Windy City Times Weekly news from the GLBT world 2019-05-27T15:02:21-00:00 Windy City Times Front Cover text/html 2019-05-27T15:39:58-00:00 Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast, features Julie Proudfoot interviewing Tracy Baim On Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast #103, Julie Proudfoot interviews Tracy Baim, award-winning journalist and publisher, about her work in Chicago as an openly-gay journalist and, the first-ever joint local independent media fundraiser. text/html 2019-05-27T14:49:20-00:00 Red Stars part of Challenge Cup, which starts June 27 The National Women's Soccer League announced May 27 that the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, presented by P&G and Secret, will mark the return to action for all nine clubs, including Chicago Red Stars. text/html 2019-05-27T03:57:58-00:00 Lee Lynch THE AMAZON TRAIL Is there a doctor... It's that time again. I need to find a healthcare provider. text/html 2019-05-27T03:15:38-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times NATIONAL 'Drag Fest,' eating disorders, journalist attacked, NCLR event Political activist/New York City drag staple Marti Gould Cummings and The Only Productions announced the largest digital drag festival during Pride 2020, a press release noted. More than 100 performers are scheduled to appear during "Pride 2020 Drag Fest," an official event of NYC Pride and supported by national LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD. The virtual performances will run each day 5:30-7 p.m. CT on June 19-21. Performers slated to appear during "Pride 2020 Drag Fest" include Heidi N. Closet, Nicky Doll, Shuga Cain, Brita Filter, Milk, Honey Davenport, Sherry Vine, Shequida, Pixie Aventura, Horrorchata and more. See text/html 2019-05-24T14:26:36-00:00 NCLR honors SF 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers, comedian Gina Yashere SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The National Center of Lesbian Rights NCLR today announced that they will be honoring San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers with their Trailblazer Award, presented by pro-athlete and transgender activist Chris Mosier, at the NCLR 2020 Anniversary Virtual Celebration on Saturday, May 30 at 6 pm PST . Also being recognized during the annual celebration livestream event will be actress and comedian Gina Yashere, who will be receiving the LGBTQ legal nonprofit's Voice and Visibility Award, presented by comedian Dana Goldberg. text/html 2019-05-21T20:58:16-00:00 Brave Space Alliance announces board of directors Brave Space Alliance—a Black- and trans-led "LGBTQ center on the South Side of Chicago that is dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city," according to its website—has announced its board of directors. text/html 2019-05-21T20:55:25-00:00 Red Stars hosting virtual Pride party on May 28 The Chicago Red Stars will kick off pride month in Chicago by teaming with local businesses and talent for a virtual Pride Party presented by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. text/html 2019-05-21T20:48:35-00:00 Affinity to mark 25th anniversary virtually Co-chairs and the Affinity Community Services board of directors recently announced that Affinity's 25th-anniversary event will be a virtual experience taking place the weekend of Oct. 9-11, with the centerpiece event on Saturday, Oct. 10. text/html 2019-05-20T11:50:33-00:00 Roe v. Wade plaintiff said she was paid for anti-abortion stance Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, came out against abortion in 1995, stunning the world—but a deathbed documentary reveals that she only switched sides for money, The Chicago Tribune reported. text/html 2019-05-20T11:47:15-00:00 Ruby Rose leaving lead role in 'Batwoman' Ruby Rose—the openly lesbian actress who starred in the CW's freshman drama series Batwoman—is leaving the Warner Bros. TV/Berlanti Prods. drama after one season, Deadline reported. text/html 2019-05-16T21:54:33-00:00 Golden Apple surprises out teacher with award On May 15, Golden Apple—an Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting exemplary educators who advance educational opportunities for students—surprised Jenine Wehbeh, a seventh and eighth-grade teacher at John B. Murphy Elementary in Chicago, with the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. text/html 2019-05-16T13:42:16-00:00 'Andersonville at Home' virtual event June 12 The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ACC is taking the Midsommarfest experience online for a virtual event and fundraiser Friday, June 12, to celebrate the weekend in which the 55th annual outdoor Midsommarfest was previously scheduled to take place before the recent postponement. text/html 2019-05-14T12:43:06-00:00 Melissa Etheridge's son dies at age 21 Beckett Cypher—the son of Melissa Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher—died, according to media reports. He was 21. text/html 2019-05-13T00:03:48-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times Billie Jean King, LGBTQ icon talks Chicago ties, tennis, out athletes Billie Jean King could easily rest on her laurels as one of the greatest tennis players ever—and she's one of the few to have a movie made about her the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. text/html 2019-05-12T18:02:39-00:00 Comedian Cameron Esposito's new memoir digs into queer liberation, Catholic upbringing Cameron Esposito's new memoir, Save Yourself, is the story she needed when she was younger. The lesbian comedian tracks the story of her Catholic upbringing and queer liberation, including an early interest in the priesthood and majoring in theology at a Catholic university. text/html 2019-05-12T17:34:42-00:00 Matt Simonette MOVIES Young gay filmmaker debuts LGBT romantic drama A gay Massachusetts-based filmmaker will release his new LGBT-themed feature film, which he produced for the unheard-of sum of $400, to YouTube in late May. text/html 2019-05-01T15:48:04-00:00 Red Stars unveil 'Neighborhood Kit' The Chicago Red Stars released a new custom jersey honoring their city with "The Neighborhood Kit." Kit, in this case, refers to sports clothing. text/html 2019-04-29T01:00:26-00:00 Sarah Toce TELEVISION Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones on season two of 'The Politician' The quirky Netflix dark dramedy The Politician teems with scandalous satisfaction from the moment rich kid Payton Hobart Ben Platt invites viewers into his Santa Barbara, California, mansion. Born into a poor family and adopted by Georgina Hobart Gwyneth Paltrow , literally nothing is as it originally appears. It's worse, actually. text/html 2019-04-25T20:11:35-00:00 Out comedian joins Humanities event On April 16, comedian Cameron Esposito joined the Chicago Humanities Festival for its first virtual event of the spring 2020 season. text/html 2019-04-17T15:29:38-00:00 'Frida Kahlo 2020' moved to 2021 The Cleve Carney Museum of Art CCMA and the McAninch Arts Center MAC at the College of DuPage COD announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic "Frida Kahlo 2020," originally scheduled for June to August of this year, will be rescheduled for June 5-Sept. 6, 2021 under the name "Frida Kahlo: Timeless." text/html 2019-04-15T11:30:15-00:00 Lee Lynch THE AMAZON TRAIL A giant "We lost a giant today," tweeted California state Sen. Scott Weiner, who is chairman of the LGBTQ caucus. A giant is exactly what the ninety-five-year-old Phyllis Lyon was, along with her partner Del Martin, who died at age eighty-seven in 2008. text/html 2019-04-14T13:37:04-00:00 Matt Simonette Appeals panel: Park District must pay after bias claim A federal appeals panel has ruled that Chicago Park District must pay $300,000 to an employee, who is lesbian, who sued the District on the grounds that she was both surveilled and terminated as a result of anti-Latinx bias. text/html 2019-04-14T13:29:44-00:00 Andrew Davis, Windy City Times ELECTIONS 2020 INDIANA Lesbian attorney Sabrina Haake aims for Congressional seat Sabrina Haake pronounced "hake" is a lesbian attorney who wants to represent Indiana's 1st Congressional District. text/html 2019-04-09T22:37:17-00:00 Lesbian icon Phyllis Lyon dies at 95 Activist Phyllis Lyon—who spent more than five decades fighting for LGBTQ rights—died of natural causes. She was 95. text/html 2019-04-09T22:20:18-00:00 NCLR mourns loss of civil rights and LGBTQ icon Phyllis Lyon, 95 SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights mourns the loss of a beloved friend and LGBTQ civil rights icon. Phyllis Lyon, 95, passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in San Francisco. Lyon, along with her wife Del Martin, was one of the nation's first and most visible lesbian rights activists who dedicated her life to combating homophobia, sexism, violence, and racism. Phyllis' contributions to the LGBTQ equality movement will be felt for many decades following her passing. text/html 2019-04-01T11:55:15-00:00 Five Worth Finding: From an absorbing memoir to cool socks —Ordinary Girls: A Memoir: In this hard-hitting memoir, Jaquira Diaz writes of struggling with depression and drug abuse while growing into her identity as a queer, biracial girl in Miami and Puerto Rico. And as Diaz said in a statement, I wrote Ordinary Girls for girls and women who are like the girl I was, like the woman I am now. text/html 2019-04-01T11:20:29-00:00 Frank Pizzoli BOOKS Legendary Chicago 'lesbian of conscience' tells her story In Emily L. Quint Freeman's no-holds-barred 262-page memoir, Failure to Appear: Resistance, Identity and Loss, she provides a gripping true-life story of a lesbian of conscience who became a fugitive, on the run for over nineteen years using several aliases. Through the lens of nonstop activism, Freeman describes finding her true self and her sexual truth during the turbulent late 1960s through the late '80s. text/html 2019-03-18T02:49:30-00:00 PASSAGES Ann Morris Ann Morris passed away March 7. She was 67. text/html 2019-03-18T02:47:14-00:00 Lee Lynch THE AMAZON TRAIL Mick's potato fertilizer When I asked for advice about growing potatoes, our friend Mary wrote, "Here is what Mick does: blood meal, green sand, or wood ash, bone meal, a handful of each above item for each potato you plant, mix in wheel barrel with dirt and some peat moss, and steer poop. Love M&M." text/html 2019-03-13T14:21:24-00:00 Women & Children First delaying, cancelling events Because of coronavirus-related concerns, most of the March events at Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., have been rescheduled for late spring and summer dates. text/html 2019-03-08T20:01:36-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Debbie Pacchioni, from soccer to renewable energy industry Soccer has been in Debbie Pacchioni's blood since she was a 4-year-old girl watching her father suit up for his first practice. text/html 2019-03-04T13:46:38-00:00 Women's History Month events planned at Chicago's Feminist Bookstore CHICAGO, IL March 3, 2020 - Chicago's only feminist bookstore—one of only ten feminist bookstores left in the U.S.—is celebrating Women's History Month with author readings and conversations, an in-store concert, and a panel discussion in conjunction Loyola University Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program called, The Past, Present, and Future of Feminist Spaces. This event, held at the Mundelein Center for the Performing Arts, will begin with a reception followed by a series of panel discussions and speakers sharing the history of feminist spaces in Chicago, as well as examining past, present, and future goals and challenges within the movement. text/html 2019-03-04T00:04:17-00:00 Margaret Cho at Chicago Improv on May 8-9 Actress/comedian/author Margaret Cho will perform at Schaumburg's Chicago Improv Comedy Club, 5 Woodfield Rd., on May 8-9. text/html 2019-03-03T18:08:23-00:00 'Women in Business' event March 11 "A Celebration of Women in Business"—an LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois event—will take place Wed., March 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Stock and Ledger, 70 W. Madison St. text/html 2019-03-03T13:51:32-00:00 International Women's Day Crawl March 8 The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce will host its annual International Women's Day Crawl throughout various women-owned businesses along Broadway's northern corridor between Granville and Thorndale avenues on Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. text/html 2019-03-03T01:20:11-00:00 Out comedian Cameron Esposito in town March 29 Comedian Cameron Esposito will bring her "Save Yourself Tour" to The Den Theatre Sunday, March 29, at 8 p.m. on The Den's Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. text/html 2019-02-23T14:13:20-00:00 Ndegeocello, Chin at MCA March 6 Musician Meshell Ndegeocello and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin will be featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Edlis Neeson Theater on Friday, March 6, 7-8:30 p.m. text/html 2019-02-23T02:15:11-00:00 Red Stars announce preseason schedule The Chicago Red Stars announced its 2020 preseason schedule. text/html 2019-02-19T12:17:48-00:00 Matt Simonette Affinity says goodbye to executive director Imani Rupert-Gordon Staff and supporters of Affinity Community Services sent off departing Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon with a celebration at its South Loop headquarters on Feb. 13. text/html 2019-02-19T12:13:38-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times LGBT-procurement goals make up main part of MWRD meeting The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's MWRD's Committee on Affirmative Action held an informational study session on LGBT procurement goals and other pending issues Feb. 6 at MWRD's headquarters. text/html 2019-02-19T03:16:13-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Panel talks lesbians, feminism in Chicago during the '70s and '80s Lesbians and Feminism in Chicago in the 1970s and '80s was the focus of a panel discussion Feb. 12 at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives Gerber/Hart. text/html 2019-02-18T03:05:23-00:00 'Butches Who Cook'on March 15 The Facebook group LezInColor is hosting its first cooking competition, Butches Who Cook, Sunday, March 15, 1-6 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, 6351 S. Cottage Grove Ave. According to the press release, 10 masculine-centered women of color are competing. text/html 2019-02-17T21:36:56-00:00 Four Red Stars players invited to SheBelieves Cup camp The United States Women's National Team announced its 26-player roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup training camp. text/html 2019-02-15T23:10:32-00:00 Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times Candace Gingrich endorses Warren at LGBTQ event Activist Candace Gingrich announced her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren for President at a Chicago LGBTQ and allies Come Out for Warren happy hour Feb. 13 at Sidetrack. text/html 2019-02-13T19:25:55-00:00 OUTspoken at Beverly Arts Center to Place LGBTQ Stories in the Spotlight Chicago, February 12, 2020 — The Beverly Arts Center presents an evening with LGBTQIA storytelling collective OUTspoken on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be hosted by Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez and features storytellers Nancy Burkholder, Sydni Chiles, Steve English, Kim L. Hunt, Archy Jamjun, and Murphy Row. text/html 2019-02-08T13:10:35-00:00 Commissioner Mona Noriega to retire, Mayor Lightfoot issues statement From Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, a statement on the retirement of Mona Noriega, Chicago Commissioner of Human Relations: text/html 2019-02-07T12:42:02-00:00 'Lez Beaus' play fest Feb. 14-16 Violet Surprise is presenting Lez Beaus—a play festival celebrating lesbian love through the ages—Feb. 14-16 at The Martin, 2515 W. North Ave. text/html 2019-02-05T12:46:26-00:00 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 Director Karen A. Reitan presented the Inaugural Mary F. Morten Award for Justice to its namesake. text/html 2019-02-05T12:41:04-00:00 Dana Rudolph 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. text/html 2019-02-04T17:06:14-00:00 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 Bill Clinton in in 1994, died Sunday at the age of 72. Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Lambda Legal issued the following statement: