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Brittney Griner gets new designation; Black LGBTQ+ group responds

Brittney Griner gets new designation; Black LGBTQ+ group responds

The United States is now saying lesbian WNBA player Brittney Griner is wrongfully detained in Russia, NPR reported. The shift in language indicates the United States will work more aggressively to secure her release. The State ...
LGBTQ+ lawmakers in 16 states have or will introduce laws to protect trans kids

LGBTQ+ lawmakers in 16 states have or will introduce laws to protect trans kids

Equality California, California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), LGBTQ Victory Institute and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California announced the national, queer-led rollout of trans refuge state legislation in 16 ...
Leak of U.S. Supreme Court abortion opinion stirs local reactions

Leak of U.S. Supreme Court abortion opinion stirs local reactions

The U.S. Supreme Court has reportedly voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that Politico obtained. The 98-page draft opinion overturns ...
Abortion decision leak sounds 'fire bell' for LGBTQ+ activists

Abortion decision leak sounds 'fire bell' for LGBTQ+ activists

In an unprecedented development, a purported draft of what is believed to be the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on abortion indicates not only that the court is poised to overturn its long-standing decisions protecting the ...
'Moulin Rouge' performance canceled after Loop shooting

'Moulin Rouge' performance canceled after Loop shooting

Broadway In Chicago canceled the May 1 performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, following the nearby shooting in The Loop, ABC 7 Chicago reported. A 27-year-old man and a 55-year-old ...
Breaking News

DoJ files suit challenging Alabama's trans youth law

The U.S. Justice Department (DoJ) filed a complaint alleging that Alabama's controversial law banning gender-affirming care for youth is unconstitutional, according to AL.com. In the complaint filed in federal court ...
Breaking News

United Methodist Church splitting over LGBTQ acceptance

Theologically conservative Methodists have broken away from the United Methodist Church (UMC) over LGBTQ acceptance. According to a king5.com item, the breakaway denomination, called the Global Methodist Church, formed because ...
Quigley decides not to run for Chicago mayor

Quigley decides not to run for Chicago mayor

Congressman Mike Quigley has ruled out a run for mayor of Chicago in 2023, according to ABC 7 Chicago. In an April 28 press release, Representative Quigley cited his work as the co-chair on the House ...
Calls to free Brittney Griner increase after prisoner release

Calls to free Brittney Griner increase after prisoner release

As some people celebrate the April 27 announcement that Texas Marine veteran Trevor Reed would be released from a Russian prison, there were others urging the U.S. government to continue working behind the scenes—particularly regarding the ...
LGBTQ+ and allied organizations rally against bigotry and hate

LGBTQ+ and allied organizations rally against bigotry and hate

A statewide coalition of LGBTQ+ and allied organizations held a press conference and rally April 27 in Chicago's Federal Plaza in response to the wave of nationwide bigotry and hate against the queer and trans community, ...

  News

NBJC celebrates and remembers trans journalist/activist Monica Roberts on her birthday

NBJC celebrates and remembers trans journalist/activist Monica Roberts on her birthday

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) celebrates the life and accomplishments of Monica Roberts, a revered transgender journalist, activist, and founder of the award-winning publication TransGriot. ...
Illinois Supreme Court denies ex-Bear Richard Dent chance to identify accusers

Illinois Supreme Court denies ex-Bear Richard Dent chance to identify accusers

The Illinois Supreme Court recently denied former Chicago Bear Richard Dent the chance to learn the names of the people who accused him of sexual harassment and drunken disorderly conduct in 2018, SW Iowa News reported. ...
Raven Theatre announces 40th Anniversary Season

Raven Theatre announces 40th Anniversary Season

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 2, 2022) — Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its 40th Anniversary Season, kicking off this fall with a fresh take on Noel Coward's iconic 1930 comedy Private Lives, directed by Ian Frank. The ...
LGBTQ Catholic resource Outreach launches

LGBTQ Catholic resource Outreach launches

Outreach—a new website designed to help LGBTQ Catholics, their families and friends, and those who minister to them in the church—has launched. Outreach will publish news stories and essays from around the world; offer a resource ...
HRC holds Greater New York Dinner; Hochul, Schumer among speakers

HRC holds Greater New York Dinner; Hochul, Schumer among speakers

On April 30, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hosted its Greater New York Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, per a press release. The event featured speeches from HRC Interim President Joni Madison, who used ...
NATIONAL Campus Pride, HIV and the military, IVF suit, Billie Jean King

NATIONAL Campus Pride, HIV and the military, IVF suit, Billie Jean King

Campus Pride—along with 36 other national/regional organizations such as GLSEN, PFLAG National and TransAthlete.com—requested that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) incorporate non-binary students into ...
WORLD Conversion therapy, Russian ruling, concert pianist, trans politician

WORLD Conversion therapy, Russian ruling, concert pianist, trans politician

A trans woman opened up about her horrific experiences of conversion therapy in the wake of the UK government's reviled U-turn that will see LGB conversion therapy banned but trans conversion therapy remain legal, PinkNews reported. ...
Chicago Red Stars win; Cubs get hammered; White Sox also win

Chicago Red Stars win; Cubs get hammered; White Sox also win

At home, the Chicago Red Stars—behind goals from Ella Stevens and Bianca St-Georges—defeated Racing Louisville FC 2-1 on April 30. Both Stevens and St-Georges scored their first regular-season goals; Stevens' goal came within the first t ...
Okla. governor bans non-binary gender identities on birth certificates

Okla. governor bans non-binary gender identities on birth certificates

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill explicitly barring the use of non-binary gender markers on state birth certificates—a ban experts say is the first of its kind in the nation, according to an NPR item. ...
Georgia guv signs anti-LGBTQ+ measures; Kansas has pro-LGBTQ+ result

Georgia guv signs anti-LGBTQ+ measures; Kansas has pro-LGBTQ+ result

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law legislation curbing talk of so-called "divisive concepts" (including discussions about race) in the state's classrooms and barring transgender athletes from participating on school ...
Canada lifts blood-donor ban for gay and bisexual men

Canada lifts blood-donor ban for gay and bisexual men

Health Canada approved Canadian Blood Services' submission to eliminate the three-month donor deferral period for gay and bisexual men as well as some other people in the LGBTQ2S+ demographic, CTV National News reported. The national blood ...
PASSAGES Playwright/disability-rights activist Susan Nussbaum dies

PASSAGES Playwright/disability-rights activist Susan Nussbaum dies

Susan Nussbaum—a Chicago playwright, novelist and longtime disability-rights activist—died April 28 at age 68. Nussbaum won the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Social Engaging Fiction for her novel Good Kings Bad ...
COVID Latest travel update: 9.7% of country at 'Medium' or 'High' level

COVID Latest travel update: 9.7% of country at 'Medium' or 'High' level

In the CDC's weekly update of COVID-19 Community Levels released April 29, 9.7 percent—or 314—of the 3,220 counties in the United States and Puerto Rico are now designated at a "Medium" or "High" COVID-19 level. That ...
POLITICS U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis speaks about accomplishments, ageism in politics

POLITICS U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis speaks about accomplishments, ageism in politics

U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis has represented Illinois' 7th Congressional District since 1996 and is campaigning to retain his seat in the June 28 primary. He recently spoke with Windy City Times about his previous accomplishments ...
Two Whole Foods stores to close; Lightfoot, Hunter respond

Two Whole Foods stores to close; Lightfoot, Hunter respond

Whole Foods is closing two Chicago stores—including one it opened on the South Side six years ago amid promises to end the food desert in that area, Block Club Chicago reported. The Englewood spot and a ...
POLITICS Ald. Raymond Lopez talks mayoral run, Lightfoot, Fox News

POLITICS Ald. Raymond Lopez talks mayoral run, Lightfoot, Fox News

"I'm in." With that short statement on Twitter, Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez announced his attempt to become the city's next mayor. A fierce critic of current Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Lopez (who, like Lightfoot, is part of ...
News

More than half of transgender students in higher education report poor mental health

-- From a press release

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation's largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds there are an estimated 218,000 known transgender students ages 18 ...
News

Biden-Harris administration reports on efforts to support global LGBTQ+ rights, HRC applauds result

-- 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 commended the release of a report from the Biden-Harris ...
Rape, murder of Kenyan lesbian spark outrage

Rape, murder of Kenyan lesbian spark outrage

Kenyan authorities said six men who raped and murdered Sheila Adhiambo Lumumba, 25, on April 19 in her home in Karatina actually targeted her because of her sexual orientation, The Washington Blade reported. The body of ...
Annual LGBTQ+ networking event 'Out of the Office' to take place June 1

Annual LGBTQ+ networking event 'Out of the Office' to take place June 1

The annual LGBTQ+ networking event Out of the Office will take place Wed., June 1, 4:30-7 p.m., at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago's rooftop lounge, I|O, 127 W. Huron St., to kick off Pride Month. The event ...
Equality Illinois endorses 95 pro-equality candidates for June 28 primaries

Equality Illinois endorses 95 pro-equality candidates for June 28 primaries

-- From a press release

"Equality Illinois is excited to announce our primary election endorsements today as we continue to make our state fairer and more just for LGBTQ+ people," said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. "In recent years, ...
News

WOMEN'S SOCCER U.S. team dominates; Houston coach suspended

The U.S. U-17 Women's Youth National Team finished first in Group G at the 2022 Concacaf Women's U-17 Championship with a convincing 5-0 win against Costa Rica to take another step closer to qualifying for the ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

MUSIC Madonna curating, releasing dance-music compilation 'Finally Enough Love'

Madonna made history once again when she topped the Dance Club Songs chart for the 50th time, making her the first and only recording artist to have 50 number-one hits on any Billboard chart. To celebrate
...
Chappelle attacked at Netflix event; man charged with misdemeanors [UPDATES]

Chappelle attacked at Netflix event; man charged with misdemeanors [UPDATES]

Social media exploded overnight on May 3 with reports that comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked at his Hollywood Bowl Show, which was a part of the Netflix Is a Joke Festival, according to Deadline. Apparently, Chappelle ...
MUSIC Dolly Parton, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie among newest Hall of Fame inductees

MUSIC Dolly Parton, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie among newest Hall of Fame inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its newest class of inductees. The musicians who the Hall's voters chose include Dolly Parton, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Eminem, Lionel Richie, Eurythmics and Carly Simon, according ...
THEATER Performers Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young skate into the Windy City

THEATER Performers Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young skate into the Windy City

The popular television show American Idol brought Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young together, even though they actually competed on separate seasons. Fate and destiny are also parts of the storyline in the duo's latest project Skates. ...
THEATER Silk Road co-founders talk about journey from medical setback

THEATER Silk Road co-founders talk about journey from medical setback

Malik Gillani co-founded Silk Road Rising—a theater company focused on sharing the life stories of the overlooked and underrepresented people living along the Silk Road in Asia and the Middle East—with his husband, Jamil Khoury, almost ...
Actors 30 and older needed for Bronzeville murder-mystery production

Actors 30 and older needed for Bronzeville murder-mystery production

Actors and actresses who are at least 30 years old are needed for a murder-mystery production that revolves around a historical Bronzeville development. Wooley's Place will involve a murder that will take place in Chicago's Bronzeville ...
DANCE A&A Ballet to offer Family Dance Series starting May 14

DANCE A&A Ballet to offer Family Dance Series starting May 14

A&A Ballet (A&A), under the artistic direction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, announced a new Family Dance Series at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave., premiering Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. Fresh from ...
Refracted Theatre to launch inaugural Chicago season with queer production

Refracted Theatre to launch inaugural Chicago season with queer production

Refracted Theatre Company has announced its inaugural Chicago season, featuring a launch event and a world-premiere queer-themed production where curiosity is rewarded with the unexpected, and an open heart is met with a colorful display of ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"I'm super-conscious that I'm close to death. And it doesn't really bother me that much. What bothers me is that my body is, you know, basically not mine! My knees are not mine, my hips are not mine, my shoulder's not ...
THEATER 'At the Vanishing Point' running through May 22

THEATER 'At the Vanishing Point' running through May 22

The Gift Theatre is welcoming back live audiences with the Chicago premiere of Naomi Iizuka's drama At the Vanishing Point, directed by Lavina Jadhwani. It runs through Sunday, May 22, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee ...
SHOWBIZ 'Broadway Rising,' Webby Awards, 'Kinky Boots,' Tom Ford

SHOWBIZ 'Broadway Rising,' Webby Awards, 'Kinky Boots,' Tom Ford

The upcoming documentary Broadway Rising will have its world premiere on June 13 at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, Playbill noted. The documentary follows theater subjects—ranging from stage doorman to actors—on their journeys back to the ...
DeGeneres shares message after taping final talk-show episode

DeGeneres shares message after taping final talk-show episode

An era has ended as The Ellen Show has officially wrapped its last episode. According to Variety, Ellen DeGeneres announced on an April 29 Twitter thread that her daytime talk show concluded filming its final episode. ...
TV The CW cancels 'Batwoman,' 'Legends of Tomorrow'

TV The CW cancels 'Batwoman,' 'Legends of Tomorrow'

The CW has axed the LGBTQ+-inclusive DC Arrowverse shows Batwoman and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. According to Out Magazine, Batwoman—canceled after just three seasons—introduced the world to lesbian superhero Ryan ...
Entertainment

Chicago part of Taco Bell Drag Brunch tour

Starting next month, Taco Bell is launching the Taco Bell Drag Brunch—a five-stop restaurant tour that aims to celebrate drag culture and the LGBTQ+ community, Food and Wine noted. Taking place at five Taco Bell Cantina ...

  Outlines

White Sox beat Cubs in first game of Crosstown Classic

White Sox beat Cubs in first game of Crosstown Classic

In the first game of this year's Crosstown Classic series between the Chicago White Sox (10-13) and the Chicago Cubs (9-14), the South Siders won 3-1 at Wrigley Field on May 3. The White Sox's Tim ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky waive Pulliam, prepare for May 6 season opener

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 2)—The Chicago Sky waived Lindsey Pulliam, the team announced today. Pulliam joined the Sky on April 16 after signing a training camp contract and was selected by the Atlanta Dream with the 27th overall ...
Bears release QB Foles; Cubs win while White Sox come up short

Bears release QB Foles; Cubs win while White Sox come up short

Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Poles made four trades April 30—the final day of the NFL Draft—but could not find a taker for veteran quarterback Nick Foles, The Chicago Tribune noted. That led the team to ...
Blackhawks end season with loss; Cubs, White Sox also fall

Blackhawks end season with loss; Cubs, White Sox also fall

The Chicago Blackhawks (28-42-12) ended their season with a loss on April 29, falling to the Buffalo Sabres (32-39-11) 3-2 in overtime in New York. Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome scored in regulation, with Buffalo tying ...
Chicago and defending champion Sky to host 2022 WNBA All-Star festivities

Chicago and defending champion Sky to host 2022 WNBA All-Star festivities

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 will be played in Chicago at the Wintrust Arena, home of the defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky, on Sunday, July 10, according to a press release from the WNBA. The game—which will ...
Bulls' season ends; Cubs, White Sox and Blackhawks win

Bulls' season ends; Cubs, White Sox and Blackhawks win

The Chicago Bulls' season is over. In Wisconsin, Chicago lost to the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 116-100 on April 27. The Bucks won the best-of-seven series four games to one. The Bucks jumped to a ...





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