Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-09-06



WORLD Quebec lesbians, violence study, Rugby World Cup, Ugandan bill

This article shared 1552 times since Fri Sep 15, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

The hidden history of Quebec lesbians is being explored, the CBC reported. Between 1985 and 1996, a group of lesbians leased the Plateau-Mont-Royal school and ran it as a community center. The school was also home to the Lesbian Archives of Quebec, which documents the history of lesbian life in the province. The lesbian archives got their start at La Kahena restaurant in 1983, when the women running it started collecting documents; they later moved to the Gilford School. Last spring, the archives moved to the Cite-des-Hospitalieres monastery near Jeanne-Mance Park.

Research showed that almost a fifth of women in Scotland have experienced online violence—but only 4 percent would report it to police, the Morning Star reported. The Open University study—the largest ever into online abuse of women and girls in Britain—found that 17 percent of women in Scotland had experienced violence online, ranging from trolling to threats and unwanted sexual remarks. The number increased even more for younger women (16-24), 27 percent of whom had this experience, and rising further to a staggering 45 percent for LGBT women.

At the 10th Rugby World Cup in Paris, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) selected gay player Cyril Leroy to be the game's official ball-carrier for the opener between France and New Zealand, Outsports noted. The honor was in recognition of him being the founder of Les Gaillards—the country's first gay rugby team—and his longtime commitment to promoting inclusion and fighting homophobia. TV viewers will also see Leroy during commercial breaks throughout the tourney, with sponsor Land Rover Defender featuring him in a "Trailblazers" ad spot. France won the match 27-13; the World Cup will run through Oct. 28.

Activists criticized the European Union (EU) for missing a "critical opportunity" to take action over Uganda's harsh anti-LGBTQ+ law that was enacted in May, PinkNews reported. The European Commission—part of the executive of the EU—confirmed that it wouldn't suspend humanitarian aid to the African nation despite passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Jutta Urpilainen, the European commissioner for international partnerships, raised concerns that withholding financial assistance from Uganda because of this legislation would "deprive the most vulnerable populations, including LGBTIQ persons, from vital support."

In the UK, a teacher who has faced years of discrimination for being Black, gay and HIV-positive has spoken about his traumatic experiences—from being turned away by the church to thinking he was a "diseased, filthy, incapable vagabond," according to Ireland Live. Joshua Royal, 32, from Oxfordshire, recalled being called the N-word for the first time at ballet school in London before having his face punched into a wall when he was just 12. Now two years sober, he is looking to buy a house and start a family with his partner, Andrew Donnell, and is hoping that his experiences will help inspire others to fight against discrimination.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its recognition of National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month month throughout September, with World Suicide Prevention Day falling on Sept. 10, per a press release. "We are living in a state of emergency and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has real-life consequences beyond discriminatory laws and policies," said HRC President Kelley Robinson. "To be clear, LGBTQ+ people are not inherently more prone to suicide. But because of discrimination and stigma, our community's risk is much higher than non-LGBTQ people."

Out Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and LGBTQ+ U.S. actor Colman Domingo were among those honored at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), per The Hollywood Reporter. Almodovar received the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media, and was at the fest with Strange Way of Life—the gay narrative short he directed that stars Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke. Domingo—the star of fest films Rustin (for which he has garnered best actor Oscar buzz) and Sing Sing—received a Tribute Performer Award from Clement Virgo, who directed him in the upcoming Netflix limited series The Madness.

Also at TIFF, a bomb threat delayed the world premiere of the Lil Nas X documentary Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero, The Advocate noted, citing Variety. As Lil Nas X arrived, he was held in place for 20 minutes while officials informed the film's team of the threat. A source claimed the threat targeted the rapper for being a Black queer artist; however, TIFF officials told Variety and other outlets on record that the threat wasn't directed at the artist.

Additionally at TIFF, Elliot Page returned to the festival for his latest film, Close to You—his first leading-man role since coming out as transgender in 2020, Yahoo! noted. The movie's director, Dominic Savage, confirmed that the movie is very much rooted in Page's own journey. After the screening, the actor took the stage and called the film, "one of the most incredible experiences of my career." (As an independent production, Close to You qualified for an interim agreement with the striking SAG-AFTRA, which allowed Page to attend the festival.)

Another school district on Vancouver Island has cut ties with a Christian summer camp after a 16-year-old spoke out against the organization's staff agreement, which bans "homosexual behavior" and calls it a "sexual sin," the CBC reported. Cowichan Valley is the third school district that will stop sending students to Camp Qwanoes, in Crofton, following the Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Sooke school districts.

Uganda's National Drug Authority admitted it knew HIV medicine was being used to fatten animals in 2014—but did not warn the public, the BBC noted. The regulator's senior drugs inspector, Amos Atumanya, told parliament it became aware anti-retrovirals were being given to pigs and chickens to treat them. A recent report by Makerere University found that more than a third of chicken and 50% of pork it tested contained traces of anti-retroviral drugs. About 1.4 million people in Uganda are living with HIV/AIDS.

The LGBTQ+ film short An Avocado Pit has qualified to be considered for a 2024 Academy Award, per a press release. Written and directed by Lisbon-based trans activist Ary Zara, the movie "follows the meeting of trans woman Larissa and cis man Claudio with wit and sensitivity. We follow these two worlds colliding in a heartwarming story free from violence but rather filled with light and hope," the release stated. An Avocado Pit—which stars Portuguese actor Ivo Canelas and trans actress Gaya de Medeiros—has already won the Oscar-qualifying awards at Outfest and the Guadalajara International Film Festival (2023), and the Grand Jury Special Mention for Best Lead Acting at the AFI Festival (2022), among other honors.

UFC fighters Charles Radtke and Manel Kape apologized to fans after using homophobic slurs following their match wins in Sydney, per PinkNews. "F**k all you f****ts up in the f**king crowd," Radtke initially told the booing crowd after defeating Mike "Blood Diamond" Mathetha. "Come down here and get some you p***y-a** b***h. F**k you." UFC President Dana White didn't indicate that the fighters would face any repercussions for using the slurs, the BBC reported.

A customer of a Walmart in Montreal filed a discrimination complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission, calling on the retailer to ensure trans shoppers can use the bathroom they feel most comfortable in, according to CTV News. Seth Day (he/they) said he was publicly berated by an employee at a Walmart after he used the store's washroom. Shortly after Day emerged and resumed shopping, an employee allegedly confronted him and asked to tell him his sex. "For me, that means that I don't identify as a man or woman, sort of somewhere in between. And in terms of expression, I have a beard, but I also dress very feminine," Day explained.

ITV will be the new home of the Oscars ceremony in the United Kingdom as part of a new multi-year deal with Disney Entertainment, Variety revealed. The ceremony was previously hosted on Comcast's pay-TV operator Sky (which relinquished its rights to the event this year) for 20 years; Sky got the rights to the broadcast back from the BBC in 2004.

There was outrage after a leading Polish TV talent show featured celebrity contestants in blackface, impersonating Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce, per The Guardian. Singer Kuba Szmajkowski won the second episode of the 19th series of Twoja Twarz Brzmi Znajomo after performing Lamar's track Humble in blackface, fake cornrows and a fake beard; he also used the N-word, which went uncensored on the broadcast. In 2021, the Czech iteration of the show banned its contestants from using blackface.

The musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada will open in London's West End in October 2024, per Playbill. The musical is set to play in the Dominion Theatre with a score by Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, a book by Kate Wetherhead, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. The Devil Wears Prada had its world premiere at Chicago's Nederlander Theatre during summer 2022.

Johnny and Associates—the high-profile Japanese talent agency whose deceased founder and longtime president, Johnny Kitagawa, has been revealed as a serial sexual abuser—will structure a victim-compensation fund, Variety noted. A recent report found that the abuse of boys and young men supposedly under the agency's care went on for more than two decades and may have affected more than 100 clients.

Alexander McQueen's creative director, Sarah Burton—who designed Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress—is leaving the British label after her final Paris Fashion Week show later this month, Page Six noted. Burton worked alongside McQueen for more than a decade before his February 2010 death and was appointed director of the label that spring, less than a year before she designed Middleton's iconic wedding gown.

This article shared 1552 times since Fri Sep 15, 2023
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By


Gay News

Reeling: The 41st Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 21. As is our annual tradition at Windy City Times, writer Steve Warren took a look at a few of the festival highlights this year. ...

Gay News

Lambda, TLDEF urge 4th Circuit to uphold rulings protecting gender-affirming care in NC, WV
--From a press release - (RICHMOND, VA - Thursday, Sept 21) — Today, a full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard arguments in two cases involving equal access to health care for transgender people. State ...

Gay News

Reeling premieres a queer coming of age story told through a Southern Gothic lens
Ganymede, a Southern Gothic horror film that explores a teenager's experiences as he discovers his sexuality, will premieres Sept. 23 as part of the 41st Reeling Film Festival. The film, according to Chicago filmmakers Colby Holt ...

Gay News

Arrests, fights punctuate battles across Canada over gender diversity in schools
Arrests were reported in the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver and Victoria, among others, on Sept. 20 as opposing groups clashed on how schools address issues of gender identity and how teachers refer to transgender ...

Gay News

WORLD French fund, mausoleum, Abrazo Grupal, Biden, Billie Jean King
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna announced a fund to help promote the rights of LGBTQ+ people, French24 reported. She made the announcement at the 15th anniversary of an LGBTQ+ group at the United Nations at the ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Sarah McBride, TIME100 lists, Kentucky clerk, suspects arrested
A poll showed that Delaware Democrat Sarah McBride—who is bidding to become the nation's first openly transgender member of Congress—leads her primary opponents by a wide margin, The Hill reported. In a survey of likely Democratic ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ John Waters, Madonna, Miriam Margoyles, Angelica Ross, 'Cassandro'
Openly gay film director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, Cry-Baby) received his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, The Hollywood Reporter noted. (Actors Ricki Lake and Mink Stole as well as photographer Greg Gorman were ...

Gay News

19th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
--From a press release - CHICAGO (September 18, 2023) The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to welcome back its 19tn annual Andersonville Arts Weekend, with the neighborhood transformed into a "walkable art gallery" ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Kim Petras, LGBTQ+ movies, TIFF, canceled shows, yachts
Video below - Ahead of her Feed the Beast world tour, Grammy-winning international trans pop singer/songwriter Kim Petras has shared reimagined, symphonic, seven-piece string-ensemble performances of fan favorites from her debut album Feed ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Lesbian politician, Nancy Pelosi, bomb threat, politician dies, Lyft
Kathy Kozachenko—the first out politician elected to public office in the country—will be honored with a statue on the 50th anniversary of her historic election, per The Advocate. The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, will honor ...

Gay News

MAP reports on obstacles trans people face with healthcare, legal recognition
--From a press release - Today the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released Banning Medical Care and Legal Recognition for Transgender People, the fifth in MAP's report series, Under Fire: The War on LGBTQ People in America. The report details how the ...

Gay News

Olivia Hill becomes first trans person elected in Tennessee
Olivia Hill is the first openly transgender person ever elected to Nashville's Metro Council, per The Tennessean. And according to LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, Hill, 57, is the first transgender woman elected in Tennessee. Hill secured one ...

Gay News

THEATER Queer actor Kyle Patrick reflects on leading 'American Psycho: The Musical'
American Psycho—both the Bret Easton Ellis novel and the Mary Harron-directed film led by Christian Bale—would seem ripe for a musical treatment, given the omnipresent campy elements (despite, or maybe because of, the gore). And, in ...

Gay News

SAG-AFTRA and WGA join GLAAD in releasing Studio 11th Responsibility Index
--From a press release - Hollywood—Sept. 14, 2023 — GLAAD released its annual Studio Responsibility Index in a joint press event in Hollywood alongside the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio ...

Gay News

Lesbian chef Susan Feniger coming to Chicago for Reeling
Susan Feniger. FORKED—a verite-style documentary by award-winning filmmaker Liz Lachman that captures moments and the impactful career of her life partner: culinarian, author, entrepreneur and James Beard Award winner Susan ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.