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  1. Equality Illinois gala celebrates historic marriage equality battle -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — With the successful launch of a gay marriage bill in the Senate Executive Committee last Tuesday and the anticipated vote on the Illinois Senate floor on Thursday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, Equality Illinois‘ Justice For All Gala on Sat., Feb. 9, was a timely celebration and call for action.

    With over 1,000 attendees at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., the annual black-tie gala attracted dignitaries, policy makers, charity heads and community activists including Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    The evening featured remarks by Quinn, who renewed his support for full marriage equality, Equality Illinois board member and Sidetrack co-owner Art Johnston and renowned Chicago chef Art Smith.
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    Equality Illinois gala attracts pols, celebrates progress - Windy City Times

    There were more than a thousand people shaking hands, giving hugs and patting backs in the elegant Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, a crowd of sparkling dresses, heels, cummerbunds and bow ties.

    On Saturday, Feb. 9 Equality Illinois held its annual Justice for All gala, which featured a silent auction, dinner, awards ceremony and dance.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were some of the many elected officials in attendance, among an array of activists, policy makers, nonprofit workers and journalists. Also in attendance were openly gay elected officials including 44 th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman and openly gay State Representatives Greg Harris, Kelly Cassidy and Deborah Mell. Openly gay Cook County Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore was also at the gala.

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  2. On next week's episode, host Waymon Hudson sits down with Law Professor Anthony Niedwiecki to discuss the anti-gay myth that has been blocking LGBT equality progress for decades: the dangerous and debunked “Save Our Children” argument that gays are somehow dangerous to children - a narrative that wseen far too often in political discourse, cultural issue debates, and current legal fights.

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  3. Mary and Brian are choosing their top winners for the "Oscar's 2013" and Brian talks to Special guest, singer and songwriter Shara Strand

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  4. Mary and Brian are choosing their top winners for the "Oscar's 2013" and Brian talks to Special guest, singer and songwriter Shara Strand

    About Shara Strand

    There was a time when singers were singers … when singers just sang. No Auto-tune or artificial studio effects on the voice. In many different languages, the name Shara means “singing” and that’s no coincidence.

    Fortunately, there will always be a few exceptional artists who draw only from their genuine talent and experience … with the kinds of minds and souls that truly connect with the meaning of a song … America’s new pop princess Shara Strand is among these few – a rare and special artist who, clearly, is destined for greatness … beginning with her introduction to the world by D1 Music.

    With the arrival of Shara’s highly anticipated debut EP, “Born Tonight” — this singularly skilled artist begins to make herself known. As D1 Music President, Peter McLean, explains it, “Born Tonight showcases one of America’s brightest new talents – a gifted singer with an honest message, delivered with power, majesty and heart.”

    With artistic roots stemming from her love of theater, her own experience as a Broadway performer, and her father’s passion for music, Shara’s home fostered a rich mix of influences, including such great musical artists as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

    Each of the five songs on Born Tonight were selected by Shara for the intelligence and emotion of their messages and lyrics, and by the melodic and soulful platform from which she can express her sensitivity and range. One of them, Not Gonna Miss You, was custom-created exclusively for Shara by lyricist, Mike Greenly, and composer, Paul Guzzone, along with Shara as co-writer. In fact, Shara is an insightful songwriter herself – having written Jekyll or Hyde on the Born Tonight EP, plus other songs planned for future release.

    Shara is the definition of “driven” and in 2007, she performed on Showtime at the Apollo, and did an incredible rendition of Oleta Adams’ Get Here. Shara thoroughly impressed the notoriously tough crowd, solidifying her star quality for all the world to see. After that performance, Shara received a phone call from Mark Green, the general manager of the Bergen Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. Mark had seen her on TV, and offered her a slot opening up for Pat Benatar. Shortly after the show, Shara won the Grand Prize of $10,000 in the 2007 competition, and was given the title of “Pop Fenom.” She was one of 10,000 entries, and was among the top 5 contestants flown to Austin, Texas to perform a in a webcast in front of a live audience.

    Later, Shara was featured as Artist of the Week on one of the music industry’s leading websites, in June 2009 and was chosen as a top 5 vocalists of the month. Most Recently, she was featured on CBS talk radio “The Barry Z show” as one of the “most talented emerging artists in the NYC talent pool“.

    More than anything, Shara sings with a desire to convey love, heart, and truth to listeners and fans; with a strong belief in the ability of wonderful music bring us together as people who think, feel, and care. And the best part is … she’s only just begun!
    Shara Strand owns Shara Makeup Studio, which is located at the NYC landmark Hotel Pierre in The Dominique Salon. With an complete makeup line, Shara Makeup Studio specializes in all aspects of the makeup business, especially private makeup lessons. Please visit

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  5. ANDY PEEKE bring us the highlights from the red carpet and premiere of NEWsical with Special Celebrity Guest CARSON KRESSLEY, also in the red Carpet, Robin Byrd, the cast of "Naked Boys Singing, Peppermint, Karl Giant, Jonathan D. Lovitz, Comedian Judy Gold and much more!

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