The biggest obstacle that the Chicago Force encountered June 21 in its playoff game was Mother Nature, not the opposing West Michigan Mayhem. After a two-hour lightning delay, the Force crushed the Mayhem 66-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami, which defeated Atlanta on Saturday night. "We came back just as strong, or stronger, after the [weather-related] ...


Chicagoan-Lueshen-was-openly-gay-in-college-football

Chicagoan Lueshen was openly gay in college football - Michael Sam made headlines this spring as the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL, as the St. Louis Rams selected the former University of Missouri standout in the seventh round. But before Sam, Eric Lueshen was on track for football stardom with one of college football's most storied programs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln—and Lueshen was openly gay ...


Ride-for-AIDS-Chicago-July-13

Ride for AIDS Chicago July 13 - From a press release - Just One Month Away from the Ride for AIDS Chicago® CHICAGO, IL ( June 12, 2014 ) — The Ride for AIDS Chicago® journey is one month away and has just reached the $500,000 mark in fundraising! Through generous donations and caring commitment, our riders, crew, and donors are making a huge difference. As of today, there are 346 registered ...


Leaders-to-strategize-at-LGBT-sports-summit-

Leaders to strategize at LGBT sports summit - From a LGBT Sports Coalition press release - PORTLAND, Ore. ( June 13 ) — The LGBT Sports Summit kicked off yesterday in Portland, Ore. The event is the third annual meeting of the LGBT Sports Coalition, which aims to end anti-LGBT bias in sports. Hosted by Nike under its #BETRUE banner, the Summit brings together leaders in the LGBT sports movement for three days, June 12-14, to ...


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

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


Male-tennis-player-hires-French-lesbian-Torontos-welcome-

Male tennis player hires French lesbian; Toronto's welcome - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After spending his youth being coached by his mother, pro Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is turning to another woman to help him defend his Wimbledon title: former top-ranked Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, according to ESPN.com. The tournament at the All England Club starts on June 23. Mauresmo, an out lesbian, won her first at the Australian Open in 2006, and ...


Annual-local-tennis-tourney-has-changes

Annual local tennis tourney has changes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Second City Tennis Classic certainly has a new look and feel for its 26th annual tournament. Let's start with the date ( June 13-15 ), as opposed to August when it's traditionally held. But, due to the quadrennial Gay Games, which will be held this August in Cleveland, this local event changed its dates to avoid the conflict. "Many ...


Spin-Nightclub-was-the-luckiest-accident-for-owner-Gassman

Spin Nightclub was the 'luckiest accident for owner Gassman - When Dave Gassman purchased the multi-level, four-apartment building on the northwest corner of Halsted and Belmont streets in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood in 1998, it included a street-level gay bar and Gassman was told he could do whatever he wanted with it. Rumors sprang up that the bar would be closed and rented out, perhaps for a Boston Market restaurant. Gassman, ...


Chicago-Force-dominate-Columbus-in-regular-season-finale

Chicago Force dominate Columbus in regular-season finale - The Chicago Force ran roughshod over the Columbus Comets on June 7 to finish the regular-season 6-1—and now it's on to the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ) playoffs, which the Force will host at Evanston Township High School on June 21. Brandy Hatcher and Kelsey Casey led the Comet crushing, each scoring three rushing touchdowns as the Force led ...


Millions-showing-they-are-ProudToPlay

Millions showing they are #ProudToPlay - YouTube launched its celebrity-filled 2014 Gay Pride campaign, #ProudToPlay, on June 3 to coincide with Pride Month, anchoring its efforts around sports—and it immediately received immense support, with an eye-popping tally of views for its original two-minute video, featuring LGBT athletes and allies. The video—featuring out athletes Jason Collins, Michael Sam, Tom Daley and others, plus allies such as Kobe ...


Out-as-college-athlete-Chicagoan-still-holds-school-record

Out as college athlete, Chicagoan still holds school record - Before dancing onto the Chicago LGBT scene as Robbie Phoenix, the real-life Robert Fraga vaulted to college success in track & field. He was a record-setting athlete, who still holds a school record. Openly gay in college, Fraga shared his story for the first time with Ross Forman of the Windy City Times. Robert Fraga still stands in the Concordia ...


OUT-at-Wrigley-2014-to-take-place-July-12

'OUT at Wrigley 2014' to take place July 12 - "OUT at Wrigley 2014" will take place Saturday, July 12, at 3:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St. Bud Light, MTM Chicago and sUpErGuRL ImAgEs, in conjunction with ChicagoPride.com, are sponsoring the 14th annual event. The Chicago Cubs will host the Atlanta Braves. Tickets are $57 ( terrace reserved passes ) or $130 Budweiser patio deck tickets. Those ...


Second-City-Tennis-Classic-in-June-

Second City Tennis Classic in June - The Second City Tennis Classic, which normally takes place in August, is June 13-15. This year's classic is also changing locations, moving to the indoor and outdoor facilities of Northwestern University in Evanston. Other changes for 2014 include a doubles consolation draw for the first time ever, expanded draw sizes and host hotels for visiting players. The Draw Party will ...


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

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


Transgender-man-denied-use-of-locker-room-sues-NYC-Parks-Dept

Transgender man denied use of locker room, sues NYC Parks Dep't - From a press release - New York, NY - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund ( TLDEF ), with pro bono co-counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, today announced that it has filed suit against the New York City Parks and Recreation Department on behalf of a 24-year-old transgender man who was targeted for discrimination last summer at a public pool in Staten ...


WNBA-Pride-a-truly-league-wide-initiative

WNBA Pride: a truly league-wide initiative - The WNBA has long been a popular sporting option for the LGBT community, particularly lesbians. The league has long rolled out the rainbow flag for LGBT fans, especially with numerous out players, including the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury. In preparation for the 2014 season, which started in early May, the ...


National-G-L-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-names-2014-Inductees-

National G/L Sports Hall of Fame names 2014 Inductees - From a press release - ( Chicago, May 30th, 2014 ) The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Board has announced their choices for the second induction class. Inductees include Billy Bean, retired MLB player; Wade Davis, Executive Director of You Can Play and retired NFL player; Tom Daley, Olympic Medal Winning Diver; Gareth Thomas, retired rugby player; Esera Tuaolo, retired NFL player; ...


-New-tennis-facility-in-Washington-Park-

New tennis facility in Washington Park - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's XS Tennis have announced a new $9.8-million, 112,000-square-foot tennis facility in the Washington Park neighborhood. The state-of-the-art facility will house eight indoor and 19 outdoor courts, a fitness center, running track, training space and classrooms. Chicago's XS Tennis is the largest, most successful minority-owned tennis organization in the nation, serving more than 2,000 Chicago Public ...


Lake-View-Divvy-station-moved

Lake View Divvy station moved - The City of Chicago has moved the Lake View Divvy bike-sharing station that launched a lawsuit from residents who feared it would bring in too many strangers, according to DNAInfo.com. Last year's lawsuit claimed that residents of a three-unit condominium in the 3500 block of North Pine Grove Avenue were not aware the Divvy station would be installed near their ...


Youth-athletes-Olympic-ice-team-in-Chicago-May-31

Youth athletes, Olympic ice team in Chicago May 31 - Youth from the Chicago Park District's synchronized skating team, Chicago Skates, will participate in American Ice Theatre's spring concert "Let's Dance!" Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave. American Ice Theatre ( AIT ) is a new contemporary ice dance company in Chicago. The Chicago Park District ice skaters will perform as ...


Female-motorcycle-club-supports-Ride-For-AIDS-Chicago-

Female motorcycle club supports Ride For AIDS Chicago - Organized Chaos, formed in 2012 by a small group of female motorcycle riders, is driven by a two-fold goal—creating a community of motorcyclists who ride together, combined with a desire to make a positive impact in the local community. "We aren't looking to upstage or replace other motorcycle groups in the area. Instead, we hope to complement existing groups and ...


Nonprofit-pushes-sports-as-a-safe-space-for-youth

Nonprofit pushes sports as a safe space for youth - A New York-based national not-for-profit organization with a Chicago chapter is pushing forward with an initiative to promote sports as the solution to the challenges facing America's youth, including LGBTQ. Up2Us partnered late last year with the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which awarded Up2Us a grant to develop Making Sports A Safe Place, a co-branded bullying-prevention program, which has been ...


Spin-Nightclub-closing-impacts-Chicago-Force

Spin Nightclub closing impacts Chicago Force - David Gassman, who was the owner of the now-closed Spin Nightclub in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, has been a sponsor of the Chicago Force women's tackle football team since the team's inception in 2002—and he is a regular at all Force home games, watching and walking up and down the sidelines. Gassman is the only sponsor the Force has had for ...


Chicago-Sky-to-celebrate-LGBT-Pride-on-national-television

Chicago Sky to celebrate LGBT Pride on national television - From a press release - CHICAGO — Women's National Basketball Association ( WNBA ) tipped off WNBA Pride presented by COVERGIRL, a new national platform celebrating inclusion and equality, while combating anti-LGBT ( lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ) bias. The Chicago Sky will become the first to celebrate LGBT Pride on national television when they host the Tulsa Shock on Sunday, June 22 at ...


-Youth-athletes-Olympic-ice-team-in-Chicago-May-31

Youth athletes, Olympic ice team in Chicago May 31 - Youth from the Chicago Park District's synchronized skating team, Chicago Skates, will participate in American Ice Theatre's spring concert "Let's Dance!" Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave. American Ice Theatre ( AIT ) is a new contemporary ice dance company in Chicago. The Chicago Park District ice skaters will perform as ...


Gay-rodeo-photographs-

Gay-rodeo photographs - "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" is taking place at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. "Blake Little" will feature 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by Los Angeles-based photographer Little. The exhibition will run through July 13. See www.eiteljorg.org. ...


Oprah-postpones-show-on-Sam

Oprah postpones show on Sam - OWN, Oprah Winfrey's network, has decided to postpone filming of its reality series on Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, just days after his new prospective St. Louis Rams teammates expressed concern about the project, according to The Wrap. "After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' has been postponed, allowing ...


Final-touches-registrations-for-August-Gay-Games-9-

Final touches, registrations for August Gay Games 9 - Although the majority of registrants for Gay Games 9 this summer in Cleveland are from the U.S., there already are confirmed participants from 30 other countries. "One of the biggest surprises is the interest we have received from African and South American countries, as well as from Russia," said Rob Smitherman, events director for Gay Games 9 and a former ...


Oprah-to-air-show-on-Sam

Oprah to air show on Sam - Update below: Oprah postpones show - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League by the St. Louis Rams, will be the subject of documentary that will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the Wall Street Journal reported. The documentary is expected to take a "deeply, personal and up-close" look at the life of Sam after the football player made history ...


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Griner gears up for her second season in the WNBA - The spotlight is, somewhat, off Brittney Griner in this, her second season in the WNBA—or maybe just shifted a bit. When you stand 6-foot-8, were the No. 1 draft pick in the league, and dunked twice in a game last season, well, the glare of the lights is never too far away. Griner, 23, who starred at Baylor University before ...


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Excitement abounds as Chicago Sky opens 2014 season - The Chicago Sky finally made the WNBA playoffs last season—the first time in team history. But the Sky's quick exit—back-to-back losses to Indiana—is motivating this year's team. "Making it to the playoffs was awesome, but having our season cut so short was very disappointing. That said, you learn and I'm eager to get back out there and work toward our ...


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Friends of Gay, Lesbian Hall of Fame host Celebrity Bowl - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Friends of the Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame (GLHF) hosted its 3rd Annual Celebrity Bowl at Waveland Bowl on May 10. With Cyon Flare emceeing, more than 20 friends and supporters of the GLHF joined celebrity bowlers for the organization's major fundraising effort of the year. The event raised over $11,000 in pledges. Celebrity bowlers included Ald. James Cappleman, ...


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Sam is a Ram, determined to make the team - Michael Sam was mostly short and direct, with a bit of humor splashed in at times, when he met the media on Tuesday, May 13, at Rams Park in St. Louis, along with the team's other picks from the 2014 NFL Draft. And all of the other picks had nothing but praised for the openly gay Sam, the former SEC ...


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Michael Sam drafted by St. Louis - Michael Sam cleared a huge hurdle May 10 en route to playing football on Sundays. With the 249th overall pick, the St. Louis Rams used a seventh-round slot in the 2014 NFL Draft to grab Michael Sam from the University of Missouri, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and the first openly gay player ever drafted. History was ...


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Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowl May 10 at Waveland - Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( GLHF ) will host the 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowl Saturday, May 10, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave. Registration is 10-11 a.m., bowling is 11 a.m.- noon, and wrap-up is 12-12:30 p.m. The Bowl is the group's major fundraising effort and provides vital support for ...


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Chicagoans ride for a personal cause - When Logan Yves-Pauli learned he was HIV-positive, the emotions were no different from hearing any other bad news: fear, anger and sadness. However, Yves-Pauli has a tendency to deal with emotional spikes in a very simple, straightforward way. It is the card dealt, he said, adding the popular phrase "It is what it is." "HIV does not define me as ...


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Gay 'Biggest Loser' star to participate in Ride for AIDS Chicago - Raheel "Bobby" Saleem is ready to tackle his next physical challenge, anchored by the confidence he found within during his just-completed season on The Biggest Loser. Saleem, a gay man who turned 29 last November and lives in west suburban Elmhurst, lost 188 pounds ( 52 percent of his overall body weight ) during the nationally broadcast TV show. He ...







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