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!

Trident Windy City holds annual chili cook-off


CHICAGO — Chicago playspace Galleria Domain 2 took home the Trident Chili Cook-Off trophy for the second year in a row on Sunday, Nov. 6. This was the fifth annual cook off held by Trident Windy City, a leather back patch service club in Chicago. Every year the club invites other clubs in with their best chili recipes to raise money for the Broadway Youth Center for Chicagl LGBTQ youth. Galleria Domain took first with Chicago Leather Club winning second and the Argonauts of Wisconsin taking third.

After Orlando: A Night of Readings, Nov. 15

CHICAGO — AFTER ORLANDO, a night of readings
Produced by Iris Sowlat in association with the Pride Arts Center, NoPassport Theatre Alliance, and Missing Bolts Productions
Presented in the Pride Arts Center’s “Broadway” space, at 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. AFTER ORLANDO is an international theatre movement created by NoPassport Theatre Allaince & Press and Missing Bolts Productions in observance of Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida earlier this year. Iris Sowlat, in association with the Pride Arts Center, is proud to present the Chicago installment of AFTER ORLANDO. This evening features staged readings of 16 new short plays, directed by Iris Sowlat, Denise Yvette Serna, JD Caudill, and Aaron Arbiter, with sound design by Jim Alrutz. Playwrights include Cecilia Copeland, Migdalia Cruz, Zac Kline, Neil LaBute, Jessica Litwak, Anders Lustgarten, Jennifer Maisel, Rohina Malik, Tyler McCray, Winter Miller, Viet Nguyen, Ryan Oliveira, Katie Pearl, Darryl Pickett, Lisa Schlesinger, and Ken Urban.

Gay Film Weekend in Chicago

CHICAGO — This fall, Pride Films and Plays’ developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists have been named in PFP’s 2016 Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The five screenplays will be performed as enhanced staged readings from November 11 to 13, 2016 during Gay Film Weekend at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. Tickets for the readings are pay-what-you-can at the door, and each reading is followed by a discussion with the director and the actors in the reading, and the screenwriter. Gay Film Weekend concludes with Queer Bits Fall Film Fest III on Sunday, November 13 at 7pm at Public House Theater.

Transgender Day of Remembrance in Chicago

CHICAGO — Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual day honoring those whose lives were lost throughout the year due to acts of anti-transgender violence. We encourage everyone to be more #transfluent – to be more informed and able to advocate for the trans community. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Take a moment to pause and reflect. You are encouraged to light a candle in honor of those transpersons whose lives have been lost due to violence and hate, and to remember those who remain unnamed. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Day of Remembrance concert by ResonaTe, Chicago’s first and only transgender choir.