Northern Lights Presents: Deja K. Taylor Performance and Video Release Party

Northern Lights Presents: Deja K. Taylor Performance and Video Release Party

On Saturday March 30, Northern Lights presents an exclusive video release of Deja K. Taylor’s single, SUPERBAD, directed by Big Dipper (Daniel Stermer) and produced by Deja K. Taylor and Paula Gilovich.

eI’m thrilled to be debuting my new single, SUPERBAD,” said Chicago-native Deja K. Taylor. “And I’m SUPER-thrilled to finally be sharing this visual piece with the world! – I had a brilliant team & we put in so much work! All the energy and love continues to be epic & exciting so stay tuned and don’t miss it!”

Northern Lights is a monthly performance and dance party happening the last Saturday of the month at Parlour on Clark, 6431 N. Clark St, hosted by Andy Siharath and featuring the Northern Lights Go-Go Gothic Dancers. Along with DJ Erik Roldan, this edition of Northern Lights will also include live performances by Deja K. Taylor, Roy Kinsey and Shea Coulee.

Deja K. Taylor is a Superbad poet with an MC’s touch and is based in Chicago. She’s a defiance of gravity, with a knack for laughing; a Mother’s passion & a Diva’s fashion. In many ways she is your typical dancing, painting, poet-ing, hip-hopping, musical and theater-focused, teaching artist from Planet Funk.

Roy Kinsey, aka RoyAL, has been apart of the G.O.O.D Music: Flight School Showcase. RoyAL released his first album “Keep The Receipt in the Fall” of 2010 and is set to release his third album, which is Untitled, Summer 2013.

Shea Coulee is an International performance sensation and the ultimate androgynous wet dream. Inspired by the divas of yesteryear, Shea’s sky-high gams have been seen in Chicago at Berlin Nightclub, Roscoe’s, Beauty Bar, and Parlour on Clark.

WHAT: Northern Lights and Video Release of Deja K. Taylor’s “SUPERBAD”

WHO: Live musical performances by Deja K. Taylor, Roy Kinsey, and Shea Coulee. Hosted by Andy Siharath, aka Love on Topknot, DJ Erik Roldan, The Northern Lights Go-Go Gothic Dancers, photos by A/S/L Media

WHERE: Parlour on Clark, 6341 N. Clark

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:30pm – 3:00am, $3 donation at the door.

JOIN: https://www.facebook.com/events/434232209992459/

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WCT seeks nominations for 30 Under 30

WCT seeks nominations for 30 Under 30

CHICAGO?Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals (and allies) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, 2013, and should have made some substantial contributions to the LGBT community, whether in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports or other areas.

The deadline to nominate individuals is Friday, April 19.

Windy City Times Managing Editor Andrew Davis coordinates the awards program for the paper. Hundreds of people have been honored by the paper in the more than 10 years since the awards were established. Most honorees have gone on to great success in their careers and educations, including working for the Obama presidential campaign and administration, plus individual successes in music, legal, professional and academic careers and much more.

Individuals, organizations, co-workers, etc. can nominate a person by emailing Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com or faxed to Andrew Davis’ attention to 773-871-7609. Self-nominations are welcome.

The nomination should be 100 words or fewer, and should state what achievements or contributions the nominee has made. Nominators should include their own names and contact information as well as the contact information and the age of the nominee.

Note: Following the policy instituted in 2005, individuals can only win once. Those have won the award since that year are ineligible for this year’s awards.

Windy City Times, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Center on Halsted and Chicago House are sponsoring the event.

Honorees will be notified in May and recognized at a free ceremony Thursday, June 27, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.

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Thank You For Being a Friend (Video)

Thank You For Being a Friend (Video)

We will celebrate all things Golden Girls with our annual 90s dance and pop-culture extravaganza!

 

 

Hosted by: Xandra Fairlawn

DJ: Audio Jack

80s and 90s Dance Party provided by DJ Audio Jack

Special performances by:

Dusty Balhs: Chicago’s premiere Drag King will be doing a special number that will wow you all!

Specificity Jones: This theatrical queen will be bringing all of her golden goodies for you all to admire and awe.

Anita Butch: The woman who can do it all from blogging to burlesque, she has some surprises in store for all!

Drink specials TBA

$3 suggested donation pays for LGBTQA media, performers and DJ

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The Qu Presents: Thank You For Being a Friend – The Ultimate Golden Girls Performance and Dance Party

The Qu Presents: Thank You For Being a Friend – The Ultimate Golden Girls Performance and Dance Party

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 The Qu presents “Thank You For Being a Friend: The Ultimate Golden Girls Dance and performance party at Parlour on Clark, continuing The Qu’s streak of “Ultimate” dance parties.

“The Golden Girls was one of the last great TV shows that brought progressive ideas to a mass audience. The very idea that these women were living valuable lives without being partnered was at the time and still to some extent now, a radical idea,” said Erin O’neal, of The Qu. “The characters frequently reflected on their positions of privilege, and was one of the first mainstream shows with groundbreaking episodes about LGBTQ issues. The Golden Girls, above all, exemplified the idea of chosen family and how those chosen families are valid, necessary and beautiful.”

Founded in 2011, The Qu (www.thequ.co) is an LGBT multi-media news and entertainment website based in Chicago. With breaking news, daily entertainment features, and regular original content, it has quickly become the go-to site for queer people seeking hip, up-to-the-minute information.

From 10pm – 3am, Thank You for Being a Friend, hosted by Xandra Fairlawn will feature DJ Audio Jack, and performance by Dusty Bahls. Specificity Jones and Anita Butch. Like last year’s Zombeyonce, PornoCopia and Ultimate Burlesque Brunch, this party is the newest edition of the unique events The Qu has become known for. There will be a $3 suggested donation at the door, which helps support LGBTQ independent media and pay for all the folks involved in the event.

Special Guest Shea Coulee will MC the Golden-themed runway, which will award some fabulous LGBTQ media baskets, photo booth will be provided by A/S/L Media.

WHAT: Thank You for Being a Friend, The Ultimate Golden Girls Performance and Dance Party

WHO: The Qu, DJ Audio Jack, Xandra Fairlawn, Dusty Bahls. Specificity Jones, Anita Butch, Shea Coulee

WHERE: Parlour on Clark, 6341 N. Clark St. Chicago IL

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2012, 10pm – 3am

FOLLOW: http://www.thequ.co, @thequdotco, http://on.fb.me/thequ
JOIN: http://www.facebook.com/events/390807277659622/

We are currently working on our promo video for Thank You For Being A Friend, and it will be completed soon, in the mean time, remember Third and Delaware?

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Marcia's Law – The Cowards

Marcia’s Law – The Cowards

“Fear has its use but cowardice has none”
-Mahatma Gandhi

The National Board of the Boy Scouts of America was recently expected to announce that it would allow gay scouts and troop leaders. But, in an act of cowardice, the Board announced that rather than decide at the National Board level, they would refer the decision to the voting members of the National Council. These approximately 1,400 members, many of whom are religiously affiliated, will take action on the resolution at the national annual meeting in May, 2013.

The Boy Scouts of America have had a rough go of it the last several years:
–They have been forced to release over 20,000 files on leaders and incidents of sexual or inappropriate conduct with boys.
–Their discriminatory practices have been revealed in their application for employment which specifically states that they will not employ “known or avowed homosexuals.” But, while sexual orientation or identity is an immediate disqualifier, a criminal conviction is not.
–Thousands of Eagle Scouts, the pride of the Boy Scouts of America, have returned their badges to the National Council to protest discrimination against gay scouts and leaders.
–Over 300,000 people have signed petitions demanding that the BSA change its discriminatory practices.
–UPS and Intel have dropped funding. They join the thousands of former Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and volunteers who have walked away from supporting the organization.
–Membership is down 47% in the Cub Scouts and 20% in the Boy Scouts.

Despite these warning signs that the BSA is continually losing support, the National Board avoided a decision to reverse discrimination. At issue is the part of the Scout Oath which states that each scout has a duty to self:

DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong means taking care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength. Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means living your life with honesty, being clean in your speech and actions, and being a person of strong character.

It’s the morally straight part that seems to be giving the National Board a major wedgy. While the term “morally straight” is open to interpretation, the Family Research Council and 41 “allied organizations” ran an ad in USA Today urging the BSA not to “surrender to financial or political pressures by corporate elites on the issue of homosexuality.? Their ad states that, “Every Scout takes an oath to keep himself morally straight” and that “The Boy Scouts have every right to include sexual conduct in how they define that term.”

So despite overwhelming public opinion that discrimination in the BSA needs to go the way of the dinosaur, the National Board took the coward’s way out. In direct contradiction to the stated mission of The Boy Scouts of America which is “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout,” they showed a complete lack of character; they took no action.

For those who have not been as intimately involved with scouting as I have, all of this must seem rather prosaic. I mean, “Who cares?” If you don’t like their policy, don’t enroll your kid in their program.

But, it’s not that simple. The Boy Scouts of America has long stood for good character, strong leadership, and what ethical and moral behavior is. But now, sadly, a small group of men and their archaic views on what morally straight means are replacing all that is good about scouting with bigotry and outright discrimination.

That is too bad for the BSA. Their reputation is tarnished, and they may never recover. It is too bad too for the many young men who could benefit from the education and fun that scouting offers. Many won’t participate because they refuse to be associated with an organization that discriminates.

And it is also too bad for this country that a small group of men living in fear can foist their perverted views about “homosexuals” on us all. These men will be remembered, not as men of vision, but as men who let prejudice dictate their decisions.

We should all care about this. Because if the Boy Scouts of America discriminates, so can any other “private” organization. There should be no room for that in this country. The BSA needs to put its discriminatory policies and practices to bed. It’s time they acknowledge that being morally straight has nothing to do with sexual orientation. It’s time to move forward…with or without the Boy Scouts of America.

…And I’m just a mom who loves her son…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/06/boy-scouts-delay-vote-gay-members

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OUTlaw from Drake Jensen – Giveaway

OUTlaw from Drake Jensen – Giveaway

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Drake Jensen

OUTlaw

the brand-new album from out country artist

DRAKE JENSEN

featuring the hit lead single “When It Hurts Like That”

Born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, Drake Jensen is a unique figure in the world of country music: a voice for the LGBT community who speaks through his music. Gaining fans who are rediscovering the genre and can now feel included in it, he touches the heart and soul of listeners through his rich, warm voice that tells not only the stories, but conveys deep, sincere emotions. Drake is leading the way, not unlike his idol Garth Brooks, by bringing LGBT fans back to listening to country music.

Album will be available March 12!

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RuPaul's Drag Race – Episode 6

RuPaul’s Drag Race – Episode 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Queens this week had to sing, eek! RuPaul challenged the girls to come up with lyrics to add to her inspirational drag anthem “Can I Get an Amen?”

Drama is reaching a boiling point when Detox gets to choose teams pairing Coco and Alyssa again! However, is the mega click Ro-Laska-Tox starting to break down?

Once again, the underdogs aren’t getting the respect they deserve but Ivy Winters and Jinkx Monsoon are still proving they are still forces to be reckoned with.

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