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Center on Halsted's 'Human First' gala returns May 6

Center on Halsted's 'Human First' gala returns May 6

Center on Halsted's annual "Human First" gala will return Friday, May 6. The event will take place at the Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren St. Cocktails will be served starting at 5:30 p.m., with ...
Breaking News

Disney employees stage full-scale walkout

On March 22, LGBTQ workers and employee allies at The Walt Disney Company staged a walkout in protest of Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by opponents, ABC News reported. ...
U.S. embassy finds WNBA player Brittney Griner 'in good condition'

U.S. embassy finds WNBA player Brittney Griner 'in good condition'

An official from the U.S. embassy in Moscow found out lesbian WNBA player Brittney Griner to be "in good condition" after they were recently granted consular access to the athlete who is being detained in Russia, ...
Indiana governor vetoes trans girls sports ban

Indiana governor vetoes trans girls sports ban

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed a controversial bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on K-12 girls' sports teams. According to WTHR, Holcomb, a Republican, said the bill "leaves too many questions unanswered" and puts ...
Judge: Former clerk Kim Davis violated same-sex couples' rights

Judge: Former clerk Kim Davis violated same-sex couples' rights

A federal judge found that Kim Davis—the former Kentucky clerk whose refusal to sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples made national headlines in 2015—violated their constitutional rights, NPR reported. Now it has to be determined if ...
Woman found dead along Evanston lakeshore confirmed to be trans-rights activist Elise Malary

Woman found dead along Evanston lakeshore confirmed to be trans-rights activist Elise Malary

A woman whose body was found on an Evanston beach the evening of March 17 has been identified as missing activist Elise Malary, Chicago Sun-Times reported. The body was found in Lake Michigan at the 500 ...
SPORTS Griner's detention extended; Raiders releasing gay player Carl Nassib

SPORTS Griner's detention extended; Raiders releasing gay player Carl Nassib

According to NBC News, Russian state news agency TASS reported that U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia has been extended until May 19. TASS cited the Khimki Court of the Moscow Region. Griner, a ...
Breaking News

Smollett ordered released while case is appealed

The legal developments involving embattled Empire actor Jussie Smollett seem to have more twists and turns than any episode of his former show. Smollett was ordered released from jail on March 17, pending appeal of his ...

  News

Illinois Name Change Registration bill the focus of virtual event

Illinois Name Change Registration bill the focus of virtual event

Illinois' Name Change Modernization Act, HB2542, was the focus of a March 15 virtual event that Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC), Indivisible Illinois and Young Democrats of Illinois (YDI) hosted. ...
News

Planned Parenthood of Illinois receives $17M donation from Mackenzie Scott

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) announced that it is the grateful recipient of an unrestricted $17 million gift from MacKenzie Scott—the billionaire philanthropist who has pledged to give back the ...
Logo announces grant initiative with LGBTQ+ community centers

Logo announces grant initiative with LGBTQ+ community centers

Ahead of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, and amid the unprecedented political assaults on transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth in the United States, Logo announced its MTV Entertainment ...
News

United Center drops requirement for proof of vaccination, negative test

-- From a press release

Effective for all events after March 22, guests attending events at the United Center will no longer be required to present proof of full vaccination or negative tests to enter the arena. In addition, while still ...
Psycho Bunny menswear features collaboration with trans artist

Psycho Bunny menswear features collaboration with trans artist

As part of its Artist Series, the Psycho Bunny menswear store on the second floor of the 900 N. Michigan Ave. building is featuring a collaboration with Mich Miller, a trans artist with deep ties to ...
COVID Chicago removes seven more states from travel advisory, makes adjustments

COVID Chicago removes seven more states from travel advisory, makes adjustments

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed seven states from its weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory—Alabama, California, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon—and announced that it is ...
SPORTS Bulls beat Raptors; Blackhawks trade Fleury

SPORTS Bulls beat Raptors; Blackhawks trade Fleury

On March 21, the Chicago Bulls (42-29) defeated the Toronto Raptors (40-32) 113-99 at the United Center. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine each scored 26 points and Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds as ...
IPO's Christina Salerno named executive director of the year by Illinois Council of Orchestras

IPO's Christina Salerno named executive director of the year by Illinois Council of Orchestras

The Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) bestowed a major award upon Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), naming IPO's Christina Salerno as the 2022 Executive Director of the Year. The accolade was part of ICO's annual awards for ...
News

HRC praises Indiana Gov. Holcomb for vetoing anti-trans sports legislation

-- From a press release

INDIANAPOLIS — Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — praised Republican Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for ...
News

Bans put more than 58K trans youth at risk of losing access to care

-- From a press release

An estimated 58,200 transgender youth and young adults ages 13 and older in the U.S. are at risk of being denied gender-affirming medical care due to proposed and enacted state bans and policies, according to the ...
Chicago Red Stars defeat Houston Dash 3-1 in Challenge Cup play

Chicago Red Stars defeat Houston Dash 3-1 in Challenge Cup play

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 20, 2022)—The Chicago Red Stars defeated the Houston Dash 3-1 tonight. Houston struck first in the 18th minute of play with a goal from Katie Naughton, but the Red Stars fought back and scored ...
Preservation Chicago releases 'Chicago 7 Most Endangered' list for 2022

Preservation Chicago releases 'Chicago 7 Most Endangered' list for 2022

Preservation Chicago has revealed its list of its "Chicago 7 Most Endangered" list for this year. This year's list (which actually has eight entries) includes: —The Century and Consumers Buildings at 202 and 220 S. State ...
Chicago Black trans woman Tatiana Labelle found dead

Chicago Black trans woman Tatiana Labelle found dead

Chicago Black trans woman Tatiana "Tee Tee" Labelle, 33, was found dead in a trash can at about 12:45 p.m. on Friday, March 18, in the Chatham neighborhood alley located in the 8400 block of South ...
NATIONAL Mayor makes history, LGBTQ+ Latinx demo, fashion show, N.C. law

NATIONAL Mayor makes history, LGBTQ+ Latinx demo, fashion show, N.C. law

In Florida, Boynton Beach elected its first out LGBTQ mayor—as well as the first Asian-American mayor in the state's history, LGBTQ Nation noted. Ty Penserga not only won the election, but he beat a homophobe who ...
WORLD Trevor Project, Ukraine items, LGBTQ politician, Kosovo's anti-gay move

WORLD Trevor Project, Ukraine items, LGBTQ politician, Kosovo's anti-gay move

The Trevor Project—the LGBTQ+ suicide-prevention organization named after "Trevor," an Academy Award-winning short film about a gay teenager who attempts suicide—is expanding its services into Mexico, NBC News reported. The ...
Blackhawks fall, Fire stay unbeaten, Illinois college comes up short

Blackhawks fall, Fire stay unbeaten, Illinois college comes up short

On March 19, the Chicago Blackhawks (22-31-9) fell to the Minnesota Wild (26-20-4) 3-1 in Minneapolis' Xcel Energy Center. Goaltender Kevin Lankinen made 31 saves and Seth Jones scored his fourth goal of the season in ...
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announces new re-sentencing initiative

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announces new re-sentencing initiative

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — In the interests of public safety and justice, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office (CCSAO) is announcing the launch of its Resentencing Initiative. The initiative utilizes a new state law to review cases and ...
Personal PAC President & CEO Terry Cosgrove announces January 2023 retirement

Personal PAC President & CEO Terry Cosgrove announces January 2023 retirement

-- From a press release

Chicago—Personal PAC Board of Directors announced that longtime President & CEO Terry Cosgrove will be retiring from his post after the November 2022 election. The board is extraordinarily grateful to Terry for his 33 years of ...
Louisiana files own 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Louisiana files own 'Don't Say Gay' bill

Louisiana became the latest state to file a Florida-style "Don't Say Gay" bill when state Rep. Dodie Horton (R-Haughton) introduced new legislation March 17 on the house floor, according to WWNO.org. The bill, HB 837, would ...
News

Barrington LGBTQ+ students allegedly targeted by pellet-gun shootings

Two Barrington High School students who are part of the LGBTQ+ community were allegedly targeted in a pellet-gun shooting on campus this week, The Chicago Tribune reported. Officials said the incident is likely related to the ...
'Dancing with Chicago Celebrities' to feature first same-sex couple

'Dancing with Chicago Celebrities' to feature first same-sex couple

The 16th Annual Arthur Murray Presents Dancing with Chicago Celebrities will take place Friday, March 25, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 E. Wacker Dr. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event (which is raising funds to help ...
GLAAD comments on Twitter's inaction on repeated misgendering of Admiral Rachel Levine

GLAAD comments on Twitter's inaction on repeated misgendering of Admiral Rachel Levine

-- From a press release

(Friday, March 18, 2022) GLAAD responded to Twitter's refusal to remove anti-trans content from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that misgenders Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary and leader of the U.S. Public ...
News

A Historic Nomination: Human Rights Campaign releases report on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released a 12-page report detailing the pragmatic ...
LGBTQ+ film/TV critics group names Dorian Award winners

LGBTQ+ film/TV critics group names Dorian Award winners

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics announced the winners of its 13th Dorian Film Awards, again honoring movie content, from mainstream to LGBTQIA+. Netflix's queer western The Power of the Dog lassoed three major prizes, ...
PASSAGES Behavioral-wellness manager Tony Hollenback

PASSAGES Behavioral-wellness manager Tony Hollenback

Tony Hollenback—a former Chicagoan who resided in Santa Barbara, California—has passed away. He was 52. Journal & Topics noted that Tim Hollenback said of Tony, "During a dental procedure, my brother Tony ...
News

Willie Wilson donating $1M in free gas on March 24

Businessman, minister and former Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson will give away $1 million more worth of gas Thursday, March 24—despite a similar move leading to long traffic snarls in Chicago recently, Block Club Chicago reported. ...
Former Ind. college president pleads no contest to child sex-crime charges

Former Ind. college president pleads no contest to child sex-crime charges

On March 17, the former president of Indiana's Franklin College pled no contest to child sex-crime charges in a Wisconsin court, WRTV reported. The college fired Thomas Minar in January 2020 after he was arrested on ...
Groups ask appeals court for new order blocking investigations of trans Texas youth

Groups ask appeals court for new order blocking investigations of trans Texas youth

On March 17, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Texas asked the Texas Third Court of Appeals for an emergency order to ensure that the statewide temporary injunction granted March 11 remains in effect ...
News

Trans collegiate swimmer makes history--and courts controversy

Lia Thomas, a transgender woman, has made history by becoming a national champion. Thomas, who attends the University of Pennsylvania, finished the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 33.24 seconds on March 17 to become the first ...
News

Former Chicago alderman sentenced to 13 months in prison

On March 17, U.S. District Judge John Kness sentenced former Chicago Ald. Ricardo Munoz to 13 months in prison for wire fraud and money laundering, The Chicago Tribune reported. Munoz stole tens of thousands of dollars ...
For Bayard Rustin's birthday, NBJC asks Congress for Forever stamp honoring Rustin's life and work

For Bayard Rustin's birthday, NBJC asks Congress for Forever stamp honoring Rustin's life and work

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — In commemoration of Black Queer civil rights leader Bayard Rustin's birthday today, March 17th, the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading Black LGBTQ+/SGL civil rights organization, is urging Congress to pass the Bayard ...
Disney employees to walk in wake of company's 'Don't Say Gay' response

Disney employees to walk in wake of company's 'Don't Say Gay' response

A group of Disney employees have planned a week of in-person and virtual walkouts in response to the company and CEO Bob Chapek's handling of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill, Variety reported. Recently, the Twitter account ...
Struggling Bulls fall to Jazz; DePaul women out of NCAAs

Struggling Bulls fall to Jazz; DePaul women out of NCAAs

The Chicago Bulls (41-28) suffered another setback March 16, falling to the Utah Jazz (43-26) 125-110 in Salt Lake City's Vivint Arena. It was the Bulls' seventh loss in their last nine games. Zach LaVine led ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Lollapalooza line-up to include Dua Lipa, Green Day, Doja Cat, Kaskade

The organizers behind Lollapalooza have unveiled the line-up for this year's festival, which will take place at Grant Park on July 28-31. Headliners will include Dua Lipa, Metallica, J. Cole, Green Day, Doja Cat, Machine Gun
...
Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Gloria Gaynor, more to be at 'AARP Celebrates You'

Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Gloria Gaynor, more to be at 'AARP Celebrates You'

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON—This March 24-26, tens of thousands of people of all ages will enjoy AARP's free virtual event, AARP Celebrates You. It's a signature event filled with world-class celebrities, fun and informative classes, great music, and a ...
THEATER Out producer Bill Damaschke debuts 'Moulin Rouge' in Chicago

THEATER Out producer Bill Damaschke debuts 'Moulin Rouge' in Chicago

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is kicking off its North American tour in the Windy City, with an eight-week run at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. This 10-time Tony Award winner plans to immerse Chicago audiences into ...
Pride Journey: Iceland

Pride Journey: Iceland

The only way to describe Iceland is ... magical. It truly is. Iceland is like no other place I've visited in the world. It's topography, climate, people, culture, history, and nightlife blended together make Iceland a ...
THEATER National tour of 'MJ' to premiere in Chicago in 2023

THEATER National tour of 'MJ' to premiere in Chicago in 2023

Producers Lia Vollack Productions, The Michael Jackson Estate and Broadway in Chicago announced that Broadway musical MJ will run technical rehearsals and premiere at Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. The ...
MUSIC Cor.Ece accomplishes 'Impossible,' is set to release new EP

MUSIC Cor.Ece accomplishes 'Impossible,' is set to release new EP

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Cor.Ece (nee Mark Corece) is a queer Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter (and onetime Chicagoan) who has been constantly working on new soulful material. His EP, Dance to Keep from Crying (on ...
BenDeLaCreme talks about new tour, 'Drag Race'

BenDeLaCreme talks about new tour, 'Drag Race'

Drag artist BenDeLaCreme is racing back into Chicago for a solo tour after postponing due to the COVID pandemic. The openly gay RuPaul's Drag Race All-Star is bringing "BenDeLaCreme is…Ready to be Committed" to Thalia Hall ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I'm proud of whatever small part I've played in continuing Norman's great legacy, but it's mixed with sadness, because I know how many trans and non-binary and queer kids are still having those sleepless nights. I ...
SHOWBIZ Lizzo, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Michael, Met Gala, Pixar

SHOWBIZ Lizzo, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Michael, Met Gala, Pixar

Singer Lizzo showed her support for the trans community recently, per LGBTQ Nation. In her keynote speech at the South by Southwest Festival, the Texas-native spoke out against her home state for its recent move to ...
'CODA' wins top PGA; Moreno, Berlanti take stances

'CODA' wins top PGA; Moreno, Berlanti take stances

CODA won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the Producers Guild Awards (PGAs) on March 19, Deadline noted. The movie (whose title means "Child/ren of Deaf Adults" also is ...
Hyde Park Art Center offers free public programs, exhibition on intimacy and queerness

Hyde Park Art Center offers free public programs, exhibition on intimacy and queerness

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 18, 2022)—Hyde Park Art Center, announced a roster of free public programs for new major exhibition, Loving Repeating: New Work by Miller & Shellabarger, by married artists and longtime collaborators Dutes Miller and Stan ...
'Werq the World Tour' at Rosemont July 23 and at Hard Rock Aug. 12

'Werq the World Tour' at Rosemont July 23 and at Hard Rock Aug. 12

The "RuPaul's Drag Race Werq the World Tour" will stop at the Rosemont Theater on Saturday, July 23, and the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana on Friday, Aug. 12. ...
For Chicago Fire stylist Steykine Wills, the main job is about helping to build characters

For Chicago Fire stylist Steykine Wills, the main job is about helping to build characters

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Chicagoan Steykine Wills, a hair stylist who works full-time for the locally-produced television drama Chicago Fire, sees helping to create characters as a central part of her job. "Depending on if a character appears disheveled, for ...
Nina Escobedo: Bringing a passion for costumes to Chicago's TV and film industry

Nina Escobedo: Bringing a passion for costumes to Chicago's TV and film industry

Content sponsored by DCASE/Chicago Made

Nina Escobedo credits her grandmother for sparking the childhood interests that ultimately led to her becoming a professional costumer working in Chicago. "My grandmother taught me to sew at the age of four," recalled Escobedo. "It ...
BOOKS Chicago-based queer writer Julian Randall branches out with 'Pilar Ramirez'

BOOKS Chicago-based queer writer Julian Randall branches out with 'Pilar Ramirez'

Julian Randall—a Black queer Dominican American writer who lives in Chicago—has, up to this point, been known for his award-winning poems that cover a wide range of themes. However, he now has released a novel, Pilar ...

  Outlines

SPORTS Bucks trample Bulls in Milwaukee

SPORTS Bucks trample Bulls in Milwaukee

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 17 rebounds in his return to action as the Milwaukee Bucks (45-27) routed the Chicago Bulls (42-30) 126-98 on March 22 in Wisconsin. The Bulls remain in fifth place in ...
SAVOR Adorn: One of the best restaurants you'll hit this year

SAVOR Adorn: One of the best restaurants you'll hit this year

In 2021, visiting Adorn Bar & Restaurant (in the Four Seasons, at 120 E. Delaware Pl.) were among the high points in what was a year of turbulence, to say the least. A recent visit, however, ...
Blackhawks fall again; Illinois bounced out of NCAAs

Blackhawks fall again; Illinois bounced out of NCAAs

On March 20, the Chicago Blackhawks (22-32-9) came up short against the Winnipeg Jets (29-24-10) at the United Center, falling 6-4. Chicago turned a three-goal hole in the third into a one-goal game late before a ...
Loyola out of NCAAs while Illinois barely advances; Bulls' woes continue

Loyola out of NCAAs while Illinois barely advances; Bulls' woes continue

The NCAA "March Madness" men's basketball tournament turned out very differently for the two Illinois teams playing March 18 in their first-round games in Pittsburgh. While the school's 102-year-old chaplain Sister Jean watched, the Loyola Chicago ...





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