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Sunday 10 Feb 2008

CTO was a 'top' draw

A cold Chicago night was certainly heated up last night as Chicago Takes Off, a burlesque-centered benefit for HIV/AIDS agency Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), played at the Park West. This year's theme was "Under a Big Top."

Produced and directed by Keith Elliott and Todd Kiech, the incredible show featured approximately 60 Chicago-based dancers, both female and male, who donated their time and many "talents."

ChicagoPride.com was pleased to be a sponsor and several from our team were on-hand for this sexy celebration of life, including CP's Editor-at-Large Jason P. Freeman, Celebrity Blogger Justin Boltz, Photographer Frank Failing and the blushing Miss Foozie.

(Watch for CTO photos by Frank Failing posting soon!)

The entire night was a fascinating display of local talent which served to remind me why I love Chicago's LGBT community so much.

And candyman... feel free to contact us!

Loud applause for Keith Elliott and Todd Kiech - and everyone involved with Chicago Takes Off!
 
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yes I agree.... I want to know who that Candyman was..... :) Great Show
Posted by Actor85 on Sun, 2/10/2008 6:47 PM
Oh for hell's sake, that was Eric West? Why didn't you introduce me, Bitch! Last I heard he was single and looking for a sincere and loving boyfriend--it doesn't get any more f***ing lovely and g*d d*m* sincere than me!
Posted by CPJason on Mon, 2/11/2008 2:51 AM
It's awesome to see so many volunteers from the gay and lesbian community come together for a huge event like this. Kudos Chicago!
Posted by hotboy82 on Mon, 2/11/2008 3:33 PM
Monday 4 Feb 2008

Get Out and Vote!

Tuesday, February 5 is Primary Election Day in Illinois – Get out and vote!

Though marriage rights is a big issue for our community, none of the forerunners for the Democratic and Republican nomination support marriage rights for gays and lesbians. According to their HRC survey responses, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have voiced support for civil unions. Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has been relatively moderate on gay-related issues.

In addition to the presidential primaries, there are a number of state and local races of interest. Many local candidates have been actively courting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voters in an attempt to sway undecided voters.

There are also a number of gay and gay-friendly candidates running for office locally.

For more information on Super Tuesday and to see where candidates stand on LGBT issues, ChicagoPride.com encourages readers to pick-up this week's Windy City Times and review their Primary Election Guide (online PDF version).

Find your polling place: Chicago | Cook County
Lake | McHenry | DuPage | Kane | Will
Wednesday 2 Jan 2008

What Huckabee Thinks About Gays

The 2008 presidential election is going to be one of the most important ever to the LGBT community.

Whether a Republican or Democrat, one candidate of particular concern to every gay American is Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press, host Tim Russert asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee if he believed "people are born gay or choose to be gay?" "I don't know whether people are born that way," responded Huckabee, "but one thing I know, that the behavior one practices is a choice."

Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, conceded that "people who are gay say that they're born that way," but added that he believed that "how we behave" and "carry out that behavior" is what is important.

Click here to watch the interview from You Tube.

As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee pushed to strengthen the state's anti-sodomy laws in order to "protect the traditional family structure":

In 1997, Huckabee requested an amendment to a state Senate bill stating "that it is Arkansas public policy to prohibit sodomy to protect the traditional family structure." [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/23/1997]

Recently, he told GQ that "civilization" may not survive if "what marriage and family means" is "rewritten" to allow gay marriage.

I encourage every gay person to become informed about the candidates and their respective position on issues important to the LGBT community. We must participate and vote in 2008!
Sunday 22 Jul 2007

Why I Hate Chuck and Larry

In 2006, Hollywood gave us the story of Brokeback Mountain, two years later I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry brings us a homophobic comedy. Though GLAAD has given the movie its stamp of approval, I still find the movie concerning especially when you consider the message that is being communicated.

In the movie, which opened this weekend, firefighter Larry (Kevin James), after the death of his wife, enters into a domestic partnership with his coworker friend Chuck (Adam Sandler) to guarantee his children will receive his pension if he dies. There are a number of homophobic slurs in the movie including Dan Aykroyd telling the leads, “What you shove up your ass is your own business.” Or, Adam Sandler saying “Domestic partnership? You mean like faggots?”

After the laughter at Sandler’s pandering and gay innuendos subside, the real damage is the misperception that gays through domestic partnerships receive special benefits not available to the heterosexual community. Unfortunately, this message will resonate in the minds of thousands as they leave the theatres this weekend.

In reality, domestic partnership benefits, where available, fall short of the benefits of marriage and only 10 states out of 50 offer significant legal protections for same-sex relationships.

Domestic partnerships are an unequal joke – a compromise by the gay community unable to marry.

I was excited to learn the American Civil Liberties Union shares my opinion. The ACLU has set-up a website (10Couples.org) to find out what it’s really like to be denied legal protections for your family.

The website features videos of 10 same-sex couples who explain the difficulties of trying to protect their families without access to the many protections that come automatically through marriage.

Check out www.10Couples.org.
Thursday 24 May 2007

Wonka Ball 2007

The About Face Theatre held its annual fund-raiser, the Wonka Ball, Thursday, May 17 at Germania Place, 108 W. Germania.

The party attracted more than 600 guests and raised $150,000 to benefit About Face Theatre and About Face Youth Theatre.

The fabulous evening included performances from actors in the current show, "Pulp.” Also, the 7th Annual Leppen Leadership Awards honored Chuck Hyde, Managing Partner at Sidetrack and The Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.

Celebrity emcee Dean Richards from WGN-TV hosted the VIP Reception.

ChicagoPride.com is pleased to serve as the Exclusive LGBT Online Sponsor for About Face Theatre. We encourage you to support About Face Theatre’s 2006-2007 season. www.aboutfacetheatre.com

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