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 2020-01-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Jill Soloway reads from 'She Wants It' at local appearance
by Angelique Smith
2018-10-24

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


With a line of people wrapped around the block in increasingly chilly weather, it was easy to catch snippets of why fans were there to see the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of Transparent, Jill Soloway.

"Saved my life" and "hero" could be heard more than once.

Held in the auditorium of the Chicago Waldorf School, 5200 N. Ashland Ave., on Oct. 18—with Women & Children First bookstore as the sponsor—Soloway's event for their book, She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy featured the delightful Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby ( Netflix's Nanette ) as moderator.

While Soloway did read an engaging passage from their book, a fierce feminist manifesto focusing on their journey to self, what could have been a traditional book reading turned into more of an interactive variety show. The event featured Soloway's sister Faith on the keyboard for timely musical punctuations, their mother Elaine having an all-in-good-fun feminist debate with local intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis, and Claudia Martinez, Annoyance Theatre ensemble member, taking on additional emcee responsibilities.

In addition to discussing Soloway's transition from identifying as straight to non-binary and gender non-conforming, the rest of the night's conversation ran the gamut. Whether it was heteronormative conditioning during puberty, announcements about the next season of Transparent, having imposter syndrome, subverting the male gaze in TV and film, reminiscing to Cheap Trick lyrics, or achieving equity in Hollywood through an intersectional power movement that Soloway co-founded ( 5050 by 2020 ), the audience was ever-willing to participate, calling out any accidental misuse of pronouns throughout.

Copies of Soloway's book could be purchased outside of the auditorium, in addition to copies of their mother Elaine's novels, and attendees could also donate to the Intersex Justice Project and pick up branded merchandise.

With Soloway signing books and taking pictures at the end of the night, more common themes emerged: a lot of "I'm so gratefuls" in heartfelt stories from those in line and "I remember yous" from Soloway, who had quite a few tear-filled reunions with old Chicago-area friends and loved ones. Everyone had a story, and Soloway seemed genuinely intent on listening to each and every one.

Jill Soloway's She Wants It, published by Crown Archetype, is now available for purchase. Learn more about 5050 by 2020 at 5050by2020.com, and about The Intersex Justice Project at IntersexJusticeProject.org .


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.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

ELECTIONS 2020 Lightfoot backs trans candidate Quinn 2020-01-24 - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has endorsed transgender candidate Jill Rose Quinn for Cook County judge ( the K. Sheehan vacancy ). "I'm proud ...


Gay News

Former WCT 30 Under 30 honoree among Golden Apple finalists 2020-01-23 - On Jan. 23, Golden Apple—an Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting great educators who advance educational opportunities for students—announced the 2020 ...


Gay News

Woman Made Gallery names Alcaraz as new executive director 2020-01-23 - Chicago's Woman Made Gallery (WMG)—a feminist contemporary art gallery now in its 28th year—announced the appointment of a new executive director. Gaylon B. ...


Gay News

BOOK REVIEW Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy 2020-01-22 - By Hallie Lieberman, $26.95; Pegasus Books; 359 pages Double-A. It has many uses, that little word-dash-letter. It's good for future baseball players. ...


Gay News

THE AMAZON TRAIL The tabloid edition 2020-01-22 - Bath Door Balks at Booting Hostage Hostage Trapped for NINETY-MINUTES Suspect Subdued with Electrical Weapon A woman in a remote town in ...


Gay News

Area author Jacobi addresses love, loss in acclaimed book 2020-01-22 - Glenview-based author Yehuda Jacobi often received some pivotal advice from his late partner, Arthur. Jacobi recently recalled that Arthur would say, "Everybody is ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois to honor Baim, Rainbow Cafe LGBT Youth Center at gala 2020-01-22 - Equality Illinois will present its annual gala on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., starting at 6 p.m. ...


Gay News

Honorees named for Impact Awards 2020-01-16 - The honorees have been named for the Chicago Foundation for Women's 2020 Impact Awards, which celebrate the people that are working to make ...


Gay News

Red Stars acquire Hill, draft five others 2020-01-16 - The 2020 National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) Draft has concluded, with Chicago acquiring forward Rachel Hill and making five selections. Among ...


Gay News

'She Shot Him Dead' among newest Newberry offerings 2020-01-13 - The seminar series "She Shot Him Dead: Husband-Slaying in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago" will take place Tuesdays Feb. 11-March 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at Newberry Library, ...


 



Copyright © 2020 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.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



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.