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New-Equality-Illinois-CEO-to-launch-listening-tour

New Equality Illinois CEO to launch listening tour - By Matt Simonette Brian Johnson, who, on June 1, took the reins as the new CEO of Equality Illinois, said that he was attracted to the position for two reasons. "I felt this incredible gratitude for the right to get married," he said. "I just got married three weeks ago. I felt incredibly grateful for the leaders that came before ...


DePaul-professor-speaks-out-on-schools-racial-issues

DePaul professor speaks out on school's racial issues - By Liz Baudler As DePaul University comes under fire for hosting gay conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos on campus and how the administration subsequently handled furor surrounding the event, questions about the school's racial climate have surfaced. Sociology professor Shu-Ju Ada Cheng has found herself an unexpected sideshow. Cheng, who is resigning from DePaul effective at the end of the quarter, ...


South-Side-has-new-LGBTQ-drop-in

South Side has new LGBTQ+ drop-in - There is a new drop-in on Chicago's South Side. POP, or People Organizing Progress, is now offering a weekly LGBTQ+ affirming drop-in program, open Thursdays 4-7 p.m. It is located in Hyde Park, on the corner of 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue, in suite 205 of the Deco Arts building. In addition to serving hot meals at 5 p.m., ...


Hinde-reflects-as-she-prepares-to-exit-Heartland-Health

Hinde reflects as she prepares to exit Heartland Health - Debbie Hinde, chief development officer for Heartland Health Outreach ( HHO ), remembers that people "were in fighting mode" in 1996, when she first went to work for Open Hand Chicago, the food-delivery organization for persons with HIV/AIDS that would, years later, merge into HHO. "The sense of urgency around AIDS at that time was still extremely strong," Hinde said. ...


AIDS-35-Sean-Strub-speaks-about-the-HIV-AIDS-crisis

AIDS @ 35: Sean Strub speaks about the HIV/AIDS crisis - On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC, now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) published in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ( MMWR ) that there were five cases—all gay men in Los Angeles—of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ). Two of the men had died. That report set the stage for the ...


OBITS-Richard-Lamont-Pope

OBITS Richard Lamont Pope - Richard Lamont Pope, a long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois; native of Bear Lake, Utah; retired editor at Encyclopedia Britannica; and former English professor at Brigham Young University ( BYU ) and Wayne State University ( WSU ); passed away peacefully May 28. He was 85. Pope was preceded in death by partner of 52 years, Richard Weisenseel, and was the ...


FAMILIES-OF-CHOICE-SERIES-Anna-DeShawn-and-Kaya-Powell

FAMILIES OF CHOICE SERIES Anna DeShawn and Kaya Powell - Families of choice can provide increased connection, security and joy to the lives of LGBTQ people. Our in-depth look at families of choice across our communities continues this week with Anna DeShawn and Kaya Powell. Anna and Kaya, engaged to be married in 2017, are both active in a number of LGBTQ community organizations. In their first interview as a ...


Art-Johnston-to-be-honored-June-8

Art Johnston to be honored June 8 - LGBTQ-rights activist and Sidetrack co-owner Art Johnston is one of four individuals and one company who will be honored at Chicago History Museum's 22nd Annual Making History Awards on Wed., June 8, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl. The reception will be at 6 p.m., with the dinner and awards presentations at 7 p.m. Johnston will ...


43rd-Annual-Non-Equity-awards-held

43rd Annual Non-Equity awards held - "The Hairy Ape"- Eugene O'Neill's expressionist play presented in a stark, brutal and imaginative setting; "Byhalia, Mississippi"- a new work of southern love and forgiveness, and "Rent"- the musical update of "La Boheme" performed in a small storefront theatre, took home the most honors on Monday, June 6, at Park West during the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing ...


DANCING-ABOUT-ARCHITECTURE-Were-SO-into-songs-of-summer

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: We're SO into songs of summer - Sweetest Day, Record Store Day, Small Business Saturday and the Summer Movie splurge are all made-up events produced by industries to get you to spend money. While all seem silly at first, after as much pummeling, we all eventually buy into them, somehow making them legit. Much like the UK's "Christmas #1," documented in the legendary Love Actually, we seemed ...


CDPH-receives-3-million-grant-for-HIV-prevention-and-care-

CDPH receives $3 million grant for HIV prevention and care - Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), on June 7, announced that it had received a $3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), funds from which will be directed towards local agencies for HIV prevention and treatment efforts for MSM ( men who have sex with men ) and transgender persons of ...


Doodles-Doughnuts-LUXBAR

Doodle's Doughnuts; LUXBAR - The Dish: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Creativity is the name of the game at Doodle's Doughnuts ( 1419 N. Wells St.; DoodlesDoughnuts.com ), which earns its name for at least three reasons. First, there's a long chalkboard table that diners can use various pieces of chalk ( supplied ) to write or draw items. Second ( and more deliciously ), people can purchase the special Doodle ...


Jackhammer

Jackhammer - Open wide for the "Best Worst Drag Show,' every Monday night at ridiculous-o-clock. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


Sidetrack

Sidetrack - Woof! No, really. Sidetrack ushers in the Dog Days of summer, June 4. Wag your tails at the next Dog Day Saturday, July 9. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


Rogers-Park-Social

Rogers Park Social - Rogers Park Socialites relaxing after a job well done. Photos by Antonio Jefferson ...


NIghtspots-The-Big-To-Do

NIghtspots: The Big To-Do - Our weekly picks to plan your nightlife calendar - Pride Idol semifinal Wed., June 8, 8-10 pm The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood Ave. It's a sing-off to decide who moves on to the finals. Contestants include James Sims III, Stacey Lee Spears, Aaron Smith, Paul G. Miller, Zachary Kropp, Andrew J. Leonard and Owen Maggio. Come Play with Team Touche Fri., June 10, 10 pm Touche, 6412 N. Clark ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Chicago-Tap-Theatre-marks-Pride-with-glam-rock-spectacular

DANCIN' FEATS: Chicago Tap Theatre marks Pride with glam-rock spectacular - In 2010, Chicago Tap Theatre ( CTT ) mounted its spring season closer at the 984-seat Athenaeum Theatre for the second time, surprising audiences with a 20-minute Queen extravaganza complete with chorus and marching band. The "Tap Out Loud" closing number was meant as a small tribute for artistic director Mark Yonally's late brother, who loved operatic rock and infused ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Out-of-the-Blue

THEATER REVIEW: Out of the Blue - Playwright: Vladimir Zaytsey; Translation: Tatyana Khaikin and Robert Duffy At: Organic Theater Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or OrganicTheater.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 10 ( in repertory with The Good Doctor ) You've got to admire the bravery of Russian playwright Vladimir Zaytsey for penning the 2015 gay drama Out of the Blue. In ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Soups-Stews-and-Casseroles-1976

THEATER REVIEW: Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 - Playwright: Rebecca Gilman At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40 Runs through: June 19 Sometimes a play is missing just one speech or emotional beat, and that's the case with Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, set in Wisconsin 40 years ago. Playwright Rebecca Gilman quickly puts her protagonist between a rock and a hard place. Kim ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Constellations

THEATER REVIEW: Constellations - Playwright: Nick Payne At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $20-$89 Runs through: July 3 It may only last 80 minutes, but British playwright Nick Payne sure does pack in plenty in his thoughtful and heartbreaking 2012 drama Constellations. Now making a strong Chicago debut in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, Constellations wows because it rapidly fires on ...


CRITICS-PICS

CRITICS' PICS - Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, Writers Theatre, Glencoe, through July 31. Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen's comic mashup of great theater dramas by the likes of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Thornton Wilder is a laugh riot. SCM Haymarket, The Anarchists Songbook, Underscore Theatre at The Edge, through June 12. This new musical's lilting score channels ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Caught

THEATER REVIEW: Caught - Playwright: Christopher Chen At: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or Sideshowtheatre.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 3 Playwright Christopher Chen is having a field day playing with notions of truth in a succession of theatrical contexts and arguments about cultural appropriation in Caught. And clearly the cast members of Sideshow Theatre ...


SPOTLIGHT-The-Art-of-Falling

SPOTLIGHT: The Art of Falling - If you previously missed the collaboration between the comics of The Second City and the modern dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, then make sure to get your tickets now for The Art of Falling. See how the dance world intersects with those who specialize in improvisational and sketch comedy in this critically acclaimed show. The Art of Falling returns ...


Midsommarfest-June-10-12

Midsommarfest June 10-12 - Midsommarfest will return for its 51st edition June 10-12 in Chicago's Andersonville. There will be five performance stages; several blocks of food and drink as well as various vendors; and family-friendly activities. A $10 donation is asked at the gate; donations go toward innovative programming and initiatives connected with Andersonville. Music highlights are as follows: —Friday, June 10 ( 5-10 ...


SAGE-honoring-Quigley-Affinity-on-June-10

SAGE honoring Quigley, Affinity on June 10 - On Friday, June 10, 5-8 p.m., the Chicago-based National Board Members of SAGE will host its annual SAGE & Friends reception at Wyndham Grant Hotel, 71 E. Wacker Dr. This year, SAGE will honor U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Caucus, for his advocacy on behalf of LGBT rights and his support of issues impacting older individuals. ...


National-Archives-LGBTQ-Human-Civil-Rights-event-in-Chicago-

National Archives 'LGBTQ Human & Civil Rights' event in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — The National Archives and the National Archives Foundation today opened registration for the "National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning ( LGBTQ ) Human Rights & Civil Rights," in Chicago, July 15-16. Held from spring 2016 to early 2017, the National Conversation series explores topics related to the continuing and often ...


City-Council-committee-votes-to-advance-trans-measure-

City Council committee votes to advance trans measure - The Committee on Human Relations of the Chicago City Council passed a recommendation June 8 that the City Council adopt a measure forbidding business owners and service providers from requiring individuals to have gender-markers on their identification matching their gender-presentation when those individuals try to access restrooms or other public accommodations. City officials, community members, advocates and political officials spoke ...


STAYCATIONS-Hotel-Intercontinental-Michigan-Avenue

STAYCATIONS Hotel Intercontinental Michigan Avenue - In Chicago, a hotel on the stretch of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile better be able to impress on a variety of levels. The Hotel Intercontinental Michigan Avenue ( 505 N. Michigan Ave.; ICChicagoHotel.com ) even has a website that reads "An Exclusive Downtown Chicago Address." While that's true, does the hotel really deliver—and should someone come on ...


South-Loop-Farmers-Market-opens-June-16-

South Loop Farmers Market opens June 16 - From a press release - Located at historic church, featuring music, children's activities and more CHICAGO — The South Loop Farmers Market, a unique sustainable-foods marketplace that features a partnership with McCormick Place, opens June 16 on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., 4-8 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 29. The South Loop Farmers Market ( SLFM ...


28th-Annual-Lambda-Literary-Award-Winners-Announced

28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced - From a press release - New York, NY - The winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( the "Lammys" ) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 28 years of the ...


Dining-news-Chicago-Gourmet-chefs-Ottawa-wine-festival-

Dining news: Chicago Gourmet chefs; Ottawa wine festival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet has announced its star-studded chef line-up for the annual event, which will take place Sept. 23-25 in Millennium Park. Rick Bayless will helm the event, with Art Smith, Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Sarah Grueneberg, Amanda Cohen and Takashi Yagihashi among the other chefs slated to appear. See ChicagoGourmet.org for one-day passes, as all weekend passes ...


13th-Back-lot-Bash-fest-expands-events-June-16-26-

13th 'Back lot Bash' fest expands, events June 16-26 - From a press release - The 2016 list of events & line ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available at BackLotBashChicago.com . Thursday, June 16—Comedy Kickoff ( ...


Queer-boys-of-color-coming-of-age-in-new-play-Space-Age

Queer boys of color coming of age in new play Space Age - From a press release - Ricardo Gamboa bounces between his native Chicago and New York City, where he creates performance and media that gets him awards or in trouble and pursues his doctorate degree at NYU, respectively. Sean James William Parris moved to Chicago from Atlanta to attend DePaul University, received his MFA in Acting, and since then he appears on the city's venerated stages ...


Stained-Glass-competition-announced-for-tiny-home-design-display-

Stained Glass competition announced for tiny home design display - From a press release - CHICAGO —Solstice Stained Glass in Chicago is announcing a design competition for window displays in the winning entry of the recent Tiny Home Design competition. Solstice Stained Glass, founded by Emily Carlson 25 years ago, will host a free solstice celebration Thursday, June 23, 2010 W. Fulton St., 6-8 p.m., in Chicago's West Loop. Competition entries will be showcased at ...


LGBTQ-Legacy-Wall-coming-to-Center-on-Halsted-June-27-July-3-

LGBTQ Legacy Wall coming to Center on Halsted June 27-July 3 - From a press release - The Legacy Project has announced that its acclaimed "Legacy Wall" will make its debut on Chicago's iconic North Halsted Street with a week-long engagement at Center on Halsted, June 27-July 3. The display will occupy the upper level "Library" space adjacent to the John Baran Hall, off the second floor Walgreens Reception Area. Overlooking Halsted Street, the Legacy Wall will ...


Uptown-Target-counter-protest-strikes-emotional-chord-

Uptown Target counter-protest strikes emotional chord - Claiming that national retailer Target's position of gender identity inclusion for its customers and employees is "allowing biological men into women's restrooms," the Ohio-based religious hate group Faith2Action's planned a nationwide protest of Target Stores June 4 which they termed "Don't Target Our Daughters." Faith2Action founder and president Janet Porter called the event the "best opportunity to take back ground ...


Wiesmore-Roberts-Wedding-

Wiesmore-Roberts Wedding - Christina Wiesmore and Heather Roberts were married on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in a rooftop ceremony at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Chicago. A reception in the Reverie Gallery immediately followed the beautiful skyline ceremony and featured entertainment by local band Catfight. Christina, a leader in the Chicago LGBTQ community, is co-founder of the popular women's pride event Back Lot Bash ...


Trans-and-allies-to-support-Target-Saturday-

Trans and allies to support Target Saturday - CHICAGO — To counter an anti-transgender day of protest organized by elements of the religious right, pro-trans forces will show their support for Target Stores' pro-equality stance by holding a rally in front of the Target store in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, 4466 N. Broadway at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4. In March 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into ...


Views-The-Bathroom-Americas-New-Civil-Rights-Battleground-

Views: The Bathroom: America's New Civil Rights Battleground - Using bathroom access as a tool to play on people's ignorance feels familiar. I have vivid memories of my grandfather pulling the car over to the highway shoulder during our trips to the south so my grandmother could use the bathroom. Even though it was the 1970s, for her the humiliating memories of "For Coloreds" signs were so strong that ...


Out-of-the-Office-rings-in-Pride-month-with-celebration-and-charity

Out of the Office rings in Pride month with celebration and charity - As it has for 15 years, Out of the Office heralded the beginning of Pride month in Chicago June 1. The 2016 event drew more than 600 people who traded in the view from their desks at businesses across the city for the panorama offered by the luxurious Godfrey Hotel's roof scape patio of a downtown Chicago soaked in the ...


About-Face-Theatre-to-host-AFT-20-A-Celebration-June-17-at-Center

About Face Theatre to host AFT 20: A Celebration June 17 at Center - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 1, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre kicks off Pride Weekend with AFT 20: A Celebration, an exciting evening of scenes, songs and rarely seen archival footage honoring AFT's incredible two decade long history as Chicago's premiere LGBTQIA theatre company. The one-night-only benefit will be held Friday, June 17 at 6 pm at the Center on Halsted, ...


Richard-Lamont-Pope-85-dies

Richard Lamont Pope, 85, dies - Richard Lamont Pope, 85, long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois; native of Bear Lake, Utah; retired editor at Encyclopedia Britannica; and former English professor at Brigham Young University ( BYU ) and Wayne State University ( WSU ); passed away peacefully May 28, 2016. Preceded in death by partner of 52 years, Richard Weisenseel; loving father of Alan Lamont Pope; grandfather ...


Monica-Raymund-named-Pride-Parade-grand-marshal

Monica Raymund named Pride Parade grand marshal - Television and stage actor Monica Raymund is scheduled to be grand marshal of this year's Chicago 47th Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26. She came out publicly two years ago. She considers herself a "proud member of the the LGBTQ communities." Raymund stars as Gabriela Dawson in NBC's show Chicago Fire, which is filmed here in Chicago. A graduate ...


CNNs-The-Eighties-The-Fight-Against-AIDS-episode-airs-June-2

CNN's "The Eighties: The Fight Against AIDS" episode airs June 2 - From a press release - This week's episode of the CNN Original Series The Eighties "The Fight Against AIDS" airs tomorrow, June 2, at 9pm ET/PT and focuses on the pandemic that created a movement and defined a decade. In the 1980s a mysterious and lethal illness developed into a pandemic with enormous political and cultural consequences. What started as a medical detective story grew ...


Congregation-Or-Chadash-to-merge-with-Temple-Sholom

Congregation Or Chadash to merge with Temple Sholom - Congregation Or Chadash, which has primarily served Chicago's LGBT Jewish community, will hold its final Shabbat service as an independent synagogue Friday, June 24. The synagogue, which opened in 1975, will merge with Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., in July. Sholom officials hope the merger will invigorate its LGBT group, Am Keshet, which has primarily focused on social-action ...


DePaul-professor-explains-controversial-article

DePaul professor explains controversial article - Jason Hill, professor of philosophy at DePaul University, published, in late May, a harsh critique of gay culture in The Federalist, a conservative web magazine. In the article, titled "Loveless, Narcissistic Sex Addicts: A Gay Man Critiques His Community," Hill asserts that gay men foster a hypersexualized, decadent culture that renders them unable to participate in meaningful relationships. He is ...


Open-To-Thinking-Nigeria-Jail-the-Gays-or-kill-them

Open To Thinking: Nigeria: Jail the Gays or kill them - A recurring column - The Law. Same Sex Marriage ( Prohibition ) Act: "A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of the same sex: ( a ) is prohibited in Nigeria; and ( b ) shall not be recognised as entitled to the benefits of a valid marriage." Article One, Subsection One. "A person who enters into a same sex marriage ...


Staceyann-Chin-brings-Motherstruck-to-Chicago

Staceyann Chin brings 'Motherstruck!' to Chicago - Poet Staceyann Chin's newest one-woman show, MotherStruck!, chronicles her journey to motherhood as a single, lesbian, immigrant woman of color, showing how pregnancy in modern society is at once unique and deeply personal as well as a universal and public experience. The production—which debuted at New York City's Culture Project at the end of last year and received critical acclaim—was ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-The-Divine-David-Cerda-now-plays-a-twisted-sister

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER The 'Divine' David Cerda now plays a twisted sister - The talented David Cerda is not only the artistic director but the co-founder of Hell in a Handbag Productions. He also has written many campy inspired tales over the years for the group, including Lady X, Touched by Jayne Mansfield and Caged Dames. Some theater troupes he's worked with include The New Colony, Corn Productions and Red Orchid Theatre. Topping ...


THEATER-REVIEW-One-Man-Two-Guvnors

THEATER REVIEW One Man, Two Guvnors - Playwright: Richard Bean. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or CourtTheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through: June 12 It's been joked that the United States and the United Kingdom are "two nations divided by a common language." Unfortunately, that quip applies to Court Theatre's disappointing U.S. stab at Richard Bean's hit British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors in its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Prowess

THEATER REVIEW Prowess - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: $15-$30; JackalopeTheatre.org. Runs through: June 25 What would happen if self-made comic-book heroes took on the endemic gang shootings on Chicago's South Side? That's the question Ike Holter brings up in his hilarious, yet ultimately tragic, world-premiere play Prowess, for Jackalope Theatre. Now die-hard fans of superhero ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Irish-Curse

THEATER REVIEW The Irish Curse - Playwright: Martin Casella. At: Level 11 Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 708-831-3787; Level11theatre.org; $32. Runs through; June 12 I always thought I had eight inches, like every normal white guy. Then I saw a 10-inch porno star, and if he was 10 inches then I was only five inches. Of course, I'm a grower, not a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Boys-Upstairs

THEATER REVIEW The Boys Upstairs - Playwright: Jason Mitchell. At: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: July 2 The Boys Upstairs script was first read back in 2008 and has now made its way to Chicago with a Pride Films & Plays production in 2016. There are some updates with new references, such as RuPaul's Drag Race, and newer transition ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Russian-horror-story

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Russian horror story - It can often take years for foreign plays and novels to receive an English translation. So it's impressive that it only took one year for Vladimir Zaytsey's gay Russian drama Out of the Blue to receive its U.S. English-language premiere in Chicago, courtesy of Organic Theater Company. Organic Theater artistic director Alexander Gelman said he considers himself lucky to have ...


Kinky-Boots-back-for-one-week-only-Aug-30-Sept-4

Kinky Boots back for one week only Aug. 30-Sept. 4 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 31, 2016 ) — Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that back by popular demand, Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots ), returns to Chicago at the Oriental Theatre ( ...


White-House-honors-local-lesbian-actress

White House honors local lesbian actress - The White House recently honored local Pakistani actress Fawzia Mirza, an out lesbian, as a "Champion of Change." According to the Daily Pakistan, "the award is conferred to artists who are able to bring about a change in their respective communities through their work and bridge gaps while highlighting issues of shared interest for different societies." Mirza lives in Chicago ...


Nightlife-photos-ONYX-Hydrate-Big-Chicks

Nightlife photos: ONYX, Hydrate, Big Chick's - ONYX PARTY @ PUB 626 The annual IML house music jam moves to Rogers Park, Sat., May 28. Photos by Kirk Williamson HYDRATE Getting into the club with Initiation, Thu., May 26. Photos by Verdell Shannon BIG CHICKS Record Box with DJ Hifi Sean, Thu., May 26. Photos by Kyle Henderson TOUCHE Mr. Chicago Leather Todd Harris welcomes the world ...


SAVOR-Gene-Georgetti

SAVOR Gene & Georgetti - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Gene & Georgetti ( 500 N. Franklin St.; GeneAndGeorgetti.com ) is not just a restaurant—it's an institution. In a world of restaurant trends, this restaurant has always been steady, offering patrons a generous helping of tradition. The old-school Italian steakhouse has earned this label not only because of its extensive history ( with 2016 marking its 75th year of existence ...


International-Mr-Leather-2016

International Mr. Leather 2016 - International Mr. Leather, Chicago's annual celebration of the leather lifestyle, culminated in the contest to choose the new titleholder, Sunday, May 29, at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When the dust settled, Mr. New Jersey Leather 2016 David "Tigger" Bailey was named the new International Mr. Leather, the 38th man to hold the title since the contest's inception in ...


Nightlife-photos-Leather-weekend

Nightlife photos: Leather weekend - A number of different scenes ( including the Pup Play Party ) from the IML Leather Market, Sat., May 28, at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


Nightlife-photos-FURBALL-2016

Nightlife photos: FURBALL 2016 - IML and Bear Pride converge at this annual hirsute sweatfest, Sat., May 28. Photos by Verdell Shannon ...


Upcoming-Jerusalem-troupe-Jazz-for-Women-Queer-Kings-Queens-Company

Upcoming: Jerusalem troupe, Jazz for Women, Queer Kings & Queens, Company - Jerusalem troupe in Chicago June 18 A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group that aims to connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced the U.S. tour of c.a.t.a.m.o.n., a Jerusalem dance group. Arthur Slepian, executive director of Wider Bridge, said in a statement, "Through arts and culture that challenge the boundaries of religion, race, gender, and sexuality, these young ...


Church-Black-gay-caucus-host-Empowerment-event

Church, Black gay caucus host 'Empowerment' event - In collaboration with The Lighthouse Church of Chicago, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) presented "Spiritual Empowerment," a faith forum/discussion meeting that took place May 22 at Uptown Underground. With so many strides in LGBTQ civil rights in recent years, it has become apparent that some religious institutions—in particular, the African-American Church—have been stubborn in accepting or ...


Hinde-out-after-groups-restructuring

Hinde out after groups' restructuring - Deborah Hinde, longtime chief development officer at Heartland Health Outreach, will be leaving her post in June because of a corporate restructuring at the organization as well as Heartland Alliance. Hinde's position will be eliminated once the organizations' development and communications offices are merged, she said in a statement to Windy City Times. "I have been with the Vital Bridges ...


FAMILIES-OF-CHOICE-SERIES-Phyllis-Johnson

FAMILIES OF CHOICE SERIES: Phyllis Johnson - by Jacqueline Boyd - Families of choice in LGBTQ communities provide comfort, support and safety throughout a lifetime. A strong personal network has significant benefits for LGBTQ people of all ages. During June and July, in celebration of Pride, we will explore the concept of families of choice through individual interviews. Interviewee: Phyllis Anne Johnson Age: 65 Relationship status: Widowed Neighborhood: Roseland ...


Trans-measure-testimony-set-for-June-8

Trans-measure testimony set for June 8 - The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on June 8 will hear testimony on a new measure that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. The measure was introduced in the May 18 City Council ...


Event-to-look-at-NY-LGBTQ-youth-and-survival-sex

Event to look at NY LGBTQ youth and survival sex - The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host an event about the study "Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex" with senior research associate Meredith Dank from the Urban Institute. The event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave., in the Borwell Dining ...


Sweets-Snacks-Expo-expands-

Sweets & Snacks Expo expands - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Defying a trend that has seen similar events become smaller over the years, this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo—held again at McCormick Place—was larger than ever, expanding by 20 percent over 2015. The expo ( which is not open to the public ) actually added a hall this year, making the exhibitors' space a total of four acres of candy ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER The hills are alive with Christopher Carl - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The classic musical The Sound of Music is returning to Chicago on tour this time directed by three time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. The story of the von Trapp family continues to be a favorite thing for generation after generation. Set in Salzburg, Austria, right before World War II, Maria Rainer is sent to live with as a governess ...


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TRAVEL Savannah, Georgia: Southern hospitality and a side helping of history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Savannah, Georgia, is a gorgeous study in contrasts. Because of its geography ( being in the South but also on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean ), it's a place where massive oak trees sporting Spanish moss share real estate with palm trees; where old-school Southern cuisine ( fried chicken, collard greens, banana pudding ) mixes with coastal culinary offerings ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Singer Bebe Rexha: 'Hearts' and soul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Albanian bombshell Bebe Rexha is burning up the charts these days thanks to guesting on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I." Her voice is also recognizable on Cash Cash's "Take Me Home" and David Guetta's "Hey Mama." She started her career as the lead singer for the Black Cards created by Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy. Many will know her ...


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Dining news: Piccolo Sogno items; trans ice-cream social - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St., is offering its spring menu. Chef/Partner Tony Priolo is offering dishes such as cavolo nero ( Tuscan kale, radishes and croutons, tossed with lemon Parmesan dressing ), halibut al forno ( wood-roasted halibut, farro, spring vegetables, green onions, carrot and ginger puree ) and fava e pecorino ( fava beans, pecorino DOP and olive ...


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Illinois General Assembly passes LGBT pension bill - The Illinois General Assembly has passed a bill that ensures fairness for state employees who retired prior to the state's passage of its civil union and marriage equality bills. House Bill 6021, passed in the state Senate May 31 and in the state House April 13, allows state employees who retired prior to June, 2011, and are in the Illinois ...


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Anti-LGBT message found in restroom at Hamburger Mary's - At closing time on May 28, one of the bartenders working for the Andersonville Brewing side of Hamburger Mary's/Mary's Attic did his regular check of the restrooms and found an anti-LGBT message—"Die Fags"—on the inside of one of the two single occupancy bathrooms in the establishment. The bartender texted owner Ashley Wright, who was at home and asleep at the ...


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LGBT veterans, band visible in Chicago's Memorial Day observance - The City of Chicago held its annual Memorial Day parade May 28 along State Street in the Loop. Among the numerous contingents in the parade were the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) and the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band. AVER has participated in the parade for the past 15 years. The organization carried ...







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