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Upcoming: Health symposium; Open Books; Lynch; Martin, Short; CrossTown; PrEP talk

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LGBTQ health symposium Oct. 2

Howard Brown Health Center and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will present the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium Friday, Oct. 2, at Advocate's Olson Auditorium, 836 W. Wellington Ave.

Health-care professionals will learn about LGBTQ health-care best practices and challenges. Among the topics that will be discussed are LGBTQ health disparities, advances practices in HIV care, transgender health and hormone replacement therapy, and surgical solutions.

For more information, contact Cecilia Hardacker at or 773-388-1600, ext. 5123. To register, visit or call 800-323-8622 Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

LGBT-history celebration at Open Books Oct. 17

Windy City Times, Open Books and Chicago Review Press will co-host a gathering to promote LGBT history at Open Books' West Loop location, 651 W. Lake St., Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m.

Families of all backgrounds are invited to explore the history of the LGBT rights movement with author Jerome Pohlen, who will lead activities and read from his book Gay and Lesbian History for Kids.

Part of the popular For Kids series, this book puts the historic struggle for LGBT equality into perspective Given today's news, it would be easy to get the impression that the campaign for LGBT equality is a recent development, but it is only the final act in a struggle that started more than a century ago. This timely resource helps put recent events into context for kids ages nine and up.

After a brief history up to 1900, each chapter discusses an era in the struggle for LGBT civil rights from the 1920s to today. The history is told through personal stories and firsthand accounts of the movement's key events like the 1950s "Lavender Scare," the Stonewall Inn uprising, and the AIDS crisis.

Readers will learn about civil-rights mavericks, like Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of the first gay-rights organization; Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who turned the Daughters of Bilitis from a lesbian social club into a powerhouse for LGBT freedom; and Harvey Milk, the first out candidate to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Also chronicled are the historic contributions of famous LGBT individuals, and 21 activities enliven the history. Kids can write a free-verse poem like Walt Whitman, learn the Madison line dance, design an AIDS quilt panel, and write a song parody to learn about the spirited ways in which the LGBT community has pushed for positive social change.

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Jane Lynch dates rescheduled

Lyric Opera will present actress, comedian and singer Jane Lynch ( Glee ) in her cabaret show See Jane Sing during the 2015-16 season.

Due to a scheduling conflict resulting from the production schedule of her new CBS series Angel from Hell, the dates for Lynch's Lyric performances are moving from the previously announced Dec. 17-18, 2015, to newly confirmed dates on June 17-18, 2016, with performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. each evening.

Ticket holders need do nothing to keep their tickets for the new dates, or may choose to call Lyric Opera at 312-827-5600 to exchange into one of the other three See Jane Sing performances. Tickets ( $50-$150 ) for the four June performances of See Jane Sing are on sale now at or 312-827-5600 .

Martin and Short at Rosemont Nov. 22

Legendary actors and comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short are teaming for a night of live comedy and music.

"An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life" will include stand-up, musical numbers, film clips and conversations about their show business experiences.

Tickets are at, the venue box office and by phone at 800-745-3000. Visit, or .

Full calendar of events at the link: .

Free CrossTown classes at Center

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., has teamed with CrossTown Fitness to offer a complimentary high-intensity training experience. The gym, currently located in the West Loop, will open its second location in the Lakeview neighborhood in early fall.

CTF certified trainer Tres Rodgers is hosting the Free Community Total Body Class at Center on Halsted. Classes will be every Tuesday and Saturday, 7:30-8:20 a.m., through the end of November.

Classes will be capped at 40 people; participants can sign up on the CrossTown Fitness website ( to secure a class spot. Participants of a Free Community Total Body Class can also enjoy 25 percent off at My Fit Foods, located across the street from Center on Halsted.

PrEP community forum Oct. 1

"Are you prepared for PrEP?"—a community forum to explore the optimal use for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention—will take place Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 S. State St.

The event will be 5:15-8:30 p.m. for community members, and 5:15-9 p.m. for providers. Dinner will be served.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Jim Pickett will be the community presenter.

Providers and healthcare professionals with questions should contact Med-IQ at 866-959-7434 or . ASO/CBOs and consumers should contact HealthHIV at 202-232-6749 or .

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Full calendar of events at the link: .

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