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Thu, Jul 25, 2019
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Remembering GiGi Mayonae'

To anyone who watched GiGi Mayonaé perform, including fellow drag queens in Chicago and her native Danville, she was a fierce, twirling diva who loved what she was doing –... read...

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Wed, Mar 7, 2018
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Sporting Love: High-level, openly-gay athletes mix sports, budding relationship

Over the past few months, Javier Ruisanchez and Michael Dumaine have had two major moments in their high-profile sporting lives and their joint personal journeys as openly-gay high-level athletes. read...

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018
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Play Ball – Mark Sakalares takes over as Commissioner of CMSA's Open Sunday Softball league

Mark Sakalares, who has played, coached and umpired for years in the Open Sunday Softball league, run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), has added a new role: Commissioner. read...

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Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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Star amateur wrestler Dylan Geick releases poetry book

Dylan Geick has long wanted to be an author. He's been reading and writing creatively for as long as he can remember, and admittedly would tear through books in a single day as a youngster. read...

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Tue, Jul 18, 2017
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Greg Federspiel: On Metal, Automobiles and the Timoteo Look at the Beach

Greg Federspiel flew from Chicago to Spokane, Wash., earlier this year – just for a car, a 1988 Lincoln Mark VII. read...

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Tue, May 2, 2017
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Chicago native Kasemets driven to succeed at World University Games in August

Ayrton Kasemets is taking his Speedo on the international stage. read...

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Thu, Sep 1, 2016
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Two dogs, two kids = one loving family

Jimmy Hyde was walking along Waikiki Beach back on Dec. 30, 2011, when he passed Benjie Rivera, a muscle-packed Filipino, who was shirtless, with a white towel wrapped around his waist. read...

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Wed, Aug 31, 2016
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Singing sensation Aiden Leslie talks about his personal journey, recalls a 'dream come true' in Chicago

What's next musically for Aiden Leslie is deeply rooted, like his songs, in his personal life as it's been "an interesting year" for the New York-based singer. And that's putting it mildly. read...

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016
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YouTube's Davey Wavey is a sex sensation with perfect pecs – and more than 300 million views of his videos

Davey Wavey has been talking sex, absolutely anything and everything sex-related for years. That's his job; it's full-time with a lot of perks and plenty of traveling around the world – all along flaunting his perfectly-sculpted chest for millions, with an overflowing crowd of young gay men in that mix.... read...

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Sat, Aug 20, 2016
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Israel's first transgender officer visits Chicago, talks about his military experience

A pioneer in Israel as that country's first out transgender military officer, Lt. Shachar, visited Chicago this summer as part of his week-long tour of the U.S. to speak to members of the LGBT community, members of the media, and to meet representatives from veterans for equal rights. read...

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Tue, Aug 16, 2016
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Ricardo Sebastian throws 30th Birthday Party to help charitable cause

Everything he does with Habitat for Humanity has been oh-so-personal for Ricardo Sebastian, who was born and raised in Chicago and now calls the Gold Coast neighborhood home. read...

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Wed, Aug 3, 2016
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Chicagoan battling testicular cancer finishes chemo, excited for summer – his favorite season

Anthony Cozzi had a hunch, so he wasn't surprised. But no one ever wants to hear those heartbreaking three words: You Have Cancer. read...

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Mon, Jul 11, 2016
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2016 Ride For AIDS Chicago raises about $500,000 for TPAN – and just as many lifelong memories

Some of the fastest riders finished the first 100 miles of the 200-mile Ride For AIDS Chicago on Saturday, July 9, at about 2:30 p.m., and Matt Liberatore crossed that finish line to the first half of the event about 30 minutes later. read...

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Sun, Jul 3, 2016
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Chicagoan recalls 'fun and energetic' Pulse Nightclub, where he worked from 2010-12

The tears have slowed, but not the sadness and sorrow – that never will for Chicago resident Benjamin Di'Costa, who now has a lifelong tribute to the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., during the early morning hours of June 12, when a gunman opened fire at the gay... read...

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Wed, Jun 22, 2016
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Visiting the memorials honoring victims of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in Orlando

The saying dates back more than 100 years – A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words. read...

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Fri, Jun 17, 2016
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Chicagoan tackles drag, learns in the spotlight

During a conversation with a female co-worker, Michael Alexander was told he would "make a beautiful woman." read...

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Fri, May 13, 2016
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DJ Alex Cabot spins regularly around Chicago – with a Latin flair

Chicago native Alex Cabot brings a Miami-infused Latin/Caribbean influence to his music. read...

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Thu, May 12, 2016
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Artwork of the stars from RuPaul's Drag Race displayed at Sidetrack

Chad Sell studied filmmaking and fine art in college, yet his true love has long been cartooning. So he started working on a number of his own comic projects and also started drawing his favorite drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race, starting with Season 3, which began airing in late-January... read...

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Fri, May 6, 2016
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New book 'Why Drag?' spotlights some of the nation's top drag stars

A new book from Magnus Hastings is 10 years in the making – and filled with 141 photos of 130 drag queens from across the U.S., including some Chicago flavor. read...

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Tue, Apr 19, 2016
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CMSA spring Kickball Season opens in May, marks final season for Brian Sommer as commissioner

Brian Sommer is preparing for the upcoming kickball season, run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), which will be his seventh and final season as the league's commissioner. read...

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Wed, Apr 6, 2016
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ICU nurse Kelsey Casey has blossomed in her latest sporting venture—football

Playing for the perennial powerhouse Chicago Force, a women's tackle football team, might just be the easiest part of the day for Kelsey Casey. read...

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Tue, Mar 29, 2016
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Keith Stryker leads Team CÜR riders into the 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle in June

Keith Andrew Stryker tackled the AIDS/LifeCycle for the first time in 2012, where he was among 2,225 riders and 550 roadies for the 7-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. read...

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Mon, Feb 29, 2016
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In This Corner: Reeve Lazar, a World Champion Wrestling Fan

His passion for professional wrestling dates back to 1979, when Reeve Lazar intently watched the evil Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey manage various stars in the now-defunct American Wrestling Association (AWA). read...

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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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Killer Margaritas and more served for 25 years at Cesar's

Pass the nachos and raise that chilled glass, filled with a Killer Margarita – it's time to toast Cesar's, the family-owned restaurant with two Chicago locations. read...

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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
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Now Playing: The former Gentry on Halsted piano – by two pre-teens in the suburbs

A large piece of Chicago's gay history is sitting in suburban Geneva, Ill., safe and sound ...with the key word being, sound. read...

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