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Hair is an art form, an act of expression for queer people.

Undercuts, mullets and pixies, oh my! Queer hair is self-expression

November 26, 2018

"My hair actually clocked me as queer before I knew I was queer.” Jackie Young, a barber at Barbara & Barbara, 2925 W. Diversey Ave., laughed at the realization. Before they started working at ...

Veteran burns candles to combat stress, PTSD

Veteran burns candles to combat stress, PTSD

By Jermaine Nolen

November 5, 2018

For many veterans, the trauma associated with serving in the military may last far beyond their separation date.U.S. Army veteran Jeffrey Metrick started his candle company, Liberty Outfitter LLC, in J...

Hump! Film Festival rides raw into Chicago’s Music Box

Hump! Film Festival features 21 curated sex flicks made by amateurs, coming to Chicago Feb. 16–17 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.

By Mayan Darbyshire

February 10, 2018

Sex lovers can stand proud, for over that oddly asymmetrical horizon rides the 13th annual Hump! Film Festival.The festival will take place Feb. 16–17 at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. South...

Pilsen artist is ‘Here’ with new exhibit

Candida Alvarez poses in front of her painting

By Kendrah Villiesse

May 8, 2017

Vibrant colors and textures illustrate the life story of Pilsen-based artist Candida Alvarez in a new exhibit at the   Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.Scheduled through August 6,  “Cand...

Actor Jussie Smollett says he loves being Black

February 15, 2016

Actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the award-winning musical drama TV series “Empire,” came to Columbia for a Q&A, titled “Do Black Actors Matter,” Feb. 12 inside the 1104 S. W...

The cast of About Face Theatre’s world premiere ‘Le Switch,’ perform at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., as the show examines the antiquated stereotypes of gay marriage after its legalization in the United States. 

Theater Wit brings gay marriage to center stage

January 25, 2016

In honor of its 20th anniversary, About Face Theatre is premiering “Le Switch,” a play about a gay couple exploring the meaning of  commitment amid nationwide marriage equality.“Le Switch” wa...

Love and Leather: What’s your safe word?

By Arts & Culture Reporter

November 30, 2015

Between the notorious smut of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the leather-laden imagery of a plethora of pop-stars like Rihanna, Madonna and Lady Gaga, BDSM—once an underground phenomenon—has penetrated the mainstream culture, though public reactions still vary.BDSM—variously known as kink, leather or fetish—is a catch-all term for lifestyles and sexual practices that involve bondage and discipline (B&...

Cofounder Aaron Amendola said things like dressing in Medieval garb and a love of Harry Potter can bring unity among nerd culture.

Crowdfunding kick starts ‘The Geek Show’

November 30, 2015

There is now a free haven for nerds to gather and discuss their favorite things, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that has  raised more than $3,000.“The Geek Show,” which takes place every other month at S...

Artistic director James Morehead said attendees can expect a range of programming including drag performances.

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus ‘funks up’ Christmas favorites

November 9, 2015

The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus is looking to revitalize and put its stamp on classic holiday songs as the season quickly approaches.This year, the group’s annual holiday show “Miracle on Thirty-Funk...

‘Chi-raq’ trailer spikes concern

By Opinions Editor

November 9, 2015

Filmmaker Spike Lee has devoted his career to making socially conscious films examining race relations and urban issues. Lee’s upcoming film, “Chi-raq,” set to be released Dec. 4, is a fictional tale about the gang and gun violence plaguing Chicago’s South and West Sides. Set in the Englewood neighborhood, the story is based on the Greek play “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes, in which women withhold sex from their husbands ...

Holy homoerotic comics, Batman!

Dale Lazarov said he started writing comics 10 years ago and has written seven published hardcovers for Sticky Graphic Novels including “Fast Friends,” “Greek Love” and “Peacock Punks.”

By ARTS & CULTURE REPORTER

November 9, 2015

Everyone’s sexual awakening has a different origin story, and comic book superheroes are a part of many of them.Dale Lazarov, a writer for Sticky Graphic Novels, is scheduled to give a presentation N...

Precious Davis, assistant director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives, said she has made efforts to discuss issues facing the LGBT community, Including working with Miley Cyrus in the Happy Hippie Foundation to combat injustices facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other marginalized groups. 

Precious Davis talks diversity and inclusion at Columbia

October 19, 2015

Precious Davis, the college’s assistant director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives, has taken the MTV Video Music Awards stage, visited the White House, been featured in Miley Cyrus’s #InstaPri...

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