Artists Against Hate: Inauguration Protest Show, Jan. 20

CHICAGO — Over two dozen of Chicago’s finest circus performers, musicians, dancers, magicians, visual artists, firespinners, and more join forces to fight Trump with art! Rhetoric vilifying POC, immigrants, LGBTQ+, Muslims, people with disabilities, and women hurts us all. We refuse to allow hate to win. ** Proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. **

Dawn Xiana Moon, director of Raks Geek
Thom Britton, emcee and fire-eater
Kamrah, bellydancer
Keri Kazz, magician
Greta and Skye, aerialists
Michi Trota, firespinner
Keith Burman, rock/pop musician
Christina King, bellydancer
Michele Thomas, jazz vocalist

Art auction items from:
Raks Geek
Terry Gant of Third Coast Comics
Carlye Frank
Ladies’ Night at GCC
Elise Matthesen
Geek Calligraphy
Cards Against Humanity
Acrobatica Infiniti Circus
Uncanny Magazine

** Sign language interpretation available.

Get on Chicago Buses to Protest Trump’s Jan. 20 Inauguration

CHICAGO — Be a part of this historically crucial next step in the movement against Trump. On Jan 20, we’ll be protesting right next to the White House as the establishment swears in an adminstration of open white supremacists, war criminals and aggressively greedy billionaires. Get on the Buses from Chicago to DC for the Jan 20 protest at Trump’s inauguration. Stand Against Trump, War, Racism and Inequality. Bus seats are first come first serve, so do not delay.

International Mr. Leather

Judges announced for International Mr. Leather 2017

CHICAGO – The Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather is pleased to announce the Judges and Tally Masters for International Mr. Leather 2017 and International Mr. Bootblack 2017:

The Judges for the International Mr. Leather competition are as follows:

David “Tigger” Bailey, Howell, NJ – International Mr. Leather 2016
Aaron Michael Laxton, St. Louis, MO – HIV and Activist for Social Change
Tina MacKay, Cleveland, OH – Founding and Lifetime Board Member – CLAW
Matt Wolf, Largo, FL – Past Vice President – Florida Leather Pride Mr. Gulf Coast Florida Leather 2009
Lance Holman, San Francisco, CA – AIDS Emergency Fund, First Runner-up-IML 2010
Esa Yykooän, Helsinki, Finland – President-MSC Finland
Patty Patty, Toronto, Canada – Founding Member-Heart of the Flag Federation, IMsL 2014
Nick Elliot, Portland, OR – International Mr. Bootblack 2012
Phillip “BoyMeat” Wolf, New York, NY – BDSM Educator, Co-Founder of TNG

The Judges for the International Mr. Bootblack 2017 competition are as follows:

Erick Joseph, Anchorage, AK – International Mr. Bootblack 2016
David Hawks, Charlottesville, VA – International Mr. Bootblack 2000
Winner TBD, International Ms. Leather Bootblack 2017 Competition

The Tally Masters for International Mr. Leather 2017 and International Mr. Bootblack 2017 are as follows:

Don Leach, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Associate Member-Chicago Hellfire Club, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2002
Luck Markstone, Des Moines, IA – Ms Iowa Leather 2014

International Mr. Leather 2017 will be held Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago, USA. The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL will be the host hotel for IML 2017. IML is excited to announce our move to a new Saturday and Sunday evening theater venue, the historic Auditorium Theater, 50 East Congress Parkway, located directly across the street from our Host Hotel. For weekend information, ticketing, hotel reservations and frequent updates, please visit our website:

Women’s March on Chicago announces speakers, march route, and rally details

CHICAGO – The Women’s March on Chicago has obtained a Rally permit and the Jan. 21 event is taking final shape with confirmation of Rally speakers and the March route. The event starts with music at 9 a.m., the Rally at 10 a.m., immediately followed by the March through downtown Chicago. The March will begin at Petrillo Bandshell and head west on Jackson, then north on Michigan, west on Adams, north on Dearborn, west on Randolph, south on Clark, and east on Jackson back to Grant Park. There will be a stopping point at Federal Plaza for those who do not wish to walk the entire March route.

Illinois parents call for ‘smut’ book ban

LEMONT — An Illinois school district is pulling one book from the shelves and reconsidering the use of all other titles taught in classrooms after a principal raised concerns about sexually explicit content. Eric Michaelsen, the principal of Lemont High School, notified parents last month by email that “The God of Small Things,” by Arundhati Roy, had been removed from the reading list of the Academic English II class, reported the Cook County Chronicle. “(The book) contains subject matter in some sections that is not appropriate for our students,” Michaelsen wrote in the Nov. 2 email. “The questionable passages were not assigned for students to read.


Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago asks for participation

CHICAGO — The Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago (BQAC) has asked for help in a post on their Facebook page. The post reads:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! BQAC is certainly thankful to all of you in our community. As we approach the end of the current year and look ahead to the next,

BQAC could use your help! Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago has big goals and we need people to help with the mission.

Center on Halsted announce December events

CHICAGO — The Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT community and resource center, has announced it’s events for the end of November and all of December. We’re Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now World AIDS Day Event – November 30th, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Center on Halsted

Join us for an HIV/AIDS Arts and Cultural Impact Panel discussion with Art AIDS America Chicago co-curator Jonathan Katz, Director of Exhibitions Tony Hirschel, Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew, and playwright Karen Hartman, followed by QUEER, ILL, + OKAY performances by Phillip Blacknbrilliant, Joan Giroux, and a short film by Xena Ellison + Elizabeth Mputu. Center on Halsted HIV staff will be present to conduct HIV Testing and assist individuals in creating red ribbons to commemorate World AIDS Day. Free and Open to the Public. Say you’re attending on Facebook!

Chicago Puppy Patrol Gaming Day at Dice Dojo

CHICAGO — Join Chicago Puppy Patrol for an afternoon of board gaming at the Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo! The Dojo has a large demo library, but feel free to bring your own games if you want to play something specific! Food and drink is BYO, and bringing along a snack to share is encouraged (there’s also a good Mexican place opposite the Dojo if you want more substantial food). We’ll be meeting in front of the Dojo at 2:45pm and going inside at 3pm (or once 4-5 people have arrived). If you don’t see us outside, come in and look for the dog shirts and collars!