April 5, 2012
The Annual Academy Awards at the Baton, 436 N. Clark St., are presented: Entertainer of the Year, Chili Pepper; Best Amateur Entertainer, Lisa; Best Bar, a tie between the Gold Coast and Up North; Live Entertainer of the Year, Dina Jacobs; Best Girl Bartender, Nancy, formerly of Augie's; Best Girl Bar, Augie's; Most Original Entertainer, Bertha Butz (Glass House); Most Elegant Entertainer, China Nuyen (Baton); Waiter/Waitress, a tie between Joann (Baton) and Cesar (Le Pub); Best Rising Newcomer, Chris Fontaine; Bartender of the Year, Michael (Sundays); Music Group of the Year, Andy Cahill and Jerry; Best Dance Performance, Peaches (Baton); Best Dramatic Entertainer, Audrey Bryant (Baton);Best Gown Designer, Larry P.; Best Lighting, Sal; Best Publication, Chicago Gay Crusader; and Best All-Round Female Impersonator, China Nuyen (Baton).
In Gay Chicago Jon-Henri Damski's "Nothing Personal" column begins:
"What does it feel like when you are gay?
It feels like you're it.
All life long, you're it. And you feel the pressure of being it.
Whether you are hiding it, or seeking it; all life long, you're it."
Gay bodybuilders Bob and Rod Jackson-Paris make a personal appearance at People Like Us Bookstore, 3321 N. Clark St. to promote their book Straight From the Heart.
Lea Delaria, the Queen of Queer Comedy, performs at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 1977 S. Campus Dr., Northwestern University, Evanston.
AGLO Chicago's 1994 Speaker Series of insightful monthly presentations includes "Gay & Lesbian Saints of the Second Millennium" (1000-Present) with Fr. Dennis O'Neill at Our Lady of Carmel Catholic Church, 690 W. Belmont Ave.
Lesbian singer/songwriters Chris Williamson and Tret Fure perform at a benefit for the Esther Davis charity at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence.
Thanks go to publishers Michael Bergeron for Chicago Gay Crusader, Ralph Gernhardt for Gay Chicago, Grant Ford and Chuck Renslow for Gay Life and Tracy Baim for all the publications at the Windy City Media Group, which aided the above research. St. Sukie de la Croix is an internationally published reporter, playwright, photographer and historian. He is also the author of the upcoming book Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
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