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Illinois to partially lift indoor mask mandate Feb. 28

Illinois to partially lift indoor mask mandate Feb. 28

With statewide COVID-19 hospitalization rates declining faster than any other point in the pandemic, Illinois is on track to lift the statewide indoor mask requirement on Monday, Feb. 28, Gov. JB Pritzker announced. Mask requirements will ...
COVID Entire U.S. on Chicago's travel advisory for sixth straight week

COVID Entire U.S. on Chicago's travel advisory for sixth straight week

The Chicago Department of Public Health did not add or remove any states or territories from its COVID-19 Travel Advisory on Feb. 8. This means that, for the sixth consecutive week, all U.S. states and four ...
MOVIES 'The Power of the Dog' dominates Oscar nods; Gaga snubbed

MOVIES 'The Power of the Dog' dominates Oscar nods; Gaga snubbed

Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced the 2022 Oscar nominations Feb. 8 and it turned out to be a good year for the film The Power of the Dog. The film which has been described as a ...
Ex-HRC president sues group, alleging racial bias

Ex-HRC president sues group, alleging racial bias

The former president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has sued the organization and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in federal court, alleging that he was underpaid and then terminated "because he is Black" and saying ...
Come as you are! Figure skating queers up as the U.S. team heads to Beijing

Come as you are! Figure skating queers up as the U.S. team heads to Beijing

It's been four years since Adam Rippon took the Olympics by crystal-laden storm. The witty, flamboyant 28-year-old was the first openly gay athlete to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics. Rippon took home a bronze ...

  News

News

HRC hails House passage of Global Respect Act to fight for international LGBTQ+ rights

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — praised the House of Representatives for voting today ...
Black & Pink National announces union organizing launch

Black & Pink National announces union organizing launch

-- From a press release

OMAHA Workers at Black & Pink National, an Omaha-based non-profit working towards prison abolition, have announced they are forming a union under the Denver NewsGuild (TNG-CWA L37074). The Black & Pink Union stands to be the largest ...
EXPO CHICAGO announces participating exhibitors for ninth edition

EXPO CHICAGO announces participating exhibitors for ninth edition

-- From a press release

CHICAGO EXPO CHICAGO, the international exposition of contemporary & modern art, today announced the list of exhibitors for its ninth edition, April 7 10, 2022 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Ave.). Marking the ...
Redistricting leads to Palm Springs being in Republican area

Redistricting leads to Palm Springs being in Republican area

After the once-in-a-decade redistricting process shook up California's political boundaries, Palm Springs—a city known for being an LGBTQ haven—will be represented by a member of Congress who has previously voted ...
Biden criticizes Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Biden criticizes Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill

On Feb. 8, President Joe Biden offered support to LGBTQ students while speaking out against a Florida bill that would ban the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state's public schools, Business Insider ...
First out lesbian and first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to ambassador-level post

First out lesbian and first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to ambassador-level post

On Feb. 8, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chantale Wong as United States director to the Asian Development Bank a post with the rank of ambassador, according to an LGBTQ Victory Institute press release.

...

AFC bringing World of Chocolate to homes with 'Life is Like a Box of Chocolates'

AFC bringing World of Chocolate to homes with 'Life is Like a Box of Chocolates'

After canceling its World of Chocolate event due to the recent COVID-19 surge, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) has decided to transition this top-tier event into a special, at-home experience. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, ...
Radio legend Terri Hemmert to be at The Acorn on March 5

Radio legend Terri Hemmert to be at The Acorn on March 5

In the inaugural event of the new series "An Acorn Evening with…" former ABC 7 correspondent Janet Davies will serve as the guide for a conversation with radio great Terri Hemmert. The event will take place Saturday, March ...
News

TikTok updates user policy with protections for trans people; UltraViolet, GLAAD respond

-- From a press release

In an announcement today, the video-focused social media platform TikTok released an updated user policy now expressly featuring limitations on 'misogyny' and anti-discrimination protections for transgender people, including a prohibition ...
National AIDS Memorial observes Black History Month with online programs

National AIDS Memorial observes Black History Month with online programs

-- From a press release

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 7, 2022) — The National AIDS Memorial marks Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with featured online programming honoring Black lives touched by AIDS. A specially curated selection of stories ...
Openly gay meteorologist makes play for 17th District congressional seat

Openly gay meteorologist makes play for 17th District congressional seat

There has not been a meteorologist who has served in Congress in about half a century, said Eric Sorensen, an openly gay meteorologist who previously worked in broadcasting in various markets in northwest Illinois. "With all ...
AFC announces Racial Equity Action Plan on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

AFC announces Racial Equity Action Plan on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On Feb. 7—National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day—AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) announced its first-ever Racial Equity Action Plan. This three-year plan intends to heal past harms and achieve racial equity both ...
Historian explores LGBTQ+ experiences under Nazis in Illinois Holocaust Museum event

Historian explores LGBTQ+ experiences under Nazis in Illinois Holocaust Museum event

In the Feb. 3 virtual event entitled "LGBTQ+ Life and Death Under the Nazi State," which the Illinois Holocaust Museum hosted, historian Lauri Marhoefer shared research about various queer individuals' experiences while the Nazis were in ...
DePaul University allows students to self-identify gender in school records

DePaul University allows students to self-identify gender in school records

DePaul University recently implemented the option for students to self-select their gender identity on the school's online portal. ...
Chicago Black Restaurant Week running through Feb. 20

Chicago Black Restaurant Week running through Feb. 20

Chicago Black Restaurant Week has returned for 2022—and will again be two weeks long, starting today (Feb. 6) and running through Feb. 20. Approximately 200 restaurants have participated during the event's seven years. A few of ...
WORLD Beijing Olympics, Honduras crimes, Grindr, Argentina agency

WORLD Beijing Olympics, Honduras crimes, Grindr, Argentina agency

At least 35 of this year's Olympic athletes are openly LGBTQ+—more than double the number of queer competitors from the 2018 winter competition in PyeongChang, South Korea, according to an NBC News item that cited the ...
NATIONAL Mayor backtracks, Equality Act, cancer initiative, Rachel Maddow

NATIONAL Mayor backtracks, Equality Act, cancer initiative, Rachel Maddow

Following an explosion of outrage from the LGBTQ community, Mayor Eric Adams backtracked from an apparent plan to hire anti-LGBTQ former Bronx Councilmember Fernando Cabrera to lead the Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health, according to ...
News

U.S. women's hockey team wins first Olympics games, scuffles with Russia

During the Beijing Winter Olympics, the U.S. women's hockey team has won its first two games. The squad defeated Finland 5-2 on Feb. 3 and 5-0 against the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) on Feb. 5, according ...
RNC censures Cheney and Kinzinger; Pence calls out Trump

RNC censures Cheney and Kinzinger; Pence calls out Trump

On Feb. 4, the Republican National Committee (RNC) censured U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) for opposing Donald Trump and probing the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot. Cheney and Kinzinger are the ...
CDC: Gay and lesbian adults had higher COVID vaccination rates than straight people

CDC: Gay and lesbian adults had higher COVID vaccination rates than straight people

Federal officials said gay and lesbian adults are more likely to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 than heterosexual adults, ABC News reported. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 85.4% ...
New harassment allegations levied against Washington Commanders owner

New harassment allegations levied against Washington Commanders owner

Dan Snyder—a billionaire businessman who co-owns the Washington Commanders football team with wife Tanya—received new allegations of sexual harassment during a congressional roundtable investigating the team's "toxic workplace" and what ...
News

Black History Month celebrations planned by Chicago Park District

-- From a press release

Join the Chicago Park District in celebrating Black History Month! Several parks across Chicago have been named in honor of African Americans who have been instrumental in shaping the city's legacy. Events will take place Feb. ...
Longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Guy Warner dies at 79

Longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Guy Warner dies at 79

Longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Guy F. Warner died Feb. 1 of liver-related complications. He was 79. Warner was born Feb. 2, 1942, and grew up in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood; he was the oldest of seven children. ...
'A Night of Pride with GLAAD and the NFL' taking place Feb. 10

'A Night of Pride with GLAAD and the NFL' taking place Feb. 10

Days before the Super Bowl, "A Night of Pride with GLAAD and the NFL" will take place Thursday, Feb. 10, in Inglewood, California. Alyssa Milano, Karamo, Manny MUA, Isis King, Ronen Rubinstein, Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes ...
Chicago Sky acquire Julie Allemand in three-team trade

Chicago Sky acquire Julie Allemand in three-team trade

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2022) The Chicago Sky has acquired point guard Julie Allemand in a three-team trade with the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever, the team announced today. As part of the trade, Chicago receives ...
Ex-cop Jason Van Dyke released from prison; Lightfoot comments

Ex-cop Jason Van Dyke released from prison; Lightfoot comments

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is being released from prison early after the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke infamously shot the teen 16 times as the boy walked away from him. ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Dance foundation backing Chicago choreographer and Deeply Rooted

The Morrison-Shearer Foundation announced the recipients of two fully funded Sybil Shearer Fellowship residencies in the new Sybil Shearer Studio at Ragdale, in Lake Forest, Illinois. The awardees are Chicago-based
...
THEATER 'Tragedy of King Christophe' to run April 22-May 29

THEATER 'Tragedy of King Christophe' to run April 22-May 29

The House Theatre of Chicago continues its 20th season—the first led by new artistic director Lanise Antoine Shelley under the theme "The House Reimagined"—with the North American premiere of The Tragedy of King Christophe. The true ...
Chicago Filmmakers showing documentary 'Any Given Day' on Feb. 19

Chicago Filmmakers showing documentary 'Any Given Day' on Feb. 19

Chicago Filmmakers, 1326 W. Hollywood Ave., will present an in-person screening of Any Given Day—the award-winning documentary investigating Cook County Jail as a replacement for community mental health clinics—on Saturday ...
MOVIES 'The Power of the Dog' dominates Oscar nods; Gaga snubbed

MOVIES 'The Power of the Dog' dominates Oscar nods; Gaga snubbed

Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced the 2022 Oscar nominations Feb. 8 and it turned out to be a good year for the film The Power of the Dog. The film which has been described as a ...
Out Magazine unveils annual Hollywood issue featuring 'Star Trek' actors

Out Magazine unveils annual Hollywood issue featuring 'Star Trek' actors

Out Magazine released its annual Hollywood issue, featuring the LGBTQ+ cast and crew of CBS Studios' Star Trek: Discovery, per a press release. The first LGBTQ+ Star Trek Collector's Edition, the issue includes four different collectible ...
Chicago Philharmonic Society to present 'Fanfare Chicago' and feature lesbian composer on March 27

Chicago Philharmonic Society to present 'Fanfare Chicago' and feature lesbian composer on March 27

The Chicago Philharmonic Society will present its third of four concerts of its 32nd season, "Fanfare Chicago," on March 27 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. Led by Artistic Director ...
Lightfoot announces $6M in DCASE grants for city nonprofit arts organizations

Lightfoot announces $6M in DCASE grants for city nonprofit arts organizations

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced applications are open for the City of Chicago's 2022 CityArts Program grants for Chicago ...
Billy Masters: Whoopi, L.A.'s mayor and more

Billy Masters: Whoopi, L.A.'s mayor and more

"You all saw the news. Whoopi will be back here in two weeks."—Joy Behar addresses Whoopi Goldberg's suspension from The View. And that's the way it is. When Sharon Osbourne was pushed off The Talk for ...
MUSIC David Archuleta at City Winery on Feb. 26

MUSIC David Archuleta at City Winery on Feb. 26

Queer former American Idol finalist David Archuleta is on his "OK, All Right Tour"—and it will bring him to Chicago's City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 5 and 8 p.m. (There ...
SHOWBIZ Lil Nas X, TV series, Lea DeLaria, trans models, Dan Savage

SHOWBIZ Lil Nas X, TV series, Lea DeLaria, trans models, Dan Savage

TidalWave Comics announced the addition of Lil Nas X to its "FAME" comic-book series that's focused on personalities who impact the world, a press release noted. Written by Darren G. Davis and illustrated by Victor Moura, ...
THEATER REVIEW Gem of the Ocean

THEATER REVIEW Gem of the Ocean

Title: Gem of the Ocean. Playwright: August Wilson At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $25-$80; GoodmanTheatre.org. Runs through: Feb. 25 The theater playbill informs us that our setting is the industrial outskirts of Pittsburgh ...
Dolly, Dionne, Eurythmics among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Dolly, Dionne, Eurythmics among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has announced its nominees for the 2022 induction class. The musicians include Beck, Pat Benatar, Kate Bush, DEVO, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Felt Kuti, MC5, New ...
Showtime orders third season of 'L Word: Generation Q'

Showtime orders third season of 'L Word: Generation Q'

Showtime has ordered a third season of The L Word: Generation Q—the sequel to the groundbreaking drama series The L Word, per a press release. Generation Q follows the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), ...
MOVIES/TV Lena Waithe-led company soliciting mentorship lab applicants

MOVIES/TV Lena Waithe-led company soliciting mentorship lab applicants

Hillman Grad Productions a development and production company founded by Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani that is committed to providing a platform for BIPOC and underrepresented voices across all mediums is once again ...
THEATER Adam Jennings talks 'Sons of Hollywood,' life lessons

THEATER Adam Jennings talks 'Sons of Hollywood,' life lessons

The theatrical production Sons of Hollywood covers an important part of cinematic history. Silent-film stars Ramon Novarro and William Haines enjoyed lives as Hollywood royalty, engulfed in luxury. But when the Motion Picture Production Code brings ...
ALMA showing LGBTQ+ COVID documentary Feb. 13

ALMA showing LGBTQ+ COVID documentary Feb. 13

On Sunday, Feb. 13, ALMA (Association of Latino/as Motivating Action), in collaboration with the Chicago History Museum program OUT at CHM, will show the documentary Seguimos Aqui (We Are Still ...
Entertainment

THEATER 'Lookingglass Alice' to run April 30-July 31

Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan Ave., announced new dates for the return of the production of Lookingglass Alice, as performances for the circus-infused spectacle will now run April 30-July 31. Lookingglass Alice, inspired by Lewis ...
Fahrenheit postpones gala

Fahrenheit postpones gala

It is with great regret that I inform you that Lorde, Rustin & Bates (LRB) has postponed the Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 to a new date scheduled ...
MOVIES Diverse BAFTA nominations announced

MOVIES Diverse BAFTA nominations announced

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) nominations were unveiled Feb. 3, and there were several surprises. Denis Villeneuve's grand sci-fi spectacle Dune led all films with 11 nominations, as there are 48 films that will be ...
ATTRACTIONS National Geographic Spinosaurus event Feb. 27

ATTRACTIONS National Geographic Spinosaurus event Feb. 27

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The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., will present the first event in its National Geographic Live Series on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. with "Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous," featuring National ...

  Outlines

Andersonville Restaurant Week taking place Feb. 18-27

Andersonville Restaurant Week taking place Feb. 18-27

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) will host its sixth annual Restaurant Week, a salute to Andersonville's dining scene, on Feb. 18-27. The event returns for dine-in service this year with more than 15 restaurants and ...
SAVOR Alpana Singh to open fourth restaurant, Alpana

SAVOR Alpana Singh to open fourth restaurant, Alpana

Sommelier/restauranteur Alpana Singh who many also know from her time hosting the WTTW show Check, Please! announced that she will open her fourth restaurant venture, Alpana, in early spring. Located on the corner of State and Pearson street ...
Fairy Stud Mother, Stud Model Project normalizing images of masculine-presenting people

Fairy Stud Mother, Stud Model Project normalizing images of masculine-presenting people

While she was growing up, Teresa Morcho "didn't have the words" to describe the masculine parts of her identity. She just knew she hated wearing her white Confirmation dress so much that she showed up to ...
Bulls barely lose to NBA's best; former Bears coach; figure skating

Bulls barely lose to NBA's best; former Bears coach; figure skating

On Feb. 7, the Chicago Bulls (33-21) lost to the NBA's best team, the Phoenix Suns (43-10), 127-124 at the United Center. The loss marked Chicago's second straight after the team came up short against Philadelphia ...
LGBTQ speed skater makes Olympics history

LGBTQ speed skater makes Olympics history

On Feb. 7, Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust a member of the LGBTQ+ community made Olympics history as the first athlete to claim individual gold medals at five consecutive games, PinkNews reported. The 35-year-old was already the most ...
CGHA playing fundraiser game against women's hockey team Feb. 26

CGHA playing fundraiser game against women's hockey team Feb. 26

The CGHA (Chicago Gay Hockey Association) is playing a fundraiser game against the women's hockey team the Chicago North Stars. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 26, 7-9 p.m., at Fifth Third Arena, 1801 W. ...
Outlines

Blackhawks fire minor-league trainer for alleged sexual harassment

The Chicago Blackhawks fired D.J. Jones the head athletic trainer of the minor-league Rockford IceHogs last Nov. 3 for alleged sexual harassment, The Chicago Tribune reported. Jones was in his 16th season with the Hawks' American Hockey ...
Chicago Sky sign Crystal Bradford

Chicago Sky sign Crystal Bradford

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Feb. 5, 2022) — The Chicago Sky announced today the team has signed Crystal Bradford. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. A 6'0" forward, Bradford, 28, has appeared in 39 career ...
Ride for Life Chicago kickoff Feb. 19

Ride for Life Chicago kickoff Feb. 19

TPAN will host the official kickoff of the 2022 Ride for Life Chicago (formerly Ride for AIDS Chicago) season on Saturday, Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m., at Specialized Lincoln Park, 2104 N. Halsted St. The ride will ...
SPORTS Bulls defeat Pacers in Indiana

SPORTS Bulls defeat Pacers in Indiana

On Feb. 4, the Chicago Bulls (33-19) defeated the Indiana Pacers (19-35) 122-115 in Indiana. Nikola Vucevic had a monster game with 36 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots. Aye Dosunmu had 14 assists and ...
SPORTS Blackhawks exec apologizes for erupting; team loses

SPORTS Blackhawks exec apologizes for erupting; team loses

Chicago Blackhawks Chair Rocky Wirtz released a statement after getting into a heated exchange Feb. 2 with two reporters at the town hall-style event when asked about the Kyle Beach allegations stemming from a 2010 incident ...





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