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Windy City Times 2020-02-05
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At annual gala, Equality Illinois looks ahead to 2020

At annual gala, Equality Illinois looks ahead to 2020

As numerous speakers appeared onstage at Equality Illinois's annual gala, held Feb. 1 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, many uttered the same observation: "What a difference a year makes." Indeed, the past year has seen ...
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Reports: Robber uses hook-up app to lure victims

Chicago police are looking for a man who used a hook-up app to meet—then rob—other men, according to ABC 7. The offender reportedly met their victim via Grindr the evening of Jan. 28 in the 900-block ...
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Judge rules for same-sex partners in Social Security case

On Jan. 31, federal magistrate judge recommended striking down as unconstitutional the U.S. Social Security Administration's (SSA's) denial of survivor's benefits to surviving same-sex partners who were barred from marrying ...

  News

CPD's 19th District acquires new LGBTQ liaison officer

CPD's 19th District acquires new LGBTQ liaison officer

Officer Megan Woods has been working with the 19th District police department since 2014, and now she is additionally serving and protecting as the district's LGBTQ liaison officer, having been in the role since last October. ...
Award-worthy event happens during PHIMC/Safe Schools ceremony

Award-worthy event happens during PHIMC/Safe Schools ceremony

In a surprise move during the Jan. 26 reception to celebrate the union between Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) and Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), PHIMC Executive ...
NATIONAL Fatal shooting, LGBTQ political news, Bayard Rustin, travel ban

NATIONAL Fatal shooting, LGBTQ political news, Bayard Rustin, travel ban

In response to the ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Ja'Quarius Taylor, from New Orleans, as a possible hate crime, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns and Executive Director of the Lawyers' ...
WORLD Croatian couple, Church of England, detained in Mauritania, tennis

WORLD Croatian couple, Church of England, detained in Mauritania, tennis

In Croatia, the Social Welfare Center in Zagreb again rejected the foster care application submitted by Ivo Segota and Mladen Kozic, who are life partners in the country, Total Croatia News reported. By doing so, the ...
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OPINION 'Trans-formal' education

"The year started well, but substitute teachers were not told about Dave's name," my friend Pat told me. "My son was called a distinctly feminine name in a time and at a place where no one knew he was transgender. Without ...
Andersonville Restaurant Week to showcase neighborhood dining

Andersonville Restaurant Week to showcase neighborhood dining

CHICAGO (February 4, 2020): Returning for the fourth consecutive year, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is thrilled to host this winter's Andersonville Restaurant Week, running from February 21 — ...
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Conference on AIDS changes name to Conference on HIV

Feb. 3, 2020 - NMAC announced today that the name of the United States Conference on AIDS will be changed to the United States Conference on HIV (USCH). The conference will be held in San Juan, ...
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Lambda Legal mourns passing of Judge Deborah Batts

(New York, February 4, 2020) — Federal District Judge Deborah A Batts, the first openly lesbian federal judge when she was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President ...
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Public Health Institute names award after justice warrior Mary F. Morten

Chicago, IL - In a surprise move during the January 26, 2020 reception to celebrate the union between Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) and Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) ...
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Illinois's LGBTQ Laws Rated in HRC's Annual State Equality Index

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies ...
PASSAGES Carl Lamar Davenport

PASSAGES Carl Lamar Davenport

Carl Lamar Davenport—an exceptional floral designer and co-owner of Davenport Design who was born in Pennsylvania raised in Macon, Georgia—passed away unexpectedly at home in Evanston on Jan. 23. He was 54. He is survived by ...
Chicago Auto Show Feb. 8-17

Chicago Auto Show Feb. 8-17

The next Chicago Auto Show will take place Feb. 8-17 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. North America's largest auto show, the event spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space of ...
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Mayor Lightfoot, Gov. Pritzker to address Equality Illinois 2020 Gala

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will deliver the keynote address at Saturday night's Equality Illinois 2020 Gala. United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor at the annual event in the Hilton Chicago, where more than 1,500 ...
Howard Brown names new executive leadership members

Howard Brown names new executive leadership members

Howard Brown Health recently welcomed three additions to its executive leadership team, and announced other key promotions. Dental Director Dr. Robin Gay, Director of Practice Operations Shaun'ta Whitehead-Ade and Director ...
Process announced to fill 12th District state House seat

Process announced to fill 12th District state House seat

Chicago Ald. and Committeeman Tom Tunney announced the process for Democratic candidates pursuing the appointment to the 12th District State House seat, which will fill the vacancy created when state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz retired from the ...
PASSAGES Real estate broker, Mr. Leather64Ten 2018 winner Kurt Allen dies

PASSAGES Real estate broker, Mr. Leather64Ten 2018 winner Kurt Allen dies

Real estate broker and Mr. Leather64Ten 2018 winner Kurt Allen died unexpectedly Jan. 26. He was 56. Allen was born May 26, 1963, in Wabash, Indiana, and graduated from Wawasee High School. He received a bachelor's ...
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Illinois's LGBTQ Laws Rated in Human Rights Campaign's Annual State Equality Index

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies ...

  Entertainment

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Women & Children First to host authors Lucy Knisley, Mikki Kendall

CHICAGO, IL (January 31, 2020) - Women & Children First is proud to host more than a dozen events this month (February) including book launch parties for local authors like Lucy Knisley (Go To Sleep, I
...
MOMBIAN Parenting on 'The L Word: Generation Q'

MOMBIAN Parenting on 'The L Word: Generation Q'

The L Word: Generation Q, the sequel to the groundbreaking queer television drama The L Word, just ended its first season on Showtime. There is much to praise about the new show, including more varied representation ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow."—Lady Gaga, from the stage of her Miami show on All Super Bowls Eve. She added, "I love you, J. Lo. I love you Shakira." I think she may love them ...
SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, 'The L Word,' Bradley Cooper, 'Porndemic,' Tim Gunn

SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, 'The L Word,' Bradley Cooper, 'Porndemic,' Tim Gunn

Lady Gaga's mother, Cynthia Germanotta, recently shared her side of the bullying and subsequent depression that her daughter experienced in middle school, iHeart.com noted. "In middle school, because she was unique, she started experiencing a lot ...
Chicago Musical Theatre Festival through Feb. 20

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival through Feb. 20

Underscore Theatre Company is presenting its sixth annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival—created to showcase and support the growing field of musical theatre creators from Chicago and beyond—through Feb. 20. The ...
Queer Valentine's Day event at MCA

Queer Valentine's Day event at MCA

"Odd Pleasures: A Queer Valentine's Day Event" will take place Friday, Feb. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Museum for Contemporary Art (MCA), 200 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago drag queen/comedian Aunty Chan will host the variety show, ...
'A Night with Oscar' viewing party Feb. 9

'A Night with Oscar' viewing party Feb. 9

Center on Halsted will hold its annual "A Night with Oscar" viewing party Sunday, Feb. 9, 6-11 p.m. at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., with the red-carpet arrivals starting at 5 p.m. There will ...
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'Love Out Loud' ball Feb. 8

In Demand Entertainment and CSU Royal Court are presenting the Love Out Loud Ball on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-10 p.m., at Chicago State University's Student Union Building, 9501 S. King Dr. The ball-approved event is offering ...
NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Out singer Tom Goss talks newest work, bears, 'Mean Girls'

NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Out singer Tom Goss talks newest work, bears, 'Mean Girls'

Out singer Tom Goss released his newest album, Territories, in 2019. With the record, he created videos for several singles that spotlight relationships. The LA-based singer-songwriter is known for tackling LGBT issues with his studio albums ...
BOOKS Ross Mathews drops names, opens hearts in celebrity tell-all

BOOKS Ross Mathews drops names, opens hearts in celebrity tell-all

Until recently, the dishy and endearing celebrity stories featured in Name Drop were tales Ross Mathews—a Chelsea Lately alum and current RuPaul's Drag Race judge—only divulged over happy hour. Name Drop—dedicated to ...
TELEVISION Freeform airs LGBTQ, Chicago-filmed film 'The Thing About Harry'

TELEVISION Freeform airs LGBTQ, Chicago-filmed film 'The Thing About Harry'

Director/actor Peter Paige, best known for playing Emmett Honeycutt on the U.S. version of Queer as Folk, admitted to Windy City Times that he has long been "a giant rom-com fan." "Back in the '90s and ...
NUNN ON ONE MUSICALS Dan'yelle Williamson works hard for the money in 'Summer'

NUNN ON ONE MUSICALS Dan'yelle Williamson works hard for the money in 'Summer'

Hailing from Boston, Donna Summer went from the church choir to disco dance floor over the years. She broke through music boundaries with hits like "Love to Love You Baby," "Dim All the Lights" and "I ...
THEATER REVIEW How to Defend Yourself

THEATER REVIEW How to Defend Yourself

Playwright: Liliana Padilla At: Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: VictoryGardens.org. Price: $25-50 Liliana Padilla's How to Defend Yourself focuses on a college campus as students try to deal with an extremely violent assault ...
THEATER REVIEW The Mousetrap

THEATER REVIEW The Mousetrap

Playwright: Agatha Christie At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Tickets: 773-753-4472; CourtTheatre.org; $37.50-$84. Runs through: Feb. 16 Fans of The Mousetrap and other Agatha Christie masterworks are challenged not ...
THEATER REVIEW Sheepdog

THEATER REVIEW Sheepdog

Playwright: Kevin Artigue At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater, Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $42. Runs through: Feb. 29 Have you heard the story about the investigation of a white cop who shot a Black ...
THEATER REVIEW
Windy City Playhouse gets immersive with 'The Boys in the Band'

THEATER REVIEW Windy City Playhouse gets immersive with 'The Boys in the Band'

The Windy City Playhouse's artistic staff couldn't believe their luck when they got permission to produce The Boys in the Band. "We applied for the rights, thinking that we weren't going to get them," said Windy ...
Court Theatre announces 65th season

Court Theatre announces 65th season

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces its 66th season. The company's 2020/21 season will feature the sixth play in ...
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'The Tasters' running through Feb. 16

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE)—Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core—will present the world premiere of The Tasters, by Meghan Brown, with RTE member Devon de ...
Joffrey's 'Racing' Feb. 12-23

Joffrey's 'Racing' Feb. 12-23

For its winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet will present The Times Are Racing, a mixed repertory program featuring choreography from four artists. There will be the Chicago premiere of Justin Peck's 2017 ballet for which the ...
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'A Raisin in the Sun' cast announced

Invictus Theatre Company announced the cast and production team for the second production of its first full season: the seminal drama, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry's drama of an African-American family living ...
Country Lakeshake on hiatus in 2020

Country Lakeshake on hiatus in 2020

Chicago's Country Lakeshake music festival is "taking a hiatus" in 2020, according to NBC Chicago. No reason was given. "After 5 amazing years of country music on the lakefront, we wanted to be the first to ...
'Black Music Matters' tour in area Feb. 7, 16

'Black Music Matters' tour in area Feb. 7, 16

Musical artist/social-justice advocate Adrian Dunn—who happens to be a member of the LGBTQ community—announced the release of his latest album, REDEMPTION: Live, a collection of spiritual and gospel songs. New ...
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PM&L Theater to hold 'Angels in America' auditions

PM&L Theatre (Palette, Masque and Lyre, Inc. ) will hold auditions for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner, on Monday-Tuesday, March 9-10, at 7 p.m. Auditions will be held at PM&L ...
THEATER REVIEW Thirst

THEATER REVIEW Thirst

By: C.A. Johnson At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: 773-644-1380or strawdog.com; $26-$35 Runs through: Feb. 15 It's sad that Strawdog Theatre Company is being forced out from another of its performance spaces due ...
THEATER REVIEW Roe

THEATER REVIEW Roe

Playwright: Lisa Loomer At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago . Tickets: GoodmanTheatre.org. Price: $20-70. Runs through: Feb. 23 No matter where you stand on the abortion issue, if what you seek in a play is ...
SocialWorks' Black History Month Film Festival until March 1

SocialWorks' Black History Month Film Festival until March 1

SocialWorks' 3rd Annual Black History Month Film Festival will run at Showplace Icon Theater, 1011 S. Delano Ct., through March 1. Throughout February, SocialWorks is screening Black movies like Hollywood Shuffle, with Robert Townsend; Set It ...
THEATER REVIEW The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys

THEATER REVIEW The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys

By: Isaac Gomez At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: 773-649-3186or steeptheatre.com; $27-$39. Runs through: Feb. 29 A world-premiere play commission is always a crap shoot. And Steep Theatre came up with snake eyes with ...
Cheyenne Jackson to headline Goodman's Shades of Cool gala May 16

Cheyenne Jackson to headline Goodman's Shades of Cool gala May 16

(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre announces Cheyenne Jackson, Broadway veteran, television star and Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter, will headline its "Shades of Cool" major gala fundraiser. For one night only, the multitalented ...
NAACP Award nominee in Chicago on Jan. 31

NAACP Award nominee in Chicago on Jan. 31

Mykal Kilgore—an openly gay singer who is a 2020 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding New Artist—will be performing Friday, Jan. 31, at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Kilgore's artistry involves ...

  Outlines

Mr. Chicago Leather 2020

Mr. Chicago Leather 2020

Congratulations to Butch Romero, the newly-chosen Mr. Chicago Leather 2020. Butch gained the title Saturday, January 25, at Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave. The party continued at Touche, 6412 N. Clark St., with ...
Valentine's Day (and pre-Valentine's Day) restaurant and bar offerings

Valentine's Day (and pre-Valentine's Day) restaurant and bar offerings

Here's just a sample of what Chicago restaurants and bars are offering this Valentine's Day: —The Walk In, 2727 N. Milwaukee Ave., will have a "Spill the Tea Party" Thursday, Feb. 13, 8-11 p.m. The event ...
BUSINESS Dan Earles and Bill Rossi, longtime business partners and friends

BUSINESS Dan Earles and Bill Rossi, longtime business partners and friends

Dan Earles and Bill Rossi have known each other for a quarter-century—and that has involved everything from making crucial decisions about joint businesses to attending (more than two dozen) Cher concerts together. ...
Batter up: Softball tourney coming to city during Pride weekend

Batter up: Softball tourney coming to city during Pride weekend

Pride Week next June is getting a bit more sporty. The inaugural Chicago Pride Softball Classic, run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), will be played June 26-27 at Horner Park on Chicago's North Side, ...





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