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wct 2020-09-30

ELECTIONS 2020 Windy City Times printable election guide charts

For printable Election Guide charts, please follow the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2020_9-27generalchartsforweb.pdf . Also see: Early voting and vote by mail information for Chicago ...
wct 2020-09-30

Early voting and vote-by-mail information for Chicago residents

Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to use vote by mail or early voting before Election Day on Nov. 3, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website. Chicago voters who apply online before Sept. ...

  News

wct 2020-09-30

New study examines pathways into poverty for LGBTQ adults

--From a press release

A new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law provides an exploration of common pathways into and prolonging poverty among a diverse population of low-income LGBTQ people in California. An analysis of interviews ...
The first presidential debate: Chaos unchecked

The first presidential debate: Chaos unchecked

The first meeting of the two major party presidential candidates Sept. 29 was billed as a "debate" but, as lesbian political commentator Rachel Maddow put it afterward, the event turned out to be a "monstrous unintelligible ...
BLACKlines 1996-2004, En la Vida 1996-2004, Identity 2004-2006

BLACKlines 1996-2004, En la Vida 1996-2004, Identity 2004-2006

BLACKlines newspaper started in February 1996, and remained a monthly newspaper produced by Outlines for many years. It started after Robert Ford of Thing 'zine died. A Black gay man, Ford had created a wonderful queer ...
Brad Edwards talks investigative journalism, coming out, making history

Brad Edwards talks investigative journalism, coming out, making history

Television journalist Brad Edwards has accomplished much in his life, such as winning multiple awards and including serving on the board of directors at the YWCA, whose goal is to "empower women and eliminate racism." However, ...
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 2020 induction ceremony on Facebook Live Oct. 13

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 2020 induction ceremony on Facebook Live Oct. 13

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 to honor people and entities, nominated by the community, who have made significant contributions to the quality of life or well-being of the LGBT community in ...
NATIONAL Trans incidents, governors, It Gets Better, Keith Haring, Gloria Trevi

NATIONAL Trans incidents, governors, It Gets Better, Keith Haring, Gloria Trevi

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) mourned the loss of Aerrion Burnett, a 37-year-old Black trans woman from Independence, Missouri who was found dead of a gunshot wound Sept. 19, a press release noted ...
WORLD Iran report, Uruguay Pride parade, anti-gay terrorist

WORLD Iran report, Uruguay Pride parade, anti-gay terrorist

A new survey—"Hidden Wounds: A Research Report on Violence Against LGBTI in Iran," published by the Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network, 6Rang—is shedding light on the atrocities LGBTQ+ Iranians face on a daily basis, Out.com reported. ...
COVID-19 Chicago relaxing restrictions on gyms, bars, restaurants

COVID-19 Chicago relaxing restrictions on gyms, bars, restaurants

Citing a downward turn in the number of the city's COVID-19 cases, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has relaxed restrictions for gyms, bars, restaurants and other venues, The Chicago Tribune noted. Starting Thursday, Oct. 1, the city ...
Gay history podcast has new host: Studs Terkel

Gay history podcast has new host: Studs Terkel

For four years, Eric Marcus has been the voice of Making Gay History, introducing listeners to both the infamous and the overlooked of LGBTQ history through his extensive personal archive of audio interviews. But for the ...
Holocaust Museum's soiree raises $250K

Holocaust Museum's soiree raises $250K

The Women's Leadership Committee (WLC) of the Illinois Holocaust Museum successfully hosted its first-ever Virtual Soiree Sept. 2. The committee entertained and educated more than 1,100 guests online and raised ...
NBJC releases statement on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

NBJC releases statement on National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In honor of National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Sept. 27), the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released a statement: "Today is a day to celebrate that HIV is no longer the death sentence it once ...
PASSAGES Former Northalsted bartender Eric Sangster dies at 37

PASSAGES Former Northalsted bartender Eric Sangster dies at 37

Northalsted bartender Eric Sangster died Sept. 17 unexpectedly at the age of 37. At the time of this article's publication, Sangster's cause of death is unknown. Sangster was born June 4, 1983, on a Jacksonville, North ...
National LGBT Media Association: For Joe Biden, push relentlessly until Nov. 3

National LGBT Media Association: For Joe Biden, push relentlessly until Nov. 3

Statement from National LGBT Media Association: Among the many compelling reasons to make sure that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not reelected on November 3, perhaps the 26 most compelling are the transgender Americans—most of ...
wct 2020-09-30

NCLR condemns rush to replace Justice Ginsburg

--From a press release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ginsburg, only days after Justice Ginsburg's death and before her burial at Arlington National Cemetery next week. After ...
Trump nominates Ginsburg successor, LGBTQs react

Trump nominates Ginsburg successor, LGBTQs react

President Trump announced Sept. 26 his nominee to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and, as expected, she is a jurist LGBT groups are expected to vehemently oppose. In a crowded outdoor event at ...
wct 2020-09-30

Lambda Legal on probable Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

--From a press release

(Washington, D.C., September 25, 2020) — In response to reports that President Trump intends to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett, currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, to the United States Supreme ...
Community reacts to Boystown name change

Community reacts to Boystown name change

Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) announced Sept. 23 that it would discontinue utilizing the term "Boystown" in its marketing of the area. NBA's decision came shortly after a survey answered by 7,890 respondents found that, while 58% ...
The Alley moves to Avondale

The Alley moves to Avondale

The Alley, located in Lake View since 1976, announced that it is moving to its Avondale warehouse, 2620 W. Fletcher Ave, according to a press release. The warehouse, referred to as "The Mothership" by owner Mark ...
ELECTIONS 2020 Guide to the LGBTQs

ELECTIONS 2020 Guide to the LGBTQs

This year's general elections will feature a record number of openly LGBT candidates throughout Illinois. They include: —Karla Bailey-Smith Race: Illinois state representative (88th District) Website: Unite88.org . The skinny: ...
wct 2020-09-30

State rep Grant apologizes for racist, anti-gay remarks

Illinois state Rep. Amy Grant, R-Wheaton, apologized after making disparaging comments in a recorded telephone call about her opponent, Ken Mejia-Beal, which referenced his race and sexual orientation, Quad City ...
COVID-19 Indiana moving to Stage 5 of reopening

COVID-19 Indiana moving to Stage 5 of reopening

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that the state will move to stage 5 of reopening as coronavirus trends continue to improve, WSBT.com reported. Stores, malls, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and gyms will all be able to open ...
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns with reformatted 2020 event

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns with reformatted 2020 event

AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has been reformatted and expanded so community members can participate in the fundraiser while still social-distancing and adhering to public-safety guidelines. While an event at Soldier ...
wct 2020-09-30

Chicago Teachers Union on Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

--From a press release

CHICAGO, September 23, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to news that the Kentucky Attorney General will not charge the officer for the shots that killed Breonna Taylor. "For ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-09-30

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW We're Gonna Die

Playwright: Young Jean Lee At: Theatre Y, streaming online at Theatre-Y.com. Tickets: Free. Runs through: Oct. 25 "To be, or not to be" may have once been a dilemma to beguile wealthy Danish princes, but the
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DRAG: Miss Toto builds a full-bodied career in Chicago

DRAG: Miss Toto builds a full-bodied career in Chicago

Miss Toto blew into the Windy City toting a tornado of talent after leaving Cumberland, Maryland behind. Toto quickly made a name for herself as "Chicago's Bodybuilder Barbie" and landed bookings all over the city. Toto ...
wct 2020-09-30

Billy Masters

"It's terrifying. It's scary. We have to get out and vote."—Lil Nas X's response to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michael Bloomberg has found a way to help Joe Biden get more votes in Florida: ...
SHOWBIZ Bradley Cooper, Spice Girls, greatest albums, film 'The Glorias'

SHOWBIZ Bradley Cooper, Spice Girls, greatest albums, film 'The Glorias'

Bradley Cooper has found his onscreen partner and a new title—Maestro—for the Leonard Bernstein film he will star in and direct for Netflix, Deadline reported. Carey Mulligan has been cast as Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, wife ...
STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Broadway by the Decade

STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Broadway by the Decade

Playwright: Various composer & lyricists At: Streaming on Vimeo. Tickets: PorchlightMusicTheatre.org; $15-$50. Runs through: Oct. 25 Most musical-theater fans will get a kick out of this well-produced and very well-sung ...
Reeling 2020 Reviews

Reeling 2020 Reviews

For complete festival information and to buy tickets, visit reelingfilmfestival.org/2020. Ratings are on a **** scale but I'm a tough grader, so nothing gets over ***. Note: This year's installment of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International ...

MUSIC Davis Mallory name-drops Jane Fonda with new song

MUSIC Davis Mallory name-drops Jane Fonda with new song

Openly gay singer Davis Mallory has debuted a new pop song called "Jane Fonda" for the masses. The track was written in Stockholm, Sweden and the video was directed by Cooper Smith in Nashville, Tennessee. Many ...
The Most Important LGBTQ+ Plays

The Most Important LGBTQ+ Plays

"A gay play?" playwright Robert Patrick wrote, "Is that a play that sleeps with other plays of the same sex?" We think a gay play reveals one of three things in a significant way: (1) how ...
THEATER REVIEW Rastus and Hattie

THEATER REVIEW Rastus and Hattie

Playwright: Lisa Langford At: 16th Street Theater online, at 16thStreetTheater.org. Tickets: Free, with donation . Runs through: Oct. 24 Content warning: Rastus and Hattie includes racist caricatures, racism and violence. ...
wct 2020-09-30

Artist-led "Retreat" to provide platform for creatives in food, music, art

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Rebuild Foundation, the arts, education and cultural development organization founded by artist Theaster Gates, and Dorchester Industries today announced the opening of "RETREAT," an artist-led activation aimed at ...
wct 2020-09-30

Legacy Walk to honor Freddie Mercury, Sylvester Oct. 11

The Legacy Project will honor the late music superstars Freddie Mercury and Sylvester in a virtual event Sunday, Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m., featuring multimedia, historians, tribute performances and a ceremony revealing their bronze memorials at the ...
Artemis Singers marks 40th anniversary with virtual panel

Artemis Singers marks 40th anniversary with virtual panel

To celebrate Artemis Singer's 40th anniversary, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives hosted a Sept. 26 virtual panel discussion on the past, present and future of the chorus. Artemis Singers holds the distinction of being the first lesbian ...
wct 2020-09-30

League of Chicago Theatres highlights creative approaches to Fall 2020 Theatre

--From a press release

Chicago, IL — Theatre venues in Chicago and across the world remain closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic while the industry in Chicago has developed creative ways to connect with audiences. Chicago theatre artists and ...
MOVIES 'Cicada' flies into virtual film festivals this fall

MOVIES 'Cicada' flies into virtual film festivals this fall

Set in New York City, a queer-centered movie called Cicada is now hitting virtual film festivals and explores complicated relationships with a backdrop of childhood trauma. Ben and Sam meet at a bookstore and a journey ...
Alicia Keys joins After School Matters event

Alicia Keys joins After School Matters event

Grammy winner Alicia Keys joined teenagers and their families across Chicago Sept. 24 for a live virtual conversation about current racial and social justice events, as well as her life and music career, including her recently ...
Chicago focus of 'City So Real' TV event running Oct. 29

Chicago focus of 'City So Real' TV event running Oct. 29

National Geographic Documentary Films announced that the critically acclaimed five-part documentary series from Participant and Kartemquin Films, City So Real, will air in an unprecedented one-night, five-hour, commercial-free event on ...
wct 2020-09-30

National LGBTQ Task Force to stream "The Power of US" gala Oct. 3

--From a press release

NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE ANNUAL GALA OCTOBER 3, 2020 AT 8PM ET/5PM PT Washington, DC. September 24, 2020. The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced it will stream the 2020 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala, presented ...

  Outlines

wct 2020-09-30

Windy City Times: Quite the ride

The information superhighway… That old synonym for the internet (conjuring up days of AOL Instant Messenger and really loud modems) served as my entry into Windy City Times—way back in 1995. Two friends suggested that I ...
30 Under 30 Awards 2000-2019

30 Under 30 Awards 2000-2019

Honoring local LGBTQ people 30 and younger who excelled in entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports and other areas, Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 Awards ceremonies, which started in 2000, were held during Pride Month. ...
Windy City Times: Making 35

Windy City Times: Making 35

The internecine battles of the gay community are legendary. They are not limited to Chicago, or to any one segment of the community. And the gay media have certainly not been immune to these growing pains ...
LGBTQI Media: The Long Haul

LGBTQI Media: The Long Haul

Working in the LGBTQI press should probably be measured in dog years. Right-wing threats, death and destruction, physical assaults, robberies, property destruction, and that's not to mention the internal struggles ...
wct 2020-09-30

Windy City Times: Serving a community

Our ship will come in. Those are the words Tracy and I used to say all the time. Well, she'd say it and later during a particular rough time, I'd ask: "So, where's the damn ship??" I started with the company ...
wct 2020-09-30

My life at Windy City Times

I came into LGBT media completely by accident, having begun as editorial assistant at Windy City Times' competitor Chicago Free Press in 2005. I had done a favor for CFP's managing editor, Louis Weisberg, and he ...
The Passing Parade: Cultural Reporting in an Age of Heroes

The Passing Parade: Cultural Reporting in an Age of Heroes

There are several large plastic storage bins in my office filled with stacks of clippings of articles I wrote for the Chicago gay and lesbian newspapers GayLife, Windy City Times and Outlines during the 1980s and ...
Lessons learned

Lessons learned

For most of my life, I've had a print paper, a physical product, to show for my efforts each week. I've got far too many copies of Outlines, Windy City Times and even Stars & Stripes, where I worked for many ...
Job well done

Job well done

Because I was once quite the gay-press guy, and that began in Chicago, they asked me for 600-800 words. I wrote some drafts but in the end, all that's needed is a few sentences: The paper version of the venerable Windy City Times ...
wct 2020-09-30

The Times We Wrote About: The gift of Windy City Times

"I feel like we're living in times people write about," Matt said as we walked home from the train, dusk settling into Brooklyn for the night. I didn't know what he meant. It was 2008. From where I was standing, everything ...
wct 2020-09-30

Trudy Ring, Outlines/Nightlines 1992-1996

I wonder if Tracy Baim knows what a difference she's made in my life. Tracy gave me opportunities at the time I needed them, and those opportunities have had great significance for my journalism career ...
wct 2020-09-30

Kirk Williamson: Telling stories

Many of you might know me only through my byline on the masthead or, if you're a bit older (and drunker), by my time in the bars as editor of Nightspots. Hey, I WAS that guy from the magazine. But if you have never ...
Windy City Times in print 1985-2020

Windy City Times in print 1985-2020

Windy City Times' first issue was Sept. 26, 1985. The staff was primarily from GayLife newspaper, which had been around since the 1970s and lasted until 1986. From the start, WCT focused heavily on Chicago-area HIV/AIDS ...
Outlines 1987-2000

Outlines 1987-2000

Outlines newspaper started the first week of June 1987. Tracy Baim and most of the staff of Windy City Times left to launch Outlines after major disagreements in personality and goals. Outlines started as a weekly, ...
Nightlines 1990-2001, Nightspots 2001-2015

Nightlines 1990-2001, Nightspots 2001-2015

Throughout the 1990s, Nightlines focused on the LGBTQ entertainment scene, from the bars to the stage and everything in between. With the new millennium came a significant format change as Nightspots focused in on the bar ...
SAVOR The Outpost Mexican Eatery; Mercadito

SAVOR The Outpost Mexican Eatery; Mercadito

DISH Dining Guide

For the last print issue of Windy City Times, there are two restaurants in the spotlight—and they both happen to be Mexican eateries. The Outpost Mexican Eatery The Outpost Mexican Eatery (520 W. Harrison St.; TheOutpostMexicanEatery.com) ...
Lendale Johnson, excelling on and off the tennis court

Lendale Johnson, excelling on and off the tennis court

Some would say that Lendale Johnson has accomplished enough in being one of only two male openly gay professional tennis players. (Johnson's part of the International Tennis Federation. It is separate from the Association of Tennis ...
wct 2020-09-30

Red Stars tie Washington 1-1

Savannah McCaskill scored in the 72nd minute as the Chicago Red Stars played to a 1-1 tie against the Washington Spirit on Sept. 26. For the second straight game, Sarah Luebbert earned an assist with her ...
wct 2020-09-30

Red Stars' season tickets now available

The Chicago Red Stars have announced that 2021 season ticket memberships are now available. After a breakout 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup that saw the Red Stars reach their second consecutive championship match, Chicago looks to continue ...





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