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Booksellers-launch-Boxed-Out-campaign-a-look-at-consumer-choices

  Booksellers launch "Boxed Out" campaign, a look at consumer choices

--From a press release

(New York, New York) 20% of independent bookstores across the country are in danger of closing. Today, theAmerican Booksellers Association launched the "Boxed Out" campaign to draw attention to the high stakes indie bookstores face this ...


 
Author-academic-John-DEmilio-on-new-book-future-endeavors

  Author/academic John D'Emilio on new book, future endeavors

Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago's LGBTQ Archives is a new book by Gerber/Hart Library and Archives President and University of Illinois at Chicago History and Women's and Gender Studies Professor Emeritus John ...


 
Out-Illinois-State-coach-dives-into-new-position

  Out Illinois State coach dives into new position

Logan Pearsall, an accomplished college diver who has since transitioned into master's level diving, was competing at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He was doing a challenging inward dive from a one-meter ...


 
Joseph-Baar-Topinka-preserves-legacy-of-mother-Pro-gay-Republican-Judy

  Joseph Baar Topinka preserves legacy of mother: Pro-gay Republican Judy

Riverside resident Joseph Baar Topinka is still impressed with the resolve and stamina with which his late mother, longtime GOP politician Judy Baar Topinka, was able to "slug it out" in the political arena. "She got ...


 
Making-Sweet-Tea-Out-NU-dean-talks-about-new-documentary

  'Making Sweet Tea': Out NU dean talks about new documentary

Performer and Northwestern University Dean E. Patrick Johnson discussed his new film and the importance of reclaiming storytelling agency in a virtual Q&A Lambda Legal hosted Aug. 9. Johnson, dean of Northwestern University's School of Communication, ...


 
Asha-Ransby-Sporn-talks-building-on-the-anti-racism-movements-legacy

  Asha Ransby-Sporn talks building on the anti-racism movement's legacy

With anti-racism protests happening around the United States, in what some media outlets are saying is the largest movement in this country's history, demands to abolish the police have increasingly been a part of the rallying ...


 
Local-lesbian-couple-celebrate-50-years-together

  Local lesbian couple celebrate 50 years together

When Alice Cozad and Linda Young met each other as freshmen at the University of Iowa they knew almost instantly that they would be together as a couple for the rest of their lives. "The electricity ...


 
Teen-LGBTQ-activist-aims-to-inspire-with-Be-You-Tiful-Initiative

  Teen LGBTQ+ activist aims to inspire with Be You Tiful Initiative

Allison Frank is a 16-year-old lesbian activist from Lincolnshire's Stevenson High School who found her passion for activism and began the Be You Tiful Initiative. It all started when Frank was feeling overwhelmed in a makeup ...


 
Cicero-student-finds-his-voice

  Cicero student finds his voice

When Jorge Martinez-Arevalo was in eighth grade, he was elected president of an LGBTQ+ after-school club at Unity Junior High School, in Cicero. During his eighth-grade year, the club, which is known as NJAW (short for ...


 
Chicago-man-takes-face-masks-into-luxury

  Chicago man takes face masks into luxury

During COVID-19 David Altman is encouraging people to wear their heart on their face with masks that his brand Vintage Luxe Up is currently making out of vintage luxury designer silk scarves. Altman grew up on ...


 
E-Patrick-Johnson-a-man-of-firsts

  E. Patrick Johnson, a man of firsts

E. Patrick Johnson is a man often associated with the word "first." He was the first in his family to go to college, and the first Black native of Hickory, North Carolina, to receive a Ph.D., ...


 
Gay-sign-language-interpreter-on-press-conferences-LGBTQs

  Gay sign-language interpreter on press conferences, LGBTQs

As a child, Michael Spencer Albert never knew how important his hands would be one day as an interpreter for the deaf community. He was born in Edgewater Hospital and grew up in Skokie. In college, ...


 
Man-behind-memorial-crosses-diagnosed-with-terminal-cancer

  Man behind memorial crosses diagnosed with terminal cancer

Greg Zanis—the Aurora man who has built more than 27,000 white crosses to commemorate victims of gun violence—has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, The Chicago Tribune reported. Also, despite surgery to remove the tumor, the disease ...


 
Local-designer-Richard-Dayhoff-brings-gender-neutrality-to-collection

  Local designer Richard Dayhoff brings gender neutrality to collection

One thing that makes Chicago's fashion scene distinct is the variety of designers and their own signature styles. Richard Dayhoff is one of several designers in the Windy City, but he cannot be mistaken for any ...


 
Center-for-Law-and-Social-Work-gives-LGBTQ-families-equal-footing

  Center for Law and Social Work gives LGBTQ families equal footing

According to the Equality Illinois publication Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents, there are more than "34,000 same-sex couples in long-term relationships living across the state, and 21 percent of these couples ...


 
Chicagoan-helps-bring-nuances-of-foster-system-to-the-screen

  Chicagoan helps bring nuances of foster system to the screen

Chicago attorney Jay Paul Deratany, who is gay, recently penned the screenplay for a new film about the inherent dysfunction within the U.S. foster care system—a realm he knows well. "Practicing law is telling a story ...


 
Legal-titan-Pat-Logue-and-her-impact-on-many-LGBT-people

  Legal titan Pat Logue, and her impact on many LGBT people

Politics and social justice causes have been parts of award-winning retired Cook County Circuit Court Associate Justice Pat Logue's life since childhood. Logue, who now is living with Alzheimer's disease, is also Lambda Legal's former Midwest ...


 
Kevin-Hauswirth-an-advocate-committed-to-diversity

  Kevin Hauswirth, an advocate committed to diversity

Since he was a child, Kevin Hauswirth knew he was destined to lead a life of advocacy. Speaking with Windy City Times, he recalled growing up around activists including one trip with his family to see ...


 
Incoming-Second-Unitarian-minister-discusses-new-role

  Incoming Second Unitarian minister discusses new role

Rev. Jason Lydon, who in August took over as minister at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry Ave., said that his Lake View church has a long legacy of activism he hopes to see it "lean into" in the ...


 
FASHION-Carl-Wesley-Brazel-gay-designer-lives-dream-in-the-big-city-

  FASHION Carl Wesley Brazel, gay designer, lives dream in the big city

Carl Wesley (Wes) Brazel, 25, knew as a child that he was a fashion designer. He had been sewing since the age of 5 and by the time he was a teenager, he was a designer. His love for the show ...


 
In-a-first-Arcola-event-to-include-LGBTQ-group

  In a first, Arcola event to include LGBTQ group

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the 49th edition of the Arcola Broom Corn Festival will include its first LGBTQ-themed parade entry—consisting of a group led by local native Michael Doyle, The News-Gazette reported. Arcola is a town ...


 
Sebastian-Patti-Legal-icon-talks-past-health-issues-and-accomplishments

  Sebastian Patti: Legal icon talks past, health issues and accomplishments

To say Sebastian Patti has achieved milestones—for himself and the LGBTQ community—might be giving him short shrift. More than two decades ago, Patti, 66, became the first openly gay appointed judge and, in 2009, he took ...


 
College-student-balances-LGBTQ-activism-student-life

  College student balances LGBTQ+ activism, student life

After her semester at a new college, Zaiden Sowle knew she found what was lacking at her previous college. Before, her experience at Connecticut College—a small, liberal arts school in New London, Connecticut—was not the personal ...


 
Columnist-Esther-J-Cepeda-on-coming-out-writing-career

  Columnist Esther J. Cepeda on coming out, writing career

When Washington Post Writers Group columnist Esther J. Cepeda recently came out as queer in one of her pieces, "Mental Health Needs of LGTBQIA+ go beyond Pride month," they joined a small number of prominent Latinx ...


 
Xavier-MaatRa-continues-giving-back-to-the-community-

  Xavier MaatRa continues giving back to the community

Giving back to the community has been the focus of Xavier MaatRa's professional life, culminating in the creation of their latest endeavors, Chi City Foods and DAB of Consulting. Xavier (they prefer to use their first ...


 
Chicagoan-recalls-challenges-of-overcoming-HIV-stigma

  Chicagoan recalls challenges of overcoming HIV stigma

For Chicagoan Terence Steward II, living with HIV "drove" how he lived his life during his twenties. "I was super-private, discreet, by myself, depressed, very 'smoky' and mysterious," Steward recalled. "I kept to myself. I was ...


 
Chicagoans-contemplate-path-forward-after-anti-LGBT-church-vote

  Chicagoans contemplate path forward after anti-LGBT church vote

For Rev. Britt Cox, pastor at Church of the Three Crosses, 333 W. Wisconsin St., a Feb. 28 vote at a United Methodist Church (UMC) conference affirming an earlier condemnation of homosexuality as being incompatible with ...


 
Colleagues-student-remember-generous-gay-art-history-professor

  Colleagues, student remember generous gay art-history professor

Martha Pollak remembered colleague Ross Edman bringing his Pekinese dogs to campus at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which she considered a welcome surprise. Pollak—art history professor and ...


 
Man-Up-Medical-co-founder-looks-to-past-to-shape-present

  Man Up Medical co-founder looks to past to shape present

Dean Hervochon dispenses words of advice like they are business cards. He is the guy who knows everything, as his friends tell him, and he's not full of cliche mottos, either—they all come from personal experience. ...


 
Same-sex-couple-rocks-records-at-Rattleback

  Same-sex couple rocks records at Rattleback

There's a new retailer in town, called Rattlebake Records, located in Andersonville at 5405 N. Clark St. Husband-and-husband team Paul Ruffino and Mike Weaver opened the place recently and it features vinyl, CDs, cassettes, movies and ...


 
Dr-Terry-Vanden-Hoek-on-medical-award-Dr-Tamara-ONeal

  Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek on medical award, Dr. Tamara O'Neal

For 25 years, renowned physician Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek has been treating patients and teaching medical students and residents the ins and outs of clinical emergency medicine in Chicago. Vanden Hoek has served as University of ...


 
Jody-Michael-talks-Crains-honor-StartOut-future-plans

  Jody Michael talks Crain's honor, StartOut, future plans

When Jody Michael started her business, Jody Michael Associates, 22 years ago she was one of the first executive and career coaches in the United States. Prior to that, Michael spent 15 years at the Chicago ...


 
IN-THE-LIFE-Lala-Thomas

  IN THE LIFE Lala Thomas

Lala Thomas' life has been shaped by working hard, fighting for what she wants and speaking her mind on a myriad of issues. All that has translated into her personal and soon-to-be business brands—Talented Lala. "Talented ...


 
Artist-Tom-Bachtell-on-exhibit-and-late-partner-Andrew-Patner

  Artist Tom Bachtell on exhibit and late partner Andrew Patner

Self-taught artist Tom Bachtell's work is currently featured in a exhibit, "Tom Bachtell in AdventureLand," at AdventureLand Gallery, 1513 N. Western Ave. The free exhibit opened Dec. 7 with an evening reception and will run through ...


 
SWZLE-part-of-the-reusable-straw-revolution

  SWZLE, part of the reusable straw revolution

GIFT GUIDE EXTRA

Reusable straws have become a central focus in helping to preserve the environment—so much so that banning plastic straws was an issue on the Chicago ballots during the recent midterm elections. To that end, former Chicago ...


 
10-Questions-by-Vic-Greg-Louganis

  10 Questions by Vic: Greg Louganis

Greg Louganis is the greatest diver in history. In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Louganis achieved gold medals in both the men's three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform events. At the 1988 Olympic Summer Games ...


 
IN-THE-LIFE-A-look-at-i2is-core-leadership-team

  IN THE LIFE A look at i2i's core leadership team

Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago (i2i) has seen many changes to its leadership team since its founding in 2005. The group, according to its Facebook page, "celebrates and affirms Asian/Pacific Islanders who ...


 
First-out-gay-male-Chicago-police-officer-on-family-career-volunteering

  First out gay male Chicago police officer on family, career, volunteering

Retired Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer Ronald Bogan saw it all during his three decades on the force. This includes a suspect who hid in the axel of a truck so he could not be found ...


 
Lesbian-Erasure-Defining-Lesbianism-Part-One

  Lesbian Erasure, Defining Lesbianism Part One

[Author's note: for the purposes of space, except for brief references, this article focuses on lesbian couplings in the U.S.] Lesbians exist. Lesbians, like gay men, have always existed. If there is a singular lesson to ...


 
IN-THE-LIFE-Lizzy-Wolferman

  IN THE LIFE Lizzy Wolferman

Everyone's life is a journey. However, with Liz Wolferman—the front-of-house manager of the acclaimed local restaurant Mott St.—it's been a literal journey that's involved Chicago, New York City and even England, resulting in ...


 
NUNN-ON-ONE-Adam-Rippon-skates-into-success

  NUNN ON ONE Adam Rippon skates into success

Figure skater Adam Rippon won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, making history by becoming the first openly gay U.S. athlete to do so. He followed that by being the first openly gay celebrity ...


 
Chicagoan-raises-money-and-pride-walking-to-fight-HIV-AIDS

  Chicagoan raises money and pride walking to fight HIV/AIDS

Christopher Pazdernik was filled with fear and shame that day in 2009 when he learned he is HIV-positive. "I was so embarrassed and terrified; I had no idea what was going to happen next," he said. ...


 
DeRay-Mckesson-fighting-for-Black-lives-

  DeRay Mckesson, fighting for Black lives

By the time this interview was conducted Sept. 7, DeRay Mckesson, one of the most visible Black Lives Movement organizers, was already on his book tour in New York for his memoir On the Other Side ...


 
Formatos-Focus

  Formato's Focus

Welcome to Formato's Focus, a monthly spotlight that shines light on the interesting people doing amazing things within our community. This month we shine light on a fascinating individual, Justus Harris, the creator of Technology & Data ...


 
Chicago-Women-in-Trades-adding-members-through-outreach-efforts

  Chicago Women in Trades adding members through outreach efforts

Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) volunteer and Local 130 third year apprentice plumber Liz Albertson did not know she was on the cusp of starting something new when she brought her snare drum to the Women's ...


 
Howard-Brown-Health-COO-reflects-on-role-expanding-family-life

  Howard Brown Health COO reflects on role, expanding family life

Howard Brown Health Chief Operating Officer and Physician Assistant Kristin Keglovitz Baker's life changed forever when she met her now-wife Bridget Baker at Pennsylvania's Camp Dreamcatcher in 2004. "It is a camp for children and young ...


 
By-design-accomplished-interior-designer-Anthony-Michael

  By design, accomplished interior designer Anthony Michael

After a few minutes with out gay interior designer Anthony Michael, it's apparent that he does his own thing—with no apologies. Outspoken to the point to being (charmingly) boisterous, Michael was candid about a whole host ...


 
PASSAGES-Edward-George-Raap

  PASSAGES Edward George Raap

Edward George Raap, 78, retired architect, world traveler; of Chicago and Puerto Vallarta; passed away unexpectedly but peacefully after a brief illness. Beloved life partner of 35+ years of Daniel J. De Marco, dear father of ...


 
Dedry-Jones-remembered

  Dedry Jones, remembered

More than 200 people gathered at DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago's South Side Aug. 8 for the memorial ceremony of Dedry Jones, who passed away July 26. He was 64. Jones was a ...


 
Local-psychologist-hopes-to-be-first-gay-APA-president-

  Local psychologist hopes to be first gay APA president

Recently, Dr. Armand Cerbone was nominated as one of the five finalists on the ballot to become president of the American Psychological Association (APA). If elected this fall, he will become the first out gay president ...


 
Duane-Cerny-on-new-book-antiques-and-Gwendolyn-Brooks

  Duane Cerny on new book, antiques and Gwendolyn Brooks

When Duane Cerny was a child, his favorite place to hang out was in his parents basement because it was filled with '50s-era furniture from their first apartment in Rogers Park. "My parents preferred buying new ...


 
Julie-Goodridge-talks-investing-historic-marriage-equality-case

  Julie Goodridge talks investing, historic marriage-equality case

Throughout most of her working life, Julie Goodridge has been interested in socially responsible investing (SRI). That, and her desire to start her own company, led Goodridge to form NorthStar Asset Management (NorthStar) in 1990. "I ...


 
ART-Derrick-Woods-Morrow-provocateur-and-disruptor-by-design-

  ART Derrick Woods-Morrow, provocateur and disruptor, by design

Talking with queer artist Derrick Woods-Morrow is an exercise in exploring boundaries. This is, by no means, a criticism—it's simply an observation. That Woods-Morrow initially comes across as shy doesn't mean he doesn't harbor lots of ...


 
Out-and-Sober-beating-dual-stigma

  Out and Sober, beating dual stigma

Tucked away on Chicago's West Side, the Gateway Foundation's Chicago Independence location is helping recovering addicts from the LGBTQ community get back on their feet. The foundation offers an optional program called Out and Sober whose ...


 
Donald-Strzepek-on-jewelry-business-early-LGBTQ-activism

  Donald Strzepek on jewelry business, early LGBTQ activism

Lifelong Chicagoan Donald Strzepek has been in the jewelry business for more than 30 years and is currently the owner of Tucker Inc., in the heart of Jeweler's Row in the Loop. "I grew up on the Northwest Side of Chicago, ...


 
Boxer-Orlando-Cruz-leading-Chicagos-Pride-Parade

  Boxer Orlando Cruz leading Chicago's Pride Parade

Professional boxing's only openly gay star is coming to Chicago. Orlando "El Fenonemo" , of Puerto Rico, was the grand marshal in the Puerto Rican People's Parade on June 16—and will fulfill the same role in ...


 
A-brief-history-of-LGBTQ-students-and-proms

  A brief history of LGBTQ students and proms

In recent years, many LGBTQ students have attended their high school proms across the country without any "controversy" but that was not always the case due to school officials denying them entry into the annual dance. ...


 
Jan-Dee-looks-back-on-45-years-as-custom-jeweler

  Jan Dee looks back on 45+ years as custom jeweler

For as far back as Jan Dee can remember she has always been interested in arts and crafts and has parlayed that into her own business, Jan Dee Custom Jewelry, now located at 1425 W. Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park. "When ...


 
LGBTQ-owned-car-repair-service-aims-to-expand-nationwide

  LGBTQ-owned car repair service aims to expand nationwide

Chicago-area resident Brian Moak is working to change the perception that the car-service industry and LGBTQ individuals do not mix. A year ago, he rebranded Duxler Complete Auto Care, the company he bought from his father, ...


 
Lauren-Heckathorn-on-being-a-genderqueer-special-education-teacher

  Lauren Heckathorn on being a genderqueer special-education teacher

Lauren Heckathorn's (pronouns they/them/their) dream of becoming a special education teacher began at a young age when their third grade class was paired with students with special needs in another third grade class at their public ...


 
Dual-Spirit-Style-helps-all-people-find-their-menswear-look

  Dual Spirit Style helps all people find their menswear look

Tanisha Hawkins has always taken her image—and her clothes—seriously. "I'm really passionate about being able to express your gender. If you see my closet, you'll be, like, 'Whoa,'" said Hawkins, the proprietor of a new clothing ...


 
Praxis-Group-helps-business-professionals-go-beyond-inclusion

  Praxis Group helps business professionals go beyond inclusion

An emerging Chicago consulting firm composed primarily of activists within the LGBTQ community has the goal of getting workplaces to think "beyond inclusion." It's a phrase that those who have encountered Praxis Group have wondered about, ...


 
Washington-Heights-artist-on-her-work-studio-future-event

  Washington Heights artist on her work, studio, future event

Washington Heights resident Hana L. Anderson (who was born and raised in the Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park) has always considered herself an artist but did not call herself one for years because, "I allowed the ...


 
Friends-recall-connections-with-Howard-Wax

  Friends recall connections with Howard Wax

Attorney and River Forest resident Howard Wax, who passed away in May, was remembered by close friend Lee Griesbach, among others, as someone who "collected friends" in the best sense of the phrase. "He was a ...


 
Anna-DeShawn-talks-E3-Radios-expansion-Affinity-activism-work

  Anna DeShawn talks E3 Radio's expansion, Affinity activism work

Chicago-born media maven and social entrepreneur Anna DeShawn has been a mover and shaker within Chicago's LGBTQ community her entire adult life. One of the ways DeShawn has made an impact is through her media company ...


 
IN-THE-LIFE-Jonathan-Zeng

  IN THE LIFE Jonathan Zeng

Life is shaped by experiences—and it's a unique set of occurrences that has led Jonathan Zeng to his upcoming Chicago concert, "Songs That Speak." Zeng, who studied operatic performance and who has performed throughout the country, ...


 
Dr-Margo-Jacquot-talks-career-Juniper-Center-LGBTQ-initiatives

  Dr. Margo Jacquot talks career, Juniper Center, LGBTQ initiatives

Dr. Margo Jacquot—the founder/owner/director of the Juniper Center—has been serving the community through her Park Ridge-based psychotherapy practice for more than 20 years. The Juniper Center is a counseling and ...


 
Prevent-Blindness-Jeff-Todd-discusses-organization-LGBT-activism

  Prevent Blindness' Jeff Todd discusses organization, LGBT activism

For the past 15 years, Jeff Todd has worked as the director of public health and chief operating officer of Prevent Blindness (the nation's oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization) and, recently, the board of ...


 
Getting-to-know-American-Beauty-Shows-Paul-Dykstra

  Getting to know American Beauty Show's Paul Dykstra

Later this month, Cosmetologists Chicago will kick off its annual America's Beauty Show for salon professionals. The first, as it was called at the time, Midwest Beauty Trade Show took place in 1924 and now the ...


 
Women2Women-launches-with-party

  Women2Women launches with party

Women were heard loud and clear at Women2Women's (W2W) launch party at EvolveHer on April 14. Women2Women is a place where women can share their evolving journeys as women who love women. It sets out to ...


 
Ex-Focus-on-the-Family-daughter-refocuses-her-life-mission

  Ex-Focus on the Family daughter refocuses her life mission

In her authentically jarring memoir Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God, author and activist Amber Cantorna rips the mask off the anti-LGBTQ evangelical ministry Focus on the ...


 
NCLRs-Kate-Kendell-tempered-for-transition

  NCLR's Kate Kendell, tempered for transition

Kate Kendell, 57, has spent the past 24 years—nearly two-thirds of her life—at National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). This December she'll depart her esteemed post as executive director to ...


 
Oleg-Grachev-on-living-in-Russia-and-the-US-

  Oleg Grachev on living in Russia and the U.S.

Ever since Oleg Grachev was 10 years old, he had a dream of working on Wall Street. He has fulfulled that dream as J.P. Morgan's new investment banking analyst. Grachev's journey to Wall Street began in ...


 
PHOTOGRAPHY-Hrvoje-Slovenc-out-Croatian-American-explores-Past

  PHOTOGRAPHY Hrvoje Slovenc, out Croatian-American explores 'Past'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Hrvoje (pronounced "hair-vo-yay") Slovenc is an out Croatian-American photographer whose life has taken some interesting turns—from studying biochemistry to obtaining an MFA in photography from Yale University School of Art. ...


 
AIDS-garden-planned-for-Belmont-Rocks-Haring-art-to-be-included

  AIDS garden planned for Belmont Rocks; Haring art to be included

About a dozen people gathered for a meeting March 8 to discuss a planned garden to memorialize the loss, activism and resilience of Chicago's fight against HIV/AIDS. The planned garden, at the Belmont Rocks in Lake ...


 





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