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Steamworks-launches-fundraiser-to-keep-staff-insurance

  Steamworks launches fundraiser to keep staff insurance

Private men's bathhouse Steamworks Chicago launched an online fundraiser Jan. 21 to continue covering the health insurance of its staff as the pandemic progresses. In a GoFundMe post, General Manager Nirmalpal Sachdev said, "For the past ...


 
NATIONAL-Bidens-NYC-businesses-notable-deaths-anti-Trump-suit

  NATIONAL Bidens, NYC businesses, notable deaths, anti-Trump suit

President Joe Biden and his team recently named openly gay man Jeff Marootian as special assistant to the president on Climate and Science Agency Personnel, according to Instinct Magazine, citing The Washington Blade. Marootian is one ...


 
Lightfoot-and-city-leaders-lead-MLK-interfaith-event-

  Lightfoot and city leaders lead MLK interfaith event

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot virtually gathered with civic, business and religious leaders this weekend to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the City of Chicago's 35th Annual Interfaith Celebration. This year's ceremony ...


 
Social-exclusion-career-limitations-hinder-LGBTQ-STEM-professionals-

  Social exclusion, career limitations hinder LGBTQ STEM professionals

ANN ARBOR—LGBTQ professionals' pride in their science, technology, engineering, and math work is not reciprocated, say researchers. These STEM professionals are more likely to experience career limitations, social exclusion and ...


 
Illinois-Restaurant-Assoc-asks-Pritzker-to-allow-indoor-dining-

  Illinois Restaurant Assoc. asks Pritzker to allow indoor dining

On Jan. 14, the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and restaurant operators around the state issued a press release asking Gov. JB Pritzker to immediately allow for safe and limited indoor dining operations. The IRA's Open Indoor ...


 
WORLD-Workplace-index-Japan-survey-stories-of-the-year-Buttigieg

  WORLD Workplace index, Japan survey, stories of the year, Buttigieg

Two years after the India's Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality, employment for the LGBTQ community is slowly gaining acceptance in the private sector—to the point where there is now an India Workplace Equality Index, RFI.fr reported. The ...


 
NATIONAL-Aimee-Stephens-GNC-teen-murdered-Katie-Hill-Amazon

  NATIONAL Aimee Stephens, GNC teen murdered, Katie Hill, Amazon

A consent decree ordered that Michigan business Harris Funeral Homes—which fired the late Aimee Stephens for being transgender and led her to sue the business in litigation that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court—must ...


 
John-Pennycuff-Memorial-Apartments-in-Castillo-Plaza-LGBTQ-housing-in-Logan-Square

  John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments in Castillo Plaza, LGBTQ housing in Logan Square

Last month, The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza (Pennycuff) opened at the corner of Milwaukee and Campbell Avenues in Logan Square after four years of development and city approval meetings and for the past ...


 
Pennycuff-Memorial-Apartments-now-open

  Pennycuff Memorial Apartments now open

The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza is named for the late LGBTQ and civil rights activist, John Pennycuff. Located on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, the building was designed by Cyrus Subawalla ...


 
Report-Take-Off-Your-Mask-So-I-Know-How-Much-to-Tip-You

  Report: Take Off Your Mask So I Know How Much to Tip You

--From a press release

Today, One Fair Wage, a national nonprofit organization representing subminimum wage and other tipped workers, in partnership with #TimesUp, the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center, Professor Catharine MacKinnon, Professor Louise Fitzgerald and ...


 
Lamont-Robinson-fundraiser-with-Chasten-Buttigieg-on-Dec-9-

  Lamont Robinson fundraiser with Chasten Buttigieg on Dec. 9

Lamont Robinson, Jr.—a Chicago business owner and insurance agent who became the first openly gay Black state legislator in Illinois history, and who is running for a second term representing the 5th District in the Illinois ...


 
Andersonville-at-Home-for-the-Holidays-virtual-variety-show-Dec-13-

  Andersonville at Home for the Holidays virtual variety show Dec. 13

--From a press release

CHICAGO (Dec. 8, 2020) — Although we can't all gather for the traditional caroling and festivities that are customary in the Andersonville business district during the holiday season, the Andersonville ...


 
COVID-19-City-investigators-look-into-Ann-Sather-violation

  COVID-19 City investigators look into Ann Sather violation

City inspectors stopped by Lake View Ald. Tom Tunney's Ann Sather restaurant, 909 W. Belmont Ave., because the official has been allowing people to eat inside the establishment in violation of city and state coronavirus restrictions, ...


 
Billy-Masters-

  Billy Masters

"You're assuming that I'm completely straight. Maybe I am, maybe I'm not. And it's frankly none of your business."—Viggo Mortensen responds to a reporter's question about whether he should be playing a gay character in Falling."Wh ...


 
Andersonville-Chamber-of-Commerce-highlights-COVID-friendly-shopping-dining

  Andersonville Chamber of Commerce highlights COVID-friendly shopping, dining

--From a press release

CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2020) — From shopping in your pajamas to late-night curbside pick-up to Glogg-to-go, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is rolling out a festive line-up of COVID-friendly ...


 
WINDY-CITY-TIMES-2020-HOLIDAY-GIFT-GUIDE

  WINDY CITY TIMES 2020 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Even as crazy as this year has been, there have been some constants—such as the observations of holidays (although they have been a lot more virtual). Among said observations is holiday shopping, and Windy City Times ...


 
Holidays-With-Intention-offers-holiday-programming-to-support-100-local-businesses

  "Holidays With Intention" offers holiday programming to support 100+ local businesses

--From a press release

CHICAGO (November 12, 2020) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce its annual line-up of holiday programming, featuring a revised schedule of shopping, dining and virtual ...


 
Flu-shots-mental-health-well-being-COVID-resources-part-of-Andersonville-Cares

  Flu shots, mental health, well-being, COVID resources part of Andersonville Cares

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is expanding its ongoing "Andersonville Cares" initiative to help keep businesses and residents safe throughout the fall and winter months. Neighborhood resources ...


 
Major-Lindsey-and-Africas-Outlaws-LGBTQ-group-hosts-virtual-panel

  Major, Lindsey and Africa's Outlaws LGBTQ group hosts virtual panel

Legal executive search firm Major, Lindsey and Africa's Outlaws LGBTQ employee resource group (ERG) hosted a virtual panel Oct. 29. The event focused on how LGBTQ professionals have navigated their careers and personal lives as their ...


 
Illinois-Restaurant-Association-operators-object-to-mitigation-plan

  Illinois Restaurant Association, operators object to mitigation plan

--From a press release

CHICAGO (October 30, 2020) — The Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and restaurant industry operators and workers gathered this morning for a press conference to discuss the disastrous impact of Governor ...


 
Mayor-Lightfoot-announces-election-day-safety-plan

  Mayor Lightfoot announces election day safety plan

--From a press release

CHICAGO— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Chicago Police Department (CPD), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business ...


 
Pritzker-administration-grants-94M-to-Illinois-businesses-communities-

  Pritzker administration grants $94M to Illinois businesses, communities

--From a press release

CHICAGO—Governor JB Pritzker today joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to announce the release of $94 million in emergency relief funds for communities and small businesses ...


 
COVID-19-Big-Chicks-Tweet-closing-temporarily

  COVID-19 Big Chicks/Tweet closing temporarily

Uptown venues Big Chicks (5024 N. Sheridan Rd.) and Tweet (5020 N. Sheridan Rd.) have temporarily closed after owner Michelle Fire said a customer who was feeling unwell came to the bar to celebrate his birthday ...


 
Lightfoot-imposes-curfew-on-city-cracks-down-on-bars-

  Lightfoot imposes curfew on city, cracks down on bars

In light of a spike of coronavirus infections in the city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot followed through Oct. 22 by imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on all nonessential city businesses, The Chicago Tribune reported. In addition, ...


 
Booksellers-launch-Boxed-Out-campaign-a-look-at-consumer-choices

  Booksellers launch "Boxed Out" campaign, a look at consumer choices

--From a press release

(New York, New York) 20% of independent bookstores across the country are in danger of closing. Today, theAmerican Booksellers Association launched the "Boxed Out" campaign to draw attention to the high stakes indie bookstores face this ...


 
Restaurant-employee-relief-fund-now-open-

  Restaurant employee relief fund now open

Executives at the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) announced the opening of online applications for the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. This ...


 
Windy-City-Times-Quite-the-ride

  Windy City Times: Quite the ride

The information superhighway… That old synonym for the internet (conjuring up days of AOL Instant Messenger and really loud modems) served as my entry into Windy City Times—way back in 1995. Two friends suggested that I ...


 
30-Under-30-Awards-2000-2019

  30 Under 30 Awards 2000-2019

Honoring local LGBTQ people 30 and younger who excelled in entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, sports and other areas, Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 Awards ceremonies, which started in 2000, were held during Pride Month. ...


 
Windy-City-Times-Making-35

  Windy City Times: Making 35

The internecine battles of the gay community are legendary. They are not limited to Chicago, or to any one segment of the community. And the gay media have certainly not been immune to these growing pains ...


 
LGBTQI-Media-The-Long-Haul

  LGBTQI Media: The Long Haul

Working in the LGBTQI press should probably be measured in dog years. Right-wing threats, death and destruction, physical assaults, robberies, property destruction, and that's not to mention the internal struggles ...


 
Windy-City-Times-Serving-a-community

  Windy City Times: Serving a community

Our ship will come in. Those are the words Tracy and I used to say all the time. Well, she'd say it and later during a particular rough time, I'd ask: "So, where's the damn ship??" I started with the company ...


 
My-life-at-Windy-City-Times-

  My life at Windy City Times

I came into LGBT media completely by accident, having begun as editorial assistant at Windy City Times' competitor Chicago Free Press in 2005. I had done a favor for CFP's managing editor, Louis Weisberg, and he ...


 
The-Passing-Parade-Cultural-Reporting-in-an-Age-of-Heroes

  The Passing Parade: Cultural Reporting in an Age of Heroes

There are several large plastic storage bins in my office filled with stacks of clippings of articles I wrote for the Chicago gay and lesbian newspapers GayLife, Windy City Times and Outlines during the 1980s and ...


 
Lessons-learned

  Lessons learned

For most of my life, I've had a print paper, a physical product, to show for my efforts each week. I've got far too many copies of Outlines, Windy City Times and even Stars & Stripes, where I worked for many ...


 
Job-well-done

  Job well done

Because I was once quite the gay-press guy, and that began in Chicago, they asked me for 600-800 words. I wrote some drafts but in the end, all that's needed is a few sentences: The paper version of the venerable Windy City Times ...


 
The-Times-We-Wrote-About-The-gift-of-Windy-City-Times

  The Times We Wrote About: The gift of Windy City Times

"I feel like we're living in times people write about," Matt said as we walked home from the train, dusk settling into Brooklyn for the night. I didn't know what he meant. It was 2008. From where I was standing, everything ...


 
Trudy-Ring-Outlines-Nightlines-1992-1996

  Trudy Ring, Outlines/Nightlines 1992-1996

I wonder if Tracy Baim knows what a difference she's made in my life. Tracy gave me opportunities at the time I needed them, and those opportunities have had great significance for my journalism career ...


 
Kirk-Williamson-Telling-stories

  Kirk Williamson: Telling stories

Many of you might know me only through my byline on the masthead or, if you're a bit older (and drunker), by my time in the bars as editor of Nightspots. Hey, I WAS that guy from the magazine. But if you have never ...


 
Windy-City-Times-in-print-1985-2020

  Windy City Times in print 1985-2020

Windy City Times' first issue was Sept. 26, 1985. The staff was primarily from GayLife newspaper, which had been around since the 1970s and lasted until 1986. From the start, WCT focused heavily on Chicago-area HIV/AIDS ...


 
Outlines-1987-2000

  Outlines 1987-2000

Outlines newspaper started the first week of June 1987. Tracy Baim and most of the staff of Windy City Times left to launch Outlines after major disagreements in personality and goals. Outlines started as a weekly, ...


 
BLACKlines-1996-2004-En-la-Vida-1996-2004-Identity-2004-2006-

  BLACKlines 1996-2004, En la Vida 1996-2004, Identity 2004-2006

BLACKlines newspaper started in February 1996, and remained a monthly newspaper produced by Outlines for many years. It started after Robert Ford of Thing 'zine died. A Black gay man, Ford had created a wonderful queer ...


 
Brad-Edwards-talks-investigative-journalism-coming-out-making-history

  Brad Edwards talks investigative journalism, coming out, making history

Television journalist Brad Edwards has accomplished much in his life, such as winning multiple awards and including serving on the board of directors at the YWCA, whose goal is to "empower women and eliminate racism." However, ...


 
Community-reacts-to-Boystown-name-change

  Community reacts to Boystown name change

Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) announced Sept. 23 that it would discontinue utilizing the term "Boystown" in its marketing of the area. NBA's decision came shortly after a survey answered by 7,890 respondents found that, while 58% ...


 
The-Alley-moves-to-Avondale-

  The Alley moves to Avondale

The Alley, located in Lake View since 1976, announced that it is moving to its Avondale warehouse, 2620 W. Fletcher Ave, according to a press release. The warehouse, referred to as "The Mothership" by owner Mark ...


 
PASSAGES-Gay-business-owner-nightlife-figure-Bob-Yeaworth-dies

  PASSAGES Gay business owner/nightlife figure Bob Yeaworth dies

Gay business owner and promoter Robert "Bob" Yeaworth died Sept. 14 from complications due to his ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) diagnosis. He was 64. Yeaworth was born Sept. 17, 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio, ...


 
Pritzker-aims-to-connect-unemployed-with-COVID-19-response-jobs

  Pritzker aims to connect unemployed with COVID-19 response jobs

Illinois Gov. Pritzker announced a new $16.6-million investment to expand job opportunities for Illinoisans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through two new grants received from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Illinois ...


 
Windy-City-Times-moves-to-digital-only

  Windy City Times moves to digital-only

Windy City Times, Chicago's only LGBTQ newspaper, is moving to a digital-only format starting in October. The Sept. 30, 2020 edition, which marks the paper's 35th anniversary, will be its last regular free-standing print issue. The ...


 
Windy-City-Times-moves-to-digital-only

  Windy City Times moves to digital-only

Press release

Windy City Times, Chicago's only LGBTQ newspaper, is moving to a digital-only format starting in October. The Sept. 30, 2020 edition, which marks the paper's 35th anniversary, will be its last regular free-standing print issue. The ...


 
MOVIES-New-documentary-visits-House-of-Cardin

  MOVIES New documentary visits 'House of Cardin'

It took a queer eye to bring the new documentary House of Cardin to life. Husbands and business partners Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole have directed a history of designer Pierre Cardin. Viewers of the ...


 
Otis-Richardson-Gay-business-owner-expands-Lavenderpop-Greeting-Cards

  Otis Richardson: Gay business owner expands Lavenderpop Greeting Cards

Otis Richardson is an artist and owner of Lavenderpop Greeting Cards—now the first independent and Black-owned greeting card company to be sold at Jewel stores in the supermarket chain's 121 years. "Becoming a Jewel vendor was ...


 
WERQ-LGBTQ-Job-Fair-now-online-Sept-17-18-

  WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair now online Sept. 17-18

Center on Halsted and Brave Space Alliance will hold the annual WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair on Friday, Sept. 17-18, at the Center. Sessions will be 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Last year, more than 50 ...


 
Virtual-Chalk-Howard-Street-extended-through-Oct-23

  Virtual Chalk Howard Street extended through Oct. 23

With the nonprofit Rogers Park Business Alliance and Howard Street Special Service Area #19 hosting, Virtual Chalk Howard Street has returned. On every other Friday at 11 a.m. from Aug. 28 through Oct. 23, Chicago 3-D ...


 
PASSAGES-Medusas-owner-Dave-Shelton-passes-away

  PASSAGES Medusa's owner Dave Shelton passes away

Dave Shelton, a.k.a. Dave "Medusa" Shelton—so named for his trademark frizzy locks— "just was different," recalled his good friend of 45 years, Richard Cooke. Shelton was the proprietor of the iconic nightspot Medusa's on Sheffield in ...


 
WERQ-LGBTQ-Job-Fair-on-Sept-18

  WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair on Sept. 18

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information on this event has changed. See updated information at http://www.windycitytimes.com/lgbt/WERQ-LGBTQ-Job-Fair-now-online-Sept-17-18-/69098.html . Center on Halsted and Brave Space Alliance will hold the annual ...


 
COVID-19-Lightfoot-announces-62M-for-Together-Now-applicants

  COVID-19: Lightfoot announces $6.2M for Together Now applicants

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that the city is awarding $6.2 million in grant allocations to the Together Now fund applicants. The Together Now fund was launched last month—in partnership with Chicago Community Trust and One ...


 
Report-Millions-of-LGBTQs-could-gain-more-protections-after-Bostock-ruling

  Report: Millions of LGBTQs could gain more protections after Bostock ruling

A new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that millions of LGBT people could gain additional non-discrimination protections if courts interpret state laws consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in ...


 
Wizard-World-postponed-until-June-24-27-2021

  Wizard World postponed until June 24-27, 2021

Wizard Entertainment, Inc. announced that its Wizard World Chicago convention, originally scheduled for Aug. 20-23 at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, has been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The revised dates ...


 
Racial-and-LGBT-bias-persists-in-ridesharing-platforms-research-shows

  Racial and LGBT bias persists in ridesharing platforms, research shows

--From a Indiana University Kelley School of Business press release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Despite efforts by ridesharing companies to eliminate or reduce discrimination, research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business finds that racial and LGBT bias persists. Platforms such as Uber, Lyft and Via ...


 
Survey-open-for-potential-Boystown-name-change

  Survey open for potential Boystown name change

Northalsted Business Alliance is asking for the public to weigh in on the "Boystown" moniker. The Alliance has published a survey asking community members' opinions on the Lake View neighborhood, which was officially designated an "LGBTQ+ ...


 
COVID-19-Lightfoot-to-re-tighten-restrictions-

  COVID-19 Lightfoot to re-tighten restrictions

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced a re-tightening of COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants ...


 
ComEd-to-pay-200M-in-bribery-scheme-Madigan-possibly-involved

  ComEd to pay $200M in bribery scheme; Madigan possibly involved

The U.S. Attorney's Office said that ComEd will pay a $200-million criminal fine as part of a federal investigation into a "years-long bribery scheme" involving jobs, contracts and payments to allies of Illinois House Speaker Michael ...


 
MWRD-passes-policies-that-include-LGBTs-people-with-disabilities

  MWRD passes policies that include LGBTs, people with disabilities

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved policies to assist LGBT-owned and -operated business enterprises (LGBTBE) as well as those owned and operated by persons with ...


 
Fellowship-for-local-Black-theater-artists-announced

  Fellowship for local Black theater artists announced

The League of Chicago Theatres announced The Samuel G. Roberson Jr. Resident Fellowship, a grant to fund a residency for early to mid-career Black theater artists based in Chicago for a one-year partnership with a Chicago-area ...


 
North-Side-legislators-holding-virtual-event-on-clean-energy

  North Side legislators holding virtual event on clean energy

Illinois state Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) and state Reps. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) and Yoni Pizer (D-Chicago) are partnering with the Citizens Utility Board and the Illinois Environmental Council to host ...


 
Chicago-man-takes-face-masks-into-luxury

  Chicago man takes face masks into luxury

During COVID-19 David Altman is encouraging people to wear their heart on their face with masks that his brand Vintage Luxe Up is currently making out of vintage luxury designer silk scarves. Altman grew up on ...


 
Instagram-excludes-harmful-conversion-therapy-groups-Born-Perfect-applauds

  Instagram excludes harmful conversion therapy groups, Born Perfect applauds

--From a press release

MENLO PARK, CA — Instagram announced today that it will exclude content that promotes the harmful practice of conversion therapy — a step taken by the Facebook-owned social media platform to curtail online hatred and harmful ...


 
GLAAD-hosting-virtual-awards-ceremony-July-30

  GLAAD hosting virtual awards ceremony July 30

GLAAD announced that it will host a virtual ceremony for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, July 30, in place of the original ceremonies planned for earlier this year. The event will stream on ...


 
Australian-Irish-consulates-host-LGBTQ-advocacy-panel

  Australian, Irish consulates host LGBTQ+ advocacy panel

By Emily Reilly

Sarah Keating, the vice consul general of Chicago's Consulate General of Ireland; and Amanda Slone, the office services manager at the Australian Consulate of Chicago hosted a panel June 30 in honor of the marriage-equality campaigns ...


 
Petition-urges-Boystown-name-change

  Petition urges Boystown name change

An online petition launched late in June is demanding that the "Boystown" neighborhood designation be changed to a term that is more inclusive of the entire LGBTQ community. The petition—which is on Change.org and was authored ...


 
Center-on-Halsted-selling-BLM-boards-

  Center on Halsted selling BLM boards

Recently, Center on Halsted reopened—taking down the wooden panels that surrounded the building. The boards were erected as a precaution from the recent civil unrest that took place throughout Chicago. However, a team called Chicago Cleanup ...


 
PASSAGES-Brent-L-Conn

  PASSAGES Brent L. Conn

Brent L. Conn—a caterer and business owner—passed away peacefully July 4 at home in Evanston. He was 67. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Brent earned his degree in hotel and restaurant management from Michigan State University and ...


 
Last-call-for-Little-Jims

  Last call for Little Jim's

Longtime Lake View tavern Little Jim's shut its doors July 2. Billing itself as "the original hookup bar," Jim Gates opened Little Jim's in 1975, and it was one of the first gay bars in the Boystown area. Gates sold the ...


 
COVID-19-Replay-closes-July-5-6-after-employee-tests-positive-

  COVID-19 Replay closes July 5-6 after employee tests positive

The restaurant Replay Andersonville, 5358 N. Clark St., is closing July 5-6 after owner Mark Liberson posted on Facebook that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. On July 5, Liberson posted, "While this post is not ...


 
LGBT-Chamber-of-Commerce-hosts-Business-Is-Open-panel

  LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts 'Business Is Open' panel

The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois hosted the virtual panel event "Business Is Open: A Conversation With LGBTQ+ Business Owners" on June 23. LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois Director Jerome' Holston led the panel, ...


 
-COVID-19-Survivor-doctor-denied-as-a-blood-donor-because-of-his-sexual-orientation

  COVID-19 Survivor doctor denied as a blood donor because of his sexual orientation

Dr. Dillon Barron, MD, is in the business of saving lives. At Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, he as an emergency medicine doctor and most recently he and his partner, Eric Seelbach, tried to donate blood, ...


 





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