Women’s March Chicago announces details about expanded March to the Polls

CHICAGO — Women’s March Chicago (WMC) announced last month that its upcoming March to the Polls 10.13.18 will include new features designed to expand the reach and depth of its previous marches. “The stakes are sky-high this November,” said WMC board president Jessica Scheller, during a press conference outside Grant Park, where the march/rally will occur on Saturday, October 13. “We need every single woman — from first time voters to great grandmothers — along with every single ally to take to the streets and converge on the polls. We have been practicing for months. Now it’s time to channel our outrage and energy and truly make our voices heard through our votes in greater numbers than ever before.”

Aware that new voters will greatly impact outcomes in the midterms, WMC will engage them through a new First Time Voter Experience (FTVE).

National Coming Out Day celebration in Buffalo Grove

BUFFALO GROVE — The Pinta Pride Project in Buffalo Grove will have a National Coming Out Day celebration on Oct. 11. From their event page:
Join us at the Community Arts Center to celebrate National Coming Out Day 2018! Get your rainbow on as we view “Love, Simon” in the beautiful, new multi-purpose room of the CAC. You can win cool raffle prizes, score some rainbow gear, take photos in our Pride-themed photo-ops, and meet other local LGBTQ+ friendly families.

Lakeside Pride’s “Love and Marriage” on Oct. 13

CHICAGO — Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble will hold a concert with the theme of marriage at the Center on Halstead on Oct. 13, presented by WDCB-FM. From the Facebook event:
Save the date! Lakeside Pride is celebrating the joys of wedded bliss for people of all genders and you’re invited. “Love and Marriage” features musical nuptial favorites performed by the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra, Strayhorns Jazz Combo, and the Wilde Cabaret.

Howard Brown recognizes nurses’ union

Concerns rise about the union-busting reputation of the law firm that will negotiate for Howard Brown

CHICAGO — The Illinois Nurses Association said on Friday that Howard Brown Health had recognized the unionization of nurses at the LGBTQ health network. The INA made the announcement at a press conference on Friday in front of Howard Brown’s clinic on Sheridan road on the Chicago north side. The Sheridan clinic is the oldest of the 10 locations Howard Brown has in the city. INA Executive Director Alice Johnson made the announcement with Howard Brown nurses Katie Luedecke and Johannes Mosquera with Unitarian Universalist Rev. Jason Lydon who was part of a interfaith group that had given the the Howard Brown president a letter in support of unionization. “We hope our voices as nurses will be heard and our demands will be addressed,” Luedecke said at the conference.

Chicago healthcare collaborative announces first community grant

Chicago — West Side United (WSU), a new healthcare collaborative focusing on revitalizing Chicago’s West Side communities, announced that Enlace Chicago (Enlace) is the recipient of its first community health grant.  The award, totaling $125,000 out of a committed $1 million dollars in seed funding, allows Enlace to maximize healthcare opportunities by hiring eight to ten new community health workers to significantly expand access to high quality, coordinated health services in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Launched early last year, WSU is a collaborative effort of people and organizations who work, live and congregate on Chicago’s West Side to make their neighborhoods stronger, healthier and more vibrant places to live. The collaborative is comprised of healthcare institutions, residents, civic leaders, community-based organizations, businesses and faith-based institutions. Ayesha Jaco, West Side United’s Senior Program Director, summed up the grant award by adding, “The 500,000 people who live in the ten West Side neighborhoods experience disproportionate rates of chronic disease, including diabetes, asthma, hypertension and congestive heart failure compared to surrounding neighborhoods.”  Jaco continued, “This alarming trend must come to an end and innovative programs like Enlace’s CHW initiatives will go a long way to correct this injustice.  We are excited to partner with them and similar organizations seeking to alleviate healthcare imbalance on the West Side.”

Darlene Hightower, Associate Vice President, Office of Community Engagement and Practice at Rush University Medical Center, highlighted the opportunity that this grant will provide within the community, “We are thrilled to partner with Enlace on this transformational initiative to create additional healthcare opportunities here in Little Village.”  Hightower continued, “West Side United and our partners are deeply committed to reversing the health inequities that are prevalent in our west side communities. Today’s grant is a great first step in helping make that a reality.”

Katya Nuques, Enlace’s Executive Director, shared Hightower’s sentiment adding, “Our organization is honored to be selected as a community healthcare partner to help amplify West Side United’s vision of improving healthcare on the West Side.”  Nuques added, “With the support of West Side United, Enlace will reinforce our community health worker (CHW) initiatives in Little Village, creating better healthcare outcomes for over 1,500 residents.”

Enlace’s Health and Wellness Promotion Model focuses on maximizing local resources, including strong partners, community hubs, passionate leaders and a culture of wellness.

Nurses push for union at Howard Brown

CHICAGO — A petition for union representation at Howard Brown hit the internet on Monday and is already getting a reaction. The Change.org petition calls on Howard Brown Health Center CEO, David Ernesto Munar, to voluntarily recognize the staff nurses’ right to unionize with the Illinois Nurses Association (INA). By 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, two days after it was posted, the petition had 1,251 names. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ health provider in the Midwest with 10 locations within Chicago, including the Broadway Youth Center. When contacted for comment, HB Director of Marketing and Communications Erik Roldan said, “Howard Brown Health is carefully reviewing the request and will directly respond in a timely manner to our petitioning staff.”

Queer Mural Unveiling in Chicago

CHICAGO — The official unveiling of a new mural for and by queer artists will be this weekend in Chicago. From the Facebook event:
Artists Sandra Antongiori, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk have completed the first of what they hope to be a series of LGBTQ tribute murals. Each mural will open dialogue about queer culture and community, with an emphasis on intersectionality. This inaugural mural, located at Howard Brown Health Center in Boystown, honors our non-binary community members and features holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist Kiam Marcelo Junio, whose work can be seen at http://www.kiam-marcelo-junio.com. In Chicago, we are surrounded by thousands of amazingly talented artists, hard-working activists, healers, teachers, leaders, and countless queers who are working tirelessly to bring our community together. As we honor Chicago’s LGBTQ community through public art, we hope to enhance and advance our visibility and create conversation about the layers of queer culture while centering and prioritizing POC community members.

DRAG 101 – Chicago, IL


CHICAGO — After being put into limbo after the closure of Chicago’s Uptown Underground, Drag 101 has found a new home and will be at Beat Kitchen on Oct. 8. From the Facebook event page:
DRAG 101 starring Delighted Tobehere
A hilarious, live singing A to Z course in drag! (Yes, the T stands for Tucking.)

A wise man once said, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Well, we’ll just ignore him for this show! In DRAG 101, Delighted Tobehere will leave nothing to the imagination as she reveals ALL of drag’s best kept secrets!

Touché in Chicago presents Bear All 8.1

CHICAGO — Touché at 6412 North Clark Street in Chicago presents Bear All, a night of live music and song featuring the talent of local gay singers/songwriters on Saturday, Sept. 22. Produced by Scott Free, host of the long running Homolatte music series, Bear All focuses on the passions, lives and sometimes politics of the gay male experience all in an acoustical setting. Featured performers in this edition of Bear All include:

Acres To Miles Formed in 2016 by lead singer Brett Axell, guitarist Jeremy Mann, bassist Emery Joe Yost and drummer Jared Rosenblum, this American band illuminates a funky, unique collection of styles blurring the lines between rock and soul Ed Gershon Mixing influences and genres that run the gamut from Coltrane to The Black Crowes, Gershon let go of his inhibitions and fears and poured his heart and soul into his musical odyssey. Coming of age as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, the final product is a ship that rocks through lilting blues and rolls through energetic, folky jazz

Chocolate Danny of Meds In 2010, the acoustic duo known as Meds ascended from the ashes of art-punk quartet Phistine Verona.