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Understanding the Asexual Community on International Asexuality Day

-- From a press release

Useful information about the asexual community for anyone writing about International Asexuality Day (https://internationalasexualityday.org/en/ .) Asexuality, often called "ace" for short, refers to a complete or partial lack of interest ...
POLITICS Gay media owner to run for Chicago mayor

POLITICS Gay media owner to run for Chicago mayor

Dennis J. "DJ" Doran—the openly gay owner of the LGBTQ+-focused Aequalitas Media—is planning a run for Chicago mayor. Doran, a Lake View resident, has acknowledged he is an outsider—but he also believes that designation is an ...
Out gay alderman announces bid for Chicago mayor

Out gay alderman announces bid for Chicago mayor

Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez, D-15th Ward, has announced his bid to be mayor, according to POLITICO. The Southwest Side alderman is one of the first candidates to get in—doing so even before Lightfoot has announced her ...
Ohio unveils more severe 'Don't Say Gay' measure

Ohio unveils more severe 'Don't Say Gay' measure

In Ohio, two Republican state lawmakers introduced a bill that closely resembles Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" law. House Bill 616 would ban the teaching or providing of "any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation ...
First-ever Ottawa, Illinois Pride Fest set to take place this June

First-ever Ottawa, Illinois Pride Fest set to take place this June

When Prairie Fox Books Special Events Manager Dylan Conmy moved from Chicago to Ottawa, Illinois, in 2012, he began to miss having the city's Pride festivities nearby. Now, Conmy is making his dream a reality with ...
VIEWPOINT Mixed reactions to Will Smith's slap

VIEWPOINT Mixed reactions to Will Smith's slap

By now, everyone has seen or heard about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a tasteless and misogynistic joke about his wife's short hair resembling Demi Moore's buzzcut in the 1997 movie ...
Haymarket Center to honor state Rep. Greg Harris at gala

Haymarket Center to honor state Rep. Greg Harris at gala

Retiring Illinois state Rep. (and Majority Leader) Greg Harris, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, will be one of the honorees at the Haymarket Center Gala. The event will take place Saturday, April 9, at the ...
News

News coverage of trans athletes reflects partisan biases, data show

-- From a press release

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA — News coverage of transgender athletes, including the history-making NCAA Division I champion swimmer Lia Thomas, often reflected the ideological biases of news outlets, which presented readers ...
News

VIEWPOINT On A Scale of 1 to 10: Sex, Religion, Power, Politics--A Public Meditation

QUESTION: "On a scale of one to 10, how faithful would you say you are, in terms of religion?"—U.S Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), South Carolina RESPONSE: "… there's no religious test in the Constitution under Article ...
Inaugural Trans Visibility Pageant takes place in Chicago

Inaugural Trans Visibility Pageant takes place in Chicago

To acknowledge the International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31), the inaugural "Trans Visibility Pageant: Standing Up to Hate" was held at the Kehrein Center for the Arts. The trans-led social-services organization Life Is Work hosted ...
Kim Hunt reflects on leadership, her life and the state of HIV/AIDS

Kim Hunt reflects on leadership, her life and the state of HIV/AIDS

Kim Hunt has served many leadership roles in Chicago LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organizations since moving to the city in 1985. The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inductee was the first executive director of Affinity Community Services. ...
OPERA REVIEW Fire Shut Up in My Bones

OPERA REVIEW Fire Shut Up in My Bones

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's outstanding premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones continues to build upon this new work's historic importance. Last September, Fire Shut Up in My Bones was given pride of place ...
WORLD Global conference, conversion therapy, 'It's a Sin,' South Africa

WORLD Global conference, conversion therapy, 'It's a Sin,' South Africa

This summer, the United Kingdom will host a global LGBTQ+-rights conference that will coincide with London Pride's 50th anniversary, The Washington Blade noted. The Safe to Be Me: A Global Equality Conference will take place in ...
NATIONAL Prop 8, Disney, Andy Warhol, transgender judge

NATIONAL Prop 8, Disney, Andy Warhol, transgender judge

The videotaped trial of the 2010 U.S. court case challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage should not be released to the public, defenders of the since-overturned state Proposition 8 told the U.S. Supreme Court in a ...
THEATER REVIEW It's Just Like Coming to Church (Welcome to the Church of YOU)

THEATER REVIEW It's Just Like Coming to Church (Welcome to the Church of YOU)

Don't be fooled by the title. The Gospel of Jackie Taylor is not constructed on Old Rugged Crosses, Poor Wayfaring Strangers or Walks Through Lonesome Valleys. To be sure, there's a collection box at the entrance, ...
Brave Space Alliance honored in Illinois State Senate

Brave Space Alliance honored in Illinois State Senate

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — April 1, 2022 — On March 31, 2022, the 13th annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), Brave Space Alliance (BSA) was successful in raising awareness of the inequity of services, funding and ...
News

Gov. Pritzker lauds legislation to strengthen Illinois' response to military sexual violence

-- From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — In a nation-leading effort to protect survivors of military sexual violence and hold perpetrators accountable, the Illinois National Guard worked closely with state Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tony ...
News

DignityUSA: New Vatican document on education could increase exclusion of LGBTQI people

-- From a press release

March 31, 2022—A newly released document from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education could make it even more difficult for LGBTQI people to be part of the Catholic school system and could trigger a new wave ...
News

Simmons measure passes Senate, would allow pharmacists to provide HIV testing, PrEP and PEP medications

-- From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — To allow more people to access HIV preventative care easier, Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago) is leading a measure to allow pharmacists to provide HIV tests and preventative medications to help reduce new ...
Trans attendees present their side of what happened at disrupted rally

Trans attendees present their side of what happened at disrupted rally

Trans individuals who attended and/or spoke at a March 28 pro-trans rally/press conference in the Loop that abruptly ended have given their side of what transpired. That press conference, at Federal Plaza, prematurely ended when members ...
News

Lambda Legal sounds alarm over child-welfare bill in Arizona

-- From a press release

PHOENIX — Yesterday, the Arizona House passed Senate Bill 1399, already approved by the Senate, that would allow government-funded child welfare agencies to turn away prospective foster parents if their personal and religious beliefs don't matc ...
Brave Space Alliance commemorates Transgender Day of Visibility

Brave Space Alliance commemorates Transgender Day of Visibility

Brave Space Alliance (BSA) hosted a rally in Federal Plaza on March 31 to mark the Transgender Day of Visibility and to honor the lives of Black trans women who've been killed in the city recently. ...
News

Biden-Harris administration advances equality, visibility for trans Americans

-- From a White House Fact Sheet

The Biden-Harris Administration has recognized Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual celebration of the resilience, achievements, and joy of transgender people in the United States and around the world. ...
Pro-LGBTQ+ groups sue Florida over 'Don't Say Gay' law

Pro-LGBTQ+ groups sue Florida over 'Don't Say Gay' law

On March 31, organizations filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the so-called "Don't Say Gay" law that forbids classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, per ABC News. ...
News

200+ major U.S. companies oppose anti-LGBTQ+ state legislation

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom for All Americans announced that more than 200 major companies have joined together to sign on to the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom for All ...
News

Race Forward launches H.E.A.L. Together, event talks anti-CRT, book bans, silencing of LGBTQIA movements

-- From a press release

NEW YORK — Before an audience of over 850 attendees, Race Forward and partners kicked off their much-anticipated H.E.A.L. (Honest Education Action & Leadership) Together initiative. The campaign promotes equitable ...
News

Announcing Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Second Edition, Release Date: April 15, 2022

-- From a press release

NEW YORK CITY, New York, March 31, 2022—The Trans Bodies, Trans Selves board is proud to announce the release of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves' second edition, published April 15, 2022. The Trans Bodies Trans Selvessecond edition ...
AFC calls on state legislature to pass Getting to Zero Illinois 2030 bills

AFC calls on state legislature to pass Getting to Zero Illinois 2030 bills

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) held its annual HIV Advocacy Day on March 9, saying it is focused on the Getting to Zero Illinois Plan (GTZ-IL) that aims to end the HIV epidemic in the state by ...
LGBTQIA+-focused talent group launches in Orlando, Chicago and Miami

LGBTQIA+-focused talent group launches in Orlando, Chicago and Miami

Orlando-based experiential marketing company, 82 South, Inc., has launched MODE (Made on Diversity and Equality) Talent Group this month to promote LGBTQIA+ and other underrepresented talent for bookings in fashion ...
News

Human Rights Campaign celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

-- 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, honors the International Transgender Day of Visibility ...
News

GLAAD responds to State Dept.'s announcement about availability of gender-neutral passports

-- From a press release

Thursday, March 31, 2022 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to the Biden administration's announcement implementing updates to identity ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

SAVOR Michelin-starred restaurants; 'Study of Spring'

Four Chicago restaurants were named first-time recipients of Michelin stars, according to The Chicago Tribune. Those spots are the French-inflected Claudia (with items like squid-ink madeleines), artsy restaurant Esme, the
...
THEATER REVIEW Laced

THEATER REVIEW Laced

Title: Laced. Playwright: Sam Mueller At: About Face Theatre at the Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $5-$35. Runs through: April 16 At the entrance to the Den's Bookspan cabaret, people are handed a flyer advertising ...
Go Girl! Saugatuck set to return after COVID pandemic-related hiatus

Go Girl! Saugatuck set to return after COVID pandemic-related hiatus

"Come pre-game your summer at Go Girl! Saugatuck—June 3-5 at The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan," said veteran LGBTQ comedian and Go Girl! Saugatuck founder Mimi Gonzalez. Gonzalez told Windy City Times she is looking forward ...
'RuPaul's Drag Race British Invasion' show in Chicago on May 21

'RuPaul's Drag Race British Invasion' show in Chicago on May 21

The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race UK are coming to the United States this May for a week of live shows in six major cities. Produced by Voss Events and World of Wonder, RuPaul's Drag Race British Invasion will launch May ...
Entertainment

Chicago Fashion Week April 24 to May 1

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — FashionBar, LLC is pleased to announce Chicago Fashion Week powered by FashionBar LLC, scheduled from April 24th to May 1st at Water Tower Place on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. FashionBar is proud to celebrate this ...
Out 'K-Pop Confidential' author discusses latest 'Revolution'-ary work

Out 'K-Pop Confidential' author discusses latest 'Revolution'-ary work

Stephan Lee, author of K-Pop Confidential, rocks on with his newest book, K-Pop Revolution, which came out April 5. Originally from Atlanta and a current Los Angeles resident, Lee lived in New York City for years ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

Trevor Noah wrapping up his monologue at the Grammy Awards: "We're gonna be listening to some music, we're gonna be dancing, we're gonna be singing, we're gonna be keeping people's names out of our mouths ...
33rd Annual GLAAD awards take place; award recipients include 'Drag Race,' 'Hacks,' Mj Rodriguez

33rd Annual GLAAD awards take place; award recipients include 'Drag Race,' 'Hacks,' Mj Rodriguez

-- From a press release

Los Angeles - Sunday, April 3—GLAAD announced recipients for 16 of this year's 30 categories for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Kacey Musgraves received the Vanguard Award from Ben Platt, and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez received ...
The Grammys, from A (awards) to Z (Zelensky)

The Grammys, from A (awards) to Z (Zelensky)

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards took place April 3 in Las Vegas—and there were surprising and moving moments. Jon Batiste—a musician who is also the creative director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem—won four trophies, ...
Singer Emily Sande comes out as part of the LGBTQ+ community

Singer Emily Sande comes out as part of the LGBTQ+ community

British pop singer/songwriter Emeli Sande has revealed that she's in love with a woman who might just be "the one," according to a Billboard item that cited her interview with Metro. Sande came out and said ...
The dynamic Daniels dig into diversity with Everything Everywhere All at Once

The dynamic Daniels dig into diversity with Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a movie made for everyone that combines science fiction, comedy and drama in a visual spectacle that will certainly leave a lasting impression on viewers. It's a story about a ...
House music, Joan Jett on tap at the Horseshoe Casino in May

House music, Joan Jett on tap at the Horseshoe Casino in May

May concerts at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino (in Hammond, Indiana) will include shows by house-music legends and out rock icon Joan Jett. "Not Gon' Stop the House" will take place Saturday, May 7, at 6 ...
SHOWBIZ Lil Nas X, out comedian, Ariana DeBose, Abercrombie & Fitch film

SHOWBIZ Lil Nas X, out comedian, Ariana DeBose, Abercrombie & Fitch film

Six months after Lil Nas X "gave birth" to his debut album, Montero, his "baby registry" fundraising has resulted in a lot of money raised, Queerty noted. Established in the weeks leading up to Montero's release, ...
Entertainment

City-Wide festival Chicago Cabaret Week runs May 6 - 16

-- From a press release

Cabaret has been at the heartbeat of Chicago's nightclub scene for more than a century. Come hear blues, jazz, American songbook, burlesque, French music, pop, comedy and Broadway by some of Chicago's finest artists during the ...
Out British singer Calum Scott takes a page from The Script

Out British singer Calum Scott takes a page from The Script

Calum Scott came into the public spotlight during the ninth season of Britain's Got Talent, where he performed a cover of Robyn's classic "Dancing on My Own." The reality show was a rollercoaster of a ride ...
Entertainment

Will Smith resigns from Academy

On April 1—two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) Board of Governors initiated self-described "disciplinary proceedings" against Will Smith over his slap of Chris Rock ...
Kokandy Productions announces 10th-anniversary season

Kokandy Productions announces 10th-anniversary season

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 1, 2022) — Kokandy Productions will toast its tenth anniversary with two fully produced musicals, plus a celebratory concert of the company's greatest hits. It's a cruel summer as Kokandy goes all the way ...
Wrightwood 659 xhibits explore architecture, aocial engagement, Japanese "Modern Girls"

Wrightwood 659 xhibits explore architecture, aocial engagement, Japanese "Modern Girls"

-- From a press release

(CHICAGO, IL — March 31, 2022) Wrightwood 659 presents a trio of exhibitions opening May 6, 2022: AMERICAN FRAMING, a reinstallation of the U.S. entry in the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale; Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who's afraid of ...
Tickets for 'Prince: The Immersive Experience' now on sale

Tickets for 'Prince: The Immersive Experience' now on sale

Tickets are now available for Prince: The Immersive Experience, which will make its worldwide debut in Chicago on June 9. The exhibit will be at The Shops at North Bridge on the Magnificent Mile at 540 ...
Entertainment

Golden-Con's 'Mother of a Solid Gold Dancer Disco' on April 23

The Golden Gays of NYC and London's DJ Paul Joseph will be part of the first-ever "Golden-Con's Mother of a Solid Gold Dancer Disco" at Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk, 301 E. North Water St., the official ...

  Outlines

Outlines

Chicago Bulls lose by 21 but still clinch spot in playoffs

The good news is that the Chicago Bulls have clinched their first playoff spot since 2017. The bad news is that the Bulls still have a long way to go to match the elite teams in the NBA—as evidenced by a ...
SAVOR The Lunchroom at SPACE 519: A chic cafe in Streeterville

SAVOR The Lunchroom at SPACE 519: A chic cafe in Streeterville

It turns out that some of the city's best dining spots are inside stores—seriously. There are long-established places like The Walnut Room at Macy's, but there are many others, such as Eataly and Restoration Hardware's Eat: ...
Outlines

NCAA Former Illinois coach steers Kansas to championship win over UNC

In New Orleans on April 4, the Kansas Jayhawks (34-6) overcome a 16-point first-half deficit to beat North Carolina (29-10) 72-69 for the program's fourth national basketball title—and first since 2008. The 16-point deficit was th ...
Outlines

Chicago Red Stars sign Amanda Kowalski

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 4, 2022) — Today, the Chicago Red Stars announced the signing of Amanda Kowalski to a three-year contract with a fourth-year option. The Arlington Heights native joined the Red Stars this preseason as ...
South Carolina beats UConn to win national women's b-ball title

South Carolina beats UConn to win national women's b-ball title

On April 3, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks handled the University of Connecticut Huskies 64-49 in Minneapolis to win the Division I women's national basketball championship. Destanni Henderson scored a career-high 26 points while Aliyah ...
Blackhawks lose fifth straight; Toews honored before game

Blackhawks lose fifth straight; Toews honored before game

The Chicago Blackhawks (24-35-11) lost their fifth straight game—this time, 3-2 in overtime to the Arizona Coyotes (22-42-5) on April 3 at the United Center. Dylan Strome and Patrick Kane found twine in regulation for the ...
Chicago Red Stars take down the Dash 2-0

Chicago Red Stars take down the Dash 2-0

CHICAGO (April 2, 2022) — The Chicago Red Stars closed a three-game homestand with a win against the Houston Dash tonight behind a brace from Mallory Pugh. KEY MOMENTS: '13 cross from Pugh finds St-Geroges in ...
Chicago Bulls lose to Miami Heat, fall to sixth in conference

Chicago Bulls lose to Miami Heat, fall to sixth in conference

With only four more games in the regular season for the Chicago Bulls, every game counts regarding where they'll contend during the playoffs. Unfortunately for Chicago, there was yet another stumble as the Bulls (45-33) fell ...
Outlines

British transgender cyclist banned

Outsports has reported that transgender cyclist Emily Bridges has been barred from competing in the British National Omnium Championship after the UCI—the sports' international governing body—said Bridges is still registered ...
Blackhawks fall again in Florida

Blackhawks fall again in Florida

On April 1, the Chicago Blackhawks (24-35-10) lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning (43-18-6) 5-2 in Florida. It was Chicago's second consecutive setback in the state, following a loss the previous night to the Florida Panthers. ...
Bulls win in OT; Blackhawks get blanked

Bulls win in OT; Blackhawks get blanked

As the NBA season rapidly approaches its end for 2022, the Chicago Bulls (45-32), on March 31, defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (37-40) 135-130 in overtime at the United Center as DeMar DeRozan had a monster ...
Outlines

U.S. men's soccer team returning to World Cup

After missing the World Cup in 2018, the U.S. men's soccer team is returning to the global tournament that will take place in Qatar—despite losing its March 30 game against Costa Rica. The United States lost ...
Chicago Blackhawks hosting Pride Night on April 12

Chicago Blackhawks hosting Pride Night on April 12

The Chicago Blackhawks are hosting Pride Night on Tuesday, April 12. The game against the Los Angeles Kings will start at 7:30 p.m. at the United Center. According to the Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA), everyone ...
Chicago Red Stars tie Racing Louisville FC 0-0

Chicago Red Stars tie Racing Louisville FC 0-0

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 30, 2022) — The Chicago Red Stars played Racing Louisville FC to a 0-0 draw and walked away with one point in a March 30 Challenge Cup match. Some key moments of the ...





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