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                                                                     WINDY CITY
    uH HuH HER
                                                                                                                                                       THE VOICE OF CHICAGO’S GAY, LESBIAN,
    pagE 25                                                                                                                                            BI AND TRANS COMMUNITY SINCE 1985
                                                                                                                                                                             Oct. 12, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                   vol 27, no. 1


       Dawn Clark Netsch:
   tHE FIRSt
 ISSuE oF ouR

 YEAR! Gay ally looks back
                 BY BLAIR MISHLEAU                                            old campaign materials. Among them was one of her           back in 1952. What was the campus environment like
                                                                              newsletters from her time in the state legislature. The     back then?
                 Dawn Clark Netsch has been a fierce advocate for the         piece—dating back to the early ‘80s, when she was a           Dawn Clark Netsch: It was male. Law was basically not
                 LGBT population before it included powerful fundraising      state lawmaker—mentions her endorsement by the              for women at that time. I was actually the only woman
                 dollars, significant election votes or even safety. Netsch   Greater Chicago Gay and Lesbian Democrats. Her ac-          in my part of the graduating class in June ’52. I still have
                 pushed for a non-discrimination law a full 20 years be-      knowledgment of the group’s support was among the first     the picture; I love it.
                 fore it passed, and has been ahead of the trend on most      such instances for an LGBT political group. Netsch didn’t     As we used to fondly say, there were only two faces
                 other issues.                                                think anything of it—they were supporting her, after all.   that stood out: Harold Washington and mine. He was the
                   The former Illinois senator and comptroller celebrated       Through the interview, Netsch discusses her strong        only Black, I was the only female.
                 her 85th birthday Sept. 16. Windy City Times sat down        past as a politician and ally; her continued recognition      I didn’t take any guff from anyone, obviously. Once
                 with her in her longtime Northwestern University office.     in the gay community by young and old alike; and what’s     the guys got used to me, they thought I was strange, at
                 (She is a professor at the university’s law school.)         next.                                                                                                turn to page 12
                   As the interview started, Netsch was sifting through         Windy City Times: You graduated from Northwestern


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mARKS 35 YRS.    signing Oct. 9; see page 24 for an interview with Jane Lynch. Right: New Chicago transplant Rosie O’Donnell talks with Windy City Times about her show, Chicago and
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                           Study points to hiring bias                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4        Dancin’ Feats                       19
                           Gay nominee called ‘activist’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5        Theater reviews                     20
                           Gay History profile: von Steuben                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               6        Rosie O’Donnell interview           22
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                           LGBTs march with Occupy Chicago                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11       Author Susan Schulman               27
                           Talking with Dawn Clark Netsch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12        Dish: Ceres Table, ZED451           28
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                                                                                                                                                                        OF CHICAGO’S          1985
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                            Dawn Cl looks back

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                            Gay ally
                                                                                                                                                                                             the campus
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                                                                                                                                                                        in 1952.                        Law was
                                                                                                                                                            her back then?                It was male.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the only have
                                                                                                                                                  one of
                                                                                                                                       them was             The back              Netsch:        was actually ’52. I still
                                                                                                                              Among                                   Dawn Clark that time. I              June
                                                                                                                  materials. in the state
                                                                                                                                                          was a                 at                class in
                                                                                                old campaign              time                when she              for women of the graduating                       two faces
                                                                                                               from her the early ‘80s,                 by the       in my part I love it.                  were only         the
                                                                                                newsletters        back to        her endorsement Her ac-                picture;               say, there and mine. He was
                                                                                                                                           Democrats. the first the we used to fondly

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                                                                                                                                 Lesbian                                                      Washington
                                         MISHLEAU                                    for the      state lawmaker—me and support was
                                                                                                                                                 among                  As             Harold                                Once
                              BY BLAIR                                    advocate                           Chicago
                                                                                                                                                             didn’t         stood out:        only female.        obviously.     at
                                                                 a fierce         fundraising      Greater          of the group’s          group.              all. that Black, I was the               anyone,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I was strange,
                                                     has been          powerful                                                   political          her, after        only                  guff from
                                            Netsch           included          safety.
                                                                                       Netsch      knowledgment for an LGBT                                                        take any me, they thought               page 12
                               Dawn Clark          before it votes or even                 be-                                    were supporting her strong             I didn’t          to                     turn to
                                                                                 20 years           such instances of it—they               discusses                             got used
                               LGBT population election tion law a full                on most                                     Netsch              recognition      the guys
                                                                                                     think anything interview,
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                                                                                                                                                from Northwestern
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                                                                                                              Another key finding was that the discrimina-
                                                                                                           tion was based partly on “the personality traits      WINDYCITYMEDIAGROUP.COM
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hiring bias
                                                                                                           about gay men.
                                                                                                              When job postings used traditional “mascu-
                                                                                                           line” traits like “aggressive or assertive, deci-
                                                                                                           sive, or ambitious” to describe an ideal candi-

against gay men
                                                                                                           date, heterosexual applicants received almost
                                                                                                           three times as many callbacks as gay ones.
                                                                                                           When such traits were not part of the job post-
                                                                                                           ing, heterosexual applicants received only about                             —calif. college the 2nd
                                                                                                           one-and-a-half times as many callbacks.                                        to offer LGBt major
                                                                                                              “The discrimination documented in this study
                                                                                                           is partly rooted in specific stereotypes and                                    —Gov. Jerry Brown
BY DANA RUDOLPH                                                                                            cannot be completely reduced to a general an-                                    (left) signs Gender
KEEN NEWS SERvICE                                                                                          tipathy against gay employees,” said Tilcsik. It                              Nondiscrimination Act
                                                                                                           demonstrates the “potentially powerful effect”
Openly gay men face “significant” hiring dis-                                                              of stereotypes on hiring decisions.                                         —Other man in Indiana
crimination in several parts of the country, but                                                              The Williams Institute’s Badgett said Tilcsik’s                                gay-sex scandal
there are wide differences from state to state.                                                            several findings are consistent with previous re-
                                                                                                                                                                                          poses for porn site
That’s the finding of a new, large-scale study—a                                                           search in showing “clear evidence of discrimina-
study that also found that employers in areas                                                              tion.”
where antidiscrimination laws prohibit discrimi-                                                              Tilcsik’s study, she said, is also “good evi-       Tilcsik’s is the first large-scale study to use
nation based on sexual orientation are less likely                                                         dence” that employers “are taking sexual ori-        the objective paired résumé approach to explore
to discriminate. Additionally, the study found                                                             entation into account at an early stage of the       discrimination against any part of the LGBT
that employers are more likely to discriminate                                                             [hiring] process.”                                   spectrum in the United States. Smaller and/
when job descriptions emphasize “stereotypi-                                                                  However, Tilcsik noted that much more re-         or more subjective studies have indicated that
cally male heterosexual traits.”                                                                           search remains to be done on other parts of          such discrimination exists for lesbians, bisexuals
   The findings come from “Pride and Prejudice:                                                            the LGBT spectrum, other stages of hiring and        and transgender people as well.
Employment Discrimination against Openly Gay                                                               employment, and “specific factors that might            2011 by Keen News Service. All rights re-
Men in the United States,” published in the Sep-                                                           reduce the likelihood of discrimination” such as     served.
tember 2011 issue of the American Journal of                                                               anti-discrimination laws, public attitudes, and
Sociology.                                                                                                 organizational policies.
   András Tilcsik, a researcher at Harvard Univer-
sity, conducted the study. He sent 1,769 pairs
of fictitious résumés in response to online job       M. v. Lee Badgett. Photo by Bob Roehr
postings by private employers. The job adver-
tisements were for recent college graduates and
covered five occupations (administrative assis-
                                                      said the most important aspect of Tilcsik’s study
tant, analyst, customer service representative,
                                                      is that “it rules out differences in the gay and
manager and sales rep) across seven states (Cal-
                                                      heterosexual applicants’ skills and experience by
ifornia, Florida, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Penn-
                                                      design, so the fact that gay applicants are much
sylvania and Texas).
                                                      less likely to be invited for an interview is hard
   The résumés in each pair were of similar qual-
                                                      to explain by anything other than discrimina-
ity, differing only enough to “avoid raising sus-
picion” that they were fictitious.
                                                        However, the overall finding by Tilcsik was sig-
   One résumé in each pair stated that the can-
                                                      nificantly different from his findings in various
didate was treasurer of a college gay and lesbian
organization. He was given a leadership role,
                                                        In New York, Pennsylvania and California, the
rather than simple membership in the group,
                                                      gap between callbacks for gay and heterosexual
because the role required financial and manage-
                                                      “applicants” was insignificant.
rial skills, and justified mention on a résumé. It
                                                        On the contrary, in Texas, résumés of hetero-
would thus be clear the candidate was gay—but                                                                 Paula Ettelbrick. Photos by Rex Wockner
                                                      sexual men received more than three times as
employers would not see him as “lacking busi-
                                                      many callbacks as those of gay men. Heterosex-
ness savvy” for including information about “ir-

                                                      ual men would need to apply for only eight jobs                                                           from time to time, I always took her advice
relevant” activities.
                                                      to get an interview, versus 27 for gay men.                                                               around approach and politics very seriously.
   The other résumé stated that the applicant
                                                        In Ohio, résumés of heterosexual men received
                                                                                                              activist Paula
was treasurer of a college progressive and so-                                                                                                                     “Paula was more about goals than she was
                                                      over two-and-a-half times as many callbacks,                                                              about personalities—she forgave and forgot
cialist organization. Tilcsik explained that be-
                                                      and in Florida, almost twice as many.
                                                                                                              Ettelbrick dies
cause many people perceive LGBT organizations                                                                                                                   and got busy with the work at hand.”
                                                        The number of job postings in Nevada during                                                                GMHC issued a release stating, “Beautiful,
to have a liberal slant, if both résumés implied
                                                      the study period was too small to draw definite                                                           articulate, smart and hard-hitting, Paula was
liberal organizations, any difference in the re-                                                                Paula Ettelbrick, an attorney and human-
                                                      conclusions there, according to the report.                                                               a force to be reckoned with. We will miss her
sponses would not be because of an employer’s                                                                 rights activist who served the LGBT community
                                                        When employers were in cities, counties, or                                                             fierceness, eloquence and graciousness. We
political bias.                                                                                               in various organizations, died Oct. 7, accord-
                                                      states without laws prohibiting employment                                                                send our tender thoughts to all the members
   Overall, 11.5 percent of heterosexual “appli-                                                              ing to
                                                      discrimination based on sexual orientation, gay                                                           of her family, chosen and biological, as well
cants” received a callback for an interview, ver-                                                               She reportedly died of cancer-related causes.
                                                      men received fewer than half the number of call-                                                          as all those who have been touched by Paula’s
sus 7.2 percent of gay men, meaning heterosex-                                                                  During her almost three-decade career,
                                                      backs of heterosexual men. In areas with such                                                             life and work.”
ual men received over one-and-a-half times as                                                                 Ettelbrick worked for organizations such as the
                                                      antidiscrimination laws, the gap was smaller but                                                             Stonewall Community Foundation released
many callbacks. Heterosexual applicants would                                                                 International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights
                                                      still significant—gay men received three-quar-                                                            a statement detailing her life and contribu-
have to apply for fewer than nine jobs to get an                                                              Commission (IGLHRC), the National Center for
                                                      ters as many callbacks.                                                                                   tions to the organization. Interim Executive
interview, whereas gay men would have to apply                                                                Lesbian Rights, the National Gay and Lesbian
                                                        California, Nevada and New York have state-                                                             Director Richard Burns said, “There are count-
to almost 14.                                                                                                 Task Force, the Empire State Pride Agenda, and
                                                      wide protections against employment discrimi-                                                             less LGBTQ citizens around the world whose
   “Until now,” said Tilcsik, “the extent and pat-                                                            the Stonewall Community Foundation.
                                                      nation based on sexual orientation. Florida,                                                              lives are better today because of Paula. Paula
terns of this kind of discrimination have not                                                                   Current IGLHRC Executive Director Cary Alan
                                                      Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas do not, although                                                            was a passionate and powerful advocate for
been systematically documented on a large                                                                     Johnson issued a statement that read, in part,
                                                      they have some cities and counties with such                                                              all LGBTQ New Yorkers and a true friend. At
scale, across geographic areas.”                                                                              “Paula was IGLHRC’s third executive director
                                                      protections.                                                                                              Stonewall, we’re grateful for all she did for the
   Previous studies looked at less objective, self-                                                           and took our organization to whole new places
                                                        Tilcsik cautioned that it is hard to determine                                                          foundation and we’ll miss her greatly.”
reported instances of hiring discrimination, were                                                             in terms of our capacity and depth.
                                                      whether the lower levels of discrimination were                                                              Human Rights Campaign President Joe Sol-
limited to a small sample, or were conducted                                                                    “Paula was so many things to so many
                                                      because of the antidiscrimination laws them-                                                              monese said, “Paula was a pioneering lawyer
outside the United States. Also, some focused                                                                 people—her family, the movement, the New
                                                      selves or because people in areas likely to adopt                                                         and dedicated leader in our movement. We
on wage differences, which skeptics could at-                                                                 York City and global queer communities.
                                                      such laws had more positive opinions about gay                                                            mourn the loss of a tremendous force in the
tribute to differences in productivity rather than                                                              “First and foremost I can say that I found
                                                      people to begin with.                                                                                     LGBT community and honor her unrivaled com-
discrimination.                                                                                               her to be so genuinely deeply unfalteringly
                                                        Tilcsik did not look at whether specific em-                                                            mitment to the full equality of all people. Our
   M. V. Lee Badgett, director of the Center for                                                              committed to our liberation as LGBT people.
                                                      ployers had corporate anti-discrimination poli-                                                           thoughts and prayers are with her family and
Public Policy & Administration, University of                                                                   “She also had a deep respect for all progres-
                                                      cies. He explained in an interview that getting                                                           friends.”
Massachusetts Amherst and research director                                                                   sive movements and causes.
                                                      accurate information on such policies can be
of the Williams Institute of UCLA, who has au-                                                                  “Paula was one of the most sophisticated
                                                      difficult, especially for small companies. And, he
thored several previous studies of employment                                                                 strategists I’ve ever met. Though we disagreed
                                                      said, “previous research suggests that such poli-
discrimination against lesbians and gay men,
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GoP labels gay
                                                                                                                                                                      nominees “know the difference between advo-
                                                                                                                                                                      cacy and jurisprudence” and will “not engage
                                                                                                                                                                      in any kind of political activism while on the

nominee an ‘activist’
                                                                                                                                                                      bench.” He asked how Fitzgerald’s prior advo-
                                                                                                                                                                      cacy would affect him on the bench.
                                                                                                                                                                        “Sir, I don’t believe that it would have any
                                                                                                                                                                      influence on my service as a federal judge,” said
                                                                                                                                                                      Fitzgerald. “…I would not bring any personal
BY LISA KEEN                                                  Fitzgerald is a partner in Corbin, Fitzgerald &                                                         or political views to bear on any of the cases
KEEN NEWS SERvICE                                          Athey, which bills itself as a “boutique litigation                                                        that I determined as a United States district
                                                           firm” specializing in white-collar crime and civil                                                         judge.” He also said he is aware of the necessity
A fourth openly gay nominee—one who has                    cases in his native Los Angeles.                                                                           to recuse himself not only when he personally
been fairly heavily involved in both gay and                  The biographical information he sent to the                                                             believed there might be a conflict of interest but
non-gay legal and political issues and who                 committee lists his membership in four gay-re-                                                             also when a “reasonable onlooker” might think
spent “hundreds of hours” doing pro bono work              lated organizations: the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers                                                           so.
that led to the elimination of a gay ban on FBI            Association of Los Angeles (no years of member-                                                              He indicates that he did not serve in the
agents—has gone before the U.S. Senate Ju-                 ship are identified), the Harvard-Radcliffe Gay                                                            military “because men born between March 29,
diciary Committee. The nominee’s gay-related               and Lesbian Caucus (from 2006 to present), the                                                             1957, and December 31, 1959, were not required
history prompted the only Republican in atten-             Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center Leadership                                                              to register.”
dance on his confirmation hearing to label the             Task Force (from 2007-2008), and the Stonewall                                                               He earned an A.B. magna cum laude from Har-
nominee an “activist.”                                     Democratic Club (“late-1990s”). The biographi-                                                             vard University in 1981 and graduated from the
  President Obama nominated Michael W.                     cal information also indicates Fitzgerald par-                                                             Berkeley School of Law in 1985. He clerked for
Fitzgerald in July to sit on the U.S. District             ticipated in the campaign to defeat California’s                                                           2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Irving
Court for Central California. The office of U.S.           same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8.                                                                      Kaufman and worked three years in the criminal
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who recommended                 He also notes that he spoke at a press confer-                                                          division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los An-
him for the position, sent out a press release: “If        ence about a settlement in the case of Buttino                                                             geles.
confirmed by the Senate, Fitzgerald would make             v. FBI, in which (in 1993) the Federal Bureau                                                                The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking
history by becoming the first openly gay federal           of Investigation agreed to stop banning openly                                                             members, including the ranking member Charles
judge confirmed to serve in California.”                   gay people from serving as FBI agents.                                                                     Grassley, R-Iowa, were not present; nor was
  Fitzgerald, 52, was one of five nominees con-               Fitzgerald’s summary of the Buttino case, in                                                            ranking majority member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt..
sidered during the hearing Tuesday. Boxer intro-           response to the requisite Senate questionnaire,       Michael W. Fitzgerald. Photo courtesy of U.S.        Lee noted 85 percent of Obama’s judicial nomi-
duced him to the committee, noting that he had             noted that Frank Buttino was an agent with the        Sen. Barbara Boxer’s office                          nees have been approved and that “compara-
served as a federal prosecutor on the Organized            FBI who was “outed” by an anonymous source                                                                 tively generous treatment” treatment of nomi-
Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force with the             to Buttino’s supervisor. The supervisor stripped      viewing homosexuality as a ‘negative factor’ in      nees by the Republican side.
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, “where              Buttino of his security clearance and, therefore,     regard to security clearance,” agreed to hire an       Durbin quickly noted that Senate Majority
prosecuted international drug rings and money              his ability to serve as an agent.                     openly gay agent, and restored Buttino’s pen-        Leader Harry Reid had needed to call for a forced
laundering— including what was at that time                   “At my request,” wrote Fitzgerald, one of his      sion.                                                vote (cloture) to try and put the nominations of
the second largest cocaine seizure in California           earlier law firms “Heller Ehrman decided to rep-         Acting committee chairman Dick Durbin, D-         25 of those nominees on the floor.
history.”                                                  resent Mr. Buttino at trial on a pro bono basis.      Ill., asked Fitzgerald about the Buttino case.         Senators on the committee have a week to
  The American Bar Association, noted Boxer,               I obtained class certification and then repre-        Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, described Fitzgerald as       submit additional questions to the nominees in
had given Fitzgerald a rating of “well qualified”          sented Mr. Buttino and the class [of all gay and      a “activist” but then quickly added that he does     writing. The committee could vote on Fitzger-
on a unanimous vote.                                       lesbian FBI employees] at trial.” After several       not “subscribe to the view that having been an       ald’s nomination within a few weeks.
  Durbin noted that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-              days of trial, noted Fitzgerald, the FBI agreed       activist in one area or another disqualifies any-      ©2011 Keen News Service. All rights re-
Calif., had also submitted a “blue slip” in favor          to settle the case out of court. In doing so,         one from ascending to the bench .…” But Lee          served.
of Fitzgerald’s appointment.                               the FBI, he said, “renounced its prior policy of      said it was the committee’s duty to make sure

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GAY HIStoRY moNtH PRoFILE                                                                                                                                      musket loading. According to the New York Pub-

                                                                                                                                                               lic Library (“The Papers of Von Steuben”), the
                                                                                                                                                               following is a list of his achievements and time-
                                                                                                                                                                  —February 1778: Arrives at Valley Forge to

von Steuben:
                                                                                                                                                               serve under Washington, having informed Con-
                                                                                                                                                               gress of his desire for paid service after an initial
                                                                                                                                                               volunteer trial period, with which request Wash-
                                                                                                                                                               ington concurs.

Father of the
                                                                                                                                                                  —March 1778: Begins tenure as inspector
                                                                                                                                                               general, drilling troops according to established
                                                                                                                                                               European military precepts

u.S. military
                                                                                                                                                                  —1778-79: Writes “Regulations for the Or-
                                                                                                                                                               der and Discipline of the Troops of the United
                                                                                                                                                               States,” which becomes a fundamental guide
                                                                                                                                                               for the Continental Army and remains in active
                                                                                                                                                               use through the War of 1812, being published in
                                                                                                                                                               over 70 editions
                                                                                                                                                                  —1780-81: Senior military officer in charge of
BY MARK SEgAL                                       tative in Paris, Benjamin Franklin, to see what
                                                                                                                                                               troop and supply mobilization in Virginia
EXCLUSIvELY IN CHICAgO                              he could come up with. Franklin, a renowned
                                                                                                                                                                  —1781: Replaced by Marquis de Lafayette as
FOR WINDY CITY TIMES                                inventor, was treated as a celebrity in the French
                                                                                                                                                               commander in Virginia
NATIONAL gAY HISTORY PROJECT                        court. This would be pivotal in achieving his two
                                                                                                                                                                  —1781-83: Continues to serve as Washing-
                                                    major objectives in France: winning financial
                                                                                                                                                               ton’s inspector general, and is active in improv-
There are few historians today who would doubt      support for the revolution and finding military
                                                                                                                                                               ing discipline and streamlining administration
that Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben was        leaders who could bring a semblance of order to
                                                                                                                                                               in the army
gay.                                                the Revolutionary Army.
                                                                                                                                                                  —Spring 1783: Assists in formulating plans
  To appreciate the contributions von Steuben         Franklin learned of a “brilliant” Prussian
                                                                                                                                                               for the postwar American military
(1730-94) made to the American Revolution,          military genius, Lt. Gen. Baron Frederich von
                                                                                                                                                                  Washington rewarded von Steuben with a
consider this: Before his arrival in Valley Forge   Steuben. von Steuben had a string of successes
                                                                                                                                                               house at Valley Forge (still in existence and
in 1778, the Revolutionary Army had lost several    (some self-embellished) with the Prussian army.
                                                                                                                                                               open for visits) which he shared with his aide-
battles to Great Britain and, without him, the      There was one problem—he’d been asked to
                                                                                                                                                               de-camps Capt. William North and Gen. Benja-
United States of America might still be the Brit-   depart because of his “affections for members        Friedrich von Steuben. Image by Ralph Earl            min Walker. Walker lived with him through the
ish colonies.                                       of his own sex.” This became urgent in 1777
                                                                                                                                                               remainder of his life, and von Steuben, who
  Before Valley Forge, the Revolutionary Army       when he literally escaped imprisonment in what
                                                                                                            Franklin had a choice here, and he decided von     neither married nor denied any of the allega-
was a loosely organized, ragtag band of men         is now Germany and traveled to Paris. In Paris,
                                                                                                         Steuben’s expertise was more important to the         tions of homosexuality, left his estate to North
with little military training. The military fum-    Franklin was interviewing candidates to assist
                                                                                                         colonies than his sexuality.                          and Walker. His last will and testament, which
bled through the beginning of the war for in-       Washington back in the colonies when he dis-
                                                                                                            At the same time, another colonial represen-       includes the line “extraordinarily intense emo-
dependence lacking training and organization.       covered von Steuben.
                                                                                                         tative was in France with the explicit job of         tional relationship,” has been described as a
Gen. George Washington and the Continental            During the interview process, Franklin discov-
                                                                                                         recruiting experienced military personnel from        love letter to Walker.
Congress knew that without help from addition-      ered von Steuben’s reputation for having “affec-
                                                                                                         Europe to train the Continental Army. He was             The nation that von Steuben help found has
al seasoned military experts, the colonies would    tions” with males and the issue became pressing
                                                                                                         Silas Deane, a former representative to the first     memorialized him with numerous statues, in-
clearly lose. Since Washington himself was the      as members of the French clergy demanded the
                                                                                                         Continental Congress and friend of Franklin.          cluding those at Lafayette Square near the White
best the colonies had, they looked to Europe        French court, as in other countries, take action
                                                                                                         Deane is best known for recruiting the Marquis        House and at Valley Forge and Utica, N.Y. (where
for someone who could train the troops. To that     against this sodomite. They had decided to make
                                                                                                         de Lafayette. He also had a side job as a spy         he is buried) and German Americans celebrate
end, Washington wrote the colonies’ represen-       their effort a crusade and run him out of France.
                                                                                                         for the colonies. Besides being intelligent them-     his birthday each year on Sept. 17, hosting
                                                                                                         selves, Franklin and Deane knew how to spot           parades in New York City, Philadelphia and Chi-
                                                                                                         intelligence. It would have been impossible for       cago.
                                                                                                         either to not know about the reputation of von           If George Washington was the father of the
                                                                                                         Steuben.                                              nation, then von Steuben, a gay man, was the
                                                                                                            Franklin, working with Deane, decided von          father of the United States military.
                                                                                                         Steuben’s “affections” were less important than          Mark Segal is founder and publisher of
                                                                                                         what he, Washington and the colonies needed to        Philadelphia gay News, the country’s oldest
                                                                                                         win the war with England. Deane learned of von        LgBT newsweekly. Sometimes called the dean
                                                                                                         Steuben’s indiscretions—and that the French           of the gay press, Segal is an award-winning
                                                                                                         clergy was investigating—from a letter to the         columnist and is fascinated by history.
                                                                                                         Prince of Hechingen, his former employer, which          Also, read about the profile of Katherine
                                                                                                         read in part:                                         Lee Bates—who wrote “America the Beauti-
                                                                                                            “It has come to me from different sources that     ful”—online at http://www.WindyCityMedia-
                                                                                                         M. de Steuben is accused of having taken famil-
                                                                                                         iarities with young boys which the laws forbid
                                                                                                         and punish severely. I have even been informed
                                                                                                         that that is the reason why M. de Steuben was
                                                                                                                                                                 Presbyterians ordain
                                                                                                         obliged to leave Hechingen and that the clergy          first gay minister
                                                                                                         of your country intend to prosecute him by law             On Oct. 8 in Madison, Wis., the Presbyte-
                                                                                                         as soon as he may establish himself anywhere.”          rian Church ordained Scott Anderson as its
                                                                                                            Deane, along with Franklin, acted quickly be-        first openly gay minister, according to On
                                                                                                         fore the clergy could deport or imprison von            Top Magazine.
                                                                                                         Steuben and plotted to send him to the colo-               Anderson’s ordination happened after
                                                                                                         nies to serve with Washington. von Steuben was          the Presbyterian Church (USA), numbering
                                                                                                         given an advance for passage to America and             2 million members, began welcoming non-
                                                                                                         began as a volunteer, without pay.                      celibate gay clergy this past summer.
                                                                                                            Once he’d arrived in Valley Forge, Washington           In 1990, Anderson was the head pastor
                                                                                                         was concerned about von Steuben’s inability to          of Bethany Presbyterian in Sacramento,
                                                                                                         speak English so he appointed two of his officers       Calif., when two parishioners outed him;
                                                                                                         who spoke French to work as his translators. One        soon after, he left the church. Anderson re-
      CHICAGO’S PREMIER TENNIS CLUB IS                                                                   of those officers was Alexander Hamilton and
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      NOW CHICAGO’S PREMIER FITNESS CLUB.                                                                months, von Steuben gained Washington’s con-            guiding the church while the issue of gay
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                                                                                                            Washington and Franklin’s trust in von Steu-         for me and for many people there,” Ander-
                                                                                                         ben was rewarded. He whipped the ragtag army            son told Reuters. “It was very celebratory.
                                                                                                         of the colonies into a professional fighting force,     Presbyterians don’t cheer very often, but
                                                                                                         able to take on the most powerful superpower            there was some cheering.”
                                                                                                         of the time, England. Some of his accomplish-              Anderson and partner Ian MacAllister
                                                                                                         ments include instituting a “model company”             have been together 20 years.
                                                                                                         for training, establishing sanitary standards and
                                                                                                         organization for the camp and training soldiers
                                                                                                         in drills and tactics such as bayonet fighting and
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major changes
                                                                                                            Lakeview at last year’s parade, and a group of         lem as one of capacity. Attendance jumped so
                                                                                                            people jumped up and down on a car until its           dramatically that organizers said they felt blind-
                                                                                                            windshield broke, raising concerns that high           sided.
                                                                                                            alcohol consumption and large crowds set the              Some have attributed high attendance to me-

announced for
                                                                                                            stage for disaster.                                    dia attention on LGBT people leading up to the
                                                                                                               The parade has also been cut down from 250          parade as civil unions went into effect earlier in
                                                                                                            to 200 entries to shorten the length of the pa-        the month.
                                                                                                            rade. Registration forms, which typically come            High attendance also raised concerns that the

Pride Parade
                                                                                                            out on March 1, could be released as early as          parade had outgrown Boystown altogether.
                                                                                                            February this year.                                       “We do get some of the feedback every year,”
                                                                                                               As in past years, entries in 2012 will be grant-    said Bever. “But its location in the heart of
                                                                                                            ed on a first-come, first-serve basis. LGBT groups     Lakeview is very important.”
                                                                                                            however, are not expected to have a problem               Bever said that the decision to start the pa-
                                                                                                            entering, said Pfeiffer.                               rade route further north, however, was also in
                                                                                                               “Most of the largest LGBT groups register ear-      part because the city’s LGBT community appears
                                                                                                            ly,” Pfeiffer said. But he urged LGBT contingents      to be moving further north.
                                                                                                            to get their paperwork in as soon as the forms            According to Pfeiffer, numerous city depart-
                                                                                                            are released to ensure participation.                  ments and officials signed off on the changes,
                                                                                                               In 2011, the last 50 entries in the parade were     including police, fire, the Office of Emergency
                                                                                                            diverted off the route after crowds spilled into       Management, Streets and Sanitation, Human Re-
                                                                                                            the start point at Belmont and Halsted. Several        lations, aldermen and the mayor’s office. Bever
                                                                                                            of those groups asked for refunds. Groups that         said that Tunney, 46th Ward Ald. James Capple-
                                                                                                            did not take refunds were promised spots to-           man and 43rd Ward Ald. Michele Smith all con-
                                                                                                            wards the front of the route for 2012.                 sulted on the changes as well.
                                                                                                               So serious were problems at Pride 2011 that            More changes could be made in coming years,
                                                                                                            Pfeiffer met with city officials on the issues on      Pfeiffer acknowledged. He also accepts the pos-
                                                                                                            five separate occasions. Parade coordinators           sibility that high attendance in 2011 was a
                                                                                                            typically meet with city officials just once the       fluke. Still, he said, organizers are planning for
                                                                                                            week after their respective parades.                   the prospect of 800,000 people.
                                                                                                               Overwhelmingly, officials identified the prob-

                                                                                                                                                                   merlo library
                                                                                                                                                                   may close
                                                                                                                                                                     Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget cut-
                                                                                                                                                                   backs may hit the Chicago Public Library (CPL)
                                                                                                                                                                   system—and may result in the closure of a
                                                                                                                                                                   Boystown fixture.
                                                                                                                                                                     If the new budget cutbacks, scheduled to be
Float in this year’s pride parade. Photo by Steve Starr                                                                                                            announced Oct. 12, are severe enough, they
                                                                                                                                                                   could affect the John Merlo Public Library, 644
                                                                                                                                                                   W. Belmont.
BY KATE SOSIN                                          derman Tom Tunney, said that his office saw                                                                   CPL Director of Marketing Ruth Lednicer told
                                                       “numerous public safety concerns” after last                                                                Windy City Times that because the city is in
Responding to a steep jump in attendance and           year’s parade.                                                                                              the middle of the budget process, nothing has
chaos at last year’s Pride Parade, parade officials      “Certainly, we didn’t want to go the route of                                                             been finalized. She added that service hours
announced several changes intended to curtail          the South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade and up                                                              may be cut or, in the most serious case, librar-
public drinking and disburse crowds over a larger      and cancel it,” Bever said.                                                                                 ies may have to close.
section of the neighborhood.                             Several called for changes to the event and           Anton Tanumihardja (right) and Brian                  “It is my understanding that they’re looking
   The changes add five blocks to the route, in-       suggested alternative routes. Officials an-             Andersen. Photo reprinted with permission           at not closing, but perhaps losing staff or days
corporate the use of two additional “L” stations,      nounced such changes on Oct. 5.                         from Lavi Soloway                                   of service,” she told Windy City Times. “But
decrease the number of entries by 50 and move            The new route kicks off at Montrose and                                                                   until everything’s formally announced, that’s
the step off time to 10 a.m., two hours earlier
than past years.
                                                       Broadway, heading south on Broadway and then
                                                       turning onto Halsted. It will turn east on Bel-
                                                                                                               ICE refuses to stop                                 not the final word.”

   The changes are the most significant to the         mont and then go south on Broadway, finishing           deportation despite                                   The John Merlo branch is known for its ex-
                                                                                                                                                                   tensive collection of LGBT materials, including
parade in many years, said Rich Pfeiffer, chief
organizer of the event.
                                                       east at Diversey and Cannon Drive.
                                                         The changes eliminate the sharp curve in the
                                                                                                               DHS policy                                          pamphlets that date back decades.
                                                                                                                   The Immigration and Customs Enforcement                                         —Andrew Davis
   “You weigh the pros and cons… and the bot-          route at Halsted and Broadway, where two lanes          (ICE) office in Philadelphia has refused to stop
                                                                                                                                                                   ortman named to
tom line was safety,” said Pfeiffer. “We just did      of parade traffic and crowds sometimes made             the deportation that would separate Anton
not want a repeat of last year.”                       the corner impassable by police and sandwiched          Tanumihardja, an Indonesian citizen, from his
   A near doubling of attendance at the parade in
June presented greater challenges for parade of-
                                                       crowds into a single city block. Bever said that
                                                       the “V” created by the curve trapped residents
                                                                                                               American husband, Brian Andersen, according
                                                                                                               to a press release from the Gay & Lesbian Alli-
                                                                                                                                                                   LAGBAC board
                                                                                                                                                                     The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chi-
ficials. At the 2011 Parade, crowds were so large      who lived at the corner for hours and blocked           ance Against Defamation (GLAAD).                    cago (LAGBAC) has appointed Randall Ortman
and out of control that many paradegoers said          emergency vehicles from accessing the parade               This development is still happening despite      to its board of directors, according to a press
they feared for their safety. Last year’s parade       route.                                                  new guidelines from the Obama administration        release.
saw a turnout of approximately 800,000 people,           In addition, the new route adds five blocks,          that aim to set aside all low-priority deporta-       Ortman is an associate at the international
compared with an estimated 450,000 in 2010.            making the parade accessible by two more Red            tion cases and keep all families together—in-       law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He grad-
   “We were shocked [by the turnout],” Pfeiffer        Line “L” stops at Wilson and at Sheridan.               cluding gay and lesbian couples.                    uated from Northwestern University School
said.                                                    The added “L” stops are expected to relieve              Specifically, ICE rejected a request for “de-    of Law in 2011 and will become a member of
   Max Bever, a spokesperson for 44th Ward Al-         congestion at the Belmont “L” station, where            ferred action,” which allows individuals meet-      the Illinois bar next month. Ortman recently
                                                                   crowds became so thick after the pa-        ing specific criteria to stay in the country        joined McDermott’s Chicago office as a mem-
                                                                   rade in 2011 the station had to be          indefinitely, although they are technically         ber of the Health Industry Advisory Practice
                                                                   shut down temporarily.                      deportable. At a meeting Oct. 7 with a Phila-       Group.
                                                                     “It’s going to be way more manage-        delphia deportation officer, Tanumihardja was
                Visit                     able this way,” Pfeiffer said, adding
                                                                                                               told that unless there was some intervention
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   Save up to 80% or more on all meds willand widely publicizing the chang-                                                                                        bartender dies
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                                                                   es        recommending parade-goers            The couple’s attorney, Lavi Soloway, said,
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                                                                   earlier for the parade, which steps                                                               Kraus also tended bar at Madrigal’s when it
                                                                                                               must take immediate action to ensure that the
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                                                                                                               new deportation policy is being implemented
    saving now on your medication needs.                              “By staging this earlier, hopefully                                                            A memorial service will be held Thursday,
                                                                                                               fairly and consistently by ICE deportation of-
           Questions? Call or email                                you’ll have less alcohol consump-                                                               Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m.
                                                                                                               ficers in local offices, or this policy announce-
                  1-866-744-3835 or                                tion,” Pfeiffer said, “Unless you’re a      ment is meaningless.”                             hardcore drinker, you’ve not going to
      Leading the effort in low-cost Rx drugs ensuring             be drinking at 10 a.m.”
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Needs-based                                                                                                                  Peoria drops
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The charities have said they would appeal
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the ruling before the 4th District Appellate

assessment launches

                                                                                                                             battle                                                                       Adler hosting oct. 19
                                                                                                                             BY KATE SOSIN
BY STEvEN CHAITMAN                                   community as compared to only one aspect.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          forum on racism,
                                                     He then described the two-fold purpose of the                           The Catholic Diocese of Peoria announced Oct.
                                                                                                                             6 that it has backed out the legal battle with
                                                                                                                                                                                                          colorism, coming out
A needs-based assessment that will determine         fund: To provide capacity-building services for                                                                                                         The Institute on Social Exclusion at the
how to raise and spend a million dollars in the      our community organizations and build bridges                           the state over foster care contracts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Adler School will host “Intersecting Identities:
Chicago LGBT community over the next three           to the non-LGBT community.                                                The diocese announced its decision in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Comparing and Contrasting the Gay Experi-
years launched Oct. 7 at the Center on Halsted.        “One of the things [the steering commit-                              press release, published on the Catholic Post
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ence” Wed., Oct. 19, at the Adler School of
The LGBT Community Fund, an initiative of The        tee] observed was our organizations—at this                             website. Equality Illinois confirmed the news
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Professional Psychology, 17 N. Dearborn St.,
Chicago Community Trust, has partnered with          point—aren’t as well recognized by non-LGBT                             and urged the other three charities to follow
                                                                                                                                                                                                          4-6 p.m.
the consultant firm Morten Group to conduct          communities both from the standpoint of know-                           suit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Panelists will include Kevin Osten, director
the assessment, which will consist of survey-        ing what we’re doing as well as donating dol-                             Catholic Charities of Peoria, Belleville,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Adler’s LGBT mental health program; Coya
ing more than 1,500 LGBT individuals—mostly          lars,” Alexander said. “We’ve done a great job                          Springfield and Joliet sued the state for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paz of Amigas Latinas; Ahmad Refky, a student
throughout Cook County—followed by various           within our community of raising dollars; the                            right to keep the $30 million contracts. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                          at Adler; Grady Garner, a faculty member at
stakeholder interviews and focus groups.             next opportunity is to go out into the greater                          state declined to offer the charities contracts
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Chicago School; and Kim Hunt, executive
  The LGBT Community Fund began in 2010,             community and raise dollars.”                                           this year because the charities refused to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          director of Affinity Community Services. Chas-
when The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) is-             Morten Group expects to make community pre-                           place children with single parents and same-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tity Lord, regional vice president of The Posse
sued it a $500,000 matching challenge grant. A       sentations based on the assessment findings in                          sex couples, despite new civil union law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Foundation, will moderate.
steering committee will oversee fundraising and      January. To access the online survey, visit the                           A circuit court judge ruled in August that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             RSVP by Oct. 14 to
ultimately determine how to disperse the funds       CCT website or Morten Group web-                            charities did not have a property right to the
to Chicago’s LGBT nonprofit organizations and        site                                               contracts.
programs.                                                                                                                      The judge declined to stay his ruling despite
  Representatives of about two-dozen LGBT                                                                                    an appeal from the charities last month.
nonprofits—deemed community partners of the
assessment—were present at the kick-off press
breakfast. Potentially all of them stand to gain
from the fund.
  Morten Group President Mary Morten and
Project Manager Keshia Farmer-Smith explained

                                                                            CHICAGO’S NUMBER

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Keshia Farmer-Smith.        Photo    by   Steven
                                                                             Leading hotels rank Kendall College as having the number one Chicago
                                                                             program for preparing students for hospitality management careers. And
the two-phase process of The LGBT Community                                  Chicago MICHELIN Guide Restaurants rate Kendall number one in the city
Needs Assessment: The first phase will consist                               for preparing students for careers in culinary arts. (ORC International-2011 Survey)
of a short online survey offered in English and
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also be available with community drop boxes
                                                                             • Adult Learner Sessions: Manage work and life demands while earning your degree
that will be distributed throughout Chicago.
                                                                               through combined online and weekend programs.
   The second phase will take the data acquired
                                                                             • Live Demonstrations: See our culinary students in action, as well as presentations
in the first to formulate questions for interviews
                                                                               by hospitality management and business students.
with approximately 50 LGBT community stake-
                                                                             • Tours + Tips: Take a guided tour of campus, and get answers about Financial Aid,
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ston, Oak Park and Berwyn.
   “We want to cast a wide net and we want to                      
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Local and nat’l
                                                                                                                de Faria, a Brazilian citizen. Gochnauer said that    the president determines a law to be unconsti-
                                                                                                                he lives in fear that his partner of five years,      tutional,” Sawyer said.
                                                                                                                who he cannot legally sponsor as his husband,           Quigley, Schakowsky and Gutierrez expressed

politicians attend
                                                                                                                will lose his job and be forced to move back to       their eagerness to see the end of DOMA. The
                                                                                                                Brazil.                                               three vowed to fight for the end of law.
                                                                                                                  Also present were Trish and Kate Varnum, the          “When it comes to matters of equality, it is
                                                                                                                famous Iowa couple who successfully sued for          always the right time to do the right thing,”

DomA hearing
                                                                                                                same-sex marriage in their state. Despite their       Quigley said. “We are a nation of laws, but our
                                                                                                                win in 2009, the Trish Varnum said that DOMA          laws are based on our hearts.”
                                                                                                                prevents them from fully enjoying their legally-        Gutierrez said that he felt the legislature
                                                                                                                recognized relationship.                              needed to catch up to public in support for
                                                                                                                  “We had to file three tax returns,” she said.       same-sex marriage. “The American people are
BY KATE SOSIN                                              We’re just asking for the same rights as other       “Preparing tax returns are not free, unless you’re    ahead of us,” he said.
                                                           couples who happen to be heterosexual.”              an accountant.”                                         Schakowsky thanked the panelists for shar-
Politicians, activists and same-sex marriage                 Angelica Lopez said that she and her partner,        Legal experts also weighed in on DOMA.              ing their stories, which she said gave her new
supporters filled the seats of the City Council            Claudia Mercado, cannot travel without docu-         Gail H. Morse of Jenner and Block said the law        insight into challenges facing LGBT people who
chambers Oct. 7 for a panel discussion on the              mentation that two and their daughter are a          placed unnecessary tax burdens on same-sex            want to get married, among them was the issue
impacts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)              family.                                              partners. People who support their partners fi-       same-sex parents face in traveling. “[Needing to
on same-sex couples.                                         “We just want our children to know they will       nancially are required to pay gift taxes on that      carry documents] never would have occurred to
  More than 75 people attended the morning                 be protected no matter what,” Lopez said.            support, she said.                                    me,” she said.
event, which featured commentary from U.S.                   Janean Watkins also said that DOMA has had a         Camilla Taylor, marriage project director for         Major LGBT leaders attended the event includ-
Reps. Mike Quigley, Luis V. Gutierrez and Jan              toll on her family.                                  Lambda Legal, said that she believes DOMA             ing state Rep. Greg Harris, 44th Ward Alderman
Schakowsky as well as testimony from LGBT cou-               “In so many ways, we are made to feel that         burdens LGBT couples in three ways—it allows          Tom Tunney, City of Chicago Commissioner on
ples.                                                      we don’t exist,” said Watkins, sitting next to her   states to ignore marriages in other states, it        Human Relations Mona Noriega and Metropoli-
  James Cappleman, 46th Ward alderman, was                 partner Lakeesha Harris.                             supports discrimination in a variety of ways          tan Water Reclamation District Commissioner
among those who spoke on the negative impact                 Harris and Watkins were the first in Chicago to    federally and it creates stigma against same-sex      Debra Shore.
DOMA has had on his life.                                  receive a civil union license when they became       partners.                                               Lambda Legal hosted the forum, along with
  Cappleman and his partner, Richard Thale,                available on June 1 this summer. The couple has        Heather Sawyer, Democratic counsel for the          Quigley’s office.
have been together for 20 years.                           six children together, but they say that lack of     House Judiciary Committee, fielded questions            Quigley encouraged attendees to submit their
  Thale volunteers full-time while Cappleman               marriage recognition allows people to assume         about the legality of President Obama’s decision      own testimonies, which he said will be entered
earns the couple’s income. Cappleman said that             they are not family.                                 to stop defending DOMA. Sawyer said the move          into public record. Those wishing to submit their
Thale will not be eligible to receive his social             School officials question the couple on which      to stop defending a law was not common but            stories about DOMA can do so through Quigley’s
security benefits because the two are not feder-           of them is the “the real mother” of their chil-      was within the president’s rights.                    website at
ally recognized as spouses.                                dren, Watkins said. “We feel disempowered, hu-         “It is rare… but absolutely appropriate when
 “Through the years, I have become a part of               miliated and depressed.”
Richard’s family and he is a part of mine,” Cap-
pleman said. “We’re not asking for special rights.
                                                             Grant Gochnauer talked about the affect DOMA
                                                           has had on his relationship with Gabriel Fontes         Anderson memorial                                     Franzen stressed the importance of drafting
                                                                                                                                                                      official legal documents for all health, family
                                                                                                                   service oct. 16                                    and inheritance matters.
                                                                                                                                                                         “Even though [Illinois] state law might af-
                                                                                                                     A memorial service to celebrate her life and
                                                                                                                   mourn the death of lesbian activist Susan An-      ford you rights for adoption,” he said, “we still
                                                                                                                   derson will be held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake      highly recommend that our clients go ahead
                                                                                                                   St., Oak Park, on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. A     and formalize an adoption legally. … [If] cli-
                                                                                                                   reception will follow in Unity House.              ents move to other states, other states may or
                                                                                                                     Anderson, 62, died suddenly of natural           may not recognize Illinois’ recognition of that
                                                                                                                   causes Oct. 2.                                     adoption.”
                                                                                                                     A resident of Berwyn, Anderson was a criti-         According to data from Equality Illinois and
                                                                                                                   cal leader in LGBT efforts in both Berwyn and      the Chicago Tribune, Illinois issued 1,618 civ-
                                                                                                                   Oak Park. She was former co-chair of the Oak       il-union licenses in June 2011. Moreover, 83 of
                                                                                                                   Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPAL-       Illinois’ 102 counties reported issuing at least
                                                                                                                   GA) and an active member of Berwyn United          one civil-union license during that time.
                                                                                                                   Neighborhood Gay and Lesbian Organization             The McGaw YMCA co-sponsored the forum.
                                                                                                                   (BUNGALO).                                         Quarles & Brady partner and McGaw YMCA
                                                                                                                     She was a research scientist with the Uni-       Board of Directors Chair Kirk Hoopingarner
                                                                                                                   versity of Illinois-Chicago, and that work in-     hosted.
                                                                                                                   cluded political research. Her interest in poli-
                                                                                                                   tics was wide-ranging—from local to state and
                                                                                                                                                                      Park Ridge gets
From left: U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Mike Quigley and Luis gutierrez at the DOMA hearing.
Photo by Kate Sosin                                                                                                  Anderson ran unsuccessfully for 6th Ward al-     rid of drag ban
                                                                                                                   derman in Berwyn in 2009. According to Ted         BY KATE SOSIN
                                                                                                                   Korbos of BUNGALO, Anderson was active in
                                                                                                                   Independent Voters of Berwyn (IVB) and was         After 83 years, residents of U.S. Secretary of
                                                                                                                   part of their slate in the elections. Anderson     State Hillary Clinton’s hometown can legally
                                                                                                                   was also a former president of the All Berwyn      dress in drag.
                                                                                                                   Committee and was the moderator for several          Northwest suburb Park Ridge removed its
  wood blinds designer screen shades                                                                               candidates’ forums hosted by the All Berwyn        cross-dressing ban from the books on Oct. 3,
  honeycomb shades window shadings                                                                                 Committee during the 2000s.                        an antique law left sitting in the city ordi-
                                                                                                                                                                      nance since 1928.

                                                                                        Call Greg                  Law firm hosts                                       “It’s just one of those archaic things that
                                                                                                                                                                      never got changed,” said City Clerk Betty
                                                                                                                   civil-union forum                                  Henneman.
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                                                                                                                     The state’s civil-union statute affords cou-     pute.
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LGBts join occupy                                                                                         Benefit show for
                                                                                                          Santiago oct. 15
Chicago protests
                                                                                                            On Saturday, Oct. 15, Ties & Tassels, along
                                                                                                          with a group of team-mates and friends, is host-
                                                                                                          ing a show to remember and celebrate the life of
                                                                                                          the late lesbian activist Christina Santiago and
BY KATE SOSIN                                       onstration, although no single LGBT contingent        raise some funds to assist the Brennon/Santiago
                                                    or organization marched together.                     Fund.
In the city’s largest demonstration since Occupy       A handful of members of LGBTQ direct-action          The event will take place at Lizard Lounge,
Chicago began protesting Wall Street bankers        organization Gender JUST appeared at the pro-         3058 W. Irving Park Rd., at 8 p.m. There is a $5
three weeks ago, thousands marched through          test in Robin Hood costumes. Their group kay-         donation.
downtown streets and converged at the Art In-       aked to the demonstration along the Chicago             Some of the scheduled performers are spoken-
stitute to protest an expo of prominent bankers.    River.                                                word artist/singer Nikki Patin; a belly dancer;
  Many of those present were LGBT activists and        Queer activists who attended the march said        and rockers Amy & the Mud Butlers, among oth-
teachers.                                           they felt the concerns of protesters were univer-     ers. There will also be a raffle with prizes such as
  Protesters started at five different conver-      sal.                                                  one-hour massages; a baseball signed by former
gence points and flooded the streets, meeting          “Regardless of race, gender or sexual orienta-     Chicago Cubs Mark Grace, Sammy Sosa and Ryne
at Michigan and Monroe where they were sur-         tion, a lot of people are being impacted,” said       Sandberg, among others; and gift cards for Crew
rounded by a wall of police.                        Jorge Valdivia, who identifies as gay. “We’re         and Hamburger Mary’s. Raffle tickets are two for
  “We are the 99 percent,” they shouted, as well    marching side by side we people, and we don’t         $5.
as “banks get bailed out, we get sold out.”         know where they’re coming from or how they              People can also send donations by making
  The march, which had been planned for             identify.”                                            checks payable to the “Brennon & Santiago As-
months in anticipation of a bankers meeting at         One queer teacher who wished only to be iden-      sistance Fund” and mail them to: Chase Bank,
the Futures and Options expo, coincided with        tified as Phillipe said he was protesting because     Attn: Scott, 310 N. Randall Rd., Lake in the
weeks of protest in Chicago that spread from the    he spends $150 weekly on school supplies for          Hills, Ill., 60156.                                    Christina Santiago. Photo by Kat Fitzgerald
“Occupy Wall Street” movement in New York.          his students because his school cannot provide
  The march was orchestrated by local unions        materials.
and activist groups that included Lakeview Ac-         “It’s very frustrating,” he said. “I’m hoping to
tion Coalition and Chicago Coalition for the        see continual movement beyond here and that
Homeless.                                           people don’t fall back into their daily schedule.”
                                                       The protest ended without major incident be-
                                                                                                             man suing CPS                                       in because of his illness, but Guilamo repri-
                                                                                                                                                                 manded him for tardiness anyway.

                                                                                                             over HIv, race
  Marching bands blasted out upbeat tunes                                                                                                                           The complaint goes on to allege that Smith
while protesters sang and danced in the streets.    low the modern wing of the Art Institute. There,                                                             was denied necessary educational equipment

Hundreds of spectators crowded onto curbs to        those attending the expo watched protesters                                                                  like an overhead projector and was forced to
snap photos of the march. Above, one El conduc-     from above.                                                                                                  work a room that was “unbearably hot.” It fur-
tor stopped her train over the protest and raised      Photos from the Oct. 10 march by Kate Sosin;          BY KATE SOSIN                                       ther states that Guilamo sent Smith “critical
a fist in solidarity.                               pics from previous demonstrations by Ed Negron                                                               and offensive e-mails” and told students that
  Dozens of LGBT activists were active in dem-                                                               A Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher has          Smith was an incompetent teacher.
                                                                                                             filed suit against the city’s Board of Education       CPS did not return an immediate request to
                                                                                                             over alleged discrimination on the basis of HIV     comment.
                                                                                                             status and race.                                       Cooper said that he did not know how his
                                                                                                                Jumeck Smith, who teaches fifth grade at         client was certain that the unfavorable treat-
                                                                                                             Von Humboldt Elementary School, alleges that        ment was related to his race or HIV-positive
                                                                                                             the school’s principal, Alexandra Sophie Guila-     status, only that the harassment “came to a
                                                                                                             mo, singled him out because he is Black and         head” this year.
                                                                                                             HIV-positive.                                          “What he believes is that other people who
                                                                                                                According to the complaint filed in U.S. Dis-    are not HIV-positive can use that machine,”
                                                                                                             trict Court, Smith was allegedly “treated less      Cooper said. “People in 2011 don’t go around
                                                                                                             favorably than other similarly situated teach-      using racial epithets or saying you can’t use
                                                                                                             ers who are not African American.”                  that time machine because of your HIV sta-
                                                                                                                Smith’s attorney, Chris Cooper, said that        tus.”
                                                                                                             Guilamo forced Smith to use a time punch               Cooper said the alleged harassment took
                                                                                                             machine far away from his classroom when            place over six years.
                                                                                                             one was available closer, despite the fact that        The suit is directed at Guilamo and the Board
                                                                                                             HIV makes it difficult for him to get around.       of Education. It seeks damages for five differ-
                                                                                                             According to Cooper, Smith was granted five         ent counts, together totaling $1,725,000.
                                                                                                             extra minutes to get to the machine to punch
The Oct. 10 Occupy Chicago march. Photo by Kate Sosin
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NEtSCH from cover
first. Not just because I was female, but they all
thought I had a funny accent, a phony British
accent. I don’t know where they got that.
   I was not at all timid about speaking up in
class, which women still are to some extent. I
lecture them if I hear about any of the women
being timid about participating. After a while,
we all sort of got used to one another and, as
they used to charmingly say, Netsch is just one
of the boys.
   So, we all got along fine. At least, I think we
   WCT: At what point in your life did you be-
come an advocate for the LgBT population?
   Netsch: Well certainly by the time I had start-
ed to run for office, but it had to be a few years
before that.
   I guess it was probably a combination of
things. Number one, I think both Walter, my           Left: Former Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Paul vallas, Netsch, and openly gay state Rep. Larry McKeon at a Human Rights Campaign
husband, and I had friends that were gay. Some-       Chicago gala in 2001. McKeon died in 2008 after a stroke. He lived for many years with HIv. Photo by Tracy Baim. Right: Dawn Clark Netsch at the
times openly so, other times not, but it was sort     1989 IMPACT gay political action committee gala with openly gay Dr. Ron Sable, who ran twice unsuccessfully for 44th Ward alderman. He died in
of known—and they were friends.                       1993 of AIDS complications. Photo by Lisa Howe-Ebright
   Combined with that, I was always a very pas-
sionate civil libertarian, and the idea of dis-       in that community and it’s very touching for me         and I feel a little frustrated because I don’t          Never, ever compromise your basic integrity.
criminating against someone or writing them           that I’m still very warmly received and I think         have quite the full-steam-ahead energy level I          WCT: Now, on a lighter note, is it true that
off because, in this case, sexual orientation, was    a lot of it does have to do with the fact that          guess I’ve always had. And yet there are so many      you’ve never learned how to drive? My best
just anathema to me. I would simply not have          somehow they know that I’ve been there for a            things still to be done. You’re a little more con-    friend still hasn’t learned how to drive and
considered that proper.                               long time.                                              scious of that, I think.                              she’s convinced that she’ll be able to live her
   A lot of it really was having friends. They were      What’s particularly nice is just how far things         WCT: As an elder, you have a lot of experi-        whole life without a license.
our friends, it was not a big deal in that sense.     have changed. I’m sure you don’t really appreci-        ence. For younger activists who are just put-           Netsch: That’s correct. I must admit, some-
   I had reason to speak of it openly when I be-      ate that. I’m still alive, and when I started in        ting their feelers out, who might be entering         times my husband would—I hope lovingly—call
gan to run for office. The question didn’t come       politics this was basically a toxic issue.              politics or studying law, do you have any ad-         me a parasite, because I was always looking for
up quite so much, I mean, we were still fighting         With all the ugliness and recriminations and         vice?                                                 someone to get me to a place or give me a ride
the Equal Rights Amendment at that time. But it       all the other stuff that’s going on in politics            Netsch: A couple things. Number one: You           home. I’ve got a couple of friends who are al-
would sometimes come up.                              right now, to realize that there is a community         have to decide for yourself where you want your       most always on the spot for that.
   WCT: What led you to a political career?           there which really does stand by someone that           life to go. You shouldn’t be pushed in a direc-         But I have managed. It helps if you live in the
   Netsch: I can remember when I was in high          they think stood by them, that is a very good           tion that you’re not comfortable with, no mat-        city, and it does help if you have friends who
school, when asked, “what do you want to do           feeling.                                                ter who’s doing the pushing, whether it’s family      are willing to give you rides. There are times
when you grow up,” I started with wanting to be          WCT: You’ve talked a lot about how far we’ve         or friends or whatever. You want to enjoy what        when it’s a problem, but you can survive! I hate
a member of the United States Senate, and after       come. Even in my life, it has been beautiful.           you’re doing with your life.                          automobiles!
a while I went on to president of the United          I never thought I would see Illinois have civil
States. Literally. And I wasn’t just being silly;     unions.
that was sort of the ultimate of what I wanted
to do.
                                                         Netsch: I don’t think most of us did!
                                                         WCT: How much further do you think we
                                                                                                                 Cappleman running                                  who endorsed the alderman in a letter to con-
   I find it more interesting, I find it important,   have to go towards equality?                               for committeeman                                     “With extensive community input, he has
                                                                                                                                                                    created a 46th ward master plan which will
it’s a way to have impact on issues and, indirect-       Netsch: We will reach a point where I think             BY KATE SOSIN
ly, then on people. It’s just a much more inter-      marriage is not prohibited anywhere. That’s not                                                               help guide development in a way that benefits
esting way to make a living in a sense, with all      going to happen quite in my lifetime. I think              James Cappleman, alderman of the 46th Ward         all members of the community,” Sharpe wrote.
of its frustrations, which are huge and enormous      we’ll add a few more states in my life, but it’s           and a longtime openly gay activist, is throw-      “As Democratic Committeeman, James will
and continuous.                                       going to take a while. But this is going back to           ing his hat into the race for Democratic Com-      represent our community well on Democratic
   WCT: You mentioned this a little bit, but          the fact that this has moved unbelievably fast,            mitteeman in his ward.                             Party matters.”
how does it feel to be an icon to an entire           given how deeply held these feelings were.                   “I have had a lot of different careers, and        Sharpe has held the position for eight years.
population? That must be the neatest thing.              I think it’s all going in that direction, there’s       ironically they have all been similar,” Capple-    He said he is stepping down “to transition to
   Netsch: I sort of don’t go around say, “Oh, I’m    no question about that. One of those things, of            man said.                                          new leadership,” he wrote.
an icon!” I am aware of the fact that I am very       course, is generational. There’s no question that            Cappleman, who has been a teacher, social          Cappleman said he wants to carry Sharpe’s
warmly received in that community. I see it not       people in your age group [mid-20s], for a lot of           worker and activist, won a tight race for alder-   momentum forward and also work at heal-
only in the gay-pride parade, but also at Equality    them, they don’t care. There’s the huge element            man last year. Since, he has been working on       ing divisions within his party. “I want to see
Illinois’ pass-through when we all march across       of that that has helped to change minds.                   a new master plan for the ward that includes       democrats working together better,” he said.
the stage and at a variety of other things.              I don’t think it’s going to go backward. There’s        new initiatives intended to combat neighbor-       “I want us to be a party that focuses on unit-
   So I’m not unaware of that. It feels good, of      no question about that.                                    hood crime, among other goals.                     ing people.”
course, and what really to me is most interest-          WCT: How does turning 85 feel?                            The alderman said that if elected to the           Most significantly, Cappleman said his sights
ing about it is that I’ve been out of office for         Netsch: Old. Actually, I was in pretty good             position, he will hold more public events for      are on the 2012 presidential race. The alder-
fifteen or sixteen years now. We didn’t even get      shape until the last year. Before that I don’t             Democrats in his ward.                             man is a supporter of President Obama and
the non-discrimination act passed when I was          think I felt or acted 85, I don’t think.                     Cappleman’s run has earned the blessing of       said that he feels that reform is dependent on
there!                                                   Well, you realize there’s not much time left.           current 46th Ward Committeeman Tom Sharpe,         keeping Democrats in office.
   But there’s something that just carries through    It’s terribly important to get more things done,

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                                    Danny Rhodes still remembers the advice that a
                                    teacher once gave the then-budding actor: “If
                                    you’re not getting the roles that you want, write
                                    [the production] yourself.”
                                       He’s done just that—and it’s paid off tenfold, he
                                       Rhodes has been acting professionally for 12 years
                                    and also has been spending time on the production                                                                       Have your
                                    side of the camera as of late, further expanding his
                                    resume and credentials.
                                       His writing style is dark and gritty, he said. He
                                    often writes a production with a role in mind for
                                    himself to act, but he doesn’t always take it.
                                       Rhodes, a member of the Screen Actors Guild,
                                    has numerous film, television and stage credits.                                                                         recently?
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                                    He’s appeared on film in One Small Hitch, House of

                                                                                                                                                         Charles T. Rhodes,
                                    Purgatory and Stranger Than Fiction. His TV credits

                                    include Bad Sides and Detroit 1-8-7. In addition, his stage roles include Romeo & Juliet at the Chicago Shake-
                                    speare Theatre and Patsy’s Bridal Shower at Theatre Eclectic.

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                                       “I’m interested in acting in a

                                    comedy, but more interested in
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                                       Rhodes’ first acting role was as
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                                    age 11 or 12.

    the stats                          However, he’s wanted to act
                                    since he was 5.
                                       That’s when his aunt and grand-
                                    mother took him, with his brother
                                                                                                                                                                Friday, Oct. 14
                                                                                                                                                                   7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                               Sarah Schulman
                        Name        and sister, to see Indiana Jones and The Temple of                                                                         The Mere Future
                 Danny Rhodes       Doom, and then for ice cream after the show. They
                                    explained to Rhodes that Harrison Ford and the rest
                           Age      of the cast was just that, actors.                                                                                   Saturday, Oct. 15-
                            32         “That’s when I said acting was what I wanted to                                                                    Sunday, Oct. 16
                                    do the rest of my life, and there has never been a                                                                Women’s Voices Weekend:
                    Resides in      time when I’ve wanted to do anything else,” Rhodes                                                                      Achy Obejas,
                     Elmhurst       said. “The [traditional] 9-to-5 work environment just                                                                    Nami Mun,
                                    never appealed to me. I love the work I now do.”                                                                       Dorothy Allison
          Relationship status          Rhodes has improvisation skills, along with com-                                                                and Esther Hershenhorn
                        Single      edy and vocal accents. He also has grown up in the
                                    industry, and is being considered for “dad” roles.
                       College         Rhodes was in Dallas in early October, then will be
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                       Hobbies      The Wonder Kids.
    Writing, independent films,        In November, he will be directing and acting in a
     bicycle riding, tennis and     short horror film, titled He Ain’t Heavy, that he also
                        cooking     wrote.
                                       By next spring, Rhodes also will be writing and
               What’s cooking       producing One Not Taken, a horror film that marks                                                                       
                                    the first he’s written and directed.                                                                          
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 14                                                                                                Oct. 12, 2011                                                                           WINDY CITY TIMES

                                                                                                                                                           a special series in partnership with the
                                                                                                                                                           aIDS Foundation of Chicago

Panel addresses high rates
of HIv in African-Americans

In an effort to address increasingly high STD
and HIV/AIDS rates among African-American
communities, dozens of local activists and pub-
lic health employees met Oct. 5 a the Chicago
Urban League for a “Stop Transmitting Silence”
community discussion.
   “People talk about ‘The new face of HIV’ as if
all of a sudden it started to be a high prevalence
among people of color in the last few years,”
said Rush Medical Center’s Dr. Kimberly Smith.                                                                                                                    Dr. Kimberly Smith, MD (Rush University
“The reality is we’ve been the majority for a re-                                                                                                                 Medical Center). All photos by Erica Demarest
ally long time.”
   Smith was one of six panelists tapped to speak
at the event. Others included: Chris Brown, as-
sistant commissioner of public health for Chi-        Panelists and organizers at ‘Stop Transmitting Silence.’
cago’s STI/HIV/AIDS division; Illinois state Rep.
Camille Lilly, a Democrat from Chicago’s 78th           “The real tragedy is that we’re on the precipice   education to do so. The abstinence-only clause
District; the Reverend Michelle D. Hughes of the      of such incredible hope,” said AIDS Foundation       would be removed, and school districts would be
Congregational Church of Park Manor; Tamela           of Chicago President David Ernesto Munar, who        given a choice.
Milan of the Access Community Health Network;         provided opening remarks. “This year was a wa-          “Why would it not be common sense to edu-
and Kendra Jones, a junior at Curie High School.      tershed year for research. We now have empirical     cate our children in grades 6 through 12, when
It’s estimated that there are more than 25,000        evidence that … good adherence to [antiretro-        we’re talking about medically accurate informa-
people living with HIV in Chicago, Brown said.        viral therapy] medications can render a person       tion, where we are designing it where it’s age
While African Americans constitute about a            with HIV virtually un-infectious.”                   appropriate, where we are emphasizing absti-
third of the city’s population, they account for        Strict adherence reduces chances of transmit-      nence as a way of avoiding and preventing unin-
56 percent of HIV-positive residents. Addition-       ting by 96 percent, Munar said. That’s a rate of     tended pregnancies and STDs?” Lilly said. “Why
ally, about 4 percent of those living with HIV are    reduction greater than correct, consistent con-      wouldn’t we begin this information early?”
youth aged 13-24.                                     dom use. “The real tragedy is that we actually          Lilly said she’s received a lot of backlash in
   According to Brown, Chicago saw a 19 percent       have the tools now,” he said.                        the House from members who don’t think chil-
decrease in new HIV diagnoses between 2005              One of the biggest barriers to accessing medi-     dren should learn about sex. Khadine Bennett,
and 2009. However, during that same period,           cation is testing. Brown estimates that about 20     an ACLU of Illinois staff attorney who helped          David Ernesto Munar, president/CEO of the
there was an 85 percent increase among youth          percent of the people living with HIV in Chicago     draft the bill, argued sex education is about ho-      AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
aged 13-24. Of these, 75 percent were male; 80        don’t know they’re positive. That translates to      listic health.
percent were Black; and 60 percent were men           roughly 5,000 people.                                   “Sex ed talks about healthy relationships,”
who have sex with men.                                  Fear of stigma is a major deterrent to medi-       Bennett said. “How do you create boundaries?
   “The health disparities in these new cases are     cal testing and care. “The misinformation is out     How do you learn about your body? How do you
really outrageous,” Brown said. “African-Ameri-       there that you have to be promiscuous or doing       love yourself? How do you talk to your parents
can youth and LGBT youth are being seriously          something that’s out of the box,” Smith said.        about sex? How do you identify who in your
affected.”                                            “You don’t have to have a lot of partners. You       community you can go to with questions? It’s
   When it comes to other sexually transmitted        don’t have to use drugs. You don’t have to do        not just about sex … . We’re teaching life lesson
diseases, the city isn’t doing much better. Com-      anything out of the ordinary. You just have to       skills.”
pared to other urban areas, Chicago ranks No.         come across the wrong person and not use pro-           During a Q&A session, some audience mem-
1 for cases of gonorrhea, No. 2 for chlamydia         tection.”                                            bers charged the bill didn’t go far enough, argu-
cases, No. 3 for syphilis, and in the top 5 for HIV     Comprehensive sex education could abate            ing sex education should be mandatory.
cases, Brown said.                                    that stigma, said Rep. Lilly, an Illinois House         “We updated the school code in the minimal
   Panelists uniformly identified four key factors    co-sponsor of the Accurate Sexual Health Educa-      way that would allow this to be passed with
that could help abate these rates: comprehen-         tion Bill, or H.B. 3027. The bill, which was pre-    the idea this is a first step and not the ideal,”
sive sex education, increased STD and HIV test-       sented at Wednesday night’s event, would allow       Bennett said. “If we were in California, this bill
ing, reduced stigma and adherence to medica-          individual school boards to update their sexual      would look radically different. California has the
tion.                                                 education programs as they see fit.                  Cadillac version of sex-ed, and we’re trying to
                                                        The current Illinois School Code on Sex Educa-     get a Pinto. It’s better than what we have right
                                                                                                                                                                  The Reverend Michelle D. Hughes (The Con-
                                                      tion does not require sex ed, but urges schools      now.”
                                                                                                                                                                  gregational Church of Park Manor, UCC).
                                                      that do teach it to opt for an abstinence-only          Panelists urged audience members to encour-
                                                      program. The codes mandates courses “shall           age their state representatives to vote for the
                                                      teach honor and respect for monogamous het-          bill as a necessary first step in abating high STD
                                                      erosexual marriage.”                                 and HIV/AIDS rates.
                                                        A recent study by the Cook County of Public           “I think we have to get past all this moral crap,
                                                      Health shows this approach isn’t working. A          and really focus on the reality: Kids are having
                                                      survey asked 1,718 students in 20 public high        sex, and they’re experimenting,” Smith said,
                                                      schools in suburban Cook County a variety of         arguing that testing and education are critical.
                                                      questions about sexual health and practices.         “We can stem the tide of future infections by
                                                      About 37 percent of the teens who answered           identifying who’s infected now and making sure
                                                      have had sex. Of these, 61 percent were Black,       they’re on therapy. If you’re on therapy, not only
                                                      49 percent were Latino, and 24 percent were          are you living a long life, but you don’t have to
                                                      white.                                               worry about passing it on to your partner.”
                                                        Furthermore, only 62 percent of the teens who         “Stop Transmitting Silence” was co-sponsored
                                                      had had sex in the past three months reported        by the ACLU, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Black
                                                      using condoms the last time they had sex. And        Women for Reproductive Justice, Chicago Black
                                                      19 percent said they used alcohol before their       Gay Men’s Caucus, Chicago Abortion Fund, Chi-
                                                      last encounter.                                      cago Urban League, Illinois Caucus for Adoles-
                                                        H.B. 3027 wouldn’t require comprehensive           cent Health, and the Illinois Maternal and Child
                                                      sex education in every Illinois school. It would     Health Coalition.
                                                                                                                                                                  Chris Brown (Chicago Department of Public
                                                      merely allow schools that want to teach sex
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                                                                                                                                                                        LEFT TWO PHOTOS:
                                                                                                                                                                        ‘I Will’ screen
                                                                                                                                                                        Photos by John

                                                                                                                                                                        RIgHT: John gress
                                                                                                                                                                        filming ‘I Will.’
                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Marshall

‘I Will’ uses video to educate about HIv
BY ERICA DEMAREST                                     positive. The video then follows the man as he
                                                      deals with the news, and reveals his status to
Since debuting in September, 2011, Marshall           his roommate, a close friend and a potential
Titus and John Gress’ groundbreaking “I Will”         date. The man’s friends are supportive, and the
music video has racked up more than 9,000 You-        date, whose status is never revealed, still goes
Tube hits, sparked a dialogue about HIV accep-        out with the man, telling him, “It’s okay.”
tance and ruffled more than a few feathers.              “I Will” premiered Sept. 15 at Jackhammer to
   And it all started with a cup of coffee at Cari-   a crowd of about 200 people. While some blog-
bou.                                                  gers have posted negative, racially charged com-
   Gress, a Chicago-based photographer who            ments (the video’s main characters are Black),
volunteers at the Test Positive Aware Network         the response has been overwhelmingly positive,
(TPAN), had recently been tasked with creating        Titus said. At the premiere, a man who had been
public service announcements for the not-for-         HIV-positive for decades approached Titus and
profit’s “A Day in the Life with HIV” campaign.       Gress, and thanked them for their work.
   The photography project encouraged HIV-               “I think for 30 years there’s been this message
positive individuals across the country to take       of wrap it up and be afraid,” Gress said. “There’s
snapshots of themselves on Sept. 21, 2011, and        never been a message that says ‘You don’t have
post the photos online. The goal was to create        to be afraid of people who are HIV-positive.’ I
a rich, emotional and vibrant portrait of what it     think for too long we’ve separated our commu-
means to have HIV in America.                         nity to the positive and the negative.”
   After shooting hours of testimonials, Gress re-       Gress said breaking down the walls between        Marshall Titus on the set of ‘I Will.’ Photo by John gress
alized he’d need music to tie the diverse stories     positive and negative can help stem the dis-
together, and called on good friend and R&B           ease. “We really just hope that through the vid-
singer Titus. The pair hunkered down in a Cari-       eo people will be less fearful of people who are
bou Coffee and began rifling through tracks.          HIV-positive,” he said, “and they’ll also be less
   Some tracks were too quick, others too slow.       fearful of getting tested, which is the important
Nothing really clicked—until they came across         part of stopping the epidemic.”
“I Will,” a decade-old track Titus had recorded          Titus believes the video will also have broader
not long after losing his mother.                     implications.
   “Everybody goes through changes/ Isn’t that           “It’s important for younger people to see a
what life’s all about?/ Some things you have to       video like this and to see images that aren’t so
learn the hard way/ But why must it hurt so           stereotypical—especially in the African Ameri-
much,” Titus sings over a mellow but up-tempo         can community, where’s it still very homopho-
track. “I want to trust/ Don’t want to stop be-       bic,” Titus said. “Most people, when they think
lieving/ In the human heart and my happiness/         of gay, they think of some flaming queen … .
Morning comes, another breath, I wake up/ An-         The palate is very wide. This video represents
other chance to start again/ And this time, I will    another shade, another dimension, another as-
be strong/ I will be brave.”                          pect of what gay looks like, of what HIV looks
   It was a perfect match.                            like.”
   “It really was as if the song was written for         Not long after “I Will” was released, Titus had
this moment and this particular issue,” Titus         a conversation with a younger cousin in Atlanta.
said. “It’s about finding the courage within          The cousin understood the video’s message when
yourself to deal with life … . ‘I Will’ is, to me,    it came to HIV, but was uncomfortable with the       John gress filming ‘I Will.’ Photo by Marshall Titus
an affirmation and a declaration to survive and       gay lead characters.
thrive.”                                                 “I knew that by seeing this video it confront-
   Back in his studio, Gress couldn’t get “I Will”    ed his whole sensibility as to what he thought
out of his head. “I got hooked on the song,” he       of the world, and his place in it, and how he
said. “About two days later, I’d listened to it       viewed gay people,” Titus said. “This is pushing
100 times … I just had this picture come in my        people’s buttons.”
mind—a story—which was all the interviews we             And that excites Titus. “The responsibility of
did for ‘A Day with HIV in America’ and the lyrics    artists is to shape or redirect people’s views,”
of this song.”                                        he said. “Historically, artists have changed the
   Gress mapped out his vision for a music video      world. It might not be that apparent, but we
and brought it to Titus, who was instantly en-        have a hand in it.”
thralled. The duo refined a script, hired local          Gress couldn’t agree more. “In 17 years of be-
actors, and got to work shooting and editing.         ing a photographer, I’ve made a product,” he
Thirty days later, they had a video.                  said. “Finally I feel like I’ve made a statement.”
   “It all just came together,” Gress said. “It          To watch “I Will,” visit: http://www.
wasn’t one of those things that wasn’t planned
or chosen. It was just something that we had to          For more on John gress: http://www.
   At the beginning of the 5-minute clip, a young        For more on Marshall Titus: http://www.
Black man wakes up after a one-night stand. He
seems upset with the situation and makes his             “I Will” is available for download on iTunes.
way to an HIV clinic, where a test reveals he’s                                                            John gress and Marshall Titus. Photo by Erica Demarest
 16                                                                                                Oct. 12, 2011                                                                              WINDY CITY TIMES

Harley mcmillen:
An early champion in fight against HIv
BY PATRICK DUvALL                                      More recently, McMillen moved to a small town          “The gay community would come with all their
                                                     in Wisconsin to battle with Stage 4 non-Hodg-         questions, and we would present the facts of
“People back then were scared. You could see it      kin’s lymphoma. A tornado destroyed the town,         what we [knew],” McMillen recounts. “Unfor-
in their questions and their eyes,” said Harley      and he used his skills as a community organizer       tunately, most of the questions they asked we
McMillen, former executive director of Howard        to help rebuild, even winning a national forestry     [didn’t] know [the answers to], like, ‘Well, what
Brown Health Center (then known as Howard            award for his work.                                   can I not do?’ or ‘Is all sex okay and not anal
Brown Memorial Clinic) of the beginning of the         His cancer has gone into remission, and Mc-         sex?’ You know, it was very difficult, because
AIDS crisis. “I don’t think people are scared        Millen now helps in local politics. In November,      you went away feeling very badly because you
now.”                                                he will celebrate his 69th birthday. Every day he     couldn’t give what you wanted to.”
  During the early fear-stricken days of the         takes his lunch at a meal site for senior citizens,      As more people got sick and more lost their
AIDS epidemic, Harley McMillen stood out as          and lives a quiet, peaceful life. While affable       lives, an almost palpable anxiety permeated the
a voice of reason. His strong Midwestern val-        when describing the company he finds there,           gay community. “In the beginning there was
ues and commitment to community service led          his voice becomes soft and deeply contempla-          great fear,” McMillen says. “They didn’t know
                                                                                                                                                                  Harley McMillen today. Photo by Patrick
him to become a focal point for the coordinated      tive when he reflects on his time at the clinic.      about themselves, they didn’t know about their
response to AIDS in Chicago, which included          “[People] are dying at the ages of 80 and 90          friends, they didn’t want to think about it. It
holding discussion forums on the disease, start-     [here], like you normally should be, you know?        was like, you know, out of sight, out of mind.
                                                                                                                                                                   It was not until federal money was granted to
ing an AIDS hotline, founding the AIDS Action        They have no idea what it’s like to have dealt        There was a great fear, which was masquerad-
                                                                                                                                                                   Howard Brown that the city of Chicago began
Project to provide direct outreach and social        with hundreds and hundreds of deaths before           ing as the fact that there was no problem. And
                                                                                                                                                                   to devote any real funds to fighting the disease.
services, and helping to start the first Brown       you were the age of 40.”                              nobody knew what to do.” McMillen was deter-
                                                                                                                                                                   The clinic’s main source of funding at the time
Elephant thrift store to fund their efforts, all       After having his accomplishments during the         mined to find answers and solutions where there
                                                                                                                                                                   came from Chicago’s bar community. Nearly ev-
while managing a clinic with a staff of over 400     beginning of the AIDS crisis listed, McMillen         were none, and he did.
                                                                                                                                                                   ery night, McMillen was at a fundraiser at one
employees and volunteers.                            is quiet for a moment, then responds. “When              One of the first reported cases of AIDS in Chi-
                                                                                                                                                                   bar or another. “We did drag shows, [I] had pies
  Sarah Puccia, former Director of the AIDS Ac-      I think about it, I helped save lives, and that       cago was one of McMillen’s close friends, Glen
                                                                                                                                                                   tossed in my face at Big Red’s (a since-closed
tion Project, commented that “[Harley] saw the       gives me a degree of satisfaction.”                   “Sudsy” Sudsberry.
                                                                                                                                                                   bar), anything that was possible that people
big picture of any one decision and how it might       McMillen clearly recalls the infamous day of           “[I went] to visit [Glen] at Presbyterian St.
                                                                                                                                                                   would give us money for,” said McMillen. “It was
reverberate in different ways, and I think he pro-   June 5, 1981 when the Medical Director of How-        Luke’s and [had] to completely go into isola-
                                                                                                                                                                   never enough, but people were generous.”
                                                                                                           tion,” McMillen recounts. “I had to follow com-
                                                                                                                                                                     McMillen knew that the only hope of getting
                                                                                                           plete isolation procedures—the mask, gloves,
                                                                                                                                                                   funding was from the federal government. He
                                                                                                           the yellow outfit I had to put over myself—be-
                                                                                                                                                                   structured the clinic so that it would be attrac-
                                                                                                           cause the hospital did not know how to protect
                                                                                                                                                                   tive to grant committees, instructing his ac-
                                                                                                           me or how to keep Sudsy alive.
                                                                                                                                                                   countant to develop an indirect cost stream and
                                                                                                              “It still brings tears to my eyes when I envi-
                                                                                                                                                                   ensuring the administrative processes of Howard
                                                                                                           sion that moment, trying to comfort him and
                                                                                                                                                                   Brown were sharply defined. The federal money,
                                                                                                           show strength at the same time. He and I had
                                                                                                                                                                   however, was slow to arrive.
                                                                                                           been friends for many years, and we were in the
                                                                                                                                                                     The tent pole of Howard Brown’s efforts, be-
                                                                                                           leather community together. You know, it was
                                                                                                                                                                   yond working with the patients, was the AIDS
                                                                                                           a scene that is very vivid, distinct in my mind,
                                                                                                                                                                   Action Project: a multifaceted program that in-
                                                                                                           because there I was trying to give him all the
                                                                                                                                                                   cluded connecting the clinic’s efforts with the
                                                                                                           strength and comfort that I could, but at the
                                                                                                                                                                   medical community in Chicago, offering educa-
                                                                                                           same time needed all the strength and comfort
                                                                                                                                                                   tional resources to those afraid of contracting
                                                                                                           for myself that I knew that I couldn’t get from
                                                                                                                                                                   the disease, providing social services to people
                                                                                                                                                                   with AIDS, and setting up an AIDS hotline.
                                                                                                              In 1982, McMillen hired more staff and took
                                                                                                                                                                     When the hotline opened, phones rang con-
                                                                                                           on more volunteers to help support the changes
                                                                                                                                                                   stantly from panicked people wondering whether
                                                                                                           in clientele at the clinic. Howard Brown saw a
                                                                                                                                                                   they would contract the disease from being near
                                                                                                           marked drop-off in standard STD screenings, and
                                                                                                                                                                   a homosexual, or frightened gay men asking
                                                                                                           began focusing their work on case management
                                                                                                                                                                   about symptoms they had recently noticed.
                                                                                                           for people with AIDS.
                                                                                                                                                                     “Back then, being a gay person was bad
                                                                                                              “There became two classes of patients: non-
                                                                                                                                                                   enough, but being a gay person with a deadly
                                                                                                           AIDS patients and AIDS patients,” he said. “If
                                                                                                                                                                   disease was just beyond comprehension for most
Harley McMillen (right) at a leather fundraiser for AIDS support. From left: Terry Loughlin, Jim           you were an AIDS patient, you had a different
                                                                                                                                                                   of the general population,” McMillen says.
Piehl, Chuck Renslow and McMillen. Courtesy of McMillen                                                    pathway [at the clinic]. More testing, more
                                                                                                           counseling, more in-depth activities in their
                                                                                                           lives and things like that. We only had one or
vided, really, the leadership style that allowed a   ard Brown, Dr. Raymond DiPhilips, came into his       two people who were really qualified to do that.
lot of people to do some incredible work.”           office and laid the first report on deaths down       We really had to find resources to bring in, too,
  “Harley had the skills that were needed at the     on his desk. DiPhillips said, “Something out          because people would come in and want an HIV
time,” said George Steffan, a physician’s assis-     there is killing gay men, and we don’t know what      test when they were available. They had to go
tant at the clinic from 1976-1984. “He was very      it is. We’ve got to do something.” This marked        through a psychological profile, and then, when
pointed and direct. He wasn’t afraid to make de-     the beginning of a struggle that would consume        the test came back, you had to meet a psycholo-
cisions … and he was reasonably calm. You had        McMillen’s life for the next three years.             gist to see if you were equipped to handle the
to have somebody that would sit down, look at          McMillen had already helped Howard Brown            results.”
the problem, and get some analysts in to deal        Memorial Clinic transition from being a small,           During this period, McMillen was in frequent
with [it], get people to talk together.”             volunteer-based operation to a more structured        contact with the city of Chicago to seek assis-
  Most of McMillen’s adult life has been spent       medical facility with rigidly defined administra-     tance and to keep them informed on the pro-
helping communities in need. Fresh out of grad-      tive processes. He began to prepare the clinic        gression of the disease.
uate school in 1971, he worked as a field rep-       for its next role as the main source of education        “[Chicago] didn’t have anything coordinated
resentative at the State of Missouri’s Office of     and diagnosis of this new deadly disease.             as a health response until we started piecing
Aging. He then served as Program Development           Within months of that initial report, Howard        it together and getting representatives of the
Director of a $2.4 million Department of Health      Brown led their first community meeting about         groups of people that were being affected meet-
and Human Services study on integrating social       the epidemic at Illinois Masonic Hospital. Mc-        ing with department of Health officials,” he
services to meal sites for the elderly in Florida.   Millen describes the experience as tense, due to      said. “They were very resistant in the beginning
Immediately preceding his start at the clinic in     the inconclusive nature of the data they had at       … the city of Chicago was always continually
1980, McMillen worked for two years with the         the time. Officially there was no known cause of      trying to play down the extent of the epidemic,
National Congress of Parents and Teachers, help-     the disease, and certainly no treatment that was      and we were at the other end of the football
                                                                                                                                                                   Harley McMillen, Walter Klingler and Dean
ing them extend their brand to urban environ-        remotely effective while people were dying and        field yelling, ‘No, no, no! It’s big, it’s big! It’s
                                                                                                                                                                   Ogren at a Renslow 1980s White Party event.
ments.                                               many more were getting sick.                          coming! It’s here!’”
                                                                                                                                                                   Courtesy of McMillen
WINDY CITY TIMES                                                                                 Oct. 12, 2011                                                                                                17

                                                     jim Bussen: voice of Dignity
   McMillen hired Sarah Puccia (nee Gross) to
run the AIDS Action Project. Together they built
the hotline from scratch, selecting a passion-
ate volunteer base, taking stock of the needs        BY PATRICK DUvALL
in the community, and developing appropriate
responses that would provide the most informa-       “My life has been exciting beyond my wildest
tion with the least amount of sensationalism.        dreams,” said Jim Bussen, a former Chicago gay-
Howard Brown partnered with Gay Horizons as          rights activist.
part of the project to provide social services to       Originally from a small town in Southern Il-
people with AIDS.                                    linois, Bussen hoped to deepen his Catholic
   One of the pamphlets McMillen worked on was       up-bringing and to live his life openly. Bussen
for the partners of people with AIDS. It includ-     attended seminary school in Omaha after high
ed information on planning a memorial, how to        school, but quickly found the limitations of the
manage an estate when the government refused         Midwestern city.
to recognize your relationship, and how to pro-         “This was the early 1970s and there really
tect against infection. With a nearly complete       wasn’t anywhere to go, there were only two gay
lack of government response, Howard Brown was        bars in all of Omaha. Omaha is a very Catholic
one of the only sources of education and sup-        city,” Bussen said. “What we needed was a dis-
port in Chicago for those affected by the dis-       cussion group. A few of us would get together
ease, and McMillen created that infrastructure       and just talk about the articles in The Advocate
using the resources of the clinic, his business      and eventually we held Omaha’s first gay dinner-
contacts, and the sheer force of his personality.    dance in a hotel.” In 1973 Bussen was motivat-
He refused to give up.                               ed to leave the staunchly Catholic community
   In 1983, federal funding finally arrived from     and the seminary by accepting a position with
the National Institutes of Health in the form        the U.S. Railroad retirement board as a claims       LEFT: Jim Bussen at a gay and Lesbian Town Meeting event in October 1988. Photo by Lisa
of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. McMillen       examiner in Chicago.                                 Howe-Ebright. RIgHT: Bussen at a Catholic event, July 23, 1987. The event was called a Service
again braced for another major change at the            Bussen found Chicago’s chapter of the gay         of Healing, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, but even though it was about
clinic. Howard Brown was the only LGBT-focused       Catholic group Dignity the very first Sunday of      AIDS, the word AIDS never came up, as reported in the July 30, 1987 Outlines newspaper. This
facility to receive funds, largely due to the ad-    his new life in Chicago. Though the big city was     was indicative of how the Catholic Church responded to the epidemic in the 1980s. Back row,
ministrative processes McMillen put in place.        progressive enough for the Catholic gay prayer       from left: Thom Dombkowski of Chicago House; Bussen, who was president of Dignity/USA;
The clinic was audited, but their financials held    circle, Chicago was only slightly less conserva-     Bill Seng, president of Dignity/Chicago; and Frank Kellas, owner of the gold Coast bar. Front:
strong. Participants in the study began enroll-      tive than the Omaha Bussen left.                     Marge Summit, owner of His ‘n Hers bar; and Jim Pilarski, secretary of Dignity/USA. Outlines
ing at Howard Brown, and soon, even the city            “Life was barely more out than the closeted       newspaper archives
of Chicago began offering educational materials      ’50s: bars, bookstores, baths were the gathering
and funds to the AIDS hotline.                       places,” he said. “Dignity and MCC [the Metro-       raise funds to protest Anita Bryant’s nationwide      everything overnight. AIDS became a catalyst
   McMillen never lost sight of the hard work of     politan Community Church] were the two big-          anti-gay activism. Through this Bussen had the        and a sadness. … We had to step up to the plate
people working under him. “A lot of time and         gest organizations then until the Lincoln Park       opportunity to represent Dignity/Chicago on a         and stand up for our rights. The losses were very
effort was spent trying to help lift the spirits     Lagooners started, which became huge. Back           tour of churches in Wichita, Kansas, an effort        dramatic but look how many changes it brought
of my staff and the people that were working         then only first names were used by the vast ma-      to sway voters on gay rights. Bussen was also         about, especially concerning gay marriage and
in this area,” McMillen said. “[AIDS] was like a     jority, only a brave few used full, real names.      among some of the first lobbyists to journey to       the idea of being able see your partner in the
death sentence. Funerals were scheduled so they      One can’t dismiss the sexual boom of the baths       Springfield, Illinois when gay legislation was        hospital etc. It forced us all out into the open.
weren’t conflicting on days, you know, all kinds     and the entertainment there (ala Bette Midler)       first brought before the state legislature. He        I look at it as the closet-door movement in the
of things like logistics, just the process of hav-   as the start of a real social scene, then separat-   worked hard not only to represent the city of         gay community.
ing a funeral became a major operation.”             ing from the sexual which lead to all the variety    Chicago but also the views of his rural Illinois         “As far as Dignity Chicago goes, we estab-
   Even when faced with such tremendous pres-        of clubs and organizations. I joined Dignity be-     hometown, even having his parents tag along.          lished a committee to help raise funds for hous-
sure, McMillen still remained optimistic. “Maybe     cause it felt nice to meet other gay Catholics.”     Over the course of his political involvement,         ing needs for those early years. Out of which
we [didn’t] know the answers, but I think we            Dignity/Chicago began as the fourth chapter       Bussen worked with the Illinois Gay and Lesbian       grew Chicago House and several of Dignity’s first
were doing something right … we knew what we         in the nation in January 1972. The idea be-          Task Force, the National Gay and Lesbian Task         board members then served as Chicago House
had to do, we knew what we needed to provide         hind Dignity/USA is what it means to be gay          Force and the American Civil Liberties Union of       board presidents.”
to our community, and we were going to do it,        and Catholic. The Dignity/Chicago chapter was        Illinois.                                                Many years have elapsed since the initial dev-
come hell or high water!”                            mostly inspired by an organization created in           From 1985 to 1989, Bussen served as Dignity/       astation AIDS caused in Chicago, but through
   George Steffan speaks fondly of his time work-    1970 by Mary Houlihan, who noticed the need          USA’s national president. During his two terms        those years Bussen has seen a community
ing with McMillen at the clinic: “There were very    for spiritual guidance in the GLBT community.        as national president, the organization was the       evolve and a neighborhood change. “Boystown
strong personalities. I think a lot of people in     Dignity/Chicago succeeded in hosting not only        first gay and lesbian group to purchase a full-       used to be the gay ghetto,” he said. “Now if you
his position could have been overrun by the          the discussion group aspect of the Dignity/USA       page ad in a nationally distributed magazine,         go to Melrose, it’s practically a family restau-
other personalities. … [Harley] was able to …        mission but also the idea of an inclusive worship    Newsweek (April, 1987). Bussen’s work with            rant. The groups of kids you see on the sidewalks
not fly off the handle or go crazy or yell and       masses. Dignity/Chicago began holding meet-          Dignity/USA brought about many opportunities          are much more diverse than in my day, there’s
scream. [He would] just calmly talk, ‘Well this is   ings at St. Sebastian before finding its current     for him.                                              less segregation between gays and straights and
what we have to do, this is the decision.’ I think   home at the Broadway United Methodist church.           “Who would have guessed to move to the big         it has a lot to do with the work done by those
it was a good deal, and he was good at handling      Dignity/Chicago quickly became one of the first      city, get a great job, a chance to travel (not        organizations.”
employees.”                                          non-bar gathering places for the local GLBT          only to almost every state but also to Europe!),         Not only has Bussen seen changes in the GLBT
   In the end, it was those strong personalities     community and eventually became a strong po-         and from the very innocent act of going to Dig-       haven of Chicago, but also throughout the coun-
that led McMillen to leave Howard Brown in           litical organization.                                nity’s mass the very first Sunday after arriving in   try. Bussen feels that it’s only a matter of time
1984. A conflict over leadership of the clinic          In the current age of growing religious indif-    Chicago I would meet involved and challenging         before Illinois will follow New York’s success in
pushed McMillen out, and his position was held       ference, some Chicagoans may not know what           people, who themselves were engaged political-        legalizing same-sex marriage. “I think it will be
by a number of different people in subsequent        Dignity/Chicago is or what is stands for. “Dig-      ly, and I learned from them, and would become         relatively soon too because of all the lobbying,”
years.                                               nity is like a split-personality, we want to be an   life-long friends,” Bussen said. “Then in some        he said. “It’s kind of odd to have civil unions and
   As executive director of Howard Brown Me-         inclusive worship community but we also need         way [I would] offer my services to accept the         not expect marriage rights. It’s a good enough
morial Clinic, McMillen’s commitment to the          to take up GLBT advocacy because the Catholic        challenge of being part of the national move-         step but it’s only a matter of containment. The
health and education of Chicago’s LGBT popula-       church can afford to (and does) hire lobbyists       ment. I always wanted what was right and fair.        church is always going to believe something and
tion never wavered, even when approached by          against gay marriage, so we are trying to be         And as part of that, to participate in confront-      religion can’t interfere with government. Gay
people at bars during his rare leisure time. “You    both a supportive network for worship but also       ing the Bishops face-to-face, to speak on be-         marriage is inevitable.”
can’t ignore it. It’s in our body, the body being    stand up against the Catholic church,” said Bus-     half of Catholic GLBT folk, to channel anger and         Bussen is now retired and has stepped back
the community.”                                      sen.                                                 outrage, what an exhilarating, exhausting and         from political volunteering and has moved from
   During one of the darkest times in recent LGBT       Bussen became a member of Dignity/Chicago         rewarding experience. And hey, not too shabby         Chicago to a retirement community in Iowa. He
history, when gay men and women struggled to         upon joining in 1973. Bussen began his more          to appear in People magazine as ‘one of nine          feels content with his life’s work and believes
find any source of hope, McMillen was concerned      high-level activism with Dignity/Chicago in          Americans the Pope won’t meet, and why!’ Now          that the Catholic church is heading toward the
with the more personal effects of the AIDS cri-      1976 when he chaired the organization’s gay          that is a hoot!”                                      right track concerning the gay movement. “Dig-
sis. At a speech he gave after the Pride Parade in   pride activities. His involvement evolved with          Like so many other activists of Bussen’s gen-      nity is on the cutting edge even still for Catho-
1983, McMillen offered a piece of advice, which      the organization, as it became a more nationally     eration, he remembers the tragic onset of the         lics and gays, it’s all about being supportive of
still holds true today: “No matter what happens,     recognized political assembly. In 1977 Dignity/      AIDS crisis. “It was a real push to come out and      what people need. I think it is up to us to find
what we cannot do is lose the ability to love        Chicago worked with the group A Call to Action       then the real explosion of the volunteer groups       our way, I think we find god in others, and the
each other.”                                         to sponsor the Orange Ball, a Chicago benefit to     and the gay cultural scene,” he said. “It changed     grace provided by their energy,” Bussen said.
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                                                     Democrats.                                             In a combined effort to rekindle interest in
                                                                                                                                                                      vOL. 27 No. 1, Oct. 12, 2011
                                   REV.                Can Perry recover from this? Also, can talk-       this Twain classic and to diminish the flame and
                                                                                                          fury the use of the N-word engenders both from
                                                                                                                                                                      The combined forces of Windy City Times,
                                                     show host Barbara Walters of The View?
                                 IRENE                 In discussing the offensive racial moniker of      society and readers alike, Mark Twain Scholar
                                                                                                                                                                    founded Sept. 1985, and Outlines newspaper,
                                                                                                                                                                                founded May 1987.
                               MONROE                Perry’s property, Walters used the N-word, spark-    Alan Gribben, an English professor at Auburn
                                                                                                                                                                       PUBLISHER & EXECUTIvE EDITOR
                                                     ing a debate with her co-host Sherri Shepherd.       University in Alabama, proposed the idea that
                                                       “I’m saying when you say the word, I don’t         the N-word be replaced with the word “slave.”                         Tracy Baim
                                                     like it,” said Shepherd, who said she has used         In 2003, the NAACP convinced Merriam-Web-           ASSISTANT PUBLISHER Terri Klinsky
                                                     it among African-American family and friends.        ster lexicographers to change the definition of
the past is
                                                                                                                                                                MANAgINg EDITOR Andrew Davis
                                                     “When white people say it, it brings up feelings     the N-word in the dictionary to no longer mean        BUSINESS MANAgER Meghan Streit
                                                     in me.”                                              African Americans but, instead, to be defined as      DIRECTOR OF NEW MEDIA Jean Albright

never dead with                                        I am troubled, however, in this recent kerfuffle
                                                     concerning the N-word and how many of us Af-
                                                                                                          a racial slur. While the battle to change the N-
                                                                                                          word in the U.S. lexicon was a long and arduous
                                                                                                                                                                ART DIRECTOR Kirk Williamson
                                                                                                                                                                SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAgERS: Terri Klinsky, Amy

the N-word
                                                                                                                                                                Matheny, Kirk Williamson, Dave Ouano, Kirk Smid
                                                     rican Americans, in particular, go back and forth    one, our culture’s neo-revisionist use of the N-      PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT Cynthia Holmes
                                                     on its politically correct use.                      word makes it even harder to purge the sting of       NIgHTSPOTS MANAgINg EDITOR Kirk Williamson
                                                                                                                                                                NATIONAL SALES Rivendell Media, 212-242-6863
                                                       Let’s do a walk down memory lane:                  the word from the collective psyche.
In a supposedly post-racial society, one would                                                                                                                  SENIOR WRITERS Kate Sosin, Bob Roehr, Rex
                                                       In December 2006 we blamed Michael Rich-             The notion that it is acceptable for African        Wockner, Marie J. Kuda, David Byrne, Tony Per-
think that the N-word was buried and long gone
                                                     ards, who played the lovable and goofy charac-       Americans to refer to each other using the            egrin, Lisa Keen, Yasmin Nair, Erica Demarest
with it troubled eras of race relations in this                                                                                                                 THEATER EDITOR Scott C. Morgan
                                                     ter Kramer on the TV sitcom Seinfeld, for using      N-word while considering it racist for others
country.                                                                                                                                                        CINEMA WRITER Richard Knight, Jr.
                                                     the N-word. The racist rant was heard nationwide     outside the community unquestionably sets a
  However, as American novelist William Faulkner                                                                                                                BOOKS WRITER Yasmin Nair
                                                     and shocked not only his fans and audience that      double standard. Also, the notion that one eth-       ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WRITERS
wrote in his 1951 novel Requiem for a Nun, “The
                                                     night at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood;        nic group has property rights to the term is a        Mary Shen Barnidge, Steve Warren, Lawrence
past is never dead. It’s not even past.”                                                                                                                        Ferber, Mel Ferrand, Jerry Nunn, Alicia Wilson,
                                                     it also shocked Americans back to an ugly era in     reductio ad absurdum argument, since language
  As we all try to move from America’s ugly racial                                                                                                              Jonathan Abarbanel
                                                     U.S. history.                                        is a public enterprise.
past, there are still rock-solid vestiges of it.                                                                                                                COLUMNISTS/WRITERS: Yvonne Zipter, Jorjet
                                                       In July 2008 we heard the Rev. Jesse Jackson         The N-word is firmly embedded in the lexicon        Harper, Lee Lynch, Tully Satre, Lisa Keen, Charlsie
  At the entrance of a secluded 1,072-acre prop-
                                                     use the N-word in reference to Obama. Jackson        of racist language that was and still is used to      Dewey, Michael Knipp, Lisa Klein, Joe Erbentraut,
erty in the West Texas town of Paint Creek is a                                                                                                                 Carrie Maxwell, Billy Masters, Chuck Colbert,
                                                     using the word not only reminded us of its his-      disparage African Americans. However, today
rock painted in block letters with the word “[N-                                                                                                                Micki Leventhal, Sarah Toce, Dana Rudolph, Sally
                                                     tory but also how the N-word can slip so approv-     the meaning of the N-word is all in how one
word]head.”                                                                                                                                                     Parsons, Emmanuel Garcia
                                                     ingly from the mouth of a man who was part of        spells it. By dropping the “er” ending and re-        SENIOR PHOTOgRAPHERS Kat Fitzgerald, Mel
  For decades, Rick Perry’s hunting camp hosted
                                                     a cadre of African-American leaders burying the      placing it with either an “a” or “ah” ending, the     Ferrand, Hal Baim, Steve Starr, Emmanuel Garcia,
fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters.                                                                                                                       Dave Ouano, Tim Carroll
                                                     N-word once and for all in mock funeral at the       term morphs into one of endearment. However,
  Already in a declining bid for the GOP presi-                                                                                                                                    CIRCULATION
                                                     98th annual NAACP’s convention in Detroit in         many slaveholders pronounced the N-word with
dency, former front-runner Gov. Rick Perry and                                                                                                                  CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Jean Albright
                                                     2007.                                                the “a” ending, and in the 1920s, many African
his father once leased a Texas hunting camp                                                                                                                     DISTRIBUTION: Ashina, Allan, Dan, John, Renee,
                                                       In 2009 Dr. Laura Schlessinger ended her ra-       Americans used the “a” ending as a pejorative         Sue and Victor
known by a racist term.
                                                     dio show a week after she broadcast a five-min-      term to denote class differences among them-          WEB HOSTINg: (lead pro-
  When Perry ran for re-election in 2010 for gov-                                                                                                               grammer: Martie Marro)
                                                     ute-long rant in which she used the N-word 11        selves.
ernor, no one knew of the rock. However, as one
                                                     times.                                                 Too many of us keep the N-word alive. It also
observer of the rock glibly told Real Clear Poli-
                                                       In January of this year, the kerfuffle concern-    allows Americans to become unconscious and            Copyright 2011 Lambda Publications Inc./Windy City Media
tics, “Honestly, it wouldn’t have hurt him in a
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                                                     Clemens, known fondly to us as Mark Twain,           currency this racial epithet still wields, thwart-    Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings,
  If Perry, however, doesn’t decline into oblivion
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                                                     controversial classic Adventures of Huckleberry      trying to ameliorate race relations.
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                                                     sex spouses, “there is no person who automati-       going to want to be comfortable.”                     and do not necessarily reflect the position of Windy City
                                 DANA                cally gets to make those decisions” for LGBT            The federally funded National Resource Center
                                                                                                          on LGBT Aging, which SAGE manages, offers vari-
                                                                                                                                                                Times. Publication of the name, photograph, or likeness of
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                              RUDOLPH                  He also encourages people to talk with their       ous tips on how to find LGBT-friendly care, in-
                                                                                                                                                                City Times is not to be construed as any indication of the
                                                                                                                                                                sexual orientation of such person or organization. While
                                                     parents about a will. Many people think they         cluding looking for places that advertise in LGBT     we encourage readers to support the advertisers who make
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                                                     somebody who has wealth.” And for people in          problems working with service providers if they       e-mail:
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Helping aging                                        same protections, so it’s always better to have it
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                                                       Children of LGBT parents should also discuss       documents such as a power of attorney, health
                                                     with their parents how the finances will be dis-     care proxy, living will, and the like, French said.              WINDY CITY MEDIA GROUP,
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How do we help our parents as they age? For          now, he said. He suggested talking with a law-       sues with their parents, French advised, “Sooner                           U.S.A
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                                                     yer and/or a financial planner “to ensure that if    rather than later.”
of resources on how to help parents through the      they’re partnered, the surviving partner is taken       “While the initial conversation might be un-         Windy City Times Deadline every Wednesday.
various legal, financial, and emotional issues of    care of, because inheritance rules oftentimes        comfortable,” he said, “it’s actually much easier     Nightspots Deadline Wednesday prior to street date.
growing old. Search the Web or your favorite on-     don’t apply.” Pensions and other items that nat-     to have these conversations when there isn’t a                OUT! Resource guide ONLINE
line bookstore for “aging parents,” and you’ll be    urally transfer to an opposite-sex spouse may        crisis,” such as a heart attack or diagnosis of an
swamped with results.                                not transfer to a same-sex one, or may not do        illness. That way, “you aren’t then tying these      
  For adults who wish to help their LGBT parents,    so without a financial penalty, even if they are     things directly to mortality.”                         
however, the resources are far fewer. And while      legally married or have a civil union or domestic       A better approach, he said, is having an every-
many of the issues older LGBT and non-LGBT           partnership.                                         day conversation and asking, “I’m just wonder-          “Windy City Media group generated
people face are the same, some are not.                SAGE encourages people to complete the             ing, do you have stuff in place, in the event that    enormous interest among their readers
  Let’s not forget: LGBT parents have been           above documentation even if they are legally         there might be an emergency down the road?”              in this year’s LgBT Consumer Index
choosing to have children together for over 30       married or in a civil union or domestic partner-        And while LGBT parents should have their               Survey. Out of approximately 100
years. Those who had children in previous non-       ship. French explained, “You never know what         documentation in place as soon as they have             print and online media partners who
LGBT relationships may have had them even be-        you might run into or if you’ll run into a service   children, if not before, French said, “that’s not         participated in the survey, Windy
fore that. Those “children” now in their 30s or      provider who isn’t aware of what the laws are.”      the way it really happens” in many cases. All          City was the best performing regional
older have parents who, if not in their “golden        He noted, however, that many people “are very      adults should therefore have a conversation with       media in the U.S. Only survey partners
years,” are at least starting to turn silver.        unprepared,” even though most of the docu-           their parents “just to see if they have things in         with a nationwide footprint were
  Scott French, program manager for the Caring       ments are “very simple.” All except for a will       order.”                                                able to generate a greater number of
and Preparing program of Services and Advocacy                                                               Additional resources to help caregivers assist     responses.” —David Marshall, Research
                                                     “can be done without a lawyer,” although some
for GLBT Elders (SAGE), said one of the most                                                                                                                      Director, Community Marketing, Inc.
                                                     may still need notarization.                         LGBT elders are on the SAGE Web site (sageusa.
important things adults with LGBT parents can          Another big concern for the elderly is long-       org), the National Resource Center on LGBT Ag-
do is “to have conversations about making sure       term care, which could include nursing homes,        ing (, and the AARP LGBT
that your parents have a health-care proxy, a        in-home care, or other care options with varying     portal ( pride). The National Gay and
power of attorney, a living will,” and a document    levels of assistance. For those with LGBT par-       Lesbian Task Force has additional information
(called by various names) about what they want       ents, French said, “I think the biggest concern      on policy issues affecting LGBT elders (thetas-
done with their bodies after death.                  is fear of discrimination.”                
  “These are important for everyone, but they’re       He suggested, “If at all possible, partner with       Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher
really important for LGBT older adults, especially   your parents to try to find a place, and go with     of Mombian (, a blog and
if they’re partnered,” he said. Unlike opposite-     them on visits to places, because you both are       resource directory for LgBT parents.
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October: Alvin Ailey,
Twyla, Joffrey and more
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Natya Dance
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Amitava Sarkar
BY JERRY NUNN                                            is flexed instead of pointed. The dialogue was
                                                         very dramatic, slammed home by the 20 dancers
October is full of leaping tricks and spinning           (with only one male cast member).
treats in the world of dance. (By the way, look             Look for more premieres along with dance les-
for Black Swan costumes this year up and down            sons at Locations can
Halsted Street on Halloween.)                            be found at Lincoln Park, Naperville and Down-
   Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will               ers Grove.
perform a program called “Generations” at Gov-              Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre is offering
ernors State University’s Center for Performing          classes this fall for advanced dancers. This com-
Arts on Oct. 28.                                         pany brings together “modern, classical, and
   Ailey changed the world dance from his leg-           African-American traditions” in new and inven-           son. For information, visit http://deeplyrooted-        choreographer’s take on the Cervantes classic. It
endary performance in 1958 and passed away               tive ways, according to a press release.                                               doesn’t take a deep knowledge of the man from
in ’89. The troupe has performed in 48 states               Their 15th-anniversary show in December, en-             Fundraisers start this month with a recent           La Mancha to enjoy this timeless tale—and the
and 71 countries. Two dancers in this current            titled “Chicago Women of Song,” closes the sea-          taste of food and wine at L20 spotlighting the          performances should be visually stunning.
production are from the Chicago area; call 708-                                                                   upcoming season for Hubbard Street Dance                  The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) con-
235-2222 or visit                                                                    Chicago.                                                tinues its new season with two can’t-miss dance
for ticket information.                                                                                              Twyla Tharp sets a new work in motion at the         productions.
   Speaking of local tie-ins, Lionsgate Home En-                                                                  Hubbard Street with an opening night celebra-             Faustin Linyekula: more more more…
tertainment’s go For It! is released on DVD this                                                                  tion Thursday, Oct. 13, followed by the fall se-        future, brought to you from the director and
month. This hip-hop dance feature was filmed in                                                                   ries on the weekend. Purchase tickets, become           choreographer himself Oct. 21-23. Visualize the
Chicago by writer and director Carmen Marron,                                                                     a VIP member or sign up for one or more of its          dark poems of political prisoner Vumilia Muhindo
who related it to her past experiences in the                                                                     70 dance classes at http://www.hubbardstreet-           brought to life through dancing and a five-piece
city. The movie has a Flashdance-like scene that                                                                                                      band. It sounds dark but it should be lively, with
is not to be missed.                                                                                                 Get out of the house and learn some new steps        the always-interesting space and location.
   Mary Poppins returns to Chicago this month                                                                     with a variety of classes depending on your style.        Lucky Plush Productions: The Better Half
running through Nov. 6 at the Cadillac Palace,                                                                    There is no excuse when free classes are offered        runs Oct. 27-29, takes a Halloween break and
151 W. Randolph St. Huge unforgettable dance                                                                      to try at Chicago Dance. Anything from salsa,           returns Nov 3, 5 and 6. Ingrid Bergman inspires
sequences such as “Step in Time” make this Dis-                                                                   swing and tango along with ballroom dancing             this group, which consists of two perform-
ney classic a must-see for fans of choreography.                                                                  are options from beginners to advanced.                 ers from 500 Clown plus choreographer Julia
Call 800-775-2000 or visit http://www.broad-                                                                         The Joffrey Ballet painted the town pink with        Rhoads. This show was developed through a for details.                                                                                     its annual benefit last month; entitled “Couture        residency at MCA this past June and should be a
   Natya Dance Theatre debuted a performance                                                                      & Cocktails,” it was held at The Hudson. David          rare treat.
of “The Flowering Tree” Oct. 8 at the Harris The-                                                                 Meister was the featured designer, presenting a           Send your November productions to be in-
ater. Hema and Krithika Rajagopalan choreo-                                                                       runway show by Neiman Marcus Michigan Av-               cluded next month to Andrew@WindyCityMe-
graphed the world premiere. The piece begins                                                                      enue.                                          or ScottishPlayScott@yahoo.
                                                         Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre. Photo by
with a narrative that has humor and charm, then                                                                      Joffrey is presenting its world premiere of Don      com.
                                                         Michael Manley
launches into traditional dance including ankle                                                                   Quixote Oct. 12-23. Ride over to http://www.
bells and dance in which the ball of the heel                                                            for details on a Russian
20                                                                                                Oct. 12, 2011                                                                               WINDY CITY TIMES
                                                                                                           THEATER REVIEW                                         a close friend.
 Burying                                                                                                   Wishful Drinking                                         Fisher touches on the whole gamut from her
                                                                                                                                                                  rehab and mental institution stints to the scan-
                                                                                                           Written and performed by: Carrie Fisher                dalous romances of her parents Eddie Fisher and
 Miss America                                                                                              At: Bank of America Theatre,
                                                                                                           18 W. Monroe St.
                                                                                                                                                                  Debbie Reynolds to her own love life including
                                                                                                                                                                  relationships with legendary songwriter Paul
 Playwright: Brian golden
                                                                                                           Phone: 800-775-2000; $25-$65                           Simon and Bryan Lourd, who gave Fisher her
 At: New Leaf Theatre at the Lincoln
                                                                                                           Runs through: Oct. 16                                  daughter Billie and announced he was gay. She
 Park Cultural Center,
 2045 Lincoln Park West                                                                                                                                           carries a commendable sense of humor through
 Phone: 773-980-6391;$15-$25                                                                                            BY STEvEN CHAITMAN                        each and every topic and drives home the point
 Runs through: Oct. 29                                                                                                                                            of “How could anyone not?”
                                                                                                           It’s almost too easy to feel bad for Carrie Fisher.      For all the self-mockery, however, Fisher taste-
           BY MARY SHEN BARNIDgE                                                                           She’s battled prescription drug abuse, alcohol-        fully indulges her fans through a number of Star
                                                                                                           ism and bipolar disorder; her lineage has been so      Wars bits. As she also shares with the audience,
 Brian Golden’s plays are most widely known                                                                marred by Hollywood scandal that it’s more akin        when you’re stuck with an image or label, you
 through (albeit not exclusive to) the Theatre                                                             to a family tumbleweed. And it surely would’ve         wear it proudly, even if wearing it literally means
 Seven collective’s anthologized showcases,                                                                been enough just to have a likeness forever and        a cinnamon-bun braided hairdo. Of course as
 making this 80-minute solo effort a lengthy                                                               inextricably linked to Star Wars heroine and geek      much as she appeases the audience with Leia
 proposal. Ironically, the extra narrative time                                                            goddess Princess Leia.                                 routine, she can’t help but make fun of the acting
 does not prevent us being left with unan-                                                                   Yet Fisher asks for no sympathy in Wishful           deficiencies and naivety of her then-19-year-old
 swered questions.                                                                                         Drinking, her one-woman comedy show, now in            self. With abundant sarcasm she jabs at George
   In 1979, we are told, Ms. Patricia Russell was                                                          its sixth year and passing through the Bank of         Lucas and thanks him for the countless self-im-
 crowned Miss America, but rather than taking                                                              America Theatre for a two-week engagement. In          age problems that come with being immortalized
 advantage of this honor to forge a more cos-                                                              fact, the only thing Fisher requests is some au-       as a geek sex symbol. As with the rest of her act,
 mopolitan life, she returned to her home town                                                             dience participation, and even then she plainly        it shows how age tears at celebrity, but with it
 of Grand Island, Nebraska, there lending her        Burying Miss America. Photo by Tom                    states she doesn’t care what you do or think,          comes a seasoned knowledge and the perspective
 celebrity presence to social events leaving her     Mcgrath                                               though chances are you might be struck enough          necessary to cope.
 little time for attending to her progeny. The                                                             by her candid and self-deprecating display to            Wishful Drinking aims to be a crowd-pleaser
                                                     the family’s isolation might be plausible, but        play along.                                            that Fisher supplements with terrific wit and a
 son we know only as “Boxer” fled the shad-
                                                     not in our age of mass communication, wide-             Wishful Drinking plays more as a calculated and      great measure of insight that for all her issues
 ow of his mother’s social status with a music
                                                     spread mobility and available birth control.          wry stand-up routine, where the success hinges         reminds us this was the woman who wrote Post-
 scholarship to Berkeley, soon after emigrating
                                                       Ted Evans and Marsha Harman both deliver            as much on Fisher’s ability to break down the          cards from the Edge among other books. Her life
 to New York City in pursuit of a career as a jazz
                                                     carefully-wrought performances, given their           wall between herself and the audience and turn a       might have been a mess, but few of today’s tab-
 trumpeter, while daughter Jean stayed behind
                                                     fuzzy-edged material, but director Jessica            huge theater into an intimate performance space        loid magnets have half her wit or self-awareness.
 to care for her aged parent and raise her own
                                                     Hutchinson has instructed Harman to play              as it does on the material that is her roller-coast-     So while her glimpse behind the celebrity cur-
 out-of-wedlock infants. Now, after years of si-
                                                     Jean’s neediness with an emotionally-articu-          er life.                                               tain might be dated in terms of material, given
 lence, the siblings confront each other at the
                                                     late eloquence reducing Evans’ laconic Boxer            This public forum for her unabashed attitude         the exposure of today’s high-profile Hollywood
 funeral of this formidable matriarch.
                                                     to an enigma so self-effacing as to barely            toward her tabloid-chronicled past could well          figures and consequently the extra shroud of pri-
   The walnut-paneled room serving as New
                                                     register as an onstage presence. Hutchinson           be a personal coping mechanism scripted and            vacy and PR spin, for anyone who has lived that
 Leaf Theatre’s auditorium, dominated by a
                                                     also displays a propensity for placing Jean           staged for monetary gain, but she provides the         experience to come out and present it in such a
 white casket surrounded by floral tributes and
                                                     and Boxer on opposite sides of the room’s bare        audience some refreshing transparency into the         way that doesn’t talk down to its audience feels
 topped with a diamond tiara, could almost be
                                                     central expanse—presumably to reflect Har-            celebrity psyche. More importantly, she delivers       like a real treat. Fisher might be laughing at her-
 the setting for a genuine memorial service. The
                                                     man’s psychologically motivated advances and          her unapologetic discourse with the sincerity of       self, but we’re laughing with her.
 absence of guests apart from the dutiful Jean
                                                     Evans’ retreats, but also forcing audiences to
 and the tardy Boxer makes for contemplative
                                                     split their focus, inadvertently leading them
 pauses in their discourse, allowing us time to
                                                     to take sides over the conflicting testimoni-
 notice the conspicuous lack of information
                                                     als. These flaws notwithstanding, Golden’s
 regarding the fathers of the Russell clan and                                                                                                                                                    Carrie
                                                     dialogue evidences an intriguing tale wanting
 their contribution to the filial malaise engen-                                                                                                                                                  Fisher in
                                                     only liberation from its academic restrictions.
 dering Jean’s inertia and Boxer’s restlessness.                                                                                                                                                  Wishful
 If this were a depression-era populist drama,                                                                                                                                                    Drinking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cylla von

CRITICS’ PICKS                                          Award-winning

   Cyrano, House Theatre of Chicago at Cho-
 pin Theatre, through Oct. 16. The House
                                                        actress headlines
 Theatre of Chicago’s characteristically play-          ‘Ann Richards’
 ful spin on Matt Hawkins’ adaptation of this             Emmy Award-winning stage and screen
 timeless parable in no way diminishes its              actress Holland Taylor will play the title
 eloquence or romance—and did I mention                 role in ANN: An Affectionate Portrait of
 the dazzling full-cast sword fights? MSB               Ann Richards. The production will run Nov.
   The Halloween Shows, Catalyst Cabaret                13-Dec. 4 at the Bank of America Theatre,
                                                        18 W. Monroe St.

 at Stage 773, through Oct 30. This musi-
 cal revue by an ensemble whose cliché-free               The two-act play centers around the life
 repertoire ranges from Disney to Death Cab             of Ann Richards, the second female gover-
 For Cutie features a Quasimodo doing the               nor of Texas.
 soft-shoe and the Twilight Saga gang war-                Taylor’s TV credits include Two and a Half
 bling Les Miz and Damn Yankees, all in Chi-            Men (playing the mother of Charlie Sheen’s
 cago’s newest ‘50s-style nightclub. MSB                and Jon Cryer’s characters) and The Prac-
   Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, The Hypo-               tice. She has also been in such movies as
 crites at Chopin Theatre, through Oct. 23.             Legally Blonde, Romancing the Stone and
 Sean Graney condenses Sophocles’ seven                 Baby Mama.
 surviving Greek tragedies in a very enter-               Tickets are $20-$85. For more info, see
 taining updating that takes place in an      
 antiseptic hospital setting. The Hypocrites
 even feed you during the first intermission.
   Yellowman, Greentree Productions, ex-                                             Holland
 tended through Oct. 16. Dael Orlander-                                              Taylor
 smith’s tender, tragic tale of star-crossed                                         in ANN.                   See what happens when a major snowstorm strands two cowboys, a desperate showgirl and a
 lovers and Black-on-Black racism soars on                                           Photo by                teacher with a troubled past in Kansas City when Raven Theatre presents the classic American
 beautiful language and the compelling act-                                          Ave Bonar               drama Bus Stop. JoAnn Montemurro directs this 1955 Broadway play by gay playwright William
 ing of Israel Greene and Deanna K. Read,                                                                    Inge (which was later adapted into a famed 1956 Hollywood film starring Marilyn Monroe). Bus
 staged by Jonathan Wilson. JA                                                                               Stop continues in previews through Oct. 15 with an official opening night at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
                                                                                                             Performances continue through Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sun-
                    —By Abarbanel, Barnidge                                                                  days at Raven Theater, 6157 N. Clark (no show Nov. 24). Tickets are $20 during previews, $40
                               and Morgan                                                                    on opening night and $30 for the rest of the run (discounts available for seniors, students and
                                                                                                             groups). Call 773-338-2177 or visit Photo by Dean LaPrairie
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                                                                                                          THEATER REVIEW                                        of bravery and daring (Hildreth blows up several
  A Touch of the Poet                                                                                     The Great Fire                                        square blocks to create a firebreak and protect his
                                                                                                                                                                ward, Lemos takes back her children from an or-
                                                                                                          Playwright: John Musial                               phanage), as well as acts of silliness, slyness and
  Playwright: Eugene O’Neill                                                                              At: Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave.        selfishness, all seamlessly performed by seven
  At: Artistic Home at                                                                                    Tickets: 312-337-0665;                                actors playing 14 roles ranging from comic exag-
  Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.                                                               ; $20-$68                  geration to earnest pleadings to despair. Stepha-
  Phone: 773-327-5252; $28-$32                                                                            Runs through: Nov. 20                                 nie Diaz is particularly impressive, turning on a
  Runs through: Nov. 6                                                                                                                                          dime to play three characters.
                                                                                                                     BY JONATHAN ABARBANEL                        The cast is abetted by an inventive physical
           BY MARY SHEN BARNIDgE                                                                                                                                production, always a Lookingglass signature, in-
                                                                                                          It’s special to see The Great Fire in the Water       volving kinetic scenery, music and sound effects,
  Class warfare is never pleasant to witness, but                                                         Tower Pumping Station, one of the few buildings       puppetry, free-form gymnastics, choreography
  a far sorrier sight when occurring within a lone                                                        to survive that famous 1871 holocaust. Never          and elaborate props. The fire itself is represented
  individual. Eugene O’Neill’s 1957 play captures    A Touch of the Poet. Photo courtesy of
                                                                                                          mind that its burned wood roof collapsed, ending      by large red confetti thrown around or falling like
  the Irish immigrant experience in America and      Artistic Home
                                                                                                          the station’s ability to pump water to fire hy-       snow and swirling, an almost-ethereal effect that
  the price of upward mobility through the mi-       volume of words were necessary to propel ac-         drants, and never mind that Oscar Wilde called it     nonetheless strongly suggests the horror and un-
  crocosm of a single family at the dawn of our      tors over the spacious stages engendered by          “a castellated monstrosity” a few years later; it’s   predictability of a wind-driven blaze. The many
  country’s promise to eradicate social barriers     huge auditoriums housing audiences averag-           enjoyable to see the Great Chicago Fire reignited     meta-theatrical devices are skillfully presented,
  for all posterity.                                 ing in larger numbers than today. The players        within a true piece of its historical context.        energetic and entertaining but they cannot sub-
    Irish-born Cornelius “Con” Melody’s father,      assembled by director Kathy Scambiatterra for          “Enjoyable” is the operative word for this easy-    stitute for emotional engagement, which The
  by means of various shady practices, amassed       this two hours-plus production, however, have        to-like 100-minute history pageant, a revised         Great Fire stimulates only in fleeting and isolated
  a fortune sufficient to give his son a gentle-     been rigorously drilled in the diverse aspects       version by writer/director John Musial of a show      moments.
  man’s upbringing. Flushed with the romantic        of their craft, endowing them with a physical        first presented in 1999. The revisions include          Lookingglass will close its 2011-2012 season
  fervor popularized by Lord Byron, the lad          and vocal stamina rarely seen in young com-          contemporary shout-outs to a Rahm-like mayor          with a world-premiere musical about another
  enlisted in the United States army to spite        panies today.                                        and TIF districts, but largely it’s the same show     famous Chicago disaster (which killed far more
  the English for the War of 1812, only to be          Elizabeth Argus delivers a marathon-paced          because the facts about the Great Fire haven’t        people than The Fire). The show may sink or swim
  discharged for his rakish off-duty behavior.       performance in the role of young Sara Melody,        changed. Those facts are laid out early—dates,        on the presence of a heroic through-line, the
  Our story finds him in 1828, his estate now        navigating O’Neill’s protracted speeches with        time, wind direction, etc.—and refreshed peri-        missing ingredient in an otherwise-tasty Great
  reduced to a shabby inn in a derelict suburb       the modulated ease of an opera diva, as does         odically as several personal stories are woven        Fire hot pot.
  of Boston, lost in an alcoholic fog permitting     Frank Nall’s intense Cornelius Melody, whose         in, chiefly those of powerbroker Judge Lambert
  him to mythologize his memories of better          immersion in his character’s conflicted poetry-      Tree and his family and liveryman, of corrupt al-
  days. Melody’s country-bred wife—their alli-       quoting psyche remains undiminished right up         derman James Henry Hildreth and of immigrant
  ance precipitated by her untimely pregnan-         to the final resolution. The remainder of the        widow Mrs. Lemos and her family. Most of Mu-                                              The great
  cy—doggedly devotes herself to the husband         cast also reflects Artistic Home’s high stan-        sial’s characters are real people, although some                                          Fire.
  who alternately cherishes and abuses her, but      dards of expertise in Stage 773’s intimate           are composites of various people and events.                                              Photo by
  his headstrong daughter sees an escape from        Black Box theater, but special mention is due          The factual material is manipulated (although                                           Sean
  her ill-tempered Da in seducing the rich Thore-    Katherine Swan’s chillingly candid portrait of       not distorted) to create stronger and more ap-                                            Williams
  au-wannabe boy next door. Hey, isn’t this the      Sara’s potential mother-in-law as the embodi-        pealing storylines and personalities which can
  American dream?                                    ment of the Byronic female counterpart to the        waft The Great Fire beyond mere pageant or
    Though far from his lengthiest drama,            masculine ideal that so eludes the envious           Chautauqua-like teaching play. In this attempt,
  O’Neill’s domestic tragedy is, nevertheless,       Melody.                                              the Great Fire is not entirely successful, lacking
  clearly the product of a time when a greater                                                            a central heroic figure and a clear turning point
                                                                                                          (what most folks call the climax). There are acts
 22                                                                                              Oct. 12, 2011                                                                              WINDY CITY TIMES
NUNN ON ONE: TV                                                                                                                                                ever about the money. No part of my career was
                                                                                                                                                               ever about money. It was always about trying

Rosie O’Donnell: Chicago arrival on                                                                                                                            to do the best job in the best place that would
                                                                                                                                                               be most congruent with my life and my values.
                                                                                                                                                               That’s definitely where I ended up, largely be-

showtunes, Oprah and her new show
                                                                                                                                                               cause I do believe in what she taught us all that
                                                                                                                                                               you can live your best life, and if you dream it,
                                                                                                                                                               you can live it. A large part of my career and my
                                                                                                                                                               success is because of watching her and learning
BY JERRY NUNN                                         Rosie Radio on Sirius XM Radio. She now starts     of] televisions. They re-enact Broadway mu-
                                                                                                                                                               from her, so to be here now with her is beyond
                                                      a new endeavor on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Net-      sicals; for example, the crowd throws napkins
                                                                                                                                                               a dream come true. It’s like everybody’s dream.
Rosie O’Donnell started in stand-up before            work with The Rosie Show this week.                when [it shows] Titanic and everyone sings
                                                                                                                                                               For me it’s like winning the lottery. I’m excited
landing roles on television movies. The Rosie           Windy City Times: Hi, Rosie. We love see-        all the words.
                                                                                                                                                               to get started. I hope that I serve her and the
O’Donnell Show won Emmys and launched her             ing you pop up around town and I wanted               RO: Oh my Lord, I am so there. They’d better
                                                                                                                                                               network well.
into the talk show circuit, where she came out        to welcome you personally to Lakeview and          reserve me a table.
                                                                                                                                                                  WCT: Do you feel pressure for your show to
of the closet two months before the show ended        Boystown. I expect you to be at Sidetrack for         WCT: [Laughs] I can arrange that for you.
                                                                                                                                                               be a big success?
its run.                                              Show Tunes Sundays.                                   RO: Can you do requests? Do they ever do The
                                                                                                                                                                  RO: I don’t feel any pressure. I feel nothing
  O’Donnell then became the moderator on The            Rosie O’Donnell: Honey, I didn’t even know       Rink?
                                                                                                                                                               but privilege, truthfully, and it’s going to be
View, further showing her comedic side while be-      about this. I’m jotting it down. Sidetrack Show       WCT: For you I’m sure they would, yeah.
                                                                                                                                                               thrilling. For her to not only ask me to be on
coming embroiled in controversy. Since then she       Tunes—what time?                                      RO: Come on—Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera. Very
                                                                                                                                                               her network but for her to also give me her stu-
has been raising children, blogging and running         WCT: It’s around four o’clock. It’s every Sun-   few people know the words to that. I could have
                                                                                                                                                               dio, her staff, her buildings and welcome me to
                                                      day. Sidetrack is the gay bar there with [a lot    a solo.
                                                                                                                                                               her city—it’s an unbelievable city, Chicago. She

                                                                                                            WCT: They have played that one many times
                                                                                                                                                               is totally the mayor of the city, the emotional
                                                                                                         in the past. Do you want to bring Broadway
                                                                                                                                                               mayor, because everywhere I go, people are like,
                                                                                                         Kids to the city and maybe team up with
                                                                                                                                                               “Hey, Rosie, thanks for coming here. Hey, Ro,
                                                                                                         Broadway in Chicago?
                                                                                                                                                               how you doing?” I have yet to pay for a meal
                                                                                                            RO: Yes. First of all, the entire cast of Pris-
                                                                                                                                                               in any restaurant. At my hotel I was staying,
            “From the PHENOMENALLY SUCCESSFUL                                                            cilla, Queen of the Desert is going to be on in
                                                                                                                                                               there were gifts of cupcakes and chocolate. It’s
                                                                                                         the first week. We do this whole program for the
            pop composer STEPHEN SCHWARTZ"                                                               last decade where we teach inner-city kids who
                                                                                                                                                               been an unbelievable welcome, and it’s all really
             -Chicago Tribune                                                                            live below the poverty level song, dance and life
                                                                                                                                                               because of the goodwill that she’s garnered for
                                                                                                                                                               over two decades here. She has set me up in a
                                                                                                         skills. These kids are going to come perform as
                                                                                                                                                               way that few ever get to with a generosity that’s
                                                                                                         well. We’re going to have a lot of Broadway. As
                                                                                                                                                               not often found in Hollywood.
                                                                                                         soon as we open the show which, is not really
                                                                                                                                                                  WCT: How have things changed since your
                                                                                                         an opening but I think Broadway-like, as soon
                                                                                                                                                               original talk show?
                                                                                                         as we do the show [Oct. 10] I’m going to have
                                                                                                                                                                  RO: It’s changed completely. It’s done a 360.
                                                                                                         a little bit more time. I’m going to go check
                                                                                                                                                               It’s not the same landscape in any capacity.
                                                                                                         out the theater here in Chicago because I under-
                                                                                                                                                               When I started in 1996, I went to the NATPE
                                                                                                         stand it’s pretty fantastic.
                                                                                                                                                               [National Association of Television Program Ex-
                                                                                                            WCT: Yeah, Carrie Fisher is here tonight,
                                              A MUSICAL SCRAPBOOK                                                                                              ecutives] conference and had to convince people
                                                                                                         just to let you know.
                           music & lyrics by                book by                                                                                            that I was not going to do a Jerry Springer-type
                                                                                                            RO: Yes, and she’s actually on the show as
                         STEPHEN SCHWARTZ                 DAVID STERN                                                                                          show. I had to literally sit down with station
                                                                                                         well. I’ve seen that show, Wishful Drinking. Have
                                                                                                                                                               owners and advertisers and tell them, no, I was
               Playing September 16 - October 23                                                         you seen it?
                                                                                                            WCT: I saw it on cable. I haven’t seen it live
                                                                                                                                                               going to do Merv Griffin. The philosophy at the
          847.673.6300 OR NORTHLIGHT.ORG                                                                 yet.
                                                                                                                                                               time was “That will never work,” because what
                                                                                                                                                               was number one in daytime in ‘96 or what was
                                                                                                            RO: It’s fantastic and her new book is pretty
                                                                                                                                                               drawing all of the media attention was a Jenny
                                                                                                         amazing. I just finished it. It’s called Shocka-
                                                                                                                                                               Jones guest had been murdered, and Geraldo Ri-
                                                                                                         holic. It talks a lot about her father and her last
                                                                                                                                                               vera had his nose broken.
                                                                                                         Christmas with Michael Jackson—pretty fasci-
                                                                                                                                                                  That’s when I entered into the foray, so I was
                                                                                                         nating stuff.
                                                                                                                                                               dubbed “the Queen of Nice.” Comparatively I
                                                                                                            WCT: I have to check it out. So you finally
                                                                                                                                                               was, because what we were seeing was violence
                                                                                                         bought a house and are no longer staying in a
                                                                                                                                                               on a daily basis. So with the exception of Oprah
                                                                                                                                                               there was no other show on TV that was putting
                                                                                                            RO: I actually move in tomorrow, so I’m thrilled
                                                                                                                                                               forth messages of positivity back in 1996. It was
                                                                                                         about that. I love being in a neighborhood that
                                                                                                                                                               a whole different game.
                                                                                                         I can walk to the restaurants for dinner and not
                                                                                                                                                                  Also, the Internet was not yet flourishing. I
                                                                                                         have to order room service. I actually love it
                                                                                                                                                               remember having meetings with Warner Broth-
                                                                                                         here and can imagine living here for this next
                                                                                                                                                               ers and asking for an Internet component. They
                                                                                                         chapter of my life.
                                                                                                                                                               said, “People don’t have computers.” They later
                                                                                                            WCT: How was it working with Oprah?
                                                                                                                                                               bought AOL. That was a problem. But they didn’t
                                                                                                            RO: Well, Oprah is sort of magical. I’m about
                                                                                                                                                               really understand the Internet and the way that
                                                                                                         to turn 50 in March. Half my life I’ve watched
                                                                                                                                                               media is now consumed by the average person
                                                                                                         her on television, and I was one of those crazy
                                                                                                                                                               at home. They want their celebrities accessible.
                                                                                                         super-fans who used to [record it on my VCR]
                                                                                                                                                               There was no Perez Hilton then, there was no
                                                                                                         back in the old days. Later I put her on my TiVo,
                                                                                                                                                               TMZ, there was no media Internet pop-culture
                                                                                                         and I would watch it every night. So it was a
                                                                                                                                                               forum like there is now.
                                                                                                         huge thrill for me and a vote of confidence.
                                                                                                                                                                  There’s such fractured viewing styles in the
                                                                                                            You know, the truth is, when I was about to
                                                                                                                                                               afternoon. Used to be you really had three op-
                                                                                                         sign with NBC, I questioned whether or not I
                                                                                                                                                               tions: ABC, NBC or CBS. You were either going to
                                                                                                         would be able to do it and to sort of withstand
                                                                                                                                                               watch game shows, talk shows or soap operas,
                                                                                                         the network kind of pressure and the network
                                                                                                                                                               and that was it. But it’s changed completely
                                                                                                         mishigas that happens and happened. Right
                                                                                                                                                               now. The kind of numbers that we got in the
                                                                                                         around that time the Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien
                                                                                                                                                               ‘90s were 5.3s, sixes sometimes. Now people
                                                                                                         fiasco had just finished, and I was not feeling
                                                                                                                                                               get ones on network television, never mind on
                                                                                                         very safe or secure in the network’s investment
                                                                                                         in their talent.
                                                                                                                                                                  WCT: Do you have some dream guests?
                                                                                                            WCT: I remember that, but people knew you
                                                                                                                                                                  RO: Adele we are hoping to get. She just can-
                                                                                                         would be a good match for the show.
                                                                                                                                                               celled her North American tour. She has throat
                                                                                                            RO: People started calling me right after
                                                                                                                                                               issues. But as soon as she’s up and healthy,
                                                                                                         [Oprah] said she was going to leave her pro-
                                                                                                                                                               she’ll be here, and that’s thrilling for me. I’d love
                                                                                                         gram. I called my agent and said, “Does she
                                                                                                                                                               to have Melissa McCarthy on. I could not be-
                                                                                                         need someone? Because if she needs somebody
           THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO                                                                     for her network, I’d rather do it there.” But
                                                                                                                                                               lieve how funny she was on SNL. Literally, I had
                                                                                                                                                               to wear a Depends undergarment watching that
           A world premiere adaptation of the legendary classic by Alexandre Dumas                       agents never really care about your emotional
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                                                                                                                                                                  There are so many new young talents that
                                                                                                         TV than you do on cable but, to me, it wasn’t
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                                                                                                          could do it because I don’t really tell jokes. I                garage is apparently heated, which is essential,
                                                                                                          don’t really do monologues. I tell stories, and                 I’ve heard. My roof apparently has something
                                                                                                          my standup was more about stories. So we’re go-                 that will melt the ice. I feel like I’m getting
                                                                                                          ing to have a microphone and a stand. I’m going                 ready for the frozen tundra. But aside from that,
                                                                                                          to do about 10 minutes of stand-up. I’m going                   I’m good to go. I could truly imagine having my
                                                                                                          to take questions from the audience like Carol                  whole family move here and live here, and it’s
                                                                                                          Burnett did. We’re going to go to commercial,                   really beautiful, I have to say. People always say
                                                                                                          come back and have a guest probably for three                   people in the Midwest are nicer, but now I’ve
                                                                                                          full segments.                                                  been here. I’m like “Oh my God! They really are!”
                                                                                                             WCT: So more time with one guest.                               WCT: good to hear that. See you at Side-
                                                                                                             RO: One thing I really didn’t like about my                  track.
                                                                                                          old show and about the trend that’s happening                      RO: I’ll be there, Sundays at 4!
                                                                                                          on talk shows today is the guests get, like, five                  The Rosie Show just debuted this past Mon-
                                                                                                          minutes, six minutes, and you can’t really get a                day on OWN. visit
                                                                                                          conversation going in that amount of time.                      own for details and listings.
                                                                                                             So we’re going to have a real lengthy sit-
                                                                                                          down, insightful interview, not always with a
                                                                                                          celebrity who has something to promote. Like
                                                                                                          Russell Brand is my first guest. He doesn’t have
                                                                                                          a movie coming out. He has nothing to sell. He’s                   Rosie at Sidetrack
                                                                                                          just coming to hang and talk. That’s really going                     Here’s a sure sign Rosie O’Donnell is
Rosie O’Donnell. Photo from the Oprah Winfrey Network
                                                                                                          to be, I think, the difference between our show                    in Chicago. O’Donnell was at Boystown
                                                                                                          and maybe some of the others that are on now.                      nightspot Sidetrack Oct. 9 to witness the
I think are astounding. Emma Stone is one of        going to have a gay host.                             Then we’re going to have a human-interest seg-                     showtune spectacle on Sundays. Photo by
them, a brilliant young actress. I met her actu-      Nowadays, it doesn’t seem so relevant. In ‘96       ment we’re going to play a game at the end of                      Anthony Meade
ally one night at a restaurant. Ryan Gosling, I     when my show started, not one interviewer even        every show.
think, is an amazing actor. I’m sort of fortunate   asked if I was gay. Not one. This was before El-         WCT: Will there be koosh Balls?
in that I’ve interviewed so many people. I was      len came out. This was before “Will and Grace”           RO: Here’s the thing: They don’t make them
on for six years. We usually had three guests per   was on. It’s a whole different world than it was      anymore. We called the company and they’re
show. I was really fortunate to have spoken to      in ‘96 when I started. It’s really inspiring to me    like, “No we don’t make them.” The guy who was
so many Hollywood luminaries in my career al-       as well to see like Neil Patrick Harris win the       from Scotland—a lovely man who gave us them
ready that it’s the new ones and the young ones,    Emmy Award and host the Oscars and the Tonys,         free and then he actually made the Rosie Show
the ones that I sort of missed that I would love    to be so brilliant, and have a husband and a          Koosh Ball shooter and gave all the money to
to get to sit down with now.                        baby. It’s not a big deal in a way that I could not   charity—no longer owns the company, so we’ll
  WCT: Any gay topics or guests?                    have imagined when I began my career. So will         see. I would have loved to have said, “Every-
  RO: I don’t know, specifically. Just like any     we have gay people on? Yes. Will we talk about        thing is going to be different this year, every-
other minority group, I don’t specifically think,   things that include LBGT issues? Yes. Is it going     thing” then thrown koosh balls at everybody.
“Well, I’m going to have gay topics as well as      to be a primary focus? No. It’s going to be just      But we’ll see what we could do. I’m sure I’ll find
African-American issues.” Like every other artist   one part of who I am, and one part of the show.       something to shoot at people because I enjoy
and comedian, I talk about my life, so things         WCT: What is the format?                            that.
that pertain to my life are probably going to ap-     RO: We have a live band. I’m going to come             WCT: Are you nervous about the winter?
pear more pertinent than to a host who maybe        out and do standup with a microphone like you            RO: People in the audience kind of laugh at me
was not gay. It’s an entertainment show, so are     do in a comedy club. They tried to get me to          and go “Oh, just wait.” The only thing I’m afraid
we going to have gay guests? Yeah, and we’re        do one without a mic on my old show. I never          of is this Snowmageddon winter thing, but my

                                                                                                                                 “ONE MUSICALS
                                                                                                              “IF YOUASEE ONE GREATESTOF THE
                                                                                                             MUSICAL SEASON,
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                                                                                                                      music and lyrics by
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NUNN ON ONE                                                                                                mys and I wasn’t star-struck by anyone because          JL: I know; me too. She wrote the foreword.

That’s how
                                                                                                           I was so by blinded the job I had to do! Every          WCT: Your fans really get to know you better
                                                                                                           once in a while I look around and go, “This is       by reading this book.
                                                                                                           amazing.” Sitting in the front row with Steve           JL: Absolutely.
                                                                                                           Carell and Stephen Colbert just right behind            WCT: Is your daughter Haden a glee watch-
                                                                                                           him. It was really cool to see people I was in co-   er?

Jane Lynch
                                                                                                           horts with from Chicago. Jill and Faith Soloway         JL: Yes, she is. She comes to the set. She
                                                                                                           were my writers so they were backstage with me       knows that she has got it special. It is also kind
                                                                                                           the whole time. It was a real Chicago feeling.       of old hat to her, too. It’s funny how kids adapt.
                                                                                                           Andy Richter did a little of the pre-tape. It was       WCT: If same-sex marriage is legalized in

sees it
                                                                                                           great to get our Chicago people together again.      Illinois, would you want to do another cer-
                                                                                                             WCT: I saw the glee tour and you were in           emony there?
                                                                                                           the video montage. Did you want to go on
                                                                                                           tour with them?

                                                     was pretty joyful.
                                                        WCT: Was it hard to reveal some of the
                                                     things in the book? It seems very personal.
                                                        JL: I found power in kind of blowing your own
                                                     cover. It didn’t feel so exposed so I wasn’t afraid
                                                     of it.
                                                        WCT: How was your family after reading the
                                                        JL: Good, really good! My mother read it for
                                                     the second time and she said [mimics voice], “I
                                                     like the way I came off.”
                                                        WCT: She sounds like a character.
                                                        JL: Yes, she is. She’s a doll.
                                                        WCT: I recommend actors in the Chicago
                                                     area to read the book. Is your advice to not
BY JERRY NUNN                                        turn things down?
                                                        JL: Not so much that. I think the most impor-
Jane Lynch has kept us laughing with her under-      tant thing is for people to use their judgment. I
stated sense of humor in such cinematic hits as      did say yes to a lot of things and that worked for
Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role        me. I amassed a ton of really great musical expe-
Models. With the Fox series Glee, Lynch became       rience. There are lines to not cross; you don’t do
a household name creating the persona of Sue         things that are dangerous or against your safety
Sylvester, the coach of a cheerleading squad         and comfort.
who has some of the best one-liners on TV.              I found I was game for almost anything and
  She just released a new memoir, Happy Acci-        that had to do with I just loved doing it. I want-
dents, which chronicles her early life as a lesbi-   ed to be part of the game and be invited to the
an, alcoholic and actress. She spoke with Windy      party. I didn’t want the parade to pass me by. I
City Times right before her book signings in her     want to say that if I could go back, this is the
hometown this past weekend.                          point of the book really, I would tell myself to
  Windy City Times: Hi, Jane. I just finished        not suffer it so much. Don’t worry so much and
reading your book and enjoyed it. Did it take        be easy on yourself. A lot of things took cares of
a long time to write?                                themselves. I was exactly where I needed to be.
  Jane Lynch: We wrote the book in three             I need to have faith in that.
months. We were given four months but dith-             WCT: You seem very grateful in the book for
ered away a month. My wife actually wrote it         your success.                                         Jane Lynch. Photo by Starla Fortunato
with me. She’s responsible for it being readable.       JL: Oh, absolutely, yes.
[Both laugh.] We did it together. It was very fast      WCT: Do you still get star-struck?
                                                                                                              JL: Not necessarily. I was happier to be on       JL: I think we are ceremonied out. We will get
and furious. We flew through three years and it         JL: Sure. It is so funny I just hosted the Em-
                                                                                                           the satellite. I didn’t want to be touring around    married in California—that’s for sure as soon as
                                                                                                           to do a little sketch. That wouldn’t be fun. If      it’s legal.
                                                                                                           they had me singing and dancing that would be           WCT: You have some future projects com-
                                                                                                           another thing…                                       ing out that we should mention. Is The Three
                                                                                                              WCT: Are you singing on this season of            Stooges a movie adaptation from the old tele-
                                                                                                           glee?                                                vision series?
                                                                                                              JL: I don’t know yet. So far in episode six I        JL: Yes, it’s from the Farrelly brothers. It is hi-
                                                                                                           have not.                                            larious. I play Mother Superior. I cannot wait to
                                                                                                              WCT: Are the fans just everywhere you go?         see this movie. I don’t have a huge part in it but
                                                                                                              JL: It is pretty phenomenal, especially with      Larry David plays our head nun, Mary-Mengele.
                                                                                                           kids. They just love it. It is all about inclu-      He’s hilarious. The three guys playing the stoog-
                                                                                                           sion and finding your place in the world. These      es are outrageously good; [they’re played] by
                                                                                                           Glee kids have found a place where they can be       Will Sasso, Sean Hayes and Chris Diamantopou-
                                                                                                           themselves and supported by other people. They       los. You are going to be so impressed. They were
                                                                                                           found their people. I think that is what we are      just amazing.
                                                                                                           doing in life, looking for our people and the           WCT: I just saw Sean Hayes at the Erasure
                                                                                                           place where we belong. I think that speaks so        concert recently. You also have a cartoon
                                                                                                           strongly to kids. There is nothing more powerful     called Wreck-It Ralph, where you play Ser-
                                                                                                           than being part of a group and making a beauti-      geant Calhoun.
                                                                                                           ful sound.                                              JL: Yes; in fact, I just did a session today. It
                                                                                                              WCT: Do people think you are like your            is a Disney animated film and I did some voice
                                                                                                           character Sue Sylvester?                             work today. I have had like four or five sessions.
                                                                                                              JL: No, they don’t, not at all. Sue is so ex-     It is coming out in November of 2012. There are
                                                                                                           treme. She’s not dangerous. She’s just laughable.    some great people in it.
                                                                                                           It’s not like I am Hannibal Lecter and people are       WCT: good to see that you can do other
  Jane Lynch at                                                                                            scared to death of me walking down the street!       projects when not filming glee. Will you get
                                                                                                              WCT: The part is well-written and you get to      to do anything fun while you are in town?
  Women & Children First                                                                                   show that human side of her. That is when it’s          JL: I am appearing at Barnes & Noble in Old
    Hundreds of people went to hear Jane Lynch speak about her new book, Happy Accidents, at               magic.                                               Orchard Shopping Mall, Women & Children First,
  Women & Children First Bookstore in Andersonville Oct. 11. Lynch, who was introduced by friend              JL: You first get to see that when they showed    a couple of TV things, then I fly back. I wish I
  Elaine Solloway, spoke for a few minutes before posing for photos with store co-owners Linda             my sister and showed me being very sweet with        had more time to hang out. I will be signing
  Bubon and Ann Christophersen. She then signed books for all of those who purchased her books             her. Ryan said to me, “You just bought yourself      books and talking to the folks, which will be
  from the store. Photo by Kat Fitzgerald (; more online at                seven more episodes of heinous behavior.”            great. I can’t wait.                                                                          WCT: I am such a fan of Carol Burnett, who           Happy Accidents can be purchased wherever
                                                                                                           played your mother on the show.                      books are sold.
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MUSIC                                                                                                                                                                          on something like that.
                                                                                                                                                                                  WCT: In 2008, you were

Leisha Hailey: From                                                                                                                                                            the spokesperson for, Olivia
                                                                                                                                                                               Cruises, a travel company
                                                                                                                                                                               which sells cruises and re-

The L Word to                                                                                                                                                                  sort vacations marketed
                                                                                                                                                                               towards lesbian customers.
                                                                                                                                                                               Are you still involved with

making music with
                                                                                                                                                                                  LH: They are a great com-
                                                                                                                                                                               pany! I’d happily do anything

Uh Huh Her
                                                                                                                                                                               with them again, but I’m not
                                                                                                                                                                               currently their spokesperson.
                                                                                                                                                                                  WCT: What was your role
BY TERRI-LYNNE WALDRON                               sort of came first.                                                                                                       as a spokesperson?
                                                        WCT: Your new CD is entitled Nocturnes.                                                                                   LH: I did ads and I was on
Actress/musician Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey,      How does it vary from your debut CD, Com-                                                                                 the cruises a couple of times.
both members of the band Uh Huh Her, made            mon Reaction, in terms of progression and                                                                                    WCT: Do you consider
headlines recently when they were ejected from       sound?                                                                                                                    yourself to be an activist?
a Sept. 26 Southwest Airlines flight after shar-        LH: First of all, Camila, my bandmate, co-pro-                                                                            LH: No, not at all. I sort of
ing a kiss. Windy City Times talked to Hailey        duced it with Wendy Melvoin from Prince and                                                                               shy from that. I live my life
                                                                                                          Leisha Hailey (right) and Camila grey of Uh Huh Her. PR photo        and hope that I make a good
about the band’s musical evolution, The L Word’s     The Revolution. So she brought her flavor into
impact and breast cancer awareness.                  it and it’s definitely more rock-driven. We have                                                                          example out there, but in no
   (Note: Windy City Times was instructed to         live drums on every song and Common Reaction                                                                              way do I think of myself as an
                                                                                                          teenagers mostly, about the prevention of breast                     activist.
steer clear of any questions regarding the South-    was more synth-based and more electronic, so
                                                                                                          cancer, and ways to a healthier lifestyle so it      WCT: What is on the agenda for, Uh Huh Her,
west incident.)                                      Nocturnes is more raw and organic.
                                                                                                          wont ever happen.                                 after the tour ends Nov. 6?
   Windy City Times: Hi Leisha, how are you?            WCT: You and Camila are in a relationship.
                                                                                                             WCT: Have you or Camila ever been touched         LH: Our first single is called “Another Case,”
   Leisha Hailey: I’m good, thank you.               Is it a delicate balance being in a relationship
                                                                                                          directly or indirectly by breast cancer?          and we will have a video for that as well as three
   WCT: The name of your group, Uh Huh Her,          and working together?
                                                                                                             LH: Both Camila’s grandmothers had breast      other songs. And we already have them finished.
was taken from a 2004 PJ Harvey CD. Does                LH: I don’t really want to focus on that, but
                                                                                                          cancer.                                           We’ll roll them out as the songs are ready to be
the name have any special meaning?                   everything is great. We’ve been working togeth-
                                                                                                             WCT: You’re playing the House of Blues in      released.
   LH: At the time we were a three-piece girl act    er for years now.
                                                                                                          Chicago Oct. 19. Would it be Uh Huh Her’s            WCT: What is the best thing about being in
and the name suited three girls. We took it from        WCT: Do you want to keep the music and
                                                                                                          first time in Chicago?                            Uh Huh Her?
PJ Harvey hoping that she would be okay with         acting separate, or is there a way that you
                                                                                                             LH: Oh no, we’ve been there many, many            LH: I get to travel with some of my closest
that.                                                would combine the two?
                                                                                                          times. We love that city.                         friends, make music and meet people all around
   WCT: And was she?                                    LH: Like a Purple Rain?
                                                                                                             WCT: Do you miss doing The L Word?             the world. It’s an amazing honor to be in a band,
   LH: We never heard. [Laughs]                         WCT: Yes, something like that.
                                                                                                             LH: Of course—it was the highlight of my life. especially this one.
   WCT: People know you from The L Word, but            LH: I am a creatively open person, but it’s not
                                                                                                             WCT: Do you think the show, where lesbian         Uh Huh Her is playing the House of Blues
did music really come first for you?                 on the front of my brain right now.
                                                                                                          characters were in the forefront, will have an    in Chicago Wed., Oct. 19. For more info go to
   LH: Well, it depends on how you look at it. I        WCT: You titled this tour the Keep a Breast
                                                                                                          impact on future Tv shows?              
studied acting in New York, but I never pursued      Tour. Is it about bringing more awareness to
                                                                                                             LH: Sure I hope so. There are a lot of female- venues/chicago. To find out more about Uh
it professionally, so I started a band while I was   breast cancer?
                                                                                                          fronted shows now and I think we’re just a part   Huh Her visit
in acting school and ended up getting signed            LH: The Keep A Breast Foundation is a non-
                                                                                                          of something bigger. I hope we had an influence
three years after I graduated. So a music career     profit organization geared towards teaching

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                                                          but had rarely visited. It’s doubtful that even                                                                     certainly offers an insider’s view of a specific,
                                                          if Gatien had wanted to attend the Chicago re-                                                                      particularly infamous period in nightlife history.

                                                          union he would have; after being charged and
                                                          found guilty of income-tax fraud, he was deport-
                                                          ed back to his native Canada in 2003, and visits
                                                                                                                                                                              Obviously I’m far, far, far from being objective,
                                                                                                                                                                              but I want the next Limelight movie to be a
                                                                                                                                                                              prequel and focus on the mid-’80s. Cue up “You
                                                          back to the States aren’t easily managed.                                                                           Spin Me Round,” “Blue Monday” and “Our Dark-
               THE                                           Now his daughter, Jen Gatien, a film producer                                                                    ness,” and meet me on the dance floor while we
             MOVIES                                       of rather interesting offbeat indie fare (includ-
                                                          ing the forthcoming LGBT-themed Jack and Di-
                                                                                                                                                                                Limelight plays exclusively at the Music Box
                                                          ane) has produced a documentary directed by                                                                         Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Friday, Oct. 14
                                                          Billy Corben called Limelight that details the                                                                      and Friday, Oct. 21.
                                                          events in the early to mid-’90s that led to Ga-
                                                          tien’s demise as the onetime nightclub king of                                                                      Why would anyone in his or her right mind want
                                        BY                Manhattan, where he had presided over not just                                                                      to remake the nonsense that was the original
                                  RICHARD                 Limelight but The Tunnel, Palladium and his own                                                                     1984 quasi-musical Footloose? Oh yeah, prob-
                                KNIgHT, JR.               mega club, USA.                                                                                                     ably because it made a zillion dollars, had a hot
                                                             Everything that happened to Gatien and his                                                                       soundtrack that burned up the charts for months

                                                          empire—when he was pitted against the neo-                                                                          and developed a rabid cult following.
                                                          conservative, cross-dressing onetime New York                                                                         It is my duty to report that the story—one
                                                          City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his administra-                   Kenny Wormald in Footloose.                          stretched to credibility in which an entire town
                                                          tion—occurred after my professional associa-                                                                        of teens not allowed to dance finds an out-of-

Footloose                                                 tion with Gatien ended. That’s not to imply any
                                                          attempt on my part to distance myself from the
                                                          man I once worked indirectly for and have oc-
                                                                                                                         tone but now sporting designer shades in place
                                                                                                                         of the one time de rigueur eye patch (worn as
                                                                                                                         the result of a teenage hockey accident in his
                                                                                                                                                                              town rebel to lead a revolt—has been kept near-
                                                                                                                                                                              ly intact, albeit with a Southern twang (with the
                                                                                                                                                                              action now in Tennessee). A newcomer hunk,
A little more than 26 years ago I began working           casionally been in touch with since. Rather, it’s              native Canada), narrates his own history to an       Kenny Wormald, replaces Kevin Bacon while
as an event promoter at what was then arguably            to point out that the club scene that rose to                  off-camera interviewer (illustrated by snippets      Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell have been
the hottest nightclub Chicago had ever seen:              popularity after my tenure was very, very differ-              of archival footage that filled me with nostal-      given character roles, but the movie (which,
Limelight.                                                ent, and the period examined in the film—the                   gia).                                                surprisingly, has a few hot dance sequences) is
   From the day I set foot inside 632 N. Dear-            early to mid-’90s—is miles from my era.                           The bulk of the ensuing saga, according to the    still one of those awful/glorious guilty pleasures
born St., my professional life changed forever.              My decade was the decade of big hair, big                   movie, looks at the Giuliani administration aim-     that you either go all the way with or simply
To say the team of fellow creatives who worked            shoulders, outrageous fashion shows and art in-                ing to close down the megaclubs. Two of Gatien’s     roll your eyes at when confronted by its terrible,
and thrived alongside me for the next three and           stallations, cocaine, MTV and the invention of                 top party promoters relay this information. One      cynical crassness. (Like the original, this is an
a half years, unless the nightspot closed New             the CD and answering machines. Cell phones and                 is Michael Alig, the king of the club kids who       example of marketing as moviemaking.)
Year’s Eve 1988, would be an understatement.              the Internet were years away. As the ‘80s turned               was eventually convicted of murdering another          Given that, it’s surprising that the movie’s big-
I am reminded of that life-changing experience            into the ‘90s the age of the club kids, all-night              club kid—relay this. The other promoter, Lord        gest misstep is casting Dancing with the Stars
on a daily basis and, last year, at a 25th-anni-          raves, designer drugs, hip-hop and rap became                  Michael, is another convicted felon who proudly      Julianne Hough (on leave from the show) as the
versary reunion party, I greeted old colleagues           the driving forces behind the success of the                   trumpets his claim of having been the first per-     bad girl preacher’s daughter and then not us-
and friends with the pleasure that comes with             megaclubs. The party went on non-stop because                  son to bring Ecstasy to Manhattan.                   ing her. Hough, who as any DWTS watcher can
all such reunions.                                        the drugs, like Ecstasy and Special K, worked for                 In contrast to these smarmy individuals, a trio   attest, is nothing if not a whirling dervish on
   Looming over the reunion but physically ab-            hours—and the music and the revelers followed                  of prosecutors describes attempts to directly        the dance floor and a vocalist with a decent set
sent was Peter Gatien, Limelight’s sole owner,            suit.                                                          link Gatien to the drug dealing that was going       of country-flavored chops. Hough easily handles
who had also psychically presided over the club              The film details these changes to nightlife cul-            on in his clubs. Journalist Frank Owen, a long-      the stereotypical dialogue and situations but is
from his base in Manhattan, the original Lime-            ture (that for my money took it down several                   time watcher of the party scene who chronicled       never given a song and barely three seconds of
light, during the club’s heyday in the mid-’80s           notches) after Gatien, in his signature mono-                  Gatien’s story in a book, is another talking head    solo time on the dance floor. You keep waiting
                                                                                                                         adding details to the story that gets seamier        for the director to realize he’s neglecting his
                                                                                                                         and more repetitive as the film progresses. Cor-     hotly talented leading lady. But, no: Not only
                                                                                                                         ben relies too heavily on the sleazy, ego-driven     are we stuck with the wooden Kevin Bacon wan-
                                                                                                                         promoters who clearly relish their time on cam-      nabe who dances and dances and dances and
                                                                                                                         era and could have used some fresh interview         sweats up a storm in his muscle tee, but he nev-
                                                                                                                         subjects to offset the taint they leave behind.      er once conveys the glory in uninhibited danc-
                                                                                                                         Also, the film—a none-too subtle attempt to          ing. Worse, he never takes off his shirt. That’s
                                                                                                                         exonerate Gatien’s reputation (which, based on       not footloose—that’s foolish.
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BOOKS                                                                                                                                                                  Schulman: I love Women and Children First.

Sarah Schulman on
                                                                                                                                                                    It’s an amazing store so I’m always excited to
                                                                                                                                                                    come back. I really would love people to take
                                                                                                                                                                    another look at The Mere Future now that it’s

her newest novel
                                                                                                                                                                    in paperback and build a relationship with the
                                                                                                                                                                    book. I’m a pretty good writing teacher and I’m
                                                                                                                                                                    interesting in sharing my skills with people in

and her activism
                                                                                                                                                                    the community who want to tell their stories.
                                                                                                                                                                       WCT: Is there anything else you want to say
                                                                                                                                                                    to the readers of WCT?
                                                                                                                                                                       Schulman: I am working on another project.
BY CARRIE MAXWELL                                       earlier this year on a six-city tour. ... They were
                                                                                                                                                                    The ACT UP Oral History Project, with Jim Hub-
                                                        amazing and the queer people here immediately
                                                                                                                                                                    bard. It’s the precursor to the film we just fin-
Author and lesbian activist Sarah Schulman will         clicked with them. We had enormous audiences
                                                                                                                                                                    ished. People can access the project at http://
visit this weekend to celebrate the release of the      and by the time we got to New York City we had         Sarah Schulman.                             The site has long
paperback edition of her speculative novel, The         to turn away 320 people. The first LGBT delega-
                                                                                                                                                                    form interviews with 128 surviving members of
Mere Future and share her writing insights with         tion to Palestine will travel there next year. We’ll
                                                                                                                                                                    ACT UP New York. To date 80,000 people around
aspiring writers. Schulman recently talked with         also have a book coming out a year from now            of that because we want to let people know
                                                                                                                                                                    the world, many from Eastern Europe and Asia,
Windy City Times about her writing career and           about the queer movement in Palestine.                 what ACT UP accomplished and how they got
                                                                                                                                                                    have downloaded those transcripts (which are
activist roots.                                            WCT: Tell me about your collaboration with          their message out.
                                                                                                                                                                    free as well as portions of the video interviews).
   Windy City Times: What made you want to              Jim Hubbard.                                             WCT: You are a professor. What kind of
                                                                                                                                                                    It’s really become a central repository of infor-
be a writer?                                               Schulman: We founded the New York Lesbian           classes do you teach at City University of New
                                                                                                                                                                    mation about AIDS activism.
   Sarah Schulman: I think it’s a calling. When I       and Gay Experimental Film Festival—now called          York, College of Staten Island?
                                                                                                                                                                       Schulman will hold a reading, discussion
was 6 years old I wrote down that I wanted to           MIX—which will celebrate its 25th anniversary            Schulman: I teach creative writing there. I am
                                                                                                                                                                    and book signing Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at
be a writer. When I was a kid I wrote a play every      next year. Jim and I have just finished a feature      also a fellow at the New York Institute of the
                                                                                                                                                                    Women and Children First Bookstore, 5233 N.
Hanukkah for my brother and sister to act in.           film ... a 90-minute documentary called United         Humanities at New York University
                                                                                                                                                                    Clark St., and will host a queer fiction writ-
   WCT: You write novels, non-fiction, plays            In Anger: A History of ACT UP, which will have           WCT: You are coming to Chicago to do a
                                                                                                                                                                    ing workshop at the gerber/Hart Library and
and movies, and you are a journalist. Is it dif-        its world premiere in Jan. or Feb. of 2012 and         book-reading and hold a workshop. Tell me
                                                                                                                                                                    Archives, 1127 W. granville, 1-4 p.m., on Oct.
ficult to move from one genre to another?               will definitely come to Chicago. I’m very proud        what your expectations are.
                                                                                                                                                                    16. Both events are free to the public.
   Schulman: It’s not difficult to move from one
to the other. I’m usually working on a number of
things at the same time.
   WCT: Tell me about your new book, The Mere
Future. What has been the readers’ response?
   Schulman: It’s set in the future so ... I had
to invent a futuristic language ... [that] is a
mixture between advertising slogans and chan-
nel surfing. ... I tried to mix that all in and be
funny. ... At first it’s hard for people because it’s
not like anything else they’ve read before, but
then they embrace the idea, which makes them
enjoy the book more.
   As for the book’s response, there are people
who love it because it gives them insights and
options into how they think about things. Then
there are people who become threatened and
upset since they only want repetition of what
they already know. That’s the difference between
art and entertainment. Entertainment is being
told what you already know and art expands
what you already know to include new ideas.
   WCT: Tell me about your activism activities
over the years.
   Schulman: Like writing it’s been an integrated
part of my entire life. I believe the most impor-
tant thing a person can do with their tiny little
precious life is to intervene in cases of injustice.
I was in ACT UP and we were able to transform
what life was like for people with AIDS and how
the country looked at AIDS in a very short period
of time. Right now I am very involved in sup-
porting the queer movement in Palestine.
   WCT: You’ve won some pretty amazing
awards for your work. How do you feel about
these awards?
   Schulman: They are all really different. To get
a Guggenheim is pretty incredible because that
means you are being recognized in a mainstream
way and to get the award for doing openly les-

                                                                                                                                                                  ING WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC
bian work was an incredible achievement. The
                                                                                                  | STAGED READ
                                                                FILM SCREENING | PANEL DISCUSSION
Kessler is equal to that but different in that I
got the award from my own community. Those

                                                                 NOVEMBER 13, 2011
two awards were the most important to me.
   WCT: Tell me about your trip to the Middle
East in 2010. What is happening with the

                                                                 CHICAGO PREMIERE
first U.S. LgBT delegation to Palestine that
you are helping to organize?
   Schulman: I had been invited to give a lecture                                                       Gregory Hinton. Based on the
                                                                 Conceived and adapted for the stage by
at Tel Aviv University and I was unaware that                                                         members of The Ultimate Brokeback
                                                                 book “Beyond Brokeback,” written by
the Palestinians had called for a boycott of state                                                    directed by David Zak. Featuring:
                                                                 Forum. Music by Shawn Kirchner and
sponsored institutions which includes universi-                                                          k, Mary Gearen, Bob Kessler and
ties. ... I ended up going to Israel and Palestine
                                                                 Darryl Stephens, Ryan Harrison, Liz Pazi
                                                                 CCPA alum Amanda Batterson
(but still boycotted the Tel Aviv University lec-
ture) and gave some speeches. ... I found out
that there is a segment of Palestinian people
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of the queer Palestinian movement to the U.S.
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                                                        Scurato—a genuinely friendly individual—
                                                      said that the menu “is constantly changing,” as
                                                      the fall offerings are now available. Among said

Ceres’ table
                                                      offerings are braised lamb shank and more red
                                                      wines. “It is always my interpretation of a Sicil-
                                                      ian dish,” he said.
                                                        As for the food there, it is definitely worth a
That’s Sicilian!
                                                      visit. Scurato uses sustainable and local prod-
   That’s not meant to ride a spaghetti sauce’s
                                                      ucts—and he utilizes them to flavorful effect.
motto, but it’s the feel the proprietors of Ce-
                                                      The parpadelle with lamb was amazing both
res’ Table, 4882 N. Clark St., hope patrons get
                                                      times I went, as were items such as squash blos-
once they try some of the restaurant’s incredible
                                                      soms, bread pudding and peanut butter tart.
                                                      However, there are now such tempting items
   The restaurant (which opened Nov. 17, 2009)
                                                      as wild mushroom risotto, boar ragu lasagna,
is Italian—down to its name, derived from the
                                                      the aforementioned lamb shank, pumpkin ravi-          Charcuterie at ZED451. Press photo
Roman goddess of the harvest. Chef Giuseppe
                                                      oli and arancine (fried risotto balls with braised
Scurato said that he and his wife, Carolyn,
named the eatery. “Apparently, Ceres was born
in Sicily,” he said. “Ceres is also the statute at
                                                      goat, saffron and taleggio cheese). Moreover,
                                                      you won’t have to take out a loan to pay for
                                                      dinner, with the most expensive item being $27.
                                                                                                            ZED451                                                  is NOT a Brazilian steakhouse, saying, “The
                                                                                                                                                                    difference with us is that we’re not limited to
                                                                                                                                                                    Brazilian meats. The chefs come in and prepare
the top of the [Chicago] Board of Trade, so we
                                                        Other aspects that are worth appreciating here      I must admit: I’ve talked by ZED451, 739 N.             everything, including the sauces. .. We have a
figured there is the connection of [prosperity].”
                                                      are the understated decor and friendly staff.         Clark St., at least a hundred times wondering           whole variety of proteins, including duck, veni-
   Something that’s not so Italian—and I don’t
                                                      While the music isn’t exactly Sicilian (ranging       what being inside is like. Now that I’ve satisfied      son and lamb.” Thompson added, “We are unbe-
mean this in a bad way—is the view, as Ceres’
                                                      from Sade to Everything but the Girl to Culture       my curiosity, I’m imploring everyone to give it         lievably vegetarian-friendly and gluten-friendly.
Table is across the street from the St. Boniface
                                                      Club), I’m hoping there’s space somewhere for a       a try.                                                  Eighty-five to 90 percent of our harvest table is
Catholic Cemetery. Scurato said that diners are
                                                      dance floor.                                             First of all, appearances can be deceiving. It       vegetarian- or gluten-friendly.”
not bothered by the scenery, adding that the
                                                        See                      looks smaller from the outside but the interior is         Among the more tantalizing selections are the
area is definitely “up and coming,” citing the
                                                                                                            huge (with a 15,000-square-foot first level that        char-grilled buttermilk sirloin (unreal), Mary-
renovations that have taken place.
                                                                                                            has private event rooms), filled with warm woods        land crab cakes, Wagyu beef, Asian pork belly
                                                                                                            and judiciously placed stones. (I loved that I sat      and the previously mentioned venison.
                                                                                                            a few feet away from flames that didn’t cause me           Mixed drinks—categorized under “Liquid Mar-
                                                                                                            to sweat while I ate.) General Manager Jennifer         ket”—range from the refreshing to the warm. My
                                                                                                            Thompson said that a lot of care went into the          dining partner lover the spiced apple bourbon
                                                                                                            details, even with the lights coming through the        while I fell in love with the sangria.
                                                                                                            wooden slats in the ceiling, as the illumination           If, by some miracle, you actually have room
                                                                                                            is supposed to resemble natural sunlight.               for dessert, there’s no short of indulgence. There
                                                                                                               The rooftop deck (more than 2,000 square             are sweets such as banana cream pie (which
                                                                                                            feet) has received many raves—and justifiably           our extremely knowledgeable server, Liz Gonza-
                                                                                                            so. On the day I went it was warm (for October          lez, paired with a milk stout) and butterscotch
                                                                                                            in Chicago) and sunny, illuminating what was al-        bread pudding (so good you’ll commit a sin to
                                                                                                            ready an amazing view of surrounding buildings.         get more). Other desserts include S’more pie, va-
                                                                                                               As for the food, Chef Patrick Quakenbush has         nilla crème brûlée and chocolate layer cake.
                                                                                                            prepared plenty of great options. Patrons can              Also, just in case you can barely move to get
                                                                                                            simply take items from the huge harvest tables,         to your next destination, ZED451 has a shuttle
                                                                                                            that are stocked with charcuteries, artisan             to take you there. How great is that?
                                                                                                            cheeses and dishes such as grilled pineapple               By the way, in case you were wondering, the
                                                                                                            with peppercorn; smoked poblano deviled eggs;           name comes from “Zed,” the end of the British
                                                                                                            and tuna and shrimp poke (my fave), which in-           alphabet (the owner is British); “451” refers to
                                                                                                            cludes mango, cilantro, avocado and macadamia           when combustion starts, symbolizing the begin-
                                                                                                            nuts in a soy ginger vinaigrette.                       ning. You can figure out the meaning—I’m hav-
                                                                                                               If you want the full effect, you can have the        ing another glass of sangria.
                                                                                                            harvest items AND a nonstop selection of meat              ZED451 is a singular experience.
                                                                                                            and seafood that people bring until you stay               See
Porchetta at Ceres’ Table. Photo by Andrew Davis                                                            stop. Thompson stressed to Savor that ZED451

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Boys Don’t Cry                                                                                           ton Recital Hall at University of Chicago, 1010       Download the entry form in PDF format; find

                                                                                                         E. 59th St., fourth floor, at 12:15 p.m. On Sat-    definitions and eligibility parameters for each
                                                                                                         urday, Oct, 15, she will play in Lutkin Recital     category; a FAQ; and an explanation of how

                                                                                                         Hall at Northwestern University, 700 University     nominees and winners are selected at http://
                                                                                                         Pl., Evanston (847-491-5441; http://www.pick-
BY RICHARD KNIgHT, JR.                                                                                                                  Nominees for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media
                                                                                                           Admission is free to both events.                 Awards will be announced in mid-January 2012.
Queer writer-director Kimberly Peirce has only                                                             Trowbridge has run a school of guitar-playing     Award recipients will be announced at each of
made one feature since her startling, ground-                                                            in the Andersonville neighborhood for 16 years      the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards events in
breaking 1999 debut, Boys Don’t Cry—but even                                                             and is obtaining her doctorate in guitar perfor-    New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
if she never makes another film, she will forever                                                        mance at Northwestern University.
be assured a place in queer cinematic history.                                                                                                               ‘Art of Home’ Oct. 13
The movie relates the true story of transgender
male Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) living in
                                                                                                         GLAAD accepting                                       The first-ever “Art of Home” gala will take

Nebraska; his romantic relationship with Lana                                                            award nominations                                   place Thursday, Oct. 13, at Zhou B Art Center,
                                                                                                                                                             1029 W. 35th St., 6-9 p.m.
Tisdel (Chloe Sevigny); and his subsequent                                                                 The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defama-        According to a press release, “Art of Home
rape and murder at the hands of his intolerant                                                           tion (GLAAD) is accepting submissions for its       celebrates the unique vision of dozens of Chi-
“friends” when they learned he wasn’t anatomi-      Jennifer Trowbridge. Photo courtesy of Trow-         23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, according to        cago area artists, who have generously agreed
cally male. Peirce worked on the film for years     bridge                                               a press release.                                    to donate pieces of art for live and silent auc-
(and co-wrote the script with Andy Bienen) be-                                                             The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor        tions.” All proceeds will benefit the Lakeside
fore it was brought to the screen, winning criti-   Lesbian guitarist                                    media for their fair, accurate and inclusive rep-   Community Development Corporation.
cal acclaim from critics and audiences upon its                                                          resentations of the LGBT community, and the
release.                                            plays Oct. 13, 15                                    issues that affect our lives.
                                                                                                                                                               Tickets are $150-$175 each. For more infor-
                                                                                                                                                             mation and to purchase tickets, visit http://
   Boys Don’t Cry was a “first” for many reasons.      Jennifer Trowbridge, a lesbian who plays Bra-       Submitted materials must be received in the
It made an instant star of Swank (who, for her      zilian classical guitar, has two upcoming local      Los Angeles GLAAD office by Thursday, Nov. 17,      html.
tremendous, heart-wrenching performance, re-        performances.                                        at 6 p.m. PT.
                                                       On Thursday, Oct. 13, she will play in the Ful-

Kimberly Peirce.

ceived the first of her two Best Actress Oscars),
and brought first time acclaim to many of the
other actors (Sevigny was also Oscar nominated
in the supporting category). The movie also
launched the career of out producer Christine
Vachon and, certainly, it put Peirce herself on
the filmmaking map. However, aside from being
an intensely moving romantic drama, gorgeously
shot and assembled and enacted by its fearless
cast, the importance of the subject matter—the
horrible consequences that Tenna suffered as a
result of attempting to be true to his own gen-
der identity—is perhaps the movie’s greatest
legacy. Both mainstream and LGBT communities
saw vivid, heartbreaking proof of the terrible
price transgender people have often had to pay.
   Boys Don’t Cry helped open the door national-
ly with regard to this previously hidden subject.
Here we are over a decade later and America is
weekly watching transgender male Chaz Bono
dance his heart out on Dancing with the Stars,
one of the country’s most popular television
programs, without a hint of controversy. Peirce’s
film helped pave the way for mainstream accep-
   The movie will have a rare theatrical screen-
ing Sunday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Music Box
Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., and Peirce will
be present for a post-screening Q&A. At 3 p.m.,
Peirce will also attend a screening of 1972’s The
Godfather and talk with Robert K. Elder, author
of Movies that Changed My Life, about the im-
pact director Francis Ford Coppola’s gangster
classic has had on her creative life. Separate
tickets are required for each screening event.
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BOOKS                                                                                                           WCT: You frequently mention a psychologist       level jobs and didn’t have anything to lose. The
                                                                                                             in your latest book: Dr. Charles Socarides.         more moderate gays—the doctors and lawyers

Charles Silverstein on                                                                                          CS: Ah, yes. He believed that homosexuals were
                                                                                                             doomed to their lives of depression and suicide.
                                                                                                                                                                 and what have you—could all lose their licenses
                                                                                                                                                                 on a charge of “moral turpitude” because they

gay rights and psychology
                                                                                                             He even wanted to set up concentration camps        were gay. As the radical gays fought for equal-
                                                                                                             for homosexuals. He was able to get on a number     ity, it made the moderate gays’ lives just a little
                                                                                                             of television and radio programs since producers    easier.
BY JOE FRANCO                                             WCT: Do you think that the removal of homo-        needed to get “the other side of the argument”.        Read the entire interview—including Silver-
                                                        sexuality as a disease from the DSM had any          He was quite outrageous but he got the airtime.     stein’s thoughts on how the gAA would look
Dr. Charles Silverstein is well known for his activ-    far-reaching impact or was quoted as a basis         Dr. Socarides’ son [Richard] was gay and everyone   at same-sex marriage—online at http://www.
ism in the struggle for gay rights, including his       for the overturning of the Supreme Court case        knew that. After his son came out he was asked if
1973 historic presentation before the “Nomen-           Bowers v. Hardwick and other anti-sodomy             it changed his opinion on homosexu-
clature Committee” of the American Psychiatric          court cases and laws?                                ality and he responded, “It doesn’t
Association (APA), which led to the removal of            CS: You bring up a very valid and important        change my opinion one bit.”
homosexuality as a mental illness from the Diag-        point. There is a substantial relationship between      WCT: You noted in your book
nostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders       the medical community and their diagnoses and        that the “radical gay” group you
(DSM).                                                  the legal community. When psychology declares        belonged to—the gay Activists
                                                        a certain disorder or mental issue a disease, the    Alliance (gAA)—had a number of
                                                        legal community picks that up and makes that         members with colorful antis and
                                                        behavior a crime. In Britain now is the Spanner      who were considered damaged and
                                                        case. A group of S&M men would gather to have        whom society rejected. Do you
                                                        sex and videotape their encounters. Nearly all of    think that, as gays become more
                                                        the sadism was theatrical and not real but it was    “mainstream,” the ideals of gAA
                                                        still videotaped. The sadists were arrested and      are overlooked?
                                                        prosecuted since an individual cannot consent to        CS: Things were different then.
                                                        damage. Since S&M was declared a mental disor-       There was a certain symbiotic rela-
                                                        der, it encouraged such prosecutions like that in    tionship between the radical gay
                                                        Spanner.                                             movement and more moderate gays.
                                                                                                             You see, the radical gays help low-

Charles Silverstein. Photo from Silverstein

   He founded two gay and lesbian counseling
centers in New York, Identity House and the Insti-
tute for Human Identity. He was also the founding
editor of the Journal of Homosexuality and is best
known for the groundbreaking The Joy of Gay Sex
(with Edmund White), and The New Joy of Gay Sex
(with Felice Picano). On Oct. 13, 2011, Silverstein
will be adding a new volume to his personal bib-
liography—For The Ferryman: A Personal History.
   Recently, Windy City Times had the opportunity
to interview Silverstein about his life and his
   Windy City Times: So why psychology?
   Dr. Charles Silverstein: Well you know, I had
been an elementary school teacher prior to com-
ing to psychology. I liked what I did; in fact, my
Larchmont kids are holding a reunion for me. Still,
teaching was not satisfying a certain intellectual
part of me. I enjoyed working closely with people
so psychology seemed fitting.
   WCT: In 1973 you convinced the Nomencla-
ture Committee of the APA to remove “homo-
sexuality as a mental illness from the DSM.
How did that come about?
   CS: The psychological community had always
labeled homosexuality as a perversion and a deri-
vation from the so-called “norm.” These men con-
sidered it an illness and, therefore, curable. It was
an illness because it violated the social norms of
the day.
   WCT: Was the medical community relying on
any objective scientific evidence that homo-
sexuality was actually an illness that could be
   CS: As far as I am aware, no. Psychoanalysts
believed that gay men were doomed to lives of
depression and, eventually, suicide because of
their shame. I argued that these men were not
ashamed because they were homosexual but be-
cause of what these therapists were telling them.
   WCT: What about these new groups that are
using therapy to “cure” homosexuality?
   CS: This isn’t therapy at all you see. Exodus In-
ternational and other groups like them use what
they believe to be the power of prayer. “If you
pray hard enough to Jesus you will no longer be
gay. He will make you straight.” Even though the
APA has thoroughly discredited such a notion,
men and women are still being harmed the same
way they were when homosexuality was thought
of as a disease.
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                                                                                                                                                  Tim Gunn is below my signature. 1:30pm,
                                                                                                                                                  Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square, Or-
                                                                                                                                                  land Park,
                                                                                                                                                 guitarist Jennifer Trowbridge performs A
                                                                                                                                                  recital of Brazilian music including Heitor
                                                                                                                                                  Villa-Lobos’ Douze Études and Sergio
                                                                                                                                                  Assad’s Aquarelle, Farewell, and Cradle
         Brought to you by the combined efforts of
                                                                                                                                                  Song. 8:30pm, 847-491-5441, Lutkin Re-
                                                                                                                                                  cital Hall, Northwestern University, 700
          WINDY CITY                                                                                                                              University Place, Evanston, http://www.        MARY GOOD
                                                                                                                                                 ghouls Night Out Ghouls Night Out... A            Friday, Oct. 14
                                                                                                                                                  spooktacular night of drag, dance and mu-
                                                                                                                                                  sic featuring the divalicious drag queens          Singer Mary Chapin
Wed., Oct. 12                                                                                                                                     of The Call and members of the Chicago             Carpenter will perform
Obama & the gays with Tracy Baim Tracy               GUNN AND GAMES                                                                               Spirit Brigade... $10 suggested donation
                                                                                                                                                  at the door or $5 + 2 sealed, non-perish-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     at Aurora’s Paramount
  Baim, publisher of Windy City Times and
  author of Obama & the Gays, presents an
                                                     Saturday, Oct. 15                                                                            able food items. All food items and 125%           Theatre.
                                                                                                                                                  of all money raised will go to Care for
  in-depth review of Barack Obama’s poli-            Fashion guru Tim gunn will                                                                   Real, Edgewater’s most established food
  cies on gay issues. Baim’s book came out
  in 2010, and provides a comprehensive
                                                     be at Orland Square Mall in                                                                  pantry. 9:30pm-11:30pm, The Call (Chi-             PR photo
  look at Obama’s trajectory on LGBT rights,         Orland Park.                                                                                 cago), 1547 W Bryn Mawr
  from his days in the Illinois state Senate
  to his first two years as president. Free          Photo from Lifetime                                                                         Sunday, Oct. 16
                                                                                                                                                 Celebrating Women’s Activism: Why His-            House: A Night of Unity in House Music,
  lecture. 7pm, 312-747-6921, Woodson Re-                                                                                                                                                          featuring Resident House DJ Semaj; 9pm,
                                                                                                                                                   tory Matters Chicago Area Women’s His-
  gional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St.; http://                                                                                                                                                     Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, http://www.hy-
                                                                                                                                                   tory Council will celebrate its 40th anni-                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                   versary with with a party and panel with
                                                                                                                                                   women activists sharing their stories of
SkiBudz 2011-12 Season Kick-Off Stop by
                                                                                                                                                   women’s history. Panelists are: Tracy Baim,   Tuesday, Oct. 18
  to speak with the trip organizers and learn                                                                                                                                                    Twisted Tuesdays Tuesdays with a Twist!
                                                 Thursday, Oct. 13                               Frat House Thursday Join Scarlet as they          publisher of Windy City Times; Heather
  about this years trips. Of course there will                                                                                                                                                     $1 Drinks are now on Tuesdays with DJ
                                                 guitarist Jennifer Trowbridge performs A          host all frat guys and their fans. Scarlet      Booth, activist and president of Midwest
  be drinks, food and your skibudz. 7pm-                                                                                                                                                           Laura B! Join Hydrate every Tuesday night
                                                   recital of Brazilian music including Heitor     ramps up the frat factor with a night of        Academy; Jacky Grimshaw, activist and
  9pm, Halsted’s Bar and Grill, 3441 N Hal-                                                                                                                                                        to hear your favorite hits from the 80s,
                                                   Villa-Lobos’ Douze Études and Sergio            40-ounce beer specials, HOT bartenders,         vice president of the Center for Neighbor-
  sted,                                                                                                                                                                     90s, and today! 9pm, Hydrate, 3458 N.
                                                   Assad’s Aquarelle, Farewell, and Cradle         cranked-up music and hottie high jinks!         hood Technology; Maria Pesquiera, execu-
Michael Schiavi speaks about HIv/AIDS                                                                                                                                                              Halsted St., http://www.hydratechicago.
                                                   Song. Free. 12:15pm, Fulton Recital Hall,       21+ with ID; 10pm, Scarlet, 3320 N Hal-         tive director of Mujeres Latinas en Accion;
  activist vito Russo Schiavi is the author                                                                                                                                                        com/event-details/?event_id=116
                                                   University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th St.,        sted,          and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky. Moderator
  of Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of
                                                                                                                                                   is Cheryl Johnson-Odim, provost of Do-
  Vito Russo, a biography of the prominent         4th Floor, http://www.jennifertrowbridge.
                                                                                                 Friday, Oct. 14                                   minican University. Also speaking will be     Wed., Oct. 19
  AIDS activist who was one of the LGBT            com                                                                                                                                           Intersecting Identities: Comparing and
                                                 Sarah Schulman Queer Writing Workshop           “I Hate Tommy Finch” and           historian Rima Lunin Schultz, co-editor
  community’s significant cultural figures                                                                                                                                                         Contrasting the gay Experience Presen-
                                                   Queer fiction writing workshop and dis-         King is a Fink Productions bring you “I         of Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A
  in the 1970s and ’80s. An associate pro-                                                                                                                                                         tation and discussion hosted by the Adler
                                                   cussion of Ms. Schulman’s 2009 novel, The       Hate Tommy Finch”. This anomaly of a pro-       Biographical Dictionary. 2pm, Prairie Pro-
  fessor of English at the New York Insti-                                                                                                                                                         School’s Institute on Social Exclusion,
                                                   Mere Future. 7:30pm, Gerber/Hart Library,       duction will star actresses Nicole Pacent       ductions, 1314 W. Randolph St., http://
  tute of Technology, Dr. Schiavi will speak                                                                                                                                                       examining critical issues that confront
                                                   1127 W. Granville Ave., http://www.ger-         (Anyone But Me) and Shannan Leigh Reeve
  about Russo’s life and impact on the LGBT                                                                                                                                                        LGBTQ communities of color but are not
                                                                              (Cowgirl Up). With original music by Sami     Women’s voices Weekend, Dorothy Allison
  community. 4pm, Frick Center, Founders                                                                                                                                                           addressed in mainstream LGBTQ discourse
                                                 Pussy on the House Hell in a Handbag Pro-         Grisafe and Shannon Nicole. Opportunity         Workshop “Talk to Me the Way Your Mama
  Lounge, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect                                                                                                                                                           and action. 4pm, 65 E.Wacker Place Suite
                                                   ductions is proud to kick off their season      to meet and greet with the actresses and        Talked to You: Issues with Language in the
  Ave., Elmhurst                                                                                                                                                                                   2100, Chicago,
                                                   with a tale so big there’s barely room to       musicians after the show. 7pm, Parlour on       shaping of voice and story” 2:30pm-4pm,
Rainbow Dress Project Fundraiser First                                                                                                                                                           LgBTQ Cancer Support group A network-
                                                   contain its bubbling melodrama. A tale of       Clark, 6341 N Clark, http://www.brownpa-        Swedish Museum, 5211 N. Clark St.
  of three fundraising events this October                                                                                                                                                         ing/support group for LGBTQ people who
                                                   dark desires; of longing and lesbians; all                   violet Bailiwick Chicago will stage the
  for the Rainbow Dress Project. Get a free                                                                                                                                                        have cancer. 6pm-7:30pm, http://www.
                                                   set in the hot and steamy South. 8pm-         Sarah Schulman Award-winning author of            award-winning off-Broadway hit “Violet,”
  drink with your donation. The first 6 peo-                                                                                                                                             , Gilda’s
                                                   11pm, The Athenaeum Theatre, Studio             twelve novels, novelist, playwright, and        a powerful and heartwarming story of a
  ple to donate over $20 get a special prize.                                                                                                                                                      Club Chicago (537 N. Wells, Chicago),
                                                   3 2936 N. Southport Ave., http://www.           activist (People in Trouble, Rat Bohe-          vulnerable young woman’s challenges,
  10pm, Scarlet, 3320 N Halsted, http://                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                   mia) is one of literature’s most important      loves and emotional journey on through                                                                                                                                                             html
                                                                                                   chroniclers of contemporary queer life. In      Oct. 16. 3pm-5pm, 773-325-1700, Mer-
                                                                                                                                                   cury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chi-    Olga Trujillo & Christine Stark Authors
                                                                                                   her most recent novel, The Mere Future,
                                                                                                                                                   cago,           The Sum of My Parts: A Tale of Dissocia-
                                                                                                   she invents a literature that is at once
                                                                                                                                                 Taverna 750 First Call Brunch Come sample         tion. Dissociative identity disorder (DID)
                                                                                                   sexy and funny, while openheartedly re-
                                                                                                                                                   the amazing food and drink of Taverna           inordinately afflicts survivors of child-
                                                                                                   flecting the lives we live. 7:30pm-9pm,
                                                                                                                                                   750. They have four options, the Foodie,        hood violence and sexual abuse. In these
                                                                                                   Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
                                                                                                                                                   the Drink Connoisseur, the Brunch Date,         two bold and unflinching works, the au-
                                                                                                 Mary Chapin Carpenter Five-time Grammy
                                                                                                                                                   and the SUNDAY FUNDAY, all for $20!             thors reveal multiple heretofore unspoken
                                                                                                   Award winner combining folk, country,
                                                                                                                                                   11am-3pm, Taverna 750, 750 W. Cornelia          truths about living with and surviving
                                                                                                   acoustic, rock and blues, Carpenter’s lat-
                                                                                                                                                   Ave.,                 DID. 7:30pm, Women & Children First,
                                                                                                   est release, Age of Miracles, is another
                                                                                                                                                 Queer Fiction Writing Workshop with Sar-          5233 N. Clark St.
                                                                                                   Grammy award-nominated collection;
                                                                                                   8pm, Paramount Theatre, Aurora, http://         ah Schulman There are fewer stars that
                                                                                                                  shine brighter in the LGBT literary panthe-   Thursday, Oct. 20
                                                                                                                                                   on than those of Sarah Schulman. Gerber/      Skloot, Ebert literary honors Writer Re-
                                                                                                 There goes the gaybarhood There Goes
                                                                                                                                                   Hart is honored to welcome Ms. Schulman         becca Skloot and film critic Roger Ebert
                                                                                                   the Gaybarhood is a musical revue about
                                                                                                                                                   for a queer fiction writing workshop on         will be; 6pm, 312-201-9830,ext.25, The
                                                                                                   the gay bar, the gaybarhood, and ev-
                                                                                                                                                   12-3 pm. 773-381-8030, Gerber/Hart Li-          Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
                                                                                                   erywhere in between. 9pm-9:45pm,
                                                                                                                                                   brary, 1127 W. Granville Ave., http://www.    Reading: Leatherman, The Legend of
                                                                                                   312.337.3992, De Maat Studio Theatre,
                                                                                                                                                                          Chuck Renslow Owen Keehnen, co-author
                                                                                                                                                                                                   (with Tracy Baim) will read from and sign
                                                                                                 Bjork Showcase Cosmix Fridays presents          Monday, Oct. 17                                   copies of the book. He will be joined by
                                                                                                                                                 Fashion Focus Chicago Weeklong celebra-           Renslow, longtime community activist,
                                                                                                   this Bjork showcase, celebrating the re-
                                                                                                                                                   tion of Chicago’s thriving fashion industry     business owner and founder of the Inter-
                                                                                                   lease of her new album Biophilia. All Bjork
                                                                                                                                                   through Sunday, Oct. 23, showcases some         national Mr. Leather contests. Free event,
                                                                                                   music and video with DJ Greg Haus. 9pm,
                                                                                                                                                   of the city’s top designers and runway          open to the public. 6:30pm, Center on
                                                                                                   Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont Ave,
                                                                                                                                                   shows plus a variety of free and affordable     Halsted, 3656 N Halsted, http://https://
                                                                                                                                                   shopping events and industry happenings,
                                                                                                 Chicago Hellfire Club night In the club
                                                                                                                                                   $35 general admission; 12pm, Millennium         ofchuckrenslow?ref=ts
                                                                                                   room. 10pm, Touche, 6412 N Clark St,
                                                                                                                                                   Park and at various locations, http://www.    Lady Miss Kier spins!!! GO-GO 30 with
                                                                                                                                                                    Lady Miss Kier (of Deee-lite). Presented by
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stardust. 10pm, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W
                                                                                                 Saturday, Oct. 15                               Bitch to Quit, LgBTQ smoking cessation
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Belmont Ave, http://www.berlinchicago.
                                                                                                 NCAA Football A full day of college football.     program The second of two groups kicks
                                                                                                                                                   off eight sessions with a trained smoking       com
                                                                                                   Watch all the games with sound. 11am-
                                                                                                   10pm, Crew Bar & Grill, 4804 N. Broadway,       cessation counselor. Program fee is $30.

    EXAMINING AN ACTIVIST                                                                
                                                                                                 Tim gunn of Project Runway Will emcee a
                                                                                                                                                   12:15pm, Howard Brown Health Center,
                                                                                                                                                   4025 N Sheridan Rd., http://www.howard-
                                                                                                   live runway show, holding a public Q&A
      Wed., Oct. 12                                                                                forum about style and fashion, and do-
                                                                                                   ing a meet-and-greet/book-signing for
                                                                                                                                                 United House: A Night of Unity in House
                                                                                                                                                   Music Join Hydrate Nightclub, Chicago-
                                                                                                   fans. More information on the event and, and host Cyon Flare for United
       Michael Schiavi will talk about the life of the late
       AIDS activist vito Russo (above) at 4 p.m. at Elmhurst

       College.                                                                                                                 get

       Photo by Alex J. Berliner
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                                                                                                                     H E A R D             O N      T H E          S T R E E T

“How big’s your penis?”—Cloris Leachman cor-         start with one of the most titillating books I                  “First let’s stop by
                                                                                                                      Sidetrack for a
ners The X-Factor host Steve Jones backstage         have ever read. My pals Jake Smyth and Luca
at a television studio. After commenting on the      Barbieri—not their real names—penned The
size of his shoes, Jones uncomfortably asked if      HardBody Chronicles. In fact, the names you’d
that’s what she really wanted to talk about—         know them by aren’t their real names either
and out came the penis question. God—love
that Cloris!
   After a straight celebrity makes a statement
that can be perceived as anti-gay, they always
                                                     ... but that’s another story. The boys—well,
                                                     men—might be familiar to you in several ways.
                                                     You may know Luca from his prolific porn ca-
                                                     reer with that high-flying company. Or you may
                                                                                                                      glass of wine.”
give one of those interviews where they invari-      know them from their extremely popular photos                                    The Holiday Season
ably say something like, “I love gay people.         taken by Jeff Palmer that likely adorn many of                                   Wine Tasting Party
Many of my close friends are gay.” Never get         your walls and/or coffee tables. (Some of those
tired of it. But this week, we had a variation on    photos are included in this book—and on our                                      will be Wednesday, Nov. 9
that ol’ chestnut. It all started a couple of weeks  website.) Or you may know them from their
ago when someone asked Thomas Jane if we’d           HardBody Parties that were legendary in South                                    Tickets at
see his character on Hung get it on with a dude.     Beach for the standards of physical beauty that
“I told HBO, the year I end up with a penis in my    were required to get in.
mouth is the last year of the show,” he said.           This is not a tell-all—or is it? It actually falls
   Immediately, the homophobic word was being        into the category of a “roman à clef”—the kinda
circulated. Damage control was obviously need-       book that got Truman Capote drummed out of
ed. An interview was set up with the L.A. Times.     society. This means it’s my kinda book—where
When Jane talked about trying to break into the      the names have been changed to ... well, to
business, he said it—the new quote everyone’s        avoid any lawsuits. But it’s more than that.
talking about: “When I was a kid out here in         Between each bitchy and dishy line is a story
                                                                  of real people traversing the ‘90s
                                                                  and straddling the line between fear
                                                                  and abandon, between pleasure and
                                                                  pain. Also, at least for these two, it’s
                                                                  a story about survival. If you lived
                                                                  through this era, a lot of the mate-
                                                                  rial will hit home. In between guess-
                                                                  ing who’s who in the book, you’ll
                                                                  be aroused, you’ll be moved, you’ll
                                                                  wish you were there and you may be
                                                                  glad you weren’t. But one thing’s for                                                           The Video Bar
                                                                  sure—you’ll enjoy yourself! You can                                                        3349 North Halsted
                                                                  buy the book and get more info at
                                                                      The premature departure of The

                                                                  Playboy Club from the airwaves
                                                                  means that my friend Jenifer Lewis is
                                                                  back in L.A. It also means that she’ll
                                                                  be kicking off AIDS Walk LA Oct. 16.
                                                                  It also means that she’ll be appearing
                                                                  at Sheryl Lee Ralph’s “Divas Simply
                                                                  Singing” AIDS benefit Oct. 22 (info
                                                                  at And it
                                                                  also means that I’ll be with her—ON                                            Bring the glitter and glitz of Las Vegas
                                                                  STAGE. Needless to say, you should                                             home with the Divine Miss M’s
                                                                  get your tickets now!                                                          Emmy-nominated special
                                                                    Our “Ask Billy” question comes from
                                                                  Donny in Michigan: “I just saw Ameri-                                          Bette Midler:
Hung’s Thomas Jane may need to watch what comes out of can Horror Story. WOW, Dylan McDer-
his mouth, as opposed to what’s entering it.                      mott sure is hot!!! And he was walking                                         The Showgirl
                                                                  around naked. Do you have any out-

L.A., I was homeless. I didn’t have any money
                                                                  takes or photos?”
                                                        There certainly was a lotta naked Dylan in
                                                                                                                                                 Must Go On
and I was living in my car. I wasn’t averse to go-   the premiere—but I’d expect nothing less from                                                                                ”
                                                                                                                                                 featuring renditions of “The Rose,
ing down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting       creator Ryan Murphy. And I’m told there’s more                                              “Wind Beneath My Wings” and more!
a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?”          where that came from. Dylan’s always looked
Oh, I know what you mean. Continuing the sex         good, but this took it to a whole new level. Bra-                                           Available on DVD and Blu-ray on now from
vis-à-vis food topic, he added, “Until you’ve        vo to FX for letting it all hang out. Of course, if                                         Image Entertainment
tasted the food, you don’t know whether you’ll       you missed any of the skin, head to BillyMasters.                                 
like it or not, as my mom always said.” It sounds    com.
like for a while he was going back for seconds!         And to slip in one more hottie, Jared Leto
   I’ve been thinking for months—how can I           took to the runway last week at the Yves Saint
help fill the void in the world that has been left   Laurent fashion show in Paris. He was clad in
by Oprah Winfrey? This weekend, I found my an-       tight black pants and a tank (apparently fishnet
swer. While touring West Hollywood’s brand-new       is making a comeback). Since he always looks so
library, I spotted a number of places perfect for    amazingly hot, I’ll run the photos on our web-
illicit assignations. But that’s how I’ll fill other site.                                                                                     ENTER TO WIN one DVD by sending
voids. To fill Oprah’s void, I’m going to regularly     When fishnet is once again fashionable, it’s                                           an email with “BETTE”
recommend books for you to read, because if I        time to end yet another column. Have I men-                                               in the subject line to
know nothing else, I know you can read. So why       tioned that my personal musings continue in a
not share the work of some of my more prolific       unique column, Billy’s Boudoir? That column,
                                                                                                                                               by Mon., October 17 to be entered.
friends? I’ll be including some celebs like Jackie   along with all the titillating material you find
Collins, Julie Newmar, Dyan Cannon and Flor-         here, is all housed on, the
                                                                                                                                               Winner will be selected at random from all
ence Henderson. Also, I’ll also be spotlighting      site that fills many voids. If you’ve got one I’ve
                                                                                                                                               entries and will be notified via email.
books from some of our gay scribes like Corey        missed, send some information (and perhaps a
Spears, Derek Hartley and Ken Howard. There’s        photo) along to and I
nothing too trashy, nothing too prurient—but         promise to get back to you before Cloris writes
something for everyone.                              her own HardBody tell-all! Until next time, re-
   Since I don’t want to shock your system, we’ll    member, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.
 34                                                                                              Oct. 12, 2011                                                                             WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicago Women’s                                                                                          in the universe. They had vivid personalities        dents, managers, designers, health care workers,
                                                                                                         and liked to smash into each other. Plus they        a tennis pro, lawyers, and even a farmer.
                                                                                                         were hilarious.                                         “We are very excited,” for the anniversary, said

Rugby Football Club
                                                                                                           “Over the years, similarly memorable people        team captain Sarah Esther Anderson. “It’s going
                                                                                                         [have] joined the team.”                             to be a lot of fun for our COWS to catch up with
                                                                                                           Gartner, 55, who lives in the West Loop and        each other; and our current players are really
                                                                                                         works at Lisa’s Painting, is now the team’s co-      looking forward to recognizing those women

marks 35 years
BY ROSS FORMAN                                      express our strength and competitive spirits
                                                                                                         head coach, a position she’s had since 2007. She
                                                                                                         played all but one year from 1979-1988.
                                                                                                           On Saturday, Oct. 15, the CWRFC will formally
                                                                                                         celebrate its 35th anniversary in conjunction
                                                                                                                                                              who have come before them, hearing their sto-
                                                                                                                                                              ries, and celebrating our history together.”
                                                                                                                                                                 Gartner joked, “I am excited [for the celebra-
                                                                                                                                                              tion] to not be the oldest by two or three de-
                                                    and, at least in our minds, our razor sharp wit.     with the club’s final league game of the season      cades.”
The men in the Midwest Rugby Union wouldn’t         Friends I made then are still family.”               against the Denver Black Ice. The match starts          CWRFC is a Division 1 club that is competitive
let women join, so the ladies had to start their      CWRFC hosted the first Women’s National ‘Rug-      at 1:30 p.m. at Diversey Harbor (between the         at the national level, “and starting to realize
own union.                                          by Classic’ in September, 1978 as well as the        driving range and Lakeshore Drive).                  just how good we can be,” Anderson said.
  That was back in 1976, even before sports         second-annual event in 1979. CWRFC has made            “We’re keeping [the celebration] simple, and          “In my era [as a player], a team from Min-
bras had been invented—and now the Chicago          appearances at the National tournament since         inviting all COWS (Chicago Old Women’s Side)         neapolis, which later became the Valkyries, was
Women’s Rugby Football Club (CWRFC) is proudly      1978, other than from 1998-2001.                     to watch our game,” Gartner said. “We will have      our archrival,” Gartner said. “We battled back
celebrating its 35th anniversary.                     “I was not in Chicago in 1976, [but] I do know     food and beverages, plus some fun, interactive       and forth for many seasons. Rugby games are
  “It’s hard to know where to start,” Lisa Gart-    that they actually had begun with wives and          activities.”                                         very intense. You lay it all out there, using your
ner said, reflecting on the anniversary. “So much   girlfriends of male ruggers,” Gartner said. “There     Gartner was not sure how many former team          strength, speed, cunning, skill and guts. There
has changed for women, sports-wise, since then.     was also a difficult period of transition when       members from years or decades past will attend.      was one game in particular [that stands out]
People from the Chicago Women’s RFC were in-        gay-ness erupted. I believe some people quit           “The [current] team is very good and continu-      where, after this amazing 80 minutes of pure
strumental in this and other kinds of organiza-     playing, while others had a whole new world          ing to get better,” Gartner said. “Co-head-coach     effort, we won.
tions at every level.                               opened to them. When I arrived [in Chicago] af-      Sue Whitwell has been coaching at the regional          “The lowest times have been when our good
  “Chicago Women’s Rugby offered a place to         ter college, they seemed like the coolest people     and national all-star level, so she brings high-     friends have died. They are family to us and we
                                                                                                         level knowledge. We all learn so much from her.      miss them immensely.”
                                                                                                         The team also had a big recruitment push and            “We have many fantastic athletes on the team
                                                                                                         we’ve had a steady stream of new players arriv-      with a wide range of rugby experience,” said An-
                                                                                                         ing, [including] some very talented and experi-      derson, a medical student who has been playing
                                                                                                         enced, as well as some new, eager players.           rugby for six years. “I think that’s one of the
                                                                                                           “These players truly like one another. They are    major differences between us and other teams:
                                                                                                         very welcoming to new players and appreciate a       We take women with no experience and teach
                                                                                                         wide range of personalities. Rugby requires all      them to love and excel in this sport. Another
                                                                                                         body types and any woman can find her place on       difference is that we’re out there not only to
                                                                                                         our team. The team is always striving to be bet-     win, but to enjoy ourselves doing it. We main-
                                                                                                         ter on the field without skimping on the fun.”       tain a good sense of sportsmanship and positive
                                                                                                           CWRFC, which has 32 players on its roster, is      [attitude] which makes us fun to play for and
                                                                                                         now predominantly gay, Gartner said, and most        against. We hear from many opponents, even
                                                                                                         of the players are in their 20s and 30s.             after we’ve beaten them, how much they enjoy
                                                                                                           The team also attracts college-aged women          playing against us—that really validates what
                                                                                                         who don’t have a team at their school or who         we’re all about.”
                                                                                                         are not in school.
                                                                                                           CWRFC team members include graduate stu-
                                                                                                         dents, teachers, engineers, medical school stu-

                                                                                                            Court partially                                     In issuing its Oct. 4 decision, the court
                                                                                                                                                              ruled that the Repent America had not proved

                                                                                                            upholds Gay                                       their rights were violated when police asked
                                                                                                                                                              them to move. However, the court questioned

                                                                                                            Games ruling
                                                                                                            BY KATE SOSIN
                                                                                                                                                              MPEA’s rights to limit protest within Gateway
                                                                                                                                                              Park and ruled that MPEA return to district
                                                                                                                                                              court to argue its case.
                                                                                                                                                                Marcavage, founder of Repent America,
                                                                                                            In a case from the 2006 Chicago Gay Games, a      boasts a laundry list of arrests and consequent
                                                                                                            U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against a group of    lawsuits. In 2004, he and 10 others were ar-
                                                                                                            anti-gay protesters over two complaints they      rested at Philadelphia’s OutFest.
                                                                                                            filed, but the court sent a third back to the
                                                                                                            courts for review.
                                                                                                               James Deferio, Ryan Murphy and Michael         Lynx takes
                                                                                                            Marcavage—of religious organization Repent
                                                                                                            America—were arrested July 2006 for refusing      WNBA title
                                                                                                            to relocate their protests at three Gay Games       By defeating the Atlanta Dream 73-67 Oct.
                                                                                                            events.                                           7, the Minnesota Lynx swept the finals in the
                                                                                                               The group sued the City of Chicago, a group    best-of-five series, netting its first title, ac-
                                                                                                            of police officers and the Metropolitan Pier      cording to Fox Sports.
                                                                                                            and Exposition Authority (MPEA), which owns         However, it wasn’t just the first title for
                                                                                                            Navy Pier.                                        the Lynx; it was the first pro sports title for a
                                                                                                               The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier    Minnesota team since the Twins captured the
                                                                                                            ruling against Repent America Oct. 4, but re-     World Series in 1991—where it beat the At-
                                                                                                            versed part of ruling by tossing it back to the   lanta Braves.
                                                                                                            district court over a permit issue.                 WNBA MVP Seimone Augustus scored a team-
                                                                                                               According to the court judgment issued Oct.    high 16 points.
                                                                                                            4, Marcavage and others protested outside of        The Lynx’s parade was slated to take place
                                                                                                            the opening of the Gay Games at Soldier Field     Oct. 11 at Nicollet Mall, followed by a rally at
                                                                                                            July 15, 2006. Police asked the group to move     Target Center.
                                                                                                            off the sidewalk because they were allegedly
                                                                                                            blocking foot traffic.
                                                                                                               The group returned the next day to protest
                                                                                                                                                              SkiBudz meeting
                                                                                                            at Navy Pier, but were told to leave again be-    Oct. 12
                                                                                                            cause they were without protest permits that         The 6th Annual Kickoff Event for SkiBudz,
                                                                                                            the MPEA requires. Marcavage, Murphy and De-      Chicago’s gay ski and snowboard club, will
                                                                                                            ferio were arrested for failing the leave Gate-   take place Wed., Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m., at Hal-
                                                                                                            way Park, which sits outside of Navy Pier and     sted’s Bar and Grill, 3441 N. Halsted St.
                                                                                                            is owned by MPEA.                                    There will be food, a cash bar and an oppor-
                                                                                                               Marcavage was also arrested a day later for    tunity to meet other skiers and boarders.
                                                                                                            disorderly conduct outside of the closing cer-       For more information, contact Patrick at pat-
Top: vintage photo of the Chicago Women’s Rugby Club from Lisa gartner. Above: The club takes               emony at Wrigley field.                 
action the first game of its season, beating North Shore 23-8; photo by John Nester
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