Category Archives: Lesbian
Howard Brown Health Celebrates Women’s Health at Garden of Eve: Forward
Music, Dancing, Specialty Cocktails, Food and More Will Benefit Howard Brown Health
Howard Brown Health invites Chicago’s LGBTQ women and allies to join together to celebrate queer and lesbian women’s sexual and reproductive health at Garden of Eve: Forward, taking place on Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Venue SIX10.
Partygoers will enjoy delicious food, cocktails, photo booth, silent auction, raffle, a very special night of dancing to music spun by DJ Slo ‘Mo, and other wonderful surprises!
Funds raised at Garden of Eve: Forward will enable Howard Brown Health to continue providing clinical, behavioral health, and community health services, which include gynecological care, alternative insemination, breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV and STI testing, and prevention and wellness education for the LGBTQ community.
WHEN: Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.
TICKETS: Early Bird: $75 per person (limited time offer)
General Admission: $100 per person
(at door $150) VIP: $200
For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.howardbrown.org.
Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health serves more than 18,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around four major programmatic divisions: clinical care, research, education and advocacy. Howard Brown Health is also one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations. To learn more, visit www.howardbrown.org.
Howard Brown Health provides affirming, sliding-scale healthcare to all LGBTQ women and allies, including breast / chest cancer screenings, contraceptive management, alternative insemination, transgender healthcare and more.
TKO – September 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!
TKO: greatest t-dance ever.
battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out
jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.
Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar……mc Pandora Boxx officiates
sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm……..coh rooftop & indoors
$20 entry/one drink, cash bar feat. our one-two rum punch
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Pride Films & Plays: LezPlay Weekend – September 11th – 13th, 2015
LezPlay Weekend features five outstanding new works* – the finalists of this year’s Pride Films and Plays’ LezPlay contest!
LezPlay enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays. The program not only advocates for more dyke drama; it honors excellence in scripts written by women in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role.
The finalists’ scripts showcase Sapphic-centric narratives with a positive outlook. These are stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. Regardless of how you identify (or ident-defy) and even if your identity is not queer-cut, you’ll have a gay old time at LezPlay Weekend, where we’ll introduce you to women whose writing reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to your lives.
*The scripts will be presented as enhanced staged readings.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, Sept 11, 7:00 pm
Black-Hearted Bitch, a teleplay by Lynn Kear
Saturday, Sept 12, 2:00 pm
The Patron Saint of Dead Dogs, a stage play by Katie Grotzinger
Saturday, Sept 12, 7:00 pm
Resolution, a play by Nancy Nyman & Heather McNama
Saturday, Sept 12, 2:00 pm
Missed Connections, a play by Hallie Palladino
Sunday, Sept 13, 5:00 pm
The Terror Fantastic, a play by Nicole Jost
For play synopses, visit the Pride Films and Plays website.
Queer Clothing Swap – September 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!
This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!
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Scarlet bar. Scarlet New Years Eve 2015
4th Annual Mustaches and Bowlers Party! $5 Cover Charge
$199 Belvedere and Moet table package
Includes:Bottle of Belvedere, Bottle of MoetNo Cover For Table Guests
Looking to ring in the New Year with some class this year? Come join ELIXIR for a night of sinful cocktails and fun! Seating is limited, so email email@example.com for table reservations!
HYDRATE ….Join them as they lift the veil on a slew of treats and fantasies that are sure to tempt you throughout the night. Peek inside a world where excess is the norm, where inhibitions cease to exist, where the new year brings a clean slate to sin all over again.
Intoxicate your mind with the pulsating sounds of DJ Dan De León (Los Angeles) at the turntables until 4 a.m. His unique brand of body-shaking House rhythms will deliver a crowd experience that will tear up the dance floor and will live on long after the night has ended.
Hot gogo dancers will be at hand providing sinful visual stimulation within a totally immersive black, white and red experience unlike anything Hydrate has seen before.
Dress code is not enforced, but black, white and Sin City red are highly recommended.
No cover before 11 p.m.
Limited $35 VIP Tickets available, which include NO LINE/NO WAIT privileges as well as IN/OUTs all night long.
Champagne toast and party favors at midnight.
Opening set by DJ NMF
Ring in the New Year in style at the Kit Kat Lounge!
On December 31st, we’ll be hosting a FABULOUS NYE party featuring world famous Kit Kat diva, Kinley Preston, AND amazing specials!
11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. bar package/$45 advance/$50 door: includes martinis, cocktails, wine, beer & party favors. For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.
The sexiest womens NYE is at HALSTEDS! All VIP are sold-out and now very limited General Admission remain …..$35.00
Doors Open at 9pm – General Admission
Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Breakfast Buffet After Midnight
Black and White Party Favors
and at REPLAY, enjoy free arcade games, no cover all night, champagne toast at Midnight!
STAY IN THE HEART OF BOYSTOWN! (2 night stay required).
HAPPY NEW YEAR!~
If you are interested in expanding your family through adoption and have questions about how to get started, we are here for you! Join us at “Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents,” an Equality Illinois presentation co-hosted by the Cradle on Tuesday, January 13, from 5:30-7PM. You can sign up for this event here.
At this event, we will cover an overview of adoption law and answer your legal and procedural questions about adoption in a safe and friendly environment. In addition, you will receive the new Equality Illinois adoption guide, which includes an extensive list of recommended adoption agencies.
Space is limited. Register today by clicking HERE.
FACES is Back!
November 7th, 8th, and 9th
Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave, ChicagoLimited seating. Wheelchair accessible.
Click here to purchase tickets online!
YEPP’s mission is to seek a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer street-based youth to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece.
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents Women in Music, a festive celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers, at Preston Bradley Center (941 W. Lawrence, Chicago) on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago’s own Artemis Singers, the first lesbian feminist chorus in the U.S. The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kyle Rhoades, will perform the masterworks planned for this special event.
“Butch Queen of Hollywood,” Broadway diva, stand-up comic, actor, writer and jazz musician Lea DeLaria is currently starring in the hit series Orange is the New Black, as prison inmate Carrie “Big Boo” Black. DeLaria broke new ground more than two decades ago as the first “openly gay” comic to appear on national television, with appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show and as host of Comedy Central’s all-gay special, Out There. This stocky, cocky, loud-mouthed Italian-American lesbian hails from Belleville, Illinois. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she sang in jazz clubs as a teenager, before extending her talents to stand-up comedy. Lea has recorded both comedy (Box Lunch and Bulldyke in a China Shop) and jazz albums (Double Standards, The Live Smoke Sessions, Play it Cool, and Be a Santa) to great acclaim. Her film credits include Edge of Seventeen (1998) and The First Wives Club (1996).
Artemis Singers will join the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band for an unforgettable finale to perform the powerful and uplifting song Light the Fire Within, which was written for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Artemis will also perform two choral works during this concert. As the first lesbian feminist chorus in the U.S., Artemis is comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women. The chorus works to effect positive change in cultural attitudes toward women and women artists, as well as to increase the visibility of lesbian feminists. Artemis Singers and Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles are both members of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased online at LakesidePride.org or at the Preston Bradley Center Box Office starting one hour before the concert. Discounted senior and student tickets can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call (773) 381-6693.
Limited tickets are available for a special VIP experience with DeLaria, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., before the concert. Tickets are $75 and include a meet-and-greet, admission to the concert, a signed CD, and a wine reception with hors d’oeuvres.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items throughout the event. All proceeds will help Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles continue its mission to help the LGBT community connect with diverse audiences through music.
The concert is conveniently located near the CTA Red Line as well as several bus routes. Street parking is available near Preston Bradley Center. Validated parking is available at Weiss Memorial Hospital’s main parking facility at 4650 N. Clarendon, Chicago, which is located less than a half mile from Preston Bradley Center. Parking is $5 with validation purchased from the box office on the day of the show.
ABOUT LAKESIDE PRIDE MUSIC ENSEMBLES
The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band is part of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. Inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and shhh…OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble together reach more than one million people annually. Membership is open to anyone who can play a musical instrument. For additional information, visit www.lakesidepride.org.
Where the girls come and play!
Back Lot Bash is an outdoor music and entertainment festival started in 2004 and one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend events for lesbians in the country!
FOUR DAYS of events Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of everyone in our community.
AND MUCH MUCH MORE!
Grab a weekend pass while they are still available and save!
Vernita Gray, who passed away last night after a tenacious battle with cancer, served Chicago’s LGBTQ community with distinction for over 40 years as was one of its early leaders and strongest advocates. She organized a gay and lesbian hotline in 1969 and hosted support groups from her home. She was instrumental in forming the first Lesbian Caucus of the nascent Gay Liberation organization and the first Chicago lesbian newspaper – Lavender Women.
ville, Center on Halsted’s community newszine, had a chance to sit down with Vernita this past winter about the future of the LGBTQ movement.
“In 1969, I didn’t really have a clue about a career, what I wanted to do with my life. As an African-American woman coming out as a lesbian, I knew I wanted to be free and wanted to be afforded all the opportunities in our culture to be who I really was. I knew that I did not want to be a closeted lesbian,” Gray told the Times’ Tracy Baim as part of the Chicago Gay History project in 2007. “I knew that I wanted to be gay and wanted to enjoy my life with other gay people.”
It wasn’t long before Gray immersed herself in activism. That same year she helped develop a telephone hotline, and started organizing support groups for gay and lesbian Chicagoans at both local colleges and in her own home, according to her biography on the website of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, into which she was inducted in 1992.
Save the date for the next By Women For Women event on December 7th with Sandra Bernhard at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,
as she arrives on stage with her band to perform a thrilling concert of
stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll cabaret!
When Sandra Bernhard steps onstage, it’s a thrilling hybrid of
stand-up comedy and rock ’n’ roll—she performs with her four-man band
and “musicality to die for … a voice that swoops from the bluesey
basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness” (LA Times). Her take-no-prisoners shows are a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, and glamorous cabaret.
Bernhard arrives at MCA Stage with Everything Bad and Beautiful,
a work she originated in New York but has never before toured, in a
performance that careens through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock,
Recommended for mature audiences
To reserve your tickets, call 773-661-0957.
Women’s Work Weekend runs September 13 to 15, 2013, at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Find the schedule and information on the readings HERE.
sreenplays and stage plays written by women with lesbian characters or
program is open to all women, regardless of sexual orientation, whose
writing is pertinent to the lesbian community and relevant to the world.
While gay scripts have had a steady production history – from Oscar Wilde to Tennessee Williams, Tony Kushner, and today’s brashest writers – lesbian scripts have a checkered history at best.
Your support of our Women’s Work Weekend provides performance fees for artists, marketing for the festival, and enables writers from around the country to work with our Artistic Ensemble Members on these scripts, which are so full of potential.
Women’s Work Weekend runs September 13 to 15, 2013, at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Find the schedule and information on the readingsHERE.
CREAM is the newest night on Mondays featuring full on naked nude male dancers and strippers! Yep- full on junk in your face – because it’s outside Cook county line.
JUDY GOLD! Coming to Chicago
star of the critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, for
which she was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award.
Show”. She was nominated twice for The American Comedy Award’s funniest
female stand-up. She has also appeared on Ugly Betty, The Glades, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Conan O’Brien Show, to name a few. This funny lady HAS DONE SO MUCH!
A group of four women authors
in Chicago were looking to share their best tips on
the collaborative publishing process with you!
Four Shy Girls
Four Big Dreams
One Awesome City
Novel 1 in the Shy-Town Girls 4- Book Series
When beautiful, but shy 24-year-old, Bobbie Bertucci, arrives at her
new digs, an elegant brownstone in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast
neighborhood, she has no idea what her new life will be like. Between
balancing her job as a modeling agent and escaping a bad relationship,
she’s hit rock bottom.
But things change when she moves into the same building as her close
friend Meryl. Additionally, her two new twenty-something roommates, Ivy
and Ella, help bring Bobbie out of her shell. Barbara, landlady and
mother-hen of the house, watches out for the girls while sharing sage
Bobbie, Meryl, Ivy, and Ella, all variations of shy girls, brave the
city of Chicago together, forming a powerful bond of friendship. Their
nighttime roof deck conversations over glasses of wine instigate
laughter and even some tears.
Bobbie takes a bold step to redesign her life completely to ensure
she doesn’t fall into the romantic trap she fell into before. But
there’s a new suitor in the picture, and she will have to decide between
an old flame or a new one, taking a risk, something hard for any
girl–even harder for a shy girl.
writing and creating a technique that you can learn to use yourself or
with other writing partners.
Listen to a recent interview
with all four authors to learn how we got started on down this writing
path. We hope you’ll gain some valuable insights on writing, publishing
and marketing your own books and products. You’ll get to know each
author individually as we’ll write from our own perspectives and share
our own experiences.
Feel free to contact us for collaboration and speaking opportunities, to talk to your book club or just a drop us a line to say hello!
Sign up now to get free updates on that latest publishing techniques and best practices for writing!”
Oct. 2, 2012 (7:30 p.m.)
*Harris Theater Debut
– acclaimed author and witty chronicler of the “me decade” – will
appear on the Harris Theater stage exactly one month before America
heads to polls. Her performance – “A State of the Union Conversation” –
will be moderated by Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey.
The special evening of conversation will be followed by lively interaction with audience members. Lebowitz, considered by many as the heir to Dorothy Parker, is famous for her contributions to Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, and she recently was the subject of Martin Scorsese’s HBO documentary “Public Speaking.” The show was a terrifically entertaining romp, and Fran even manages to almost sort of finally seem to come out as a lesbian at last.
When discussing gay rights, she says it’s weird that gay people are
fighting to marry and be in the armed forces — those seem like the
antithesis of freedom, she says, adding that they’re not rights she
particularly wants for herself (though she’d vote for them since other people want them so badly).
She will make her Harris Theater debut at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2012. The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is at 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL. Tickets are available at 312-334-7777, or online at Harristheaterchicago.org/
The historical University Club in Molene created a stir this week. When a Taylor Shumaker, a lesbian got a tour and inquired about renting the hall, the manager Kristen Stewart said she could rent to homosexuals.
In a phone interview with WQAD, Stewart says it is all true, and defended her right to refusal.
“I am a biblical Christian and I do not
believe in homosexual marriage, that’s correct. And because marriage is a
covenant that God created for man and woman, as a biblical Christian, I
cannot help them into or celebrate that sin,” said Stewart.
Stewart is the wife of the president of the University Club, and daughter-in-law of its owners.
According to Illinois laws, this is against to law to refuse homosexuals couples!
Kristen Stewarts husband, who is President of the University Club, says his wife mis-spoke, and they WILL rent to homosexuals! – Perhaps his lawyer said he’d better correct the issue….
Back Lot Bash is an outdoor live music and
entertainment festival started in 2004 by three Chicago women. Back Lot
Bash is now one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend
events for lesbians in the country.
Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established
performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality
and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of
everyone in our community.
Thursday’s Comedy Kickoff event will be held at Mayne Stage Theater
1328 W. Morse Ave in Chicago.
Fri/Sat/Sun will be in the heart of
Chicago’s diverse Andersonville neighborhood at 5238 N. Clark St.,
Chicago 60640. Back Lot Bash is easily accessible by both of Chicago’s
major north side highways and by public transportation.
This years line up is awesome! With 4 days of events!
Lesbian comedian from the Chelsea Lately show, Fortune Feimster makes her Chicago debut on Thursday 21st with a night of comedy.
Get ticket info and complete details at Back Lot Bash Chicago
Spring Women’s Social
is fast approaching…
and there will be fantastic giveaways, including Cubs vs. Dodgers tickets, an Anita Dee Yacht Charters sightseeing cruise, a stunning gift basket from Urban Orchard, a Mystic Blue Cruises dinner tour, Hamburger Mary’s gift certificates, and more!
social is taking place
Saturday, April 28
from 4 to 7pm
(1747 W. Belmont in Chicago).
For just $50 you get complimentary open
bar, food, and great giveaways.
Plus you are supporting EQIL’s statewide
Click here for tickets or on the invitation below.
It’s poetic justice (or perhaps just an accurate reflection of real
life) that GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has a half sister who
is not only lesbian, but also married and a gay-rights activist.
Candace Gingrich-Jones visits Northeastern Illinois University for a speaking gig Thursday 29.
Accidental Activist: A Personal & Political Journey
March 29, 2012
Thursday 7pm FREE
The Accidental Activist, the title of Candace Gingrich-Jones’
1996 autobiography, captures best her path to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LGBT) advocacy well. Her involvement in the movement for
queer equality began in 1995 when her brother, Rep. Newt Gingrich,
R-GA., was elected House speaker and she had an opportunity to make her
voice heard. Since then she has not stopped advocating for the issues
importance to the LGBT community.
Join Center on
Halsted for the Largest Women’s Event of the year!
H.E.R. Day is an
afternoon of workshops dedicated to Women’s health, education, and
recreation. The day will start with a lunch sponsored by a Parent IVF,
and continue on into a diverse selection of workshop topics for female
identified individuals. Your $12 H.E.R. Day ticket
will give you access to all the days events, lunch sponsored by aParent
IVF and a special keynote address from activist and mother Judy Shepard
In October 1998,
Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21 year-old son, Matthew, to a murder
motivated by anti-gay hate. Matthew’s death moved many thousands of
people around the world to attend vigils and rallies in his memory.
Determined to prevent others from suffering their son’s fate, Judy and
Dennis decided to turn their grief into action and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew’s legacy.
In her continuing
role as board president, Judy travels across the nation speaking to
audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make
this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race,
religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual
Don’t miss HER day – Center on Halsted, March 10th.
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ROSIE O’DONNELL IS ENGAGED!
She broke the news to her audience today in Chicago during a break set aside for
commercials during the taping of her new show, at the Harpo Studios.
Rosie did not say if it would be a civil union in the state of Illinois or just what the plans would be.
On Friday, she posted a photo of Michelle Rounds
on her Instagram page with the word “love.” She also Tweeted a link –
this time with the caption “happy – in love” – of her new fiancée the
The lesbian couple met at a Starbucks. In October, O’Donnell joked
that her “gaydar was way off” because she thought Rounds was
heterosexual and just 28 years old, when really she is a gay woman and
“It’s fun and very exciting,” O’Donnell recently said about the relationship. “I did not expect it.”
Please join Equality Illinois for an afternoon of socializing, cocktails, light bites, and great giveaways! This event will feature a mini fashion show with designs by Parisian-born designer Thierry Roger!
Saturday, NOV. 5th –
Tickets are just $45.00 and are available via http://tinyurl.com/4xcmnpl. (open bar, light bites, and fantastic giveaways).
Flourish Studios 3020 N. Lincoln Chicago, IL 4 – 7 PM
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On September 10th at 1pm, friends and loved ones will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Christina Santiago. Santiago was killed in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse on August 14, and is survived by her wife, Alisha Marie Brennon, who was injured in the collapse. The celebration in memory of Christina Santiago’s life will be held at the Chicago History Museum, and is open to the public. Santiago, a self-identified ‘Nuyorican’ lesbian feminist, was committed to empowering queer women of color and advocating for access to healthcare in the LGBTQ community. She was a board member and programming chair for Amigas Latinas, and worked full-time as the manager of programming for the Lesbian Community Care Project (LCCP) at Howard Brown Health Centers. Amigas Latinas, LCCP, and Howard Brown have worked closely with Brennon to plan this event. Celebration of the Life of Christina Santiago Saturday, Sept 10, 2011 at 1pm @ Chicago History Museum 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL The Chicago History Museum parking lot is located at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle. CHM is also accessible by the #22 Clark bus and by the Sedgwick Brown and Purple lines. Event is open to the public. For more information, contact Marissa Ellenby at Public Communications Inc. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to several funds created in Santiago’s honor: Howard Brown and LCCP are collecting donations for two funds. The first provides assistance to Santiago’s relatives. The second supports the work of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project. (Howardbrown.org)
On September 10th at 1pm, friends and loved ones will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Christina Santiago.
Santiago was killed in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse on August 14, and is survived by her wife, Alisha Marie Brennon, who was injured in the collapse. The celebration in memory of Christina Santiago’s life will be held at the Chicago History Museum, and is open to the public.
Santiago, a self-identified ‘Nuyorican’ lesbian feminist, was committed to empowering queer women of color and advocating for access to healthcare in the LGBTQ community. She was a board member and programming chair for Amigas Latinas, and worked full-time as the manager of programming for the Lesbian Community Care Project (LCCP) at Howard Brown Health Centers. Amigas Latinas, LCCP, and Howard Brown have worked closely with Brennon to plan this event.
Celebration of the
Life of Christina Santiago
Saturday, Sept 10, 2011 at 1pm
@ Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
The Chicago History Museum parking lot is located at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle. CHM is also accessible by the #22 Clark bus and by the Sedgwick Brown and Purple lines.
Event is open to the public. For more information, contact Marissa Ellenby at Public Communications Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to several funds created in Santiago’s honor:
Howard Brown and LCCP are collecting donations for two funds. The first provides assistance to Santiago’s relatives. The second supports the work of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project. (Howardbrown.org)
About Face Theatre are proud to co-produce the world premiere of THE KID THING by Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright and About Face Theatre Artistic Associate Sarah Gubbins. Gubbins, who is Roger’s Park resident and a member of LGBT community, is keeping busy with her playwrighting career. Along with the season opener at Chicago Dramatists, Gubbins play FML: HOW CARSON MCCULLERS SAVED MY LIFE, opens this winter at Steppenwolf Theatre as part of its young adults series.
Directed by Joanie Schultz, THE KID THING will preview September 1st, open September 9th and 10th and run through October 16th at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.
THE KID THING proves that sometimes good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected news of an impending pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. When Jacob, an old college friend (and potential sperm donor) enters the picture, emotions run deep in this biting, witty piece about what it means to have a child in 2011.
“‘The kid thing’ is a question confronted by most couples,” says Chicago Dramatists Artistic Director Russ Tutterow. “Should we have kids? How will our relationship change? Will we be good parents? Sarah Gubbins new play provides us an inside look at how these two couples navigate the shark-infested waters around the universal controversy of ‘The Kid Thing’.”
Dates: Previews: Sept 1, 2, 3, and 8th at 8 pm
Press openings: Friday, Sept 9 at 8 pm & Saturday, Sept 10 at 8 pm
Regular run: Sept 11 – Oct 16, 2011
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm; and Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets: $32, Available at Chicagodramatists.org
(Pictured-Kelli Simpkins as Darcy, Rebekah Ward-Hayes as Margot, Park Krausen as Lee and Halena Kays as Nate)
That happened yet again on Sunday evening at Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, where Santiago worked for nearly six years. But for the dozens gathered there, this meeting could not have been for a worse reason: They were there to remember the 29-year-old, one of five people killed the previous night when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair. The makeshift memorial service came together less than 24 hours after Santiago was killed, while awaiting a performance from the Atlanta-based country duo Sugarland. Her partner Alisha Brennon was severely injured in the incident. The three-story stage crumpled onto the crowd at the Indiana State Fair within seconds of being slammed by a powerful wind gust, but the disaster that killed a Chicago woman and four other people seemed to unfold “almost in slow motion,” a suburban doctor said Monday. They had both mentioned being at the concert on Facebook, said Veronica Hernandez, who knew them. Santiago had called it a “perfect night” for the couple, Hernandez told WGN. Brennon, too, described the evening as “perfect,” Hernandez told the Tribune. Brennon and Santiago had been among the first couples to obtain a civil union in Cook County when it became legal earlier this year, Hernandez said.
That happened yet again on Sunday evening at Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, where Santiago worked for nearly six years. But for the dozens gathered there, this meeting could not have been for a worse reason: They were there to remember the 29-year-old, one of five people killed the previous night when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.
The makeshift memorial service came together less than 24 hours after Santiago was killed, while awaiting a performance from the Atlanta-based country duo Sugarland. Her partner Alisha Brennon was severely injured in the incident.
The three-story stage crumpled onto the crowd at the Indiana State Fair within seconds of being slammed by a powerful wind gust, but the disaster that killed a Chicago woman and four other people seemed to unfold “almost in slow motion,” a suburban doctor said Monday.
They had both mentioned being at the concert on Facebook, said Veronica Hernandez, who knew them.
Santiago had called it a “perfect night” for the couple, Hernandez told WGN. Brennon, too, described the evening as “perfect,” Hernandez told the Tribune.
Brennon and Santiago had been among the first couples to obtain a civil union in Cook County when it became legal earlier this year, Hernandez said.
is a day-long symposium of exciting programs and workshops for LGBTQA women.
Facilitators from Howard Brown Health Center, the Chicago Women’s Health Center, Northwestern University’s Department of Psychology, and other organizations will lead health seminars, a cooking class, and recreation classes like self-defense, yoga, and salsa throughout the day.
Keynote speech will be given by Jessica Halem, comedian, activist, and former Executive Director of the Lesbian Community Cancer (now Care) Project. Jessica will also close the event with a special performance of her one-woman-show, “Bad Feminist” in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at 7pm.
$15 admission to H.E.R. Day (including the “Bad Feminist show) or $20 tickets to “Bad Feminist” at 7pm.
“What I Learned from Cancer,” Jessica Halem
Sex Ed 101 for L/B/T/Q Women, presented by the Chicago Women’s Health Center
Women, the Media, and Beauty Ideals, presented by Renee Engeln-Maddox, Ph.D. and senior lecturer at Northwestern University
Healthy Cooking Class and Demonstration, presented by Chef Toni Rivera
Tickle Your Fancy: Female Sexuality, Orgasm & What Toys Can Do for You! Presented by Searah Deysach from Early to Bed
Transgender Health, presented by Lois Bates from Howard Brown
Intersex People: What you Should Know and Why You Should Care! Presented by Dr. Veronica Drantz and intersex spokespersons Alex and Mugsie
Salsa dance, instructed by Heidi Landgraf, She-She Salsa Instructor at Edge Gallery
Self Defense, instructed by Matt Cowell of Cowell Martial Arts
Yoga, instructed by Kerri Noto of Tejas Yoga
In Vitro Fertilization for LGBT couples, presented by Colleen Wagner Coughlin, Laboratory Director and Embryologist of aParentIVF
Saturday, June 11, 10AM – 4PM
$15 admission to H.E.R. Day (including the “Bad Feminist show)
or $20 tickets to “Bad Feminist” at 7pm.
has been called “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas.
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Most recently, Linda crowns her two-decade recording career on a new album, Now, which reunites Eder with Broadway and pop composer Frank Wildhorn. The new release marks the musical return of this legendary team after six years. Eder’s transcendent voice is the perfect complement to Wildhorn’s lush, imaginative music. Now introduces 12 dynamic tracks that elevate the spirit while capturing many moods.
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“I’m delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I’ve called home for so many years,” Winfrey said in a statement.
The network announced last summer that O’Donnell would return to television with a one-hour talk show to air on OWN. Originally they had said at the time that the show would be based in New York. But O’Donnell was convinced to move to Chicago for taping.
“I can’t wait to do my show from Chicago,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true … beyond the beyond.”
The final original episode of Winfrey’s show, which has been on the air for 25 years, is scheduled to air May 25.
Proviso East High School student , Belinda Sanchez hopes to one day become a civil rights attorney. On Thursday, the 18-year-old got her first taste of victory, winning the right to wear a tuxedo to her upcoming senior prom.
Sanchez was initially told by the Maywood school’s principal, Milton Patch, that she could not wear a tuxedo to her prom and needed to wear a dress.
“I was just shocked,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez, a lesbian, said has been open about her sexuality since freshman year. She said the school has an active gay-straight alliance and it is very supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
She wound up contacting the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois over the prom situation. On Wednesday, the group sent a letter to the school district backing her position.
“This sends a negative message to other students that they can’t express who they are,” said John Knight, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Project at the ACLU. “It’s a First Amendment right, a free speech right, and that includes her right to send a message through wearing male clothing that she doesn’t think women should be restricted to traditional female clothing.”
In a quick 24 hour response – the Proviso Township school district sent a response to Knight saying that Sanchez will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to the prom, on April 22.
High school lesbians wearing tuxes in school has foolishly been an issue all over the country. You would think this would be an a non-issue. Come on, a Chicago suburb pulling this? A reminder conservatives are everywhere.
A school district spokeswoman wrote an email to the Tribune about how the incident involving Sanchez has been a learning experience for the school: “(Sanchez has opened) up a new, very interesting and healthy dialogue in terms of our prom review procedures. We support our students in all of their differences and we encourage them to express themselves in various ways as long as it is not disruptive to the school environment. The principal gave his initial determination based on his interpretation of the policy, and the student asked that it be reconsidered. After looking into the policy — it was.”