Category Archives: Lesbian

Howard Brown Health Celebrates Womens Health

 

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.

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Pandora Boxx at Center on Halsted

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TKOSeptember 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

community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

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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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Gay Mens Dating Night July 15

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New Years Eve in Chicago

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Our top picks for New Years Eve  include:

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

email party@scarletbarchicago.com
DJ Joey Luna and DJ Scotty T
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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 chad@elixirchicago.com for table reservations!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1029758

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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

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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.

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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
DJ’s
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Breakfast Buffet After Midnight
Black and White Party Favors

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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).

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City Suites        Willows         Majestic

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!~

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Chicago Gay Adoptions

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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.

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Chicago LGBTQ Youth – FACES

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FACES is Back!

November 7th, 8th, and 9th

This performance looks at the different faces that society and systems have defined for the ensemble members versus the different faces they strive to build and present for themselves.
The ensemble members will bring the audience through a journey of self-deconstruction that finishes up in a re-construction of new and self-empowered identities.
In FACES we address topics such as: homelessness, spiritual struggles, police brutality, suicide, trans physical-emotional development, drug use, physical and emotional abuse, HIV stigma, queer liberation, and many others.
FACES provides the opportunity for the audience to reflect and create consciousness about street-based queer youth experiences and creates space for community healing.
Go behind the scenes with this YouTube clip.  
You can also visit the Facebook Event Page for more information. 

Three perfromances only!       7pm…….$15 
Links Hall,   3111 N. Western Ave, ChicagoLimited seating. Wheelchair accessible.

Click here to purchase tickets online!

Our Mission

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.

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Girls Girls Girls! BackLot Bash Chicago 2014

 

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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.

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AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

Grab a weekend pass while they are still available and save!

 

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Remembering Vernita Gray

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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.

SEE IT / READ IT HERE

 

“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.

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Women for Women Event December 7th with Sandra Bernhard

  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,
and religion.

Recommended for mature audiences

To reserve your tickets, call 773-661-0957


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Womens Work Weekend September 13-15, 2013

 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.   

 

Tickets  ($5-$10)for the readings can be purchased ONLINE NOW.ere

Pride Films and Play’s Women’s Work endeavors to enhance the visibility of excellent
sreenplays and stage plays written by women with lesbian characters or
themes. 

The
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.  

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Live Nude Male Strippers Come to Chicago land : CREAM

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.

Half naked shot boys, lap dances  and private dancers, CREAM delivers sexy men strutting their stuff.  $10 gets you a lap dance,  $25 is a 2 song private dance and $125, well that’s   VIP champagne private 30 minutes of fantasy. Mind you, this is not a sex club – it’s sexy and fantasy. There are rules – and camera’s to make sure customers do not get out of hand. 
The idea was developed by Fox Management who handle lots of entertainment needs around the city. They decided to take over a club called  SKYBOX  at  16702 S.  Halsted St.,   Harvey, IL 60426. (7pm – 4am).
The softly launched CREAM this past Monday and plan a Grand Opening for August 5th. As they grow, they want to add on female dancers for the lesbian customers. Later this year they will launch the Stallion Male Review for women on different nights – Mondays will always be LGBT focused. 
They offer Limo shuttle service from Halsted and Belmont for $20 round trip.  The limos run back and fourth throughout the evening.  There is also talk a party school bus, stocked with kegs and entertainment for more a  gay frat boys night out and they also may offer a  VIP  party bus fully stocked with drinks and entertainment.  All these variations will unfold as the business builds and they develop a following. 
Follow them on Facebook and get all the updates!

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Out Lesbian Comic Judy Gold at UP COMEDY CLUB March 14-16th

JUDY GOLD! Coming to Chicago 

March 14-16th to UP COMEDY CLUB!

Emmy Award- winning actress and comedian Judy Gold is best known as the
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.
Judy’s most recent show, The Judy Show – My Life As A Sitcom ran from June 2011 – January 2012  in New York and will be part of 2013 season at The Geffen Theatre in L.A. The NY Times made it a critic’s pick and called it, “Highly entertaining! Brash, Buoyant & Infectiously nostalgic.“ The Huffington Post said the show is, “Comedic Gold. A funny & fantastic ride! It’s the ultimate laughter-through-the tears tale.”
Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing “The Rosie O’Donnell
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 FergusonLaw & 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!
 Gold lives in New York City, with her two children. 
When asked, when did you first know you  were gay? Judy said, “I knew that there was something different about me at a very young age; at 5 or 6 I realized I’m not like them. I realized I was gay in adolescence, when most people become sexual beings, and I didn’t have crushes on boys.


My father asked me if I was dating anyone, if I had a boyfriend or if I had a girlfriend. I denied everything. Then he said, “Some parents have children who are gay or bisexual and they still love them.” The saddest part was I never told him, “Yes, I’m gay.” I wasn’t ready for it. I was so young. I was scared. I think deep down I was comforted by the fact that I knew that he knew, but it would have been nice to be able to talk about it. I know now, being out is the most important thing a gay person can do. 


I had sinus surgery and she was taking care of me. A few friends came over to visit and said they wished I had married their friend and kept (my then partner) on the side. I just changed the subject. When my mother came in she said, “I knew it!” Then, the first thing out of her mouth was, “why did you lie to your father?” I said I wasn’t ready to tell. I wasn’t comfortable. Even at that time, 20 years ago, it was a completely different landscape; it was still very difficult to come out.”
When asked, do you think its important, for celebrities who are out there and prominent to be OUT?
“Jodie Foster recently came  out – what did she have to lose? I think when people put their life on the line, and stand to lose it all, those are the true heroes. “
The Up Comedy club is a beautiful space located on the 3rd floor of 230 W. North Ave.
They have a great food menu if you want a snack and the prices won’t kill you!
You can and should follow her on twitter @jewdygold and Facebook.
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SHY TOWN GIRLS Series of Books By Local Authors

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

SHY TOWN GIRLS!

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
advice.

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.

We’re passionate about
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!”



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Fran Lebowitz in Chicago Oct. 2, 2012

Fran Lebowitz

Oct. 2, 2012 (7:30 p.m.)

*Harris Theater Debut

Fran Lebowitz
– 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/

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University Club in Molene Refuse to Host Lesbian Wedding

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….

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Fortune Feimster Kicks off Gay Pride Weekend for Back Lot Bash

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


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Womens Event April 28th for EQIL

The
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!

 The
social is taking place

Saturday, April 28
 from 4 to 7pm

at Mignonette
 (1747 W. Belmont in Chicago).

 For just $50 you get complimentary open
bar, food, and great giveaways.

Plus you are supporting EQIL’s statewide
LGBT-rights work!

Click here for tickets or on the invitation below.

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Candace Gingrich in Chicago March 29

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.




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Judy Shepard in Chicago for H.E.R. March 10th

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
at 11am.

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
orientation.

Don’t miss  HER  day – Center on Halsted, March 10th.

3656 N. Halsted Street  |  Chicago, IL 60613  |  773.472.6469

GET TICKETS  NOW!

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Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds Engaged

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
same day.

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
40.

“It’s fun and very exciting,” O’Donnell recently said about the relationship. “I did not expect it.”

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Womens Social to Benefit Equality Illinois Nov. 5th




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Celebration of Life Planned to Honor Christina Santiago Sept. 10



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)





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Concert Stage in Indiana Collapses and Claims a Chicago Lesbians Life


 

  CNN  reported – As a colleague and as a friend, Christina Santiago always had a way  of bringing people together.

 


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.

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H.E.R. Day (Health, Recreation, Education) LGBTQA Women June 11

H.E.R. Day (Health, Recreation, Education)
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.


Seminars and workshops include:

“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.

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Wanda Sykes and Linda Eder Together in Chicago May 14th

Out Lesbian Wanda Sykes
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.

See both ladies together,
 one night only!
Saturday, May 14th

HUMAN FIRST 2011  GALA
 
at the Harris  Theatre!  Over 1200  tickets  sold already!

GET TICKETS  ONLINE





Human First 2011 Awards Include:
Human First Award: Abby O’Neil and Carroll Joynes
Human First Award: David Helverson
Community Spirit Award: Exelon
Community Spirit Award: Chicago History Museum




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Rosie O’Donnell Returns to Daytime Talk At Harpo Studios in Chicago

The Chicago studio where Oprah Winfrey tapes her soon-to-end talk show soon will be home to Rosie O’Donnell’s latest daytime television effort, which is set to debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network this fall, Harpo Studios announced.


“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.

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Chicago Area Lesbian Student Wins Right to Wear Tux to Prom

An openly lesbian Chicago-area high school senior who was told she could not wear a tuxedo to her prom has now won the right to do so.



 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.”

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Equality Illinois Womens Social April 9th

Tickets for the EQIL Spring
Women’s Social are going fast! 

To purchase your tickets to this hot event, visit EQIL.org, or call 773-477-7173. 

Presenting Sponsors include Olivia Cruises and CNA, Silver Sponsors include Dalila Fridi and Elizabeth McKnight, and food and cocktails are provided by Carnival Foods and Sidetrack. 


We look foward to seeing you at Flourish Studios on April 9
!


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Renae Ogletree – A Celebration of Life Saturday May 1st for Chicago LGBT Activist

Chicago activist Renae Ogletree
died recently at 59 after a battle with lung cancer.

She had worked with numerous community groups and projects, including Gay Games VII, Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays, the Lesbian Community Cancer Project, the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, and the Chicago Police Department’s 23rd District Gay and Lesbian Advisory Committee. She was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame and received the 1997 Chicago Commission on Human Relations Award. 

The City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations invites you to join Renae Ogletree’s family and friends as we celebrate her life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010, in the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street.
 
A reception will immediately follow the memorial service. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Anaya Renae Clark Trust Fund, a scholarship fund for Renae’s  grand niece, Anaya. Make checks payable to Anaya R. Clark Trust Fund Mail to WCT Times, 5315 N. Clark St, #192, Chicago,   60640.
 
You may also make contributions in Renae’s honor to the Crossroads Fund, 3411 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, 60647.

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Girlstown in Andersonville is Just Wishful Thinking….for Now.

My phone has been ringing off the hook the last  2 weeks  with questions  about  the  the proposed  “girlstown”  idea  for  Andersonville!

Time Out Chicago ran a piece that claimed “Andersonville resident and out activist Pat Bushman recalls her first big encounter with Boystown’s phallic street statues more than ten years ago. “I was pushing my cat Xena in her stroller up North Halsted when I bumped into one of those ugly rainbow-colored penis things,” says Bushman of the pylons the city constructed in ’98 to officially designate North Halsted as gay-identified ’hood Boystown. “Suddenly, I had an idea.”

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