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Dancing Naked Ladies (and Boys) for Christmas

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

delightminiTwo new offbeat Chicago Christmas shows prove the point that the holidays aren't just for the kiddies. If mashups of classic Christmas specials, sexy burlesque, and drag-queen screwball comedy sound like a fun December evening, leave the small ones at home and consider heading to one of these edgy, adult-oriented seasonal spectaculars...

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No Toaster Oven for You: Where Are Chicago's Gay Wedding Planners?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

Gay wedding and commitment-ceremony planning is big business on both coasts. So why is it so hard to find an out and proud gay wedding planner in Chicago?

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Jeff Ramone's Supersensibly Perceptive Gay Ten Commandments

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

3546850402_afc06a7ff2_m(Photo credit: Jeff Ramone.)

Even on Chicago's Gay Pride weekend, some queers don't run with the crowd. Such is the case with Jeff Ramone, a Lakeview blogger and licensed massage therapist (a real one, folks) with a sardonic style that doesn't take the status quo--gay or otherwise--for granted. For months, I've watched him lay out his complex life in unsentimental yet compelling detail on his memoir blog, Supersensible Perceptions (update 10/5/09: now  The Ungay Gay). It's his recent down-from-the-mountain take on the concept of gay pride that really caught my attention.

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Misbehavin' with Ms. Bea Haven

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

msbeahavenJ.T. Newman is an unlikely ecdysiast. Wednesday, over sidewalk cocktails at downtown Chicago's Emerald Loop, she shared with me her journey from future office lackey to the blogosphere's "dyke darling" of burlesque, Ms. Bea Haven.

"Seven years ago, I was a performance poet," she shouts over the non-stop whistle of the Hotel Monaco valet, across the street. "I was also 31, had a terrible body image, and wasn't happy about that fact."

Originally, the Evanston native thought she would grow up to be a secretary--or a cheerleader. "My mother tells me now, 'One out of two isn't bad'," Newman says with a smirk.

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