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Former White Sox head trainer alleges sexual orientation-based bias

Former White Sox head trainer alleges sexual orientation-based bias

Brian Ball, a former head trainer for the Chicago White Sox, has filed suit against the organization and General Manager Frederick Hahn. In the lawsuit, Ball alleges he was unjustly terminated in October 2020 without explanation, ...
U.S. Senate Republicans and one Democrat block abortion-protection bill

U.S. Senate Republicans and one Democrat block abortion-protection bill

On May 11, the U.S. Senate failed to advance a Democrat-led bill that would enshrine broad protections for legal abortion nationwide—a vote triggered by a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that indicates Roe v. Wade will ...
All WNBA courts to honor Brittney Griner

All WNBA courts to honor Brittney Griner

The WNBA announced plans to acknowledge the importance of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner to the league, according to a press release. During the 2022 season that tips off Friday, May 6, Griner's initials and jersey ...
COVID Indoor masking 'strongly recommended' for Chicago as numbers rise

COVID Indoor masking 'strongly recommended' for Chicago as numbers rise

With COVID-19 cases continuing to gradually increase, Cook County and the City of Chicago moved from "Low" into the "Medium" COVID-19 Community Level, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced in a press release. In ...
Breaking News

Virginia trans teen killed at party

The life of Black transgender girl Ariyanna Mitchell, 17, ended violently at a party in Hampton, Virginia, on April 2—and the accused killer asked her if she was a boy or a girl before shooting her, ...
LGBTQ+ woman appointed as White House press secretary; GLAAD comments

LGBTQ+ woman appointed as White House press secretary; GLAAD comments

On May 5, President Biden announced Karine Jean-Pierre has been promoted to be assistant to the president and White House press secretary, according to a White House media release. Jean-Pierre will step into the press secretary ...

  News

News

Florida schools censoring students even before Don't Say Gay law goes into effect

-- From a press release

TALLAHASSEE, FL — As the school year ends, students across Florida are experiencing the inevitable censorship of Florida's anti-LGBTQ Don't Say Gay law recently signed by Governor DeSantis. The law's harmful impacts are not limited to ...
News

LGBTQs 4X more likely than non-LGBTQs to choose a college away from home

-- 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 LGBTQ people were four times more likely than non-LGBTQ people ...
Deadline for Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame nominations is May 31

Deadline for Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame nominations is May 31

The deadline to nominate individuals, businesses, organizations, and allies to the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame is on May 31 at midnight. Nominations may be made online at www.chicagolgbthalloffame.org/nominate. The goal is to honor people and ...
News

Running squad 'Team to End AIDS' calls for participants to raise funds

-- From a press release

(Chicago, IL) Over the last 19 years, TEAM TO ENDS AIDS (T2)—the only HIV charity fundraising marathon team in the Midwest—has raised more than $13 million for HIV/AIDS awareness and direct support for those living with ...
News

Rally planned during May 11 Biden visit to demand nationwide legalization of abortion

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — Organizers and activists from the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Breaking the Chains Magazine, ANSWER Chicago, Code Pink, Make Noize for Change, and others will be rallying on Wed., May 11, at 6 ...
 Lightfoot, City Clerk Valencia announce partnership with UN Women

Lightfoot, City Clerk Valencia announce partnership with UN Women

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and City Clerk Anna Valencia announced a partnership with UN Women's Global Flagship Program, Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces. The initiative responds to sexual violence against women and girls ...
Cubs win while White Sox blow six-run lead

Cubs win while White Sox blow six-run lead

On May 9, one Chicago MLB team halted its losing streak while the other had its winning streak snapped. In San Diego, the Chicago Cubs (10-18) blanked the Padres (19-11) 6-0 as the North Siders racked ...
Queer college salutatorian plans to help community through food

Queer college salutatorian plans to help community through food

Back in March, Jose Cueva got an unexpected phone call from the president of Kennedy-King College: Cueva's perfect 4.0 GPA meant he would be graduating as salutatorian. "I was in shock; I wasn't expecting that," Cueva ...
Grindr going public in $2.1-billion deal

Grindr going public in $2.1-billion deal

The people behind the LGBTQ+ dating app Grindr said the company would go public through a merger with a blank-check acquisition firm—a deal that values it at $2.1 billion and features Tiga Investments CEO Raymond Zage ...
Chicago Sky activate Rebekah Gardner, waive Kaela Davis

Chicago Sky activate Rebekah Gardner, waive Kaela Davis

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 9, 2022) — The Chicago Sky has waived Kaela Davis, the team announced today, allowing them to activate Rebekah Gardner. Gardner joined the team Feb. 10 after signing her first WNBA training camp. After ...
News

Lightfoot announces a 'Justice for All Pledge' based on equity and access

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined reproductive justice leaders to announce the Justice For All Pledge, in response to the leaked draft opinion by the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States ...
Center on Halsted's 'Human First' gala returns to (in-person) form

Center on Halsted's 'Human First' gala returns to (in-person) form

Center on Halsted's annual "Human First" gala returned Friday, May 6, in an in-person format. The event took place at the Old Post Office, 433 W. Van Buren St. Last year, the Center hosted a virtual ...
NATIONAL Rainbow flagpole, Washington Blade, Don Lemon, Black leaders

NATIONAL Rainbow flagpole, Washington Blade, Don Lemon, Black leaders

Four years after the Trump Administration abruptly nixed plans to bring a rainbow flag to federal land adjacent to NYC's Christopher Park, the Biden Administration is planning to install a permanent flagpole at the park, Gay ...
WORLD South Africa, Greek ruling, soccer items, singer attacked

WORLD South Africa, Greek ruling, soccer items, singer attacked

South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa praised his country for creating a conducive environment for LGB people to practice same-sex marriages and partnerships, according to Erasing 76 Crimes. Speaking at a Freedom Day celebration in Mpumalanga, ...
33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York honor Judith Light, Wilson Cruz and more

33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York honor Judith Light, Wilson Cruz and more

-- From a press release

New York - Friday, May 6 — GLAAD announced recipients for 16 of this year's 30 categories for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on May 6. Additional categories were announced in Los Angeles on April ...
Shedd Aquarium hosting 'Pride Night' kickoff June 1

Shedd Aquarium hosting 'Pride Night' kickoff June 1

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., is hosting Pride Night kickoff on Wed., June 1, 6-10 p.m. The event will feature DJs (Ariel Zetina and Mx. Toto), drag personalities (Hinkypunk, Kitty Banks and Tiki ...
LGBTQ+-rights activist, Steamworks co-founder Rick Stokes dies at 87

LGBTQ+-rights activist, Steamworks co-founder Rick Stokes dies at 87

Rick Earl Stokes, famously "the other gay candidate" who ran against Harvey Milk for San Francisco supervisor in 1977, died May 3 at age 87, according to the Bay Area Reporter. Stokes died in San Francisco ...
VIEWS Dignity/Chicago celebrates 50 years of ministry

VIEWS Dignity/Chicago celebrates 50 years of ministry

It was 1972 and it was dangerous to be gay or lesbian. One could be arrested, publicly humiliated or fired from one's job. Even finding safety in the emerging bar scene was hazardous. Added to that ...
'LGBT Milwalkee' project earns first round of funding

'LGBT Milwalkee' project earns first round of funding

-- From a press release. LGBT Milwaukee history video below

Milwaukee, WI. - Thanks to generous financial support, the LGBT MILWALKEE project has achieved its first round of fundraising goals and will launch a local walking tour app on Thursday, June 1. "To date, we've received ...
Mayor names Bally's at Tribune Publishing Center for Chicago's sole casino license

Mayor names Bally's at Tribune Publishing Center for Chicago's sole casino license

-- From a press release

CHICAGO —Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced May 5 that the City has selected Bally's Corporation to be the recipient of its sole casino license and the developer to create a world-class casino-resort and entertainment experience in ...
News

Members of the Jane Collective abortion underground to reunite for 'The Janes' screening May 19

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Illinois — In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion set to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Doc10 today announced that original Jane Collective members will reunite for the ...
Book-signing for HIV/AIDS activist's 'Unprotected: A Memoir' on May 21

Book-signing for HIV/AIDS activist's 'Unprotected: A Memoir' on May 21

-- From a press release

"I had been torn apart by the doings of others and blamed myself for surviving to the best of my ability. It would literally take decades for me to understand that I was the product of what happened to me." Emmy ...
Todd Connor falls short in Indiana state Senate bid

Todd Connor falls short in Indiana state Senate bid

Onetime Chicago resident Todd Connor lost his bid to represent Porter County in the Indiana state Senate. State Sen. Rodney Pol, D-Chesterton, edged Connor and Ron Meer in the May 3 primary election, The Shelbyville News ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present 'Unimaginable' on May 20-22

The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will present the spring show "CGMC: Unimaginable," on May 20-22 at three Chicagoland venues. The performances will take place Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. at Chicago's Athenaeum Center for Thought
...
FILM 'The Adventures of Priscilla' to show nationwide on June 2

FILM 'The Adventures of Priscilla' to show nationwide on June 2

Iconic Events Releasing will kick off Pride Month with a special nationwide rerelease of MGM's classic 1994 Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Screenings will take place in select theaters nationwide on ...
Kokandy Productions to present 'Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical' June 9-Aug. 7

Kokandy Productions to present 'Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical' June 9-Aug. 7

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 10, 2022) — Kokandy Productions is launching its 10th-anniversary season this summer with the Chicago storefront premiere of Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical—a flirty and fun, nostalgia-packed show ...
COMEDY Netflix holds 'Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration'

COMEDY Netflix holds 'Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration'

On May 7, Billy Eichner hosted Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival's "Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration" at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The historic celebration featured LGBTQ+ comedy legends and emerging talent. Highlights included ...
Tonys: Queer-themed 'A Strange Loop' leads nods; 'Paradise Square,' 'MJ' close behind

Tonys: Queer-themed 'A Strange Loop' leads nods; 'Paradise Square,' 'MJ' close behind

Nominations for the 75th Tony Awards were announced May 9—and a Pulitzer Prize-winning original musical and a play that recounts the 2008 financial crisis led the nods, CNN reported. Leading the nominations was A Strange Loop, ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Walt Disney is looking down & he's not happy ok? He said whatever happened to my beautiful Magic Kingdom?"—While I am delighted Mr. Trump is communing with the late Walt Disney, I'd much rather hear an ...
Lakeside Pride to host 'Sweet Home Chicago' on May 29 [UPDATED]

Lakeside Pride to host 'Sweet Home Chicago' on May 29 [UPDATED]

As part of the 40th annual Pride Bands Alliance Conference, Lakeside Pride will host "Sweet Home Chicago" on Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr. Chicago's Lakeside ...
White Party returns to Palm Springs; celebrities make appearances

White Party returns to Palm Springs; celebrities make appearances

After a two-year hiatus, the 32nd Annual White Party Global (formerly White Party Palm Springs) celebrated its return with more than 20,000 attendees from around the globe, a press release noted. Recognized as the longest-running and ...
SHOWBIZ 'Hacks,' 'Love, Victor,' Indy 500, Ariana DeBose, queer singers

SHOWBIZ 'Hacks,' 'Love, Victor,' Indy 500, Ariana DeBose, queer singers

Queer, non-binary actor Carl Clemons-Hopkins (they/them and he/him) told Out Magazine he is elated with the warm reception received by the show Hacks and his character. "When I started in this years and years ago, there ...
'Queen of the Universe' winner Grag Queen in Chicago on June 3 and 19

'Queen of the Universe' winner Grag Queen in Chicago on June 3 and 19

Grag Queen—the Brazilian drag queen who won the reality-competition show Queen of the Universe, and who just released her first English-language single, "You Betta"—will be in Chicago twice next month. ...
Inaugural 'River North Live' taking place June 24-26

Inaugural 'River North Live' taking place June 24-26

River North Residents Association announced that its annual festival, formerly Taste of River North, will return with a new venue, date and concept for 2022. Taking place June 24-26, River North Live will feature world-class artists ...
Giordano Dance Chicago to showcase modern works June 11

Giordano Dance Chicago to showcase modern works June 11

The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., completes its Made in Chicago 2021-22 Dance Series with the return of Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) performing its annual summer engagement on Saturday, June 11, at 7:30 ...
TELEVISION Peacock cancels rebooted 'Saved by the Bell'

TELEVISION Peacock cancels rebooted 'Saved by the Bell'

Only a month after the reboot of the classic NBC comedy Saved by the Bell won Outstanding Comedy Series at the GLAAD Media Awards, Peacock has canceled the show after two seasons, Deadline reported. The second ...

  Outlines

AUTOS 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz answers the right questions

AUTOS 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz answers the right questions

You may think the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz answers questions nobody asked, but if that's true, somebody should have asked. A car-based pickup is not a new idea. Chevrolet and Ford offered the El Camino and ...
Fire lose and Cubs drop doubleheader; White Sox win again

Fire lose and Cubs drop doubleheader; White Sox win again

Ronaldo Cisneros netted three goals (a hat trick) in the first half and Atlanta United (4-4-3) snapped their four-match MLS winless streak, defeating Chicago Fire (2-3-4) FC 4-1 at Georgia's ...
Chicago Sky lose opener; White Sox win; Cubs game postponed

Chicago Sky lose opener; White Sox win; Cubs game postponed

The defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky lost their season/home opener 98-91 to the Los Angeles Sparks in overtime at Wintrust Arena. The game was the Sky's first season-opener at home since 2016. It was a career-high ...
SAVOR Cafe Sophie: Chef Grant talks about his European getaway in the Gold Coast

SAVOR Cafe Sophie: Chef Grant talks about his European getaway in the Gold Coast

Chef Danny Grant wants to take Chicagoans (and visitors) to Europe—via his latest spot, Cafe Sophie, which opened April 14. Named after Grant's aunt, Cafe Sophie (a 2,500-square-foot space at 847 N. State St., in the ...
Outlines

Red Stars vs. Spirit rescheduled

CHICAGO (May 5, 2022) — The Chicago Red Stars' match against the Washington Spirit, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 7, has been rescheduled due to Washington advancing to the Challenge Cup final. The teams will now ...
Outlines

Chicago Sky also waive Kaba, Doyle and Tahane

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 5, 2022) — The Chicago Sky waived Masseny Kaba, Kathleen Doyle and Emmanuelle Tahane, the team announced today. Kaba was signed by the Sky on April 16 after going undrafted in the 2022 WNBA ...
Outlines

SPORTS Chicago Sky waive several players

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 4, 2022)—The Chicago Sky waived Anneli Maley, Kaela Davis, Tina Krajisnik, Sparkle Taylor and Kysre Gondrezick, the team announced. Maley joined the Sky on March 11 after signing a training camp contract. Maley was ...
White Sox take both Wrigley Field games in Crosstown Classic

White Sox take both Wrigley Field games in Crosstown Classic

On May 4, the Chicago White Sox (11-13) edged the Chicago Cubs (9-15) 4-3 in the second of the two-game Crosstown Classic series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had a 3-1 lead going to the third ...






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