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Windy City Times 2022-04-20

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Florida advises against gender-affirming care for minors; LGBTQ+ groups respond

Florida advises against gender-affirming care for minors; LGBTQ+ groups respond

On April 20, Florida's department of health said children younger than 18 years old should not be permitted to receive any form of gender-affirming care, including medications like puberty blockers and hormones and "social gender transition" ...
COVID Masks now optional on Illinois and Chicago public transit

COVID Masks now optional on Illinois and Chicago public transit

On April 19, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has changed face-mask requirements on public transit. According to a press release Windy City Times received, "To align with the ending of the enforcement of the federal mask mandate ...
Travel confusion reigns as judge overturns mask mandate

Travel confusion reigns as judge overturns mask mandate

On April 18, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle—a Donald Trump appointee—struck down the Biden Administration's COVID mask mandate for airplanes and other public transport methods. A Biden Administration official ...
Kansas governor vetoes anti-trans sports bill

Kansas governor vetoes anti-trans sports bill

On April 15, Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender athletes from girls' sports and another that would have required schools to let parents challenge classroom curriculum — a measure ...
COVID CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3

COVID CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3

The Biden administration announced that it is extending the nationwide mask requirement for airplanes and public transit until at least Tuesday, May 3, as it monitors an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control ...

  News

News

HRC: Real threat to women's sports not trans athletes but underfunding, lack of resources

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC—As states across the country continue to debate and pass anti-transgender sports bans — bills that would prevent transgender girls from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity — a new Human ...
Mayor Lightfoot, candidate Willie Wilson raise questions with gas giveaways

Mayor Lightfoot, candidate Willie Wilson raise questions with gas giveaways

Both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and businessman/mayoral candidate Willie Wilson are involved in new situations involving gas giveaways. Lightfoot is tweaking her proposed gas-card giveaway yet again in an attempt to mollify opposition and pave the ...
Chicago Fashion Week taking place April 24-May 1

Chicago Fashion Week taking place April 24-May 1

FashionBar, LLC announced Chicago Fashion Week will take place April 24-May 1 on the third floor of Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave. Some of the shows will include "Emerging Students" (April 26), "Trans, Media ...
Designs for Dignity gala on May 19

Designs for Dignity gala on May 19

Designs for Dignity's annual fundraising gala, "Spirit of Design," will take place Thursday, May 19, 6-10 p.m., and will celebrate more than 20 years of impact on Chicago's nonprofit community. The event will take place at ...
Gay Games 2023 announces updated sports list

Gay Games 2023 announces updated sports list

Gay Games 11 Hong Kong announced an all-new line-up of 23 sports for the November 2023 Games—a global multisport, arts and culture event founded in 1982 that celebrates diversity and inclusion. Co-hosted with Guadalajara, Mexico, the ...
News

Kane County high school 'promposal' criticized as racist

A recent promposal involving students at Kane County's Central High School has been criticized as racist, ABC 7 Chicago reported. A photo of the promposal that's being shared on social media shows two teens holding a ...
Columbia College to confer honorary degrees on journalist, Center CEO

Columbia College to confer honorary degrees on journalist, Center CEO

At its upcoming 2022 commencement exercises, Columbia College Chicago will confer honorary degrees on journalist/alumnus Danny Fenster and Center on Halsted CEO Modesto "Tico" Valle. The honorary degree recipients will ...
Chicago theater actress Hollis Resnik dies at 66

Chicago theater actress Hollis Resnik dies at 66

Chicago theater actress Hollis Resnick, who had a glittering resume, has passed away at age 66. The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones tweeted, "Sad to report that Father Jim Heneghan tells me that the great Chicago actress ...
News

National Black Justice Coalition honors National Transgender HIV Testing Day

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, April 18th, is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD). On this day, local, state, federal, and national organizations unite to recognize the importance of routine HIV ...
Bulls lose first playoff game; Cubs win; White Sox lose

Bulls lose first playoff game; Cubs win; White Sox lose

In all fairness, the odds are against the Chicago Bulls winning its best-of-seven series with the Milwaukee Bucks. (According to gay analyst Steve Kornacki, the Bulls only have a 14-percent chance, according to NBC.) The Bucks ...
Gay Latino techie Michael Sayman talks about his inspiring book, 'App Kid'

Gay Latino techie Michael Sayman talks about his inspiring book, 'App Kid'

Michael Sayman is a key figure in Silicon Valley, having worked at Instagram, Google and, now, Twitter. However, he stands out in many ways. The twentysomething Sayman—an openly gay Latino—was only in his teens when he ...
WORLD Conversion therapy, director attacked, killings, Rwanda, Grag Queen

WORLD Conversion therapy, director attacked, killings, Rwanda, Grag Queen

Thousands of LGBTQ+ people and allies across the United Kingdom recently protested the British government's refusal to ban anti-trans conversion therapy, Xtra Magazine noted. On April 10, demonstrators gathered at 10 Downing Street, the office of ...
NATIONAL N.J. governor, scorecard, Maryland ban, Air Force, outbreak

NATIONAL N.J. governor, scorecard, Maryland ban, Air Force, outbreak

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the state's Department of Education to review LGBTQ-inclusive sex-education standards set to start in the fall amid conservative attacks over the policy, the Los Angeles Blade noted. The order ...
Diversity training sessions for suburban executives May 19 and 26

Diversity training sessions for suburban executives May 19 and 26

On May 19 and 26, there will be half-day "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism" training sessions via Zoom. The primary audience will consist of senior executives and board members. The event will be free for nonprofits ...
POLITICS Congressional candidate Kina Collins on running again, addressing systemic issues

POLITICS Congressional candidate Kina Collins on running again, addressing systemic issues

Gun-violence prevention and healthcare advocate Kina Collins is once again running against longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Danny Davis in the June 28 primary for a seat in the U.S. Congress. She recently spoke with Windy ...
Andersonville Farmers Market returns May 11 - Oct. 19

Andersonville Farmers Market returns May 11 - Oct. 19

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 14, 2022) — The Andersonville Farmers Market (AFM) is pleased to return for its 13th season featuring 30 vendors on Wednesdays from 3 — 7 pm from May 11 — October 19, 2022 on ...
CircEsteem's youth-led 'Spring Circus' on May 7, 14 and 21

CircEsteem's youth-led 'Spring Circus' on May 7, 14 and 21

CircEsteem's Spring Circus is back in-person for the first time since 2019. The CircEsteem Spring Circus will take place on May 7, 14 and 21 at CircEsteem, 4730 N. Sheridan Rd., at 2 and 6 p.m. ...
News

First COVID breath test authorized

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first COVID-19 test that uses breath samples, according to NBC News. The InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer test has to be done by a trained operator, but the FDA said ...
Loved ones mourn loss of Elise Malary

Loved ones mourn loss of Elise Malary

Angelina Nordstrom remembers their close friend Elise Malary through candid photos and videos they loved to surprise her with. "My favorite thing was to catch her off-guard with the camera, to capture random moments of her ...
Wealthy California politico sentenced for deaths of two Black gay men

Wealthy California politico sentenced for deaths of two Black gay men

On April 14, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder sentenced former West Hollywood resident and LGBTQ+-rights activist Ed Buck, 67, to 30 years in federal prison for supplying the methamphetamine that killed two gay Black men—Gemmel ...
Black LGBTQ+ community leaders honored at Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala

Black LGBTQ+ community leaders honored at Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala

Social-justice agency Lorde, Rustin & Bates and Fahrenheit Chicago hosted the Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala April 13 at Theater on the Lake (2401 N Lake Shore Dr.). The event featured performances from singer ...
News

Indie Bookstore Crawl on Independent Bookstore Day April 30

-- From a press release

Chicago, April 12, 2022 — It's back! Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! Nearly 40 independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest ...
News

LGBT POCs 3X more likely than white non-LGBTs to have faced food insufficiency during pandemic

-- From a press release

During the pandemic, an estimated 13% of LGBT adults in the U.S. reported not having enough to eat in the past week, compared to 8% of non-LGBT adults, according to a new report by the Williams ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Northlight Theatre announces 2022-23 season

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 2022-2023 season, opening with the buddy comedy The Garbologists by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Cody Estle; followed by
...
Steppenwolf Theatre announces 2022-23 season in its expanded campus

Steppenwolf Theatre announces 2022-23 season in its expanded campus

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 19, 2022)—Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Directors Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis and Executive Director E. Brooke Flanagan announced the 2022-23 season today. With six Steppenwolf Membership Series productions ...
Chicago Circus & Performing Arts Festival on April 21-24

Chicago Circus & Performing Arts Festival on April 21-24

The multidisciplinary event Chicago Circus & Performing Arts Festival, produced by Yes Ma'am Circus, will run April 21-24 at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Performances from 10 Chicago-based companies include traditional circus acts, avant-ga ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I'd never done that before—on camera, at least. … I don't think."—Harry Styles discussed shooting sex scenes for his upcoming movie My Policeman (with both Emma Corrin and David Dawson) and Don't Worry Darling (wit ...
SHOWBIZ 'Glamorous,' Jake Gyllenhaal, Alice Walker, queer singers, trans film fest

SHOWBIZ 'Glamorous,' Jake Gyllenhaal, Alice Walker, queer singers, trans film fest

Three years after The CW passed on Glamorous, Netflix has picked up the redeveloped series about a young gender nonconforming queer man, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series ...
THEATER 'When We Were Young and Unafraid' May 13-June 12 at The Edge

THEATER 'When We Were Young and Unafraid' May 13-June 12 at The Edge

AstonRep Theatre Company will conclude its season with the Chicago premiere of Sarah Treem's drama When We Were Young and Unafraid. Directed by Sara Pavlak McGuire, it will run May 13-June 12 at The Edge Off-Broadway ...
The Other Art Fair to take place in the Loop on April 21-24

The Other Art Fair to take place in the Loop on April 21-24

The Other Art Fair returns to Chicago April 21-24 at Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, for collectors, artists and art lovers with original works of art from 110+ emerging artists. The fair, now in its ...
MUSIC Lizzo out with new song, will release 'Special' album on July 15

MUSIC Lizzo out with new song, will release 'Special' album on July 15

Grammy winner, LGBTQ+ ally and RIAA multi-platinum certified musician Lizzo has shared her long-awaited new single, "About Damn Time," available now via Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services, a press release ...
'Alan Turing,' 'King Roger' part of Chicago OperaTheater's 2022-23 season

'Alan Turing,' 'King Roger' part of Chicago OperaTheater's 2022-23 season

-- From a press release

April 14, 2022 (Chicago) — In anticipation of 2023 marking the 50th year of Chicago Opera Theater (COT) producing vital art in the Chicago community, the company proudly announces its 2022/23 season under the direction of ...
DANCE 'Wired,' focusing on barbed wire, to premiere at MCA on May 5-8

DANCE 'Wired,' focusing on barbed wire, to premiere at MCA on May 5-8

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) will showcase the world premiere of Wired on May 5-8. Internationally recognized disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light will return to the stage to premiere its latest work. The work ...

  Outlines

Chicago Red Stars assistant coach Julianne Sitch to join UChicago as men's soccer head coach

Chicago Red Stars assistant coach Julianne Sitch to join UChicago as men's soccer head coach

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 20, 2022) — The Chicago Red Stars today announced the departure of assistant coach Julianne Sitch who will be joining the University of Chicago as the head coach of their men's soccer team. ...
Readers invited to take survey on LGBTQ+ community media and organizations

Readers invited to take survey on LGBTQ+ community media and organizations

Windy City Times is asking people to take a short LGBTQ+ survey from Community Marketing & Insights, an LGBTQ+ market-research firm. For more than a decade, this survey has provided free data to help non-profits, universities ...
Blackhawks lose again; Cubs win; former Cub retires

Blackhawks lose again; Cubs win; former Cub retires

On April 18, the Chicago Blackhawks (25-40-11) lost to the Calgary Flames (47-20-9) 5-2 at the United Center. Chicago, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games, allowed three goals in the first period. However, ...
Chicago Red Stars tie Racing Louisville FC 1-1

Chicago Red Stars tie Racing Louisville FC 1-1

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 16, 2022) — Arlington Heights native Amanda Kowalski scored the Chicago Red Stars' lone goal tonight as the team tied Racing Louisville FC 1-1. The team now stands in second place in the central ...
Independent review of NHLPA handling of Beach's allegations finds no wrongdoing

Independent review of NHLPA handling of Beach's allegations finds no wrongdoing

An investigation that the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) independently commissioned has found no "individual wrongdoing or institutional failures of policy or procedure" by its executive director, Donald Fehr, or others ...
Blackhawks end losing streak, Cubs win and White Sox fall

Blackhawks end losing streak, Cubs win and White Sox fall

At the United Center on April 14, the Chicago Blackhawks (25-38-11) ended an eight-game skid by defeating the San Jose Sharks (29-33-11) 5-4 in a shootout. Alex DeBrincat scored the lone goal in the shootout after ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky builds training camp roster with addition of Emmanuelle Tahane

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 14, 2022) — Chicago Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade continues to bolster the team's training camp roster, it was announced today, with the signing of former Rhode Island Rams star Emmanuelle ...
Out LondonHouse Executive Chef Liz Sweeney talks industry, personal journey

Out LondonHouse Executive Chef Liz Sweeney talks industry, personal journey

During a recent conversation with Windy City Times, LondonHouse Executive Chef Liz Sweeney revealed several aspects of herself—all coming together to show a complex and open individual. For example, she was quick to flash a smile ...






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