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Windy City Times 2022-05-18

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PASSAGES Urvashi Vaid dies, The National LGBTQ Task Force releases statement

PASSAGES Urvashi Vaid dies, The National LGBTQ Task Force releases statement

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, DC……Legendary attorney, LGBTQ activist, and author Urvashi Vaid, known for her extensive career an advocate for LGBTQ rights, women's rights, anti-war efforts, immigration justice and many other social causes ...
Pro-choice coalition to rally May 14 in Chicago's Union Park

Pro-choice coalition to rally May 14 in Chicago's Union Park

-- From a press release

'Rally for Abortion Justice,' part of a nationwide 'Bans Off Our Bodies' day of action will takes place in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. The crowd may be 25,000 strong according to organizers. ...
Texas court okays child-abuse inquries into families of trans kids

Texas court okays child-abuse inquries into families of trans kids

On May 13, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously cleared the way for the state child-welfare agency to resume investigating parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for trans youth—actions Gov. Greg Abbott has equated to child ...
Breaking News

Griner's detention in Russia extended by a month

The lawyer for Brittney Griner said May 13 that the WNBA star's pretrial detention in Russia has been extended by one month, ESPN reported. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension ...

  News

News

For International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia HRC highlights grants

-- 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, is commemorating International Day Against ...
GLSEN holds Respect Awards in New York

GLSEN holds Respect Awards in New York

On May 16, the pro-LGBTQ+ education organization GLSEN held its New York Respect Awards in Gotham Hall. At its first in-person Respect Awards in three years, the organization introduced new Executive Director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers in their ...
POLITICS GOP candidate Irvin called Trump an 'idiot,' backed LGBTQ+s

POLITICS GOP candidate Irvin called Trump an 'idiot,' backed LGBTQ+s

GOP gubernatorial candidate and current Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has dodged talking about former U.S. President Donald Trump (and many other topics)—but recently revealed records show how Irvin reportedly felt ...
Police officer enters Chicago mayoral race

Police officer enters Chicago mayoral race

Longtime Chicago police officer Frederick Collins has jumped into the Chicago mayoral race—and it's not his first. Collins also ran for mayor eight years ago. His 2014 interview with Windy ...
WORLD Eswatini ruling, Toronto deaths, Greece, blood donations

WORLD Eswatini ruling, Toronto deaths, Greece, blood donations

The High Court in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) rejected an appeal for legal recognition by the local LGBTQ+-rights group Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities, citing "laws … prevailing in the kingdom" ...
NATIONAL New York synod, Danica Roem, legal action, Pride news, PFLAG

NATIONAL New York synod, Danica Roem, legal action, Pride news, PFLAG

The Metropolitan New York Synod (MNYS), the regional body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, announced Christopher Vergara as its newly elected vice president, according to a press release. Vergara is the first openly gay ...
News

Los Angeles LGBT Center mourns passing of legendary LGBT activist, leader Urvashi Vaid

-- From a press release

LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2022—"The world has lost a giant in the movement for LGBTQ freedom, justice and equality. After a valiant battle with cancer, Urvashi Vaid died today," said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri ...
Nat'l Association of Black and White Men Together to hold July 6-9 conference

Nat'l Association of Black and White Men Together to hold July 6-9 conference

The National Association of Black and White Men Together—described on its website as "a gay multicultural, anti-racism organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be ...
Judge blocks part of Alabama law criminalizing care for trans youth

Judge blocks part of Alabama law criminalizing care for trans youth

On May 13, U.S. District Judge Liles Burke blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors, USA Today reported. ...
Report: Malta is the best European country regarding LGBTQ+ rights

Report: Malta is the best European country regarding LGBTQ+ rights

An annual report courtesy of ILGA-Europe stated that Malta remains the best country in Europe for LGBTQ+ rights, Euronews noted. The association said that Malta (which scored 92 out of a possible 100) has maintained the ...
PASSAGES Dr. David Ostrow dies at 74

PASSAGES Dr. David Ostrow dies at 74

Longtime researcher Dr. David Gene Ostrow, of Chicago, died unexpectedly on Feb. 16 at home. He was 74. The cause of death was end-stage renal disease, according to the Tribute Archive website. Ostrow was born on ...
Leather business 64TEN to name street after Ed Negron on May 30

Leather business 64TEN to name street after Ed Negron on May 30

On May 25-30, leather shop 64TEN, 6410 N. Clark St., will mark its 21st anniversary. The celebrations will coincide with the International Mr. Leather (IML)/Memorial Day holiday weekend. ...
Gov. Pritzker signs legislation addressing rise in organized retail thefts

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation addressing rise in organized retail thefts

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — On May 13, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker joined Attorney General Kwame Raoul, lawmakers, advocates and law-enforcement officials to sign legislation designed to combat a nationwide rise in coordinated retail thefts. "This new law represents ...
State rep joins Chicago mayoral race

State rep joins Chicago mayoral race

On May 12, Illinois state Rep. Kam Buckner announced his candidacy for Chicago mayor, stating, "We cannot wait a day longer for a safe and just Chicago for all of us," The Chicago Tribune reported. Buckner ...
News

Judge: Dallas hospital must start gender-affirming treatment for trans youth

In Texas, Dallas County Judge Melissa Bellan temporarily removed all barriers for transgender youth seeking medical treatments from Children's Medical Center Dallas—providing a major win for doctors fighting to restore ...
Highwood Pride Fest taking place June 4

Highwood Pride Fest taking place June 4

The North Shore suburb of Highwood will hold its Pride Fest on Saturday, June 4. The full day of activities starts with a "Pride Rocks" family picnic at Everts Park at noon-3 p.m., followed by the (21+ ...
News

U.S. COVID-19 death toll exceeds 1 million

One million Americans have now died from the coronavirus, according to an announcement President Joe Biden made May 12, according to ABC News. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 is now equivalent to the population ...
Plaque unveiled in NYC to honor headquarters of NAACP, other progressive groups

Plaque unveiled in NYC to honor headquarters of NAACP, other progressive groups

On May 11, Village Preservation and The New School were joined by historians David Levering Lewis, Amy Aronson, Brian McGrath and Stephen Brier for the unveiling of a plaque marking 70 Fifth Ave. as the historic ...
LGBTQ Religious Archives Network holds 'AIDS, Activism and American Christianity' webinar

LGBTQ Religious Archives Network holds 'AIDS, Activism and American Christianity' webinar

LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN) held an "AIDS, Activism and American Christianity: A Conversation" virtual webinar on May 5. The event focused on Christian activism during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ...

  Entertainment

Entertainment

Quiz program 'Wait, Wait' to start taping June 16 at the Studebaker

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program, will resume live audience recordings Thursday, June 16, in a new Chicago home: the historic Studebaker Theater at the Fine Arts Building, 401 S. Michigan Ave.
...
Five Worth Finding: Chocolate festival, lesbian sci-fi film, 'Smahtguy'

Five Worth Finding: Chocolate festival, lesbian sci-fi film, 'Smahtguy'

—The Long Grove Chocolate Festival: The beloved Chocolate Festival will return to the historic streets and parkways of downtown Long Grove for the first time in three years, May 20-22. Chocolate lovers can experience so much—including ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"Why is that so gross? We kiss each other where we pee."—Sarah Silverman responds to The View co-hosts' disgust that she shares a toothbrush with her boyfriend. Even more priceless is Sara Haines' reaction, which you ...
SHOWBIZ Queer playwright, LGBTQ+ films, BMI Pop Awards, new superhero

SHOWBIZ Queer playwright, LGBTQ+ films, BMI Pop Awards, new superhero

Jeremy O. Harris, the queer Tony-nominated author of Slave Play, has been named the presiding playwright for the 2023 Yale Drama Series Prize—one of the theater world's most prestigious playwriting honors, Deadline noted. Harris joins the ...
TV Writer Joel Kim Booster, director Andrew Ahn take a trip to 'Fire Island'

TV Writer Joel Kim Booster, director Andrew Ahn take a trip to 'Fire Island'

Based on the classic Jane Austen book Pride and Prejudice, the new Fox Searchlight film Fire Island has an important story to tell LGBTQ+ audiences specifically. In that story, there are plenty of laughs along the ...
Inaugural Heatwave Music Festival in Chicago on July 16-17

Inaugural Heatwave Music Festival in Chicago on July 16-17

Auris Presents announced the debut edition and artist lineup for the Heatwave Music Festival, coming to Chicago on July 16-17 in Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. According to a press release, the festival will be ...
BOOKS 'Tinderbox' author to appear in Palatine on June 14

BOOKS 'Tinderbox' author to appear in Palatine on June 14

Author Robert Fieseler will discuss his debut book—Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation—on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Palatine's Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, ...
MUSIC Ty Herndon releasing 'personal' album 'Jacob' on July 15

MUSIC Ty Herndon releasing 'personal' album 'Jacob' on July 15

Out gay Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning country artist Ty Herndon announced the release date of his forthcoming album, Jacob. Jacob—called Herndon's "most personal album to date"—will be out July 15. ...
Casting announced for 'Queer Eye: The Musical Parody' at Second City

Casting announced for 'Queer Eye: The Musical Parody' at Second City

Comedy institution The Second City announced the cast and crew of Queer Eye: The Musical Parody, which will start running Thursday, May 26. (The production will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at ...
MUSIC Riot Fest to take place Sept. 16-18 in Chicago

MUSIC Riot Fest to take place Sept. 16-18 in Chicago

Riot Fest—one of the largest remaining independent festivals in the country—is slated to return to Douglass Park on Sept. 16-18. Festival organizers revealed a jam-packed lineup taking up five stages and performing punk, indie rock, hip-hop, ...
Peacock to debut horror film 'They/Them' on Aug. 5

Peacock to debut horror film 'They/Them' on Aug. 5

Peacock announced that its new original film They/Them (pronounced "They-slash-Them), from Blumhouse will premiere Friday, Aug. 5. The LGBTQIA+ horror film, formerly known as Whistler Camp, is a queer empowerment story ...
57th Street Art Fair marking 75th anniversary on June 4-5

57th Street Art Fair marking 75th anniversary on June 4-5

The 57th Street Art Fair, the Midwest's oldest juried art fair, will mark its 75th anniversary with an in-person celebration on June 4-5 featuring nearly 200 artists, live music presented by Buddy Guy's Legends, and a ...
Dance for Life returns to Auditorium

Dance for Life returns to Auditorium

-- From a press release

Chicago Dancers United (CDU), which supports the health and wellness of Chicago's professional dance community, announces the program for its 31st annual fundraiser, Dance for Life 2022, which takes place Saturday, August 13 at 6 p.m. ...
THEATER 'The Secretaries: A Parable' running through June 11

THEATER 'The Secretaries: A Parable' running through June 11

First Floor Theater returns to live production with the world premiere of company member Omer Abbas Salem's The Secretaries: A Parable following the script's 2021 development as part of Goodman Theatre's Future Labs. The production will ...
THEATER Underscore's 'Notes & Letters' running through May 28

THEATER Underscore's 'Notes & Letters' running through May 28

Underscore Theatre Company celebrates its 10th-anniversary season with the world premiere of the musical Notes & Letters, which features book, music and lyrics by Annabelle Lee Revak (she/her) and is ...

  Outlines

Cubs blank Pirates; White Sox win

Cubs blank Pirates; White Sox win

On May 16, the Chicago Cubs (14-20) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (15-20) 9-0 at Wrigley Field. Willson Contreras hit a first-inning grand slam—the 100th home run of his career—as the Cubs scored eight runs in that ...
SPORTS Red Stars fall; mixed MLB results; Bucks out of playoffs

SPORTS Red Stars fall; mixed MLB results; Bucks out of playoffs

On May 15, the Chicago Red Stars fell to the San Diego Wave 2-1 in the Red Stars' first trip out west to face the new club. Rookie and Michigan State University alum Ava Cook scored Chicago's lone goal, making this ...
SPORTS Cubs and White Sox win; Sky prevail; Fire fall

SPORTS Cubs and White Sox win; Sky prevail; Fire fall

Most of Chicago's pro sports teams who played on May 14 came out victorious. —The Chicago Cubs (12-20) defeated the host Arizona Diamondbacks (18-16) 4-2. Veteran catcher Yan Gomes batted cleanup for just the 14th time ...
Chicago Bears release schedule; Yankees pound White Sox

Chicago Bears release schedule; Yankees pound White Sox

After alternating home and road games throughout the entire 2021 season for the first time in franchise history, the Chicago Bears have a more conventional schedule in 2022, according to a press release. It features three ...
SAVOR Coco Pazzo: Lunch at a longtime Italian favorite

SAVOR Coco Pazzo: Lunch at a longtime Italian favorite

The River North spot Coco Pazzo, 300 W. Hubbard St., is one of those spots I've always wanted to visit. I had heard some people rave about the restaurant but, for some reason, I never got around to visiting this Tuscan ...
Chicago Sky crush NY Liberty; Cubs win; Sox game postponed

Chicago Sky crush NY Liberty; Cubs win; Sox game postponed

On May 11, the Chicago Sky (1-1) set a franchise record in margin of victory (33 points) by crushing the New York Liberty (1-1) 83-50 at Wintrust Arena in a Commissioner's Cup game, according to a ...





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