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Best Hair Replacement Techniques in Chicago


Many men and women are very self-conscious about thinning hair and hair loss.

While aging may be the most obvious culprit,  many doctors  suggest  that various factors may be to blame — ranging from a thyroid issue to disease to even  stress.

Dr. Yates Hair Science Group is a premier hair restoration practice located in Vernon Hills, Illinois led by Dr. William Yates. Dr. Yates, MD is the top hair loss doctor and hair replacement surgeon for the Midwest. He is a leader in new technologies and is  passionate about hair restoration.

He specializes in several hair restoration procedures and will work with clients to find the right method for their needs. “We are committed to the best technologies, products, and methods to complete and assist your hair regrowth or hair replacement goals,” says Dr. Yates. (All   of products to assist your hair regrowth goals can be easily shipped to your door).


Many people wonder what it is going to cost?

The cost of your hair transplantation depends on the amount of hair being transplanted and is generally considered plastic surgery, therefore is not covered by medical insurance. However, Dr. Yates understands the important investment in your future, life, and self-confidence and offers great financing options, from interest-free financing to longer term options. You can call their office to see if you qualify for a financing option.

I have personally seen some of the results in person – and YES, it looks totally natural!

When hair transplantation is done correctly by a proficient surgeon, the results look so natural that nobody would know you had a procedure. To achieve the best, natural, and attractive results, you need a meticulous surgeon with proven results. Dr. Yates prefers the advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure that involves harvesting individual follicles for the best results.


Dr. Yates is a published writer and international lecturer and teacher. His office offers state-of-art techniques and he is constantly working on ways to improve results. HE IS THE BEST!


“As a medical doctor I am trained to not make excuses but get the best results. I want hairloss not to be a burden but something we can conquer together.” – Dr. William D. Yates, MD


Board Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery
    • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
    • Critical Care/Trauma Surgery

Medical Memberships

      • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
      • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
      • American Medical Society

Call their office @ 866.810.6402  and send them a note through their site, to start the conversation on how they can help you!


Matinee Las Vegas Memorial Weekend

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We know Memorial Weekend in Chicago is all about the GRABBY  Awards  and  IML….but,  Las Vegas is drawing in more and more Midwest guys  to  the  Matinee Las Vegas Festival!

The Biggest Gay Dance Festival of the Summer returns for  a 5th Anniversary over Memorial Day Weekend: May 22-25, 2015. Plus, Barcelona’s Biggest Party makes its U.S. debut for our Saturday Night Main Event at America’s Newest Waterpark: Cowabunga Bay!


Lots of Chicago boys will be there!

Use  KOBY GRANT at checkout and get a discounted fitness package in preparation for the sexiest party in Vegas!


A night in D.W. Alexander – Toronto

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Toronto, Ontario is a popular destination for many art and music lovers. It has high air and water standards, making it one of the cleanest cities to live in. Families all over the world go far from home to move in there. Night life is one of the aspects of T.O. that not many people are mentioning. With Chicago in vicinity, this area presents a vibrant and colorful scene. Celebrities all over the world like to visit Toronto International Film Festival, Opera House and numerous bars and lounges that this city has to offer. There are certain establishments that stand out from the rest with their offer and atmosphere. D.W. Alexander bar club is one of the most popular lounges in this city that made its name by serving excellent cocktails.

On the very entrance, you will be assisted by the pleasant and helpful staff. The interior is really classy and it mixes black and brown nuances. Together with dimmed lights, it creates a mysterious atmosphere. The space is really clean and tidy; it seems that the management is very needy when it comes to hygiene standards. This isn’t surprising given the Canadian mentality and discipline. The bar is really something. It is very well placed and it is inseparable from its design. There are enough chairs for partying, but not enough to feel that you are in a crowd. You won’t have to hit people with your elbows just to secure a little bit more space for yourself.

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The menu consists of snacks, such as nuts or olives, and dishes like fish and cheese. This is a very good way to satisfy your hunger without overburdening yourself with food. Choice of spirits is good, choice of whiskey even better. Various brands of Scotch, Canadian and Irish whiskey are served here. Number of wine and beer brands is much smaller, although their quality is high-level. However, the most important aspect of this bar and the reason why it became so popular are its cocktails. The baristas in this establishment made an art out of their mixture. The number of cocktails may look small in comparison to some other bars, but the way they are prepared more than makes up for it. Its cocktail menu is split into two: Classic Cocktails and D.W. Originals. The first part represents standard cocktails for this part of the world, with a nice Canadian touch added to them. D.W. Originals are house made from different ingredients that are specific to this club alone, such as D.W. Sage Infused Rum, D.W. Apple and Fennell Infused Rye, D.W. Black Pepper and Coriander Tincture and many more. All of that makes this place unique in its offer and worth visiting twice.

Whenever you are in Toronto, besides museums and other major sights, you should visit one of its restaurants, bar and clubs. Canadians know how to have a good time and they are excellent hosts. If you ever get thirsty while downtown, bear in mind that there is a great place just around the corner for you.


Charming Gay Weddings in Chicagoland

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The holidays are upon us, but if you recently proposed to your mate  or got proposed to, you may be thinking about your wedding for 2015!

While some couples prefer the big city weddings, others prefer to get away and do something charming and quaint!

Relax and feel at home while you say your vows in front of the charming fireplace or in the beautiful backyard garden of historic Pine Manor, private home of Illinois Wedding Officiant Rev. Pamela.

This unique wedding venue offers an intimate, home elegance perfect for a small guest list of up to 30, or a private elopement to Chicagoland’s Northwest suburbs. A Cook County Courthouse wedding alternative for quick ceremonies and a small event venue, the home features a 1920’s flair with honeymoon suite, home cooked catering and wedding packages for every budget. Chicago Wedding Minster, Rev. Pamela will perform your ceremony in a magical way that will touch your soul and inspire your future together.

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The Van Jean Sears Honor Bilt Homes: 1928

The Van Jean is an unusually well arranged Dutch Colonial house. It has many special features not generally found in houses of this price. It has a charming entrance that gives an atmosphere of welcome. It has Colonial windows with divided lights above and one light below. Add to this the white siding and contrasting red or green roof with the red brick chimney and you have a home that is sure to charm the most critical.


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This small wedding venue Chicago is a beautiful alternative to a typical wedding venue and wedding budget. Rev. Pamela offers discount wedding packages that include everything; customized ceremony, delicious home cooked catering, flowers, cake and the honeymoon suite. Unique Wedding Venue Illinois.

You and your guests will immediately fall in love with this quaint in-home venue. Get married next to the romantic brick fireplace or outside in the garden. You will truly feel relaxed so you can be completely present to give your heart, and experience every moment of your special day together.

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A wedding ceremony experience with an ole time quality found at no other. Give Rev. Pamela a call to discuss your event today! 847-873-7463 between 8am-8pm CST chicago.


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March 22, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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There is a polar invasion in the Midwest…..

but don’t fret…HEATWAVE  IS ALMOST HERE!  After  more than 1 year of planning, the party, like no other, is arriving this weekend. BUT IT’S  ALMOST  SOLD  OUT!

24 hours at Key Lime Cove.  We bought out the ENTIRE COMPLEX and portions of rooms booked  will go the benefit the Chicago Gay Mens Chorus!

400  rooms.

12 hours of music with 4 DJ’s  and  CAZWELL!

Don’t want a room?

Can’t stay the night?

Get a party ticket  for  $85.

Room packages  start at  $200  for  2 people  for  24 hours!

Yesterday  EVERYONE wis trying to call and book rooms for Heatwave.  Is that a Midwest thing…waiting to the last minute?? LOL – Because this is a special private event, each reservation can take time to process and answer everyone’s questions – hence, phone hold times may be annoying.

SO, WEDNESDAY NIGHT (Nov. 12th)  8pm-10pm the Key Lime Cove folks are coming to Scarlet Bar (3320 N. Halsted)  to do reservations live one-on-one in person. And we only have about 50 -55 room packages left – where you get a room and party admission! So if you have not booked a room yet – come on out and book your room and we’ll celebrate with some Fireball shots on me!!

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An event like Heatwave HAS NEVER BEEN DONE.  You do not want to miss this!

Friday night we’ll be at Scarlet bar for another event –  Heatwave Kick Off Party!



Come hang with Trannika Rex,  designer Traver Rains and the fabulous Jasen Kaplan!




Wisconsin and Indiana Get Marriage Equality

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Our nearby states celebrated a win last night, as a judge struck down marriage equality bans in both INDIANA and WISCONSIN!

Only nine days after hearing arguments in the case, a federal appeals court in Chicago declared the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin to be unconstitutional on Thursday, adding to the list of marriage cases that could wind up before the Supreme Court in the year ahead.

“The grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural; they are totally implausible,” said the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as it confirmed lower-court decisions that reversed marriage restrictions in the two states.

In each case so far, the rulings to permit same-sex marriages have been temporarily stayed, pending action by the Supreme Court, and the same appeared likely for Indiana and Wisconsin.


Gay Bowling Comes to Naperville

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Out Bowling is a LGBTQ and Ally bowling league that seeks to bring together the west suburbs of Chicago through fun times, good music, and sportsmanship.

This is perfect, for anyone 18 years and up, to enjoy a night out without having to go downtown Chicago or shuffle through a busy nightclub. Official code of conduct will be developed soon but this is meant to be a safe place for ALL LGBTQ and allies.

Don’t be afraid to sign up as a single bowler!! Teams are made up of two but we can find you a teammate for the season! How easy is that for meeting people?

Your best friend want to come but doesn’t want to bowl? We have plenty of seating behind all the lanes for everyone to sit in on the fun!

That can’t be very fun you say? Well every Thursday night we have karaoke in our full service bar! While you are bowling for that 300 your friends can be singing away! Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the fun! Karaoke keeps going all night!

Please be sure to join the Facebook group or message if you have any questions regarding sign up or otherwise.


Legendary Chita Rivera in Chicago September 27th

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The cheers for Chita started with the overture. By the time she had risen from the stage floor in New York last year, and stood front-and-center a few minutes later, the roar for her was deafening. Basked in a single spotlight, Chita Rivera owned the August Wilson Theatre  last Fall.

NOW, Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center is bringing living legend Chita Rivera to Chicagoland!

Chita: A Legendary Celebration, is  a sizzling evening of song and dance!

Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating the Broadway legend’s 80th birthday! The two-time Tony Award winner recreates signature moments from her legendary career, including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kissof the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie; and The Rink. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander and Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, JerryHerman, and Stephen Sondheim are featured with orchestral accompaniment.

Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 27   @  7:30 p.m.    @  Dorothy Menker Theater



Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil Brunch in Saugatuck


Oprah Winfrey’s favorite gay royal, India’s Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, will be traveling to Saugatuck, Michigan on Sunday, August 17th to discuss his new public awareness campaign: “Free Gay India” during a royal brunch and Q & A session.

The event, which takes place at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas, MI), will be hosted by Chicago human rights attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, an accomplished author, playwright, screenwriter, and movie producer who wrote the GLAAD-nominated play “Haram Iran” – based on the true story of the hanging of two Iranian teenagers who were alleged to be gay.
“I have followed Prince Manvendra’s compelling story and the challenges he faced when he chose to come out about his sexual preferences in 2002,” says Deratany. “I’m honored to welcome him to The Kirby,” he adds. “I’m thrilled that he chose our community to discuss the important work he is doing with his Free Gay India campaign.”
The Hindu Prince is the 39th heir to a 650 year old Indian dynasty, and is the only openly gay prince in the world. In 2006, Manvendra received the UNAIDS Civil Society Award from the United Nations, and has appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share his story of struggle and how he ultimately found peace. After India recently re-criminalized homosexual acts, Prince Manvendra launched a global public awareness campaign (Free Gay India) to confront LGBT discrimination in his homeland and around the world.
The royal brunch is $30 per person and takes place on Sunday, August 17th from 11 am to 2 pm at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas), a historic mansion that Deratany recently purchased and renovated to create a boutique hotel and wine bar.  Space for the brunch and presenation is limited and reservations are required by emailing Mindy Trafman, General Manager for The Kirby, at




Visuwil to Produce 4th of July Event in Madison, WI

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VISUWIL is known for his Creative Concepts and Innovative Events. His Chicago parties are legendary.  Nitro at Circuit was thee Saturday night in Chicago for a number of years. And his  eventaphobia® theme parties transformed clubs with unusual themes, decor and the hottest  go go gods.

Now he is taking  his magic to FIVE NIGHTCLUB in Madison for one hell of a big gay 4th of July event.


EYE POPPING decor with over 100 American flags…major decor & lighting effects.

The hottest eye-candy ALL AMERICAN muscled dancers! wearing designs by Chicago’s own RJP.

Meet & greet with Lady Liberty & weigh your rights with Lady Justice!

FREE grilled hotdogs! mini apple & cherry pies! special 4th of July drinks & slushies! confetti blasters & American theme giveways!

visuwil® presents INDEPENDENTLY GAY celebration of America…celebration of YOU. Featuring Dj Phil DaBeatz & celebrity bartender Greg “Uncle Sam”


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GOLIATH at Six Flags Great America

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The ride will set three world records for wooden roller coasters including drop length, drop steepness, and speed. It will feature the longest drop at 180 feet (55 m), the steepest drop at 85°, and the fastest speed at 72 miles per hour (116 km/h).

We got a test spin today and IT IS SUPER FAST – and that first drop? OMG!

Reaching top speeds of 72 miles per hour—the fastest of any wooden roller coaster—you’ll then thunder around surprising curves and outrageous twists. You’ll face three intense over-banked turns, a 180-degree zero G-roll twist, and two wild inversions, flipping head-over-heels through a winding inverted drop and a spiraling inverted zero G stall.

Goliath is built by an Idaho company called Rocky Mountain Construction Group. That company uses nontraditional methods to make wooden roller coasters, allowing for thrills traditional wooden roller coasters can’t provide, as detailed in a Tribune report last month.

Like all the big fantastic coasters, lines can be long for a quick 90 second ride!



Wait in short lines  at the LGBTQ  private night  OUT IN PARK…..



Fresh Cooking Ideas with Chef Tong June 22 @ Chicago Bontanic Gardens

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Foodies and their friends will be flocking to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for this day of great tastes and gorgeous presentations.

Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, one of Chicagoland’s most versatile Chefs, will share one of his favorite garden fresh recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s
popular annual Garden Chef Series.


Chef Tong will appear on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

The Garden Chef Series promotes the Garden’s message of growing and using seasonal vegetables,
fruits and herbs. Chef Chris will use the spectacular open-air kitchen and amphitheater at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to present his cooking demonstration.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with a fabulous recipe that they can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free.
Parking is $25.00 per car; free for Garden members.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event, call 847.835.5440
or visit

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners
to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love doing cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”
Some recent appearances include cooking classes and demonstrations on local television, at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Stores, Whole Foods Market, Gilda’s Club Chicago, Taste of Chicago and this return engagement at the Chicago Botanic Garden

For more information about My Private Chef, call Event Services at 773-370-8131 or visit


Madison WI Fruit Fest June 14th


Madison’s Gay Summer Music Festival FRUIT FEST returns June 14th!

Fruit Fest is an Annual LGBTQI Summer Music Festival held in Madison, Wisconsin.

 The music festival is an all-ages free event organized to celebrate Madison’s gay community through a day of music, performance, art, and celebration. 

This year’s Fruit Fest will be held on June 14th and feature headliner Debbie Gibson, as well as many local folk musicians, punk bands, DJs & drag queens. The event will also include the 4th Annual Fruit Loop 5k run/walk, and the 4th Annual Star Fruit karaoke competition. Food, beer and alcohol will also be served on festival grounds from a variety of vendors.

Fruit Fest is located in the heart of Willy Street in the Marquette Neighborhood, an Eastside neighborhood swarming with LGBTQA folks making it the most diverse, and ‘coolest’ hood according to Madison’s Isthmus Favorites. Last year, attendance was near 1200+ over the course of the nine hour festival including locals & many from 90+ miles away.


Fruit Loop 5k

On June 14th Fruit Fest will be hosting the Fourth Annual Fruit Loop, a 5K run/walk through the beautiful Marquette Neighborhood, starting and ending at the Fruit Fest event grounds. The proceeds from the run/walk are distributed to Community Shares of Wisconsin who gives them to LGBT organizations.

In 2011, the First Annual Fruit Loop had over 120 runners and walkers. Check out all the great pictures from the event. We expect the turnout to be even greater this year! Dress as fruity as you want and come out to run or walk and have some fresh-squeezed summer fun for a good cause. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming Fruit Loop on June 14th, you can register here.

Keep up to date with their official FACEBOOK  PAGE


Forget the Polar Vortex! HEATWAVE on Sale January 29th!

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The party EVERYONE is talking about!   HEATWAVE  2014!

Gay Chicago Just Got Hotter!

HEATWAVE Chicago 2014
Your Passport to 24 Hours of Tropical Paradise!

Imagine 24 hours of PRIVATE LGBT Paradise at Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort where it is always 86 degrees and humid-add 2,000+ adults (21 + over) in swimsuits and underwear….. It’s going to be insane Fun! Booking starts 12:00 NOON on Wednesday,JANUARY 29th!

From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA comes a brand new event! Be a part of the country’s first-ever 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration Benefiting Chicago Gay Mens Chorus!

The event will be Saturday, November 15th, 2014 (This will sell out much earlier!) Party Packages As Low As $85 Per Person includes ROOM + PARTY TICKETS!

Booking starts 12:00 NOON on Wednesday,JANUARY 29th!

Your reservation is paid in full at the time of booking, since this is a private party buy out. No refunds. However, you can re-sell your reservation and have it transferred, if need be.

• 414 Resort-Style Key West Guest Rooms and LUXE Suites
• Seven Room/Suite Options Sleeping/Connecting 2 to 12 Or More Guests
• 12-Hour Indoor Water Park Dance Party Admission Included In Your Room Price
• 4 Amazing DJ Sets from 3PM – 3AM
• 45 Minutes Away from Chicago, 45 minutes from Milwaukee, Across From Six Flags Great America in Gurnee Illinois
• 65,000 Square Feet of INDOOR Water Park FUN – Always tropically-inspired, 86 degrees and Humid
• 10,000 Square Foot State-Of-The-Art Gaming Arcade
• Restaurants, Bars, Confectionery Center, Convenience Store, Souvenirs EVERYTHING A Guest Needs for a 24-hour stay!

Open HEATWAVE Reservations Begin Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at NOON to the general public. 1-877-360-0403 MUST SAY CODE “HEATWAVE” to have access to the event. (However, TONIGHT, Tuesday Jan. 28th, Scarlet will host a pre -sell event! Stop by from 7-9pm  and find out more!)

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CREAM CHICAGO – The Monday Night Hot Spot

CREAM Chicago!  Mondays nights are HOT this winter! Still located in Harvey Illinois, they have moved into a new space, inside the same Skybox building. It’s smaller and more intimate than the previous space.  The tables surround the elevated dance area, so everyone has a great view. And they have several private rooms if you want one on one time with a dancer.
This is Chicagoland’s only full nude full liquor Gay Male Club. It’s is because it is outside of Cook County that they can do this. And it’s worth the drive! If have a group and want to book a shuttle from Boystown, you can set that up through the site, if there is enough people.
Also sign up to be a VIP while you are there. You can get free cover and other special perks.
We were there for the grand opening in the new space last Monday. HOT. The guys are sexy and yes, they dance nude and partially clothed. Half naked shot boys, lap dances  and private dancers, CREAM delivers sexy men strutting their stuff. And for various rate packages, you can get one song or several songs, in private with the dancer of your choice!

Lots of drinks specials  including a brand new $5 martini list. More than 20!  Ranging from Pop Champagne, The Marilyn, to Root Beer Russian and Purple Rain. LOTS of shots as well. Fruit Loop Vodka, Rumchata and Fireball, and more. The specialty drink menu is huge – something for everyone.

They had a great assortment of guys and the shot boys were friendly and flirty. It was a fun time – and we’ll be back!
***UPDATE  UPDATE!!!  CREAM  has  moved  to FRIDAY  NIGHTS!!***
Follow them on Facebook and get all the updates!


LiveStream of Marriage Equality Rally/Concert in Springfield

HD Live Stream Video Available Of March On Springfield for Marriage Equality
of the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality will provide a live
stream of the concert and rally in Springfield, Illinois, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
will be available in high definition. The service is provided by the
same vendor that streams live coverage from the Illinois House and
Senate chambers. Programming will go live at 11:45 am on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. The event is outdoor at the corner of 2nd Street and Capitol, next to the State Capitol Building, in Springfield, Illinois.
We ask that you withhold publishing this information or link until 9 am, Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
  • 11:55 am —————– National Anthem
  • 12:00 to 1 pm ———– Rock the March Concert
  • 1 pm ———————- Welcome by Governor Patrick Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin
  • 1 pm to 2:30 pm ——– Rally with speakers from LGBT, labor, immigration, women’s health, business, sports and faith communities.
  • 2:30 pm —————— March begins, led by drummers and marching band.
  • 2:30 to 3:30 pm ——– March around the Capitol
*All times are estimates.
About the March
The March on Springfield for Marriage Equality will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013,
the scheduled first day of the fall veto session of the Illinois state
legislature. The “March on Springfield” is part of a broad grassroots
strategy to secure final passage of Senate Bill 10, the “Religious
Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” already approved by the Illinois
Senate. Once adopted, Illinois will become the 14th state plus the
District of Columbia, to treat all of its citizens equally under state
marriage laws, and all married people in Illinois will be treated
equally under federal law. For more information, visit, or find the March at or on Twitter @IllinoisMarches. Hashtags being used for the event include #IL4M and #ILCantWait.

March on Springfield for Marriage Equality October 22nd, 2013

Marriage is an important institution.  It is through marriage that
adults throughout our country and throughout the world express their
commitment and devotion to each other.  In turn, governments use the
institution of marriage to recognize and protect family units. 

However, the definition of marriage has not been static throughout
history.  The definition of marriage has changed considerably from
biblical historical days, when the marital unit might have included more
than 2 adults and when every participant’s consent may not have been
readily apparent.  In past traditions, marriage was sometimes used to
consolidate wealth, produce children, and create kinship between
powerful families.  The legal and social benefits of marriage continued
to evolve to accommodate changing needs of societies.

Marriage continues to serve as an important civil institution in
America today.  Its protections continue on many levels:  financial,
legal, social, and emotional.  Even while the institution of marriage
evolves, it is still the avenue through which our society provides
benefits, rights, protections, and responsibilities to partners.

Marriage bestows a host of benefits -and responsibilities – to
couples who choose to marry.  The following is a short, illustrative
list of some of the more than 1,000 benefits and responsibilities that
married couples enjoy automatically, yet are denied to same-sex couples
that cannot wed.

  • Automatic inheritance, even without a will
  • Responsibility for each partner’s debt
  • Ability to put partner and partner’s children on medical or life insurance
  • Hospital visitation rights
  • Ability to make partner a U.S. citizen and prevent deportation
  • Right to take leave to care for a sick partner
  • Ability to make medical decisions in an emergency
  • Privilege from testifying against partner in court
  • Ability to file joint tax returns and use tax benefits for married couples
  • Exemption from gift and estate transfer taxes
  • Right to joint parenting, adoption, foster care, and visitation of children
  • Right to recognition in all states
  • Right to file wrongful death claims for a partner’s death
  • Right to a divorce, court division of property, and visitation of children in times of breakup


ILLINOIS needs to be the next state to DO THE RIGHT THING!

High School Crowns Gay & Lesbian Best Friends As Homecoming King & Queen

How cool is this?!   High
School Crowns Gay & Lesbian Best Friends As Homecoming King &
Queen !
Irizarry and Ariana Reiff are close friends, and they are also the
newly crowned Waukegan High School homecoming king and queen. Upon
finding out at the school bonfire Wednesday night, both students said
they were surprised. – Both are gay. 
and I are both out and open about our sexuality,” Irizarry said. “Our
attitude is we are who we are and if that bothers people, that’s OK, but
we have so many friends who accept us for who we are.” 

Olympia Dukakis in ROSE November 16th

ROSE, by Martin Sherman, a one-woman play, is a portrait
of a feisty Jewish
 woman who has
survived some of the major events that shaped the 20th century with
 humor, guile, and
spirit. The play illustrates a remarkable life that began in a tiny Russian
 village, moved on
to Warsaw’s ghettos and ship called
The Exodus, and
finally to the
 boardwalks of
Atlantic City, the Arizona Canyons and salsa-flavored nights in Miami Beach.

Dukakis first
performed ROSE in 1999 on stage at the Royal National Theatre in London and 
then in spring
2000 opened at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.


Recent praise for
wonderful acting of Olympia Dukakis, herself a fighter for justice, an actress
with a 
history of stage activity, as a university lecturer, the founder and director
of a 
New Jersey
theatre, in her classic roles, and especially in her total immersion into the
of a Holocaust
survivor as a symbol of the Jewish people and its suffering, make this play 
something so
sublime that the Cameri Theatre is deserving of applause for the third year 
of its cultural
enterprise (the International Theatre Festival).
” – News1 Tel Aviv


Long a vital,
respected actor of the classic and contemporary stage and the epitome of 
weariness, this grand lady did not become a household name and 
sought-after film
actress until age 56 when she turned in an Oscar-winning performance as 
Cher’s sardonic
mother in the romantic comedy
Moonstruck (1987).
Since then movie (and 
TV) fans have
discovered — an acting treasure. Her adaptability to various ethnicities
Italian, Jewish,
Eastern European, etc.), as well her chameleon-like versatility in everything 
from cutting edge
comedy to stark tragedy, has kept her in high demand for the past 30 
years as of one
of Hollywood’s topnotch character players.

Olympia Dukakis
Starring in “Rose,” a concert reading by Martin Sherman

Saturday, Nov. 16 7:30 p.m.

Dorothy Menker Theater  @ Moraine Valley Community College  

9000 W. College Pkwy.    Palos Hills, IL 60465-2478


***Dinner and a Show: Enjoy 25% off your total bill at Cíao Ristorante (10296 S. 78th Avenue, Palos Hills) before or after any Mainstage Series performance by showing your tickets.
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Rock the March: One Hour Concert Will Launch the October 22 March on Springfield for Marriage Equality

Nationally prominent performers with Illinois roots will kick off the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on Tuesday, Oct. 22
with a free one-hour concert live near the steps of the Illinois State
Capitol. The diverse entertainment bill includes reality TV stars from
“The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “America’s Got Talent;” a national
poetry slam winner; a world champion & MVP quarterback who is also a
pre-Grammy nominee; and a 2013 Trans 100 honoree fighting violence
against transgender people.

“Love transcends gender, sexual orientation
and faith,” said Tracy Baim, March Co-chair, “and Shakespeare wrote ‘If
music be the food of love, play on!’ We are marching to Springfield to
tell the people’s representatives that ‘love is love,’ and that our
families deserve the same marriage benefits granted to other loving
couples in Illinois. What better way to begin the March than by raising
our voices in song and poetry?”

“Rock the March” will kick off with
performances by members of LGBT Choral groups including: Chicago Gay
Men’s Chorus, Windy City Performing Arts, Artemis Singers and Amasong.
Jammin for Justice EarthBeat Drummers will kick off the March.
Headlining performers will be:

*       Sandra Antongiorgi – World, Latin, neo-soul singer, songwriter & painter

*       C.C. Carter – author, activist, teacher and performance poet
*       De’Borah – singer, song-writer and star of “The Voice”
*       Steve Grand – “All American Boy” singer, song-writer and YouTube sensation
*       Sami Grisafe – all-star MVP quarterback and award-winning singer-songwriter

*       Kokumo – African-American transgender woman, singer, writer & performer
*       Stephen Leonard – Out rock powerhouse singer & song-writer
      Marcus Terell & the Serenades – singer, performer and star
of “American                             Idol”, “America’s Got Talent”
& “Making The Band”

The concert will begin at noon on October 22, 2013,
at the March on Springfield stage in front of the Illinois State
Capitol on 2nd Street. The marriage equality rally will immediately
follow the concert, with a march around the State Capitol starting at 2:30 pm

There is no cost to attend and members of the public are welcome. For more information, visit  BUSES   STILL AVAILABLE!!!