Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-07-10
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Affinity, Amigas Latinas hold Burning Bowl
by Jamie Anne Royce

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

      More Photos

Affinity Community Services—a social-justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth and allies—celebrated the new year with Burning Bowl, an annual affirmation ceremony. The event took place at Hyde Park Union Church Jan. 7.

This year, the organization welcomed members of Amigas Latinas—a support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, bisexual and questioning women of Latina heritage—to showcase their partnership on an upcoming community center.

Attendees purged the previous year's challenges and negativity by writing them down and burning them. They then wrote down affirmations, goals and positive thoughts for 2012; organizers will mail those to them midyear.

"It's a time when the community can come together and feel comfortable in a safe space," said Alexia Rice-Henry, development and communications associate for Affinity Community Services. "It's an inspiring, uplifting way to start the new year."

Organizers provided a light meal of bread and several varieties of "soup for the soul." Cake was also served to after the burning ceremony to celebrate the cleansing and healing ritual.

Leaders from both organizations addressed attendees, highlighting the previous year's accomplishments and goals for 2012. The event also featured performances from Queer Choir, Drum Divas and Korean American Resource and Cultural Center Drummers. Many more photos are online at .

'Out at CHM' to cover

leather subculture,

activist Bayard Rustin

Out at CHM is begins its ninth year with three programs that delve into the contributions LGBT communities have made to Chicago and the nation.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Chicago History Museum ( in collaboration with the Leather Archives Museum ) will host an expert panel moderated by Dr. Jennifer Tyburczy, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, on Chicago's leather subculture. "Chicago in Leather" will highlight how gender, sexual orientation, collaboration and separatism have co-existed throughout the past five decades.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, filmmaker Bennett Singer—co-director of the documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin—and Rustin's surviving life partner, Walter Naegle, will host a conversation about Rustin's life and legacy. The evening will explore how Rustin is being rediscovered by a new generation of Americans committed to social and economic justice. During the conversation, film clips from Brother Outsider will be shown.

Lastly, on Thursday, March 8, curators Jill Austin and Jennifer Brier share the thrills and chills of mounting an exhibition on Chicago's LGBT history, and confess to their own trials and tribulations.

Each Out at CHM program starts with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and programming at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for the public and $10 for members and students. The Out in Chicago exhibition will be open for guests to view during the cocktail hour prior to each program.Call 312-642-4600 or visit

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Affinity looking for program coordinator 2019-07-17 - Affinity Community Services ( ACS )—a social-justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ community of Chicago with a particular focus on ...

Gay News

Adler Planetarium Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing 2019-07-17 - Adler Planetarium Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with Three Days of Special Programming this Thursday-Saturday WHAT: ...

Gay News

Cell Block parties to benefit HIV services 2019-07-13 - Cell Block, 3702 N. Halsted St., is holding a series of fundraising parties to benefit HIV services. The new owners of Cell Block—a ...

Gay News

Feminist theologian Dr. Mary E. Hunt kicks off DignityUSA conference 2019-07-11 - Feminist theologian Dr. Mary E. Hunt kicked off DignityUSA's three day conference, "True to the Spirit, True to Ourselves," with a keynote address ...

Gay News

ART Scholars talk queer representation, identity in 'Community' panel 2019-07-11 - What does it mean to be queer? A new art exhibition explores the past, present and future of queerness. "About Face: Stonewall, Revolt ...

Gay News

PRIDE 2019 Esteem Awards honor local, national Black LGBTQ communities 2019-07-10 - The 12th Annual Esteem Awards paid tribute to 11 individuals and organizations Sunday for their contributions to the LGBTQ community. Held in conjunction ...

Gay News

Black Gay Men's Caucus holds annual LoveFest 2019-07-09 - On July 6, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, in partnership with Rails Marketing Group and David Dodd Productions, presented the annual LoveFest ...

Gay News

Activist/author Urvashi Vaid keynotes DignityUSA event 2019-07-07 - Attorney, author and advocate Urvashi Vaid gave a keynote address at DignityUSA's three day conference, "True to the Spirit, True to Ourselves," July ...

Gay News

Buttigieg speaks at Rainbow PUSH event 2019-07-07 - Openly gay presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke July 2 at a the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Fund's ...

Gay News

Lesbian tennis player: More athletes should 'come forward' 2019-07-07 - Professional tennis player Alison Van Uytvanck told The Guardian that more of her fellow athletes should come out of the closet, according to ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.