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LGBTQ+-rights activist Jim Obergefell announces political run

LGBTQ+-rights activist Jim Obergefell announces political run

Jim Obergefell the LGBTQ+-rights activist and named plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide announced Jan. 18 that he is launching a bid for the Ohio state House, CNN.com reported. "I took a history-ma ...
Texas' anti-trans youth sports law goes into effect

Texas' anti-trans youth sports law goes into effect

A new Texas law bars transgender student athletes from competing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity, Houston Public Media reported. House Bill 25 is one of several laws that went into effect ...

  News

AIDS Foundation Chicago cancels World of Chocolate due to COVID-19 surge

AIDS Foundation Chicago cancels World of Chocolate due to COVID-19 surge

-- From a press release

CHICAGO AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has made the difficult decision to cancel its World of Chocolate event, the organization's largest winter fundraiser, due to the recent Omicron surge across ...
News

Human Rights Campaign Foundation releases new data on the LGBTQ+ wage gap

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released ...
News

Human Rights Campaign celebrates advances in LGBTQ+ policies one year into Biden-Harris administration

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC One day before the one year anniversary of the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) celebrates the advances that have been made in LGBTQ+ ...
News

VIEWS Trans women passing the torch

I am writing this letter to the editor to compliment Windy City Times on its recent article "Passing the torch: How generations of trans women approach activism, advocacy," by Max Lubbers. The article highlights how the ...
Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley dies at 73

Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley dies at 73

Andre Leon Talley—the fashion icon and former creative director of Vogue magazine—died Jan. 18 at age 73. Details were not immediately revealed. In addition to his agent, Talley's Instagram account confirmed Talley's passing, noting that ...
Chief Judge Evans responds to Mayor Lightfoot's request on electronic monitoring

Chief Judge Evans responds to Mayor Lightfoot's request on electronic monitoring

-- Press release from Office of the Chief Judge Cook County Circuit Court

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans responded Jan. 19 to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's request for a moratorium on use of electronic monitoring for defendants accused of certain violent crimes by pointing out the national and state ...
Passing the torch: How generations of trans women approach activism, advocacy

Passing the torch: How generations of trans women approach activism, advocacy

As part of an older generation of transgender women in Chicago (including icon Gloria Allen), advocate Channyn Lynne Parker knows the work will outlast her. That's why she thinks of advocacy like a marathon, not a ...
News

Nat'l Black Justice Coalition celebrates openly LGBTQ+/SGL NAACP Image Award nominees

-- From a press release

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) celebrates the historic number of openly Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and same-gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) nominees for the NAACP Image Awards. The Image ...
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame issues call for nominations

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame issues call for nominations

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame has announced a call for nominations for the 2022 Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. ...
Center on Halsted's Silver Fork program reopening

Center on Halsted's Silver Fork program reopening

Application sessions for the Center on Halsted's Silver Fork program which incorporates short-term culinary arts and job readiness will take place Feb. 1-2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The free seven-week program is ideal for adults who want to enter ...
News

Two join races for state office, Personal PAC comments on threats to reproductive rights

-- From a Personal PAC press release

Chicago, IL Today, following the news that anti-choice extremists Richard Irvin and Avery Bourne would run as Republicans for governor and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, Personal PAC President and CEO Terry Cosgrove released the following ...
COVID Mayor Lightfoot ends isolation

COVID Mayor Lightfoot ends isolation

Five days after testing positive for COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is out of isolation, per CBS Chicago. "Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me and sent their well wishes. I am ...
Aurora mayor joins crowded GOP field in race for governor

Aurora mayor joins crowded GOP field in race for governor

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin announced his candidacy for governor of Illinois on Jan. 17, joining a slew of Republicans hoping to challenge Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in November, NBC Chicago reported. Irvin, a Black Republican and ...
PASSAGES Allen Anthony Schuh

PASSAGES Allen Anthony Schuh

Allen Schuh loved Christmas, so as a final gift he got to see his beloved lights and ornaments one last time before passing quietly away Dec. 28, 2021. Born July 9, 1940, in Chicago's South Side, ...
Rabbi taken hostage in Texas LGBTQ-friendly synagogue expresses thanks

Rabbi taken hostage in Texas LGBTQ-friendly synagogue expresses thanks

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who was among the four hostages freed Jan. 15 from a Dallas-area synagogue, said there was "no question" the experience was traumatic, and thanked the community and world for the prayers and love, ...
Illinois organizations included in NEA's $33M grant dispersal

Illinois organizations included in NEA's $33M grant dispersal

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2022, with 1,498 awards totaling nearly $33.2 million, a press release stated. Grants for Arts Projects funding spans ...
WORLD Archbishop demoted, Israel ruling, Denmark petition, tennis icon

WORLD Archbishop demoted, Israel ruling, Denmark petition, tennis icon

Pope Francis demoted Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, the number-two official in the doctrine office, due to the belief that he is responsible for the controversial document that bars blessings for same-sex couples, according to Newsweek. Morandi is ...
NATIONAL Lambda Legal, Penn. city's change, couple on the run, Bayard Rustin

NATIONAL Lambda Legal, Penn. city's change, couple on the run, Bayard Rustin

Lambda Legal filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Inc. on behalf of a former employee who was fired after they and other Dallas Arboretum ...
News

Veterans Administration health records now display gender identity

-- Press release from The American Veterans for Equal Rights

WASHINGTON The Department of Veterans Affairs began including gender identifiers in its national medical record system in December 2021 to help VA providers better understand and meet the health care needs of Veterans. Providing this ...
News

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund ED urges action on voting rights

-- From a press release

"The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund urges the U.S. Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Voting rights are a cornerstone of our democratic process and ...
Plaintiff in historic Florida marriage-equality lawsuit found dead

Plaintiff in historic Florida marriage-equality lawsuit found dead

In Florida, Jorge Diaz-Johnston was recently found dead in a Jackson County landfill, ABC News reported. Diaz-Johnston, 54, was reported missing on Jan. 3 near his workplace and police are investigating his death as a homicide, ...
Pope Francis thanks U.S. nun for advancing LGBTQ+ rights

Pope Francis thanks U.S. nun for advancing LGBTQ+ rights

In a recent letter to Sister Jeannine Gramick, Pope Francis thanked her for her 50 years of advocacy and ministry to LGBTQ+ Catholics, The Hill reported. The pope in his letter, dated Dec. 10, said Gramick ...
PASSAGES Veronica Drake

PASSAGES Veronica Drake

Veronica Drake a onetime Chicago resident and longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist recently passed away in October. She was 58. She last resided in Florida. According to an obituary at Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc., Drake was born Sept. 15 ...
SPORTS Chicago Bulls lose to the Brooklyn Nets

SPORTS Chicago Bulls lose to the Brooklyn Nets

One night after beating the Detroit Pistons by 46, the Chicago Bulls (27-12) lost to the Brooklyn Nets (26-14) 138-112 at the United Center on Jan. 12. The Nets have several superstars on the team, including ...
POLITICS Laura Ricketts co-chairing Valencia's finance committee

POLITICS Laura Ricketts co-chairing Valencia's finance committee

Laura Ricketts—a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, along with her family, and a leader in the LGBTQ+ community—is co-chairing the finance committee of Illinois secretary of state candidate Anna Valencia, according to the Politico Illinois Playbook. ...
French gay and bisexual men can donate blood starting March 16

French gay and bisexual men can donate blood starting March 16

Starting in March, gay and bisexual French men will no longer be restricted from donating blood, The Hill reported. "We are ending an inequality that was no longer justified," French Minister for Solidarity and Health Olivier ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

MUSIC Aimee Mann to perform April 29-30 at Old Town School of Folk Music

Musician Aimee Mann is slated to perform April 29-30 at Old Town School of Folk Music's Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. After several albums with 'Til Tuesday (with songs like "Voices
...
Billy Masters: Colton Underwood, Golden Globes and more

Billy Masters: Colton Underwood, Golden Globes and more

"I was not prepared to receive death threats over a fictional character's fictional relationship choices that are fictional which means not real."—A writer on the Sex and the City sequel And Just Like That describes feedback ...
SHOWBIZ Music festivals, Murray Bartlett, Reese Witherspoon, author David Sedaris

SHOWBIZ Music festivals, Murray Bartlett, Reese Witherspoon, author David Sedaris

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival revealed the lineup for this year's festival, taking place June 16-19 on the Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee, a press release noted. Highlights will include performances by Tool, J. Cole, Stevie ...
THEATER Red Orchid's 'The Moors' running through Feb. 27

THEATER Red Orchid's 'The Moors' running through Feb. 27

A Red Orchid Theatre is running Jen Silverman's The Moors, directed by Artistic Director and Ensemble Member Kirsten Fitzgerald, through Feb. 27 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. The plot is as follows: ...
THEATER About Face announces cast of queer-themed 'Laced'

THEATER About Face announces cast of queer-themed 'Laced'

About Face Theatre begins its 27th season with the world premiere of Samantha Mueller's drama Laced, running March 17-April 16 at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Set in the aftermath of the vandalism of ...
Entertainment

Black Ensemble Theatre announces 2022 Season of Excellence: The Season of Healings

-- From a press release

Chicago, IL Black Ensemble Theater's Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announces its 2022 Season of Excellence: The Season of Healings. The 2022 Season includes four World Premiere musicals showcasing the power ...
THEATER DuSable, puppet company to run Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye'

THEATER DuSable, puppet company to run Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye'

The DuSable Museum of African American History is partnering with the 4th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to present a production of The Bluest Eye, based on Toni Morrison's 1970 groundbreaking coming-of-age novel. The production will ...

  Outlines

SPORTS Bulls and Blackhawks both lose

SPORTS Bulls and Blackhawks both lose

Jan. 17 was not a good night for Chicago's NBA and NHL teams. The Chicago Bulls (27-15) lost their fourth straight game, 119-106 to the Memphis Grizzlies (31-15) in Tennessee. After snacking on teams with weaker ...
Blackhawks win fourth straight; Bulls lose third consecutive game

Blackhawks win fourth straight; Bulls lose third consecutive game

The Chicago Blackhawks (15-18-5) defeated the Anaheim Ducks (19-15-7) 3-0 at the United Center on Jan. 15. It was Chicago's fourth consecutive victory. There were 73 combined shots between the Blackhawks and the Ducks—the most in ...
LaVine injured in Bulls' blowout loss to Golden State

LaVine injured in Bulls' blowout loss to Golden State

The Chicago Bulls (27-13) haven't been together as an entire team in a while because of injuries and COVID-19 health protocols. According to The Chicago Tribune, the latest injury occurred roughly 3� minutes into the Jan. ...
Blackhawks beat Canadiens; DeBrincat named to All-Star team

Blackhawks beat Canadiens; DeBrincat named to All-Star team

The Chicago Blackhawks (14-18-5) skated to their third consecutive win on Jan. 13, defeating the Montreal Canadiens (7-24-5) 3-2 in a game marked by a pre-event tribute to Andrew Shaw, who played for both teams. Dominik ...





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