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Windy City Times 2022-03-30

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DeSantis signs Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill

DeSantis signs Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill

On March 28, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned public-school teachers in from holding classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity after signing the controversial "Parental Rights in Education" ...
A slap might overshadow other Oscar 'firsts' this year

A slap might overshadow other Oscar 'firsts' this year

There were several historic "firsts" at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27—a win from Ariana DeBose, an openly queer woman of color, and the first Best Picture winner, CODA, to feature a largely deaf ...

  News

Arizona Gov. Ducey signs anti-trans bills; pro-LGBTQ+ groups vow to file suit

Arizona Gov. Ducey signs anti-trans bills; pro-LGBTQ+ groups vow to file suit

On March 30, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a series of bills targeting abortion and transgender rights, joining a growing list of GOP-led states pursuing a conservative social agenda, NBC News reported. The measures will ...
Ex-con group's founder talks about busted pro-trans rally

Ex-con group's founder talks about busted pro-trans rally

The founder of Ex-Cons For Community & Social Change (ECCSC)—the group who reportedly caused a March 28 pro-trans rally/press conference in the Loop to end early—told Windy City Times the reasons his organization became involved in ...
News

Lynching now a federal hate crime

After multiple failed attempts that spanned more than a century, there is now a federal law that designates lynching as a hate crime, NPR reported. In a March 29 ceremony at the White House, President Joe Biden signed ...
Bulls defeat Wizards; DePaul forward receives honors

Bulls defeat Wizards; DePaul forward receives honors

At the Capital One Arena, the Chicago Bulls (44-32) got a win they sorely needed by defeating the Washington Wizards (32-43) 107-94. DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and Nikola Vucevic ...
News

VIEWPOINT For Elise, I promise to advocate to ban the trans/gay panic defense

Elise is dead. We don't yet know how or why. But Elise is dead, and my heart is breaking. Trans activist Elise Malary was an inspiration for me. She was the driving force behind the legislation ...
SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks fall to New York teams

SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks fall to New York teams

On March 28, the Chicago Bulls (43-32) lost to the New York Knicks (34-42) 109-104 at Madison Square Garden. RJ Barrett scored 28 points and Alec Burks had 27 for the Knicks, who managed to hold ...
San Francisco to host largest display of AIDS Memorial Quilt in a decade

San Francisco to host largest display of AIDS Memorial Quilt in a decade

The National AIDS Memorial will mark the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with an historic outdoor display in Golden Gate Park that will feature nearly 3,000 hand-stitched panels of the Quilt. The free public ...
Pro-trans press conference abruptly ends after another group joins event

Pro-trans press conference abruptly ends after another group joins event

In a show of support for the trans+ community, Equality Illinois and a coalition of other local/state organizations held a press conference March 28 at Chicago Federal Plaza—but it was abruptly shortened because of the presence of a previously invi ...
HRCF releases Healthcare Equality Index 2022; Illinois excels in report

HRCF releases Healthcare Equality Index 2022; Illinois excels in report

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON—The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, released its 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). A record 906 healthcare facilities ...
Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raises $8.6M

Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raises $8.6M

The 30th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party took place March 27 at West Hollywood Park, raising $8.6 million for the foundation's work to end AIDS. The event was hosted by 12-time Grammy-winning ...
Michigan House candidate plans to introduce 'Don't Say Gay' bill if elected

Michigan House candidate plans to introduce 'Don't Say Gay' bill if elected

A Republican candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives announced that, if elected, he would introduce legislation modeled on a Florida measure known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, according to Michigan Advance. Jon Rocha, a ...
News

Pres. Biden announces steps to make it easier for LGBTQ+ Ukrainians to enter U.S.

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — has welcomed the announcement from President Joe Biden ...
SPORTS Bulls ease past Cavaliers; Blackhawks fall after holding 3-0 lead

SPORTS Bulls ease past Cavaliers; Blackhawks fall after holding 3-0 lead

In Cleveland, the Chicago Bulls (43-31) defeated the Cavaliers (41-33) 98-94 on March 26. Struggling Chicago, losers of five of its previous six, entered the night with a slim one-game lead over Cleveland, according to cleveland.com. ...
WORLD Religious leaders, Canadian monument, Sri Lanka, Ukrainian clinics

WORLD Religious leaders, Canadian monument, Sri Lanka, Ukrainian clinics

More than 150 senior religious leaders from around the globe have committed to protecting LGBTQ+ people in faith communities, according to PinkNews. A "revolutionary" set of safeguarding principles were set out by the 2022 conference of ...
NATIONAL Seattle center closing, Pride news, LGBTQ judge, verbal altercation

NATIONAL Seattle center closing, Pride news, LGBTQ judge, verbal altercation

In Seattle, after more than 50 years of providing mental health and general wellness services in the city, Seattle Counseling Service announced it will shut down May 6, according to Capitol Hill Seattle (CHS) and the ...
Pro-trans rallies to take place in Chicago on March 28 and 31

Pro-trans rallies to take place in Chicago on March 28 and 31

With the spate of anti-trans measures being filed, passed and/or signed throughout the country, at least two trans-related events will take place in Chicago within the next week. On Monday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. at ...
LGBTQ+ Asian group to host May 21 anti-hate event

LGBTQ+ Asian group to host May 21 anti-hate event

Asians & Friends Chicago (AFC)—an LGBTQ social organization supporting the Asian community and those who have interests in Asian cultures—is hosting a pre-Pride event to debut its "#asianlove" theme of ...
Howard Brown Health announces new North Halsted clinic

Howard Brown Health announces new North Halsted clinic

On March 25, Howard Brown Health celebrated the groundbreaking of its new facility in the Northalsted area with speeches from the organization's leaders and local government representatives. "We're so excited about the beautiful building … b ...
Utah lawmakers override governor's veto of anti-trans sports law

Utah lawmakers override governor's veto of anti-trans sports law

On March 25, Utah lawmakers voted to override Republican Gov. Spencer Cox's veto of anti-trans sports legislation that will ban trans youth from playing on girls' sports teams, The Advocate reported. According to the Associated Press, ...
SPORTS Chicago Red Stars fall to Kansas City Current 2-1

SPORTS Chicago Red Stars fall to Kansas City Current 2-1

Despite holding the lead in the first half, the Red Stars fell to the Kansas City Current 2-1 at SeatGeek Stadium. At the 21st minute, Vanesssa DiBernardo took a shot from outside the box that deflected ...
CPDH's travel advisory shows almost 9% of U.S. at COVID's medium to high level

CPDH's travel advisory shows almost 9% of U.S. at COVID's medium to high level

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising unvaccinated travelers to take special precautions if they plan to travel in the coming week to areas of the United States—such as parts of the upper Plains, ...
News

National LGBTQ Task Force honors 45th anniversary of historic Carter White House meeting with LGBTQ activists

-- From a press release

Washington, DC……On March 26th, 1977, a group of gay and lesbian activists met with members of the Carter administration in a historic first. President Carter's Assistant Margaret "Midge" Costanza coordinated ...
Employees of South Side trans-led organization form union; CEO approves [UPDATE]

Employees of South Side trans-led organization form union; CEO approves [UPDATE]

The employees at Brave Space Alliance (BSA)—which describes itself as "the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago"—have formed a union and are seeking official recognition. In a letter Windy City ...
News

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation paying off $4.1 billion in debt

-- From a press release

Gov. JB Pritzker today signed SB2803, which pays off $4.1 billion in debt and saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments. The Governor and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly gathered Thursday to ...
News

Go Girl! Saugatuck returns to The Dunes June 3-5

-- From a press release

Go Girl! Saugatuck, the premier women's weekend in the Midwest returns to the largest gay resort in the nation - The Dunes in Douglas, Michigan. Veteran LGBTQ comedian Mimi Gonzalez is the founder of the event ...
News

HRC marks Affordable Care Act's 12th anniversary, noting impact on LGBTQ+s, POCs

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — Marking the 12th anniversary this week of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ...
News

'Phyllis Frye: The Fight for Transgender Rights' to take place March 31

Phyllis Frye, a pioneer in the fight for transgender rights, will deliver the 2022 Kirschner Human Rights Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 31, 6-7:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th ...
News

New HRC Foundation data: LGBTQ+s continue to have high vaccination rates

-- From a press release

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

SPORTS Blackhawks defeat Anaheim; women's rugby player comes out

In California, the Chicago Blackhawks (23-32=9) bounced back March 23 with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (27-28-11). Taylor Raddysh scored for the second straight game, Patrick Kane netted his 20th of the season in ...
Jonathan Van Ness, Anita Hill, John Waters part of CHF series in April and May

Jonathan Van Ness, Anita Hill, John Waters part of CHF series in April and May

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) is back with in-person events in April and May—and there's a wide variety of guests lined up for its series. Some of the featured guests will be advocate and legal scholar ...
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dies

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dies

Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, has died of cancer at age 84, according to media reports. President Bill Clinton chose Albright as the country's top diplomat in 1996, and she served in ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

MOVIE REVIEW 'Better Nate Than Ever' is better than anything

The Disney Company—embroiled in controversy for donations to right-wing politicians in order to continue operating in Florida and for its response to the "Don't Say Gay" bill—has produced Better Nate Than Ever, streaming on Disney+ start
...
Queer, sex-positive 'Hot Clown Sex' at Newport running April-June

Queer, sex-positive 'Hot Clown Sex' at Newport running April-June

Following the completely sold-out and extended run of Hot Clown Sex: The Second Coming, the Hot Clown Company has announced a new artistic residency with longtime host venue The Newport Theater, 955 W. Newport Ave. The ...
Court Theatre announces 68th season

Court Theatre announces 68th season

-- From a press release

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces its 68th season. The company's 2022/23 season will feature Arsenic and Old Lace ...
Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock, Williams family

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock, Williams family

Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock after he slapped him at the Oscars on March 27, saying his behavior was "unacceptable and inexcusable," per the BBC. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris," ...
A slap might overshadow other Oscar 'firsts' this year

A slap might overshadow other Oscar 'firsts' this year

There were several historic "firsts" at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27—a win from Ariana DeBose, an openly queer woman of color, and the first Best Picture winner, CODA, to feature a largely deaf ...
Billy Masters: Oscars, Will Smith, Steve Grand and more

Billy Masters: Oscars, Will Smith, Steve Grand and more

"Imagine this little girl in the backseat of a white Ford Focus. Look into her eyes—you see a queer, openly queer woman of color. An Afro-Latina, who found her strength in life through art. And that's ...
THEATER Theater-on-the-Hill to show 'The Drowsy Chaperone' on April 1-3

THEATER Theater-on-the-Hill to show 'The Drowsy Chaperone' on April 1-3

Bolingbrook's Theatre-on the-Hill will debut its 21st season with The Drowsy Chaperone. Winner of five Tony Awards, this "musical within a comedy" is an homage to the musicals of the Jazz Age. A man in a ...
MOVIES Jared Leto, 'Diana: The Musical' win Razzies

MOVIES Jared Leto, 'Diana: The Musical' win Razzies

Netflix has put out award-winning material—and it can now add the Golden Raspberry Awards (or "Razzies") to its list of "honors," Entertainment Weekly noted. On March 26, the Razzies—given for the worst films and performances of ...
SHOWBIZ 'Hocus Pocus 2,' 'Moon Knight,' queer dating show, Daddy Yankee

SHOWBIZ 'Hocus Pocus 2,' 'Moon Knight,' queer dating show, Daddy Yankee

Hocus Pocus 2 is adding RuPaul's Drag Race queens Kahmora Hall and Kornbread "The Snack" Jete, Entertainment Weekly noted. EW has confirmed through a source close to production that the drag superstars joined the Hocus Pocus ...
Trans activist, actress, educator Alexandra Billings talks new memoir, state of the world

Trans activist, actress, educator Alexandra Billings talks new memoir, state of the world

About three-fourths of the way through activist, actress and educator Alexandra Billings' This Time For Me: A Memoir (out via TOPPLE on April 1), written with Joanne Gordon, readers encounter these words: "I met Larry Kramer ...
New Philharmonic celebrates Bernstein, Sondheim with 'West Side Story in Concert' April 9-10

New Philharmonic celebrates Bernstein, Sondheim with 'West Side Story in Concert' April 9-10

-- From a press release

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — New Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Kirk Muspratt, concludes its 2021-2022 season with "West Side Story in Concert," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Four guest artists—Brooklyn Snow ...
FILM/TV Janora McDuffie: Black queer actress set to make Oscars history as announcer

FILM/TV Janora McDuffie: Black queer actress set to make Oscars history as announcer

Janora McDuffie has accomplished many things during her career, including being on many TV series, including Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Veronica Mars, Firefly and New Girl. However, on Sunday, March 27, the queer actress will be ...
Ravinia Festival announces complete 2022 summer lineup

Ravinia Festival announces complete 2022 summer lineup

-- From a press release

HIGHLAND PARK, IL —Ravinia President and CEO Jeffrey P. Haydon today announced Ravinia Festival's complete 2022 summer lineup, offering 50 artist debuts and more than 100 concerts, including the annual summer residency of the Chicago Symphony ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Sky acquire center Li Yueru from Los Angeles Sparks

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 30, 2022) — The Chicago Sky has acquired the rights to center Li Yueru from the Los Angeles Sparks in a sign and trade agreement that sent guard Lexie Brown to Los Angeles, Sky ...
Chicago Red Stars confirm Davidson is out for remainder of season

Chicago Red Stars confirm Davidson is out for remainder of season

The Chicago Red Stars announced the following update on the health of defender Tierna Davidson. "Davidson sustained a knee injury during training last week. After further evaluation, it was determined that Davidson tore her ACL and ...
SAVOR The Kitchen American Bistro: Brunch by the river

SAVOR The Kitchen American Bistro: Brunch by the river

Brunch in Chicago has almost become an institution unto itself. Now that things are slowly returning to "normal," people are emerging from their homes—and some are just starting to realize the potentially overwhelming number of brunch ...
SPORTS Bulls lose while Blackhawks win

SPORTS Bulls lose while Blackhawks win

In New Orleans on March 24, the fading Chicago Bulls (42-31) lost to the Pelicans (31-42) 126-109. Zach LaVine scorched the nets to lead Chicago with 39 points, and Coby White added 23. Devonte' Graham hit ...






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